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Registration is now open for the Colorado PYNQ Hackathon—strictly limited to 35 participants. Apply now!

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The Xilinx Hackathon is a 30-hour marathon event being held at the Xilinx “Retreat” (also known as the Xilinx Colorado facility in Longmont, but see the image below), starting on October 7. The organizers are looking for no more than 35 heroic coders who will receive a Python-programmable, Zynq-based Digilent/Xilinx PYNQ-Z1 board and an assortment of Arduino-compatible shields and sensors. The intent, as Zaphod Beeblebrox might say, is to create something not just amazing but “amazingly amazing.”




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Xilinx Colorado, Longmont Facility





  • Want to compete as a team? No problem. The Xilinx Hackathon rules allow teams as large as four people, but the body count is capped at 35 so if you have a large team you’d better get your name on the invite list early. Better yet, get your name on the list early even if you’re competing solo.


  • How much does it cost to enter? Zero. Zip, Nada, Nothing.


  • What are the prizes? We’re offering more than $2000 in cash prizes plus all competitors keep their PYNQ-Z1 boards. Also, winners and other amazingly amazing projects will get incredible, amazingly amazing recognition in the Xcell Daily blog, which will be covering this event. Your fame is assured.


  • What should you bring: “A laptop, laptop charger, phone, charger(s), headphones, a pillow, toiletries, an extra set of clothes, and a water bottle.” (It’s a 30-hour hackathon, but it’s at the Xilinx retreat (see photo, again)). Xilinx will provide you with three meals per day (good hackers will figure out how many meals they’ll get in 30 hours) as well as snacks, drinks, and caffeine stimulation.



  • Where do I sign up? Here. A crack Xilinx team will hand-select and invite the lucky 35 participants from this list. (That’s the Final Five times seven.)



In case you’ve not read about it, the PYNQ project is an open-source project from Xilinx that makes it easy to design high-performance embedded systems using Xilinx Zynq Z-7000 SoCs. Here’s what’s on the PYNQ-Z1 board:



  • Xilinx Zynq Z-7020 SoC with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor running at 650MHz
  • 512Mbytes of DDR3 SDRAM running at 1050MHz
  • 16Mbytes of Quad-SPI Flash memory
  • A MicroSD slot for the PYNQ environment
  • USB OTG host port
  • USB programming port
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Microphone
  • Mono audio output jack
  • HDMI input port
  • HDMI output port
  • Two Digilent PMOD ports
  • Arduino-format header for Arduino shields
  • Pushbuttons, switches, and LEDs







The PYNQ-Z1 Board





For more information about the PYNQ project, see:









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