Two prizes will be awarded to the best projects in each of the PhD, and Student categories, and one prize will be awarded for the PYNQ category. i.e. 2x PhD prizes, 2x Student prizes, and 1x PYNQ prize. An additional prize may be awarded at the discretion of the organiser for any entry running on an AWS F1 instance. 


Entry Submission

Xilinx Vivado or SDx software must be used to implement the design. A complete project with bitstream must be submitted. ISE entries will not be accepted. 


Participants should upload complete source code and project files, a bitfile, or image, documentation, and a short project report written in English.


Participants are also required to upload a 2-minute YouTube video, and can also upload a longer video for the judge’s consideration.


Registration closes on 28th February 2018, and closing date for submission of entries is 30th June 2018


Criteria for Judging

Projects will be judged equally across all of the following categories:

  • Technical Complexity (20%)
  • Implementation (20%) 
  • Marketability/Innovation (20%)
  • Documentation and Written Report (20%) 
  • Reusability (20%) - All participants will be encouraged to upload their projects or IP to GitHub or to demonstrate how the design or parts of the design can be reused.

For any clarification on the Rules, please contact

XUP decision is final.

Summary of Competition Rules



Open Hardware is open to full-time students and PhD candidates in Europe.

Please see the full competition rules for a list of eligible countries.


There are three categories, "PhD" (PhD candidates), "Student" for undergraduate students (Bachelors, Masters students etc), and a special "PYNQ" category. Individuals or teams can enter in all categories.  


Individual or teams of up to three people can enter.


For the student category, all participants must be undergraduate students.


If one or more participants are PhD level, the team must enter the PhD category.


For the PYNQ category, PhD or student teams of up to three people can enter.  


All registrations must be supported by a senior member of academic staff (project Advisor) who should be from the same institute.



Multiple teams from the same institute can participate and registration is online via this website.


Development platforms

Any Xilinx device supported by Vivado can be used for the competition. AWS F1 instances can also be used. Recommended XUP platforms include:

  • Digilent Zybo
  • Digilent Zedboard
  • Digilent PYNQ-Z1
  • Digilent Nexys 4 DDR
  • Digilent Nexys 4 Video
  • Digilent Basys 3


Open Hardware 2018

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