Hello everyone!


For you that don't know, I help head up the Design Challenges team here at element14 and we are always looking to get community input on how to improve our programs.


If you have not heard of our Design Challenges, they are11 week long build challenges where applicants submit a project idea to a panel of judges. The best 15 are sent the official challengers build kit and spend the next 11 weeks building and blogging about it on the community.

After the 11 weeks are over, the judges choose which projects and blogs deserve the prizes and glory that comes with being a Design Challenge winner and winning a set of amazing Prizes.  We run multiple a year and recommend everyone to apply for a spot.

Think it is too much of a first build project? Check out Project14 for a quicker, lighter, build challenge.


Now, the question, how can you help today?


What would you like to see as prizes for Design Challenges?

(Preferably that would be available world wide)


To help jog your memories on what we have given away recently, here are our most recent design challenges and prizes:


ChallengesSponsors / CollaboratorsGrand Prizes

Pi Chef

The Pi Chef Design Challenge uses the Raspberry Pi as the main ingredient to improve and expand your creativity in the kitchen.

Raspberry Pi Foundation

Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine* + $1500 USD Newark element14/Premier Farnell Cart


Whynter Ice-Cream Maker* + $750 USD Newark element14/Premier Farnell Cart


Breville Tea Maker* + $500 USD Newark element14/Premier Farnell Cart

IoT on WheelsChallengers are invited to design a device that makes a vehicle safer, smarter or more efficient, whether it has one, two, three, or four wheels.STMicroelectronics

Segway MiniPRO + Oculus Rift and Touch VR Headset + Duratool Crimp Kit 


Pioneer GPS Cycle Computer Bundle + GoPro Hero 5 Black Action Camera + Master Appliance: Soldering Iron, Hot Knife & Heat Tool Kit


The Traxxas Slash Radio Controlled Car Pro 2WD Short-Course Truck + QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones + Tenma Programmable Bench Power Supply

Upcycle it with Intel® Edisonelement14 invites all engineers, DIY hobbyists and tinkerers to upcycle an obsolete item, computer, piece of electronic equipment or appliance and make a cool new electronics project built around the Intel® Edison Kit for Arduino.Intel®

Keithley  DMM7510DMM7510 Digital Multimeter Dremel 4000 MultiTool Kit Weller Digital Soldering Station


Motorola Moto 360 Watch Dremel 4000 MultiTool Kit Emulation Technology  ET-413ET-413 USB 2MP Pen Microscope Weller Digital Soldering Station


Marshal Touch Screen Smart Watch + Dremel 4000 MultiTool Kit + Weller Digital Soldering Station