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May the 4th has become a worldwide celebration of all things Star Wars! Makers are celebrating by creating their own lightsabers, building their own R2D2s, and participating in tons of cosplay, including at Maker Faires and with the 501st Legion. In honor of the celebrations, we’re launching our own May the 4th contest, sponsored by NVIDIA. Builders, tinkerers, and hackers alike will need to channel their maker force to compete. There are two categories to enter into this contest – Category 1 is “Droids” and Category 2 is “Cosplay & Props”. The top two winners in each category will receive a NVIDIA® Jetson Nano Developer Kit.

While we’d love to see some fully autonomous droids in this competition, we know it can take a long time to get that AI doing exactly what you want. In order to let more people participate, we’re allowing for concept ideas too -- you don’t have to have your droid fully built to enter. Get started by checking out how the NVIDIA Jetson Nano works to learn its capabilities and submit a realistic and well-documented project pitch!

If you’re more of a crafty maker, put together your most impressive prop and cosplay for a chance to win an NVIDIA Jetson Nano! This is your opportunity to awaken the force of your developer skills.

Submission Deadline:

June 15, 2021

We’re eager to see what you’ve got.

May The Fourth Be With You!



From acting as your personal assistant, running human-cyborg relation protocols, or serving drinks, droids and AI systems can be found in all parts of life. We’re searching for the best robotic-powered concepts or projects makers can assemble.

Judging criteria:

  • Creativity

  • Technical skill / feasibility for ideas

  • Documentation (BOM (bill of materials), Code, Project outline, schematics, steps/instructions)

Cosplay & Props

Bring out your lightsabers, stormtrooper helmets, Jedi robes. This is the maker community’s chance to show off our favorite Star Wars props and cosplays. Be sure to share the story on how you made your entries, as well as any patterns and models needed!

Judging criteria:

  • Wow factor/creativity

  • Documentation (BOM, schematics, drawings, outline, steps/instructions)


An overview of working with Jeton Nano Developer Kits.

An introductory series of deep learning tutorials.

Includes a certificate of completion for those who finish.

Looking for inspiration? Check out Hacksmith’s YouTube video

Check out projects and open-source code from the Jetson community for inspiration on your AI-based project

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