Realtime AT&T IoT StarterKit challenge

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Realtime AT&T IoT StarterKit challenge
Realtime AT&T IoT StarterKit challenge
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Other questions

Did I win the contest? When will I receive my prize?

If you are a winner, we will contact you directly via email to arrange the shipment of your prize.

Free hardware application: Do I have to submit a project entry if I receive free hardware?
Yes, all free hardware recipients must submit a project entry by the contest deadline. Free hardware recipients who do not submit a project entry will become ineligible to receive free hardware in future giveaways.
Free hardware application: How many free devices are available?
50 free devices are available. One device maximum per person.
Free hardware application: How many ideas can I submit?
Each participant is allowed to submit one idea.
Free hardware application: I was notified that I was selected to receive one of free devices. When will I receive it?
We will notify you via email when free devices are shipped. If you haven't received an email yet, we haven't yet shipped it. Be aware that once you receive the initial notification, it may still be a few weeks until you receive the shipment notification.
Free hardware application: What happens if I receive free hardware and do not submit a project entry?

Participants who receive free hardware and do not submit a project may be ineligible for future giveaways unless the hardware is returned.

If you receive free hardware and become unable to submit a project, please contact us at and let us know as soon as possible. We may choose to arrange for the hardware to be shipped to another participant.

Free hardware application: What kind of idea is more likely to win free hardware?
We encourage creative ideas. For instance, pet feeders and home automation systems are very common nowadays and less creative. We also encourage realistic ideas. While solving world hunger is a great goal, it may not be realistic.
I submitted my project but it says "Awaiting moderation". Will it affect my eligibility?
As long as you submit your project before the deadline it doesn't matter when it is moderated. Just sit back and enjoy a well deserved break!
My project is locked and I can't edit it anymore. Why is that?
All projects entered in the contest are locked after the submission deadline to ensure that they remain the same during the judging process. They are then unlocked after winners are announced.
Somebody copied my entry! What can I do?
When judging entries, we take into account the submission date. When an entry is clearly plagiarized from another, we favor the original entry. If you believe the result of the judging is unfair, please email us at to appeal.
What are the entry requirements?


You are eligible to enter if you meet the following requirements at time of eTo be eligible for judging, an entry must meet the following content/technical requirements:

To win a free AT&T IoT Starter Kit:

· You must create a free account and register as a participant for this contest.

· Your original idea must be submitted via the idea form.

· Ideas should be submitted in the English language.

· Your idea must include use of the AT&T IoT Starter Kit.

To win one of the Grand Prizes:

1. Your project must be created using the AT&T IoT Starter Kit, AT&T cellular connectivity and PubNub. Special consideration will be given to those who use AT&T M2X or Flow Designer.

2. Your project must be relevant to the theme of the contest, and must be a novel solution that solves a real-world business need

3. Your final project must be fully documented on Hackster with the project template.

4. Your final project must be submitted using the project template.

5. Your final project must consist of the following materials:

a. Images

b. Instructions

c. BOM

d. Schematics

e. Code

f. CAD (if relevant to the project)

In addition:

· your entry must be your own original work; and

· your entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other contest; and

· you must have obtained any and all consents, approvals or licenses required for you to submit your entry; and

· your entry may not include any third party trademarks (logos, names) or copyrighted materials (music, images, video, recognizable people) unless you have obtained permission to use the materials.

What are the judging criteria?

Winners are selected based on the following criteria:

Free AT&T IoT Starter Kit Prize:


· The way you describe and present your idea. The easier to understand, the better!

· Demonstrated use of AT&T IoT Starter Kit

· Are you using the AT&T IoT Starter Kit to the full extent of its potential? Are you using it in ways never seen before?


· Your idea doesn't have to be original, but it should be creative (a fresh take on an old idea is often worth as much as a brand new idea).

Main Contest Entries:

YOUR PROJECT MUST MAKE USE OF THE AT&T IoT Starter Kit, AT&T cellular connectivity and PubNub OR YOUR ENTRY WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. Special consideration will be given to those who use AT&T M2X or Flow Designer.

Project Documentation

· Story/Instructions – Show how you created your project, including images, screenshots, and/or video

· BOM – Detail the hardware components as well as apps you used

· Schematics – Use software like, draw your circuit diagrams, and/or take detailed photographs

· Code – Include working code with helpful comments

· Great photographs, videos, and screenshots are worth a thousand words. Ask yourself: "If I were a beginner reading this project, would I understand how to recreate it?"

Creativity: Your idea doesn't have to be original, but it should be creative (a fresh take on an old idea is often worth as much as a brand new idea).

What are the prizes?
  • Showcase your project on stage with AT&T at the AT&T Developer Summit! Domestic Airfare + Hotel + $1250 gift card. To qualify, project must be submitted by December 22, 2016. **AT&T Developer Summit is in Las Vegas on January 3-4, 2017 ***PRIZE AWAR...
1st Place
  • $2000 Gift Certificate
2nd Place
  • $1250 Gift Certificate
3rd Place
  • $750 Gift Certificate
Best Industrial
  • Win an iPad Pro!
Best Drones & Robots
  • Win an iPad Pro!
Best Automobiles
  • Win an iPad Pro!
Best Cities
  • Win an iPad Pro!
What are the steps to enter the contest?

How to apply for a free AT&T IoT Starter Kit:

· Submit your idea by Dec 22, 2016

· If you are not already a member, you will need to create a free account.

· Register for the contest by clicking "Register as a participant" on the main contest page.

· Submit your idea by clicking "Apply to receive an AT&T IoT Starter Kit" and filling in the form.

· Participant agrees to pay local tax at customs if applicable in order to receive the free AT&T IoT Starter Kit.

· Please note, AT&T IoT Starter Kits will only be shipped to domestic US addresses.

· Please wait a few weeks while we review and moderate your idea submission.

How to submit your project to win one of the grand prizes:

· You can submit a project even if you didn't win a free AT&T IoT Starter Kit.

· Build and submit your project by Apr 2, 2017

· Build your project using the AT&T IoT Starter Kit.

· Add a new project by clicking the + symbol at the top right side of the screen and following the submission template.

· Share detailed instructions with images in the story section

· Share the bill of materials

· Share the electronics schematics

· Share the source code (optionally via Github or Bitbucket)

· Share the CAD files (if relevant)

· Teams of up to 3 people are allowed.

What is the contest timeline?

Contest begins:

November 17, 2016 at 8:00 AM PT

Applications for hardware close:

December 22, 2016 at 11:59 PM PT

Submissions close:

April 2, 2017 at 11:55 PM PT

Winners announced:

April 24, 2017

When will winners be announced? Where can I see the list?

Winners of free devices will be announced individually by email on a rolling basis.

Contest winners will be announced on April 24, 2017. The list of winners will be visible on the main page (Contest brief).

Who is eligible to participate?
  • You are a hobbyist or professional in the field of technology development; and
  • If you are considered a minor in your place of residence, then you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this challenge.
  • You are a resident of the United States.
  • You are not involved in the execution or administration of this Challenge; and
  • You are not an immediate family member of (parent, sibling, spouse/domestic partner, child) or household member of a Hackster employee;
  • You are not an AT&T employee
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