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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.

Do I need to participate in the pre-contest to submit a project?

No, you're welcome to submit an entry for the contest even if you haven't participated or won in the pre-contest.

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 help@hackster.io to appeal.
What are the entry requirements?

Pre-contest idea submission 11/04/2015 - 12/31/2015:

  • You must create a free Hackster.io account and register as a participant for this contest.
  • Your original idea must be submitted via the idea form. All ideas must be submitted in the English language.

Contest project submission 01/08/2016 and closes 03/18/2016:

  • Your project must be created using IDT's products
  • Your final project must be fully documented on Hackster per the “project” template.
  • Your final project must be submitted as within the projects template.
  • Your final project must consist of the following materials:
    • Images
    • Instructions
    • BOM
    • Schematics
    • Code
    • CAD if any

In addition:

  • 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.
What are the judging criteria?

Pre-contest idea submission:

  • Presentation (40 points)
    • The way you describe and present your idea. The easier to understand, the better!
  • Use of IDT's products (40 points)
    • Are you using the IDT to the full extent of its potential? Are you using it in ways never seen before?
  • Creativity (20 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). 

Contest project submission:

  • Project Documentation (60 points)
    • Story/Instructions – Show how you created your project, including images, screenshots, and/or video (20 points)
    • BOM – Detail the hardware components as well as apps you used (10 points)
    • Schematics – Use Scheme-it to draw your circuit diagrams, and/or take detailed photographs (10 points)
    • Code – Include working code with helpful comments (20 points)
    • Great photographs, videos, and screenshots are worth a thousand words. Ask yourself: "If I were a beginner reading this project, would I understand how to recreate it?"
  • Creativity (40 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). 
  • Are You an Overachiever?

    Do you feel the need to express your project in layout or create a PCB? If so use the free PCBweb (www.pcbweb.com) design tool and leverage IDT wireless power templates to help take your project to the next level.  Share your Gerber files when submitting your entry as extra credit (+10 points).

What are the prizes?
1st Prize
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5 + Samsung Gear S2
2nd Prize
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge + Samsung Gear S2 (2 are available)
3rd Prize
  • Samsung Gear S2 (3 are available)
What are the steps to enter the contest?

Pre-contest idea submission:

  1. If you are not already a member, you will need to create a free Hackster.io account.
  2. Register for the contest by clicking "Register as a participant" on the main contest page.
  3. Submit your idea for a hack using the IDT by clicking "Submit my idea for the pre-contest" and filling in the form.
  4. One submission per person.
  5. Teams of any size are allowed.
  6. Participant agrees to pay local tax at custom if applicable in order to receive the IDT kit shipment.

Contest project submission:

  1. Build your project using IDT's products
  2. Add a new project by clicking the + symbol at the top right side of the screen and follow the submission template.
  3. Share detailed instructions with images in the story section
  4. Share the bill of materials
  5. Share the electronics schematics
  6. Share the source code (optionally via Github or Bitbucket)
  7. Share the CAD files if any



What is the contest timeline?

Contest begins:

January 8, 2016 at 4:38 PM PT

Submissions close:

March 18, 2016 at 4:38 PM PT

Winners announced:

March 25, 2016

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

Pre-contest winners will be announced by January 8, 2016. The list of winners will be visible on the main page (Contest brief).

Contest winners will be announced on March 25, 2016. 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 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 Challenges.
  • 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 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.

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