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.


There are three categories for 2018:

  * PhD

  * Student

  * PYNQ


Cash prizes of €1500 per project are awarded for the best projects in each category. Entries using AWS EC2 F1 will be eligible for a special additional prize. 


Individuals, or teams of up to three can participate, and the winners will also receive sponsored travel and accommodation to the awards ceremony.









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



To register, see the registration page.


The closing date for registration is 28th February 2018.


Complete projects must be submitted by 30th June 2018.


Please check the rules for full details of the competition.


The finalists, and winning projects from 2017 and previous editions can be viewed on the Finalists pages.


For any questions related to the competition, please contact xup@xilinx.com






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


Participants can also enter using Amazon AWS EC2 F1.


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














See the Platforms page for more information

Open Hardware 2018