ESP8266 IoT Contest - Simplify the Connected World

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Ends on October 12, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT

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Prizes

1st
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$200 Cash + $100 SparkFun Promo Code + ESP-WROVER-KIT + Swag

$350 value

2nd
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$150 Cash + $50 SparkFun Promo Code + ESP-WROVER-KIT + Swag

$250 value

3rd
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$100 Cash + $50 SparkFun Promo Code + ESP-WROVER-KIT + Swag

$200 value

4th
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$50 Cash + ESP-WROVER-KIT+ Swag

$100 value

5th - 16th
Dgift

$25 Cash + ESP-WROVER-KIT + Swag

$75 value - 12 available

Timeline

Project submissions open:

July 20, 2017 at 8:00 AM PT

Deadline to apply for free devices:

August 10, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT

Project submissions close:

October 12, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT

Winners announced by:

October 17, 2017

Contest brief

Our first webinar, SparkFun ESP8266 Thing Dev, myDevices Cayenne, and Espressif ESP-WROVER Kit just happened on August 8th, 2017 9 AM - 10 AM PST! Click here to view the recording.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot topic in today’s tech conversations. Many times, IoT development and prototyping cycles are too long and too expensive due to the time and complexity it takes to build a simple IoT prototype. But the creation of IoT projects doesn’t have to be complex or expensive, and that’s what this contest is all about.

myDevices, SparkFun, and Espressif have partnered to give you the world’s first ESP8266 IoT contest. Espressif Systems produces the ESP8266 chip; SparkFun is a worldwide leader in open-source hardware, providing components, kits, and tutorials to speed up prototyping and make electronics more accessible; and myDevices created Cayenne - world’s first drag-and-drop IoT project builder - that aims to simplify the connected world. With the help of these innovative organizations, this contest will be a rewarding experience for all participants.

Show us how you use the ESP8266 to simplify the connected world! There is no project too big or too small. Want to monitor the temperature in a room? Perfect. Thinking of creating an automated garden? Excellent. Want to use your Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and ESP8266 all in one giant home automation project? Even better! We can’t wait to see what you are able to come up with.

For your chance to win one of our awesome cash and hardware prizes, submit your projects by October 12, 2017. Judges will vote on sixteen winners, with prizes ranging in value from $75 to $350 USD!

In addition to the contest prizes, if you submit your idea by August 10th, you could be one of 75 participants to get a free SparkFun ESP8266 Thing Dev Board to build your project with, and it's yours to keep!

Contest Deadlines

  • July 20, 2017: Ideation Phase Begins
  • August 10, 2017: Idea Submission Deadline for Free Hardware
  • The top 75 ideas will get a SparkFun ESP8266 Thing Dev Board for free!
  • October 12, 2017: Project Submission Deadline
  • October 17th, 2017: Winners Announced

All winners will receive a ESP-WROVER-KIT from Espressif!

How to Enter

Entering this contest is easy and completely free.

Just sign up for your free Cayenne account, create your IoT project using at least one ESP8266 board/module, and submit your project to the contest!

Have questions? Need some inspirations? Head to the Cayenne community forums!

Judging Criteria

  • Application of ESP8266 hardware with Cayenne software
  • Compelling use of technology to solve a problem
  • Real-world practicality and usability
  • Does your project ‘simplify the connected world’?

***The judging criteria is meant to be open to allow for a wide range of project submissions!

Judges

  • Casey Kuhns, competed in ABC's Battlebots with his team- Poison Arrow

Mentors

We have lined up the following mentors to support all participants in creating their projects. Find them on the Cayenne community forums!

  • Rob Siegel - myDevices Technical Product Manager
  • Adam Sage - Cayenne, Arduino, ESP8266, & Raspberry Pi Expert
  • Craig Lee - Cayenne & IoT Technology Expert

To win a free SparkFun ESP8266 Thing Dev Board

  • You must create a Hackster.io account and register as a participant for this contest.
  • Your original idea must be submitted via the idea form.
  • Ideas should be submitted in the English language.
  • Submit your idea by Aug 10, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT

***Participant agrees to pay local tax at customs if applicable in order to receive the free SparkFun ESP8266 Thing Dev Board

To win one of the Grand Prizes:

  • Project Focus: Using technology to solve problems and simplify the connected world. Examples: Home automation, room monitoring, automated lighting, home security, plant or aquarium monitoring.
  • Your project must be created using at least one ESP8266 board/module. Project can use Arduino's, Raspberry Pi's, and other popular MCU's as well.
  • Submission must contain screenshots of Cayenne project dashboards, triggers, scheduling, and pictures of hardware setup. Video demonstrations highly encouraged!
  • Your project must be relevant to the theme of the contest.
  • Your final project must be fully documented on Hackster and submitted with the project template.

In addition:

  • Your entry must be your own original work.
  • Your entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other contest.
  • You must have obtained any and all consents, approvals or licenses required for you to submit your entry.
  • 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.

Contest rules

Eligibility

Eligibility

You are eligible to enter if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:

  • You are a hobbyist or professional in the field of technology development and
  • If you are considered a minor in your place of residence, then you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this challenge.
  • You are NOT a resident of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria; and
  • US. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore, residents of these countries/regions are not eligible to participate.
  • You are not involved in the execution or administration of this Challenge; and
  • You are not an immediate family member of (parent, sibling, spouse/domestic partner, child) or household member of a Hackster employee.

Full rules

For purposes of this Contest, each solution and idea you create and submit in the Contest will be called an “entry”. All eligible entries received will be judged using the criteria described below to determine the winners of the prizes described below.

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, we are not claiming any ownership rights to your entry. However, by submitting your entry, you are: granting us 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 and our designees to make use of the rights you granted above; understand and acknowledge that the Sponsor(s) 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 we cannot 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 we will not restrict work assignments of representatives who have had access to your entry. By entering this Contest, you agree that use of information in our representatives’ unaided memories in the development or deployment of our products or services does not create liability for us 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 on a website selected by us for viewing by visitors to that website. We are not responsible for any unauthorized use of your entry by visitors to this website. While we reserve these rights, we are not 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 these rights to your entry, please do not enter this Contest.

All entries will be judged and the top entry in each of the five categories (smart home, sports & fitness, healthcare & elderly care, smart cities and automotive).

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, Infineon and its 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 decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Contest; and that, by accepting a prize, Hackster 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?

If you have won a free SparkFun EPS8266 Thing Dev Board, you will be notified by email. When tracking numbers are available, they will be emailed to you.

A full list of contest winners will be published on this page by Oct 17, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT .

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