Bosch Sensortec
Bosch Sensortec IoT Innovation Challenge

May 15 – September 30, 2021

The Bosch Sensortec IoT Innovation Challenge is a unique online competition where student teams combine hardware and software tools to develop fascinating sensor-based IoT solutions.

Do you have an innovative idea and want to realize it by using Bosch Sensortec sensors and development platforms? Put your team of up to 5 members together, join our digital student team challenge and win up to € 1,500 for your hit idea!

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In keeping with the motto “IoT – Invented for life” we are looking for solutions in the following focus areas:

Bosch Sensortec IoT

Bosch Sensortec IoT

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Resources & Information



Bosch Sensortec Community

You have a technical question? The Bosch Sensortec Community will support you. Register now and post your question in the MEMS sensors forum using the message tag "IoT Innovation Challenge".

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Pit Stop Meetings

Pit Stop Meetings

During the competition each team has the opportunity to participate in two Pit Stop Meetings. During these meetings the teams can ask questions, present the status quo of their project and get feedback. The meetings will be arranged via e-mail once the challenge starts.



Starter Kit


Arduino Development Board

Arduino Development Board

  • Sensors on the board: BHI260AP, BMM150, BMP390L, BME688
  • Mounting options: SMT / Thru-hole (Breadboard)
  • Processor: nRF52832 (Cortex M4F, 512K Flash, 64KB RAM)
  • Portability: Ultra small: ~18mm x 22mm, Options to use batteries (Li-po), NVM Flash (data-logging, configuration parameters, etc)
  • Software: Arduino IDE – Open source environment, PnP (Arduino’s ESLOV abstraction)
  • Connectivity: BLE (nRF52832 u-blox module, ANNA-B112), ESLOV (Arduino PnP and daisy-chaining interface)

Or similar development board. Final product specifications to be confirmed.


BME688 Development Kit

BME688 Development Kit

More information about setting up the BME688 Development Kit



By April 30, 2021
May 12, 2021
Digital Kick-Off Event & Workshop
May 15, 2021
Competition Begins
June 30, 2021
1st Milestone - Idea Video


1. What is the Bosch Sensortec IoT Innovation Challenge?

It is a 4.5-month, solution-oriented and digital innovation challenge for students focusing on IoT and sensor technology. The competition is organized by Robert Bosch GmbH, Bosch Sensortec GmbH together with the VDE/VDI Society for Microelectronics, Microsystems and Precision Engineering (GMM) and is part of the MikroSystemTechnik (MST) Kongress 2021, one of the largest conferences in the field of microelectronics and microsystems technology.

2. What needs to be done?

With the possibility to get expert support, student teams of 2 (minimum) to 5 (maximum) members are challenged to develop IoT solutions, enabled by sensors and development platforms of Bosch Sensortec. In keeping with the motto "IoT – Invented for Life", Bosch is looking for sensor-based solutions in the following thematic areas: Consumer electronics, air quality, smart building & home applications and fitness & well-being.

3. Who can participate?

Students enrolled at a university in the European Community or at a university that maintains a close academic cooperation with a European University. Students employed at Bosch Sensortec during the Challenge, or up until 1 month before the Challenge (April 15 - May 15, 2021), are excluded from participation.

4. Do I need to have any specific qualification to be a participant of the challenge?

You should be familiar with electronic microsystems and IoT applications, including the process of equipping objects with sensors, actuators, and processors that involve hardware board design and development, software systems, web APIs, and protocols, which together provide a connected environment of embedded systems.

5. Can I participate alone?

No, you can’t. You either need to find your mates and register in a team of 2 (minimum) to 5 (maximum) people or register alone and the organizers will assign you team mate(s).

6. I have an idea, what do I need to do?

1) Click on ‘Register now’ to get to the Junction App.

2) Register to Junction App by 30th of April 2021.

3) Wait until pre-selection of the teams ends.

4) Receive your starter kit by 15th of May 2021.

5) Start working on your project!

6) Submit a short video presenting your idea by 30th of June 2021 on the Junction App.

7) Submit your final project presentation and video by 30th of September 2021 on the Junction App.

7. Do I need to have the idea fully working?

You should be able to provide a rough-and-ready proof of concept and function such that your idea can be demonstrated for review by the judges. This can be either done by building a prototype or functional demonstrator.

8. Are there any restrictions on using a number of pre-built libraries?

There is no restriction to use any language, technology stack, or libraries. You can use any of them to create your solution.

9. How is the environment? Will you provide any IDE to work on ideas?

You can use the Arduino IDE – open source environment and PnP (Arduino’s ESLOV abstraction).

10. How can I submit my final project?

At the end of the 4.5 months development phase your final project documentation should be uploaded to the Junction App. Following documents are required:

  • A project presentation addressing the evaluation criteria and giving a synopsis of your idea. The presentation should not exceed 15 slides. (Possible formats: ppt, pptx, pdf)
  • A final Video that demonstrates your idea (max. 3 minutes). (Possible formats: Mov, MP4, Avi, Mpg)

Submission deadline: 30th of September 2021. For details please see the Rules and Regulations of the Bosch Sensortec IoT Innovation Challenge.

11. What does the evaluation method look like?

The submitted projects will be evaluated by a professional jury consisting of members of the MST Kongress’ steering committee, Robert Bosch GmbH and Bosch Sensortec GmbH. Depending on the number of registered teams, the competition will be held in one or two stages. A maximum of 10 teams will be admitted to the finals at the MST Kongress in November 2021 in Ludwigsburg.

12. What are the evaluation criteria?

All team projects are compared and evaluated on the basis of the following weighted criteria:

  • Innovation (30%)
  • Feasibility (20%)
  • User Experience (20%)
  • Functional Demonstrator (20%)
  • Presentation Style (10%)

For details please see the Rules and Regulations of the Bosch Sensortec IoT Innovation Challenge.

13. Is the participation free of charge?

Yes, the challenge is free to enter.

14. Who owns the intellectual property of the developed solutions?

Participants grant Bosch Sensortec a non-exclusive, sublicensable, transferable, worldwide, perpetual right to use any work results, whether protected by intellectual property rights, copyrights or other similar rights or not, created by participants during the course of the Bosch Sensortec IoT Innovation Challenge. Upon request of Bosch, participants will grant an exclusive license (in the same scope as listed above) or transfer ownership rights in such work results against an appropriate compensation to be paid by Bosch Sensortec. Each member of a team of participants is entitled to agree on the appropriate compensation in a legally binding way for all team members.

15. How do I register a team?

All registration related things happen on the Junction App.

1) When registering on the Junction App, choose ‘Yes’ when asked if you are applying as a team.

2) Click the ☰ icon in the top left corner of the page and go to team page.

3) If you are the team lead, click ‘Create a new team’.

4) The platform now generates you a unique team code. Send this team code to your team members.

5) If you are a member of a team, ask your team lead for the team code. Go to the same team page and insert the team code to join an existing team. If you have not received a code from your team lead, ask the team lead to follow these instructions.

Link sharing is not possible through the Junction App, so please share the team code between all team members for example by e-mail.

16. Does the team leader have a special task?

Yes, he serves as the team's first point of contact for the organizers and receives the starter kit for the challenge by mail. It is his responsibility that all members of the team will receive the content of the communication with the organizers of the challenge.

17. What does the starter kit contain?

The starter kit contains two Arduino Development Boards* with the following sensors: BHI260AB, BMM150, BME688, BMP390L. Software is available for download on the Bosch Sensortec website, subject to the Bosch Sensortec license terms. Additionally Software is available for download on the Arduino website, subject to the Arduino license terms.

* Or similar development board. Final product specifications to be confirmed. .

18. Where will the Challenge take place?

Phase 1: Student teams develop their own IoT solution online from 15th of May to 30th of September 2021.

Phase 2: The 10 best teams present their projects at the MikroSystemTechnik (MST) Kongress 2021, which will take place from 8th to 10th of November 2021 in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

19. Is there reimbursement for travel?

Yes, we do offer reimbursement for travel expenses for the 10 best teams who are invited to the MikroSystemTechnik Kongress.

20. Didn’t find what you were looking for?

Write us an email and we will help you out or see the General Terms and Conditions for Participants by Bosch Sensortec GmbH.

The BSEC software is only available for download after accepting the software license agreement:

BSEC license agreement

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