Xilinx Adaptive Computing Contest

Hardware Application

Xilinx is providing hardware to build out your solutions for the Adaptive Computing Contest on Hackster. The hardware will be given away or loaned to qualifying applicants. Please read the following information carefully to learn how to apply for hardware. To be considered for hardware you must complete the 3 steps below by August 17, 2020 at 11:59PM Pacific




Fill out  the hardware application form. 

Watch the mandatory training. 

Take the quiz with a passing grade of 80%.


Submit your Hardware Application

There are three categories in the Adaptive Computing Developer contest. Each contest category has a separate hardware requirement. To apply for hardware, choose one of the three contest categories listed below and complete the application form by August 17, 2020 at 11:59PM Pacific

Category 1:

Category 2:

Category 3:

Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC ZCU104*

Alveo U50 Accelerator Card*

Ultra96-V2 Bundle

Includes: Ultra96-V2, JTAG, and Power supply 

$1325 Value/30 Evaluation Kits Available

$2635 Value/20 Accelerator Cards Available

$250 Value/60 Bundles Available

Application Closed

Application Closed

Application Closed

*NOTE: The ZCU104 and Alveo U50 are high end professional development boards. For export control purposes applicants must fill out a loaner/export control form on Xilinx.com to be eligible for the ZCU104 giveaway and Alveo loan program. The Alveo U50 Accelerator Cards are being offered by Xilinx as a loan for the duration of the contest and MUST be returned following the contest. Click the "Apply for Loan" button above for more details. 


Mandatory Training

Introduction to the Vitis Unified Software Platform

Deep Dive into Vitis AI

~ 40 Minutes 

~ 45 Minutes 


Take the Quiz!

Take the quiz below to test the knowledge you gained while watching the training videos. You must earn a passing grade of 80% to be eligible to receive hardware. Quiz results will be sent to the email provided below and there is no limit on the number of times you can take the quiz. 

Hardware applications closed on August 17, 2020 @ 11:59PM Pacific. This quiz is no longer available.

Congratulations Hardware Winners!

Free hardware and loan winners have been selected and are listed below. Thanks to everyone who applied, and congratulations to the winners! If you are a winner of the hardware giveaway or loan be sure to check your email for more information on how to receive your hardware.

Have questions about the contest or your entry? Check out our FAQ, ask a question on the discussion board, or email us at contests@hackster.io

Contest Timeline

July 7

Contest Begins

August 17

Hardware applications close

August 21

Ultra96/ZCU104 winners and Alveo U50 loaner recipients announced

November 15

Contest submissions close

December 15

Winners announced

Additional Resources

Xilinx Vitis Model Zoo and Developer Site

Tap into our collection of pre-trained models in the Vitis Model Zoo to jumpstart your projects, or access other developer resources (e.g. articles) on the Xilinx Developer Site.

Exclusive Live Events

Participants in the Adaptive Computing Contest will have access to exclusive office hours, workshops and other virtual events that will place throughout the contest duration. These are designed to provide participants "in-person" opportunities to ask questions, gain skills and learn from Xilinx technical advisors. Stay tuned on the contest discussion page for event announcements. 

On-Demand Tutorials, Videos and Webinars

Xilinx Community Forums

Xilinx Community Forums are where Xilinx technical staff and Xilinx users connect and troubleshoot. For topics related to this contest, we suggest these forums:

Didn't find what you were looking for? Post your questions on the contest discussion board or contact us at contests@hackster.io.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for more than one hardware category or one piece of hardware?

Applicants may only apply for one hardware category and one piece of hardware within the category. Teams are also only eligible for one piece of hardware, regardless of the number of members on their team.

How do I qualify for hardware?

You must fill out a hardware application, watch the mandatory training resources, and pass the quiz with a minimum 80% grade. Applications must be in English. The hardware giveaway and loaner program is also subject to the same eligibility requirements as the contest. Please refer to all contest rules here.

Can I still enter if I don’t want to apply for hardware?

Absolutely! You can still enter if you already have one of the types of hardware, or would like to purchase your own. Scroll up to see where you can purchase your own hardware.

I have an Ultra96 version 1 board, can I use that instead of an Ultra96-V2?

No, participants must use the Ultra96-V2 board for this contest.

I see that the giveaway Ultra96-V2 bundle includes a USB to JTAG/UART Pod. If I am using my own hardware, do I need to use this accessory to qualify to win?

No. This is not a requirement. Depending on your design you may find it necessary to use this accessory, but it is not mandatory.

Why do I have to fill out a separate form on Xilinx.com for the loaner program/export control?

All the loaner hardware is considered property of Xilinx and will be shipped to recipients from Xilinx facilities. As such, Xilinx is responsible for export compliance and must collect recipient information for this purpose. By filling out the “Loaner /Export Control Form” on Xilinx.com, you are also giving Xilinx permission to use this information for the purpose of sending you hardware, and agreeing to the terms and conditions of the loan program (if applicable).

If I receive one of the loaner boards, when do I have to give it back by?

Once selected for loaner hardware, recipients will receive full instructions on how to return the hardware to Xilinx. Xilinx will cover the cost of shipping the board to a designated address. Return shipments to Xilinx must be postmarked by December 4, 2020.

Are there additional system requirements for the Alveo U50?

Yes, the Alveo U50 has minimum system requirements, including a PCI Express® 3.0-compliant with one x16 slot Motherboard. For the full list of system requirements, please reference Page 7 of the Alveo U50 Installation Guide.

I am confused by all the requirements and steps, can you help me?

Yes! Please email contests@hackster.io with any questions you may have. We are here to help.

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