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    Holiday Special 20

    Enter Your Holiday Project for a chance to win a tool kit bundle, shopping cart, and gifts to give to other members!

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    The Project with the Most Heart Wins a Tool Kit Bundle, a $400 Shopping Cart, and a $100 Shopping Cart to Gift to Another Member! 


    Let Us Know Your Holiday Season Project Ideas in the Comments Below!



    The Grand Prize:

    3 First Place Winners:

    Gift to Keep: Multicomp Tool Kit (~$500 value) plus a $400 Shopping Cart!Gift to Give: A $100 Shopping Cart!Gift to Keep: Tool Kit Bundle + $100 Shopping Cart!Gift to Give: A $100 Shopping Cart!
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    Enter Your Holiday Special 20 Project for a Chance to Win: Submit an EntrySubmit an Entry or tag your blog post HolidaySpecial20ch!



    Contest Details:


    The fourth annual Holiday Special 20 is an open-ended holiday project competition that challenges you to make a project that reflects what the holidays mean to you.  2020 has been a sobering year for most,  we are hoping this year's holiday project competition brings a familiar sense of joy and normality to the holiday season, and that technology can help bridge the distance between friends and family, during a time of the year that has become synonymous with gathering around friends and family.


    So, we’re asking members to spread mirth and merry to the world through projects that use music, LED Displays, Nixie Pixels, Strobe Lights, Fog Machines, or anything else that puts you into a celebratory mood. If the past year has put you in a reflective mood, your project can be a thoughtful project with others in mind, such as a project inspired by gifts, food, or cards exchanged during the holidays.  Or you could focus on electronic ways of sending the warmest wishes to friends and family, such as an electronic greetings card, a way to automatically email or use RF transmission to link up via video etc.  It can also be a fun project that's made in the holiday spirit such as a snow globe that will warn you of inclement weather conditions, voice-activated ornaments, jazzed up holiday cards, LED decorations - anything that means the holidays to you.  Your project can be related to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Festivus for the rest of us related!  It can even be a Star Wars project, if you only believe in the Force. The only thing that we ask is that your holiday project shows heart!


    The project that shows the most heart wins a tool kit (~ $500 value) that includes a handheld oscilloscope, a usb soldering iron, a bench power supply, wire strippers, along with a $400 shopping cart plus a $100 gift to give to another member for their project.  Three first place winners will receive will receive a tool kit bundle (~value of $300 value) along with a $200 shopping cart and a $100 shopping cart to give to another member for their projects.  All Gift to Gives can be given to any member’s that the winners think are deserving but did not win.


    Random Acts of Kindness Day


    Every year since this has started we have tried to do something around a Random Acts of Kindness.   This usually involves the Winners picking Gifts to Give to members on Valentine's Day.   Last year, we sent out a bunch of free boards to members.   We'd like to do something similar with everything that's gone on in the past year.  This year we'll be announcing the the Gift to Gives on February 17th, 2021 which just so happens to be Random Acts of Kindness Day 


    Also,  check out the Engineer and Maker’s Wish List in the Members area and share your product Wishlist and look for element14 presents product giveaways to collect more tools to help deck out your bench! Competition Begins December 1 and ends on January 14th


    All Gift to Gives can be given to any member that submitted a project in either Holiday Special 20 or the Making Time competition which will be happening at the same time.  Throughout the month we'll have holiday round ups of previous projects submitted during previous Holiday Special competitions!  You can use those as inspiration for submitting a Holiday project that is unique to you.  Also,  check out our  elf14 presents - The Engineer and Maker's Wish List 2020 in the Members area and share your product Wishlist and find links to element14 presents product giveaways to collect more tools to help deck out your bench!


    Your project will be judged based on the following criteria:


    • Follow the Steps - Did you show the steps it took you to complete the project (text, video, or images) and did you include documentation such as schematics?
    • Submit Video Proof - Did you post video proof of you project?
    • Stick to the Theme - How well did your project stick to the theme (any holiday project) of the competition?
    • Demonstrate Originality - Was your project your original?  Did you come up with a clever name for their project?


    Stay safe and take care of yourself.  It does not matter if you celebrate Christmas, the end of the year is a time to celebrate making it through another year, and the promise of hope for a better year in 2021.  This is an inclusive project competition and more than ever the world has been through so much together.  Let's bring joy and familiar delight with the projects that we do on the community this year, as we hope for a better tomorrow.  If there is a holiday project other than a Christmas Project that you want to celebrate feel free to enter that into the holiday contest.




    Key Dates:


    Competition Opens:1st December 2020
    Competition Closes:14th January 2021
    Winners Announcement:5th February 2021
    Gifts to Give Announced (Random Acts of Kindness Day):17th February 2021


    On Valentine's Day (almost), we'll show the world how much heart the community has with a Gifts to Give Winners Announcement! 


    Check out these holiday projects for inspiration:



    The Grand Prize


    Grand Prize: A MDO3104MDO3104 Oscilloscope from Tektronix!                                                         
    Your Gift to Keep:  A Multicomp Tool Kit
    Your Gift to Give: $100 Shopping Cart
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    Your Tool Kit Includes: Handheld OscilloscopeHandheld OscilloscopeUSB Soldering IronUSB Soldering IronBench Power SupplyBench Power Supply, Wire StripperWire StripperYour Gift to Give: $100 Shopping Cart to any of our stores!

    3 First Place Winners


    Your Gift to Keep: A Maker Tool Kit Bundle and a $100 Shopping Cart!
    Your Gift to Give: A $100 Shopping Cart!
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    Tool Kit Bundle (~$225) + $100 Shopping Cart

    Your Gift to Give: $100 Shopping Cart to any of our stores!

    3 First Place Winners Receive a $100 Shopping Cart and a Tool Kit Bundle!


    Your Tool Kit Includes: PC USB OscilloscopePC USB Oscilloscope, MultimeterMultimeter, Bench Power SupplyBench Power Supply, Wire StripperWire Stripper

    Your Gift to Keep: Gift a Tool Kit to a Member for Any Project Submitted in:


    Your Chance to Win


    Come Up With a Clever Name
    Stick to the Theme
    • A clever name can make your project memorable.
    • The right name can distinguish your project from others and help create buzz around your project.
    • This project is your baby! Part of the fun of bringing something new into the world is coming up with a name.
    • If you have an idea for a project that doesn't fit the current theme then submit your idea in the comments section of the monthly poll.
    Be Original
    Submit Video Proof
    • Providing the steps you took to complete your project (text, video, or images) and providing video proof should be sufficient in most cases.
    • If your project introduces something new or something that is not commercially available or affordable then that counts!
    • If it doesn't work that's fine, this program is more about the journey than the end product.
    • A short video is all that is required but you can shoot as much video as you like.
    • You are encouraged to be creative and have as much fun as possible!


    Your Project Examples



    The Holiday Special
    Desktop Christmas Tree Cotton LED star with Digispark module



    The Holiday Special
    JackBox #6 : The Completed Article The Christmas Joy Spreading Machine



    Your Project, Your Ideas!


    About Project14

    Every month you'll have a new poll where you'll get to decide an upcoming project competition, based on your interests, that will take place a couple of months in advance. Themes are broad in scope so that everyone can participate regardless of skill set.


    What are Monthly Themes?

    • Every month (around the 14th of each month) a new theme will be posted on Project14.
    • Submit your ideas (proposals) for your projects to get feedback from the rest of the community.
    • Submit a project entry in the Theme space once you start working on it.


    What are Monthly Theme Polls?

    • Every month (around the 14th of each month) there is a project theme poll.
    • Vote on which project competition you want to see for the following upcoming theme.
      • The themes voted on during the previous poll decided the upcoming theme.
      • If you submit an idea for a theme that is not used then it can still be used in a future poll.
    • Themes comments and ideas from the comments section of the project theme poll.

    Step 1: Log in or register on element14, it's easy and free.

    Step 2: Post in the comments section below to begin a discussion on your idea. Videos, pictures and text are all welcomed forms of submission.

    Step 3: Submit a blog post of your progress on your project by the end of the month.  You are free to submit as many blog entries as you like until the beginning of the next theme.


    Be sure to include video proof of your project!


    Visit: Holiday Special 20


    and click on Submit an Entry or tag your project blog with holidayspecial20CH.


    You have until January 15th 2021 to submit your completed project!


    A jury consisting of your peers will judge project submissions!


    The Project with the Most Heart Wins a Tool Kit Bundle, a $400 Shopping Cart, and a $100 Shopping Cart to Gift to Another Member!


    Let Us Know Your Holiday Season Project Ideas in the Comments Below


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