Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Chance to win $10,000 to bring IoT design to market

Steve Rogerson
April 1, 2015
Developers can win up to $10,000 of components for their IoT designs by entering a competition run jointly by Texas chip company Silicon Labs and its Minnesota-based distributor Digi-Key. The IoT design contest is called “Your IoT Connected World” and is open to inventors of all skill levels, from professional embedded developers and seasoned manufacturers to electronics enthusiasts.
The contest runs until July 17, with three winners to be announced on August 3, 2015. Visitors to the web site can vote to decide on 15 finalists, and judges from Silicon Labs and Digi-Key will choose the three winners. Each winner will select the Silicon Labs components they need (microcontrollers, wireless chips, sensors, boards and more – valued up to $10,000) to bring their prize-winning IoT ideas to market as commercially viable products.
“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,” said Peter Vancorenland, vice president of engineering and IoT at Silicon Labs. “This is your chance to bring your ground-breaking IoT ideas to market, enabled by Silicon Labs development tools and kick-started by $10,000 in Silicon Labs components.”
All IoT designs must contain a Silicon Labs microcontroller. Each contestant must submit photos or a brief video overview of their IoT product design. The company’s 8bit and 32bit MCUs, wireless ICs, interface chips, optical and environmental sensors, and development tools for IoT applications are available through Digi-Key.
“Whether designers are solving an existing problem or creating a totally new invention, ideas are limited only by the developer’s imagination,” said David Sandys, director of technical marketing for Digi-Key. “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.”
To help simplify the evaluation, design and prototyping process, Silicon Labs’ Simplicity Studio development platform can be downloaded at no charge.
The competition is open to contestants in selected countries in the Americas and EMEA including Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada (excluding Quebec), Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK and USA.