Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) announced a green design contest to promote the development of sustainable applications. The contest will award more than $20,000 in total prize money. Contest categories include energy saving for electrical consumption, energy saving for water consumption, energy saving for natural gas or fuel consumption, and eliminating or monitoring air pollution. Contestants will be required to use one of three new iDigi wireless development kits. Optimized for green applications, iDigi development kits include the hardware, hosted software and services necessary to easily develop sustainable applications.
“Our new iDigi development kits make it fast, easy and inexpensive to develop green applications,” said Joel Young, CTO and senior vice president of research and development, Digi International. “We expect to see some exciting and innovative green wireless applications, and look forward to judging contestants’ designs.”
The green design contest will run April 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010. Grand prize winners will be announced at ESC Silicon Valley 2010. Four quarterly prizes of $1,500 will be awarded leading up to ESC 2010. Grand prize amounts include $7,500 for first place, $5,000 for second place and $2,500 for third place. Overall winners will be selected from the complete pool of submissions, and previous quarterly winners will not be excluded. Contestants can also resubmit the same design with improvements over the course of the competition.
Contestants will be required to use one of the following new iDigi development kits: iDigi[tm] X4 Starter Kit ZB, iDigi[tm] Wi-9P Starter Kit ZB or iDigi[tm] BL4S100 Add-on Kit ZB. Kits will be sold at a reduced price of $149 for engineers and $75 for students with valid student identification. Prices may vary by region. Contestants will not be required to use Digi components exclusively for a design.
Winners will be selected by a team of judges including, Joel Young, CTO and SVP of research and development, Digi International; Jon Titus, editor, Dev Monkey; Larry Kraft, SVP of global sales and marketing, Digi International; Steve Ericson, VP of product development, Digi International; Jordan Husney, software engineer, Digi International; Matt Serra, director, Mulberry Marketing Communications.
For contest details and submission guidelines, visit Digi’s booth 1518 at ESC Silicon Valley 2009 or www.digigreen.com.
About Digi International
Digi International is making wireless M2M easy by developing reliable products and solutions to connect and securely manage local or remote electronic devices over the network or via the Web. Digi offers the highest levels of performance, flexibility and quality, and markets its products through a global network of distributors and resellers, systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). For more information, call 877-912-3444.