Cirque Dev Kit Hacker Contest

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Up to $250 cash prize available for the coolest use of Cirque touch technology.

Cirque is pleased to join with the University of Utah College of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in sponsoring a contest to explore new applications of Cirque capacitive sensing technology. This event is part of the Student Expo which will take place on Wednesday, April 17th 2019. 

We are looking for unique applications of our capacitive sensing technology  Students who are currently enrolled at the University and wish to enter a project into the Expo may request a Cirque Trackpad Development Kit at no charge. Based on Arduino, this kit includes two circle trackpads that can be used as input devices, proximity sensors and various other applications. 

For some ideas of unique applications based on this dev kit, check out this video and others on Cirque's YouTube channel


For each student class (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior) Cirque will be judging entries based on the Circle Trackpad Development Kit and providing a prize for the most innovative implementation. 

  • First Place: $250 cash prize award

  • Second Place: $100 cash prize award

All students who enter a project in the Expo will also be able to keep the development kit (A $75 value).

Requests for development kits is now closed. We are excited to see what innovations are presented at the expo in April!

We are also very interested in getting feedback on the development kit. How easy is it to use? Does the documentation and sample code provide all the details needed? We will be sending out a survey after the Expo to gather feedback, but participants can also send feedback to us at any time using the form below. 


Terms and conditions

  1. Participation in the Expo is limited to students declared as pre-major or major status in Electrical or Computer Engineering. They must also be enrolled in classes pursuing that degree for the 2018 - 2019 academic year. Enrollment will be confirmed prior to shipment of hardware.

  2. For other majors a separate competition will be held at Cirque. Please apply for a kit and we will provide details.

  3. ECE Students are expected to enter a project into the Student Expo planned for April 17th 2019. If students do not enter a project they must return all development hardware to Cirque by the end of April 2019.

  4. Arduino and Teensy libraries are covered by their applicable licenses. All other code written for this contest is covered by the Cirque Software License.

  5. In order to qualify for a prize award all designs including source code, schematics, reports, test data etc. must be provided to Cirque.

  6. Cirque reserves the right to post projects on the Cirque website or social media accounts following the contest.

  7. Prize awards are solely at the discretion of Cirque Corp.