Cornell University


The Intel-Cornell Cup is a college-level embedded design competition created to empower student teams to become the inventors of the newest innovative applications of embedded technology.

Students will also be given the opportunity to enhance their resumes and demonstrate their professional design skills, highly sought by today’s companies, as they transform their ideas into a well-planned, robust reality.

The competition will be an annual academic year-long experience culminating in an inspiring two-day summit event, where finalist student teams will attend exciting and even entertaining talks, network with leading engineering company sponsors, and ultimately showcase their original innovative entries.


After an application round, selected finalists will be awarded funding & equipment to help them develop their entries. At the final competition, the grand prize is set at $10,000 with up to seven teams earning first-place honors and a check for $2,500. The grand prize and first-place winners will also be invited to exhibit in Intel's booth at the Maker Fair in San Mateo or New York City.

History of Success

Based upon the highly successful Intel Cup China that attracts over 26,000 students, the Intel-Cornell Cup was designed to provide an exciting “Expo” spirit that invites students’ imaginations to construct any design they can dream up and create as the next great embedded technology invention..

Your Entry

  • Open to all undergraduate or masters level students in engineering, science, or computer science students in any accredited U.S. university.
  • Teams of 3-5 students will create detailed design plans, a working prototype, and a final presentation that effectively demonstrates the capabilities and robustness of their ideas.
  • Applications and final report entries will be “blind” reviewed by a team of experts and all judging criteria is made openly available to all contestants.
  • In addition to empowering teams to create their innovative end product, the competition re-enforces the importance of the design process, finding and defining the problem’s real need, and validating that that need is met; skills that are highly sought after by today’s top companies.

The Support

Approximately 25 teams will be selected as finalists and will be awarded Intel and other sponsor support including: 

  • Hardware - featuring the latest Intel Atom boards and other equipment from sponsors.
  • Funding - $1,500 to help build the project and assist in team travel.
  • Access - to Intel technical leaders and other sponsoring companies’ experts, many of whom are designing and developing embedded hardware and applications themselves.
  • Training - Cornell Systems Engineering developed online guides to hone students professional design skills while easing the management of teams for faculty advisors.

The final competition event is also an opportunity for sponsors, students, and faculty to network. Competition sponsors can also extend potential opportunities such as interviews to the students and grants to their universities, towards the further development of their competition entries or for collaboration on new opportunities.