2023 Student IoT Innovation Capacity Building Challenge

2023 Student IoT Innovation Capacity Building Challenge

Sponsored by

CDAIT | School of Public Policy | GT VentureLab

IoT challenge graphicThe Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT), and cosponsors School of Public Policy, and the GT VentureLab, are pleased to announce the 2023 Student IoT Innovation Capacity Building Challenge call for project proposals.

The Challenge is a CDAIT initiative to advance the development of innovation, applications, policy, and activities, broadly, in the area of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and applications, computing at the edge, and cloud technologies. CDAIT seeks to stimulate projects involving rapid response innovative/exploratory research, hardware/software projects, policy and applications, and efforts to advance ideas into prototyping and early commercialization phases.

This year, we are interested in projects that focus on: 1) #IoT and Connectivity – 5G, WiFi, Bluetooth, LPWAN, etc., 2) healthcare/biomedical, wellness and community engagement uses, and 3) industrial and manufacturing processes (e.g. IIoT). We especially seek proposals from the social sciences, humanities, and multidisciplinary teams, and proposals that address themes of broader social impacts, inclusion, and policy effects of IoT.

We are planning to have three prize categories this year:

  1. The Verizon Connectivity prize focused on connectivity and edge applications
  2. Policy/civic Engagement prize for projects with social, civic/public sector or community impact
  3. IoT Innovation prize, for innovative technologies and applications

We will provide up to $3,500 in research support (materials and supplies) to as many as five (5) Challenge teams. We also will provide each team’s faculty sponsor with up to $2,000 in M&S funds to support their efforts. Challenge winners – three project teams – will receive scholarship awards totaling $12,000, be divided among team members as payments through the financial aid office.

or sample projects, view the 2021 Challenge Winning Teams and 2022 Challenge Winning Teams.

CDAIT is especially interested in proposals addressing (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • #IoT and Connectivity – 5G, WiFi, Bluetooth, LPWAN, etc.
  • Healthcare/Healthtech and IoT
  • Policy and IoT: social benefits, social challenges
  • Connected medical device/applications and use cases
  • IoT, sensors, and the environment
  • Industrial/manufacturing and productivity applications
  • Inclusive IoT: Aging, People with Disabilities, and minority populations
  • IoT CyberSecurity platforms and devices: technology, policy, processes
  • IoT and Data: collecting and managing real-world data
  • Smart Cities/Connected Communities/Transportation systems
  • AI, IoT, and Ethical Design
  • Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality/Mixed Reality in training/manufacturing/business settings

Rules and Eligibility

Applicant teams should be composed of up to 3 Georgia Tech students, which can be undergraduate or graduate students. Project teams should designate a Georgia Tech instructional or research faculty mentor for the proposed research project. The proposed projects, papers, apps, or devices should be completed by May 1, 2023. Teams will present their work at a CDAIT industry event in early summer.

How to Apply

Project teams submit a competition application, on or before December 16th, 2022 through the online application site. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis.

The two major components of the competition application are the research project proposal and the letter of support from the team's faculty mentor.

The Research Project Proposal should include:

  • Project Title
  • An overview of proposed project (abstract)
  • Objectives and goals for the project, to include a brief (3-5 sentence) proposed social/economic impact statement
  • Supporting literature/references and background information
  • Research, Design Approaches, Methods and techniques to be employed, software to be used or developed, and types of media or resources to be used
  • A list of team members and proposed roles, and contact for the team leader, including the faculty sponsor/mentor
  • A proposed budget for the research project for materials and supplies. This could include parts, software, fees for access to needed research/databases, etc.
  • Proposals should not exceed two pages in length at 10-point font (excluding references).

Letter of Support

Each applying team is required to provide a Faculty Mentor support letter. Letters must be received by the application deadline, as applications are considered incomplete until a letter is received.

Support letter requests are initiated via the online application system. Upon submitting your application or clicking "Send Letter Request" on a saved draft application, your Mentor will receive an email containing a unique link to a web page where letters may be uploaded. To give your Mentor ample time to upload the letter, it is suggested that you initiate your draft application and send your letter request through the system as early as possible.

For more information and to apply go to the Online Application Site.

All questions should be directed to Dr. Paul M.A. Baker (paul.baker@gatech.edu).