Win 10 SODAQ N3 boards by submitting an innovative IoT concept focusing on one of our three Challenge Categories. Each Challenge Category will have a winner who will receive 10 SODAQ N3 boards with a total retail value of €695!

What is the contest about?

In collaboration with u-blox and Deutsche Telekom IoT Creators we are launching our latest development board, SODAQ N3, on December 1st at a retail price of €69.95. We are hosting a competition in which 3 participants can win 10 new SODAQ N3 boards to prove their concept to the world. In addition, the winners will receive 10 Deutsche Telekom SIM cards with one year connectivity. Any developer, for fun or for commercial purposes, can participate in the contest until December 4, 2020 at 17:00 CET.

What is SODAQ N3?

SODAQ N3 is a NB-cat 1 chipset solution which supports the following NB-cat 2 components: mobility enhancement, E-Cell ID, larger TB size, two HARQ processes, multi-carrier enhancement, single-tone and multi-tone uplink Data rate: up to 125 kbit/s DL, 140 kbit/s UL. To get more information about this sophisticated development board product, please visit our web shop.

How can I participate?

1. Develop an IoT concept incorporating SODAQ N3 , this can be an existing idea or something specifically designed for this contest. Your IoT concept must be oriented towards tackling one of the three Challenge Categories shown below; COVID-19, Environmental Sensing or Habitat Destruction. SODAQ will NOT take your idea as its own Intellectual Property (IP).

2. Join the N3 Development Contest LinkedIn Group

3. Post your IoT Concept on the LinkedIn group with the same format as the example post shown on the right. Make sure you share your IoT concept before December 4, 2020 at 17:00 CET. You should include the following sections:

- Project Description
- About Me/Us
- Challenge Category
- Media Links (optional)

4. Vote for at least one other IoT Concept on the LinkedIn Group by liking their post.

5. Share your post to friends/family, invite them to support you in the contest.

Challenge Categories

Your submission should be oriented towards solving problems related to one of the three Challenge Categories below. It is important that your IoT concept description outlines how your solution seeks to solve these issues.


Vaccine Tracking, Remote Patient Monitoring

Environmental Sensing

Air Pollution, Water Pollution, Water Scarcity, Soil Quality, Noise Pollution, Light Pollution

Habitat Destruction / Biodiversity Loss

Wildlife tracking, Ecosystem Management, Green Infrastructure, Overfishing

Design Criteria

We would like to see your IoT concept involve at least one criterion listed below. The more criteria that your proposal satisfies, the better standing it will have amongst the judges.

CAT-NB2 functionalities

Optimise the use of new CAT-NB2 functionalities including Mobility enhancement, E-Cell ID, larger TB size, two HARQ processes, multi-carrier enhancement, single-tone and multi-tone uplink

Low power

Make the most out of available power management technologies so that the device consumes the minimum amount of energy.

Local energy harvesting

Use solar or kinetic to power your solution if possible.

Challenge Category

Use the topics on the left to guide you. If you feel that your solution is worth sharing but doesn't fall under on of these categories, please contact us and we can make an exception if necessary.

Contest Phases

1. Within each Challenge Category the top three voted IoT concepts will be judged by a committee of three members from the three sponsors.

2. The committee will meet on the 7th of December to make a final decision.

3. Each winner will receive 10 SODAQ N3 boards and Deutsche Telekom SIMs*. The winners can then build their IoT concept and share it with the world!

*Disclaimer: Deutsche Telekom SIM cards provided with SODAQ N3 boards have coverage limited to Europe only. You can still win if you live outside of Europe, however you will not have network coverage.

The N3 is our next generation approach to NB-IoT. A future proofed board that will allow for more data transfers using less power. Who doesn't want that in IoT?Jan Willem Smeenk, CEO