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EIE Microcontroller Application Design Contest (2020-21)

Objective

 

With a view to promote students’ interest in microcontroller-based electronic product design and to provide a platform for students to exercise their creativity and innovation through teamwork, the EIE Department organizes “EIE Microcontroller Application Design Contest (2020-21)” jointly with RS Components Ltd. EIE and other PolyU students who participate in this contest may win a HK$1,000 prize by creating microcontroller-based devices in different areas such as Internet of Things (IoT), sensor network, system control, etc. Following are some examples:

 

 

 

 

This contest is jointly organized by EIE and RS Components Ltd. (RS). RS is the world's largest high-service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. Successful participants shortlisted in Phase I (see below) will be supported by RS who will provide all electronic components used in the projects through their online web site. Moreover, they are encouraged to use DesignSpark PCB or/and DesignSpark Mechanical (software provided by RS) to design and implement their products. RS will provide online workshops and the schedule is listed below:

 

Online PCB workshops

Date: 5 December 2020 (Saturday)

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 nn

Venue: Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (online) through EIE_MCAPP_Contest_20200_A: EIE Microcontroller Application Design Contest 2020/21

 

Online 3D workshops

Date: 7 December 2020 (Monday)

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 nn

Venue: Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (online) through EIE_MCAPP_Contest_20200_A: EIE Microcontroller Application Design Contest 2020/21

 

The workshops will be recorded in Blackboard for reference. Furthermore, RS may offer summer internship to selected winners.

 

Conditions and Schedule of the Contest

 

There are two phases in this contest:

 

Phase I (Deadline: 11:59 pm, 8 December 2020):

 

  • • Contest participants submit an application form (in PDF format) to (1) describe  the features and design of your product, and (2) list all components you need from RS company to build your product. The proposal should use 12-point fonts and single-line spacing, and should be within two A4 pages with everything included. A sample proposal can be found in Blackboard (Course name: EIE_MCAPP_Contest_20200_A: EIE Microcontroller Application Design Contest 2020/21). Note that the estimated cost should not be more than HK$2,000.
  • A briefing session will be provided from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on 7 December 2020 (Monday). It may be held in CF004 or through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (will be confirmed later). In the briefing session, students willing to join the competition should share their ideas with us (the organizer Dr. Lawrence Cheung and RS company representatives) and some feedback will be given to participants to write good proposals.
  • Contest participants submit a proposal to Blackboard on or before the deadline.

 

Phase II (Deadline: 8 February 2021):

 

  • Shortlisted contest participants will receive financial support and technical advice/support from the EIE Department and RS Components Ltd. to implement their products based on their proposals. They will have eight weeks to design and implement their products.
  • There is a progress meeting. Contest participants are required to join the meeting and report their progress in the meeting. The detail will be announced later.
  • At the end, contest participants will deliver their final design/products and give a 20-minute presentation (15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for Q & A) to describe and demonstrate the features of their final products.

 

Major Event and Date/Deadline

 

  • Online DesignSpark PCB Workshop: 10:00 am – 12:00 nn, 5 December 2020 (Saturday), Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (Course name: EIE_MCAPP_Contest_20200_A: EIE Microcontroller Application Design Contest 2020/21)
  • Online DesignSpark Mechanical 3D Workshop: 10:00 am – 12:00 nn, 7 December 2020 (Monday), Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (Course name: EIE_MCAPP_Contest_20200_A: EIE Microcontroller Application Design Contest 2020/21)
  • Briefing session with RS (Phase I): 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, 7 December 2020 (Monday), venue: CF004/Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (Course name: EIE_MCAPP_Contest_20200_A: EIE Microcontroller Application Design Contest 2020/21)
  • Proposal submission (Phase I): 11:59 pm, 8 December 2020 (Tuesday)
  • Announce the shortlisted participants to Phase II: 11 December 2020 (Friday)
  • Collect the components: 24 December 2020 (Thursday)
  • Final product submission (Phase II): 5 February 2021 (Friday)
  • Presentation and Q & A sessions (Phase II): 8 February 2021 (Monday, evening) (Time and venue will be confirmed later. Welcome all students to join and the results will be announced after presentation)

 

Eligibility

 

a. All current EIE students.

 

b. Students may form group of one to three members, among them:

 

  • at least one of them is current EIE student for group of one/two;
  • at least two of them are current EIE students for group of three;

 

while others can be current PolyU students from different departments/divisions.

 

c. All participants should share their projects onto DesignSpark webpage. Photos will be taken during the presentation of final designs/products and interview videos with participants will be arranged. Such photos and videos will be posted to DesignSpark webpage.

 

Judgment Criteria

 

a. Phase I

 

The proposal will be judged by:

  • Innovation
  • Usefulness

 

b. Phase II

 

The product will be judged by:

  • Innovation
  • Novelty
  • Functionality
  • Workmanship

 

The panel of judges of the two phases will consist of academic staff members of the EIE Department and may also include representative(s) from RS company. The decision of the panel will be final.

 

Prizes

 

1st Prize: HK$1,000 with certificate and a summer internship at RS company

2nd Prize(s): HK$500 with certificate

3rd Prize(s): HK$200 with certificate

Merit Prize(s): certificate

Design Prize: 3D design + PCB design

  • Champion: certificate
  • Merit(s): certificate

 

Notes for Participants

a. The proposals and the final products should be original.

b. For enquiry, please contact Dr. Lawrence Cheung by email: encccl@polyu.edu.hk .

 

 

Organizer

Department of Electronic and Information Engineering

 

Sponsor

RS Components Ltd.