78 Replies Latest reply on Jul 21, 2015 9:04 PM by dougw

    Design Challenge Prizes - What Do You Want?

      For those of you who have applied to compete in a Design Challenge at element14 Community what prizes did you feel motivated you the most to sign up? If you haven't applied, what prizes would motivate you the most to sign up and compete?  What prizes would you like to see that haven't been offered yet?  Does a goodie bag of products get you motivated? How about a chance to meet and spend a day with your electronics engineering "celebrity" or maybe mentoring sessions from an industry expert?  

       

      Please share your thoughts below to help us make prizes better for future Design Challenges.  (cc: Members Top Members RoadTests & Reviews element14Dave)

       

      Thanks!

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          mcb1

          Nicole

          Thanks for the very interesting question.

           

          It appears that a highly valued prize do make more people sign up, but whether that gets a better outcome is debatable, and we've had conversations regarding prizes awarded to those not sticking to the rules.

           

          For some of the Design Challenges the product and budget is a prize on its own, and in many cases it is necessary due to the wide range of applicants and their financial standing.

          It is unfortunate that despite all the offering 100% completion is not always achieved for one reason or another.

           

          I am very pleased with the Nexus Tablet I received, but going forward I think vouchers/credit for your local element14 store might be better.

          If the sponsors wanted to offer their product, then again a voucher for the winner to choose products he/she is interested in might be more appropriate.

           

          element14 is a global arena, so meeting and spending a day might be hard to organise  ... nice idea but limited application.

           

          Some of the design Challenges have been quite advanced, and while it has tackled some very interesting problems, it has a rather narrow application.

          Having more generalised challenges that are applicable to more of the xxx,000 members and using some of the more common hardware could give a much wider audience.

          It also needs to use products that are available across the globe. The Forget Me Not was great, but the EnOcean modules aren't readily available, so it is of limited use.

           

           

          Mark

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            mcb1

            Nicole

             

            Thanks for the very interesting question.

             

             

            It appears that a highly valued prize do make more people sign up, but whether that gets a better outcome is debatable, and we've had conversations regarding prizes awarded to those not sticking to the rules.

             

             

            For some of the Design Challenges the product and budget is a prize on its own, and in many cases it is necessary due to the wide range of applicants and their financial standing.

            It is unfortunate that despite all the offering 100% completion is not always achieved for one reason or another.

             

             

            I am very pleased with the Nexus Tablet I received, but going forward I think vouchers/credit for your local element14 store might be better.

            If the sponsors wanted to offer their product, then again a voucher for the winner to choose products he/she is interested in might be more appropriate.

             

             

            element14 is a global arena, so meeting and spending a day might be hard to organise  ... nice idea but limited application.

             

             

            Some of the design Challenges have been quite advanced, and while it has tackled some very interesting problems, it has a rather narrow application.

            Having more generalised challenges that are applicable to more of the xxx,000 members and using some of the more common hardware could give a much wider audience.

            It also needs to use products that are available across the globe. The Forget Me Not was great, but the EnOcean modules aren't readily available, so it is of limited use.

             

             

             

            Mark

             

            Edit ...opps it looks like when element14 froze it saved both entries ...sorry.

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              Frederick Vandenbosch

              Perhaps another question to ask is: how many prizes ?

               

              Having more chances to win something may motivate competitors more to actually complete the challenge. For example, the Sudden Impact challenges has massive grand prizes (MDO3000, MacBook Air, Home HD Sensor), but no 2nd or 3rd place prizes. In The Air was more balanced: a MacBook Pro for 1st place, a MacBook Air for 2nd place. I also liked what was done for the Holiday Lights and Sudden Impact: everyone who finishes gets a little something. If there's only one grand prize and competitors see someone being ahead, they may think they no longer have a shot at the grand prize and give up/drop out.

               

              Personally, I think it would be better to have proper prizes for the top 3 competitors that finished the challenge (and followed the rules).

               

              As for the prizes themselves: I like Mark's idea of vouchers as it lets you pick something you really want/need. But a trip sounds fun also!

              Going to Electronica in Munich last year was fun, and I got to meet Christian (after more than a year of exchanging emails) and a whole bunch of other element14 people there. A trip to the US/UK offices doesn't sound bad either, meeting people like Nicole, Dave, etc ... . Or perhaps even meeting Ben Heck?

               

              Frederick

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                Andy Clark (Workshopshed)

                I have to confess that I joined the Enchanted Objects challenge based on the nature of the challenge rather than the prize. I spotted the prize after deciding to apply.

                It's interesting that the prizes don't seem to be a motivational factor in keeping people going through the challenges. Perhaps E14 could do a post part way through the challenge describing the prizes in more detail?

                 

                Prizes that would interest me:

                Interesting trips / unique experiences, test equipment, training material.

                 

                Having started a challenge this year, I can't imagine doing another in the near future. It is really hard work! So perhaps one of those chairs that allows you to put your feet up.

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                  ravi butani

                  I completely agree with Frederic and mark...

                  One more point I like to add regarding community choice prize...

                  As I have seen lobbying in community choice prize..and it not good for healthy competition..

                  So I suggest peer choice prize in which competitors can vote each other but can't vote their own project..

                  Andwhile choosing winner community choice and peer choice both can be considered in proper proportion, this may help reduce effect of lobbying while selecting winner.

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                    ntewinkel

                    Hi Nicole,


                    Because of amount of effort involved in these challenges, I generally only look at the ones that line up with projects I already have an interest in working on. To make that even more difficult, those interests change over time

                    Right now I would be more likely to sign up for challenges involving drones/quad-copters or robotics in terms of robot arms and rovers.

                     

                    Of course, if I'm really busy with other things, I will still pass, with much sadness   (ps, that's why I've been MIA for the last 4 or 5 months).

                     

                    In terms of prizes (as well as the challenge kits and budgets), I have been motivated by prizes that match what I happen to need - like the iMac 5k in December, and the macBooks - or if they match my current interests of things I want to try out.

                     

                    I agree with the others in terms of number of prizes and who should be eligible (completed projects, and more than just one or two winners). Maybe also add a prize for someone drawn from all those who complete what was promised who didn't already win?

                     

                    -Nico

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                      DAB

                      Hi Nicole,

                       

                      I usually do not look very much at the prizes as I do the aspects of the challenge and the opportunity to do something interesting with the components provided.

                       

                      I understand that some challenges entail a lot more work than others, so I agree that the prizes should reflect a good reward for the effort expended.

                       

                      To entice more participants, you might want to add more ancillary prizes so that even the people who do not win get some value for their time and effort.

                      A better reward structure might get more recipients to actually follow through and blog through the challenge.

                       

                      DAB

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                          Thanks all for taking the time to share your thoughts - I am so glad to hear that so many of you are motivated by the challenge itself and not so much the prize at the end of it - although I'm sure a physical "prize" is the nice "cherry on top" for all the hard work!  

                           

                          I also can appreciate that the investment of time to compete in a Design Challenge is quite substantial as well - I'm also hearing that many of you feel some kind of "finishers" prize would be a good idea to keep people from losing interest and motivation along the way.   I also like the idea of the top winners being able to pick their prize.  i.e. the first place winner would get dibs and so on...

                           

                          I'll be sure to pass along these ideas to our Design Challenge Program Manager; and please feel free to keep the conversation and ideas going in the meantime if you think of anything else as well.

                           

                          Thanks!

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                              balearicdynamics

                              Hello Nicole,

                               

                              I have appreciated very much this thread as it is. Just the idea that you are asking what about prized, preferences and so on it is very nice. Another aspect that I see really valuable is that prizes are not only from Element14. I remember when for some years with Nokia as developer on Symbian, Qt etc. they always supported with something like the challenges, events for ambassador developers and so on; always (great) Nokia phones of every model !

                               

                              My opinion is that a good incentive - in a general view - maybe a couple os 2nd and 3rd prizes beside the grans prix. Just to create more attractive. Then I agree with you that the prize, at least for a good number of challengers is one more incentive to finish the job. By my side, I don't participate to all the challenges but I am attracted to those that give me the opportunity to really develop a certain type of project I already have in mind. So it is the developer material that I consider the real attractive: this gives me the possibility to make a prototype or move a step forward in a project with a good sponsorship. Then, but only then after all, the prize is interesting.

                              Just to show an example, the fact that I can participate in SciFi Your PI is the real win. Then who really will demonstrate the best should be also the challenge winner. There are a lot of projects in this challenge that I really appreciate and like, and follow as they are intelligent, interesting and awesome. But maybe my vision by this point of view is not so meaningful as I am very few competitive and more cooperative.

                               

                              Enrico

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                                mcb1

                                a good idea to keep people from losing interest and motivation along the way.

                                Christian's minions during the Forget Me Not worked pretty well to spark people's interest, and encourage good value blogs.

                                 

                                We shouldn't lose sight of the fact the site is an Engineering site, rather than a TV reality show.

                                It is important that the sponsors and element14 get good coverage of the products they provide, which encourages others to buy and use them.

                                 

                                In some cases the competitiors seem to be the test dummies as the products aren't quite ready for general consumption, and this puts extra pressure on the Challenge.

                                I wonder how wide the target audience is for these products ...

                                 

                                I like Nico's robotics idea.

                                While we have a Teachers Pet that involves a COS, I wonder if there isn't room for competitors to make one perhaps using two of Infineon's Motor Shields.

                                It would be ideal if it had a 'must not exceed' value, constructed using basic tools (ie no CNC machines) and have a complete BOM so others can reproduce it easily.

                                 

                                If you use commonly available and easily programmed controllers, you have a wide target audience, and a useful resource for the site.

                                 

                                Mark

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                              dougw

                              Wow - great question - what candies do we want in the jar?

                              The obvious interest in this question indicates we are all very interested in the prizes and their motivational value.

                              There are all kinds of different motives at work in a design challenge - quite different for different contestants. It is useful to provide a range of "prizes" that appeal to all of these different motives.

                              For me the biggest prize is the respect of the members and sponsors, who are all expert peers, and finding better ways to express such respect is a key to increasing motivation.

                              If you think of winning an international design challenge as winning a world championships of engineering, it would be (is) a highly coveted and motivating achievement. For those who like to commemorate such achievements it might be very motivating to be awarded a suitably impressive trophy.

                              Other powerful motivators for me are the requirements to solve problems inherent in any design challenge and the chance to exercise creativity in designing solutions. So some contestants may be motivated by a separate prize for creativity, regardless of how well it works. It doesn't need to be big, just some recognition.

                              Likewise, it might be appropriate to have a prize for the best user interface, or the solution that most looks like a product, or the most complexity, or the lowest power, or the best workmanship, etc.

                              I also like the idea that every participant might get a token prize. The sponsored contestants already get their subsidy materials and budget, which usually is a more than adequate reward for participation, but you don't need to be sponsored to participate, and more un-sponsored participation might be encouraged if there were more small prizes.

                              Big prizes tend to be more motivating, eliciting greater effort and greater accolades, so tougher and possibly more interesting challenges can be tackled, but this also limits participation, so a range of challenge difficulties and a corresponding range of prize sizes is a good way to keep things interesting and encourage the widest possible participation.

                              The goodie bag of products idea is certainly motivating - having a choice of several different bags, each with different contents might make it even more interesting, while still allowing the contents to be comprised of sponsor materials.

                              Doug

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                                peteroakes

                                Well the 3D printer for the Xmas Lights challange was a real motivator

                                 

                                but even more fun was the Minion giveaways and Minion flavour Duck Tape for the current one.

                                 

                                It is quite weird what motivates us ???

                                 

                                So in some cases it is the little things but a grand prize that is tangable and will keep on going or helping with the hoby for a long time to come is always a winner

                                 

                                So

                                Oscilloscope

                                DMM

                                Soldering Iron / tools

                                Vouchers to use at the Newark Store

                                 

                                I think everyone has something different to motivate them so cool and usefull should cover it

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                                  michaelwylie

                                  I'll be frank so that the feedback is, hopefully, useful (i.e. Don't Judge Me! ). I always evaluate the prize before I decide. Here's how I look at it: I'm going to be working on something whether or not I am enrolled in a design challenge. If I like the prize enough, I'll come up with an idea for the competition. I do, however, agree with the others, that being selected is a prize in itself. I prefer the challenges with the small amount of kit and the budget since I can be more creative. It feels more like engineering to me (i.e., do something on a fixed budget). I didn't apply for any of the recent design challenges.

                                   

                                  I didn't apply for the Sudden Impact challenge because I was working on the In The Air challenge. Sudden Impact seemed like a HUGE commitment. For a challenge that big I would need to be a bachelor or part of a design team.

                                   

                                  I didn't apply for either the Enchanted Objects or the SciFi Your Pi design challenge for two reasons: I wasn't interested in the prize enough to come up with a decent idea and I prefer to work forward in a design. What I mean is, I prefer to come up with the idea and then determine what I need to purchase to fulfill the requirements instead of having to make a product from a predetermined platform. Some people are really good at working from a kit and moving backwards to an idea, but not me.

                                   

                                  Now, I'm not saying the prize is the only thing that gets me to apply. Like I said, I'm going to be working on something anyway. It's the prize that sways me to be interested in the design challenge as opposed to another project I am working on.

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                                    michaelwylie

                                    As for what I would like to see offered, I thought I would comment on that separately. Equipment is always the best option for myself. This includes laptops, oscilloscopes, function generators, multimeters, etc... This is simply because more equipment allows me to make more material/content. Vouchers for Newark would be nice, but it takes away from the grandeur of being awarded a physical prize for Element14.

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                                      tekmeister

                                      Hi Nicole,

                                       

                                      Thanks for the chance to provide feedback. A lot of the previous comments echo my own.

                                       

                                      In the main, I feel Element14 do a great job running their design challenges - certainly I don't know of any other community/website that does anything similar on a regular basis. (Circuit Cellar used to run regular contests a number of years ago).

                                       

                                      Here are some of the things I thing E14 have done right:

                                      • The design challenges are themed, and usually very current. The prizes themselves are generally secondary to the challenge itself.
                                      • The prizes for previous challenges have been varied - sometimes they are more technical (an oscilloscope), sometimes not (a laptop), sometimes there is just one, sometimes more.
                                      • Global entrants - I love that E14 allow entries from all over the world. I live in a small corner of the southern hemisphere, and often events from other websites are "US residents only"
                                      • Engagement - There has been nice promotion of the challenges and related webinars.

                                       

                                      Here are some other comments:

                                      • For those that aren't initially chosen for the challenges, how about offering the chance to buy a discounted "entry pack" with all the relevant dev kits?
                                      • Some of the previous challenges have suffered greatly from shipping delays.
                                      • Some of the challenges are really big in scope. Some smaller ones might be good. For example, who can make the most efficient power regulator? Who can make the best Raspberry Pi weather station?
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                                          balearicdynamics

                                          Hi tekmeister,

                                           

                                          I almost agree with you, but what does not convinced me is what you wrote at the end of the post:

                                           

                                          Here are some other comments:

                                          • For those that aren't initially chosen for the challenges, how about offering the chance to buy a discounted "entry pack" with all the relevant dev kits?
                                          • Some of the previous challenges have suffered greatly from shipping delays.
                                          • Some of the challenges are really big in scope. Some smaller ones might be good. For example, who can make the most efficient power regulator? Who can make the best Raspberry Pi weather station?

                                           

                                          Just to use your own words, for someone "the most efficient power regulator" maybe easier to think about respect "the best PI weather station". But for someone else maybe totally different , or the opposite. What I mean is that IMHO the very valuable aspect of the themed (great idea, yes) challenges is that are not very close. So the complexity level can be chosen by the users that participate. And I have also saw and appreciated that - just as occurred in SciFi your PI - the challengers choice of E14 are not strictly based on the complexity of the submitted project. That is a very important aspect, just because what I wrote before: here we have many different skills and a very varied knowledge, that is also one of the most important values of this collaborative community. So, E14 decide for a project following - I think - mostly "human" parameters despite the technical complexity of the proposal, that is really subjective. I am following some projects that I consider interesting, because involves technical aspects of something I don't know at all, that for someone seems very simple: definitely I think that a technology is simple if we know very well and is complex if it is the first time we are approaching with it.

                                           

                                          Enrico

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                                            mcb1

                                            I live in a small corner of the southern hemisphere

                                            Actually the corner we live in is HUGE, it's just lucky there aren't many countries ...

                                             

                                            Some of the previous challenges have suffered greatly from shipping delays.

                                            Dave Hamblin has that in his sights, and he's hoping to bring it to a central point to minimise the delays going forward.

                                            It has been one area that will continue to be a problem, not helped by increasing the number of contestants (a good thing) as element14 has done on some challenges.

                                             

                                            One the best things that has come out of the challenges is the inter-challenger assistance.

                                            Despite competing against each other for a prize, they share problems/solutions and offer help ...

                                             

                                            That shows true community spirit and no prize or money buys that.

                                             

                                            Mark

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                                            clem57

                                            The concept of a Roadtest plus for Christmas this year was a good example of people helping people. I got a lot of help from many and grew to appreciate their approach and wisdom. I found my skilss were software related and hardware is lacking. But now I am addressing this and wemt to a maker space near by. I saw first hand how to solder small headers and think a learned many tips. This would not have happened had I not entered the design challenge. As for prize it was secondary to the community help which was priceless. I had fun even though I did not win. Next time I will come back with a better plan. Thanks Element 14 and all the great folks like Nicole, David, and Christian who I already miss.

                                            Clem

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                                              dougw

                                              Here is an attempt to list the top 11 cool prizes for electronics experimenters in design challenges - in order of desirability:

                                              1. oscilloscope
                                              2. 3D printer
                                              3. camera for video blogging
                                              4. camera for macro photography
                                              5. bench power supply
                                              6. signal generator
                                              7. accurate DVM
                                              8. electronics CAD software
                                              9. android phablet
                                              10. prototyping breadboards and general purpose modules like PSoC kits, arduinos and RPi's
                                              11. e14 vouchers

                                              I am lucky to have most of this stuff but still missing a decent signal generator, so for me #6 and #11 are probably more motivating.

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                                                  tomaja

                                                  Nice list

                                                  Some kind of CNC router would also be nice.

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                                                    ntewinkel

                                                    I'm going through the edX course EE40LX right now, which i think e14 was involved with, and they use a myDAQ for all the measuring, including everything from volt meter to  oscilloscope. That, and the parts kit for that course (and perhaps for other similar online courses) might be suitable prizes too. Maybe others might also like sponsorship of certificates for such courses? I just take these courses for learning and fun, so certificates aren't important to me, but maybe younger folks might like that to add to their resumes.

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                                                      dougw
                                                      1. oscilloscope
                                                      2. 3D printer
                                                      3. 3D scanner
                                                      4. camera for video blogging
                                                      5. camera for macro photography
                                                      6. bench power supply
                                                      7. signal generator
                                                      8. accurate DVM
                                                      9. electronics CAD software
                                                      10. android phablet
                                                      11. prototyping breadboards and general purpose modules like PSoC kits, arduinos and RPi's
                                                      12. e14 vouchers

                                                      updated to an even dozen...

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                                                          clem57

                                                          dougw

                                                               Why #2, do you not like yours?

                                                          Clem

                                                          BTW, vouchers work well if you have too many interests like me.

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                                                              dougw

                                                              Clem,

                                                              I like my 3D printer a lot - it is in almost constant use.

                                                              I actually have almost everything on that list, except #3 and #7.

                                                              It is a list of what members might like ... I want #3, #7, #11 & #12

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                                                                  peteroakes

                                                                  Do you have the rebox

                                                                  if so

                                                                  what is you main printed filiment

                                                                  do you print on fine, normal, custom

                                                                  do you have any issues with a un even bed (PEI does not sit perfectly flat ont he aluminium heat spreader ) causing the first layers to bottom out so no filement layed down and or not adhear to its neibours

                                                                  other common issues ?

                                                                   

                                                                  As yo may be guessing, I am having these issues

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                                                                      dougw

                                                                      Yes I have a Cel Robox.

                                                                      It worked well from day 1.

                                                                      I print in normal resolution - it is fine for all my needs and the surface on the PEI comes out as smooth as glass.

                                                                      The PEI surface is spectacular - really good bond when hot and parts just pop off when it cools down.

                                                                      The heat seems very uniform - I have printed maximum size flat panels and they adhere well everywhere while printing.

                                                                      The self calibration at the start of every print is accurate enough that there are no problems with prints.

                                                                      That is not to say that I don't have any problems, for a while I was getting some stringy hair when the valve wasn't closing properly during non-printing traverses - but it cleared itself after one print. There are a lot of little things to learn about making good prints, but I am not good about recording all the things I try, because it isn't clear before hand what will work and what won't - but then suddenly some little thing makes a big improvement.

                                                                      As a rough guess about 80% of what I print turns out fully functional as planned on the first try. The other 20% is probably split between my measurement errors, design errors and printer failures. Some of the printer failures are simply things like the PLA filament is wound so tightly on the spool it won't feed off the spool. This is easy to free up on the fly, but with prints that take many hours it is not possible to be beside the printer at all times. The printer is actually pretty good about restarting after a filament jam, even hours later, but sometimes it leaves a gap that ends up in an area that is too weak in the finished part. Sometimes it can be fixed with glue.

                                                                      All in all I am very happy with my Robox printer - it is about as easy to use as these devices can be and it has been surprisingly robust and surprisingly useful.

                                                                      You need to figure out a way to get your printer tuned up - it will be worth it.

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                                                              balearicdynamics

                                                              In addition to what I have already wrote in a post before, that is a general view, personally for me it will be great a 3D printer. This will be one of the few cases the competition itself will be interesting as the prize because I use a mill machine and a 3D printer is not actually essential but will be perfect to complete the range of options to work on prototypes design. I should experience what are the cases in which I can reach the precision I need with a 3D printer instead of a mill machine.

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                                                                dyland581

                                                                Well the 3D printer for the Xmas Lights challenge was a real motivator.

                                                                 

                                                                But even more fun was the Minion giveaways and Minion flavor Duck Tape for the current one.

                                                                 

                                                                It is quite weird what motivates us ???

                                                                 

                                                                So in some cases it is the little things but a grand prize that is tangible and will keep on going or helping with the hobby for a long time to come is always a winner

                                                                 

                                                                So

                                                                Oscilloscope

                                                                DMM

                                                                Soldering Iron / tools

                                                                Vouchers to use at the Newark Store

                                                                General EE Equipment

                                                                Electronic Kits for pleasure

                                                                Lab organization/ tools

                                                                Components and lots of 'em

                                                                 

                                                                I think everyone has something different to motivate them so cool and useful should cover it

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                                                                  Andy Clark (Workshopshed)

                                                                  Yes, silly stuff such as Minion Duck Tape would definitely motivate.

                                                                  Following up on Nico's comment about the myDaq and my lack of a scope, I spotted this WFS210 - VELLEMAN SA - DIGITAL STORAGE OSCILLOSCOPE, WLAN | CPC UK

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                                                                    iayanpahwa

                                                                    How about a drone? Just kidding! Well in my opinion design challenge really requires devoting alot of time. Its my first and being student I know how difficult is to copw with studies and making stuff so for me a grear motivation would be completion prize for everybody who competed that would act as certification of appreciation and top 3 prizes instead of just a grand prize :)

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                                                                        balearicdynamics

                                                                        Sure a drone or 3D printer are really attracting. I am the first to vote but thinking in a more community view, maybe these prices are a bit selective; there is only a part of users interested to drones for experimenting (I am actively working on this side by years) and 3D printers are already almost diffused - as far as what I read in comments - between users (I don't have and I'd like to have one )

                                                                         

                                                                        Enrico

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                                                                        ravi butani

                                                                        If the design challenge is around arduino than dinner with Massimo Banzi and capture a selfie with him is the greatest prize I think..

                                                                        Same way the dinner with Eben Upton will be greatest prize for me if the challenge is around raspberry pi...

                                                                        And I don't think there is any better inspiration for me than these Prize...

                                                                        Looking forward to know what other thinks about this....

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                                                                          crjeder
                                                                          I agree with most of what the other members said. I entered the Enchanted Object Challenge not for the Grand Price - chances that I win it are negligible. I am doing it for fun and to learn. I need the challenge to keep myself focused. My other hobby projects all share the same fate: before I finish it I got distracted by something else. I enjoy the format of weekly blogging (which helps to keep me on track) and the helpful community. And my price would be a lot of fun and new knowledge.
                                                                          The main entry barrier for a challenge is the amount of time you have to spend on it. I personally spend almost every minute of my spare time, which is a huge commitment and the reason why I most likely won't enter an other one this year no matter what the price will be.
                                                                          Maybe smaller challenges would be a good idea. Along the line is Chris Stanton with his geo-caching project. Less work for the individual more fun for every one. So I am proposing something like monthly (mini) challenges and quarterly grand challenges. The monthly challenges could replace road tests since they are often "unpacking the kit", "installing provided demos", "play with the demos" and give a score. Having 10 similar tests for one product is not very effective IMHO.
                                                                          Back to the prices. One for the top 3 and a small one for every finisher sounds like a good idea to me. Prices like trips to events, "maker equipment" (3D Printer, CNC Mill, Laser Cutter, Oscilloscope, ...) and vouchers for electronic components are good choices.
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                                                                            crjeder

                                                                            How about courses / training? (like ntewinkel suggested)

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                                                                              ipv1

                                                                              I think RS Components is giving away a mini mantis... BUT its only applicable to residents of the UK.

                                                                               

                                                                              Back to the topic...

                                                                              Some pro/semi pro grade Video/Audio equipment would make a good reward. A video blogging studio kit or something?

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                                                                                Andy Clark (Workshopshed)

                                                                                Have been looking at EPaper dev kits, they seem quite expensive for what they are, might be good to be able to roadtest one of those.

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                                                                                  kidiccurus

                                                                                  My personal motivation is not so much then prizes at the end of the challenge but the materials given to entrants. Seeing the high value prizes is nice, but knowing that I will receive some nice dev boards if I am successful in entering is great motivation as it garuntees me some return on my effort. Including more parts than needed for the challenge is a great way to do this as it also allows multiple approaches for people to tackle the challenge. For example, the inclusion of both an LED and motor sheild in the enchanted objects challenge allowed me to include a nice bachlight in my project after I managed to remove the need for the motor sheild, and the Arduino Uno that was supplied is now used regularly for other projects. A finishers prize, as mentioned earlier, does also seem like a great idea. Orphaned projects are very sad, and anything that reduces the quantity of them is definitely a plus in my book.

                                                                                    One other small thing regarding the main prizes, I personally do not particularly like apple devices, and so a macbook is not a great incentive for me. I value the upgradability and modification opportunities offered by Windows and Linux far more than the nice design of apple products.