Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who is this Challenge for?
If you are unsure, if it makes sense for you to learn about hardware, electronics, Arduino and the Internet of Things, here are a couple of reasons why people dive into this area:
- You are looking for an effective way to complement your education to land a job in an electronics oriented environment like a hardware startup, wearable manufacturer or industry 4.0 consultancy.
- You want to refresh your knowledge and get back the joy of hands-on tinkering, as you graduated from college quite some time ago.
- You are a college major in electrical-, software- or a related engineering field and want to get some hands-on experience besides all the theory. You are simply fascinated by electronics, circuits, hardware etc. and want to make tinkering with technology your new hobby.
- You have a dream hardware project, you feared to start building till now.
What is the Benefits of Learning in Public?
Many people experience three main benefits from this kind of learning challenge:
1. Increased Accountability
Very quickly, when the number of my follows started to rise, I had a very strong feeling of being hold accountable. I wasn’t only learning for myself anymore, there were other people being interested to watch me succeed. Very motivating!
2. Personal Advice
During my journey, I got to know the maker community on Twitter. When I got frustrated because some circuit didn’t work or I couldn’t wrap my head around an complex topics, there was someone more experienced I could ask for advice. Saved me at least twice from giving up.
The maker community on Twitter is a global one. I drew a lot of inspiration from other people’s projects and ideas. It really reassured me that, there isn’t a right or wrong way to learn and apply electronics. The variety of projects is just stunning!
Besides these main benefits, I started to appreciate the long time commitment. It really helped me to take my time to build a habit of in-depth learning, instead of just binging some shallow tutorials whenever I could find some free time. If you are serious about starting something new, I really can recommend the format.
Where do I find learning resources?
There is a continuously growing number of people creating tutorials, guides, and videos online.
Is it expensive to participate in the Challenge?
The common belief, that you need tons of expensive equipment to event start learning about electronics, is simply not true.
You can get away with spending less than 100 USD for all required components and tools.