Amazon DRS Developer Challenge

Develop unique consumable reordering solutions leveraging Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service (DRS)

Contest status

Submissions close in

Ends on February 26, 2017 at 11:55 PM PT

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Prizes

1st Place (Grand Prize)
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27' iMac 5K, $1500 and a personalized trophy!

$4,000 value

2nd Place (Grand Prize)
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27' iMac 5K, $1000 and a personalized trophy!

$3,200 value

3rd Place (Grand Prize)
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27' iMac 5K, $500 and a personalized trophy!

$2,700 value

Top 50 Ideas

$100 in cash!

$100 value - 50 available

Timeline

Project submissions open:

October 13, 2016 at 11:59 PM PT

Deadline to apply for $100 Idea funding:

October 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM PT

Project submissions close:

February 26, 2017 at 11:55 PM PT

Winners announced by:

March 13, 2017

Contest brief

UPDATE: Join our Getting Started Webinar on January 27th! Sign up here.

Whether it is an empty bottle of laundry detergent after a weekend camping trip or no coffee beans on a Monday morning, we all hate the “ran out of it” moment. As IoT technology has continued to evolve, Amazon believes there are more opportunities than ever to help consumers and businesses avoid the “ran out of it” moment by enabling connected devices to automatically reorder consumable products. The result is Dash Replenishment Service (DRS).

Launched in 2015, DRS provides connected devices with direct access to Amazon’s powerful retail platform. With easy-to-use APIs, device manufacturers can take advantage of Amazon's authentication and payment systems, customer service, and fulfillment network to build unique automatic reordering experiences for customers – like a Whirlpool washing machine that reorders laundry detergent before the last load.

After integrating with Amazon services like Login with Amazon (LWA) and Simple Notification Service (SNS), a simple API call allows a manufacturer to place a product order on behalf of a customer.

Most DRS-enabled connected devices share the following core components:

  • Sensors to measure consumption (e.g. weight, density, count).
  • Communication module (e.g. Wi-Fi, BLE) to send consumption data to the cloud.
  • Microprocessor (to run your business logic/manage signals from your sensors).
  • Customer setup / configuration.

As Amazon looks to create the next generation of unique customer experiences built around DRS, it has a challenge for the Hackster community: create something great that helps advance the DRS vision of automatic or low-friction consumable replenishment.

While you can build a customer-facing connected device or create new uses for their APIs, Amazon is also interested in the foundational building blocks like sensors and communication modules upon which great DRS-enabled connected devices are built.

Phase I: We're giving away $100 to the top 50 project ideas!

[UPDATE: Idea applications are now closed and $100 prizes have been awarded]

Submit your idea for what you want to make with Amazon DRS by Oct 31, 2016. The top 50 ideas will receive a $100 cash prize.

Phase II: Build your project and enter to win one of 3 grand prizes!

  • Create a free Hackster account
  • Register to participate in the contest
  • Design, build, and submit your project by Feb 26, 2017 (add your project to the contest by clicking on “Add my Project” and submit by clicking on “Submit to Contest”)

Phase III: Winner selection

Each project must be fully documented on Hackster using the “project” template and should include the following materials:

  • Images
  • Instructions
  • BOM
  • Schematics
  • Code
  • CAD (if any)

Scoring system:

  • Relevance to automatic or low-friction consumable reordering via Amazon Dash Replenishment (25 points).
  • Creativity (20 points).
  • Story/Instructions – Show how you created your project, including images and screenshots (15 points).
  • Project documentation, including working code, schematics, CAD, and/or BOM (10 points).
  • BONUS – Use of DRS APIs (10 points).
  • BONUS – Video highlighting unique features of your project (10 points).

Here are some resources you may find useful:

Getting Started Webinar

Technical Resources:

Getting Started with DRS:

We can’t wait to see what you develop!

We will announce winners on this page by Mar 13, 2017.

Contest rules

Eligibility

Contestants must (a) be at least 16 years of age, (b) be a resident of a country other than Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria, (c) not be involved in the execution or administration of the Contest, and (d) not be an immediate family member or a household member of a Hackster employee. To be eligible for judging, an entry must meet the following content and technical requirements:

  • Idea or project must be designed to integrate with or facilitate automatic or low-friction consumable reordering via Amazon Dash Replenishment.
  • Contestants must create a free Hackster.io account and register as a participant for this contest.
  • Contestants must create an Amazon Developer account (developer.amazon.com) using the same email address as that used for the Hackster account.
  • All ideas must be submitted in the English language.

In addition:

  • Each entry must be the contestants’ own original work; and
  • Entries cannot have been selected as a winner in any other contest; and
  • Contestants must have obtained any and all consents, approvals or licenses required for contestants to submit their entry; and
  • Entries may not include any third party trademarks (logos, names) or copyrighted materials (music, images, video, recognizable people) unless contestants have obtained permission to use the materials.

Requirements

  • Each project must be fully documented on Hackster per the “project” template.
  • Each final project must be submitted as within the project template.
  • Each final project must consist of the following materials:

a) Images

b) Instructions

c) BOM

d) Schematics

e) Code

f) CAD (if any)

Judging criteria

  • Relevance to automatic or low-friction consumable reordering via Amazon Dash Replenishment (25 points).
  • Creativity (20 points).
  • Story/Instructions – Show how you created your project, including images and screenshots (15 points).
  • Project documentation, including working code, schematics, CAD, and/or BOM (10 points).
  • BONUS – Use of DRS APIs (10 points).
  • BONUS – Video highlighting unique features of your project (10 points).

How to enter

  • Create a free Hackster account
  • Register to participate in the contest
  • Create an Amazon Developer account (developer.amazon.com) using the same email address as that used for your Hackster account
  • Submit a project idea on this contest page by Oct 31, 2016
  • Design, build, and submit your project by Feb 26, 2017 (add your project to the contest by clicking on “Add my Project” and submit by clicking on “Submit to Contest”).

Full rules

CAN I ENTER?

Your entry must be your own original work; and your entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other contest; and you must have obtained any and all consents, approvals or licenses required for you to submit your entry; and your entry may not include any third party trademarks (logos, names) or copyrighted materials (music, images, video, recognizable people) unless you have obtained permission to use the materials.

Entries may NOT contain, as determined by us, in our sole and absolute discretion, any content that is: sexually explicit, unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; profane or pornographic; promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing) or a particular political agenda; is obscene or offensive; defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about other people or companies; communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which we wish to associate; and/or violates any law. We reserve the right to reject any entry, in our sole and absolute discretion, that we determine does not meet the above criteria.

Important note about Copyright: Your entire entry must only include material (including hardware, source code – both open source and third party sourced, user interface, music, video or images) that you own or that you have permission from the copyright/trademark owner to use. Your team’s entry may not include copyrighted materials (such as source code, user interface, background music, images or video) unless you own or have permission to use the materials. Ownership is not defined as purchasing a CD at a music store for replay, if playing a copyrighted recording on your guitar or repurposing an application’s user interface – your entry will be disqualified if copyrighted materials, including but not limited to these examples, are a part of your entry without appropriate licensing or permissions. If you do use permissible copyrighted materials, you must include the permissions information by citing the artist/creator and license information as per the respective Challenge Rules. Note that even material released under sites such as Creative Commons, common open source code licenses, and other similar licensing may need permission or acknowledgement as per the specific license.

Note: your team’s entry will be disqualified if permissions information is not included as per the requirements in the specific Challenge Rules.

HOW WILL MY ENTRY BE POTENTIALLY USED?

Other than what is set forth below, neither we nor Amazon Digital Services LLC (together with its affiliates, “Amazon”) are claiming any ownership rights to your entry. However, by submitting your entry, you are: granting us and Amazon an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to: (i) use, review, assess, test and otherwise analyze your entry and all its content in connection with this Contest; and (ii) feature your entry and all content in connection with the marketing, sale, or promotion of this Contest (including but not limited to internal and external sales meetings, conference presentations, tradeshows, and screen shots of the Contest entry in press releases) in all media (now known or later developed); agree to sign any necessary documentation that may be required for us or Amazon, and any of our respective designees, to make use of the rights you granted above; understand and acknowledge that Amazon may have developed or commissioned materials similar or identical to your submission and you waive any claims you may have resulting from any similarities to your entry; understand that neither we nor Amazon can control the incoming information you will disclose to our representatives in the course of entering, or what our representatives will remember about your entry.

You also understand that neither we nor Amazon will restrict work assignments of representatives who have had access to your entry. By entering this Contest, you agree that use of information in our or Amazon’s representatives’ unaided memories in the development or deployment of our or Amazon’s products or services does not create liability for us or Amazon under this agreement or copyright or trade secret law; understand that you will not receive any compensation or credit for use of your entry, other than what is described in these Official Rules. Please note that following the end of this Contest your entry may be posted by us or Amazon on a website for viewing by visitors to that website. Neither we nor Amazon are responsible for any unauthorized use of your entry by visitors to this website. While both we and Amazon reserve these rights, neither we nor Amazon are obligated to use your entry for any purpose, even if it has been selected as a winning entry. If you do not want to grant us and Amazon these rights to your entry, please do not enter this Contest.

Limit one (1) prize per person or team. In the event of a tie between any eligible entries, an additional judge will break the tie based on the judging criteria described above. The decisions of the judges are final and binding. If we do not receive a sufficient number of entries meeting the entry requirements, we may, at our discretion, select fewer winners than the number of Contest Prizes described below. If you are a potential winner, we will notify you by sending a message to the e-mail address, the phone number, or mailing address (if any) provided at time of entry within seven (7) days following completion of judging. If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award to a runner-up. If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter the Contest. If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and a W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. If you complete a tax form, you will be issued an IRS Form 1099 the following January, for the actual value of the prize. You are advised to seek independent counsel regarding the tax implications of accepting a prize. If you are a potential winner and you are 18 or older, but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf. If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select a runner-up. If you are confirmed as a winner of this Contest: You may not exchange your prize for cash or any other merchandise or services. However, if for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value; and you may not designate someone else as the winner. If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we may award it to a runner up; and if you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable federal, state, and local taxes related to accepting the prize; and if you are otherwise eligible for this Contest, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, we may award the prize to your parent/legal guardian on your behalf; and unless otherwise noted, all prizes are subject to their manufacturer’s warranty and / or terms and conditions.

WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS AM I AGREEING TO BY ENTERING?

By entering this Contest you agree to: abide by these Official Rules; and release and hold harmless Hackster, Amazon and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Contest, or any prize won; and that Hackster’s and Amazon’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Contest; and that, by accepting a prize, Hackster and Amazon may use your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Contest, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.

WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE WAY THIS CONTEST IS EXECUTED AND ADMINISTRATED?

This Contest will be governed by the laws of the State of California, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Contest.

WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE CONTEST CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED?

If someone cheats, or a virus, bug, bot, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Contest, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Contest. This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Contest, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Contest. If you attempt or we have strong reason to believe that you have compromised the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Contest by cheating, hacking, creating a bot or other automated program, or by committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law. Further, we may disqualify you, and ban you from participating in any of our future Contests, so please play fairly.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHO WON?

We will announce winners on this page by Mar 13, 2017.

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