A short time ago I wrote about the WCH CH32V307 32-bit RISC-V MCU which was found in a board with eight UART ports that could be controlled via Ethernet or USB, and the company released source code to use the map while inviting the community to submit pull requests to the project.
But now WCH, RT-Thread, LCSC and EasyEDA have teamed up to launch the RISC-V Design Challenge where companies will provide a free card or two RISC-V chips to selected entrants, as well as cash prizes of up to $1,000 offered to top projects.
The companies prepared 300 boards and 200 tokens for this competition. All you need to do for a chance to get a CH32V307V-EVT-R1 development board or two CH32V307 RISC-V microcontrollers is enter your contact details and project details in this google form before April 30, 2022.
The conditions are simple with all projects required to use the RT-Thread IoT OS on the WCH CH32V307 RISC-V microcontroller, and the documentation and source code must be made public. So no Arduino project, no FreeRTOS, etc…, only RT-Thread. People selecting chips on the development board should design their own board with EasyEDA or their favorite EDA tool.
As I understand it, the RISC-V design challenge is open globally. Now, in addition to the free materials, there will also be cash prizes of $100 to $1,000 given out to the 11 participants who designed the best projects. What frequently asked questions does not specify the deadline for projects and award selection.
As a side note, if you are interested in the RT-Thread IoT OS open source real-time operating system, there is a next “Integrated GUI Webinar” will take place on March 15 which will explain how to develop user interfaces with the operating system and LVGL library. I have also been told that a separate competition will be launched, but no details are available at this time. Finally, the 2022 RT-Thread IoT OS Global Technology Conference is scheduled to take place on June 1-2 and (free) registration is already open.