Summer of Green Tech Design Challenge

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To celebrate Earth Day (22nd April 2023), we invite you to design a project to help preserve our planet for future generations. Plant the Seeed on Green Technology this Summer!

20 Selected Challengers will receive the Seed Xiao and Sensors kit to build their project.

See the Example Application for tips on completing your entry form.

Introduction to the Summer of Green Tech

As an engineer, can you build something to conserve or monitor energy usage? How about upcycle an existing product and save it from landfill? Or do you want to prototype a new green technology to help with climate change?

Using our Seed Xiao and a selection of sensors, we task members of the Community to create green projects and prototypes.

A list of example project ideas:

  • A bot that cleans trash from rivers
  • CO2 Monitoring equipment
  • A device to help children recycle
  • A device to monitor the growth of CO2 eating algae
  • Industrial IoT device what will notify operators when energy is wasted

The Kit

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R102010328 Arduino Microcontroller Board, SAMD21G18, ARM Cortex-M0+

Seeeduino XIAO is the smallest Arduino compatible board. It is an Arduino microcontroller that is embedded with the SAMD21 microchip.

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The Grove Sensor Pack consists of:

The Prizes

Prize Prize Category

Grand Prize Winner

Grand Prize

Approximate Value $1,100 USD*

  • Lightweight Aluminium Folding Bike
  • Indoor Hydroponic IoT Herb Garden

Runner Up

Runner Up

Approximate Value $600 USD*

  • Portable Power Station Battery with Inverter
  • Indoor Hydroponic IoT Herb Garden

Finisher Prize**

Finisher prize
To be a finisher you must complete 5 blogs and show us testing the resilience of their project.

Approximate Value $11 USD*

Duratool GTK-197 20 Piece Screwdriver Set - Electronics Precision

*Or local equivalent
**Grand Prize and Runner Up winners also earn the finisher prize.

The Judges

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Official Challengers and Dates - Updated 9th August 2023

After a delay with the Challenger Kits we are now excited to announce our official Challengers who will be sent the official Sponsored Kit.

To accommodate for the delay on preparing the kit we will also be modifying the challenge dates to give you the full 10 weeks build period. 

Introduction the Challengers for the Summer of Green Tech

These challengers will be shipped kit to the address in their application. 





















The Challenge

All Challengers must post their progress and final project with at least 5 blog post before the closing date. Challengers are strongly encouraged to post their blogs regularly during the contest period, rather than posting them all close to the end of the competition.

Projects that demonstrate the most creative use of the kit, along with posts that are media rich with photos, videos, and code samples will be viewed more favorably in the judging process.

If you are not successful in becoming a sponsored challenger, but still want to enter, all you need to do is use the R102010328 Arduino Microcontroller Board, SAMD21G18, ARM Cortex-M0+ of your choice as described above in your project and adhere to the same Terms and Conditions for a chance to be our winner! Non-sponsored challengers are eligible for the Finisher and Winner Prizes, as well.

The Updated Dates

Project Phases Dates
Challengers Announced

9th August 2023 

Build Period 9th August 2023
Projects Due 18th October 2023
Winners Announced October 2023
Prizes Shipped October 2023

The Terms

Please read the full terms and conditions attached below.

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