Calling All Engineering Students and Alumni

32 universities with the best engineering program compete in a five-week single elimination tournament. The university that receives the most votes advances to the next round.

Round 3 Voting in Progress

Winners & Prizes:
$50 Amazon Gift Card - Jessica S., John S., Thomas N.
FitBit Versa - Stephen P.

Winners & Prizes:
$50 Amazon Gift Card - Alvaro S., Timothy Q., Jesse, L.
Apple Watch - Jimmy M.
Tribit Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Daichi M.

Winners & Prizes:
$50 Amazon Gift Card - Graeme G., Ben F., Brad J.
Apple iPad Pro - Courtney W

Winners & Prizes:
$50 Amazon Gift Card - Catarina F., Matt H., Mark D.
Apple Watch – Nick G.
GoPro Hero – Jonathan K.
Bose headphones – Anita G.

Winners & Prizes:
$100 Amazon Gift Card – Jon H., Gregory B., Randall F.,
Jarom L., Alex B.
Bose headphones - Elliot L.
GoPro – Justin R.
Tribit Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Benjamin C.

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Winners & Prizes:
$50 Amazon Gift card - Alvaro S., Timothy Q., Jesse, L.
Apple Watch - Jimmy M.
Tribit Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Daichi M.

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GRAND PRIZE

3 Day Trip to Maker Faire

One lucky university student will win the grand prize. An all expenses paid, 3-day trip to Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA.

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SECOND PRIZE

Digi-Key InstaLab

One student from the top university will have a chance to win a Digi-Key InstaLab. Valued at $1,500.

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2018 Winner: Wisconsin March Madness Event

THE WINNING UNIVERSITY

On-Campus Event

The winning university will win an exclusive event on their campus with food, music, and prizes.

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ADDITIONAL PRIZES

1 OF 5

$100 Amazon Cards
(must vote in all 5 rounds)

1 OF 3

$50 Amazon Cards
(given away in each round)

RANDOM

Mystery Prizes
(Apple Watches, GoPros and more!)

Share to help advance your favorite university.

Thirty-two U.S.-based universities who met specific criteria were selected by our editorial staff to participate. These universities are highly active in a number of engineering communities such as design competitions, hackathons, robotics, research, incubators, and more.

Will your university be one of the finalists?

Win Prizes

The winning university will win an exclusive event on their campus with food, music, and prizes.

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May 17-19, 2019

GRAND PRIZE

3 Day Trip to Maker Faire

One lucky university student will win the grand prize. An all expenses paid, 3-day trip to Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA.

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SECOND PRIZE

Digi-Key InstaLab

One student from the top university will have a chance to win a Digi-Key InstaLab. Valued at $1,500.

OTHER PRIZES

1 OF 5

$100 Amazon Cards
(must vote in all 5 rounds)

1 OF 3

$50 Amazon Cards
(given away in each round)

RANDOM

Mystery Prizes
(Apple Watches, GoPros and more!)

Sponsors

Digi-Key

Digi-Key Electronics is an authorized global, full-service distributor of electronic components, offering more than 6.8 million products, with over 1.4 million products in stock and available for immediate shipment, from over 750 quality name-brand manufacturers. Digi-Key also stocks over 10,000 boards and modules to assist in any student's design or project. The company's best-in-class website features a wide variety of online resources including Product Training Modules (PTMs), conversion calculators, how-to articles and videos, datasheets, multimedia libraries, and much more.

Renesas

Renesas Electronics Corporation delivers trusted embedded design innovation with complete semiconductor solutions that enable billions of connected, intelligent devices to enhance the way people work and live. A global leader in microcontrollers, analog, power, and SoC products, Renesas provides comprehensive solutions for a broad range of automotive, industrial, home electronics, office automation, and information communication technology applications that help shape a limitless future. Renesas is also committed to helping Universities successfully prepare their students to become the next generation of innovators and builders!

TE Connectivity

TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL), formerly Tyco Electronics, is a $12 billion global technology leader. Our connectivity and sensor solutions are essential in today's increasingly connected world. We collaborate with engineers to transform their concepts into creations – redefining what's possible using intelligent, efficient and high performing TE products and solutions proven in harsh environments. Our 75,000 people, including 7,300 design engineers, partner with customers in over 150 countries across a wide range of industries. We believe EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS.

Nordic Semiconductor

Nordic Semiconductor is a long-standing provider of wireless SoCs and software solutions. Since 1983, they have led wireless evolution, including new advances in ultra low-power (ULP) connectivity. Nordic is the market leader in Bluetooth low energy, which has been adopted by the Bluetooth SIG (the open standards group behind Bluetooth technology). New releases include entries into LTE Cat-M1 and NB-IoT technology.

With headquarters in Trondheim, Norway, Nordic operates globally and provides sales and technical support all over the world. Affordable, secure, and easy-to-use wireless technology continues to grow, and Nordic Semiconductor’s vision as a world leader remains at the forefront.

maxon precision motors

With over 50 years of experience in drive technology, maxon works closely with engineers designing high-tech innovations. maxon’s extensive online shop offers a vast selection of drives from motors, gears, encoders and motion controllers to fit your exact application. With our X drive programs, product is ready to ship in 11 working days. Let us help you get your product to market faster. maxon's engineers have been true partners in the quest to create the right solution for each of our customers. Prototypes, custom systems, or large series: Whatever your requirements may be, we are here to be of assistance in selecting the right combination for your drive system.

Altech Corp.

Altech, who values the education of future engineers, is an established United States based supplier of components and devices used in industrial control, instrumentation and automation applications. ISO 9001:2000 certified, the Altech product line includes circuit protection, DC-UPS, digital meters, terminal blocks, contactors, industrial relays, motor disconnect switches, pin & sleeve devices, foot switches, push buttons and many other products. Altech’s products meet UL and many international standards.

Texas Instruments

Our TI project community is part of Hackster.io, which is the world’s fastest growing developer community for learning, programming and building hardware with a global network of 760,000+ innovators and hundreds of technology partners. Student projects are featured to receive recognition and visibility by engineers, makers, peers and academia. Students and educators can also find TI technology tutorials here to aid in classroom material. Hackster.io is an easy place to differentiate yourself by sharing your innovative projects with a global community of engineers – future employers, your professors and your friends.

Rules

Bracket:

  • The university that receives the most votes in each round will move on to the next round.
  • Each round of voting lasts one complete week.
  • Voting for round one begins March 6th and ends March 12th.
  • Voting for round two begins March 13th and ends March 19th.
  • Voting for round three begins March 20th and ends March 26th.
  • Voting for round four begins March 27th and ends April 2nd.
  • Voting for the championship round begins April 3rd and ends April 9th.

Prizes:

  • The university that wins the championship round will receive prizes from all of our donating sponsors.
  • The university that wins the championship round will receive editorial coverage from Electronic Design and Machine Design.
  • At the end of round five, participants that voted in all five rounds will be entered to win one of five $100 Amazon gift cards (registration required in each round; ends on April 10th).
  • At the end of each round, three voting participants will be selected at random to win $50 Amazon gift cards (registration required).

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