Annual Back2School Contest from Digi-Key Offers Higher Ed Students a Chance to Win Amazing Prizes

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - September 6, 2017

The Back2School social media contest being run by Digi-Key Electronics, a global electronic components distributor, is offering students in the US and Canada a chance to win a Digi-Key InstaLab kit, free perpetual license for Mentor Graphics' PADS® MakerPro design software, and many other prizes. Students with a valid university or college email address can enter by visiting Digi-Key's official Back2School contest page.

"As the 2017-2018 school year launches, Digi-Key is excited about the prospect of partnering with students and faculty while they pursue their passion for education, development, success, and fun," said Bob Brown, Director of Academic Business Development. "These are dynamic times in the electronic and computer industries and we look forward to working together to create solutions for the challenges that students will face this year. We hope this contest will be a fun way to encourage and inspire success this year."

The InstaLab was created with the intention of providing enough gear to turn an electronics student's dorm room into their own maker space. The kit includes over 20 different products from many of Digi-Key's trusted supplier partners.

Mentor Graphics', a Siemen's business, PADS® MakerPro is a printed circuit board (PCB) design solution featuring direct access, through PartQuest™, to Digi-Key's part catalog for more than a million ready-to-use symbols and footprints, and to PADS AMS Cloud, a free, cloud-based, analog/mixed-signal circuit simulator. PADS MakerPro normally requires a one-time fee of $499, but two winners will receive the upgraded software for free.

About the Back2School contest

Who: Any student in the US or Canada with a university or college email address

Prizes: Three tiers of prizes including:

  • Digi-Key "swag" backpack
  • A perpetual license for Mentor Graphics' PADS® MakerPro, educational kits that feature dev boards, plus a swag backpack
  • One InstaLab kit, a perpetual license for Mentor Graphics' PADS® MakerPro, educational kits that feature dev boards, and a swag backpack

How to enter: Participants have from September 5-30 to register with the winners being announced the week of October 2nd. Official details and contest rules are available on the Digi-Key website.

About Digi-Key Electronics

Digi-Key Electronics, headquartered in Thief River Falls, Minn., USA, is an authorized global, full-service distributor of electronic components, offering more than six million products, with over 1.3 million products in stock and available for immediate shipment, from over 650 quality name-brand manufacturers. Digi-Key also stocks over 10,000 boards and modules to assist in any student's design or project. The company's best-in-class website features a wide variety of online resources including Product Training Modules (PTMs), conversion calculators, how-to articles and videos, datasheets, multimedia libraries, and much more. Additional tools and access to Digi-Key's broad product offering can be found at Information about scholarships, internships, and more can be accessed online on the Digi-Key website.