You must be an element14 member to apply for a roadtest. To register, go here.
Thank you for your interest in applying for an element14 RoadTest. While the RoadTest application is both simple and brief, it requires some effort, planning and strategy to write a winning application. This document will give you some tips on how to write the Roadtest entry form so you have a better chance of being selected as an official Roadtester.
This article will walk you through the process of writing and completing the roadtest entry form. It will also describe what is the most important part of the entry form.
To begin, you must be an element14 member to apply to a roadtest. If you are not a member, go here to register.
Once you have logged into the element14 community, go to the RoadTest & Reviews group of element14, which lists the roadtests open for enrollment.
Click on a roadtest that you want to apply for. When the page loads, you will see the following on the righthand side of the page:
Click the enroll button and a new page will load. "e14 entry Form" will appear at the top of the page. This is the form you must complete to apply to a specific roadtest.
1. Answer all questions. Incomplete entry forms are ineligible.
2. All questions highlighted with a red asterisk must be completed.
2. Describe Your Technical Background: Answer this question relative to the roadtest product(s) and what knowledge and experience you have that makes you qualified to test this product.
3. Summarize Your Test Procedure: this is where you write a quick 100-word summary of your detailed test procedure.
4. Upload your actual detailed test procedure to using the Supplementary File feature of this form.
5. At the bottom of the form, click the blue Publish/Update button. You will get a popup box indicating that your application entry form has been included in our application database.
Please provide your first and last name, which are required to ship a product to you. Please write your name as it appears in your element14 Profile. Please use the email address of your account.
Please provide your shipping address. We only ship to addresses that are listed in your element14 account. We do not ship to random addresses. We do not ship with instructions to leave outside house or apartment. If you have moved, please update your address listed in your element14 account profile.
We would like to understand your work status because it gives us an understanding of your availability of conducting the roadtest and publishing a review. If you have a fulltime engineering job or you travel a lot or are a fulltime student, we assume you have very busy schedules. Please indicate that you indeed have the time for this roadtest. All other questions must be selected or answered. If you are currently a roadtester, all reviews must be posted before you are given another product to review. element14 does not provide everything to conduct a roadtest. You need to have the resources (test equipment, soldering stations, electrical hardware) to conduct the roadtest. On rare occasions, roadtesters have requested additional products to be added to the roadtest. If this makes sense, we try to comply. Contact the RoadTest Program Manager. You must agree to our terms and conditions.
THIS SECTION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF A ROADTEST ENTRY FORM.
Both the RoadTest Program Manager and the sponsor place the most weight on the answers to these questions when selecting an official roadtester. An applicant should be as detailed as possible when answering these questions. The most detailed answers tend to get the most attention. We want to know your technical background specific to the roadtest product. We would like you to provide a 100-word summary of your detailed test procedure. A summary could be as simple as "Use the Raspberry Pi in a home automation security system I am building. You can expand on that summary in the external MS Word document you upload in the Supplementary File section. The uploaded test procedure should be written as a project plan/proposal. Some roadtests you can write it in 200-300 words. But for complex roadtests (e.g. spectrum analyzer), the detailed test plan can be 2000 words. If you do not provide a detailed test procedure, your entry form will be ranked as ineligible.