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Communications Technology Changing the World Student Competition

Dedicated to the future leaders in communications and networking, IEEE ComSoc holds an annual student competition, encouraging communications engineering students to expand their knowledge, test and showcase new skills, and inspire innovation. The winning student (or student team) can earn up to USD $2,000. 

Competition Description

The competition, Communication Technology Changing the World, 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 Requirements

  1. To individually qualify for the competition, a participant must be a Student Member or Graduate Student Member of IEEE Communications Society.
  2. Entrants may form a team with other IEEE ComSoc Student Members or non-student-members, as long as the team is led by an IEEE ComSoc Student Member.
  3. Team members do not need to be from the same country or region.
  4. In this competition, students must play the predominant roles in developing the project and problem-solving. Higher grade senior roles may be included on a team, but will be considered "mentors" or "advisors." Non-student members among authors must be listed as "Advisor."
  5. 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.
  6. The submission entry must specify clearly the contribution of mentors or others supporting the students in the team.
  7. Student Members or Graduate Student Members of the IEEE Communications Society must be at least 18 years of age at the time of entry submission.
  8. IEEE ComSoc Membership - Non members can join IEEE ComSoc at any time. IEEE Student Members must renew for the 2019 membership year and add ComSoc to be eligible to participate in the student contest.

How to Enter

Entries must be submitted using the form on the IEEE ComSoc website.

Submissions should be no longer than 3,000 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

Entries will be accepted up until the submission deadline noted on the competition online form. Contestants are encouraged to register in advance of submitting their entries. Incomplete entries are void and will not be eligible to win.

Evaluation and Ranking

Entries will be evaluated and ranked by an international judging committee, appointed by the Student Competition Chairs, including representatives of all ComSoc Technical Committees. Evaluation criteria will include:

  • originality
  • creativity in applying communication technology
  • social impact on humanity or local community
  • challenging technical aspects
  • practical results
  • possible application in other parts of the world

We encourage all students who aspire to a career in communications and networking to enter. Shape the future of our field by making your voice heard today.

Additional Details

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.

All entries become the property of IEEE Communications Society and no entry will be returned to participants. 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.

Finally, 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.

Have a question? 

Send your questions to scp@comsoc.org. Please provide enough information so that we may respond to your inquiry. 

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.

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.