- Did I win the contest? When will I receive my prize?
- Free hardware application: Do I have to submit a project entry if I receive free hardware?
- Free hardware application: How many free devices are available?
- Free hardware application: How many ideas can I submit?
- Free hardware application: I was notified that I was selected to receive one of free devices. When will I receive it?
- Free hardware application: What happens if I receive free hardware and do not submit a project entry?
- Free hardware application: What kind of idea is more likely to win free hardware?
- I submitted my project but it says "Awaiting moderation". Will it affect my eligibility?
- My project is locked and I can't edit it anymore. Why is that?
- Somebody copied my entry! What can I do?
- What are the entry requirements?
- What are the judging criteria?
- What are the prizes?
- What are the steps to enter the contest?
- What is the contest timeline?
- When will winners be announced? Where can I see the list?
- Who is eligible to participate?
- Can I submit multiple submissions?
- Can I use other hardware in my submission in addition to the M5Stack Core2 for AWS IoT EduKit?
- Can participants enter a submission as a team?
- How much will my AWS service costs be?
- Is the M5Stack Core2 for AWS IoT EduKit hardware required in the final submission?
- Where can I get technical support?
If you are a winner, we will contact you directly via email to arrange the shipment of your prize.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know as soon as possible. We may choose to arrange for the hardware to be shipped to another participant.
To be eligible for judging, you must meet ALL of the following requirements unless otherwise stated:
- 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.
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.
- Narrated Video Demonstration ( 10 points)
Provide a video that includes a voiceover narration of your solution.
- $5,000 Amazon.com Gift Card*
- $2,000 Amazon.com Gift Card (2 are available)
- $200 Amazon.com Gift Card (5 are available)
Step 1: Register for the Contest
- Start by creating a free account on Hackster.io (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.
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
September 19, 2021 at 8:00 PM PT
September 30, 2021
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).
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 email@example.com.
- 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.
Yes. Please ensure they are sufficiently different.
Yes. The M5Stack Core2 for AWS IoT EduKit makes expansion easy with multiple ports and stackable modules.
Yes, however, the prize will be split among team members - and it is up to the team leader to allocate the prize among participants.
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.
Yes. Contest submissions must use the M5Stack Core2 for AWS IoT EduKit in order to be eligible for a prize.
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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