Experimenting with Extreme Environments

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In partnership with Hammond Manufacturing, we present Experimenting with Extreme Environments.

As IoT solutions continue to be deployed around the world, more and more electronic devices will be exposed to harsh and extreme environments, which can quickly decrease their life expectancies. This includes exposure to wide temperature variations, moisture, humidity, vibrations, chemicals, impacts, dust, and other particulates.

In this challenge, participants will receive a kit of electronic parts, including an IP68-rated enclosure. They will need to build an electronic system of their choice and house it in the enclosure. Then, they are tasked to devise experiments to test the enclosure under various extreme environments.


Who Can Join?

Any element14 member. Click here to read the FAQs. You need to submit an application entry form by the enrollment due date (see Timeline Table). If you are not an element14 Community member, please join here.

The Prizes

Prize Prize Category

Grand Prize Winner

Grand Prize

Approximate Value $1308 USD*

  • Fluke Thermal Imager
  • MP710081 Power Supply Bench

Runner Up

Runner Up

Approximate Value $1295 USD*

  • Multifunctional Test Equipment

Third Prize

Third Prize

Approximate Value $91 USD*

  • Multicomp Pro Solder Pot
  • Multicomp Pro MP009830 Ratchet Crimp Tool Kit

Finisher Prize**

Finisher prize
To be a finisher you must complete a final project blog that details the testing you have performed.

Approximate Value $54 USD*

*Or local equivalent
**Grand Prize, Runner Up, and Third Prize winners do not earn the finisher prize.

The Kit

A maximum of 10 FREE kits will be offered depending on qualified applicants. To be eligible to receive a kit, you must submit an application by the enrollment deadline (See to Timeline Table).

Product Description Buy Kit
Pi4 Compute Module Buy now
Pi4 Compute Module I/O Board Buy Now
Display, Alphanumeric, 20X4 Buy Now
IP68 Enclosure Buy Now
RF Antenna, WiFi, BLE, Thread, Wireless Hart, Zigbee Buy Now
Circular Connector, Cable Mount Receptacle, 4 Contacts Buy Now
Circular Connector, Cable Mount Plug, 4 Contacts Buy Now
Circular Connector, Panel Mount Receptacle, 4 Contacts Buy Now

Note: The challenge kit does not provide everything that will be needed for this competition. The challenger will need to have the resources and equipment, as well as other minor parts to build their testing systems.

The Dates

Project Phases Dates
Application Period 5th February 2024
Application Deadline 8th March 2024
Applicants Selected 13th March 2024
Extra Credit Blogs Due 17th May 2024
Final Summary Blog Due 20th May 2024
Winners Announced May 2024
Prizes Shipped May 2024

Technical Resources

Blog Requirements, FAQs, & Judging

The final, detailed, summary blog is the only requirement to successfully finish this program. However, a participant can earn extra points by publishing up to 5 extra credit blogs. Click the following link to read how these 5 blogs will be individually scored. More Information.

The Challengers

track your progress and see how you compare to other participants via the following table:

Final Results Blog Extra Credit
Blog 1
Extra Credit
Blog 2
Extra Credit
Blog 3
Extra Credit
Blog 4
Extra Credit
Blog 5
Total Points
Anthocyanina - Weathering the Station
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
dougw - IOTEEPIE (IoT Pi Extreme)
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
fyaocn - Extreme Environment Home Assistance Sensors
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
iker46 - Pool temperature sensor
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
javagoza - UrbanRest Guardian
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
JWx - Exploring hidden extremes of sheltered environment
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MarioDL99 - Extreme Environment Wardriving and Wireless Network Analysis
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ralphjy - Solar Powered Wildlife Monitor
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
skruglewicz - IoT Device Protection in Harsh Environments
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
vlasov01 - CycleSafe
0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Where to Ask Questions?

For any general or technical questions about the competition, please post a comment on this page. It is monitored by element14.

Bookmarking this page is a good way to keep up-to-date with the competition.

The Terms

Please read the full terms and conditions attached below.

About Hammond Manufacturing

Hammond Manufacturing is a global enterprise with customers all over the world. Our 700-strong staff works together to ensure we deliver our promise of high-quality products and exceptional service. Our reputation for quality is enhanced by high-performance manufacturing equipment and continuous improvement management approaches. A significant company focus is on continuing to differentiate ourselves through high service and client satisfaction levels. These are the pillars on which our future prosperity will be built. Hammond is based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and is a publicly-traded corporation on the Toronto Stock Exchange (HMM.A). Hammond has offices in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Taiwan. Hammond provides a wide range of standard products, product customization services, and technical support to electrical and electronic manufacturers, utilities, and institutions through a global network of agents and distributors.

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