IEEE Challenges Students to Change the World

New Competition Offers US $10,000 Top Prize for Humanitarian Endeavors in Engineering and Technology

(PISCATAWAY, New Jersey – September 2, 2008) – IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional society, today announced the first IEEE Presidents’ Change the World Competition. The contest is open to college and university students who demonstrate excellence in the design and implementation of technology that can solve a challenge for the benefit of humanity.

The competition’s goal is to challenge individual students or teams of students to identify a real-world problem and apply engineering, science, computing and leadership skills to solve it. The contest offers students a unique opportunity to have their ingenuity and enthusiasm for engineering and technology recognized around the globe.

Winners will receive awards ranging from the grand prize of US $10,000 and the distinction of being named “IEEE Student Humanitarian Supreme,” to prizes of US $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000. Winners of the top three prizes also will be invited to accept their awards in-person in June 2009 at the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony in Los Angeles, California, USA. In addition, up to 15 semifinalists will compete for a Peoples’ Choice US $500 award, which will be selected by popular vote from the contest website at ieee125.org/ChangeTheWorld.

“The IEEE Presidents’ Change the World Competition is an exciting way to engage students and help unlock the passion so many of them have for helping humanity and making a difference for mankind,” said John Vig, President-Elect of IEEE and chair of the 125th Anniversary committee. “This contest provides the opportunity for students worldwide to change at least a small part of the world, to communicate their ideas, express their creativity, entrepreneurship and leadership, and use their engineering and technology skills to make a positive impact.”

The IEEE Presidents’ Change the World Competition is part of the global celebration of IEEE’s 125th Anniversary. To enter and for complete rules and guidelines, please visit the IEEE 125th Anniversary Web site at ieee125.org/ChangeTheWorld.

“The IEEE Presidents’ Change the World Competition is an exciting way to engage students and help unlock the passion so many of them have for helping humanity and making a difference for mankind,” said John Vig, President-Elect of IEEE and chair of the 125th Anniversary committee.  “This contest provides the opportunity for students worldwide to change at least a small part of the world, to communicate their ideas, express their creativity, entrepreneurship and leadership, and use their engineering and technology skills to make a positive impact.”

Eligibility

The contest is open to individual IEEE student members or teams of college and university- students who have selected an IEEE student member as the team lead.

Submissions

Entries must be submitted using the form housed on the competition Web site at ieee125.org/ChangeTheWorld.  Requirements include the following:

  • Project title
  • Problem description
  • Solution
  • Impact on humanity or a community
  • Primary leader with name and contact information, namely Full name, college/university, address, phone number and email address. Other major student contributors and their contributions;
  • Other contributors

Incomplete entries will not be accepted.

Judging

Submissions will be evaluated in IEEE’s ten geographic regions by each IEEE Regional Student Activities Committee.  Each committee will select and rank up to five of the best projects in their region by 30 March 2009.

A global competition judging committee (appointed by the 2009 IEEE President) will then review the entries selected by the Regional Student Activities Committee and select and rank 15 finalist projects which best meet the competition criteria, by 20 April 2009. These 15 projects will be posted on the competition website and there will be a campaign to encourage participative voting for a People’s Choice prize.

The 2008, 2009 and 2010 IEEE presidents will evaluate the 15 projects and select the prize winners by 10 May 2009. In the event that similar entries are submitted by multiple participants, IEEE reserves the right to select the prize winners based on the criteria listed above.

Entries will be judged based on the results achieved and their impact on humanity, or, on a community.

Sustainability, reusability, transportability of the results to other parts of the world, entrepreneurship, originality, creativity and leadership are important, secondary evaluation factors.

The IEEE Presidents’ Change the World Competition is part of the global celebration of IEEE’s 125th Anniversary.  To enter and for complete rules and guidelines, please visit the IEEE 125th Anniversary Web site at www.ieee125.org/ChangeTheWorld.

About IEEE 125th Anniversary

In 2009, IEEE is commemorating 125 years of ingenuity and innovation in engineering and technology with events and activities supporting the anniversary theme “Celebrating 125 Years of Engineering the Future.”  The year-long IEEE celebration includes local and global member and customer events; the first IEEE Presidents’ Change the World Competition for students; a global media roundtable and webcast featuring emerging, world-changing technologies; the official unveiling of IEEE Engineering the Future Day on 13 May 2009; and much more. For more information on the IEEE 125th Anniversary, visit www.ieee125.org.

For member messages:  For information on scheduled activities, how to establish an IEEE anniversary event, add to the calendar, or share an anniversary-related greeting, video or photo, visit www.ieee125.org.

About IEEE

The IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional society, with more than 375,000 members in 160 countries, and a leading authority on technology-related matters ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. The IEEE publishes 30 percent of the world’s literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, has developed nearly 900 active industry standards and annually sponsors more than 850 conferences worldwide. Learn how the IEEE fosters technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity at http://www.ieee.org.

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