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Jason Kridner, as you probably know, is a founding member of the BeagleBone Foundation, which, obviously, brought us the magical range of single board computers in the BeagleBone range. These are massively popular both here on the element14 community, and in the electronics engineer and creative makers worlds.

 

Tuned Up

BeagleBone CookbookKridner is more than just a pioneer in the open-source electronics arena. He's also a prolific writer, and we've got our hands on five signed copies of his BeagleBone bible, BeagleBone Cookbook. Want one? Of course you do.

 

To crowbar one of these tasty tech tomes from our eager fingers, you'll need to earn a brand new badge that we've just released, called Tuned Up. This will also bag you 75 points to help build your element14 level, which is a delicious bonus.

 

Anyway, here's how to put yourself in the running by pinning Tuned Up to your virtual chest:

 

1) Check out the terms and conditions of the competition, reading every word twice while contemplating the deep commitment you're making in acquiring this desirable new badge.

 

2) Register, log in, and get your profile up to speed (for example, we'll need a name, email and postal address to send the book to, should you win. But don't worry, this info is locked away tightly and under your entire dominion).

 

3) Earn the badge through your valuable contributions to the element14 community:

      • Like something 5 times.
      • Reply to a Question 4 times.
      • Start a Discussion 3 times.
      • Have a Reply to a Question marked as Helpful 2 times.
      • Vote in a Poll 1 time.


4) On October 31st we'll randomly select five Tuned Up members and send them BeagleBone Cookbook with Jason's tag on it!

 

Get to work, Beagle buffs!

Tune Up badge competition Terms and Conditions:

 

  1. 1.       This prize draw is run by Premier Farnell plc (Premier Farnell or we (including our or us) on the following terms and conditions. Anyone who enters this prize draw is referred to in these terms and conditions as entrant or you.
  1. 2.       In entering this prize draw you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions applicable to this prize draw at any time (the T&Cs). Please note that this includes agreeing to your name and town and country of residence being disclosed as a winner if requested by any other entrant in accordance with 6 below.
  1. 3.       Premier Farnell reserves the right to change these T&Cs from time to time and amended T&Cs will be posted on the STEM Academy area. Please refer to this area for the most recent T&Cs at any time.
  1. 4.       This prize draw will be run during the period from 11:00 GMT on 5th August 2015 until 23:59 GMT 31st October 2015 (unless Premier Farnell decides to change the start or end time or date in accordance with these T&Cs).
  1. 5.       This prize draw is not open to:
  1. a.      Anyone below the age of 18 years;
  1. b.     Anyone who is a public sector employee;
  1. c.      Any person who is a resident of a Restricted Country (see 10 below};
  1. d.     Anyone who is an employee of Premier Farnell, any company in the Premier Farnell group of companies or any agency representing Premier Farnell.
  1. 6.       To enter the prize draw, entrants must comment on the element14 discussion. Any comments previously posted before the announcement of this competition will be automatically entered into the random draw to win. Any post which includes material which we consider to be offensive, abusive, derogatory, inflammatory or likely to cause offence will be excluded from this prize draw.  Premier Farnell’s decision on this will be final and no correspondence on this issue will be entered into.
        No purchase is necessary to enter this prize draw.
  1. 7. There are 5 signed books to be given away as a prize. All winners will be chosen at random. Winners will be notified via element14 Community blog post and will be asked contact element14 with their address details, full name and phone number and username (for verification) within one week  of announcing the winners.  They will have one week to claim their Prize and supply their contact details and any other information Premier Farnell requires to secure compliance with these terms. Premier Farnell reserves the right to withdraw any unclaimed Prize at its discretion and to select a replacement winner if it sees fit. Details of the winner may be obtained by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to: element14 Community, Canal Road. Leeds. UK. LS12 2TU, UK.
  1. 8.       The winner will receive one copy of the BeableBone Cookbook signed by author Jason Kridner, to the value of approximately £30.
  1. 9.       Winners must supply a valid postal address and contact name in order to receive a Prize. The Prize will be sent by Premier Farnell’s usual delivery methods. Premier Farnell is not liable if the Prize is lost or damaged in transit. Premier Farnell reserves the right to refuse to supply a Prize in the event that doing so would be in breach of any import or export regulations to which Premier Farnell is subject or if any licences or permissions are required to supply or ship a Prize and in such event the relevant Winner will be disqualified and no replacement prize will be provided.
  1. 10.    This prize draw is not open to residents of:
Australia Belgium Denmark Israel Italy New Zealand The Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Russia Spain Sweden Switzerland who are ineligible to participate in this prize draw due to local requirements. Each of these countries is referred to as a Restricted Country.
  1. 11.    No responsibility will be accepted for entries which are not received for any reason, including technical error. Premier Farnell is not responsible for hardware or software failures of any kind; lost or unavailable network connections; failed, incomplete or garbled computer or telephone transmissions; typographical or systems errors; problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, providers or computer equipment; or technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or any combination thereof. Premier Farnell is not responsible for any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from this prize draw or other telecommunications malfunctions, which may limit an entrant's ability to participate.
  1. 12.    Premier Farnell reserves the right to verify the eligibility of any winner before a Prize is sent and may require proof of identification and age. If Premier Farnell suspects fraud or misconduct, (including without limitation any attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the prize draw by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair practices or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or our representatives) or a winner or potential winner does not meet the eligibility requirements, his or her Prize may be withheld or withdrawn and another potential winner selected. The eligibility requirements include the requirements of 15 below.
  1. 13.    To the extent that we may lawfully do so, we reserve the right to withdraw or amend the prize draw or extend the period of participation in our sole discretion, including (without limitation, in circumstances where such withdrawal or amendment results from events beyond our control or is undertaken to comply with any law or regulation binding on us in any country. Premier Farnell will not be liable for any such withdrawal or change to the prize draw. If, for any reason, this prize draw is not capable of running as planned due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or any other causes beyond our control, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the prize draw, we reserve the right at our sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the prize draw.
  1. 14.    Entrants and winners are responsible for all applicable taxes, duties or other charges payable in relation to this prize draw or any Prize.
  1. 15.    You may not enter the prize draw if, by doing so, you may cause Premier Farnell and/or you to be in breach of any agreement (including but not limited to any contract of employment) to which you are a party or in breach of any duty, law, regulation or rule having the force of law to which you or Premier Farnell may be subject. Premier Farnell reserves the right to disqualify any entry made in breach of this condition.
  1. 16.    Premier Farnell respects the policies of employers which forbid entry to and/or the acceptance of prizes by their employees. If requested to do so by Premier Farnell, a winner must obtain signed authorisation from duly authorised senior employee of his or her employer confirming the winner’s permission to accept the Prize.
  1. 17.    The Prize is not supplied with the benefit of any warranties from Premier Farnell and is only supplied with the benefit of any warranty which may be provided by the manufacturer of the relevant item. All further warranties or representations are hereby expressly excluded to the fullest extent permitted at law. Without limiting the generality of this exclusion, Premier Farnell hereby excludes all and any liability arising out of the prize draw or the acceptance, use, quality condition, suitability or performance of the Prize, even where arising from Premier Farnell’s negligence.
  1. 18.    Premier Farnell does not exclude liability for death, personal injury arising or damage to property from its negligence, or for breach of Part II of the Consumer Protection Act 1987, for fraud or for any matter in relation to which it would be illegal for Premier Farnell to exclude or attempt to exclude our liability.
  1. 19.    Any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with it or its subject matter shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales and you irrevocably agree that the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of or in connection with this prize draw.
  1. 20.Please address any queries relating to this prize draw tosocialmedia@element14.com


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#ImAnEngineer element14 branded products competition Terms and Conditions

 

  1. 1.       This prize draw is run by Premier Farnell plc (Premier Farnell or we (including our or us) on the following terms and conditions. Anyone who enters this prize draw is referred to in these terms and conditions as entrant or you.

 

  1. 2.       In entering this prize draw you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions applicable to this prize draw at any time (the T&Cs). Please note that this includes agreeing to your name and town and country of residence being disclosed as a winner if requested by any other entrant in accordance with 6 below.

 

  1. 3.       Premier Farnell reserves the right to change these T&Cs from time to time and amended T&Cs will be posted on the STEM Academy area. Please refer to this area for the most recent T&Cs at any time.

 

  1. 4.       This prize draw will be run during the period from 11:00 GMT on 20 July 2015 until 23:59 GMT 31 July 2015(unless Premier Farnell decides to change the start or end time or date in accordance with these T&Cs).

 

  1. 5.       This prize draw is not open to:

 

  1. a.      Anyone below the age of 18 years;

 

  1. b.     Anyone who is a public sector employee;

 

  1. c.      Any person who is a resident of a Restricted Country (see 10 below};

 

  1. d.     Anyone who is an employee of Premier Farnell, any company in the Premier Farnell group of companies or any agency representing Premier Farnell.

 

  1. 6.       To enter the prize draw, entrants must comment on the element14 discussion. Any comments previously posted before the announcement of this competition will be automatically entered into the random draw to win. Any post which includes material which we consider to be offensive, abusive, derogatory, inflammatory or likely to cause offence will be excluded from this prize draw.  Premier Farnell’s decision on this will be final and no correspondence on this issue will be entered into.

 

        No purchase is necessary to enter this prize draw.

 

  1. 7. There are 3 sets of element14 branded goods to be given away as a prize. These will be given away to three different winners on three different dates (23rd July, 24th July and 31st July) and all winners will be chosen at random. Winners will be notified via element14 Community blog post and will be asked contact element14 with their address details, full name and phone number and username (for verification) within one week  of announcing the winners.  They will have one week to claim their Prize and supply their contact details and any other information Premier Farnell requires to secure compliance with these terms. Premier Farnell reserves the right to withdraw any unclaimed Prize at its discretion and to select a replacement winner if it sees fit. Details of the winner may be obtained by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to: element14 Community, Canal Road. Leeds. UK. LS12 2TU, UK.

 

  1. 8.       The winner will receive a mixture of element14 branded goods to a value of no more than £15.00

 

  1. 9.       Winners must supply a valid postal address and contact name in order to receive a Prize. The Prize will be sent by Premier Farnell’s usual delivery methods. Premier Farnell is not liable if the Prize is lost or damaged in transit. Premier Farnell reserves the right to refuse to supply a Prize in the event that doing so would be in breach of any import or export regulations to which Premier Farnell is subject or if any licences or permissions are required to supply or ship a Prize and in such event the relevant Winner will be disqualified and no replacement prize will be provided.

 

  1. 10.    This prize draw is not open to residents of:

 

Australia

 

Belgium

 

Denmark

 

Israel

 

Italy

 

New Zealand

 

The Netherlands

 

Norway

 

Poland

 

Portugal

 

Russia

 

Spain

 

Sweden

 

Switzerland

 

who are ineligible to participate in this prize draw due to local requirements. Each of these countries is referred to as a Restricted Country.

 

  1. 11.    No responsibility will be accepted for entries which are not received for any reason, including technical error. Premier Farnell is not responsible for hardware or software failures of any kind; lost or unavailable network connections; failed, incomplete or garbled computer or telephone transmissions; typographical or systems errors; problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, providers or computer equipment; or technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or any combination thereof. Premier Farnell is not responsible for any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from this prize draw or other telecommunications malfunctions, which may limit an entrant's ability to participate.

 

  1. 12.    Premier Farnell reserves the right to verify the eligibility of any winner before a Prize is sent and may require proof of identification and age. If Premier Farnell suspects fraud or misconduct, (including without limitation any attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the prize draw by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair practices or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or our representatives) or a winner or potential winner does not meet the eligibility requirements, his or her Prize may be withheld or withdrawn and another potential winner selected. The eligibility requirements include the requirements of 15 below.

 

  1. 13.    To the extent that we may lawfully do so, we reserve the right to withdraw or amend the prize draw or extend the period of participation in our sole discretion, including (without limitation, in circumstances where such withdrawal or amendment results from events beyond our control or is undertaken to comply with any law or regulation binding on us in any country. Premier Farnell will not be liable for any such withdrawal or change to the prize draw. If, for any reason, this prize draw is not capable of running as planned due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or any other causes beyond our control, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the prize draw, we reserve the right at our sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the prize draw.

 

  1. 14.    Entrants and winners are responsible for all applicable taxes, duties or other charges payable in relation to this prize draw or any Prize.

 

  1. 15.    You may not enter the prize draw if, by doing so, you may cause Premier Farnell and/or you to be in breach of any agreement (including but not limited to any contract of employment) to which you are a party or in breach of any duty, law, regulation or rule having the force of law to which you or Premier Farnell may be subject. Premier Farnell reserves the right to disqualify any entry made in breach of this condition.

 

  1. 16.    Premier Farnell respects the policies of employers which forbid entry to and/or the acceptance of prizes by their employees. If requested to do so by Premier Farnell, a winner must obtain signed authorisation from duly authorised senior employee of his or her employer confirming the winner’s permission to accept the Prize.

 

  1. 17.    The Prize is not supplied with the benefit of any warranties from Premier Farnell and is only supplied with the benefit of any warranty which may be provided by the manufacturer of the relevant item. All further warranties or representations are hereby expressly excluded to the fullest extent permitted at law. Without limiting the generality of this exclusion, Premier Farnell hereby excludes all and any liability arising out of the prize draw or the acceptance, use, quality condition, suitability or performance of the Prize, even where arising from Premier Farnell’s negligence.

 

  1. 18.    Premier Farnell does not exclude liability for death, personal injury arising or damage to property from its negligence, or for breach of Part II of the Consumer Protection Act 1987, for fraud or for any matter in relation to which it would be illegal for Premier Farnell to exclude or attempt to exclude our liability.

 

  1. 19.    Any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with it or its subject matter shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales and you irrevocably agree that the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of or in connection with this prize draw.

 

  1. 20.Please address any queries relating to this prize draw tosocialmedia@element14.com


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The next two weeks are busy ones for us here at element14. We've a stream of campaigns, prizes and challenges all coming to a climactic conclusion, with a host of great prizes and giveaways going out to community members around the world.

 

It's not too late to join in with the 10 Winners in 10 Days fun, though. For example, you've still time to jump into the increasingly hilarious "You Know You're an Engineer When..." discussion, which has spawned so many great and inspiration quotes that we've put together some element14 swag bags as prizes for the funniest, the wittiest and the most entertaining answers.

 

July 30th: You Know You're an Engineer When...

 

Tech SupportThe third and final jab-and-cross at the engineering members of element14 closes out today's entry in 10 Winners in 10 Days, as we select the final winner from the "You Know You're an Engineer When..." discussion.


Deegeake might be giving us a short answer, but it rings too true to ignore!

 

"... when people bring you broken things to fix."

 

You don't even have to be an engineer to appreciate this one. Anyone who demonstrates the slightest technical advantage in front of friends and family suddenly becomes their free, 24-hour tech support. Not only that, but all the "favours" you find yourself suddenly having to dish out are expected to come with a lifetime guarantee, and these unsolicited services also extend to their friends, family and casual acquaintances.

 

Yep, I bet most people on element14 have been there, and done that, so a bag of swag goes out to Deegeake for that shrewd observation that'd be so much funnier if we weren't all a part of the punchline!

July 28th: Vertical Farming Challengers

 

vertical farmingVertical farming is a challenge not just for the element14 community members, but for all of humanity. Sounds like a heavy burden, I know, but it's a simple truth.

 

It's all about keeping the environment alive and thriving in new ways; primarily among the growing cityscapes of the world, but applies equally to any other imaginative ways that agriculture can be brought into the towns, cities and homes of contemporary society.

 

So we're here to help our members get involved, and the response has been massive. Our Vertical Farming Design Challenge tasks you with building a vertical indoor farm that is a true IoT solution, built on the smallest footprint possible with maximum energy efficiency. And the challengers have now been chosen, and will go forward in building their awesome, inspiring and ecologically progressive projects! Check 'em out:

 

Ognyan Chikov | Keith Earns | John Henderson | Calla Klafas | Erik Lau | Jose Marques | James O'Donnell | Kowshik Patel | Michael Ratcliffe | Rick Reynoldsôa | Clem Martins | Ajit Singh | Shane Sissons | Joshua Tsai | Srinivasan Kanni Udaiyar |

Good luck to everyone who's won a place in the challenge, and we'll be keeping a very close eye on their exciting progress.

 

July 27th: MicroMemories

 

Atari-130XEWhen the BBC announced a new educational program in which every 11-12-year-old in the UK is to be given a microbit single board computer, which reminded the old people among us of our own silicon school days of 30 years hence, when the BBC first experimented with bringing computers and education together.

 

So we asked for your micromemories that take you right back to the days when you were introduced to the world of computing. And your memories came flooding out! We have a Commodore 64 plug 'n' play game for the best of the best recollections as part of our 10 Winners in 10 Days campaign, and choosing has been a very tough decision.

 

In the end, we were especially delighted when one of our member, John Wiltrout (jw0752), spoke of his days running a Radio Shack franchise and how his son had computers aplenty to experiment with. And then, to our unending delight, John's son Mike (4ringfan) arrived on the discussion to tell us about his time at the keyboard of an Atari 130XE which helped him nail his exams with a solid A!

 

So we're going to send the C64 to Mike, with a special mention to his dad John. Go and check out their story now. But don't forget to tell us all about your micromemories, especially considering that the Amiga is now 30-years-old, if you can believe that!

 

July 24th: You Know You're an Engineer When...

 

big bang theory whiteboardIt's time for the second engineer skewering of our 10 Winners in 10 Days campaign, as we select another winner from the "You Know You're an Engineer When..." discussion.


jack.chaney56 nailed it in true sitcom style, when we asked, "How do you know when you're an engineer?"

 

"... you find yourself solving the problems on the white boards while watching Big Bang Theory."

Just the fact that he's clearly a die hard BBT fan (as, let's be honest, we all are) is enough to land him a bag of element14 swag. But his astute observation also makes me feel like I've been caught peering in through the bedroom window! Has anybody else paused an episode of The Big Bang Theory to get a better look the white boards on occasion? The occasion being when you're watching it alone, because it seems like it'd be an efficient way to annoy anyone else who's watching with you.

 

I'm mildly embarrassed to admit it, but I've done this, and I just can't hide it any more!

 

Anyway, we've one more giveaway for this laugh-a-thon, so head on over to the discussion now and vote on your favourites using the "Like" button. It's not too late to add your own entry, yet.

 

July 23rd: Enchanted Objects

 

Enchanted CottageThis design challenge tasked our members with turning ordinary, household objects into extraordinary -- or, more specifically, enchanted -- ones. As always, entrants poured inspiration upon creativity, and after much deliberation we've chosen a winner.

 

Andy Clark's Enchanted Cottage drew upon the popular folk tales of Hans and Matilda as he took an old, wooden cottage ornament and packed it to the rafters with hot new tech.

 

Although it looks much the same after he squeezed in bucket fulls of silicon, the Enchanted Cottage now boasts magnetically-controlled characters that walk in and out of the house without any visible mechanics, 3D printed parts, Arduino control boards, LED status lights and so much more!

 

So congratulations to Andy (you might know him as Workshopshed), and may he live happily ever after!

 

July 22nd: You Know You're an Engineer When...

 

As we plough deeper into our 10 Winners in 10 Days extravaganza, the next up is the first of three winners in the "You Know You're an Engineer When..." fun and frolics.

Sheldon Cooper

This was a very early entry, but it's just too true and too amusing not to land a bag of element14 swag.


Hey! johnbeetem! How do you know when you're an engineer?

 

"... you can't help pointing out technical inaccuracies in movies."

Come on. We all do it, and we know we do! That polite smile, coupled with a knowing roll of the eyes and an exasperated sign from the other people in the room who are just trying to enjoy the film is something engineers and tech-heads experience all too often. What they don't understand is that they'd all enjoy the movie so much more if they listened to us and learned to appreciate the science that's being butchered on screen.

 

Whatever. It's their loss.

 

Ahem. Yeah, well, John grabs a bag of hot swag for that one, and we've still got two more to give away. So head on over to the discussion now, and vote on your favourites using the "Like" button. And it's not too late to add your own insight.

July 21st: DreamBoard Winner

 

PC64After months of hard battling and voracious voting, the winner of our inaugural Battle of the DreamBoards has been crowned.

 

Manjuprasad Basangi's design for the PC64 board captured the community's imagination and took the coveted top spot. Congratulations to Manjuprasad , and to all those DreamBoards that went toe-to-toe with his inspired concept.

 

"I designed my DreamBoard in such a way that it can be helpful as a learning tool for students as well as a powerful platform for professional to built and test their system," Manjuprasad explains. "The use of 64 bit processor which are compatible with Linux as well as Android Lollipop loaded on SD card will help to develop a lot of projects.

On board wifi will help it to run headless with less wires attached."

 

You can check out the PC64 here on its design page, and while you're there don't forget to hit the "Like" button and send Manjuprasad a word of congratulations.

 

July 20th: Geocaching GPS Build Along

 

RPi-GPS

We're kicking off 10 Winners in 10 Days with the winners of the GPS build along, which makes inventive use of a Raspberry Pi 2, turned portable and hooked up with a GPS receiver, accelerator and a display to guide you to the millions of treasure troves squirreled away in the wilds of the world.

 

Ten lucky makers are being sent the complete kit, so they can build along with our own cstanton. The kit's also been compiled for sale in case you also want to grab one and join in with the GPS goodness.

 

Whether you're a winner or not, we still want to hear all about your geocaching adventures, so remember to blog it up over in the community's caching section.

 

Tomorrow, the third and final #ImAnEngineer prize!

 

We've already selected two winners from the wonderfully self-deprecating insights into what makes an engineer into an engineer. Cast your votes for your favourite entries using the "Like" button, and it's not too late to add your own deep thoughts to the list.

 

Check back here regularly for more news on 10 Winners in 10 Days.