Secure Everything with Azure Sphere

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Secure Everything with Azure Sphere
Secure Everything with Azure Sphere

FAQ

General


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.

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?

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.
  • 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/Software Build Requirements

  • Your project must be created using the Azure Sphere MT3620 Starter Kit
  • Your project must be created using Microsoft Azure Cloud Services
  • Your project must be a/an security solution
  • Your project must solve a problem related to security

You must register your Azure Sphere using the instructions below:

1. Download and unzip the Contest Registration application (to a writeable region of your local hard-drive or other storage. This is a small Windows App for daily sync with contest server. Download the ZIP file from the following URL: http://avnet.me/azsphere-contest-app

2. Launch the sk_server_registration.exe application. The Computer on which this application is run, must have a valid Azure Sphere SDK tool installation (ie. Verify beforehand that the computer can communicate with an attached Starter Kit using the SDK’s azsphere command-line interface).
Note also that this computer must be connected to the internet.

3. Connect your Azure Sphere MT3620 Starter Kit via the provided USB cable to this developmentcomputer and allow a couple of seconds for the board to finish booting it’s OS.

4. Enter your User info (email, city, zip, country, device name). This only needs to be typed one time, thenext time that the App is run, these fields will auto populate.

5. Press the Read Device button in the application user interface, to read Device info from your Starter Kit.A script command window will open briefly then close after capturing the device info. This step always requires that a Starter Kit is attached. If red text is seen in the console window, it is likely due to the script being executed too soon after power-up of the board. Simply press the Read Device button again to ensure that valid Device info gets captured.

6. Press the Send to Server button. This will post an encrypted version of the session information to the Contest Server. You may now close the application and disconnect the Starter Kit.

You must register at least once per day for 30 days in order to be eligible for the Tier 1 prizes. You must register for 15 days in order to be eligible for the Tier 2 prizes. You have until October 27th, 2019 to complete this condition.

Tier 1 entries can be considered for Tier 2 and Tier 3 prizes. Non-winning Tier 2 and Tier 3 entries cannot be considered for Tier 1 prizes.

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 Oct 27, 2019 at 11:59 PM PT.

Hackster Impact Prize Additional Requirements:

Your project must include a paragraph describing which SDG it contributes to, and how it contributes to it.

What are the judging criteria?

Your project will be judged according to the rubric below.

  • Project Documentation (30 points)
    Story/Instructions - Show how you created your project, including 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?”
  • Complete BOM (10 points)
    Detail the hardware, software and/or tools used.
  • Schematics (10 points)
    Draw your circuit diagrams using software like Fritzing.org and/or take detailed photographs.
  • Code & Contribution (20 points)
    Include working code with helpful comments.
  • Creativity (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)

For the Hackster Impact Prize, your project will be judged according to the rubric below.

  • Impact (40 points)
    How big of a problem are you solving? How well does your solution address the problem? How feasible is it? How easy will it be to implement at scale?
  • Project Documentation (40 points)
    Story/Instructions - Show how you created your project, including 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?”

    Complete BOM and Schematics -
    Detail the hardware, software and/or tools used. Draw your circuit diagrams using software like Fritzing.org and/or take detailed photographs.

    Code & Contribution -
    Include working code with helpful comments.
  • 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)
What are the prizes?
Tier 1
  • Microsoft Hololens 2 ($3,500 value) (3 are available)
Tier 2
  • Surface Laptop 2 ($1,000 value) (7 are available)
Tier 3
  • Raspberry Pi 4 ($35 value) (500 are available)
Hackster Impact Prize
  • $250 Gift card + $100 Adafruit Gift card + Video interview + More ($530 value) (5 are available)
What are the steps to enter the contest?

Step 1: Register for the Contest

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.
  • As you're building your project, remember to register your device once a day for 15-30 days using the app referenced in the Requirements section.

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 Oct 27, 2019 at 11:59 PM PT by clicking “review and submit project” on the contest page.
  • Indicate the unique device name used to register your device on the app in the indicated field upon project submission so we may accurately identify you have fulfilled this requirement.

For doing this, you will receive one (1) Contest entry. There is a limit of 1 entries per person/team.

Any attempt by any you to obtain more than the stated number of entries by using multiple/different accounts, email addresses, identities, registrations, logins, or any other methods will void your entries and you may be disqualified. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited.

We are not responsible for excess, lost, late, or incomplete entries. If disputed, entries will be deemed submitted by the “authorized account holder” of the email address, social media account, or other method used to enter. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned to an email address by an internet or online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses.

What is the contest timeline?

Contest begins:

July 17, 2019 at 8:00 AM PT

Submissions close:

October 27, 2019 at 11:59 PM PT

Winners announced:

November 15, 2019

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

Contest winners will be announced on November 15, 2019. 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
  • 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.

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