If you are a student interested in the Digilent Design contest and want to enroll what would be the first thing you would do? What if you are a professor who has knowledge about Digilent products and events, and wants to find out more information about the competition so it can be transmitted to the students? The answer is to visit the contest website to see what you need to do to get signed up for the competition!
The contest website contains answers to all the questions related to the way the competition is organized, where it takes place and what are the steps to reach the finals.
So, where to start? You probably want to know how much time you have left to register, so on the Home page you can find the entire timeline of the competition:
Next, you want to know if you CAN enroll, so you would want to read the competition rules, found under the Rules tab/page. After reading this part, you should be able to know:
- What is the contest about
- Who can enroll in the competition
- How to enroll, what are the steps
- What are the hardware platforms that can be used
- What are the stages of the competition
- How are the project evaluation, what are the criteria
- How can you be awarded
- Any additional information useful to participants, like transportation and accommodation
Under the Platforms page you can find more information about the recommended hardware for each edition of the contest.
The Enrollment page will guide you to the registration form if you are looking to enroll in the competition. You will need to fill out each section of the form (Personal, Project and Technical Background) before submitting the form.
Congratulations! You are now enrolled in the competition. You’ve probably received the hardware in the meanwhile, and started working on your project. When the time comes, the organizers will announce the next step, the pre-evaluation, and send you the link to the pre-evaluation form. This form is not visible the entire time, only during the pre-evaluation process. This applies to the Submission form, for the final project.
We move on to the next page of the website, Resources, which should be consulted while developing the project and preparing the final documentation and presentation, as well as writing the code. Its sections are:
- Information packet – This contains the final documentation template, guidelines for executing it, and a judging sheet with the main evaluation criteria of the projects
- Guidelines – This completes the document from the previous section with audio presentations of our former Technical Writer, Tom Isenberg, about how to prepare a good oral presentation and a good report – These materials have proven to be very helpful not only in the competition but in any instance students had to present their work, including conferences, committees, graduation, etc.
- Samples – The documents available in this section serve as examples of what means to create a good design report and presentation. They are selected among the ones submitted by the first contestants, winners, and can help students in visualize the way their work should be structured.
- Public Forums – Since one of the requests for the teams is to have their projects posted on public forums, get feedback, and in the end specifically on Instructables website, the list comes in handy for them to gather as much feedback as possible about their projects. They are not restricted to using only the listed publications, but it’s a starting point for posting projects.
If one is interested in finding out what the previous contests were like, there is a special page dedicated to editions starting 2012 and includes a short description of the edition, the winners, photos and links to all the entries page. They can provide useful information for those in search of ideas for their projects, of solutions for their work and simply for those who want to find out what has been done so far by the students. The students can also add this to their portfolio and make references to it when needed.
After this walk through the contest website, we truly hope you will find all the info for registering or using whichever project you desire. If you feel like it’s not enough or you have additional questions, you can always use the contact page for sending an additional request for information to our organizers.
Also, don’t forget to check the Updates page for the latest news about the contest!