Reinventing Healthy Spaces

Build an open source healthy spaces solution using the Core2 for AWS IoT EduKit

Win up to $10,000 in prizes!

Reinventing Healthy Spaces
Reinventing Healthy Spaces
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Other questions

Did I win the contest? When will I receive my prize?

If you are a winner, we will contact you directly via email to arrange the shipment of your prize.

Free hardware application: Do I have to submit a project entry if I receive free hardware?
Yes, all free hardware recipients must submit a project entry by the contest deadline. Free hardware recipients who do not submit a project entry will become ineligible to receive free hardware in future giveaways.
Free hardware application: How many free devices are available?
150 free devices are available. One device maximum per person.
Free hardware application: How many ideas can I submit?
Each participant is allowed to submit one idea.
Free hardware application: I was notified that I was selected to receive one of free devices. When will I receive it?
We will notify you via email when free devices are shipped. If you haven't received an email yet, we haven't yet shipped it. Be aware that once you receive the initial notification, it may still be a few weeks until you receive the shipment notification.
Free hardware application: What happens if I receive free hardware and do not submit a project entry?

Participants who receive free hardware and do not submit a project may be ineligible for future giveaways unless the hardware is returned.

If you receive free hardware and become unable to submit a project, please contact us at and let us know as soon as possible. We may choose to arrange for the hardware to be shipped to another participant.

Free hardware application: What kind of idea is more likely to win free hardware?
We encourage creative ideas. For instance, pet feeders and home automation systems are very common nowadays and less creative. We also encourage realistic ideas. While solving world hunger is a great goal, it may not be realistic.
I submitted my project but it says "Awaiting moderation". Will it affect my eligibility?
As long as you submit your project before the deadline it doesn't matter when it is moderated. Just sit back and enjoy a well deserved break!
My project is locked and I can't edit it anymore. Why is that?
All projects entered in the contest are locked after the submission deadline to ensure that they remain the same during the judging process. They are then unlocked after winners are announced.
Somebody copied my entry! What can I do?
When judging entries, we take into account the submission date. When an entry is clearly plagiarized from another, we favor the original entry. If you believe the result of the judging is unfair, please email us at to appeal.
What are the entry requirements?

To be eligible for judging, you must meet ALL of the following requirements unless otherwise stated:

General Requirements

  • You must be registered as a participant for this contest.
  • You must create a Amazon Web Services account.
  • Your entry must be your own original work.
  • Your entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other Hackster contest.
  • Your team is no more than 5 members per entry.*

*By entering a submission to this contest on behalf of a team, you acknowledge that you are the designated representative authorized to act on behalf of your team. (See full rules below for details)

Hardware Application Requirements

If you choose to submit an application for free hardware, you must meet the following requirements. If not, continue to 'Hardware/Software Build Requirements' below.

  • Your hardware application must be submitted via the online application form found on the contest page’s “apply for hardware” tab.
  • Your hardware application must be written in English.
  • Your hardware application must use the Core2 for AWS IoT EduKit reference hardware kit.
  • Your hardware application must solve a problem related to creating healthy spaces.
  • Your hardware application must be submitted by Jun 30, 2021 at 12:00 PM PT.

Note: US export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to certain destinations without authorization, therefore there may be limitations for residents in Russia, Ukraine, Egypt, Algeria, Venezuela and Crimea and other regions in receiving hardware shipments.

Hardware/Software Build Requirements

  • Your project must use the Core2 for AWS IoT EduKit reference hardware.
  • Your project must connect to AWS IoT Core and use at least one other AWS service.

Project Documentation Requirements

  • Your project must include a project name, short project description, cover image, bill of materials (BOM), full instructions, images, and relevant resource files (schematics, code, CAD).
  • Your project must be written in English.
  • Your project must be submitted by Sep 19, 2021 at 8:00 PM PT.
What are the judging criteria?

Your project will be judged according to the rubric below.

  • Creativity of solution (30 points)
    Your idea doesn’t have to be original, but it should be creative (a fresh take on an old idea is often worth as much as a brand new idea)
  • Technical depth (30 points)
    Points awarded for the technical complexity. Go into detail about what was difficult in your project.
  • Visual demonstration (20 points)
    Include images, screenshots, and/or a video demonstration of your solution working as intended. Ask yourself: “If I were a beginner reading this project, would I understand how to recreate it?”
  • Code (20 points)
    Include working code with helpful comments.

Bonus Points

  • Narrated Video Demonstration ( 10 points)
    Provide a video that includes a voiceover narration of your solution.
What are the prizes?
Grand Prize
  • $5,000 Gift Card*
Runner Up
  • $2,000 Gift Card (2 are available)
  • $200 Gift Card (5 are available)
What are the steps to enter the contest?

Step 1: Register for the Contest

  • Start by creating a free account on (or sign-in if already a member).
  • Register for the contest by clicking “Register as a participant”.

Step 2: Build and Document Your Project

  • Build your project according to the submission requirements.
  • Document your project build using Hackster’s project template. To create a new project, click “create new project” on the contest page or the “+” symbol in the top right corner of your Hackster page.

Step 3: Review and submit your project

  • Review your project and make sure it meets all the submission requirements.
  • Upload a previously created project by clicking “add existing project” on the contest page.
  • Submit your project by Sep 19, 2021 at 8:00 PM PT by clicking “review and submit project” on the contest page.
What is the contest timeline?

Contest begins:

June 15, 2021 at 8:00 AM PT

Applications for hardware close:

June 30, 2021 at 12:00 PM PT

Hardware recipients announced:

July 2, 2021

Submissions close:

September 19, 2021 at 8:00 PM PT

Winners announced:

September 30, 2021

When will winners be announced? Where can I see the list?

Free devices winners will be announced by July 2, 2021. The list of winners will be visible on the Apply for hardware tab.

Contest winners will be announced on September 30, 2021. The list of winners will be visible on the main page (Contest brief).

Who is eligible to participate?

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

  • You are at least 13 years of age
    If you are 12 years or younger, you must receive a legal guardian's permission and have them complete Hackster’s contest permission form prior to submitting an entry into this contest. Send any questions to
  • You are not a resident of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria
    US export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to the countries listed above, therefore residents of these countries are not eligible to participate in this challenge.
  • You are not involved in the execution or administration of this contest.
  • You are not an immediate family member or household member of a Hackster employee.
Can I submit multiple submissions?

Yes. Please ensure they are sufficiently different.

Can I use other hardware in my submission in addition to the M5Stack Core2 for AWS IoT EduKit?

Yes. The M5Stack Core2 for AWS IoT EduKit makes expansion easy with multiple ports and stackable modules.

Can participants enter a submission as a team?

Yes, however, the prize will be split among team members - and it is up to the team leader to allocate the prize among participants.

How much will my AWS service costs be?

If your project uses AWS services, you are subject to AWS pricing (learn about the AWS Free Tier). With AWS, you only pay for the services you consume, and once you stop using them, there are no additional costs or termination fees.

Learn how to create an AWS billing alarm to monitor your estimated AWS charge. Learn about AWS pricing.

Is the M5Stack Core2 for AWS IoT EduKit hardware required in the final submission?

Yes. Contest submissions must use the M5Stack Core2 for AWS IoT EduKit in order to be eligible for a prize.

Where can I get technical support?

There are multiple ways to get technical support for your submission. First, see the resources provided on the contest page. Second, attend office hours—we will hold several office hours at TBD times. Third, ask a question on the contest discussion forum. We have AWS IoT technical experts monitoring the discussion forum and will respond as quickly as possible.

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