Upcycle IoT Design Challenge

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Every year, 50 million tons of e-waste ends up in landfills. Luckily, this is a problem we could all help tackle!

15 selected Challengers will receive the Microchip Nano Curiosity Kit along with Mikroe sensors of their choice.

Their task is to build a prototype that organizes, reduces, or recycles e-waste into something beneficial to humanity. Upcycle, update, and save e-waste from the landfill!

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

The Prizes

Prize Prize Category

Grand Prize Winner

Grand Prize

Approximate Value $1,298 USD*

  • Jackery Solar Generator 1000
  • Jackery SolarSaga 100W Solar Panel

Runner Up

Runner Up

Approximate Value $549 USD*

  • Jackery Explorer 550 Portable Power Station

Finisher Prize**

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

Approximate Value $16 USD*

Wall Mounted Can Crusher

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

The Kit

The Sponsored Kit Buy Now
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SAM E51 Curiosity Nano Evaluation Kit

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Curiosity Nano Base Evaluation Kit


Select 2 Mikroe Click Boards for your project

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The Dates

Project Phases Dates
Application Period 12th September 2023
Application Deadline 10th November 2023
Challengers Announced 15th November 2023
Build Period 15th November 2023 - 5th January 2024
Projects Due 5th January 2024
Winners Announced January 2024
Prizes Shipped January 2024

The Challengers Requirements

15 Selected Challengers will receive the official challenger kit. 
















The Challenge Requirements

15 Selected applicants will be chosen to receive the "kit" listed above; these selected applicants will become our official sponsored challengers.

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.

Enroll to join the challenge now!

If you are not successful in becoming a sponsored challenger, but still want to enter, all you need to do is use the SAM E51 Curiosity Nano Evaluation Kit, Curiosity Nano Base, and 2 Mikroe Click Boards 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 Judges

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The Terms

Please read the full terms and conditions attached below.

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