70th Anniversary Student Challenge

The IEEE Computer Society Anniversary Challenge is an international challenge open to all IEEE Computer Society student members across the globe. Students are invited to create a solution, based on the IEEE Computer Society 2022 report, that will solve a real-world issue in a smart, fresh way.


Your Challenge

Submit your solution to a real-world problem using the 2022 report as the foundation, in one of the following formats:

  • PowerPoint: 10 – 20 slides
  • Video: Maximum of two minutes
  • Illustrated storyboard: 10 – 20 panels

Submit your presentation with a supporting essay (maximum 1,000 words) on what technologies in the 2022 report are being utilized and why you think your solution will work. The final judges especially value those proposals that submit a working prototype, demo, or code. These can be made available by sharing a link in your essay or presentation. In addition, please submit a jpeg cover image of your challenge to help identify it.

Questions regarding the challenge should be sent to studentchallenge@computer.org.

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Your Solution

This is your opportunity to propose a solution to a real world-problem, connect to other solutions, and exhibit your ingenuity! If you are a winner you may receive up to $1,500 and travel expenses to attend and be recognized publicly during the IEEE Computer Society Annual Awards Banquet in Atlanta, GA, USA on 8 June 2016.


Your Roadmap

The 2022 Report

IEEE Computer Society Past President Dejan Milojicic and a team of nine technologists surveyed the landscape and identified the 23 game-changing technologies that will have the biggest impact on our world by 2022.  This is a unique opportunity to celebrate IEEE Computer Society’s anniversary by creating a solution to a real-world problem using a technology listed in the report (PDF).

Choose from:

  • Security cross-cutting issues
  • The open intellectual property movement
  • Sustainability
  • Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  • Quantum computing
  • Device and nanotechnology
  • 3D integrated circuits
  • Universal memory
  • Multicore
  • Photonics
  • Networking and interconnectivity
  • Software-defined networks
  • High-performance computing
  • Cloud computing
  • The Internet of Things
  • Natural user interfaces
  • 3D printing
  • Big data analytics
  • Machine learning and intelligent systems
  • Computer vision and pattern recognition 
  • Life sciences
  • Computational biology and bioinformatics
  • Medical robotics
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If the solution is submitted as a team, prize amounts to be split between the team members.

  • Top prize: $1,500 US and travel expenses and recognition at the IEEE Computer Society Annual Awards Banquet
  • 2nd place: $500 US
  • 3rd place: $300 US


Initial judging will be crowd sourced. Submissions with the highest totals will be judged by leaders from industry and academia. The panel of judges includes:

  • Dejan Milojcic, HPE
  • Stefano Zanero, Politecnico di Milano
  • Alan Skelley, Google
  • Cheryl McIntyre, Lockheed Martin
  • Brian David Johnson, Arizona State University
  • John Cohn, IBM
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Important Dates

  • 1 April 2016: Deadline to enter the 70th Anniversary Student Challenge
  • 7-12 April 2016: Time to vote! Choose your favorites via crowd-source judging - voting deadline has been extended to 11:59 PM on April 13th!
  • 15 April 2016: Finalists announced and official judging begins
  • 30 April 2016: Winners announced
  • 8 June 2016: First place winners honored at the IEEE Computer Society Annual Awards Banquet in Atlanta, GA, USA



How to Enter

To submit your solution, please download and complete this form.

Please upload items to ftp://challenge70@ftp.computer.org
ID: challenge70
password: IeeeCS2016!

Please create a folder using the LastNameFirstName naming convention and place all of your submitting items into your folder.

Or send your entire entry to membership@computer.org.