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TAPAS community challenge

26 February - 27 July 2018

Power converters are THE link between the digital and the physical world. Give your Raspberry Pi a universal muscle to operate whatever you want.

  • Tell us your idea NOW
  • Get selected and order a TAPAS Board for free
  • Realize your project, convince us with your results until 24.06.18 and win a spot in the group of finalists
  • Pitch your idea at a conference in Erlangen Nuremberg on 27.07.18 and win 5000 EUR

We believe that "Software Defined Inverters" (SDIs) are the future of power converters. They achieve universality with a single, fixed piece of hardware where the overall functionality is defined via software (changes) only.

Your smartness and creativity combined with your technical background and resources: together we can make the future happen! Do you have what it takes? Join the TAPAS community challenge!

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Look at the already submitted ideas on our
community idea board!

The submission deadline for new ideas ended by May 31.
You can still register yourself and comment and/or vote for ideas.
New submitted ideas after 31st of May will not be considered.

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After logging in, you can post your idea on how you would like to use your TAPAS Board. The community can comment and discuss your project idea. Siemens experts will continuously screen the ideas and select those who will get a TAPAS Board to work with.

We are curious to learn what project you want to realize!

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Extended challenge closing date

Please submit your project visualization by 24th of June


26th of February until 27th of July


Realisation of your TAPAS project @ home
Pitching & Award Ceremony @ Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen Nuremberg (FAU), Germany


Develope creative solutions with the TAPAS board

What's in for you?

The TAPAS community challenge will not only give you a deep insight into cutting edge research activities at Siemens but also we will make that technology available to you for free! You will have the opportunity to share your ideas with Siemens' digital experts. The winner team will get a 5.000 Euro cash prize!

Where to find more information about TAPAS?

Full user's guide and open source software examples can be found here

Who can apply?

Everyone, no matter if you are a student, a professional or a maker or anyone else who feels encouraged to join the TAPAS community challenge.
We will, however, only be able to send TAPAS boards to eligible participants. To be eligible you have to live in the European Union and have to have the required skill set to operate TAPAS safely. We therefore can only send TAPAS to participants over 18 years and with a solid technology background.

We are looking forward to meeting you, seeing your creative solutions develop and making the most of the event!


Please read our FAQ to learn more about the challenge.