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Beginners Hardware and Device Programming Competition

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Robot

Want to win a robot?

Do you program hardware? Want a robot? Enter our Hardware Competition!

Everybody wants a robot. Now all you have to do is submit an article on entry level hardware programming and you could have one.

The contest begins on Monday, December 6th, and runs until Monday February 28th.

Here's How

  1. Submit an article on Code Project that releates to programming hardware (for beginners).
  2. Make sure your article is tagged with the "Hardware" attribute.
  3. The highest three rated articles win!

At the end of the contest we will choose the best three articles and the winner will receive one of three hardware kits from Trossen Robotics.

What You Could Win

Robots!

First Prize

  • The Bioloid Robot Kit
    • 1 Bioloid CM-5 mcu (Atmel ATMega128) controller
    • 4 Dynamixel AX-12+ serially controlled servos
    • 1 Dynamixel AX-S1 sensor module
    • 1 Rechargeable NiMh battery pack (9.6V)
    • Bioloid Beginner Frame Set

Second Prize

  • RoboTurret Vision Tracking Kit
    • ISP available for custom programming
    • Sample PC Control Apps in .NET C# & Python
    • Open source Firmware
    • Dual Mode Operation - PC or Joystick control
    • 180 degrees of motion on each axis
    • RoboRealm® software - an application for use in computer vision, image analysis, and robotic vision systems

Third Prize

  • RFID Starter Kit
    • RedBee RFID reader
    • RFID tag variety pack (13)
    • Project CD with 5 Projects
    • USB Cable

The Rules

  1. Articles must follow the guidelines listed above.
  2. The article must be specific to hardware development and be beginners-oriented
  3. No cheating, lying, stealing code, swashbuckling, or biting.
  4. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  5. Only those who live in jurisdictions in which this contest is legal may enter.
  6. Winners outside the U.S. will have their prizes shipped via USPS and will have a slight delay in receiving prizes
  7. Any breach of the rules and the prize will be awarded to the runner up.
  8. By entering the contest you agree to the rules, conditions of entry, and agree that your member alias, member profile information, article, code and any other submitted material can be used for promotional purposes by The Code Project.
  9. By entering your article in the contest you agree that The Code Project can link to your article and all accompanying data or information for promotional purposes.

Current Entries

Articles that match the contest criteria are automatically entered.

23 Jan 2011
DaveAuld
Getting value from your data historian and recovering data using ProcessBook
1 Feb 2011
Mike Hankey
Learn to control DC and Stepper motors using a Micro Controller
26 Mar 2011
K-Sid
A beginner's hardware project using a PIC microcontroller.
5 Jan 2011
Espen Harlinn
A fragment showing how easy it is to read barcodes from serially attached Symbol barcode scanners
10 Jan 2011
DaveAuld
A beginners' introduction to using shift registers with the Arduino
14 Jan 2011
Mike Hankey
Scan any size switch matrix using 5 general purpose I/O ports.
25 Jan 2011
jmlb
Creating a project with Keil for a 32KB program space

Current Participants

Those with articles that match the contest criteria are automatically entered.

DaveAuld
Engineer
Scotland Scotland
I have been working in the Oil & Gas Industry for over 30 years now.

Core Discipline is Instrumentation and Control Systems.

Completed Bsc Honours Degree (B29 in Computing) with the Open University in 2012.

Currently, Offshore Installation Manager in the Al Shaheen oil field, which is located off the coast of Qatar. Prior to this, 25 years of North Sea Oil & Gas experience.
Espen Harlinn
Architect Powel AS
Norway Norway
Chief Architect - Powel AS.

Specializing in integrated operations and high performance computing solutions.

I’ve been fooling around with computers since the early eighties, I’ve even done work on CP/M and MP/M.

Wrote my first “real” program on a BBC micro model B based on a series in a magazine at that time. It was fun and I got hooked on this thing called programming ...

A few Highlights:

  • High performance application server development
  • Model Driven Architecture and Code generators
  • Real-Time Distributed Solutions
  • C, C++, C#, Java, TSQL, PL/SQL, Delphi, ActionScript, Perl, Rexx
  • Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle RDBMS, IBM DB2, PostGreSQL
  • AMQP, Apache qpid, RabbitMQ, Microsoft Message Queuing, IBM WebSphereMQ, Oracle TuxidoMQ
  • Oracle WebLogic, IBM WebSphere
  • Corba, COM, DCE, WCF
  • AspenTech InfoPlus.21(IP21), OsiSoft PI


More information about what I do for a living can be found at: harlinn.com or LinkedIn

You can contact me at espen.harlinn@powel.no
jmlb
Software Developer
Canada Canada
I am a Software developer with an interest in embedded development and hardware design.

check out my blog at http://hobbymc.blogspot.com
K-Sid
Software Developer HardlySoftware
United States United States
Creator of µCasts - Short Chunks of Embedded Learning Awesomeness

Email: sidwarkd at hardlysoftware.com
Blog: The µBlog
Mike Hankey
Retired
United States United States
Currently enjoying retirement and working on projects without pressure, deadlines or any kind of management.

Contest Entries and Requirements

  1. The contest begins on December 6, 2010 and will end February 28, 2011 at 11:59:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time. All entries must be submitted during this period in order to qualify.
  2. Articles must follow submission guidelines.
  3. The articles can use any programming language.
  4. No cheating, lying, stealing code. The use of sharks with laser beams on their heads strictly prohibited.
  5. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  6. Only those who live in jurisdictions in which this contest is legal may enter.
  7. Any breach of the rules and the prize will be awarded to the runner up.
  8. By entering the contest you agree to the rules, conditions of entry, and agree that your name, member profile information, code and any other submitted material can be used for promotional purposes by The Code Project.
  9. Entries shall be deemed to be submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry unless clearly indicated otherwise. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an internet access provider, on-line service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

www.codeproject.com members can vote on your article. The article that is highest-rated by members will be rated by our judges to determine the final winner.

Eligibility

This competition is open to software development professionals & enthusiasts who are of the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence; however, residents of Quebec and of the following countries are ineligible to participate due to legal constraints: Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Employees (or a member of their immediate family) of The Code Project or any of their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotional agencies are also ineligible to participate. Void where prohibited by law.

Determination of Winner

All entries will be posted on The Code Project website for review by members of The Code Project. In addition, all entries will be reviewed by judges appointed by The Code Project. A winner will be determined by the judges, after taking into consideration the comments and ranking of entries by members of The Code Project, on the basis of which entry best meets the judging criteria set forth below.

Judging Criteria

  • Rank and popularity on The Code Project
  • How tightly an entry adheres to the conditions of entry, including article focus and scope
  • Broad applicability to a wide variety of developers
  • Overall article quality, coherence, and structure

How to Enter

Entry is by the normal article submission process or as described above. Please read the submission guidelines before submitting your entry.

Lost, late, misdirected, or illegible entries will be disqualified. Any entry containing content that The Code Project deems objectionable for any reason will be disqualified. All decisions of The Code Project with respect to any aspect of the competition, including, without limitation, the eligibility of entries, are final and binding on all entrants in all matters as they relate to this competition. The Code Project reserves its right to modify the Rules.

All entries become the property of The Code Project who assumes no responsibility for lost, late, delayed, destroyed or misdirected mail, voice messages, e-mail or any computer errors or malfunctions. No correspondence will be entered into with entrants.

The Code Project does not assume any responsibility for incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry information, technical malfunctions, human or technical error, lost, delayed or garbled data or transmissions, omission, interruption, deletion, defect or failures of any telephone or computer line or network, computer equipment, software or any combination thereof. Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered are void. If for any reason, in the opinion of The Code Project in its sole discretion, the competition is not capable of running as originally planned, or if the administration, security, fairness, integrity or the proper conduct of the competition is corrupted or adversely affected, including by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond its control, The Code Project reserves its right to cancel, terminate, modify, amend, extend or suspend the competition including cancelling any method of entry, and select a winner from previously received eligible entries. The Code Project reserves its right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the competition or to be acting in violation of the Rules or otherwise in a disruptive manner. The Code Project reserves its right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent of the law for any attempts to deliberately damage the competition web site or to undermine the legitimate operation of this competition. The Code Project shall not be held responsible for any errors or negligence that may arise or occur in connection with the competition including any damage to an entrant's computer equipment, system, software or any combination thereof, as a result of their participation in this competition or from downloading any material from the competition website where applicable.

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6 Dec 2010 - 28 Feb 2011