Hello everyone, and welcome back to another Design Challenge Summary. In this installment, we are going to be covering the Design for a Cause Challenge, Element14’s third design challenge of the year. It’s been a long and exciting journey filled with some impressive projects, and even more impressive challengers. Before we get into how things wrapped up, let's take a look at that the Design for a Cause Challenge was, and what it’s challengers were trying to achieve.



Design for a Cause Design Challenge


The Challenge


Featured as the third Design Challenge of 2018, this challenge task its participants with designing a piece of assistive technology for individuals living with physical or mental impairments using the Arduino MKR1000 Dev Board.



While sixteen project proposals were chosen to be the official projects of the challenge, entering the challenge is not limited to just those sixteen community members. Anyone can join the Challenge as a non-sponsored Challenger, and still be eligible to win one of the prize packs. If you are a non-sponsored challenger all you need to do is integrate an Arduino MKR1000 into your project, and then post 10 blogs about your progress in the Design For a Cause Challenge space and then tagging those blogs 'Design for a Cause'.



The Official Kit


As mentioned earlier, the Design for a Cause Challenge is sponsored by Arduino and its Arduino MKR1000 Development Board. Each challenger will receive all of the components below plus a wide assortment of additional passive, and digital components to build their projects with. If you would like to enter the challenge for yourself, or if you just want to follow along at home, you can purchase all of the components in the kit right here at Element14.


To learn more about each of these components as well as the other components included in the kit, visit the official kit announcement page or click the links above.


The Prizes


To reward the creativity and innovation of the challengers in the Design for a Cause Challenge, element14 is offering some cool prizes that both sponsored and non-sponsored finishers can win. To learn more about each prize pack, visit the official Design For a Cause Challenge Prize Page.

      • Grand Prize: $900 USD to the winner’s favorite charity,  FLUKE 279 FC/IFLEX Digital Multimeter, and a  Tinkerkit Braccio Robotic Arm DIY Kit.
      • Runner-Up Prize:$500 USD to the winner’s favorite charity Tenma  72-8474 Oscilloscope and a Microduino Quadcopter w/Joypad
      • Finisher Prize:  It’s a surprise! To be eligible, challengers have to post at least 10 update blogs and use an Arduino MKR1000 in their design.

The Challengers and their Projects




The Metrics


      • Number of Challengers: 17

      • Number of Finishers: 9

      • Total Blog Post:107

      • Most Blog Post: Pranjal Ranjan with 12 post.
      • Who Finished: Dale Winhold, Prashanth Kumar G N, Dale Winhold, F. Yao., Kyle Buchanan, Dixon Selvan, Milos Rasic, Rob Romero, and Sean Miller



The Winners



Project:Fingerprint Skeleton Key - by Milos Rasic (milosrasic98)





Project:The Seeing EyeDuino - by Dale Winhold (dwinhold)




In Conclusion


I am always excited when a design challenge is centered around the Arduino platform, and this challenge did not disappoint. The level of thought that many of the challengers put into the projects was simply amazing. We saw everything from what turned out to be an automated seeing-eye robot that had its own braille output device, to a belt that helped the elderly signal for help in the event of a fall. Ultimately Milos Rasic took home the grand prize with his robotic key selection device for the visually impaired.


As you may or may not know, I do not have any input into who is chosen as the winners of these challenges, but I am almost always in agreeance with the judges, and this time was no exception. Milos’ project was very well thought out and his implementation was on point as well. I’m also quite impressed with Dale Winhold’s project, and his implementation of the braille feedback device. That is not to say that other’s projects were just as impressive to me, because they were which brings me to my next point.  I usually like to end my design challenge summaries with a short list of my favorite projects, but this challenge’s projects were all so good that I can not choose just a few.


I would like to congratulate all of those who finished, as well as those who put in a valiant effort into finishing. The design challenge series here at Element14 is unlike anything else on the internet, and that is due in large part to those who signup and compete as challengers. The amount of knowledge that is handed out in the challengers blog post is priceless and continues to humble me with each new challenge. For that, I want to thank each and every one of you who take the time to write such good update blogs.


That is going to wrap up my weekly summary coverage of the Design For a Cause Challenge. If you would like to learn more, head over to its official challenge page. A new design challenge starts in just a few weeks, so stay tuned for more weekly summaries from me.