The Future of Resilience Contest

Create sustainable and thriving communities that are well-equipped to face future challenges with the power of real-time IoT

Total prize pool of $7,000+

The Future of  Resilience Contest
The Future of  Resilience 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?
100 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, you must meet ALL of the following requirements unless otherwise stated:

General Requirements

  • You must be registered as a participant for this contest.
  • You must join Microchip's Hackster hub.
  • 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

Note: 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 AVR IoT Cellular Mini
  • Your hardware application must solve a problem related to predictive maintenance or waste management in smart city context.
  • Your hardware application must be submitted by Dec 10, 2023 at 12:00 PM PT.

Hardware/Software Build Requirements

  • Your project must be created using the AVR IoT Cellular Mini
  • Your project must solve a problem related to predictive maintenance or waste management in smart city context.

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 Mar 31, 2024 at 8:00 PM PT.
What are the judging criteria?

Your project will be judged according to the rubric below.

Project Definition and Plan (30 points)

  • What problem are you trying to solve, why is it important and how is it relevant to the theme of the competition?
  • How are you approaching your project's "impact"? What kind of community/communities can your project affect?
  • If a team effort how the tasks will be divided among the team members.
  • What is your project innovative or creative aspects.

Project Hardware Design and Implementation (30 points)

  • Include a system architecture to illustrate your overall design.
  • Include schematics, PCB design, mechanical drawings, BOM and assembly instructions.
  • Show how you created your project, including images, screenshots, and/or a video demonstration of your solution working as intended. (video demos get bonus points)

Project Software Design and Implementation (30 points)

  • Include working code listings (or repository access) with helpful comments.
  • Includes any design documentation and approaches to fault tolerance.

Project Summary (10 Points)

  • Document the effectiveness of the solution provided by the project, learnings, or corrections in the implementation of the project along the way.
  • Did the project implementation satisfy the Project definition scope?
  • How well did the test criteria results meet the expectations?
  • What would be done differently or improved?
  • Ask yourself: “If I were a beginner reading this project, would I understand how to recreate it?”
What are the prizes?
1st Place
  • $1000 E Giftcard + Tool Kit + Special Swag Pak ($1,260 value) (3 are available)
2nd Place
  • $500 E Giftcard + Coffee Machine + Special Swag Pak ($699 value) (3 are available)
3rd Place
  • $300 E Giftcard + Special Swag Pak ($340 value) (3 are available)
Runner Ups
  • Lighted Tape Measure + Special Swag Pak ($50 value) (5 are available)
What are the steps to enter the contest?

Step 1: Register for the Contest

  • Start by creating a free account on (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 Mar 31, 2024 at 8:00 PM PT by clicking “review and submit project” on the contest page.
What is the contest timeline?

Contest begins:

November 14, 2023 at 2:00 PM PT

Applications for hardware close:

December 10, 2023 at 12:00 PM PT

Hardware recipients announced:

December 18, 2023

Submissions close:

March 31, 2024 at 8:00 PM PT

Winners announced:

April 29, 2024

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

Free devices winners will be announced by December 18, 2023. The list of winners will be visible on the Apply for hardware tab.

Contest winners will be announced on April 29, 2024. 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
    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
  • 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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