Contest Rules Overview

(Full contest rules below Judging Criteria on this page)

  • The deadline for applications is October 31st
  • No late applications will be considered
  • By submitting an application, you are giving us permission to publish your project, and how you created it.
  • Projects must use a Raspberry Pi and Initial State to be considered
  • We will never give away or sell your contact information to any outside party
  • Must be 18 years or older to apply
  • Projects must be original and not copied from any of MagPi or Initial State’s previous postings
  • Contest judging criteria is determined by contest operators and sponsors. The competition judges, a select group from Initial State and MagPi, have final say in what most creative, practical and awesome.

Judging Criteria


We're looking for clever and original Raspberry Pi projects. How can you use the Raspberry Pi to creatively solve a problem? Many of the most creative projects are the ones that you look at and say, "Wow that looks so simple! Why didn't I think to do that?" Creativity often comes from constraints. (For example: Using an old Wii Balance board with a Pi to create a smart scale instead of buying a new, expensive one off the shelf).


How useful is your project? Is it something that could be used every day, or is it something that has no value in the real world? Think about how the data collected from your project could improve someones every day life. Anyone can monitor temperature or motion with a raspberry pi, but how are you using that data to give you important information?


This comes down to one thing: How awesome is your project? Does it have a wow factor? The best projects are the ones that makes people think, "Woah! That is so cool!" (For Example: The Beer Fridge of Awesomeness allows people to monitor their personal beer inventory. This lets someone know how often they need to stop at the store on the way home to restock. It even send them text messages if someone takes nice cold beer without permission).

Full Contest Rules

Contest Rules




 1.        Eligibility

            PiOT Challenge (the "Contest") is open to anyone at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. Employees of Initial State Technologies, Inc. and other companies associated with the promotion of the Contest, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.


 2.        Sponsor

            The Contest is sponsored by Initial State Technologies, Inc., located at 1033 Demonbreun St #300, Nashville, Tennessee 37203.


 3.        Agreement to Official Rules

            Participation in the Contest constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon being compliant with these Official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.


 4.        Contest Period

            The Contest begins on September 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM CT and ends on October 31, 2016 at Midnight CT (the "Contest Period"). Entries that are submitted before or after the Contest Period will be disqualified. Submissions will be accepted for the duration of the Contest using any of the following methods:



 5.        How to Enter

            Online: This method of entry will be available by visiting our website ( and following the directions provided to fill out the entry information, and submit.


 6.        Winner Selections

            On or about November 04, 2016, the Sponsor will select winners using the judging criteria outlined at from among all eligible entries received. The Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential winner via telephone or email on or about November 04, 2016. If the potential winner cannot be contacted within five (5) days after the date of the first attempt to contact him/her, the Sponsor may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place from the remaining non-winning, eligible entries.


 7.        Winner Notification


            The potential winners will be notified by email, mail or phone. Each potential Grand and First Prize winner (parent/legal guardian if a minor in his/her state of residence) will be required to complete, electronically sign and submit a Declaration of Compliance within five (5) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, in order to claim his/her prize. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, or fails to submit the Declaration of Compliance within the required time period (if applicable), or prize is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize. If the potential winner is at least 18 but still considered a minor in his/her jurisdiction of residence, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize in the name of his/her parent or legal guardian, who will be required to sign the Declaration of Compliance on the potential winners behalf and fulfill any other requirements imposed on winner set forth herein. Potential winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor will award the applicable prize to an alternate winner selected using the judging criteria outlined at from among all remaining eligible entries. Only three (3) alternate winners will be selected, after which the prize will remain un-awarded. Prizes will be fulfilled approximately 8-10 weeks after the conclusion of the Contest.


 8.        Prizes

            First Place - A chance to be featured in MagPi, Raspberry Pi 3 Weather Monitor Kit, $250 Amazon Gift Card, 1 Year of Initial State Standard Subscription, Initial State swag pack.


            Second Place - Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit, $100 Amazon Gift Card, 1 Year of Initial State Standard Subscription, Initial State swag pack


            Third Place - Raspberry Pi 3 with case, 1 Year of Initial State Standard Subscription, Initial State swag pack


9.         General Conditions

            In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, bug, worm, unauthorized human intervention or other technical problem, or in the event the Contest is unable to run as planned for any other reason, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules or (b) terminate the Contest. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to damage the website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages (including attorney's fees) and any other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.


 10.      Release and Limitations of Liability

            By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, other companies associated with the Contest, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, representatives, and agents (the Released Parties) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto), including, but not limited to: (a) any technical errors associated with the Contest, including lost, interrupted or unavailable Internet Service Provider (ISP), network, server, wireless service provider, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone, cellular tower or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (b) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (c) mechanical, network, electronic, computer, human, printing or typographical errors; (d) application downloads, (e) any other errors or problems in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors that may occur in the administration of the Contest, the announcement of the winner, the cancellation or postponement of the event and/or the flyover, if applicable, the incorrect downloading of the application, the processing of entries application downloads or in any Contest-related materials; or (f) injury, death, losses or damages of any kind, to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrants participation in the Contest or acceptance, receipt or misuse of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto). Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall the entrant be entitled to receive attorney's fees. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.


 11.      Disputes

            Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Tennessee. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrants rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Tennessee, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Tennessee.


 12.      Privacy

            Information collected from entrants is subject to sponsor's privacy policy.