2018 Askida IoT Challenge: Official rules, deadline, prizes and how to enter!


Attention all developers!

The 2018 IoT Challenge, presented by Askida, is now officially underway. We’re inviting you to build your own IoT device using a Raspberry Pi and a sensor kit. We have some awesome prizes to give away, including a 2500$ cash prize for the first prize, 2 iWatches, a Google Home Mini and more to come!

We are now accepting submissions for the 2018 IoT Challenge. You have until November 5th, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST to submit your IoT device.

To keep up with the IoT Challenge, join the 2018 IoT Challenge LinkedIn group, where we will be posting news, updates and other items. Feel free to use the group to ask questions or chat with other participants! You can also post on social media by using the hashtag #iotchallenge2018.

What to do

Build an IoT device using a Raspberry Pi 3, model B or B+ (www.raspberrypi.org or www.canakit.com). We encourage you to use material that’s inexpensive and easy to acquire. The sensor kit you use should cost less than 50$, and your total budget is 150$.

The application can use your choice of language or framework (Python, Javascript, .Net Core, Node-RED). Your design should be entirely original, or at least 50% original if you’re basing it on examples.

You should present your application with an architecture diagram and at least one sequence diagram. You may also receive bonus points for the robustness of your design (for example: power outage, self-healing, etc).

API stubbing is required, and you must document a test strategy and plans. You may receive bonus points for automated functional tests.

Need inspiration? Try this article: 10 Raspberry Pi Projects For Learning IoT.

How to enter

When you’re ready, submit your IoT device by filling out the official entry form. To evaluate your project, we’ll need access to a GitHub repository where all your files are stored.

You’ll also need to tell us a little about your project, the external components and/or sensors you’re using and your design plan or strategy.

Final deadline

Remember: You have until November 5th, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST to submit your IoT device!

Any Canadian citizen or permanent resident, 18 years old or older, can enter the challenge.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the 2018 IoT Challenge, send us an email at iotchallenge@askida.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Complete rules

Contest Terms & Conditions



The Contest is open to any Canadian citizen or permanent resident, 18 years old or older.


By participating, each entrant grants Groupe Askida Inc. permission to use his/her name, likeness or comments for publicity purposes without payment of additional consideration, except where prohibited by law.

Groupe Askida Inc. is managing the contest in its own name.


The Contest begins on September 4th, 2018, and ends on November 5th, 2018. (“Contest Period”). All entries must be received on or before the time stated. Groupe Askida Inc. reserves the right to extend or shorten the contest at their sole discretion.


Participants must fill out the official entry form and provide all requested files and information. The deadline to submit an application is November 5th, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST.


A board of IT specialists from Askida will select the winner(s) on November 19, 2018, on or about noon EST. The winner(s) will be contacted via the email address or phone number submitted with registration and their name will be published in the IoT Challenge LinkedIn group. Each entrant is responsible for monitoring his/her email and phone for prize notification. 

If a potential prize-winner cannot be reached by Groupe Askida Inc. by Friday, November 23, 2018, on or before 11:59 PM EST, using the contact information provided at the time of entry, or if the prize is returned as undeliverable, that potential prize winner shall forfeit the prize. Groupe Askida Inc. will then select another winner. Prizes may not be awarded if an insufficient number of eligible entries are received.

PRIZES:  There will be at least one (1) winner. The prize is non-transferable. No substitution of prize is permitted.


Each Prize claim is subject to verification by Groupe Askida Inc. Entries made with multiple addresses, under multiple identities, or through the use of any device or artifice to enter multiple times or entries that are in excess of the permitted number of entries during the Contest period are automatically void. All Contest entries obtained through unauthorized sources or which are incomplete, illegible, mutilated, altered, reproduced, forged, irregular or fraudulent in any way or otherwise not in compliance with these Rules are automatically void. Groupe Askida Inc. will be the sole and final reference source in validating a Prize claim.

By participating, each participant and selected winner agrees: (a) to be bound by these Rules and the decisions of Groupe Askida Inc., (b) to release and hold harmless Groupe Askida Inc., and their respective directors, officers, and employees, from any and all liability for claims/damages including, but not limited to, claims/damages for personal injury, for property damage with respect to acceptance, possession or use or misuse of the Prize or participation in the Contest; (c) to permit Groupe Askida Inc. to use his/her name, address, city, province, of residence, photograph, video, or any likeness for advertising or publicity purposes without any additional compensation and (d) the winner agrees to sign a Declaration and Release Form to this effect.

The decisions of Groupe Askida Inc. in relation to this Contest will be final and binding on all entrants.

Groupe Askida Inc. shall not be responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription or registration of Contest entry information, technical malfunctions, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, faulty, incomplete, incomprehensible, or erased computer or network transmissions, line failures of any telephone network, failure of computer equipment, software, inability to access any online service or website, inability to submit the online entry form, or any other error or malfunction, or any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation, or for late, illegible or misdirected entries.

Groupe Askida Inc. reserves the right to cancel, terminate, or suspend this Contest, at its sole discretion, in the event of a technical failure, computer virus or bug, unauthorized human intervention, fraud or any other occurrence or cause beyond its control that corrupts or adversely affects the administration, security, fairness or normal operation of the Contest.

Under no circumstances will Groupe Askida Inc., and their respective directors, officers, and employees be required to award more Prizes than what is indicated in these Rules or award the Prizes other than in accordance with these Rules.

The Contest is subject to all Federal, Provincial and local laws, as well as the rules adopted in view of said laws. The personal information provided to enter the Contest will be used only to administer the Contest, and for no other reason.

For a copy of the Contest Rules, please write to:

Groupe Askida Inc.
410 St-Nicolas, Suite 101
Montreal, QC H2Y 2P5

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