Make it Matter!

Create an innovative, human-centered, Matter-ready smart home application

Win up to $4,000+ in prizes!

Make it Matter!
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Other questions

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.
  • 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 nRF7002 Development Kit
  • Your hardware application must solve a problem related to smart home and Matter protocol.
  • Your hardware application must be submitted by Sep 29, 2023 at 12:00 PM PT.

Hardware/Software Build Requirements

  • Your project must be created using the Matter protocol
  • Your project must be created using the nRF7002 DK, Nordic Thingy:53 or the nRF5340 Development Kit
  • Your project must be a smart home solution

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 Nov 30, 2023 at 10:00 PM PT.
What are the judging criteria?

Your project will be judged according to the rubric below.

  • Project Documentation (30 points)
    Story/Instructions - Show how you created your project, including images, screenshots, and/or a video demonstration of your solution working as intended. Ask yourself: “If I were a beginner reading this project, would I understand how to recreate it?”
  • Complete BOM (10 points)
    Detail the hardware, software and/or tools used.
  • Schematics (10 points)
    Draw your circuit diagrams using software like and/or take detailed photographs.
  • Code & Contribution (20 points)
    Include working code with helpful comments.
  • Creativity (30 points)
    Your idea doesn’t have to be original, but it should be creative (a fresh take on an old idea is often worth as much as a brand new idea)
What are the prizes?
Wild Card
  • Smart Home Hub ($500 value)
Top Projects
  • 1st Place: $2000 virtual gift card + Nordic Swag
  • 2nd Place: $500 virtual gift card + Nordic Swag
  • 3rd Place: $300 virtual gift card + Nordic Swag
Runner Ups
  • T-shirt, swag and surprise hardware ($100 value) (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 Nov 30, 2023 at 10:00 PM PT by clicking “review and submit project” on the contest page.
What is the contest timeline?

Contest begins:

September 1, 2023 at 10:00 AM PT

Applications for hardware close:

September 29, 2023 at 12:00 PM PT

Hardware recipients announced:

October 5, 2023

Submissions close:

November 30, 2023 at 10:00 PM PT

Winners announced:

December 21, 2023

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

Free devices winners will be announced by October 5, 2023. The list of winners will be visible on the Apply for hardware tab.

Contest winners will be announced on December 21, 2023. 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.
Can nRF7002 DK, nRF5340 DK or Thingy:53 act as a Matter controller or hub?

No, nRF7002 DK, nRF5340 DK or Thingy:53 cannot act as a Matter controller, hub or gateway. They can be used to implement Matter accessory devices.

What can I use as a Matter controller or hub to control my Matter accessory devices?

You can use a PC with CHIP Tool for Linux or macOS as Matter controller, or you can use a commercial ecosystem such as Apple Home, Google Home, Samsung SmartThings or Amazon Alexa. For information on how to use CHIP Tool, see Testing Matter in the nRF Connect SDK.

What is the physical size of the nRF7002 DK?

The physical size of the nRF7002 DK is 136.53 x 63.5 mm. The height is approximately 14 mm. See nRF7002DK_dimensions for hardware drawings with the dimensions.

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