Hackster Impact is an annual global competition focused on solving pressing environmental and social issues by harnessing the powers of developers, engineers, designers, and citizen scientists worldwide.


Hackster Impact

The health of the world’s oceans is in critical condition. From coral bleaching to sea level rise, entire marine ecosystems are rapidly changing. The ocean is one of our biggest resources for life on earth, but human activities are having a serious impact.

Open Blue

This year, Hackster Impact will focus on developing open-source hardware solutions dedicated to solving the serious threats facing our planet’s oceans.

  • Overfishing is threatening food security for hundreds of millions of people and destroying ocean ecosystems worldwide.
  • More than 30 percent of the world’s fisheries have been pushed beyond their biological limits.
  • Industrial fishing has reduced the number of large ocean fish to just 10 percent of their pre-industrial population.

Unsustainable Fishing

  • Nearly half of all ocean pollution comes from activities that take place on land.
  • Pollution is harming the entire marine food chain all the way up to humans.
  • The ocean will have more plastic than fish by the year 2050 (by weight).


  • Coral bleaching, rising sea levels, changing species distributions: global warming and climate change are having a marked effect on the oceans.
  • Globally, rising sea temperatures could cost $1 Trillion.
  • More the 200 million people currently live on land that could be flooded by sea level rise by the end of the century.

Climate Change

  • Despite the importance of coral reefs, these wildlife habitats are imperiled throughout the world.
  • Coral reefs are home to a quarter of all marine life, containing up to two million species.
  • Coral reefs provide food and other resources that support an estimated 500 million people.

Habitat Destruction

How it Works

Hackster Impact will connect leading technology companies, creators, scientists, and engineers to build and deploy open-source designs that will be fully open and readily available for anyone to test, improve, and deploy.

Participants in Open Blue will build, test and share open-source solutions over an 8-month period. Teams will receive technical mentorship, hardware, and cash prizes to help them develop, prototype, document, and share their creations with scientists and conservationists worldwide.

Submit a detailed proposal addressing a problem outlined in 1 of the 4 challenge categories.





Up to 20 proposals will be awarded with cash grants, access to mentors and other resources.

Connect with real scientists, NGOs, local governments and conservationists worldwide to share and deploy your solution.






First Prize

Second Prize

Third Prize

Are you a seasoned engineer, marine scientist, or conservationist who wants to join Hackster Impact as a mentor? We're looking to partner with the world's best to support Impact's creators on their journey. 


Calling on all engineers, developers, designers and citizen scientists to join Open Blue and improve the world around us. Collaborate with the best engineering minds to deliver scientific, technological, and product breakthroughs focused on solving the problems facing our planet’s oceans.


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