Frequently Asked Questions


Are students eligible to enter?

Yes, as long as you are 18 years old or older.

If I’m a non-profit entity, can I enter a product idea?

Yes, non-profit entities are eligible to enter.

Am I eligible as a private company even if I’m not a start-up?

Yes! As long as you are not a publicly traded company, you are eligible.


Is there a fee to enter the competition?

No Z-Wave Labs is completely free to enter.

How do I submit my application, device or product?

Head to our website and click the Apply Here link to open the online application.

What are the requirements for my entry?

You must complete all questions in the online application and submit by the deadline of each contest period to be considered for that period’s judging.

Does my entry need to be in English?


Can I submit more than one entry for the competition?

One entry per company per contest period.

Technical / Judging

Are software platforms an acceptable entry?


Do I have to protect my concept before submitting it for competition?

We cannot advise you on any copyright or protection issues for your product but entering your product does not guarantee you any confidentiality or protection with the Z-Wave Alliance.

Who are the judges and how will they evaluate submitted concepts?

The judges rotate every month and come from our Alliance member companies; all have either engineering/technical or marketing and business development backgrounds. They will evaluate ideas based on criteria listed below.

What criteria will the judges use to evaluate concepts?

Primarily the entries will be judged on merit but judges will consider attributes such as: innovation, functionality, product design style, ingenuity, breadth of applicability, marketability and ease of use.

What will happen to my entry if it is not selected as a winner?

Your entry will remain live for the entry period in which you submit. If you are not chosen in that entry period, you may resubmit in the following entry period but additional information will be needed to consider your resubmission.

Will my entry be returned to me?

No, the materials you submit will remain with the Z-Wave Alliance.

When will I be notified about the status of my submission?

We will notify all participants in each period’s competition the status of their application entered within 30 days of the end of the contest period.

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