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OFFICIAL Contest Rules


The contest is sponsored by Analog Devices, Inc., One Technology Way, Norwood, Massachusetts 02062, USA (“Sponsor”).


This contest is open to students currently enrolled in a technical school, college, university or other accredited educational institution and who are legal residents over the age of majority (at the time of entry) in the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia as well as Canada (excluding Quebec), China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Russia and the United Kingdom.

Employees of Sponsor, its affiliates, subsidiaries, and agencies and their immediate family members are not eligible. Contest is void where prohibited by law.

How to Enter


For the pre-enrollment stage, contestants need to create a team wiki page on the Analog Devices wiki describing their project. This page should be reviewed and submitted by the advisor before the end of the registration day (GMT) to this wiki site. Contestants are also required to send their status at the scheduled pre-evaluation milestones. Contestants will be notified by Sponsor when milestone submissions are due.

The team wiki page requests information about the contestant(s), advisor, and general information about the project. It should illustrate the general architectural overview and implementation plans and approaches. It should include a list of the Analog Devices hardware needed to implement the project along with an explanation of why each of the components is needed. If the team wiki page is not clear enough and/or doesn’t provide enough information needed for the organizers to evaluate the project, the enrollment will not be accepted.


Based on their pre-enrollment documents, qualified applicants will be selected, notified by email, and enrolled in the contest within 10 days after submission deadline date. Selected applicants will receive (at no cost) the hardware components they requested in the Specification Document. The value of the requested Analog Devices hardware may not exceed $300, based on the single unit price listed on the official ADI website If contestants want to have components valued more than $300 limit, Sponsor may, at its sole discretion, provide a bundle discount. (Note that during the final contest preference will be given to low-cost systems.) The hardware will be shipped to the address specified in the Registration Document for each team, or may be picked up from the Analog Devices office in Norwood, Massachusetts.

The final submission must include at least 3 Analog Devices parts.

There is a limit of one entry per person for each contest. All entries become the property of Sponsor.

How a Winner is Determined

Qualified applicants will present their projects during the contest finals in Boston, Massachusetts in May 2013. The project submission includes the entire source code (if necessary), project report, video, two photos of project and all the presentation materials (in electronic format) as well as two paper copies of the project report. The project presentation should include a slide-show presentation and a short movie.

A basic outline and description of the project must be posted on a public forum with the expectation that feedback will be received from the public. The earlier in the contest process that the project idea is posted to a forum, there is a better chance that valuable feedback will be received and can be integrated into the project. Feedback from the public posting should be discussed in the final presentation.

Projects must have a 2-3 minute promotional video showcasing their project. The video should be completed after the project is completed and working. The video may be shown during the final presentation.

Judging criteria

Each contestant will receive feedback from judges during the final contest judging.

  • Technical/Software/Hardware
    • Is the project complex? Was the hardware used to its capacity? Was the software original and fully functional? Is the hardware as low-cost as possible to build the project?
  • Concept
    • Is the core, underlying idea understandable, believable, innovative, creative, feasible, path-breaking, etc?
  • Marketability
    • Is the project commercially viable? Is there a market need for the project? Can you turn the project into a product? Do you have investors lined up? Does the video add value to the project?
  • Written Report
    • Is the written report thorough, clear, compelling, logical, elegant, and professional?
  • Presentation
    • Are presenters professional, confident, comfortable and enthusiastic? Is the presentation thorough, well structured, clear, compelling, logical, informative, and professionally delivered?
  • Community Feedback
    • Was feedback received? Were suggestions implemented or considered in the final version of the project?


Prizes will be awarded to the best projects. Contest projects, source code, photos, movies and documentation may be posted for free download on the Sponsor public website .

Contestants who successfully complete and present a project will receive the hardware as a prize. Contestants that don’t succeed in completing and presenting their project must either purchase the hardware or return the hardware before March 1, 2013, to the Sponsor address listed above.

Winning entrants consent to the use of their name and for advertising and publicity purposes without compensation (unless prohibited by law) and agrees to execute specific consent to such use. The winner may be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility and liability release and (where legal) publicity release and an IRS Form W-9, which must be returned within the time period specified by Sponsor or an alternate winner may be selected. All costs, taxes, fees, and expenses associated with any element of the prize not specifically addressed in these Contest Rules are the sole responsibility of the prize winner. The prize is not transferable. The prize is not substitutable except at Sponsor’s sole discretion, in which case the substitute prize will be of equal or greater value.

Sponsor collects personal information from contestants entering this contest. The information collected is subject to the Analog Devices Privacy and Security Statement, which can be found at: .

Please note that any personal information provided may be shared with affiliated offices, which may involve your personal information being transferred outside the European Economic Area for the purposes of processing by Analog Devices and its affiliates. Any transfer of personal information outside of the European Economic Area is done in circumstances ensuring that the information is processed only in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. By providing your personal information to Sponsor, you consent to this transfer and the above-described use of your personal information.

Sponsor reserves the right to contact you, via e-mail, regarding this contest, or future contests. The contest e-mail(s) will contain an unsubscribe link.

Other Contest Rules and Requirements

  • Sponsor will provide for one (1) team member from an accepted applicant:
    1. round trip coach airfare from the major commercial airport nearest to that team member’s home to Logan Airport in Boston and
    2. hotel accommodations for two (2) nights (double occupancy) at a Boston area hotel.
      Airline and accommodations shall be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. All other expenses associated with travel not otherwise identified herein including, but not limited to, food, travel insurance, transportation and accommodation for other team members and advisor, taxes, gratuities and ground/airport transport are the sole responsibility of the contestants. Students are encouraged to apply for funds to cover these costs from their home universities.
  • For projects with software,
    • the project entry must include complete source code.
    • The object/executable code must be able to be recreated by a third party.
    • The code must be packaged and presented as part of the complete project folder.
  • The design remains the intellectual property of the contestant.
  • The project must be the work of the student and not violate any intellectual property rights of others, including but not limited to patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets.

All contestants who submit an entry in the contest assign to Sponsor a non-exclusive, assignable, royalty-free, full-publication rights to the project. Software, including source code, submitted with any entry remains the property of the contestant; however, contestants agree to provide to Sponsor and its subsidiaries and affiliates a non-exclusive, royalty-free, fully paid, assignable, right to copy, reproduce, display, publish, and disseminate this software in any media, without any territorial limitation, as part of any project presentation.

Projects may be posted (electronic/Internet media) at the discretion of Sponsor. All contestants entering projects in the contest assign to Sponsor the right to publish (in print or electronic/Internet media) the submitted or extracted abstract (including the block diagram, photograph, schematic, and software code sample).

Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the contest if it cannot be operated, conducted or completed as planned, or for any reason, including but not limited to the determination that fraud or any other occurrence compromises the fairness or integrity of the contest. By participating, entrants acknowledge and agree to be bound by these rules and the decisions of Sponsor are final. Sponsor is not responsible for any problems with your entry, including technical failures (including but not limited to hardware and software failures) or incomplete, late or misdirected entries. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the operation or conduct of the contest, including, without limitation, the entry process or otherwise violating these rules. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO INTENTIONALLY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATIONS OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Release and Disclaimer of Sponsor Liability. Entrants agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, its subsidiaries, affiliates and agencies, and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents and representatives from any and all claims, demands, costs, expenses, liability, losses or damages of any kind resulting from their participation in the CONTEST or their acceptance, use or misuse of a prize, including liability for personal injury or death. In no event will Sponsor, its subsidiaries, affiliates and agencies, and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents and representatives be responsible or liable for any damages or losses of any kind, including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages arising out of this contest.

List of Winners. For a list of prize winners, 1) visit, or 2) send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Analog Devices, Inc., “Design Contest Winners” [need contact name and address]. Residents of Washington state, Vermont and Canada may omit postage.

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