element14  has teamed up with CadSoft Computer to invite engineers to take part in the EAGLE Design Competition. Electronic design engineers and enthusiasts will need to submit their innovative design projects to win prizes with a pot value of $7000. The competition, which is powered by Microchip and hosted on the element14 Community, aims to bring the most innovative design engineering communities together using CadSoft EAGLE’s Version 6.
To enter the competition applicants must ensure that all designs use EAGLE Version 6 and that a Microchip MCU or DSC is integrated in the design. After registering on the element14 Community, users can submit a screenshot of their layout and add a description of their project on the competition page. Users who do not have an EAGLE license can download a free 30-days trial version on www.element14.com/eagle-freemium to participate in the contest. The deadline for entries is 31 August 2012.
The outcome of the competition will feature peer-voting from the element14 community. Members of the community can “like” entries and comment on the submission. Based on the community “likes” and comments, a judging panel consisting of CadSoft, Premier Farnell and Microchip representatives along with independent EAGLE expert Prof. Dr. Francesco Volpe from the University of Applied Sciences in Aschaffenburg will pick the winners. Judging criteria include clarity in description of the product, the electronic concept, the design complexity, the design quality and the functionality.
The prizes include: