Digi International has announced a green design contest to promote the development of sustainable applications. The contest will award more than $20,000 in total prize money. Contest categories include energy saving for electrical consumption, energy saving for water consumption, energy saving for natural gas or fuel consumption, and eliminating or monitoring air pollution. Contestants will be required to use one of three new iDigi wireless development kits. Optimized for green applications, iDigi development kits include the hardware, hosted software and services necessary to develop sustainable applications.
The green design contest will run from April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010. Grand prize winners will be announced at ESC Silicon Valley 2010. Four quarterly prizes of $1,500 will be awarded leading up to ESC 2010. Grand prize amounts include $7,500 for first place, $5,000 for second place and $2,500 for third place. Overall winners will be selected from the complete pool of submissions, and previous quarterly winners will not be excluded. Contestants can also resubmit the same design with improvements over the course of the competition.
Contestants will be required to use one of the following iDigi development kits: iDigi X4 Starter Kit ZB, iDigi Wi-9P Starter Kit ZB or iDigi BL4S100 Add-on Kit ZB. Kits will be sold at a reduced price of $149 for engineers and $75 for students with valid student identification. Prices may vary by region. Contestants will not be required to use Digi components exclusively for a design.
Winners will be selected by a team of judges including, Joel Young, CTO and SVP of research and development, Digi International; Jon Titus, editor, Dev Monkey; Larry Kraft, SVP of global sales and marketing, Digi International; Steve Ericson, VP of product development, Digi International; Jordan Husney, software engineer, Digi International; Matt Serra, director, Mulberry Marketing Communications. For contest details and submission guidelines, visit Digi's booth 1518 at ESC Silicon Valley 2009 or www.digigreen.com.