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Win up to US$5,000.

  • Have a solution to a grand challenge for your community?
  • Have engineering and business skills to develop and implement it?
  • Willing to share your expertise?


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Project topics

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Project must fall into one or more of the following areas only:
Big Data/Analytics: The amount of data in the world is growing every second, and taking on more forms—structured and unstructured, in motion and at rest. Big data holds valuable insights that can aid in decision making and transform a business. But without analytics, big data is just noise.
CloudThe conversation around cloud computing has shifted. No longer just a delivery system for IT services, cloud is increasingly seen as a growth engine for business.
Cyber Security: IT systems must now supply enormous amounts of data to users around the globe, who access it from both their organizational and personal handheld devices. This evolution in business brings the challenge of securing systems and data in a multi-perimeter world.
Mobile: A mobile enterprise can attract new customers and transform a business and IT infrastructure. Develop mobile apps to boost enterprise efficiency, and improve customer service and interactions.


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Eligibility requirements

Students working together

  • Minimum team size is 3.  Larger teams are welcome.
  • Teams must be from multiple disciplines.
  • One person must be a member of IEEE.


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Key dates

Application deadline:    1 October 2014
Judging completed:     15 November 2014
Awards announced:      1 December 2014


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Submit your application

Submit a completed application. Please read the Project Submission Details before submitting your project. Submissions accepted 1 May 2014 through 1 October 2014.


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