Exploring Cellular IoT with the Hologram Nova and RaspberryPi

Congratulations to all the winners! Check out the winning projects below.

Best in Gateways

Each winner was awarded a Apple Watch Series 3 + Hologram Advanced Kit + $100 Hologram data credit ($750 value)

Best in Remote Controlling

Each winner was awarded a Apple Watch Series 3 + Hologram Advanced Kit + $100 Hologram data credit ($750 value)

Best in Asset Tracking

Each winner was awarded a Apple Watch Series 3 + Hologram Advanced Kit + $100 Hologram data credit ($750 value)

Best in Remote Monitoring

Each winner was awarded a Apple Watch Series 3 + Hologram Advanced Kit + $100 Hologram data credit ($750 value)

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Tom Campbell
Connor Jordan
Aidan Richard Taylor
CSAD IoT Crop Care
CSAD IoT Crop Care Project
Best in Remote Monitoring
CSAD IoT Crop Care Project
Trail Camera
Best in Remote Monitoring
Trail Camera
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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.

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?
200 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 help@hackster.io 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; however, we might favor a newer entry if it is considerably better than the original. 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, an entry must meet the following content/technical requirements:

To receive a free hardware:

  • You must create a free Hackster.io account and register as a participant for this contest.
  • Your original idea must be submitted via the idea form.
  • Ideas should be submitted in the English language.
  • Your idea must include use of the Nova Cellular USB Modem and the Raspberry Pi Zero W.

To win one of the Grand Prizes:

  • Your project must be created using the Nova Cellular USB Modem and the Raspberry Pi Zero W.
  • Your project must be relevant to the theme of the contest.
  • Your final project must be fully documented on Hackster with the project template.
  • Your final project must be submitted using the project template.
  • Your final project documentation must include the following:

a) Images

b) Instructions

c) BOM

d) Schematics

e) Code

f) CAD (if relevant to the project)

In addition:

  • Your entry must be your own original work; and
  • your entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other contest; and
  • you must have obtained any and all consents, approvals or licenses required for you to submit your entry; and
  • 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?

Winners are selected based on the following criteria:

Project Documentation (60 points)

  • Story/Instructions - Show how you created your project, including images, screenshots, and/or video
  • BOM – Detail the hardware components as well as apps you used
  • Schematics – Use software like Fritzing.org, draw your circuit diagrams, detailed photographs
  • Code – Include working code with helpful comments
  • Great photographs, videos, and screenshots are worth a thousand words. Ask yourself: "If I were a beginner reading this project, would I understand how to recreate it?"
  • Project must clearly address the contest theme
  • Project must be able to explain a complicated idea simply

Creativity (25 points)

  • Your idea doesn't have to be perfect , but it should be creative (a fresh take on an old idea is often worth as much as a brand new idea).

Use of Hologram Services (15 points)

  • Use of the Nova Cellular USB Modem and the Raspberry Pi Zero W and/or more of the suggested hardware and software.
What are the prizes?
Best in Gateways
  • Apple Watch Series 3 + Hologram Advanced Kit + $100 Hologram data credit (2 are available)
Best in Remote Controlling
  • Apple Watch Series 3 + Hologram Advanced Kit + $100 Hologram data credit (2 are available)
Best in Asset Tracking
  • Apple Watch Series 3 + Hologram Advanced Kit + $100 Hologram data credit (2 are available)
Best in Remote Monitoring
  • Apple Watch Series 3 + Hologram Advanced Kit + $100 Hologram data credit (2 are available)
What are the steps to enter the contest?
  • Submit your idea by Oct 27, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT
  • If you are not already a member, you will need to create a free Hackster.io account.
  • Register for the contest by clicking "Register as a participant" on the main contest page.
  • Submit your idea by clicking "Apply to receive a hardware" fill in the form.
  • Teams of up to 3 people are allowed.
  • Participant agrees to pay local tax at customs if applicable in order to receive the free hardware.
  • Idea reviews and hardware awarding make take up to 14 days from date of submission.
  • US export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore, residents of these countries/regions are not eligible to participate.

How to submit your project to be eligible to win one of the grand prizes (no purchase necessary, no prior entries required):

  • Build and submit your project by Jan 22, 2018 at 11:59 PM PT
  • Build your project using the Nova Cellular USB Modem and the Raspberry Pi Zero W
  • Add a new project by clicking the "+" symbol at the top right side of the screen and follow 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 (optionally via Github or Bitbucket).
  • Share the CAD files (if relevant).
What is the contest timeline?

Contest begins:

October 5, 2017 at 8:00 AM PT

Applications for hardware close:

October 27, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT

Submissions close:

January 22, 2018 at 11:59 PM PT

Winners announced:

January 30, 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 January 30, 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 time of entry:

  • You are a hobbyist or professional in the field of technology development and
  • 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 a resident of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria; and
  • US. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore, residents of these countries/regions are not eligible to participate.
  • You are not involved in the execution or administration of this Challenge; and
  • You are not an immediate family member of (parent, sibling, spouse/domestic partner, child) or household member of a Hackster employee;
  • Your entry cannot be run or conducted in a way that conflicts with any Hologram policies or terms of service, including this Promotion Policy, our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, User Content and Conduct Policy, and you must not encourage participants in your entry to engage in any activity that would violate any of our policies or terms of service.
  • You are not a Hologram employee, a Raspberry Pi employee or a Government Official
  • Persons who are (1) residents of US embargoed countries, (2) ordinarily resident in US embargoed countries, or (3) otherwise prohibited by applicable export controls and sanctions programs may not participate in this contest.
  • You hereby release Hologram and its affiliates from any liability associated with your entry and you agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Hologram, its parent corporation, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, and agents, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs, or debt and expenses (including attorney's fees) arising from: (i) your use of and access to Hologram for your entry; (ii) your violation of any term of this Promotion Policy or any other Hologram policies; (iii) any violation within your entry of any third party right, including any copyright, property, publicity (including defamation), or privacy right; (iv) any claim from any third party relating to or arising from your entry including for any prizes awarded or the failure to award such prizes; or (v) any claim that your entry violates any law, rule, or regulation. This defense and indemnification obligation will survive the termination of the service, changes to this Promotion Policy or any other Hologram policies.

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