Arduino / Distrelec: Automation & Robotics Contest

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Arduino / Distrelec: Automation & Robotics Contest
Arduino / Distrelec: Automation & Robotics Contest
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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.

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, an entry must meet the following content/technical requirements:

  • Projects should be submitted in the English language.
  • Your project must be created using an Arduino board.
  • Your project must be relevant to the theme of the contest.
  • Your final project must be fully documented and submitted on Arduino Project Hub with the project template.
  • Your final project documentation must include the following:

a) Images

b) Instructions

c) BOM (bill of materials)

d) Schematics

e) Code on Arduino Web Editor and CAD (if relevant to the project)

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.
What are the judging criteria?
  • Project documentation
  • Story/instructions: Show how you created your project, including images, screenshots, and/or video, here a tutorial on how to submit your project
  • BOM: Detail the hardware components as well as apps you used
  • Schematics: Use software like, draw your circuit diagrams, detailed photographs
  • Code: Include working code with helpful comments. (We really encourage you to use the Arduino Web Editor to write your code.)

Creativity: How does your project fit into the Arduino/Distrelec: Automation & Robotics contest theme?

What are the prizes?
  • Keithley Tabletop Multimeter DMM6500 + trip to Maker Faire Rome
  • WT 1010 Set:WT 1 Soldering Station, WTP 90 Soledering Iron, Safety Rest 200,XNT A Soldering tip, Barrel for XNT tips for WTP 90, Heating Element for WTP 90, LT H Soldering Tip, WSW SAC M1 0,8 mm Solder wire, 522N Side Cutter and 2ASASL TWEEZERS 120MM
FROM 3rd TO 10th
  • Grove Starter Kit by Seeed Studio (8 are available)
  • Until June 29th micro contests will be organized with prizes from Seeed Studio and RND
What are the steps to enter the contest?

Submit your concept by June 29th, 2018.

If you are not already a member, you will need to create a free account.

Register for the contest by clicking "Register as a participant" on the right column of the main contest page.

Add a new project by September 16th, 2018 clicking the "Add my Project" button and following the submission template.

Share detailed instructions with images in the story section

Share the bill of materials

Share the electronics schematics

Share the source code (preferably from Arduino Web Editor, see how in this tutorial.Optionally via Github or Bitbucket)

Share the CAD files (if relevant)

When done with all the documentation hit "Publish" on the project preview page.

What is the contest timeline?

Contest begins:

April 23, 2018 at 7:10 AM PT

Applications for hardware close:

June 29, 2018 at 11:59 PM PT

Submissions close:

September 16, 2018 at 11:59 PM PT

Winners announced:

October 1, 2018

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

Winners of free devices will be announced individually by email on a rolling basis.

Contest winners will be announced on October 1, 2018. 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 the time of entry:

  • You are a hobbyist or professional in the field of technology development.
  • 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 an Arduino or Distrelec employee

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