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    This is NOT a Design Challenge. See Special Note below.


    The Path to Programmable project will train five element14 members and provide them with free FPGA/SoC training modules with lab exercises. Once the training has been completed, the trainees will build a project with the MiniZedTM development board based on what they have learned.

    In return for both the FREE training and the MiniZedTM development board, the five trainees will blog regularly on element14 to journal about their learning experience, covering both the high points and the challenges of learning to program FPGA/SoC devices. The blogs will be read by the community and the sponsors to learn more about how to make the path to developing with programmable devices easier to realize.



    You must be an element14 member to be eligible. Go here to register. All element14 members are welcome to apply.


    Application Form

    All interested members must submit an application via the Design Challenge group before the end of enrollment. (Note: We are using the Design Challenge group because the application infrastructure is in place and easy for our members to use, but this is NOT a Design Challenge.)


    Application Instructions

    1. Please complete all required information (contact information, etc.)

    In the Project Title field, just fill in "Path to Programmable Applicant or your Member Name"

    Please use the email address that is associated with your element14 profile. In the event that you use another address, please provide your member name in the Project Title field.

    2. Complete the open comments section of the form.

    Like a Design Challenge application, you will need to tell us why you want to be selected as a sponsored trainee for the Path to Programmable training project. When you plan what you are writing, think about the following things:

    • You are competing for a place. The most persuasive applications are the ones that attract the eye of the selection team.
    • A single sentence application will never be selected as an official trainee. This project, like training projects, is not a game of chance.
    • Be as detailed as possible, but don't write a book.


    3. In addition to the information requested in points 1 and 2 above, please include in your comments answers to the following questions:


    • What is your background in FPGAs, SOCs, or programmable devices?
    • What development tools have you used with programmable devices?
    • Describe your embedded design experience. (You can talk about courses you have taken, work experience, examples of projects, etc.)
    • What kind of problem solver are you? (Expert, Very Experienced, Experienced, Student). Describe a problem you have solved.
    • Describe how you participate in the element14 Community. Examples of programs, projects, blogs, etc. can be included.
    • Do you have the time and availability to commit to this approximately 12-week project that will require you to: watch the training videos, complete the lab exercises, and build a project. (If you have to work in the field for extended periods, have family commitments, or are expected to have a health issue (i.e., surgery) during the project, you may want consider if you can indeed complete the program.)

    Special Note

    The Path to Programmable is NOT a Design Challenge.  It is a professional development training project sponsored by Xilinx in conjunction with the element14 Community. element14 members who submit applications are competing to receive FPGA/SoC training only.


    For any general questions about the Path to Programmable project, you can post a comment on the About page.


    To keep up-to-date with the Path to Programmable project, please bookmark this project.


    The deadline for application submissions is 27 August 2018.