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Exciting showdown of the
Bosch Sensortec IoT Innovation Challenge at the MikroSystemTechnik Congress 2021

Most innovative sensor-based IoT solution was awarded 1,500 euros

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  • 25 student teams developed innovative sensor-based IoT solutions
  • The ten best teams presented their solutions at the MikroSystemTechnik Congress 2021
  • VDE VDI GMM and Bosch awarded best solutions with up to 1,500 euros
  • Winning team developed solution to determine the degree of ripeness of avocados with the help of the environmental sensor BME688

In keeping with the motto 'IoT - Invented for life', Bosch organized the online innovation competition “Bosch Sensortec IoT Innovation Challenge” together with the GMM - VDE/VDI Society for Microelectronics, Microsystems and Precision Engineering. The competition was part of the MikroSystemTechnik Kongress 2021, one of the largest conferences in the field of microelectronics and microsystems technology. A central goal was to promote young academics in the field of microsystems technology by inspiring them to take part in exciting development projects and giving them the opportunity to network with research and industry professionals.

The Bosch Sensortec IoT Innovation Challenge took place from May 15 to September 30. 25 student teams were challenged to develop an innovative IoT solution, using the latest sensors and development tools from Bosch Sensortec. The predefined focus areas for the innovation projects were consumer electronics, air quality, smart building/home applications, as well as fitness and well-being.

Bosch Sensortec IoT Innovation Challenge
Bosch Sensortect IoT Innovation Challenge
Bosch Sensortect IoT Innovation Challenge
Bosch Sensortect IoT Innovation Challenge

The student teams received a starter package with the brand-new and easy-to-use Arduino Nicla Sense ME development board and the Adafruit-compatible development kit for the digital gas sensor BME688 with artificial intelligence. Bosch Sensortec also supported the students with comprehensive coaching, workshops, and technical support from the Bosch Sensortec Community.

The ten best student teams presented their solutions in a pitch presentation and an exhibition at the MikroSystemTechnik Kongress 2021. An independent jury of experts from research and industry decided on the three winning teams, which received prize money of up to 1,500 euros. The competition ended with the award ceremony at the evening event of the congress, where the winning teams were announced and honored.

The third place of the Bosch Sensortec IoT Innovation Challenge went to the Team Smart-Chi, which was honored with a prize of 500 euros. The three students from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology developed a smart lid to monitor the fermentation process of kimchi using the environmental sensor BME688. Second place went to the Team Second Nose, which consists of two students from the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg. . The team also used the BME688 sensor to realize their idea of a smart bin that measures the amount of waste, air quality and determines the right time to dispose of waste and were rewarded with a prize money of 1,000 euros. The winners of the Challenge were two students from the University of Potsdam. The Team Avocato used the BME688 sensor to develop a solution for determining the degree of ripeness of avocados. The idea was awarded a prize of 1,500 euros.