We challenge you to design something wireless that connects to something else. Simple.

If it connects to something and it’s wireless, it's eligible. It doesn't need to connect to the internet- get creative: local systems, WiFi, Bluetooth, BLE, and your very own protocol are all in the running.

Nowadays it seems that if something can be connected to the internet, it will be connected to the internet. We’ve seen everything from WiFi enabled refrigerators, to laundry machines and cat laser pointers, but we also know there’s plenty left to be explored.  

We’re asking you to imagine: if you could give anything connection capability, what would it be? Your device could monitor its surroundings with a sensor and could send information to tell you when animals are sneaking into your garden (with or without internet). It could be a device that starts the coffee maker while you’re sleeping or a communication device to talk to space. The possibilities are endless.

If you want to go the Internet of Things route, there are many free IoT dashboards and platforms to help you work with your internet devices and data, such as Adafruit IO, Digi-Key’s IoT Studio, ThingsBoard, and thinger.io. For a non-cloud solution, you could check out this article describing how to setup a Docker environment for use with a Raspberry Pi.

Examples of eligible projects

Zero Phone by Arsenijs

NPR New Packet Radio by f4hdk

DIY Airboat and Controller by CompuCat

Awards And Prizes

The top 30 ideas will win a coupon for a free PCB (up to $25 value) from OSHpark.

The top 4 ideas in the following categories will win a $100 Tindie gift certificate:

How To Enter

Show us your best connected invention idea and document it as a new project on Hackaday.io. Once you have published your project, look in the right sidebar for the "Submit project to..." menu in order to enter it in the "Connected World Contest". 

Make it easy for others to order your board by uploading and sharing your project on OSH Park.  Here is how to do it: https://blog.oshpark.com/2017/06/05/how-to-share-your-project/.

Judging Criteria

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That said, here are some criteria judges will have in mind while reviewing entries:

Connected World Contest Rules: