The challengeCreate a Tiny Design to Help Solve a Giant Problem
We are in a climate change crisis. Severe weather events, flooding, wildfires, air pollution, species extinction and so much more are impacting our entire ecosystem. We are inviting you to help contribute to solving this problem by creating a Proof-of-Concept (PoC) of an intelligent IoT edge solution that addresses climate change.
What is our definition of a PoC? It's more than a paper analysis, and less than a fully finished product. It should have a written outline, sample code that works, and ideally (but not required) a video of you giving a demo. Lastly, if you could wave a magic wand, what is your vision for how this PoC could scale into something even bigger in the future?
PoCs should use the QuickLogic QuickFeather Development Kit & SensiML Analytics Toolkit to create a smart, low-power design running on the EOS S3 MCU + FPGA SoC (included on the QuickFeather Development Board).
We are looking for PoCs that can inspire future products to help humans help the world. Are you up for it?
SensiML tools together with the QuickFeather dev kit create a flexible platform for developers to add AI and Machine Learning (ML) capabilities to endpoint IoT applications quickly.Your PoC Should Focus On:
Any intelligent IoT device application where edge AI processing transforms sensor data into actionable information - in order to improve awareness, change behavior, or optimize processes to impact climate change for the better.
Here are a few examples of PoCs that can help you get started:
- Reduce energy consumption
- Provide early warning of wildfire
- Improve the quality of life for emerging countries that continue to use wood burning as a primary fuel source.
- Apply for one of 250 QuickFeather Development Kits at the above "Apply for Hardware" tab.
- If you do not want to wait to win a development kit and would like to purchase directly so that you could get an early start, purchase the dev kit here.
- Anyone who buys or is awarded hardware will get access to the SensiML software. If you want to get started learning how to use the SensiML software today, you can download the free trial here.
- When the hardware recipients are announced on December 17th, details for signing up for an active SensiML account will be provided.
- For more details and resources, visit quicklogic.com/climate-change-challenge
The QuickFeather Development Kit is a small form factor system ideal for enabling the next generation of low-power ML-capable IoT devices. QuickFeather is based on open source hardware, which is compatible with the Adafruit Feather form factor and is built around 100% open source software (including the Symbiflow FPGA tools, and Renode emulation environment.)SensiML Analytics Toolkit
The SensiML Analytics Toolkit, integrated with the QuickFeather Development Kit, is the only AI development tool delivering scalable, production-grade workflows for IoT development teams. SensiML's attention to scalable, transparent workflows makes it the best solution for getting AI out of the lab and into real product deployments.
We are giving away prizes to the best six designs. Judges will score your projects based on the judging criteria outlined in the rules tab.
Best Battery Powered Proof-of-Concept (PoC)
Prizes in this category will be awarded to PoCs that best utilize the QuickFeather + SensiML low-power features to build a battery-powered, climate change-related PoC.
$5,000 Visa Gift Card + SensiML 1-year Basic Tier SaaS Subscription (a $10,000 value)
$2,500 Visa Gift Card + SensiML 1-year Basic Tier SaaS Subscription (a $10,000 value)
$1,000 Visa Gift Card+ SensiML 1-year Basic Tier SaaS Subscription (a $10,000 value)
Best Line Powered Proof-of-Concept (PoC)
Prizes in this category will be awarded to PoCs that best utilize the QuickFeather + SensiML combo, and all of their combined features. If your PoC needs a bit more power to run for longer, this is your category!
$2,000 Visa Gift Card + SensiML 1-year Basic Tier SaaS Subscription (a $10,000 value)
$1,000 Visa Gift Card + SensiML 1-year Basic Tier SaaS Subscription (a $10,000 value)
$500 Visa Gift Card + SensiML 1-year Basic Tier SaaS Subscription (a $10,000 value)
Erin Craig brings more than 30 years’ experience in sustainability, climate change, and technology. At present, she leads the Customer Solutions and Innovation team at 3Degrees. Erin has an MS from MIT in Technology and Policy, and a BS in Geophysics from Stanford University. More on Erin.
DR. TIM CALLAHAN
Tim Callahan works at Google helping create open source tools for FPGAs, and more generally helping make FPGA development accessible, fun, and rewarding. He holds a BSEE degree from the University of Minnesota, a Diploma from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Berkeley. More on Tim.
DR. TIMOTHY SAXE
Dr. Timothy Saxe is the CTO and Senior Engineering Executive for QuickLogic Corporation. He holds a B.S.E.E. degree from North Caroline State University, and an M.S.E.E. degree and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. More on Tim.
DR. CHRISTOPHER KNOROWSKI
Dr. Chris Knorowski is the CTO at SensiML Corporation. He holds a Ph.D in Physics from Iowa State University. More on Chris.
There are a lot of resources to help you get started with the QuickFeather and SensiML.
For your convenience, we have created a landing page with all the details and documentation. Please visit quicklogic.com/climate-change-challenge.
A few of the important documents are listed below.
- EOS S3 MCU Datasheet
- EOS S3 MCU Technical Reference Manual
- EOS S3 MCU Interrupt Controller Documentation
- QuickFeather Dev Kit User Guide
SensiML AutoML Software Documentation
Check out the learning video series on QuickLogic's YouTube channel:Background Information - Resource Links
QuickLogic is a fabless semiconductor company that develops low power, multi-core MCU, FPGAs and embedded FPGA Intellectual Property (IP), voice and sensor processing solutions. As part of the QuickLogic Open Reconfigurable Computing (QORC) Initiative, our programmable logic is supported by 100% open source FPGA software tools becoming 1st Programmable Logic company to embrace open source FPGA tools.
SensiML offers cutting-edge AutoML software tools empowering application developers to rapidly build smart IoT devices, transforming raw sensor data into autonomous meaningful insight. The company’s flagship solution, the SensiML Analytics Toolkit, provides an end-to-end development platform spanning data collection, labeling, algorithm and firmware auto-generation, and testing.
Gain reputation points!
Earn reputation points for participating in this contest:
- Submit an application to receive a free device: 5 points
- Your submitted hardware application wins: 50 points
- Submit a project entry: 10 points
- Submit a project entry 30 days before the deadline: 50 points
- Be among the first 10 to submit a project entry: 50 points
- Your submitted project entry wins the contest: 250 points
November 23, 2020 at 6:00PM PT
Applications for hardware close
January 7, 2021 at 11:59PM PT
Hardware recipients announced
January 8, 2021 at 9:00AM PT
March 26, 2021 at 11:59PM PT
Winners announced by
Apr 8, 2021