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IEEE ComSoc Student Competition

The competition Communication Technology Changing the World, by the IEEE Communications Society – Member Relations, recognizes students or teams of students who demonstrate the capacity to improve the lives of people, through the application of communication technology and the development of projects that meet the human needs of people.

Eligibility & Role of Students, Mentors/Advisors

To qualify for the competition, a participant must be a Student Member or Graduate Student Member of IEEE Communications Society, or form a team with either Student Members or non-student-members that is led by a Student Member. Team members do not need to be from the same country or region.

In this competition, students play the predominant roles in developing the project and in the problem solving, while higher grade senior roles, if included on a team, are considered "mentors" or "advisors." Non-student members among authors must be listed as "Advisor".

While students may receive technical and financial assistance from others, senior individuals acting in any mentorship role must limit the level of support to general guidance and must not contribute in any other form that might be considered original authorship, or in any way that may enable claims of rights or ownership to the submitted entries. 

Non-student members among team members must be listed as "Advisor." The submission entry must specify clearly the contribution of mentors or others supporting the students in the team.

The age requirement for the Student Member or a Graduate Student Member of the IEEE Communications Society for this competition is 18+ years at the time of submitting the entry. 

Void where prohibited by law.


Entries must be submitted using the form on the competition website under the submission link: 

Submissions should be not longer than 3000 words (a PDF file embedding all figures) and should include the following information:

• project title
• executive summary
• general description
• technical solution and project details
• social impact on humanity or local community
• implementation status, testing and trial (if any)
• previous submissions to other contests (if any)
• additional documentation (if any)
• optionally, a short video (5 minutes max) posted online where team members present their project or give a practical demonstration
• contact information

Incomplete entries are void and will not be eligible to win.


The team leader or the individual, whose entry is chosen as the top prize, will be invited to receive his/her prize at the IEEE Global Communications Conference 2016 (IEEE GLOBECOM 2016). All prizes are non-transferable.
All remaining prizes will be presented by a local IEEE ComSoc representative (namely, the IEEE ComSoc Regional Director, or an appropriate designee such as the IEEE ComSoc Student Activities Chair, the Chapter Chair, the Student Branch Chair, etc.)
Monetary prizes to winning teams will be split equally among the team’s registered student members, as permitted by law. Winners are encouraged but not required to use the prize funds for an IEEE-related purpose, such as furthering their project or supporting travel to IEEE conferences. Prizes:

• 1st: USD $2000 + plaque
• 2nd: USD $1000 + plaque
• All other projects judged meritorious by the evaluation committee will receive honorary certificates of appreciation by the IEEE Communications Society.

Taxes, if any, are under the sole responsibility of each prize winner.

Evaluation of entries and selection of the winners

Entries will be accepted up until the submission deadline (September 15 2016) via the competition online form, where participants must register and submit their entries. Contestants are encouraged to register in advance of submitting their entries.
Entries will be evaluated and ranked by an international judging committee, appointed by the IEEE Communications Society Vice-President - Members Relations.
Evaluation criteria will include: originality, creativity in applying communication technology, social impact on humanity or local community, challenging technical aspects, practical results, and possible application in other parts of the world.

Notification of prize winners

Winners will be notified promptly after selections are made, at contact address provided upon submission. In case a winner does not respond within a reasonable time and cannot be contacted, another winner may be selected.

Requirements of prize winners

IEEE Communications Society may require, within its discretion, each prize winner to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability and publicity release, in which each winner consents to the use of his or her name, age, hometown and photo by IEEE for advertising and promotional purposes, without any additional compensation, wherever lawful, as a precondition to award of a prize. Failure to do so may disqualify the entry.

Sponsor and funding sources

This contest is sponsored and funded by the IEEE Communications Society, Members Relations.

Return of entries

No entries will be returned.
All entries become the property of IEEE Communications Society. By entering, all participants consent to the use by IEEE Communications Society of all the information provided in the entries for marketing or sales promotion purposes without any attribution, identification, right of review or compensation. All entrants agree to release and hold harmless IEEE and its officers, directors, employees and agents from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the contest.

Disputes Concerning the Contest

These rules shall be construed and governed by the laws of the State of New Jersey. Participants hereby consent to the personal jurisdiction in and venue of the courts located in the State of New Jersey for the adjudication of any and all claims arising out of or relating to the subject matter of this contest, and the interpretation or enforcement of the official rules thereof.

Contest Results and Official Rules

By participating in this contest, participants agree to abide by the terms and conditions as established by the IEEE Communications Society. The IEEE Communications Society reserves the right to qualify all submissions and to reject any submissions that do not meet the requirements for participation as established by IEEE Communications Society.

The IEEE Communications Society assumes no responsibility for computer system, hardware, software or program malfunctions or other errors, failures, delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human or technical in nature, or for damaged, lost, late, illegible or misdirected entries; technical, hardware, software, electronic or telephone failures of any kind; lost or unavailable network connections; fraudulent, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions whether caused by IEEE Communications Society, participants, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this contest; or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of submissions or downloading, that may limit, delay or prevent a participant’s ability to participate in the contest.

The IEEE Communications Society reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this contest or terminate the contest and award a prize from entries received up to time of termination or suspension should virus, bugs or other causes beyond IEEE’s control, unauthorized human intervention, malfunction, computer problems, phone line or network hardware or software malfunction, which, in the sole opinion of IEEE corrupt, compromise or materially affect the administration, fairness, security or proper play of the contest or proper submission of entries. IEEE is not liable for any loss, injury or damage caused, whether directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from downloading data or otherwise participating in this contest.

By entering, all participants consent to the use by IEEE Communications Society of all the information provided in the entries for marketing or sales promotion purposes without any attribution, identification, right of review or compensation. All entrants agree to release and hold harmless IEEE and its officers, directors, employees and agents from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the contest.

Stefano Bregni, Chair of the Student Competition Committee & VP Member Relations
Nelson Fonseca, VP Publications

Members of the Selection Committee

IEEE and IEEE Communications Society
Abbas Jamalipour, ICC2014 TP Chair 
Alexey Vinel, Finland. IEEE GCN Regional Correspondant
Ali Abedi,  IEEE ComSoc NA Region Board, USA
Borhanudin Mohd Ali, Univ. Putra Malaysia
Carlos Andrés Lozano Garzòn, Colombia. IEEE Colombia Section Chair
Edit J. Kaminsky Bourgeois, USA. Past GITC Chair
Emilio Calvanese Strinati, IEEE ComSoc EAME Region Board, France
Fabrizio Granelli, Italy. IEEE Distinguished Lecturer
Gustavo Giannattasio, Uruguay. IEEE Director Region 9
Jingxian Wu, past GOLD Committee Chair, Univ. of Arkansas, USA 
Maite Brandt-Pearce, IEEE ComSoc WICE Vice-Chair, USA 
Marko Jagodic, Slovenia. IEEE GCN Regional Correspondant
Pedro Aguilera, IEEE ComSoc LA Region Director, Chile
Periklis Chatzimisios, Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece
Yao-Win Peter Hong, IEEE ComSoc AP Region Board, Taiwan

IEEE ComSoc Technical Committees
Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks
        Azzedine Boukerche, Univ. Ottawa, Canada
Cognitive Networks
        Venkatesha Prasad, TU Delft, Netherlands
Communications and Information Security
        Kai Zheng, Huawei Technology, China
Communications Quality and Reliability
        Katsunori Yamaoka, Tokyo Inst. of Tech., Japan
Communications Software
         Hacene Fouchal, Univ. Reims, France
Communications Switching and Routing
        Roberto Rojas-Cessa, USA 
Communications Systems Integration & Modeling
        Marco Di Renzo, SUPELEC, France

Communications Theory
        Hideki Ochiai, Yokohama National University, Japan
Computer Communications
        Falko Dressler, University of Paderborn, Germany
Data Storage 
        Qi Qi, Avago Technologies, USA 
        Joel Rodrigues, Univ. Beira Interior, Portugal
Green Communications & Computing
        Kai Yang, University of Paris-Sud 11, France
Information Infrastructure & Networking
        Sidi Mohammed Senouci, Univ. of Burgundy, France
        Jaime Lloret Mauri, Spain 
Multimedia Communications
        Honggang Wang, University of Massachusetts, USA
Optical Networking
        Vinod Vokkarane, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA 
Power Line Communications
        Bamidele Adebisi, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK 
Radio Communications 
        Alberto Rabbachin, European Commission
Satellite & Space Communications
        Song Guo, University of Aizu, Japan
Signal Processing & Communications Electronics
        Shaodan Ma, Macau University
Transmission, Access, and Optical Systems  
        Walter Cerroni, Univ. of Bologna, Italy
Wireless Communications
        Zouheir Rezki, KAUST, Saudi Arabia

IEEE ComSoc Emerging Technical SubCommittees
Smart Grid Communications
        George Michailidis, University of Michigan, USA
Social Networks
        Damla Turgut, University of Central Florida, USA