Make it smart with Nordic Thingy:91 Design Contest



To celebrate the start of 2022, we have an exciting design contest to keep you busy during the cold winter months! Together with Electromaker, we bring you the ‘Make it Smart with Nordic Thingy:91’ cellular IoT design contest.

Electromaker, Edge Impulse

About the contest

Create a cellular IoT project for a Smart Home or Smart City application

For this contest we want you to demonstrate your idea using the Thingy:91 or the nRF9160 DK communicating via LTE-M and/or NB-IoT technology to send data from your application to the cloud. You can even incorporate Machine Learning (ML) on your edge device to process data and train your ML models with the help of Edge Impulse studio.

Top project idea submissions has already been awarded with the Nordic Thingy:91 & a cool Nordic t-shirt, but there is still time to get onboard and aim for one of the many prizes to be won! All participants have until May 11th to build their prototype and submit their documentation to

Use your Thingy:91 or nRF9160 DK or buy it here to get started with you project.




What  When
Project ideas submission form opens January 12th 2022
Project ideas submission deadline February 9th 2022
Kits shipped February 16th 2022
Submissions deadline May 11th 2022
Winners announced May 25th 2022


On March 7th, we hosted a webinar to answer any queries related to the projects.

The webinar is available on-demand:





All participants whose projects get approved and published will receive $50 in Amazon vouchers!


Bonus prize!

With the courtesy of Edge Impulse we are offering a bonus prize. If you want to get your hands on the latest in VR tech then simply incorporate a Machine Learning element into your project.

Bonus prize

Video resources

Introduction to cellular IoT

Nordic Thingy:91 Overview

nRF Pizza: Nordic Thingy:91 concept

Get your Nordic Thingy:91 up and running

Cellular IoT development on Thingy:91

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