Another year, another exciting semester of innovation and collaboration.
The judging and demo event of the CIC Spring 2017 was held on April 11, 2017. Click here for the winners.
Here are the categories:
Health is the foundation for a lifetime of well-being. Health is more than the mere absence of disease— it is an evolving human resource that helps children and adults adapt to the challenges of everyday and interact with their surroundings in ways that promote successful development. Mobile and wireless technologies have led to new and exciting innovation in building better health solutions.
Entries in this category should focus on new or reimagined solutions for patients, communities, and/or those involved in the continuum of care (caregivers, doctors, hospitals, insurers, employers), and might address areas as diverse as chronic disease management; Health IT interoperability; analytics and decision support for quality; safety, and access to care; or advances in pediatric healthcare and healthy aging to name a few.
Connectivity has become ubiquitous. We live, work and play in a digital community and are engaged in constant interaction within and without this community. From better navigation to hyper local crowd engagement to customized retail experiences, innovative solutions are waiting to be explored in this category. Urban centers are increasingly being called upon to address the escalating demands of so many future inhabitants living, working, driving, and interacting with each other.
Entries in this category should focus on solutions for individuals, communities, business and community stakeholders, and government service providers. Solutions might address inclusion, engagement, safety, efficiency, utility, policy, resilience, response, or anything which has the ability to improve the quality of life in communities. While some solutions in this space are geared towards integration of controls, sensors, analytics, and communication with physical elements or services deployed at scale. Other solutions might empower small communities to engage and have impact in novel and agile ways by leveraging, serving, and effecting community members directly.
A socio-technical system (STS) is a social system operating on a technical base, e.g. email, chat, bulletin boards, blogs, Wikipedia, E-Bay, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Hundreds of millions of people use them every day.
Entries in this category will demonstrate new platforms, services, and devices ranging from the Internet of Things (IoT), Software Defined Networking (SDN), Automotive and Wearable Computing devices, Mixed and Augmented Reality, data science and analytics, collaboration and communication tools. While this category focuses on the technologies themselves entries are expected to demonstrate a viable application or service in order to be competitive.
The Convergence Innovation Competition (CIC) is a unique competition open to all Georgia Tech students and is run in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Each year the categories in the CIC are defined by our Industry partners who provide mentorship, judging, and category specific resources which are often available exclusively to CIC competitors. While the competition is not tied to any specific course, competitors are often able to take advantage of class partnerships where lecture and lab content, guest lectures, and projects are aligned with competition categories. CIC Competitors are supported by GT-RNOC research assistants who provide technical support and shepherd teams through the competition process. The overarching goal of the CIC is to create innovative and viable products and experiences including a strong user experience and a business case. Winning entries will include a working end-to-end prototype which operates on converged services, media, networks, services, and platforms. CIC winners go on to commercialization, other competitions, as well as internship and job opportunities strengthened by their competition experience. CIC is an annual event produced by GT-RNOC and the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT).