Hackathons are becoming more and more common, events during which a team of developers carry out a project with specific characteristics. The best project receives a high amount of money as well as other products related to the hackathon.
Within Free Hardware, hackathons and contests have also become fashionable. Recently, The Hackster.io website has created a contest related to Arduino and Amazon's virtual assistant, Alexa. This event will have as a common denominator creating a smart gadget related to the smart home, which is why it has been called Arduino Smart Home Challenge.
This event is endowed with a first prize of $ 14.000, quite a significant amount for such an event. There will also be other prizes endowed with other amounts of money that are based on beauty, operation with Alexa, best exterior gadget, best interior gadget, etc ...
Alexa is a perfect virtual assistant for the Arduino Smart Home Challenge
Arduino Smart Home Challenge is a contest that anyone can participate in and for this you have to send the request for participation as well as the project before February 24, 2018. The resolution of the contest will be made public on March 12, 2018.
The truth is that home-related projects are very popular and interesting. If we add to this a virtual assistant as mature as Alexa, the result can be very interesting. Applications from knowing the temperature of the house with a voice question to watering the plants remotely through the voice are some samples that we can find during this event.
In addition, whether or not we participate in the event, in the official website of the contest CAN find various links and materials that will help us develop any project with Alexa and an Arduino board. Very interesting and very helpful links.