‘Upcycle it’ IoT design challenge features Intel Edison kit

February 06, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor Farnell element14 is setting up a design contest in which 15 designers will use an Intel Edison kit to 'upcycle' unwanted items, giving them a new life or enhanced functionality

Upcycling (says element 14) is a concept that began in the 1990s and is also known as “Creative Reuse”. This is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.

element14 invites engineers, DIY hobbyists and tinkerers to upcycle an obsolete item, computer or appliance and make a useful IoT device. Engineers looking for inspiration can watch Ben Heck’s take on the challenge when he upcycled an 80s "ghetto blaster" using an Intel Edison kit for Arduino (see website link, below).

element14 will accept applications for the ‘Upcycle it’ challenge until 3rd March 2017. Fifteen official challengers will be announced on 14th March 2017; each will receive a complementary kit containing the Intel Edison Kit for Arduino, Arduino Protoshield R3, a Grove Starter Kit for Arduino, AC/DC power supply and USB cable. Each of the 15 challengers will provide weekly updates on their progress through blog posts, photos and videos via the element14 Community.

Finalists will have until 4th June, 2017 to submit their projects. Entries will be judged on originality, innovation and technical merit by a panel of judges including experts from Intel® and element14. The winners will be announced by the end of June 2017.

The grand prize winner will receive a bundle of products worth over $4,000 containing a Keithley DMM7510, a 7 1/2–Digit Graphical Sampling Multimeter, Dremel 4000 MultiTool Kit and Weller Digital Soldering Station. There is also a Second Prize Bundle worth over $800 containing a Motorola Moto 360 Watch, Dremel 4000 MultiTool Kit, an Emulation Technology ET-413 USB 2MP Pen Microscope and Weller Digital Soldering Station.

A Third Prize Bundle worth over $500 contains a Fossil Marshal Touch Screen Watch, Dremel 4000 MultiTool Kit and Weller WES51 Analog 50W Soldering Station. All Challengers who submit a completed project will receive a finisher’s bundle worth over $100 comprising a Duratool