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Challenge yourself to tackle real-life sustainability issues


Sparking the World’s Potential

What is the competition?

We are challenging developers and engineers to think about how technology can drive better sustainability in our lives and the world we inhabit.

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How does it work

Use Arm technology and your own engineering skills to ideate, design, and produce a prototype that tackles a real-life sustainability issue.


At Arm, we believe in bringing brilliant people together to spark the world's potential. We are committed to influencing and shaping the way that technology is being used to deliver the UN Global Goals.

Prize breakdown

$5000 cash

$3000 cash

$1000 cash

Runner-up prizes

Best use of Arm Neoverse

(Cloud credits)

Best use of ArmNN

(Machine Learning developer board)

Best use of an IoT device

(IoT developer board)

Submitting your project

Submission criteria

For judges to gain a full understanding of your project, you are required to submit:

  • A presentation of your overall project including video of the prototype in action
  • Full source code
  • A bill of materials
  • A project journal describing how any challenges were overcome
  • Pictures or videos capturing your progress
Download Official Rules

Submission procedure

Ensure you and any team members have all registered for the competition by 17 September.



  • When submission opens, provide links to all the required information, for example, links to GitHub, DropBox, OneDrive, or other hosting services. 
  • If you have been working as a team, nominate one person to make the submission, declare the team name and members.
  • Submission opens Tuesday 27 July.


6 July: Registration opens

27 July: Competition starts

16 August : Competition support meet-up event

13 September: Competition support meet-up event

17 September: Registration closes

24 September: Submission closes

12 October: Shortlist entrants announced

21 October: Public announcement of winners

Judging criteria

A panel of judges will evaluate entries to the following criteria:


  • How does the project tackle the sustainability problem?
  • The projected impact of the project

Technology and innovation

  • Analysis of technology used in the project
  • How well does the project innovate?


The feasibility criteria considers whether the solution could be taken to market in the form of a product or organization.

For a full breakdown of the judging criteria, download the Official Rules.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible to participate?

    You are a permanent, legal resident or citizen of Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States (including D.C.)

    You are at least eighteen (18) years of age.

    You are not a resident of any U.S. embargoed countries (i.e., Iran, Syria, the Crimea region of Ukraine, North Korea, Cuba, or Venezuela).

    You are not a government employee, agent of a government-owned or government or state-controlled entity, or public official.

    You are not involved in the execution or administration of the Competition.

    You must disclose your participation to your employer, and your participation must be permissible under the employer’s policies.

    Failure to meet all eligibility criteria will result in disqualification.

  • Are teams allowed?

    Yes, up to 4 people may participate as a team.

    You may only belong to one team.

  • Can companies enter?

    Companies may enter but must meet all the Eligibility Requirements in the Official Rules, including remaining within the required budget.

  • Can I enter an existing product?

    No, existing products cannot be entered. Your entry must be original work produced between the competition dates.

  • Are there any hardware limitations?

    Other than ensuring the budget is adhered to and Arm technology is actively used, there are no limitations.

  • Are there any budget limitations?

    The budget is $1000. You must submit a Bill Of Materials (BOM) for your prototype. Full details are explained in the Submission Criteria section of the Official Rules.

  • How many submissions can I make?

    You are only able to make one submission per individual or team. Full submission requirements are detailed in the Submission Criteria section of the Official Rules.

  • How do I update my submission?

    The entries will be provided through links to GitHub, DropBox, OneDrive, or other hosting service. You may make changes to your submission at any time up to the close of submissions. Modifications after this will be excluded.

    To correct any mistakes on the submission form, re-submit using the same email address.

  • What is the competition timeline?

    Contest begins: 27 July

    Submissions close: 24 September

    Winners announced: 21 October

    For more information on the timeline of the competition, see the Submitting your project section on this page.

  • When will the winners be announced? Where can I see the list?

    Contest winners will be announced on 21 October. List of winners will be visible on this DevSummit Competition page.

  • Cannot find the answer to your question?

    Full competition details can be found in the Official Rules.

    Email any questions to:

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