Mobile app developers, academic researchers, educators, executives and entrepreneurs around the world are discovering ways to inspire as well as save time & money when they replace single-use sensors and gizmos with this powerful handheld wireless sensor platform. With NODE+™, a myriad of opportunities exist to mix and match interchangeable sensors in unique ways that add economic value for businesses and people like you everywhere.

With functionality for both iOS and Android smart devices, for the first time ever NODE+™ is launching this global hackathon through challengepost.com where you can build from scratch or integrate versatile sensor functionalities with a pre-existing app you already have built.

Ready to start? Register for the challenge and go to the Resources page to get access to infographics on use-cases and ideas to get your creative ideas for mobile apps to build flowing!


Unless otherwise stated in the description of an award category, this challenge is open to:

  • Individual mobile app developers

  • Companies and their employees

  • Governmental agencies and employees

  • Mobile app development agencies and their employees

  • Pre-revenue or post-revenue startups and their employees

  • If under the age of eighteen (18) applicant must have signature of parent or guardian


Content: Submitted solutions must include features and functionality focused on the specific award category description. See Official Rules and FAQ for more information.

Solutions must include a software component such as: 

  • A native smartphone or tablet solution (iOS, Android) that utilizes NODE+ sensor or module data
  • Address clearly the criteria as set forth by each prize category

Supplemental Material: You must submit a demo video (hosted on YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku) that walks through the main functionality of the solution via screencase or video. You must also submit at least one image/screenshot of your working entry.

New & Existing Mobile Applications: Unless specified for the award category, mobile applications may be newly created or pre-existing. If submitting an existing mobile application (developed prior to this competition), it must included new features/functionality added after the start of the submission period that integrated NODE+ data. Existing mobile applications will be required to explain their new features in the submission form.

Hackathon Sponsors


$10,000 in prizes

Supply-Chain Management Award

Awarded to the most innovative app where NODE+ is used to solve problems at any phase of supply-chain management – from design to transport & logistics.

Better World Award

Given to an inspiring mobile app that is tied in with measuring data for any environmental or humanitarian effort.

College Student Developer

Any student enrolled in Higher Education is encouraged to create an app that either inspires, entertains, or solves a problem using NODE+.

Academic Research

All researchers in academia are encouraged to create an app and enclose a story of how it aided their research efforts.

Visionary Award

Given to any submitted app or wireframe that explores what might be possible for NODE+ with additional sensor modules.

People's Choice Award

Given to the any mobile app that receives the most votes from the public. (NOTE: This award may be combined with any of the other aforementioned awards.)

48 Hour Integration Award

Given to a developer for the most compelling story of how they integrated their pre-existing app with NODE+ in less than 48 hours. (NOTE: This award may be combined with any of the other aforementioned awards.)

Color Referencing Award

Awarded to any app that showcases matching color with NODE+chroma.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

  1. Read the Official Rules to confirm you meet all eligibility requirements.

  2. “Register” to access the submission form and start your draft.

  3. Visit the Resources page to learn about how NODE+ is currently being used – and our thoughts on how it might be used.

  4. Apply for a free NODE+ device and applicable modules.
  5. Create a working solution that meets the requirements above or update an existing solution.

  6. Create a demonstration video and include some screenshots of your solution.

  7. Provide a way for us to access your solution.

  8. Submit before the deadline of September 24, 2014!

Judging Criteria

  • Visual Presentation
    Presentation includes an uploaded app demo video explaining the app. This video should walk the judge through the app, using screen shots to show different features. Please keep the video under five minutes long.
  • Value to end-user is clearly defined
    We define value as “save time,” “saves money,” “makes money,” or “is fun and meaningful.” Mobile apps that overlap more than one of these criteria will receive additional points.
  • Intuitive UI/UX
    Judges will score the intuitiveness and ease of use for each mobile app entry.

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