Onion.io Presents the Summer '17 Omega-thon

Calling all students - It's time for fun in the summertime with the Omega2. Create a fun and summer-themed project while off from school.

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Contest status

Submissions close in

Ends on August 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT

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Project submissions open:

July 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM PT

Deadline to apply for Product discount coupons for registered participants:

August 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT

Project submissions close:

August 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT

Winners announced by:

September 4, 2017

Contest brief


Fun in the Summertime with the Omega2 is the theme for this “Omega-thon” virtual student hackathon taking place this summer. The Omega2 is fun, so we want you to create cool projects (maybe to keep you cool during the hot summer). And the Omega2 is wifi-connected out of the box. So we want you to make something that is wireless, either connected to the internet or using the wifi (or other wireless comm) in some way to communicate. And if you want, you can use one of our great partners to help you up in the cloud (of that nice summer day).

The Omega2 is a tiny but powerful computer module that runs Linux, is programmed with languages like Python and Node-JS, and is wirelessly connected to the internet with it's built in wifi.

You can plug your Omega2 into one of Onion's Dock board to give it power and get access to the I/O like USB, I2C, I2S, SPI, UART, etc. Then, into the "header" connector, you can attach other Onion Expansion boards for additional functionality.

And if you have a lot of Arduino experience, you can use Onion's Arduino Dock which gets you a dual processing system, adding the Arduino Uno ATMega328 together with the powerful Omega2.

If you are excited to join the contest, but looking for inspirational ideas, check out our latest project book, chock full of cool examples of internet connection applications you can build with the Omega2. You can download it for free here.

Contest rules


•You must be an active student (of any age) enrolled in a college, middle or high school in North America

•No experience necessary. The Omega2 is that easy to use and learn.


•Needs to use the Omega2 module. Optionally, it can use any or all of Onion’s great Expansion docks and boards

•Needs to be wireless in some fashion. You can use one of Onion’s Cloud partners, use some other communication app like Twitter, or simply use the Omega2 module's wifi or other wireless communication interface like bluetooth, LPWan, etc.

Judging criteria

Projects need to be fun and have something to do with the summer. Judging criteria will be in usefulness, innovation, and of course, WOW factor.

Crowd voting will be used to select the top 5 finalists. Then the judging team will select the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

How to enter

Register on line at Hackster.io

Once you register, you will get a coupon code to help you purchase Omega2 modules and expansion boards

Go to the Onion Omega2 Getting Started Site and Videos

Go to Cloud Partner sites to learn about their offering

Come up with your project and get going

Full rules

You can be inspired by other work and project examples that are posted on the Onion site or on Hackster.io. But we ask that you only submit projects that are based on your own work and creativity. Good Luck!

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