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Internet of the Backyard Design Challenge

Enrollment Closed

Start Date: 6/14/14 06:00 PM

End Date: 7/21/14 06:00 PM

Kits Offered: 10

Applicants: 66


This exciting design competition features the all-new SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi© CC3200 LaunchPad from Texas Instruments and the online collaborative platform Plotly.


The CC3200 LaunchPad features a single-chip programmable MCU with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. At the heart of the CC3200 lies a high-performance ARM® Cortex-M4. Combined with onboard temperature sensors and a 3-axis accelerometer, this means Texas Instruments' new LaunchPad is ready to drive an entire IoT application with a single IC right out of the box. You can find more technical specifications here.
To enter the challenge and become one of our ten participants, join this RoadTest and tell us about your idea for a great backyard application. Some examples include--
  • Barbeque monitors: Imagine an IoT-enabled barbeque that can send text messages to let you know whether your food is ready—or has been reduced to carbon!
  • Pool safety alert: A system which warns adults when children are veering too close to the edge.
  • Garden watering system: Using additional sensors, detect the hydration level of backyard planters and adjust watering levels as necessary
  • Cooler alert: Let the CC3200 LaunchPad tell you when it's time to refill the cooler with ice or beverages.
The Challenge Pack
Each selected competitor will receive:
  • A TI CC3200 LaunchPad
  • A FuelTank Boosterpack
  • A $200 budget for additional parts.
After being selected, you'll also be given access to Plotly, the web's premier data streaming and visualization software. Plotly has written code specifically designed to make it easy to get your backyard data to the Internet. Just imagine what you could do: the possibilities are endless.
Once every two weeks, you'll post a blog entry showing us how you're getting on. The final build needs to be finished by November 7. Winners will be selected by November 14... and the prize?
The Grand Prize
Cisco LogoThe winning contestant will have the opportunity, if they choose it, to collaborate with openBerlin - Cisco's Internet of Everything (IoE) Center of Innovation in Germany – and work on a prototyping project of the winner's choice for a week, hosted in Berlin.
Choose your project, and work together with openBerlin engineering team to build it.
OpenBerlin works closely with the maker community, startups, partners and customers in the field of Internet of Things.
OpenBerlin will advise and help fund the hardware and allow you to work together with Cisco team members to speed up your hardware and software development and ultimately your prototype.
All intellectual property rights will remain with the winner.
Choose this great prize if you want mentorship, would like to make contacts with other startups in the IoE community, and if you wish to gain hardware, software and IoE architecture skills rapidly by working as part of a team to get your idea running.
Or the winner may elect attend the Bay Area Maker Faire scheduled for Spring 2015 as the guest of Texas Instruments.
Excited? Join Today!
So enter the challenge today! Just enter this RoadTest and tell us what you will build with the amazing CC3200 LaunchPad and Plotly's data visualization platform. We will review all entries on July 21 and announce our 10 participants shortly after.



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