Silicon Labs & Digi-Key launch IoT design contest

24th March 2015
Nat Bowers

Silicon Labs and Digi-Key have announced an IoT design contest for pioneering developers who want to create connected 'things' that will help make the world a smarter, more connected and energy friendly place. The “Your IoT Connected World” design contest is open to inventors of all skill levels and runs from now through 17th July, with three winners to be announced on 3rd August.

Visitors to the website will vote to decide on 15 finalists. Expert judges from Silicon Labs and Digi-Key will then choose the three winners. Each winner will select the Silicon Labs components they need (MCUs, wireless chips, sensors, boards and more – valued up to $10,000) to bring their prize-winning IoT ideas to market as commercially viable products.

To get started, simply visit All IoT designs must contain a Silicon Labs MCU product. Each contestant must submit photos or a brief video overview of their IoT product design. Silicon Labs offers a wide array of 8-bit and 32-bit MCUs, wireless ICs, interface chips, optical and environmental sensors and development tools for IoT applications, all available through Digi-Key.

David Sandys, Director, Technical Marketing, Digi-Key, commented: “Whether designers are solving an existing problem or creating a totally new invention, ideas are limited only by the developer’s imagination. Winning IoT designs may include innovations like connected home devices, smart appliances, lighting control systems, wearable technology, security systems, wireless sensor networks and much more.”

The competition is open to contestants in selected countries in the Americas and Europe including Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada (excluding Quebec), the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the UK and the USA.

“The silicon and software technology needed to make ‘your IoT’ a reality is available today, and it’s up to pioneering developers like you to create the next IoT innovations that will help save time and energy, enhance health and security and improve the quality of life for people everywhere. This is your chance to bring your groundbreaking IoT ideas to market, enabled by Silicon Labs development tools and kickstarted by $10,000 in Silicon Labs components,” added Peter Vancorenland, Vice President, Engineering and IoT solutions, Silicon Labs.

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