Can You Invent a Better World through Technology?


Challenge Accepted

The IEEE Computer Society Global Student Challenge is an international challenge open to all IEEE Computer Society student members. Students are invited to create an innovative solution, based on the IEEE Computer Society 2022 report, that will solve a real-world issue.

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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

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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 the first place winner you will receive up to $1,500 and travel expenses to attend and be recognized publicly during the IEEE Computer Society Annual Awards Banquet in Phoenix, AZ, USA on 14 June 2017.


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


Initial judging will be crowd sourced. Submissions with the highest totals will be judged by leaders from industry and academia. The panel of judges will be announced at a later date.

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Important Dates

  • 1 April 2017: 11:59 PM ET Deadline to enter the Computer Society Global Student Challenge
  • 10-14 April 2017: Time to vote! Choose your favorites via crowd-source judging
  • 17 April 2017: Finalists announced and official judging begins
  • 1 May 2017: Winners announced
  • 14 June 2017: First place winners honored at the IEEE Computer Society Annual Awards Banquet in Phoenix, AZ, USA

How to Enter

Please click here to view the submission instructions. Please click here to access the submissions page.