New Delhi, India, July 31, 2014: element14, along with partners EnOcean, Tektronix, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the Eclipse Foundation, has selected 15 finalists in the “Forget Me Not” design challenge, a global design competition which will encourage participating engineers to develop pioneering applications in the field of home monitoring and automation. The finalists will receive a core kit featuring popular products: EnOcean Pi, EnOcean Sensor Kit and WiPi, an oscilloscope courtesy of Tektronix and the new Raspberry Pi B+.
“We were amazed by the submissions we received, which came in greater numbers and from a wider variety of geographies than any other challenge element14 has ever done,” said Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community, element14. “It was incredibly difficult narrowing the list of participants to 15, but with the help of our great supplier partners we were able to do it and are excited to see the projects come together over the next several weeks.”
Competitors will have until October 24, 2014, to complete their projects using their product bundle, which includes Eclipse SmartHome, an open-source software framework that helps accelerate the development of home automation solutions. A budget of $500 per competitor is also being granted to acquire additional materials.
The finalists hail from countries including New Zealand, India, Finland, Italy, Australia, Finland, Germany, Canada, Belgium, the United Kingdom and the United States. Their proposed projects include everything from a smart home security system to technology allowing the user to feed their pet remotely and tell them if they’ve left laundry in the washing machine.
As well as the 15 finalists, element14 will also provide an additional five participants with Raspberry Pi B+ units, EnOcean kits and sensors to continue developing the builds they proposed.
There will be three prizes. The grand prize winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany, as well as a product bundle valued at more than $20,000. The bundle will include a Tektronix MDO3104 oscilloscope with a built-in spectrum analyser, a full license for EnOcean Link middleware and an EnOcean EDK 350 Developer Kit. The runner up will receive a bundle including a Rapiro DIY Robot Kit and an EnOcean EDK 350 Developer Kit. Finally, the people’s choice winner, who will be chosen by a vote on the award-winning element14 design community, will receive an EnOcean EDK 350 Developer Kit.