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Spurring Innovation with Technical Contests

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Stimulating interest in technology

Throughout the world, Intel sponsors technical contests that stimulate interest in electric engineering, computer science and software design, and help cultivate future innovators. Many of these competitions put higher education students in situations similar to those they will face in the real-world with time, budget, and/or product component restraints. Here are some of the contests we are currently conducting around the world.


Intel Embedded Systems Competition 2015 provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate student to develop intelligent and innovative Systems in Brazil. 


The Intel Cup Embedded Systems Design Contest (ESDC) encourages students to create innovative embedded projects. The 2014 ESDC video highlights the projects that received top prizes.    

The Intel Cup National Collegiate Software Innovation Contest challenges teams to learn new skills and develop products such as a web runtime achievement, open web platform development tool, app or software service.


Intel is collaborating with T-Mobile and Cisco to stage Challenge UP, an Internet of Things (IoT) startup accelerator competition. Winners may receive financing and commercialization on global markets

For Eastern Europe, the Break and Make workshops and hackathon provides an entrepreneurship-flavored weekend of collaborative coding.


The 2015 edition of the Copa Mexico Intel brings new challenges and rewards for students and makers. Participants have the opportunity to create innovative projects with the Intel® Galileo board based upon the popular Arduino* platform. 




To spur innovation in embedded technology, Intel hosts the Intel India Embedded Challenge. Every year close to 40 Intel technologists volunteer to mentor the budding engineers and entrepreneurs who become finalists.

Since the inception of this program in 2010, over 10,000 students have registered, submitting over 1600 innovative ideas, and prototyping over 100 innovations based on embedded applications.


In Malaysia, Intel sponsors the Innovate Malaysia Design Competition in collaboration with six other companies and two government agencies. For the Intel component of the contest, the participants are asked to design a system based upon an Intel® Atom™ processor-based desktop board. Innovate Malaysia is open to undergraduates enrolled in a university in Malaysia in their final year project.


The Intel Taiwan Intelligent Systems Design Student Contest, sponsored by Intel Taiwan, 4C Electronic Education Consortium/Ministry of Education, and National Sun Yat-Sen University, enables students to creatively solve real world problems using embedded computing solutions.

The finalists attend a workshop where they interact with Intel technologists and learn about the Intel® Atom™ processor they will be using in their designs.

United States

The Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel, empowers collegiate teams to innovate using embedded systems. Teams can win up to $10,000 in the annual competition designed  to help fill a critical gap in academia with senior-level design courses and M.Eng capstone projects.

The Intel® NUC Challenge for Portland, Oregon area colleges, encourages students to innovated using Intel's Next Unit of Comuting (NUC) to solve real-world problems.