2017 represented a new era for Arduino. That was the year the co-founders of Arduino regained full control of their brand. Arduino had always been popular on the community but the way things were aligning the opportunity to do more cool things with Arduino on the community was becoming a distinct inevitability. On element14 we launched the Arduino space, Arduino Projects , and Arduino Tutorials on the community. We also launched the Project14 program which has become a popular place to post Arduino projects on the community.
To get a perspective on Arduino in 2017, let's fast forward to the Bay Area. Maker Faire 2017 in San Mateo, California. I was lucky enough to attend and listen to Massimo Banzi's annual State of Arduino address:
Arduino Day 2017: Sunday April 1st
Arduino Day 2017 occurred on a Sunday and there were no organized activities on the community. This felt like a miss, at the time, as we've always had a lot of members who love Arduino on the community. In retrospect, we were putting in place plans that would lead to a lot of excitement for Arduino for years to come. On April 14th, we launched the Project14 program followed by the upcycling related theme Techno Toys. The next theme was a theme we chose called Geeky Gadgets in honor of Geek Pride Day on May 25th. Every year, since its launch, the Project14 program has celebrated Arduino Day with an Arduino Day related project competition. We've also recognized May the Fourth (Star Wars Day) and the anniversary of the release of Star Wars. The first organized activity around Arduino occurred shortly after Arduino Day with our Arduino Day Starter Competition.
Everyone Can Do Design Projects
We're giving away a limited number of Arduino Starter Kits. The number of kits we have available are limited so you'll need to explain your interest in the comments below. If selected you'll need to complete any number of projects based on the examples in the included project book and post your completed projects in Arduino Projects.
Design Competitions for Everyone
The Arduino Starter Kit is perfect for anyone looking to get started with electronics & design projects, but may lack a background in coding or engineering. It assumes you are starting at zero, introduces you to common electronics components used in projects, and uses hands-on project examples to take you from a beginner to someone who can start participating in electronics & design competitions such as Project14. The Project14 program is set up around themes so anyone can jump in regardless of skill set, but even then you'll need to start somewhere. Why not start with an Arduino Starter Kit? You'll also get more from steps provided by other members now that you've gotten started yourself.
The standout of the competition was the great work 14rhb , one of the winners of the Arduino Starter Kit did with his Arduino Starter Kit series on the community:
The echo of the Arduino Starter were felt by a couple of really memorable projects that gam3t3ch did using the Arduino Starter Kit. gam3t3ch had previously won a $100 shopping cart in the Simple Electronic Repairs competition on Project14. He used his winnings, and his great creativity, to post a couple of the most memorable Arduino Start Kit related projects on the community:
|Arduino Starter Kit Competition: Notable Projects|
|Arduino Starter Kit Projects by gam3t3ch|
|The Arduino Starter Kit Upgraded Case||Arduino Starter Kit - Love Meter with faster Reset|
Arduino Day 2018: Saturday May 12th