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2017 IEEE Innovation Challenge

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IEEE 2017 Innovation Challenge

Technological design contest to save rivers

Since 2014 several IEEE student branches from Bogotá, and Zona Centro Subsection of Colombia in cooperation with some public offices and private supporters, launched the so-called IEEE Innovation Challenge, which has gained interest among Latin American students. In fact, last year the contest had nine participant teams from Colombia, two from Perú and one from Nicaragua and closed with an audition at Bogota’s Planetarium.

This year open to several categories from schoolers to doctorate students, the contest calls to design a system of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) that allows direct monitoring and sampling in the basin of a river under study to identify the level of contamination, discriminating and quantifying the proportion of pollutants present and reporting to a center of data. The issue of this challenge is due to the terrible contamination of the Bogota River and because different judicial orders to clean it have not been able to be fulfilled. Problem that is repeated along several rivers that pass near big cities in Latin America.

The main competition milestones:

Registration opening: Mach 27 

Deadline: May 27

Publication of admitted: June 7

Presentation of projects: June 28 

Grand finale: June 29

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Field of Interest

“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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