IEEE CRFID Educational Mega Challenge on Smart Cities (Phoenix, Arizona)

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To engage and interest undergraduates, graduate students, and their advisors, the new
IEEE Council on RFID (CRFID) is offering a competition that addresses real-world problems and is

  • Open to any accredited, degree-program educational institution
  • Composed of teams with at least one IEEE student member and at least one advisor who is an IEEE member

2017 CHALLENGE: SMART CITIES

The 2017 challenge focuses on the use of radio frequency identification RFID in Smart Cities. Teams will be rated on how they plan and evaluate a solution that incorporates RFID technology and systems. Teams are asked to prepare as if responding to a request for proposal (RFP).

  • The team will choose a city and a problem it faces that can be addressed by a smart city solution (e.g., traffic flow, mass transit, infrastructure support, revenue collections, parks management, etc.)
  • The team will identify a solution that includes the use of RFID.
    For support from the RAIN Alliance, passive UHF RFID must be included in the solution.
  • The team will identify the steps needed to implement the solution.
  • Submissions must be an 8-10-page summary, which includes:
    • Problem statement
    • Proposed solution
    • Differentiator (why this solution vs. others)
    • Resource summary (Personnel and equipment)
    • Team summary – bios, function
  • Optional bonus points for:
    • A paper prepared for a CRFID peer-reviewed conference proceedings.
    • YouTube video or privately available video /slide show.
    • Partnering with an Industry Advisor from RAIN Alliance
    • Partnering with an Industry Advisor
    • Use of other resources, for example:
      • IEEE’s Smart Cities initiative has a repository of publications
      • the US federal government recently announced it is committing over $80 million – led by NSF with a $60M commitment over two years – toward the Smart Cities Initiative
      • equipment sponsored by a RAIN Alliance member

DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2017

Judges from IEEE CRFID and the RAIN Alliance will select the top three teams to present at the
IEEE RFID 2017 conference at the RFID Journal Live! event in Phoenix, Arizona in May 2017.

Up to $5,000 (USD) student travel support is available from IEEE CRFID and the RAIN Alliance. Alliance members will prep presenters whose solution uses passive UHF.

For more information, please contact Emily Sopensky, President, Council on RFID. e.sopensky@ieee.org

NFC Innovation Award

Who: NFC Forum

What: NFC Innovation Awards

Theme: Recognizing Breakthrough Products and Start-ups

When: Nominations due January 11, 2017; winners will be announced March 14, 2017

Where: (Awards reception) Green Valley Ranch Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada

Details: https://nfcforum.secure-platform.com/a/organizations/main/home

Judges: https://nfcforum.secure-platform.com/a/page/judges

Questions: Please contact Lisa Gundlach at lgundlach@nfc-forum.org.

 

NFC Innovation Program Timeline:

Submission Entry Period: December 5, 2016 – January 11, 2017

Judging Period: January 18 – February 14

Semi-finalists Announced: February 15

Award Ceremony - Winners Announced: March 14

 

About the NFC Innovation Awards

The NFC Innovation Awards were created to recognize breakthrough products and start-ups and to raise awareness and exposure of the outstanding implementations of NFC in a wide range of industries. The award program is open to member and non-member companies; systems integrators, agencies and media companies may also submit nominations on behalf of their clients. There is no fee to enter.

Winners will be chosen based on innovation, benefits, results, user experience and NFC Impact. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

Winners will be announced at an awards reception to be held in Las Vegas at the Green Valley Ranch Resort on Tuesday, March 14 (co-located with NFC Forum member meeting).