Arduino and myDevices announced the first annual global “Automation at Home” contest, giving Makers and IoT developers the ability to submit their home automation projects, and offering them a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Maker Faire Bay Area 2017, being held May 19-21st in San Mateo, California. The first place winner will showcase their project to the thousands of attendees at MF Bay Area.
The contest is open now through April 10th. Winners will be announced on April 14th. Other cash prizes and Arduino hardware will be given to 2nd through 20th place winners, and the first 100 submissions will receive Arduino and myDevices swag for participating.
“We love contests like these,” said Kathy Giori, Arduino vice president. “Some makers are already inspired to share ideas on community-oriented web sites, but contests like this help expose them even more. ‘Homes’ vary across the globe, so we expect to see a wide range of fun and useful projects. We wanted to find a way to reward the community for their creativity, and we’re pleased to have this culminate at Maker Faire Bay Area. And, working with myDevices gives developers an easy way to deploy a web-based dashboard for their invention. Encouraging Makers and inviting them to share helps fuel the IoT industry.”
Projects must use at least one Arduino board, use the myDevices Cayenne Project Builder, and focus on automation and monitoring around the home, including (but not limited to) projects like temperature sensing, energy management, automatic or themed lighting, room occupancy, intrusion detection and other security monitoring, and plant, pet, or aquarium monitoring. A panel of distinguished judges steeped in the Maker community will consider the interaction of Arduino with Cayenne software in the home, the use of Cayenne’s triggers, alerts and scheduling features, the number of devices and sensors connected, along with real world practicality and usability. A team of experts from each company and the Maker community will also be available as mentors to support contest participants during the process.
“From home automation to environmental monitoring to smart agriculture, Arduino and myDevices are pioneers in the IoT and IIoT industry,” said Benny Estes, myDevices product manager and Cayenne Community Leader. “With our easy to use, affordable, drag-and-drop IoT project builder, we are empowering millions of Makers and developers around the world to easily build projects, prototypes, and solutions. We are very much looking forward to seeing what kinds of projects are submitted for this contest, I’m sure there are many entrepreneurs wanting to get their ideas out to a broader audience and this is a great opportunity.”
Once Makers complete their project, they can submit it to this website in order to be considered. All projects must be entered by April 10th at midnight (pacific time). Winners will be announced on April 14th and the 1st place winner will be showcased in Arduino’s booth at MF Bay Area in May.