IEEE Computer Society

Global Student Challenge Competition 2021

(IEEE CS GSC 2021)
Published 02/26/2021
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Global Student Contest Winners

  • The Champ: Taicheng Guo (KAUST, Saudi Arabia)
  • First Runner Up: Allan Henrique Kamimura (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Second Runner Up: Chi Zhang, Zihao He, Yue Li (Xi’an Jiaotong University, China)
  • Special Computer Society Award Winner: Fahmi Noor Fiqri (Universitas Pakuan, Indonesia)
  • Audience Choice Winner: Bohao Liu, Zhenfei Luo, Lulin Liu (Xi’an Jiaotong University, China)



The IEEE Computer Society Global Student Challenge provides a platform for students from all over the world to create innovative solutions to big data problems.  For this year’s competition, each student OR team (max three students) is required to present a solution to a pre-determined problem/issue statement. This year two challenge problems are being posed, both on topics of relevance today:


Challenge 1: Analyzing computer system usage and failure data from a university’s central computing system.

Challenge 2: Analyzing sentiments in tweets related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Submissions will be evaluated based on quantitative performance on predicting events in an unseen dataset, an oral presentation given by the teams to a team of international judges, and the novelty of the solution. The three winning teams will be facilitated virtually.

Register yourself or your team today and test and showcase your skills against other students from around the world.


Reasons to Participate | Competition Rules | Prizes

Learn about KAUST | Organizing Committee

Reasons to participate

  • Showcase your technical skills.
  • Exposure in front of an international team of judges
  • Compete amongst a global community of students with an interest in Computer Science and Engineering.


Registration Now Closed

Each team must register for the competition. Participating teams will be invited to an onboarding session. Late registrants will receive a recording of the onboarding session.


Key Dates

Competition is Live:  1 May – 29 June 2021

Submission Deadline: 29 June 2021

Presentations by Shortlisted Teams: 14 & 16 September 2021 (8:30 – 10:00 AM ET)

Winner Determined and Announced: October 2021


Competition Rules

The teams may use any resources at their disposal, though credit will be given for novelty of solution. Teams may not collaborate with other teams. The software submitted must be runnable in a Jupyter notebook.


1st place finisher: $1,000
First runner up: $800
Second runner up: $500
Audience choice winner: $300
Special CS Award Winner: $400

Sponsored by KAUST: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Learn About KAUST

For more information about the contest, contact Saurabh Bagchi at

To participate as a sponsor, contact Regan Pickett at

Organizing Committee

Chair: Saurabh Bagchi, Purdue University
Co-Chair: Megha Ben, IEEE Computer Society
Technical Challenge 1 Chair: Amiya Maji, Purdue University
Technical Challenge 2 Chair: Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST

Technical Contributors

Ashraf Mahgoub, Purdue University
Rakesh Kumar, Microsoft
Qiang Yang, KAUST

Organizational Support

Saiteja Goud Karingu
Waqas Ahmad Chaudhary
Jibin Sabu
Virendra Rathore

IEEE Computer Staff Support

Eric Berkowitz
Michelle Tubb
Jennifer Salazar