Any current Xilinx platform, including PYNQ, and Alveo, can be used for the Open Hardware Design Contest. 


Participants can also enter using Amazon AWS EC2 F1, Nimbix, and other cloud providers.






XUP boards with academic discount are available from TUL, and Digilent and applications can be made to the Xilinx University Program for a donation of hardware for the competition.



Open Hardware 2020

Xilinx University Program FPGA and SOC University Design contest


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


The competition for 2020 is complete. 

There were six prizes in total:

  • 2x winners in the Student category
  • 2x winners in the PhD category
  • 1x winner in the PYNQ category
  • 1x winner in the Compute Acceleration category.  

A video gallery of the winners and finalists is available on the 2020 Results page






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

Key information

Open Hardware is an annual design competition run by the Xilinx University Program.


The competition is open to PhD and undergraduate students in the European area.


Individuals or students in small teams can enter.


Visit the 2020 Finalist page for details of the winners and previous year's best entries.


For any questions related to the competition, please contact