IoT Into the Wild Contest for Sustainable Planet 2022

Show us the power of IoT, AI, and Edge Computing for saving the Earth and biodiversity!

Total prize pool of $14,000+

IoT Into the Wild Contest for Sustainable Planet 2022
IoT Into the Wild Contest for Sustainable Planet 2022
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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?
104 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 create a Hackster account.
  • You must be registered as a participant for this Contest.
  • You must join Seeed Discord Community:
  • You must follow Seeed Studio's LinkedIn page:
  • Your entry must be your own original work.
  • Your entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other Hackster contests in the past.
  • Your team is no more than 5 members per entry (in case it's a team 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 (in case it's a team entry).

Hardware Application Requirements

Note: If you choose to submit an application for free hardware, you must meet the following requirements.

  • 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 entry must use hardware in case you are selected to get the hardware.
  • Your hardware application must be submitted by Aug 8, 2022 at 11:59 PM PT.

Project Documentation Requirements

  • Your project must include a project name, short project description, cover image, bill of materials (BOM), full instructions, images, videos, and relevant resource files (schematics, code, CAD), etc.
  • Your project must be written in English.
  • Your project must be submitted by Sep 27, 2022 at 11:59 PM PT.
What are the judging criteria?

Your project will be judged according to the rubric below.

I. Impact: 0-25 Points

‘Impact’ criterion measures the significance level of the project in consideration of affected areas, altruistic value creation, and spillover effects in various domains, that are relevant to the 5 Challenge Topics and 21 sub-challenge topics from the Contest page.

II. Innovativeness: 0-25 Points

‘Innovativeness’ criterion measures if the project introduces or invents new, innovative, and creative ways of problem solving, using emerging technologies and holistic design.

III. Scalability: 0-25 Points

‘Scalability’ criterion measures the project’s prototype readiness for scaling-up scenarios, that can be assessed through looking at the complete list of BOM, ‘written’ project documentation (including well-founded academic research findings, proper citations, replicable project recipes/instructions/guidelines, future plans), ‘visual’ project documentation (including photos, videos, thumbnail images, demos, hardware schematics), as well as the project outcomes’ effectiveness and feasibility.

IV. Bonus: 0-25 Points

‘Bonus’ criterion gives extra points primarily to those who contribute to help other community members by actively sharing their experiences online, as well as projects that used hardware and software products of Seeed Studio, Helium, Microsoft, and Edge Impulse.

What are the prizes?
Excellent Sustainable and Scalable Project Award
  • Project Scale-up Pack ($10,000 value)
Innovative and Creative Project Award
  • 👉 US$ 500 Seeed Coupon for any Seeed "IoT Into the Wild" products (5 are available)
Enthusiastic Project Award
  • 👉 US$ 200 Seeed Coupon for any Seeed "IoT Into the Wild" products (10 are available)
Best Helium Award
  • 👉 Financial Support of USD $2,500 for Visiting Helium’s On-Site Event and Becoming a Speaker at the Event to Present Your Project On-Stage
Helium Award
  • 👉 Helium Data Credits (Value of USD $50 for Each Person) (10 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 September 27, 2022 (11:59P.M. PT) by clicking “Review and submit project” on the contest page.
What is the contest timeline?

Contest begins:

June 8, 2022 at 7:00 PM PT

Applications for hardware close:

August 8, 2022 at 11:59 PM PT

Hardware recipients announced:

August 9, 2022

Submissions close:

September 27, 2022 at 11:59 PM PT

Winners announced:

October 11, 2022

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

Free devices winners will be announced by August 9, 2022. The list of winners will be visible on the Apply for hardware tab.

Contest winners will be announced on October 11, 2022. 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 your legal guardian's permission and have them complete Hackster’s contest permission form prior to submitting an entry for this Contest. For any inquiries, contact
  • 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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