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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: SUBMIT A PROJECT

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 2017 (IEEE GLOBECOM 2017). 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 (15 August 2017) 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
Ali Abedi, IEEE ComSoc NA Region Board, USA
Zafar Taqvi, IEEE ComSoc NA Region Board, USA
Borhanudin Mohd Ali, ICC2016 Executive CoChair, Malaysia
Carlos Andrés Lozano Garzòn, IEEE ComSoc LA Region Director, Colombia
Emilio Calvanese Strinati, IEEE ComSoc EMEA Region Board, France
Fabrizio Granelli. IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Italy
Gustavo Giannattasio, IEEE Director Region 9, Uruguay
Jingxian Wu, past IEEE ComSoc GOLD Committee Chair, USA
Shalinee Kishore, IEEE ComSoc WICE Committee, USA
Marko Jagodic, IEEE GCN Regional Correspondant, Slovenia
Pedro Aguilera, IEEE ComSoc past LA Region Director, Chile
Periklis Chatzimisios, Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece
Youngchul Sung, IEEE ComSoc AP Region Board, South Korea
Marco Di Renzo, SUPELEC, France
Joel Rodrigues, Univ. Beira Interior, Portugal
Sattar B. Sadkhan, IEEE Iraq Section Chair

IEEE ComSoc Technical Committees
Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks
         Azzedine Boukerche, Univ. Ottawa, Canada
Cognitive Networks
         Venkatesha Prasad, TU Delft, Netherlands
Communications and Information Security
         Mohamed M. E. A. Mahmoud, Tennessee Technological University , USA
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
         Nizar Zorba, Qatar University
Communications Theory
         Hideki Ochiai, Yokohama National University, Japan
Computer Communications
         Falko Dressler, University of Paderborn, Germany
Data Storage
         Qi Qi, Avago Technologies, USA

         Honggang Wang, University of Massachusetts, USA
Green Communications & Computing
         Kai Yang, University of Paris-Sud 11, France
Information Infrastructure & Networking
         Sidi Mohammed Senouci, Univ. of Burgundy, France
Innovation & Standards in Information & Communication Technologies (ISICT)
         Harpreet Dhillon, Virginia Tech, USA
         Michele Nogueira, Federal University of Parana, Brazil
Multimedia Communications
         Sanjeev Mehrotra, Microsoft, USA
Network Operations & Management
         Alberto Egon Schaeffer Filho, UFRGS, Brazil
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
Social Networks
         Damla Turgut, University of Central Florida, USA
Transmission, Access, and Optical Systems
         Walter Cerroni, Univ. of Bologna, Italy
Wireless Communications
         Chuan Huang, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, PRC

IEEE ComSoc Emerging Technical SubCommittees
Backhaul/Fronthaul Networking & Communications
         Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir, Carleton University, Canada
Internet of Things
         Martín Serrano, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
Smart Grid Communications
         George Michailidis, University of Michigan, USA
Tactile Internet
         Meryem Simsek, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany