Farnell element14 offers students and makers chance to win over £5,000 worth of kit in its “University IoT Challenge”

The Development Distributor supports education and puts students and makers to the test

Farnell element14, the Development Distributor, is proud to launch its “University IoT Challenge” in partnership with Rohde & Schwarz, the supplier of innovative information and communications technology products for professional users. The aim of the competition is to introduce university students to the world of electronics. The competition challenges students to come up with creative ideas using £5,000 of products from Farnell element14 to create an IoT (Internet of Things) based product that would positively impact individuals who need assistance in their everyday lives.

Entrants will be asked to submit their ideas online at, along with the bill of materials required to build a prototype. Potential ideas would include an IoT device to test water quality in a third world country or sensor system to monitor activity of elderly loved ones living alone.

Entrants taking part in this exciting challenge are encouraged to be as creative and informative as possible in their entry, whilst ensuring that their concept is realistic and could be developed into a prototype.

Farnell element14 will choose four finalists based on the merit and originality, which will then be put to a public vote on the element14 community.

Winners will receive:

  • The bill of materials for the project/idea

  • The balance of £5,000 to spend at

  • A bundle of test and measurement products from Rhode & Schwarz® which includes 1 x RTC1000 Oscilloscope, 50 MHz, 2ch 8ch MSO and 1 x NGE102 Power supply

  • Support from Farnell element14’s team to help you build and test your design

Mathew Thorpe, Regional Sales Director for UK and Ireland, Farnell element14, says: “At Farnell element14 we are committed helping students on their journey of learning from education to maker to a professional engineer. In education, we provide guidance and support through online resources available from the STEM Academy and our widely used element14 Community which has over 500,000 members. This competition recognises the strong engineering heritage we have in the UK, and the importance of investing in education to ensure that this continues. We have a long history of supporting our customers’ development, design and pre-production requirements and this competition will help make a great idea, that might not otherwise be developed, to become a real project”.

Entry to this competition closes on Friday 4th May. Students and educators looking to enter the competition can find more information and read full Terms and Conditions at




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Farnell Global is a fast and reliable distributor of products and technology for electronic and industrial system design, maintenance and repair.  From research and design through prototype to production, Farnell helps its customers access the products and services they need 24/7.  With more than 80 years of experience, 47 localised websites, and a dedicated team of over 3,500 employees, Farnell provides every component its customers need to build the technology of tomorrow.

Farnell Global trades as Farnell in Europe, Newark in North America, and element14 in Asia Pacific.  It also sells direct to consumers through its CPC business in the UK.

Farnell Global has been part of the established global technology distributor, Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT), since 2016. Today, this relationship allows the company to support its customers at every stage of the product life cycle, offering a truly unique distribution model, as well as expertise in end-to-end delivery and product design.

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