Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What kind of IoT project should I be working on?
A: Anything you want! The Internet of Things can take many forms, so it’s up to you to decide what kind of project you’re interested in. Maybe you’d like to develop an automated pet feeder? How about a smart door sensor? A networked thermostat? The sky's the limit!
Q: What kind of material do I need?
A: Every project is different, but a Raspberry Pi and a sensor kit is usually a good start. If you need to purchase components to complete your project for the IoT Challenge, we encourage you to acquire inexpensive material. Your maximum budget is 150$.
Q: Is the IoT Challenge a Hackathon?
A: It’s not! You can participate in the IoT Challenge by working from home at your own pace. The deadline to submit a project is December 17th. We want to make it simple for you to discover the world of the Internet of Things.
Q: Do I have to give you the rights to my work to participate in the 2018 IoT Challenge?
A: Not at all. You retain all rights to your work and intellectual property. Jurors have signed non-disclosure agreements to ensure that your privacy is respected and that your intellectual property remains yours.
Q: Why do I need to upload my code on GitHub?
A: This is an important part of the evaluation process. Our dream team of jurors want to see how your application was built so that they can compare it to other entries and determine a winner. You can receive bonus points for using best practices, design quality or for the robustness of your design (for example: power outage, self-healing, etc).
Q: Will my code be shared to everyone?
A: No, your code will only be shared with the jurors and will not be released publicly in any form.
Q: What is the deadline to participate?
A: You have until December 17th, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST to submit your IoT device.
Q: Do I have to send you the physical components of my IoT device by mail?
A: No. We need to be able to look at your code to evaluate your project, but you don’t have to send us anything by physical mail. In specific cases, we may ask you for images of your physical device up and running to show that it’s working.
Q: Who is judging the 2018 IoT Challenge?
A: Software development veterans from Askida, Bell, IoT Canada and universities. We’re bringing in the best and the brightest to evaluate your IoT projects!
Q: Do I have to implement all the different communication and security layers?
A: Communication and security layers can be cumbersome to put in place, so for the IoT challenge, you can simply have your device in communication with your back end.
Q: Do you accept team projects?
A: We can’t accept team projects for the IoT Challenge, but we definitely encourage you to participate.
Q: What if I have other questions?
A: You can always send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll answer your question as soon as possible.