Industrial Challenges Student Competition Rules

Industrial challenges, dedicated to students, represent one of the innovative aspects of the MED conference series. This page contains the general competition rules and timeline for all challenges. For detailed technical specifications of the tasks, grading rules, and other specifics for each challenge, please refer to the respective web pages.

The MED’18 industrial challenges include:



The MED’18 Industrial challenges are open to students enrolled in B. Sc., M. Sc., or Ph. D. degree programs anywhere in the world, competing as teams. There are no restrictions regarding the team size(*) or composition (the team may be made up of exclusively Bachelor, or exclusively Master, or exclusively Ph. D. students, or a mix).

Team members must be full-time (currently enrolled) students during the competition. The proof of student status will be required.

*Please note that travel costs for the teams which qualify for the finals will only be covered for two (2) team members.


Team registration [new deadline: March 7!]

Teams will be required to register their intent to compete. Only registered teams will receive access to software, data, and further information from the challenge organizers.

For the registration you will need: 1) a name for your team, 2) names of all student team members, 3) name of the team leader, and his/her official university e-mail address as a contact address.

Teams should register by using the following google form:

The (extended) deadline for student team registration is March 7, 2018.


Competition stages

All industrial challenges will be organized in 2 stages: qualifications and finals. Depending on the results, top two or top three student teams from the qualifications will move on to the finals.

  • Qualifications will take place before the conference. Qualifications may involve one or more rounds, according to the schedule described in each challenge (please refer to the respective web pages).
  • Finals will take place at the conference. In this stage, the finalists will be expected to implement their results in industrial systems.The tentative date for the finals is Tuesday, the 19th of June, 2018. The actual date for each challenge will be announced later.

The winners will be announced at the conference banquet.


Transport and accommodation costs for the finalists

Transport and accommodation costs for the finalists will be covered by the conference organizers and industrial partners supporting the challenge.

The students must be eligible to receive funds under IEEE guidelines.



Challenge technical details published: February 1, 2018

Student team registration: March 7, 2018 (extended)

For all other deadlines (competition stages, qualification tasks/rounds), please refer to the respective challenge web page.


Other rules

By submitting the registration form:

  • the challenge participants confirm that they understand and accept the rules of the competition and the judging outcome,
  • agree that personal data collected by MED’18 may be stored and displayed to the public within the context of the competition,
  • the challenge participants represent and warrant that they have the right to submit their idea to the competition, that they are the sole and exclusive owner of the idea, and that the idea or submission of the idea does not violate any applicable law in any country,
  • the challenge participants represent and warrant that they will not submit any idea that infringes on any third-party intellectual property, trade secret or confidentiality obligation.