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Intel® Higher Education Program Technical Contests

Students discussion technical challenge

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.


One of our longest-running competitions is the Intel Cup Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest, which the PRC government initiated and Intel solely sponsors. This international contest, held every two years since 2002, challenges students to create a project using a platform based upon the Intel® Atom™ processor.  

The National Collegiate Software Innovation Contest includes an opportunity for individuals to learn new skills and technologies and for teams to compete by developing a software product such as a web runtime achievement, open web platform development tools, software services, or a hybrid/offline or online app. The participants include teams from the 37 national key software colleges.


To spur ideation and innovation amongst students and working professionals in embedded technology, Intel hosts the Intel India Embedded Challenge. A unique feature of this initiative is the mentoring that Intel technologists provide the finalists. Every year close to 40 Intel technologists volunteer their time and expertise to guide the budding engineers and entrepreneurs. The finalists receive an Intel® Atom™ Processor kit to assist them in prototyping their ideas.

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

United States

The Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel, empowers collegiate teams to invent based upon the Intel® Atom™ processor. The annual competition gives teams the opportunity to win up to $10,000.

Intel and Cornell University designed the competition to help fill a critical gap in academia and work with senior-level design courses and M.Eng capstone projects. Teams must demonstrate the professional design process by defining the challenge they are trying to solve, describing how their solution will meet the challenge’s needs, and finally show how they will measure how well their solution meets this need.

Learn about the 2014 Cornell Cup winners >


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 and contributes to a stronger ecosystem in Taiwan.

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. The following month, the teams reconvene, and representatives from industry, government and academia select winners.