The Internet of Things will be built on open source software and open standards. At Eclipse we are developing a community of IoT projects that make it easy for developers to build IoT solutions.

The Open IoT Challenge is back for a third edition and it is your chance to demonstrate what you can build for the Internet of Things using open standards and open source technology!

To participate, submit a proposal that describes the solution you want to build. Tell us the open technology you plan to use, the industry you plan to address, and a general overview of the solution you want to build. You will have until February 26, 2017 to build your solution, so think big and be innovative!

The top 10 proposals will receive a hardware development kit to help get them started on their Open IoT Challenge. Deadline for proposals is November 25, 2016.

Key Facts


Nov. 25 Application deadline
Dec. 5 Hardware starter kits announced
Feb. 27 Final submission deadline
Mar. 8 Winners announced

Prize pool
Coming Soon

Previous edition
entering teams

Technology Involved

We believe the IoT will be based on open standards and open source technology, and with this challenge we want to highlight how those can be used to build great solutions. Developers who participate in the challenge are encouraged to build their solutions using any or all of the following technologies:

IoT open standards
(e.g MQTT, CoAP, LWM2M, or OPC-UA)

Eclipse IoT projects, such as Californium, Edje, hono, Kapua, Kura, Leshan, Mosquitto, Paho, Vorto

Other open source technology, like Cloud Foundry, OpenShift, Apache Spark or Camel.

Commercial hardware and services that interact with open source software and open standards for for IoT

Tell Us How You Build It

A key aspect of this challenge is sharing knowledge with the community and therefore, we want participants to document and discuss their experience when building their IoT solution. So we expect you to blog about things like selection process for your hardware, architecture decisions, etc. Of course, publishing code and videos is also a great way to engage!

  • Applications for the developer challenge will open on October 31, 2016.
  • Hardware kits – On December 5, 2016, the teams behind the 15 best proposals will be offered $150 to buy hardware online, and access to special sponsors offerings.
  • Submissions of the final solution must be completed by February 27, 2016 (11.59pm PDT). Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 solutions.

The solutions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Applicability of a solution to a specific industry, like Smart Cities, Industrie 4.0, Remote Health, etc.
  • Completeness of solution
  • Use of open standards and open source technology
  • Amount of community discussion from the participants when they built their solution

Contest Rules

  • The challenge is open to any individual aged 18 years or older.
  • The solution submitted by the applicants must be a new solution created for this challenge.
  • More than one individual can participate in creating a solution but any prize will be awarded to the key contact who completed the entry form.

Our Sponsors

Our sponsors are helping make this challenge possible by providing great prizes, and access to special offers. Click on their logos to learn more!

Contest Prizes

The three winners will be awarded prizes, allowing them to continue to innovate and build other IoT projects.

1st prize

  • $3,000 gift card to be used in an online shop toward electronic supplies and open hardware.
  • $1,000 scholarship to attend a future EclipseCon in 2016
  • More to come!

2nd prize

  • $1,000 gift card to be used in an online shop toward electronic supplies and open hardware.
  • More to come!

3rd prize

  • $500 gift card to be used in an online shop toward electronic supplies and open hardware.
  • More to come!