Calling All Makers, DIYers, and Innovators: IEEE’s Do-It-Yourself Competition Starts Today


$500 Grand Prize to be awarded to the Best Project

NEW YORK – September 17, 2015 – Students and tech enthusiasts looking to showcase their technological prowess and become one of the next up and coming engineers, have the opportunity to gain worldwide recognition by entering their inventions in the IEEE DIY Project contest starting today.

The IEEE DIY Project was created to help encourage and support future makers by allowing them to showcase new and innovative projects to the IEEE social media community. Last year’s competition generated over 300 unique projects on the IEEE DIY Project website from around the world with the grand prize awarded to Gaurav Gautam for his Wirelessly Operated Hand Glove Robot.

This year’s IEEE DIY Project will be hosted online from September 16, 2015 to December 7, 2015, and is open to individuals 18 years or older. Participants will share their original DIY projects online and visitors to the site can vote for their favorite submissions.

Additionally, John Cohn, IEEE Fellow, IBM Fellow, and longtime DIYer, will host a video series where he will provide commentary on randomly selected projects submitted throughout the competition.

“The DIY and the maker movement has been a life-long passion of mine and hosting this contest’s video series is a real honor,” said John Cohn, IEEE and IBM Fellow. “I’m always amazed by the creativity and resourcefulness that students can apply to a problem. I can’t wait to see what they cook up this year!”

The top five submissions will win monetary prizes in the form of Amazon gift cards in their local currency. The grand prize winner will receive $500, $250 for second place, third place will be awarded $100 and $50 for each fourth and fifth place contestants.

Submission categories will include:
• Green Tech
• Accessibility
• Intelligent Transportation
• Public Safety
• Entertainment
• Education
• Communication
• Other

The IEEE DIY Project will begin accepting submissions today via Submissions must be an engineering project that was built or created using hardware or software. The submission also must include an image or video of what was built, as well as a description and purpose of the technology created. A panel of judges will then vote on the winning project. Entries will be ranked based on three criteria: originality, innovation and benefit to humanity.

All are invited to participate in voting for their favorite DIY project online at Community members may vote once a day until December 7, 2015.

How you can promote the IEEE DIY Project to your school:

Campus newspapers, groups and departments on campus can use the following sample social media posts to share this opportunity to participate in the DIY project, as well as to promote your school’s projects on social media using the hashtag: #IEEEDIY.

Sample Facebook Post:

Are you developing an engineering project? Submit it to the IEEE DIY Project to share it with the engineering community! Browse all of the projects, give your feedback, and even help IEEE choose a winner by voting for your favorite submissions. By sharing your project, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a gift card worth up to $500!

Sample Tweet:

Sample Tweet: Submit an #engineering project to the #IEEE DIY Project for chance to get feedback from peers & win up to $500!

For a list the full terms and conditions of the IEEE DIY Project contest, please click here for more information:

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