Contest

Source files

Access the files here: https://github.com/ChrisGammell/KiCon-2019-Contest

We will be using a modified version of the conference badge as a starting point for the contest. You may utilize all of the existing footprints and add more if you feel that it will improve your design.

Rules

  • No copying of anyone’s design.
  • Be good to each other.
  • Boards must contain all components from the schematic and be able to pass an inspection by the judges.
  • Each contestant is allowed to submit one unique design per category.
  • All submissions need to be in before 5pm.

There will be three different categories of contest:

  • Fastest layout
  • Smallest layout
  • Best looking layout.

Fastest layout

This will start at the lunch announcement The timestamp of submissions will be determined by the email.

Email your .kicad_pcb file (the layout file) contest@kicad-kicon.com the subject “fastest layout”. Also your name (or handle) and whether you’re attending KiCon.

  • The first submission wins, however…
  • The submission must pass DRC.
  • If your board doesn’t pass DRC then next submitted board wins.

Smallest layout

Take the existing parts and come up with the smallest possible layout.

Email your .kicad_pcb file (the layout file) contest@kicad-kicon.com the subject “smallest layout”. Also your name (or handle) and whether you’re attending KiCon.

  • The winner will be determined by the smallest overall coverage of your “edge cuts” layer
  • The submission must pass DRC.
  • If your board doesn’t pass DRC then next submitted board wins.

Best looking layout

This is a subjective judging from our panel of 3 judges, Will Caruana, Andrew Sowa and Drew Fustini. The judgement of this category is at their discretion.

Email your .kicad_pcb file (the layout file) contest@kicad-kicon.com the subject “Best looking layout”. Also your name (or handle) and whether you’re attending KiCon.

  • The submission must pass DRC.
  • All other judgments are purely stylistic. There are no limits on size, complexity, art or additional elements added to the PCB.
  • 3D models may supplement your design, please indicate if you’d like them to look at these during the judging process.