Netduino: Connected Things Using C# and .NET

Build connected things with .NET.

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Ends on August 17, 2018 at 11:59 PM PT

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Best Overall - 1st place

Hardware hack kit (includes a 3D printer, oscilloscope, and more!), secret package from Wilderness Labs CEO/Co-Founder, and early access to prototype board

$2,600 value

Honorable Submission - up to 10

Secret package from Wilderness Labs CEO/Co-Founder, Bryan Costanich, and early access to prototype board

$2,000 value - 10 available


Project submissions open:

June 13, 2018 at 12:00 AM PT

Deadline to apply for free devices:

July 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM PT

Project submissions close:

August 17, 2018 at 11:59 PM PT

Winners announced by:

August 23, 2018

Contest brief

We are challenging you to create innovative solutions using Netduino and the .NET MicroFramework, an open source hardware platform that runs real IoT on a microcontroller.

Today, non-mobile connected devices outnumber mobile phones 4:1, and in just a few years, connected things will outnumber mobile phones 10:1, with 75 billion connected devices predicted by 2025. Powered by microcontrollers and commodity hardware advancements as a by product of the world going mobile, in a few years, nearly all new products will be connected.

This hardware revolution is the single most important thing happening in computing today, and Wilderness Labs is hard at work enabling the developers of today to be a part of it; in fact the revolution depends on hackers, makers, and tinkerers like you to create the technology experiences of tomorrow.

With Netduino.Foundation, we’ve created a platform that takes much of the complexity out of hardware development and enables a plug and play development experience where you can create sophisticated hardware solutions using C#. Partner that with Xamarin, and you can create great mobile apps that talk to and control connected things and write these solutions, end to end in .NET.

The only thing missing now, is you! Real IoT is going to be built by real developers hacking away building things that we could never imagine. That’s where you come in. Join us in building creative solutions using Netduino and the .NET Microframework.

Don’t have a Netduino? No problem, we’re giving away a total of 40 Netduino 3 WiFi or Netduino 3 Ethernet boards to folks who submit well-thought out project applications. But you better hurry, if you need a board, the sponsored project proposal deadline is July 1.

And to sweeten the deal, all contest winners will receive early beta access to Meadow; the successor to Netduino which runs full .Net Standard 2 applications on a microcontroller.

If you don’t receive a Netduino from us or want to get one in your hands sooner, use HCONTEST to receive a 15% discount on any of our Netduino products sold on Amazon. This code is valid until July 30, 2018.

Winning Prizes

Best Overall Submission - 1st place

The best overall projects submission author will receive a hardware prototyping hack kit which includes a 3D printer, oscilloscope, and early beta access to Meadow; Wilderness Labs’ vNext hardware platform which brings full .Net Standard to a microcontroller.

You’ll also get a hand-crafted secret care package from Wilderness Labs CEO and co-founder, Bryan Costanich.

Honorable Submissions

Up to ten other great submissions, will also receive a secret care package, and early access to Meadow.

Meadow Beta Access:

Meadow is the successor to Netduino. It runs full .Net Standard 2 apps on a microcontroller via Mono. It’s secure from the hardware up, and is manageable via the cloud. We anticipate delivering private beta access to the winners end of summer.

Ready to get started?

  • Register for the contest on this page.
  • Submit your project idea by July 1 for a chance to win a free Netduino for your project.
  • Design, build, and submit your project by August 17th.

Project Submissions

Submission should include:

  • Detailed description of your project. What is it, what does it do, how does it work?
  • Quality images and/or videos
  • Story with clear instructions
  • BOM (Bill of Materials)
  • Source code and schematics if available

Check out these Netduino Hackster projects for examples of good submissions:

Getting Started with Netduino

Check out the following resources to help you get started building connected things with Netduino:


  • Project submission opens - June 13, 2018
  • Deadline to apply for free Netduino - July 1, 2018
  • Project submission closed - August 17, 2018
  • Winners announced - August 23, 2018

About Wilderness Labs

Wilderness Labs is setting out to make hardware development as fast and easy as software. We enable the vast community of .NET developers to build next generation hardware experiences. We are the shepherds of Netduino; an open-source, open-hardware development platform and the creators of Netduino.Foundation; a framework that greatly simplifies the building of connected things with Netduino.

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