IoSP: The Internet of Solved Problems with Particle

Total prize pool of $3,000+

IoSP: The Internet of Solved Problems with Particle
IoSP: The Internet of Solved Problems with Particle
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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.

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 Idea Approval Stage are available?
50 Idea Approval Stage 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 Idea Approval Stage. When will I receive it?
We will notify you via email when Idea Approval Stage 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, an entry must meet the following content/technical requirements:

Pre-contest (ending 5/11/2018 at 11:59 PM PDT)

  • You must create a free account and register as a participant for this contest.
  • You must have or create a Particle account to build a working submission.
  • All projects must be submitted in the English language.
  • Your project must use a Particle Photon or Particle Electron.

Contest (ending 6/15/2018 at 11:59 PM PDT)

  • Your project must use a Particle Photon or Particle Electron.
  • Your 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:
  • High Quality Images
  • Clear Instructions
  • Bill of Material (BOM)
  • Schematics or Layout Diagram
  • Source Code
  • CAD Files (if applicable)

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?

Winners are selected based on the following criteria:

Pre-contest (ending 5/11/2018 at 11:59 PM PDT)

  • Presentation (25 points)
  • The way you describe and present your idea and the real world problem(s) it will solve.
  • Use of a Particle Photon or Particle Electron (50 points)
  • Are you using a Particle Photon or Particle Electron to the full extent of its potential? Are you using it in an especially creative way?
  • Creative Problem Solving (25 points)
  • Your project must intelligently solve a well defined product.

Contest (ending 6/15/2018 at 11:59 PM PDT)

  • 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 (20 points)
  • Your idea doesn't have to be wholly original, but it should be creative (a fresh take on an old idea is often worth as much as a brand new idea).
  • Problem Solving (20 points)
  • Does it effectively solve a real world problem?
What are the prizes?
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...
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. A feature on the Particle blog hig...
Third Place
  • 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 (2 are available)
Runner Up
  • 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 (5 are available)
What are the steps to enter the contest?

Pre-contest (ending 5/11/2018 at 11:59 PM PDT)

  • If you have not already, create free and accounts.
  • Register for the contest by clicking “Register as a participant” on the main contest page.
  • Submit your problem solving idea by clicking “Submit my idea for the pre-contest” and filling out the form.

Contest (ending 6/15/2018 at 11:59 PM PDT)

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

Contest begins:

April 5, 2018 at 10:00 PM PT

Applications for hardware close:

May 11, 2018 at 11:59 PM PT

Submissions close:

June 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM PT

Winners announced:

July 17, 2018

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

Winners of Idea Approval Stage will be announced individually by email on a rolling basis.

Contest winners will be announced on July 17, 2018. 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 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 part of a team; this contest is for individuals ONLY.
  • 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 in 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.
  • You must have an active account.

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