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Competition Overview

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub is committed to developing talent and fostering a collaborative community that works together to solve problems. We strive to entertain, educate, and engage young people with our summer camps, field trips, and annual events. We love seeing what EAST students are making every year at Conference, and this year we want to see what you have made with your microcontrollers.

The criteria for this competition is simple:

We want to see the most innovative use of microcontrollers (e.g. Arduino, Raspberry Pi) within an EAST project. Making a sensor is cool, but it also needs to be something used to benefit your community and/or client.

Submission Instructions

The submission deadline is 3 p.m., CST, January 24, 2018.

REMEMBER: DO NOT wait until the last day or the last minute to submit your application. The submission form will automatically disable at 3:01 p.m., CST on the deadline date. If you are in the middle of submitting a form at this time, your submission will NOT be received. If the form does not disable properly, submissions received after 3:00 p.m., CST will still not be considered in order to remain fair and consistent for all applicants. Please remember that upload speeds can vary depending on file type, school bandwidth, etc. Deadline days have a high volume of students submitting, which can also cause delays in uploading files and submitting applications. If you encounter an issue on the day of a deadline, the EAST Initiative staff may have limited (if any) availability to provide assistance. The EAST Initiative CANNOT grant you a deadline extension or help you to submit later if something goes wrong.

Step 1 - Create Your Application Packet

A complete application will include all of the following:

  1. Video Pitch
  2. Project Team Photo
  3. Photos of the Microcontroller (3)
  4. Copy of your Code
  5. Schematics
  6. Parts List
  7. Additional Evidence (Optional)

Video Requirements

Create a 45 second (maximum) video pitch about your project. This is not a video competition, rather it’s all about the content. The judges want to know the problem being solved, the client, what makes this project real, the deliverable, and any other pertinent information.

  • Format: .mp4 encoded with H.264 codec or .mov
  • HD resolution of 1920 X 1080 preferred

Other guidelines to consider:

  • If you are using a mobile device hold it horizontally for a better view.
  • Use one smooth unedited clip or take for your submission.
  • Try to eliminate as much background noise as possible.
  • Try to have as much natural light as possible.

Competition finalists will be chosen based on quality of project, not on the quality of the video. The winning project's video may be shown at Conference.

Project Team Photo Requirement

Submit one (1) team photo (jpg or jpeg format). This photo may be used on stage if your project is selected as the winner.

Photos of the Microcontroller

Submit three (3) photos (jpg or png format) of your microcontroller and all associated peripherals.

Copy of your Code

Submit a copy of your code (.txt format).


Submit a schematic of your creation (.pdf format).

Parts List

Submit a parts list of your creations with estimated prices included (.pdf format).

Additional Evidence (optional)

Consider providing additional evidence (max of 5, .jpg or .png only) to support your project. These can include photos of your 3D print, screenshots, news articles, etc.

Student Work Must Be Original

Submissions should be original and completely student-created.

  1. Upon submitting the required items as defined in the competition guidelines (required items) to EAST for this competition, participant hereby grants to EAST a permanent, non-exclusive, irrevocable right and license, free of charge, to (i) use, copy, reproduce, publicly display, edit, revise, perform, and distribute the required items in any format, or otherwise make the required items available to the general public in any format through any medium, including but not limited to making the required items available to users of EAST’s website for downloading; (ii) use the required items, exclusively or together with EAST materials or in connection with EAST’s advertising or promotion; and (iii) use the required items generally in connection with identifying, marketing, and promoting EAST to third parties.
  2. Participant represents and warrants that EAST’s use of the required items shall not violate any law or infringe upon or violate the rights of any individual or entity.

Step 2 - Complete the Application

Complete the application to share details about your microcontroller. We want to know how you created it, what purpose it serves, and how it benefits your client and/or community.

Note: On the application, you will also upload the zipped file detailed in Step 3

Step 3 - Upload Video Pitch, Photos, & Additional Evidence

Combine all of the following files into one (1) Zipped File with a 1 GB (1048576 KB) max file size. Be sure to review the requirements in Step 1. For instructions on how to zip a file, please click here for Windows instructions or here for Mac instructions.

  • Required: Video Pitch
  • Required: Project Team Photo
  • Required: Photos of the microcontroller and all associated peripherals.
  • Required: Copy of your code
  • Required: Schematic of your creation
  • Required: Parts list of your creation with estimated price
  • Optional: Additional Evidence

Step 4 - Submit

When the application is complete, click the “Submit” button. When your submission is complete the page will change and state that the submission has been received. Once you see this page, you will not be able to make any changes. Following your submission, an email confirmation will be sent to you and EAST staff. If you do not receive an email, you should assume there was an error, and your submission was not complete. Our recommendation is to go back to Jotform and complete the form again. If you still receive an error, please email, or contact events team directly.

Finalist Selection

Finalists will be chosen by a panel of professionals and will be notified prior to Conference. The winner of the competition will be announced at the Conference Gala.