Any current Xilinx platform (series 7 and later) can be used for the Open Hardware Design Contest from any Xilinx partner.



Registration is now open for the 2017 edition of the competition.


You must register before 28th February 2017.


Projects must be submitted by 30th June 2017.


You can request Xilinx licenses from the Xilinx University Program. You can also make a donation request for a board to use for your project. 


You can tweet about your progress using #xohw17


For any questions related to the competition, please contact




Xilinx FPGA and SOC

University Design contest


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


There are three project categories for 2017:

  • PhD
  • Student
  • PYNQ 

Prizes will be awarded to the two best PhD projects, the two best Student projects, and one prize for the PYNQ category. Each prize is €1500 (5 prizes in total).


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


Open Hardware 2017

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

See the Platforms page for more information