Are You An IoT Jedi? Join the Particle Alliance!

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Are You An IoT Jedi? Join the Particle Alliance!
Are You An IoT Jedi? Join the Particle Alliance!
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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.

Do I need to participate in the pre-contest to submit a project?

No, you're welcome to submit an entry for the contest even if you haven't participated or won in the pre-contest.

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, an entry must meet the following content/technical requirements:

Pre-contest (ending 11/30/2015 at 11:59 pm):

  • You must create a free account and register as a participant for this contest.
  • Your original idea must be submitted via the idea form. All ideas must be submitted in the English language.
  • Your idea must use Particle Photon or Core.

Contest (ending 02/29/2016 at 11:59 pm):

  • Your project must be created using a Particle Core or Particle Photon.
  • Your final project must be fully documented on Hackster per the “project” template.
  • Your final project must be submitted as within the projects template.
  • Your final project must consist of the following materials:
    • Images
    • Instructions
    • BOM
    • Schematics
    • Code
    • CAD if any

In addition:

  • your entry must be your own original work; and
  • your entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other contest; and
  • you must have obtained any and all consents, approvals or licenses required for you to submit your entry; and
  • your entry may not include any third party trademarks (logos, names) or copyrighted materials (music, images, video, recognizable people) unless you have obtained permission to use the materials.


What are the judging criteria?

Pre-contest (ending 11/30/2015 at 11:59 pm):

  • Presentation (20 points)
    • The way you describe and present your idea. The easier to understand, the better!
  • Use of the/a/an Particle Photon or Core (40 points)
    • Are you using the Particle Core or Photon to the full extent of its potential? Are you using it in ways never seen before?
  • Creativity (20 points)
    • Your idea should relate to, be clearly inspired by, or celebrate the Star Wars films

Contest (ending 02/29/2016 at 11:59 pm):

  • Project Documentation (60 points)
    • Story/Instructions – Show how you created your project, including images, screenshots, and/or video (20 points)
    • BOM – Detail the hardware components as well as apps you used (10 points)
    • Schematics – Use software like, draw your circuit diagrams, and/or take detailed photographs (10 points)
    • Code – Include working code with helpful comments (20 points)
    • Great photographs, videos, and screenshots are worth a thousand words. Ask yourself: "If I were a beginner reading this project, would I understand how to recreate it?"
  • Creativity (40 points)
    • Does your idea address the theme of Star Wars in a creative fashion? 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?
The Jedi
  • Star Wars™ Edition HP Notebook
The Bounty Hunter
  • PlayStation 4 Limited Edition STAR WARS™ Battlefront 500GB Bundle
The Droid
  • Sphero BB-8™ App-Enabled Droid
What are the steps to enter the contest?

Pre-Contest (ending 11/30/2015 at 11:59 pm):

  1. If you are not already a member, you will need to create a free account.
  2. Register for the contest by clicking "Register as a participant" on the main contest page.
  3. Submit your Star Wars themed idea by clicking "Submit my idea for the pre-contest" and filling in the form.
  4. You can submit as many ideas as you like.
  5. Any team size is allowed, but winning teams must choose one person to receive the prize.
  6. Participant agrees to pay local tax at custom if applicable in order to receive the Particle Photon shipment.

Contest (ending 2/29/2016 at 11:59 pm):

  1. Build your project using the Particle Core or Photon
  2. Add a new project by clicking the + symbol at the top right side of the screen and follow the submission template.
  3. Share detailed instructions with images in the story section
  4. Share the bill of materials
  5. Share the electronics schematics
  6. Share the source code (optionally via Github or Bitbucket)
  7. Share the CAD files if any
What is the contest timeline?

Contest begins:

December 1, 2015 at 12:01 AM PT

Submissions close:

February 29, 2016 at 11:59 PM PT

Winners announced:

March 11, 2016

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

Pre-contest winners will be announced by December 4, 2015. The list of winners will be visible on the main page (Contest brief).

Contest winners will be announced on March 11, 2016. 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 are a hobbyist or professional in the field of technology development; and
    • If you are considered a minor in your place of residence, then you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Challenges.
  • You are NOT a resident of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria; and
    • US. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore residents of these countries/regions are not eligible to participate.
  • You are not involved the execution or administration of this Challenge;and
  • You are not an immediate family member of (parent, sibling, spouse/domestic partner, child) or household member of a Hackster employee.

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