Embedded System Design Contest 2018

Published: 03/04/2020  

Last Updated: 03/04/2020

After 18 years, the Embedded System Design Contest (ESDC) is now one of China's most high-profile collegiate STEM contests. In this invitation-only contest, undergraduate students worldwide compete to create innovative designs and to cultivate innovation, team work, and engineering practice. Projects are based on the latest generation of Intel® embedded hardware and software tools. From 2002 to 2018, this high profile biannual contest has been directly attended by3000+ students from almost 100 universities WW, and benefited tens of thousands faculty and students.


Contest Winners

2018 ESDC for the 1st time set a topic: AI and IOT. ESDC is now the only AI contest with both HW & SW in PRC.

2018 ESDC Final is directly participated by 164 teams from 77 universities of 6 countries/Regions (Mainland, HK, US, Singapore, India, Brazil).

First prize:13 teams, Second prize: 26 teams, Third prize: 59 teams

Winner List


Contest Requirements

Development of contest projects must be based on the following hardware:

  • UP Squared* Grove* IoT Development Kit (required)
  • Cyclone® V FPGA customized for the UP Squared* board (optional)
  • Intel® Movidius™ Neural Compute Stick (optional)

Support Forum


Training Videos


Experience the New UP Squared* Grove* IoT Development Kit




Intel® Movidius™ Neural Compute Stick




Get Started with Intel® System Studio Samples




Introduction to System Debug and Trace in Intel® System Studio 2018



More Videos

What Can I Do with the Intel® Movidius™ NCS? Extend UP Squared* IO
UP Squared* Bring Up with Android OMR1 Introduction to Intel® System Studio 2018


Training Resources

UP Squared* Grove* IoT Development Kit IoT Developer Resources
Intel® System Studio Develop on an Intel® FPGA
Intel® Movidius™ Neural Compute Stick Intel® FPGA Technical Training
Android Download Instructions  



More Info

2018 ESDC webinar Q&A collection

Published on April 24, 2018

Up Squared* Board

Q: Do you have user manual for Up2 board?

A: https://wiki.up-community.org/Hardware_Specific you can check this link to get hardware information.


About 2018 ESDC

Published on February 11, 2018

Author:Evelyn Yan

Intel Cup Embedded System Design Contest (ESDC) is now on its sixteenth years. Since 2002, when an Intel engineer designed the first hardware platform for the contest (the engineer now becomes a senior director of Intel...


Co-hosted by China Higher Education Department of Ministry of Education (MOE) and Personnel Department of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Co-organized by Shanghai Municipal Education Commission and Shanghai Jiaotong University. Sponsored by Intel.

Product and Performance Information


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