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Cypress Bluetooth 5.0 IoT Design Contest

Prizes include £500 towards an RS basket plus a Cypress goody bag worth up to £120 of RS-stocked Cypress products.

Nothing excites Cypress more than human ingenuity. As engineers, our role is to give innovators and out-of-the-box thinkers the tools to create breakthrough products and disrupt markets – in record time. That is why, as the leading manufacturer of connectivity solutions for the IoT, Cypress, in partnership with RS-Components is announcing Make With Mesh: The Cypress Bluetooth 5.0 IoT Design Contest

Cypress’ latest cutting-edge Bluetooth technology, the CYW20819 Bluetooth 5.0 SoC – provides developers with the capabilities needed for their next great IoT design: Ultra-low-power consumption as well as full support for Bluetooth Mesh. Bluetooth Mesh will be revolutionizing the way IoT devices interact and exchange data in Smart Home, Industrial, Healthcare, and other networks. Cypress has a leading position in this emerging technology by providing the industry’s first SIG-compliant Bluetooth Mesh Solution to the market. Our friends at Sylvania have come out with a Smart Bulb that implements Cypress’ Bluetooth Mesh solution – making us the only company with a Bluetooth 5.0 SIG Mesh solution on the market today. Check it out here. CYW20819 is Dual-Mode Bluetooth compliant supporting BR, EDR, and BLE standards.

Now – we want all you in on the fun! In this design contest, we are challenging your creative minds to see what kind of Bluetooth 5.0 IoT project you can build with one (or both, or multiple!) of our CYW20819 Bluetooth 5.0 Kits:

The Kits

CYW20819 Bluetooth 5.0 Arduino Eval Board (CYW920819EVB-02)

A flexible prototyping platform for CYW20819 that provides a Motion Sensor, Thermistor, and Arduino-compatible headers to allow you to expand functionality with off-the-shelf shields:

EZ-BT™ Bluetooth Mesh Development Kit (CYBT-213043-MESH)

A development platform providing 4 Bluetooth Mesh enabled nodes allowing you to quickly and easily create your own Bluetooth Mesh network. Each node provides a certified Bluetooth module featuring the CYW20819 SoC, as well as an RGB LED, Ambient Light Sensor, Thermistor, and PIR Motion Sensor. This platform a best-in-class user experience with multiple mesh example projects and Android / iOS mobile applications to provision a mesh network.

Software & Resources

Cypress provides an easy-to-use software development environment for the CYW20819 Arduino Eval Board and CYW20819 Bluetooth Mesh Eval Kit, as well as numerous resources such as full user guides, application notes, and multiple example projects including: Bluetooth Mesh, Temperature Sensor, Beacon, and more. Check out the links below to help you make your project successful and get closer to winning one of our grand prizes.

The Prizes

1st Place: £500 towards an RS basket plus a Cypress goody bag worth up to £120 of RS-stocked Cypress products

Runner-Up 1: Cypress goodie bag worth up to £120 of RS-stocked Cypress products

Runner-Up 2: Cypress goodie bag worth up to £120 of RS-stocked Cypress products

How to enter.

This is in two stages, stage 1 is to provide a synopsis and stage 2 is the project build phase. Selection of participants who move to stage 2 is judged on the synopsis provided below.

Please note the submission phase has been extended to September 9th.

Design Contest Event


Idea submission phase open

May 13th – June 14th

Cypress choose finalists and send kits

June 14th – June 21st

Project creation and submission phase 

June 21st – September 9th

Final project judging

September 10th - 17th


Stage 1 – Provide a synopsis 

In the field below provide your synopsis, make sure to answer the questions below

Entry Form Fields:


  • What project do you want to build?
  • How will users interact with your project? Mobile App, Cloud Dashboard, etc
  • What kits (Mesh kit and/or Arduino Eval Board) would you like to use for the project and why?
  • What is your experience level with Bluetooth design?
  • Will the project use Bluetooth Low Energy, Bluetooth Mesh, or Bluetooth Classic (can choose multiple)?


Stage 2 – Project Build Phase

Free kits will be provided to 25 selected Stage 1 submissions. Participants who don’t have their synopsis chosen or miss the idea phase can still participate in Stage 2 using their own kits.

To participate in Phase 2, this will require you to submit an Article on DesignSpark with a completed overview of the Bluetooth 5 IoT project you build with the Cypress CYW20819 Dev Kit(s), containing the following:

  • Project documentation – step by step guide on how your project was built from start to finish using hi-res images, screenshots, video, and text.
  • Project completeness - fully working and finished projects will be judged more favourably.
  • BOM - list all of your components, apps, and tools.
  • Code - well structured, commented code is required.
  • Block Diagrams – clear block diagrams on how the final system comes together with all components involved.

Add Article  Use  "Cypress Design Challenge" prefix within Content Title

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13 May 2019, 15:35


July 4, 2019 07:11

Hii ..
Is there any update on shipping of kits?

July 4, 2019 07:13

@Ravibutani03 Cypress have now started to ship the kits, apologies for the delay.

June 28, 2019 07:15

Hi @jimloko, all those selected to receive kits from stage 1 have been informed, stage 2 is now open to all.

July 1, 2019 07:14

@GreigRS Cool! Be great to see what projects are built :)

June 26, 2019 07:35

Hello. I was just wondering how the contest was going as I haven't heard anything about it, no updates or anything?

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