IoSP: The Internet of Solved Problems with Particle

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Ends on June 15, 2018 at 11:09 PM PT

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Prizes

Grand Prize
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The grand prize winner will receive hotel accommodations and a round-trip flight to San Francisco, California to meet the Particle team and attend a special event.
A one hour in-person consultation with a Particle expert on how to get the most out of their Particle projects.
A feature on the Particle blog highlighting their story.

$3,000 value

Second Place
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One second place entry will win the Ultimate bundle (described below).
A 30-minute phone consultation with the Particle team on how to continue building and get the most out of their project using Particle products.
A feature on the Particle blog highlighting their story.

$250 value

Third Place
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Two third place entries will win an ULTIMATE Particle Mesh bundle ($119 value) that includes the following:
1 Argon
1 Boron LTE
3 Xenon
1 Particle Ethernet FeatherWing
1 Particle Debugger
1 Adafruit FeatherWing Tripler

$119 value - 2 available

Runner Up
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Five runner-ups will win a Particle Mesh Wi-Fi Starter Bundle ($55 value) that includes the following:
1 Argon
1 Xenon
1 Particle Debugger
1 Adafruit FeatherWing Triple

$55 value - 5 available

Timeline

Project submissions open:

April 5, 2018 at 10:00 PM PT

Deadline to apply for Idea Approval Stage:

May 11, 2018 at 11:59 PM PT

Project submissions close:

June 15, 2018 at 11:09 PM PT

Winners announced by:

June 18, 2018

Contest brief

From our homes to our offices to the environment and beyond, our world is filled with a lot of opportunities to solve challenging problems. Luckily, it’s also filled with a whole lot of problem solvers like you!

You have the brains and determination to solve just about anything thrown at you. That’s why we’re so excited to kick off the Internet of Solved Problems contest.

How it works

Choose something in your day to day life (or bigger!) that could benefit from the power of IoT. Then build a solution to make it a reality.

Solve a problem with a Particle-powered solution. It’s as simple as that.

From now until May 11th, 2018 we will be accepting idea proposals from the Hackster contest community. Each submission must have:

  • A clear description of the problem you’d like to solve.
  • How you plan to use Particle to solve the problem you’ve identified.
  • Note: This contest is not open to team entries.

From the day your project is approved until June 25th, 2018 we will be accepting project submission from the Hackster contest community.

Our judges will pore over each and every submission and, after careful consideration, will give the best entries top prizes including first dibs on the new Particle Mesh hardware shipping this summer.

But wait...

...there’s more!

To help get the problem-solving-ball rolling, we are giving Particle Photon Kits to the first 50 folks who submit approved ideas, absolutely free of charge. Just make sure your idea is rock-solid, solves a specific, well-described problem, and complies with the rules of this contest.*

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*UPDATE: The first 50 approved ideas are in! Congratulations to the pre-contest hardware winners.

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Need some inspiration to get your solution juices flowing? Here are a few stellar projects from the community.

  • Maureen added an extra layer of security to her home with a specialized burglar alarm.
  • Cameron’s bot ensures air quality around the home is always known.
  • Nic’s water sensing project keeps his basement dry and undamaged.

And that’s just to name a few. What problem will you solve with Particle?

Useful Resources

  • Particle's Docs - Detailed documentation on how to make the most of your Particle projects.

The Prizes

  • Everyone who submits an approved idea will be given a promo code for free shipping for our Particle Mesh family products.
  • Everyone who submits a complete project will be entered to win one of 10 Particle Swag Bags to be given out at random.

GRAND PRIZE:

  • The grand prize winner will receive hotel accommodations and a round-trip flight to San Francisco, California to meet the Particle team and attend a special event.*
  • A one hour in-person consultation with a Particle expert on how to get the most out of their Particle projects.

*Grand prize flight and hotel accommodations limited to $1200

Second Place:

  • One second place entry will win the Ultimate bundle (described below).
  • A 30-minute phone consultation with the Particle team on how to continue building and get the most out of their project using Particle products.

Third Place:

Two third place entries will win an ULTIMATE Particle Mesh bundle ($119 value) that includes the following:

Runner-Up (5)

Five runner-ups will win a Particle Mesh Wi-Fi Starter Bundle ($55 value) that includes the following:

Judges

The Internet of Solving Problems Contest will be personally judged by Particle’s founders and a select few from the Particle team.

  • Zach Supalla - Founder & CEO
  • Zachary Crockett - Founder & CTO
  • Brittany Wightman - Business Development
  • Debbie Gillespie - Senior Engineer
  • Jonathan Beri - Senior Product Manager
  • Joe Quinn - Community Manager