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.