Exploring Cellular IoT with the Hologram Nova and RaspberryPi

How Far Will You Go?

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Prizes

Best in Remote Controlling
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Apple Watch Series 3 + Hologram Advanced Kit + $100 Hologram data credit

$750 value - 2 available

Best in Remote Monitoring
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Apple Watch Series 3 + Hologram Advanced Kit + $100 Hologram data credit

$750 value - 2 available

Timeline

Project submissions open:

October 5, 2017 at 8:00 AM PT

Deadline to apply for free devices:

October 27, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT

Project submissions close:

January 22, 2018 at 11:59 PM PT

Winners announced by:

January 30, 2018

Contest brief

UPDATE: The project submission deadline has been extended to January 22, 2018 and Hologram has added some sweet goodies to each prize category - $100 Hologram data credit and the Hologram Advanced Kit with Raspberry Pi 3 SBC.

We have partnered with Hologram.io to bring you a brand new cellular gateway contest!

The Nova Cellular USB Modem is the newest piece of hardware announced by Hologram.io, a leading company dedicated to enabling worldwide connectivity. As the world of IoT grows, the ways our devices communicate is changing just as fast.

We want to see what you can accomplish using both the Nova Cellular USB Modem and the Raspberry Pi Zero W. Use cases for this pairing can include but are not limited to vehicle fleet/ride share monitoring, ocean tide tracking, remote controlling delivery drones, and more.

Using Hologram's Cellular Network via the Nova Cellular USB Modem allows for new ways to connect. The Nova supports all Debian based systems and all cellular generations and global bands including:

The announcement of the Nova is followed with Hologram's announcement of their new Python SDK. Python abstracts the complexity of cellular AT commands and will make working with the software much easier, allowing you to accomplish your project goals faster.

We are happy to announce that we are giving away 200 Raspberry Pi Zero W Kits and Hologram's newly launched Nova Cellular USB Modem! To apply for free hardware, just submit an idea before the idea submission deadline.

If you did not win a Raspberry Pi Zero W Kit and the Nova Cellular USB Modem, you can purchase them separately here and here.

We are looking for developers interested in cellular gateways and networks - whether you're new to cellular connectivity or an expert, we want to see what you can do!

Required Hardware:

Suggested Hardware/Software:

  • NodeMCU ESP8266
  • u-blox GPS breakout

Hologram is most interested in and will reward prizes to projects top that concern one of the following four categories:

  • Gateways back-hauled through cellular (wifi nodes to cellular, BLE nodes to cellular, LoRaWAN nodes to cellular, etc)
  • Asset tracking (bike, vehicle, kid, pet, etc.)
  • Remote controlling (drones, rovers, boats, robots, etc.)
  • Remote monitoring

Timeline:

Project Submission Opens: Oct 5, 2017 at 8:00 AM PT

Idea Submission Deadline: Oct 27, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT

Project Submission Deadline: Jan 22, 2018 at 11:59 PM PT

Winners Announced: Jan 30, 2018 at 8:00 AM PT

Keep checking this page for updates & announcements and good luck!