Cornell University

Team Info

Welcome to the Intel-Cornell Cup. This is your main hub for all of the information you need to develop your application and final submission to the competition. Here you can start the process of creating your team by completing the Intel Open Registration, read about what you can build, and what makes a project "the best".

In addition to the items above you will also find the timeline to the competition, details about our live online information sessions, the competition's official rules, and information about the final submission.  The resources page offers downloads on the competition components and their judging criteria as well as guides on how to effectively develop your project. Finally, the FAQ will contain answers to the questions that came up in our live online information sessions as well as from emails we receive at

Application Process

The application process has five easy steps:

  1. Complete the Intel Open Registration (see link to left);
  2. Attend one or more of the online information sessions (optional);
  3. Sign and return the competition integrity form.

Once your registration has been received, it will be reviewed by the Intel-Cornell review team and up to 35 of the top application submissions will be selected to participate in the final competition. By December 12, 2014 a list of semifinalists will be posted on the competition website.

What Can I Build

Nearly anything you can imagine that incorporates an innovative use of embedded systems. Ideas could include intelligent home appliances, radar imaging systems, in-store sale and inventory systems, efficient digital storage systems, the newest toy or form of home entertainment, health monitoring system, environmental waste scrubbers, robotics, security systems, educational electronics toolkit, building energy systems, manufacturing inspection, ice cream taster, intelligent transportation systems, and everything else in between. It's not necessarily the project that is the best idea that will win but it is the project that is "done the best" that will win the grand prize.

What Is A Project That Is "Done The Best"

The best projects are the ones that can identify and realize a solution that most effectively and efficiently meets a specific challenge's needs. This application process was designed to help you demonstrate that:

  • You understand your challenge and its needs well.
  • You have well defined solution concept that can meet those needs.
  • You have ways for demonstrating and measuring how well your solution meets those needs.
  • You have a well thought out plan for making your solution a reality.
  • You have taken the time to think about your solution's implementation to ensure that the underlying principles are achievable and realistic given the resources you have available.
  • You have considered potential problems that could occur from both the design concept and during the development such that in the end you will still be able to deliver as complete and robust a product as possible to within the scope of your proposed solution.

The greatest projects are not those that always achieve the "flashiest" results, the greatest projects are those that make the best use of their time and resources to meet a specific need.

Be sure to check out the "About the Application" section on the About for Students page.

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