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Farnell element14 offers students the chance to win over £5,000 worth of kit in its “University IoT Challenge”


Farnell element14 has aunched its “University IoT Challenge” in partnership with Rohde & Schwarz, the supplier of innovative information and communications technology products for professional users. The aim of the competition is to introduce university students to the world of electronics. The competition challenges students to come up with creative ideas using £5,000 of products from Farnell element14 to create an IoT (Internet of Things) based product that would positively impact individuals who need assistance in their everyday lives.

Entrants will be asked to submit their ideas online at, along with the bill of materials required to build a prototype. Potential ideas would include an IoT device to test water quality in a third world country or sensor system to monitor activity of elderly loved ones living alone.
Entrants taking part in this exciting challenge are encouraged to be as creative and informative as possible in their entry, whilst ensuring that their concept is realistic and could be developed into a prototype.
Farnell element14 will choose four finalists based on the merit and originality, which will then be put to a public vote on the element14 community.

Winners will receive:
• The bill of materials for the project/idea
• The balance of £5,000 to spend at
• A bundle of test and measurement products from Rhode & Schwarz® which includes 1 x RTC1000 Oscilloscope, 50 MHz, 2ch 8ch MSO and 1 x NGE102 Power supply
• Support from Farnell element14’s team to help you build and test your design

Mathew Thorpe, Regional Sales Director for UK and Ireland, Farnell element14, says: “At Farnell element14 we are committed helping students on their journey of learning from education to maker to a professional engineer. In education, we provide guidance and support through online resources available from the STEM Academy and our widely used element14 Community which has over 500,000 members. This competition recognises the strong engineering heritage we have in the UK, and the importance of investing in education to ensure that this continues. We have a long history of supporting our customers’ development, design and pre-production requirements and this competition will help make a great idea, that might not otherwise be developed, to become a real project”.

Entry to this competition closes on Friday 4th May.

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