Any current Xilinx platform can be used for the Open Hardware Design Contest. Recommended platforms include a range of Xilinx University Program supported boards from Digilent:









More about the recommended Platforms ...

Contact XUP with any questions.

Registration and Participation


Registration extended to Mon 29 February 2016


The contest is virtual, with participants submitting their projects online. 


Please check the Open Hardware Rules for more details and before registering.


To register, please see the Open Hardware 2016 Registration  


For details of last year's winners, and a selection of entries, please see the Open Hardware 2015 Finalists


For information, please contact






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University Design contest


The Xilinx Open Hardware Design Contest gives students the opportunity to showcase their technical and creative skills.


There are two project categories:

  • Embedded Design
  • Digital design

A prize of €1500 will be awarded to the best PhD, and under-graduate project in each category (4 prizes in total).


The winning participants will also receive sponsored travel to the Open Hardware awards ceremony in August 2016.


Open Hardware 2015 is run in partnership by the Xilinx University Program, the Europractice Software Service (STFC), CNFM, and Digilent

Open Hardware is run by the Xilinx University Program in partnership with the Europractice Software Service (STFC), CNFM, and Digilent.

Open Hardware 2016