1. Submission of Papers

  • Entries should be submitted according to the instructions posted on the IEEE Canada Student Web site.  Paper will usually be accepted in an electronic format, and instructions for submitting papers will be detailed on this site.

2. Subject Matter 

  • Papers should cover technical, engineering, management, or societal aspects of subjects reasonably within or related to areas with which the IEEE is concerned. The paper can be one written for a course project or work term report and can be co-authored by up to 4 students.  It is NOT necessary to write a special paper for this Competition. 

3. Written Preparation 

  • Papers should be prepared in electronic, portable document format (pdf) in general according to IEEE guidelines suggested for paper submission to IEEE conferences such as the Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE), or a similar format, as much as possible.  (An example of this guide can be found at the following URL: General guidelines for paper preparation are also available from this and other IEEE sources, and students are encouraged to consult these during the writing and preparation phases. Minor exceptions are acceptable to accommodate practical limitations. While there are no strict guidelines for the length of the paper, a succinct presentation of the material will be advantageous.

4. Intellectual Property

  • All submissions must be properly referenced, and in the event that a paper is invited for presentation at an IEEE conference or for publication in an IEEE publication, the material must be available for publication, i.e., it must be new intellectual property “owned” by the authors.

Paper Submission Form

The Circularity Contest

  • Concept:
    • The circular economy, or circularity, is a framework for production, distribution, and consumption which aims to eliminate waste, excessiveness, and pollution, for the end goal of improving regional and global environmental health, and to a lesser extent animal and population health. This model prioritizes the sharing, leasing, remanufacturing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing, recycling, and recovery of products. It is in opposition to hyper-consumerism and profit-driven economic strategies which do not consider sustainability when conducting activities.
  • Competition:
    • This will be an innovation challenge where teams will be given the opportunity to identify an issue, conduct a needs assessment and other analyses, and develop a solution to a circularity related problem. Their solution must cover all four stages of the circularity curve: 
      • Circular agriculture/extraction (cultivation)
      • Circular design (conception)
      • Circular manufacturing (creation)
      • Circular logistics (coordination)
  • Categories:
    • As circularity is a broad concept that effectively encompasses all industries and products in the world, teams will be able to choose their own topic. However, they will be given a list of potential issues as inspiration or to pick from if they choose. This can range from fast fashion, to burned agricultural byproducts, to farm and commercial food waste, to unnecessary plastic packaging, to the planned obsolescence of technology. 
  • Conditions:
    • Late September would be a good time for the competition as people will be back from vacation, seeking extracurricular opportunities, and it will still be early in the semester.

IEEE Presidents’ Change the World Competition

  • The purpose is to recognize and reward students who identify a real-world problem and apply engineering, science, computing, and leadership skills to solve it.
  • Opportunity to have their ingenuity and enthusiasm for engineering and technology recognized by prestigious IEEE members around the globe – more details

 IEEE Xtreme 24-Hour Programming Competition

  • A global challenge in which teams of IEEE student members compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems.
  • Supported by an IEEE Student Branch, advised and proctored by an IEEE Member – more details

 IEEE Student Ethics Competition

  • Certificates for participants
  • Prize money from the Ethics committee – more details