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Spurring Innovation Globally

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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.


Learn about the winning teams from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Accelerator Network Summit and Global Challenge which featured 31 startups from 16 countries.


Intel Embedded Systems Competition 2016 provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to develop intelligent and innovative systems in Brazil. The selected teams receive Intel® Galileo Gen 2 boards for the project preparation.


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.


The 2015 edition of Challenge UP, an Internet of Things (IoT) startup accelerator competition, started with 300 applicants from Europe, Middle East and Africa and resulted in 12 teams getting business acceleration mentoring with Intel, Cisco and Deutsche Telekom. Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 version. 




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, participants design a system based upon an Intel® Atom™ processor-based or Intel® Edison processor-based  board.


The 2015 edition of the Copa Mexico Intel brought 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. 


Learn about the Intel special award winners in the 2015 Intel Taiwan Intelligent Systems Design Student Contest, that enables students to creatively solve real world problems using embedded computing solutions.

United States

America's Greatest Makers is a new reality TV challenge where teams of makers invent game-changing technology all for a chance at $1 million prize.

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

The Intel® NUC Challenge encouraged students to innovate using Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) to solve real-world problems.