The Arduino Internet of Holiday Things

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Arduino-ho-ho-ho! 'Tis the season to tech the halls with some MKR1000-powered projects for a chance to win $1K to the Arduino Store + More!
The Arduino Internet of Holiday Things
The Arduino Internet of Holiday Things
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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.

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:

You must create a free account and register as a participant for this contest
  • Projects should be submitted in the English language
  • Your project must be created using an Arduino MKR1000
  • Your project must be relevant to the theme of the contest (Internet of Holiday Things)
  • 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
  • f) 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 Internet of Holiday Things theme?
  • What are the prizes?
    1st prize
    • $1,000 Arduino Store Gift Certificate
    2nd prize
    • $500 Arduino Store Gift Certificate
    3rd prize
    • $250 Arduino Store Gift Certificate
    From 4th to 10th prize
    • $85 Arduino Store Gift Certificate + MKR1000 (7 are available)
    From 11th to 25th prize
    • MKR1000 (15 are available)
    What are the steps to enter the contest?

    Submit your project by January 30th, 2017.

    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 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

    You just need to wait fro your project to be approved, so it will show up in the

    What is the contest timeline?

    Contest begins:

    December 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM PT

    Submissions close:

    January 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM PT

    Winners announced:

    February 17, 2017

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

    Contest winners will be announced on February 17, 2017. 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
  • 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 employee
  • Couldn't find an answer to your question? Email us.