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. Red Pitaya  also offer loan kits for and Sundance have a special Lynsyn kit giveaway for Open Hardware participants.  



Open Hardware 2021

Xilinx University Program 

Design Competition 


The Xilinx Open Hardware Design Competition (Europe) gives students the opportunity to showcase their technical and creative skills with Xilinx technology.


PhD and undergratue students currently enrolled in universities in Europe and surrounding areas can enter in the following categories:

  • Student
  • PhD
  • PYNQ
  • Compute Acceleration   

Registration is now open for 2021. Register by 28 February 2021. Check the Rules page for more details on entering. 




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 (up to three) can enter.


Closing data for registration is 28 February 2021


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