Winners Announced

InterDigital and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at the University of California, San Diego announced the winners of the InterDigital Innovation Challenge (I2C) at GigaOM's Mobilize2012 conference in San Francisco.

1st Place 1st Place
_CAL2142 $100,000 cash award, was presented to Team Ultrasonic Wireless Sensors - Ioannis Kymissis, Kshitij Yadav, and Peter Kinget - from Columbia University. Using ultrasound for wireless communication, the invention provides significant energy improvements in radio processing, allowing battery-powered wireless sensors to stay in the field up to ten times longer.

2nd Place2nd Place
_CAL2143 $50,000 cash award, was given to Team Airshark - Suman Banerjee and Ashish Patro from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Focused on radio network management and systems innovations, the team developed a software solution for automated and real-time RF diagnosis of non-Wi-Fi interference to Wi-Fi devices.

3rd Place 3rd Place
_CAL2145 $20,000 cash award, was presented to Team Null Space Learning Algorithms - Alexandros Manolakos, Yair Noam, and Andrea Goldsmith - from Stanford University. The team invented a novel approach for radio signal propagation and processing that allows several wireless radios to coexist on the same frequency bands while causing minimal interference.

Popular Choice Award Popular Choice
_CAL1929 The $5,000 "popular choice" prize had already been awarded to the Rutgers-based DataMiser team during the public voting stage of the contest. The entry logged 574 votes during the public-voting stage of the contest. DataMiser is a data optimizing solution to reduce cellular data and thereby save consumers on their wireless bills.

Related Links
Calit2 Press Release: InterDigital Innovation Challenge Winners Announced in San Francisco
Photos from Mobilize 2012

Meet the Finalists

The next step in the InterDigital Innovation Challenge is upon us. As part of the "incubation" phase of the competition, each I2C finalist team has been asked to participate in an online video chat and interview session. The session format begins with a five-minute introduction by the team followed by 10 to 15 minutes of questions from a Calit2 representative about their proposal and its technical components, commercial viability, marketplace attractiveness and overall value to the wireless industry. The remaining 10 to 15 minutes is reserved for Q&A from online attendees. I would like to invite you to participate in this as this is one of the few times you will be able to engage with the teams directly and gain additional insight into their proposal. It is also an opportunity for you to provide guidance and useful feedback on other related or relevant developments. The chats will be hosted exclusively online via Cisco WebEx and will be recorded and remain public. Instructions for joining into the video chats appear at the end of this message.

The video chats will be conducted from July 23 (Monday) through July 27 (Friday) and the schedule of teams is listed below.

Monday, July 23, 2012
Data Miser, 10:30 AM PST (1:30 p.m. EST) ~Replay
Mobile 3D Video System, 12:30 PM PST (3:30 p.m. EST) ~Replay

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Intelligent RF Sensor, 11:00 AM PST (2:00 p.m. EST) ~Replay
AmbNet: Resilient Wireless, 12:30 PM PST (3:30 p.m. EST) ~Replay

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Null Space Learning Algorithms, 11:00 AM PST (2:00 p.m. EST) ~Replay
SignetRing, 12:30 PM PST (3:30 p.m. EST) ~Replay

Thursday, July 26, 2012
Ultrasonic Wireless Sensors, 11:00 AM PST (2:00 p.m. EST) ~Replay
Airshark, 12:30 PM PST (3:30 p.m. EST) ~Replay

Friday, July 27, 2012
Cognitive Power Management, 10:00 AM PST (1:00 p.m. EST) ~Replay
Wireless Imaging System, 11:30 AM PST (2:30 p.m. EST) ~Replay
Wireless Media Express, 1:00 PM PST (4:00 p.m. EST) ~Replay

Video chat playlist is also available on Calit2's youtube channel.

About the challenge

The most innovative wireless technologies in the world have one thing in common: They all began with a bright idea. The InterDigital Innovation Challenge (I2C) is an opportunity for individuals or teams from any North American college or university to compete for $175,000 in prizes by testing out proposals and prototypes for wireless technologies before a panel of esteemed judges from industry and academia.

But in this increasingly connected world, it isn't enough to merely think big -- you must also create big 'buzz' for your idea. That's where the I2C Community comes in: The team or individual who best harnesses the power of social media to earn the "popular vote" will automatically move onto the final round, where all finalists are eligible for an additional $5,000 popular vote prize.

I2C is a collaboration between InterDigital and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at the University of California, San Diego. Both Interdigital and Calit2 have made it their mission to nurture public research and accelerate innovation in wireless products and technologies, with a particular emphasis in:

  • Radio signal propagation and processing
  • Radio modem innovations
  • Radio network management and systems innovations
  • Compression and data management techniques
  • Energy improvement in radio processing
  • Wireless and network virtualization

Submissions to the InterDigital Innovation Challenge will be accepted through March 30, 2012. Now's the time to let your bright ideas shine.

Who we are

About InterDigital

InterDigital® develops fundamental wireless technologies that are at the core of mobile devices, networks, and services worldwide. We solve many of the industry's most critical and complex technical challenges, inventing solutions for more efficient broadband networks and a richer multimedia experience years ahead of market deployment. InterDigital has licenses and strategic relationships with many of the world's leading wireless companies.

For more information, visit the InterDigital website:

About Calit2

The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) was founded as a partnership between the State of California, the University of California and private industry to foster innovation and create knowledge that will help drive California's economy. Calit2, which has divisions at the UC San Diego and UC Irvine, is uniquely positioned to support the development of advances in wireless telecommunications research. Five of the eight endowed chairs funded by Calit2's industry partners are primarily focused on wireless research, from wireless access networks and mobile computing to telecommunications and information technology, as well as communications policy. The UCSD division of Calit2 also has a suite of laboratories dedicated to research on a variety of wireless systems, including power amplifiers, antennas, base stations and more which comprise the core wireless resources and services and services available to enable and catalyze innovation.

For more information, visit the Calit2 website:

Awarding Decisions

The I2C prizes will be awarded following a review process conducted by a judging panel comprised of participants from academia and industry, as selected by Calit2. The following criteria will be used to evaluate the innovative and technological merit of the proposals:

  • Innovation of idea
  • Probable commercial viability of the technology
  • Likely milestones necessary to develop and commercialize the technology
  • Marketplace attractiveness
  • Likely intellectual property outcomes, if any

Rules and Judging Criteria »

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property contained in the applicants' proposals will be the property of the applicant or applicants' institution and will be managed and protected in accordance with their policies. Neither Calit2 nor InterDigital will have intellectual property rights in any applicants' proposal as a result of the submission to the Program. Calit2/UCSD employees who are subject to the normal UCSD intellectual property policy.

More on Intellectual Property »