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Special Note: The contest begins on the 11th of July and ends 11th of October 2022 (GMT time). Submissions must be received before midnight.

Connecting The World Starts With A DIY Mechanical Keyboard

“The humble keyboard is the most used tool in the life of an ever increasing number of people: not just writers, journalists, software developers, bloggers, gamers, etc. Others use it for hours a day, but whole industries depend on it. However, the standard keyboard is obsolete in many ways. It’s based on an almost 150-year-old design. We can do better. There have always been tinkerers who tried to think outside the box, fought path dependency, and created their own keyboards (and even custom typewriters by the way). ” That’s what the webmaster of KBD.NEWS, Tamás shared some of his thoughts when we interviewed him about why he runs a website all about keyboards.
Meanwhile, to encourage more individual keyboard designers and business users to customize their mechanical keyboards, Seeed Studio Fusion has launched the DIY XIAO Mechanical Keyboard Contest based on the Xiao series.
Why Seeed Xiao Series is perfect for building keyboards?
If you are ready to get started but not sure what to do, check out our “How to enter the Competition” as below for additional information on how to make one. And at there is a collection of custom DIY Mechanical Keyboard demos to get you inspired.
Show us your creations for a chance to Win $1000 Coupons and Seeed XIAO Pillows!
Here is your chance NOW!
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Introduction

DIY XIAO Keyboard Demos

Get inspired!

Sharing your story behind the "XIAO keyboards"

------ By KBD.NEWS Editor-In-Chief & curator Tamás Dövényi
------ By Scrapyard . Australia
------ By Leon Anavi . Bulgaria
------ By Naveen Kumar . Japan
------ By KBD.NEWS Editor-In-Chief & curator Tamás Dövényi
------ By Scrapyard . Australia
------ By Leon Anavi . Bulgaria
------ By Naveen Kumar . Japan

How to enter the competition?

Take a close look at each of the following participation steps!
Fill out the form for keyboard proposal

Each person is limited to 2 PCBA boards 100% FREE for one design. The custom design must include any of these five microcontrollers: Seeeduino XIAO, Seeed XIAO RP2040, Seeed XIAO BLE, Seeed XIAO BLE Sense and Seeed XIAO ESP32C3.

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Prepare your BOM File & Contact Fusion team support ([email protected]) to apply a Coupon

When you are preparing the BOM file, just add one of the three SKU or parts.
1) Seeed SKU 102010328 or the part number Seeeduino XIAO
2) Seeed SKU 102010428 or the part number Seeed XIAO RP2040
3) Seeed SKU 102010448 or the part number Seeed XIAO BLE nRF52840
4) Seeed SKU 102010469 or the part number Seeed XIAO BLE nRF52840 Sense
5) Seeed SKU xx or the part number Seeed XIAO ESP32C3
* Then, add the order to the cart and contact our Fusion support ([email protected]) to obtain the coupon for settlement.

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Manufacturing and Assembled your custom keyboard with Seeed Fusion by using Seeed XIAO Series

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Publish projects on your own platform

By participating in this Contest, you agree to review your experience with us and allow us to share the design with the community on our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, discord, blog, etc.). The design does not need to be open-sourced and production files will not be shared with the public (unless you want to).

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Participate in the selection and win prizes

Seeed will share your project on Twitter, linkedin, Facebook and Discord, and we will determine if your project makes it into the top three based on the number of likes, retweets, and interactions it shows on our social platforms. We have one first prize, two second prizes and four third prize.

ADDED BONUS:
We will invite well received keyboard designs to the Seeed Marketplace where your products can be listed, sold and shipped directly by Seeed on the Seeed website. We will also support designers to reach thousands of like-minded customers and distributors with Seeed’s global sales channels and social media presence. Get Involved Now!

Prizes:Win $1000 in Prizes and Seeed XIAO Pillows!

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1st Prize:

$500 USD + Seeed XIAO Pillow + Other gifts

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2nd Prize:

$150 USD +Seeed XIAO Pillow + Other gifts

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3rd Prize:

$50 USD +Seeed XIAO Pillow + Other gifts

Explore more FUN with us

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Be the First to Share
Share the Contest on your social medias and tag – @seeedstudio, then contact our team support ([email protected]) to get a $5 coupon!
Share on twitter
Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
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Further Cooperation With Seeed
After your project is released, we will further verify whether your Macropad/keyboard meets our sales standards. Once verified, we will invite you to sell your keyboard products (electrical part only, no structural case included) on Seeed Bazaar. Any interest?
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Join Discord
If you have any questions about the DIY keyboard contest or would like to have more conversations with other participants, welcome to join our Keyboard Discord community!