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Contest rewards best Raspberry Pi 3 based IoT projects

Apr 28, 2016 — by Eric Brown — 1,070 views

Element14 has launched a “Pi Iot Smarter Spaces Design Challenge,” giving away Raspberry Pi-related gear for the best RPi 3 IoT designs.

Premier Farnell’s Element14, which bills itself as “the world’s largest electronic design community,” has long been known for selling Raspberry Pi’s and related embedded gear. It makes sense then that the manufacturer/distributor/community site has launched a contest for the best Raspberry Pi 3 based Internet of Things project. Would-be challengers can sign up through May 13 for the company’s 2016 Pi IoT Smarter Spaces Design Challenge.

Raspberry Pi 3

The goal of the challenge is to “invent IoT-powered solutions that allow users to control the multiple Internet-enabled devices in any environment,” says Element14. Priority will go to proposals involving new applications that aren’t already provided in the marketplace. Home automation is an obvious IoT space, but it could also be industrial, agricultural, “back yard,” or other environments.

Submissions will be judged on creativity, versatility, use of technologies, and “exploration of the previously unthinkable.” Sustainability will also be valued in the selection process.

“What we’re asking our members to create is a command center that presents a new way of interacting with and controlling multiple devices in any type of personal or business space,” stated Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Content and Community, Element14.

After the May 13 deadline for proposals, Element14 will select 15 challengers, who will be announced on May 23. Each will be given a free Raspberry Pi 3 and Pi IoT Kit, and will have 14 weeks to create their projects before the Aug. 29 submission deadline. Use of the kit is optional — only the RPi 3 is required. The judging panel will be comprised of leaders in the IoT components industry, including Roger Thornton, Principal Hardware Engineer at Raspberry Pi (Trading) Ltd.

Element14’s Pi IoT Kit includes a Raspberry Pi LCD 7-inch Touchscreen, as well the new 8-megapixel Pi Camera v2 and v2 NoIR Camera. Other components include a Pi Rack, WiFi Dongle, EnOcean Sensor Kit, and the official Raspberry Pi Sense HAT.

Raspberry Pi Camera v2 (left) and Sense HAT
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The Sense HAT, which is being used on the International Space Station, is a HAT add-on with an 8×8 RGB LED matrix, a five-button joystick, and six sensors. It’s currently out of stock, but sells for $30.

The grand prize winner will receive a Robox 3D Printer Kit and Duratool Kit from Newark Element14, which together are valued at $2,400. The second and third place winners will receive similar prizes ranging in value from $200 to $700, and all participants who publish a complete project will receive a Duratool Tool and Rotary Access Kit.

Further information

The deadline for Element14’s 2016 Pi IoT Smarter Spaces Design Challenge is May 13. More information and signup details may be found here.

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