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Innovation Recognition program for the students was launched by the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) in 2012. TIEC aims to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in information and communications technology sector (ICT) for the benefit of national economy.
Consistent with our mission to make Egypt a regional hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, and in the quest for discovering talented people and innovative ideas, products, or services to be recognized and communicated to the community, Tiec is launching the second round of Ibtiecar “TIEC Graduation Projects Competition” for academic year 2012/2013 The competition is launched in cooperation with Multinationals and MCIT affiliated organizations, for technical universities' students in the graduation year, recognizing the best graduation projects in this year.


The purpose of this award is to:
  1. Discover the innovative young talents, and ideas, and link them to the industry.
  2. Encourage people to develop new solutions that are aligned with the trend technologies.
  3. Recognize innovation efforts, and hence fostering innovation culture in the coming generations.
  4. Support innovative ideas, development and commercialization.

Main Technology Tracks

For more details, please refer to Tracks Information section

Who Can Apply? (Target Group)

Students involved in graduation projects year 2013 in all technical faculties in any ICT specialization. This would include -but not limited- to the following:

  1. Faculty of Engineering.
  2. Faculty of Computer science.
  3. Faculty of Science – CS.
  4. Faculty of commerce- Information systems.
  5. Technical Institutions

Potential Awards

The awards of the top winners in each track will be as follow:

Financial Award:

For the top 3 winning teams

  1. 1st prize: Comprising 10,000 L.E
  2. 2nd prize: Comprising 5,000 L.E
  3. 3rd prize: Comprising 3,000 L.E

The only exception is the prizes for ("Cloud Based Applications for Civic Engagement" sub-track) that will be tablets for the winning teams’ members

Business and Entrepreneurship Training:

A free three-month Entrepreneurship training program in TIEC business Accelerator will be offered to the winning teams according to their availability, and based on personal test, so the graduates would be able to write their business plans and learn how to pitch at front of investors.

Certificate of Acknowledgement:

To winning Projects’ supervisors, assistants, and each team member.


The winning projects’ abstracts, supervisors, assistants and working team with project contacts will be recorded in “Winners’ Booklet” that will be disseminated across the relevant Industries and Academic Institutions.

Competition Timeline

Judging Process

The judging process will be performed in three stages:
  1. Initial Screening: to extract the eligible applications.
  2. Phase 1: to select the top 5 in each track.
  3. Phase 2: the final phase, to select and rank the top three projects.

Evaluation Criteria

The top three winning teams in each track will be chosen as per the following criteria:
  1. Innovation (Novelty of application, algorithm, architecture).
  2. Customer Value.
  3. Market Segment ( low/medium/high).
  4. Impact ( Micro and Macro level).
  5. Project methodology .
  6. Quality Assurance.
  7. Usability .
  8. Documentation.
  9. Prototype.
  10. Commercial Potential .

Software Engineering Competency Center (SECC) will test the prototype as per the listed features. The score given will be part of the total evaluation. The prototype will be tested by certified testers from SECC.

How to Apply?

The typical application process will be in two phases

Phase1:Project Abstract

You have to fill in the online registration form (max by 14 July, 2013)

Phase 2:Detailed Project Report

By mid of July 2013, and for those who are eligible to participate in the competition, you will get a confirmation for acceptance and you will be asked to submit the final report of the project. The deadline of this phase would be 3 August, 2013.

  1. Detailed submission guidelines (VLSI, and EDA Track )

  2. Detailed submission guidelines (Other Tracks)
A demo will be requested from the semi-finalists.


Sponsors / Partners

Tracks Information

IC Design
  Design Methodologies and EDA
Track information
Main applications/special areas of interest
  1. Innovative circuit design methodologies.
  2. Circuit Modeling.
  3. Design Verification techniques.
  4. CAD tools.
Track information

VLSI track provides a forum for university students to develop and showcase innovative VLSI designs in advanced CMOS technologies, including digital and analog circuit techniques and design methodologies, targeting major improvements in energy efficiency, connectivity and user experience for future SoC and many-core platforms. The goal is to encourage and highlight original design-oriented solutions to the many challenges in these areas.

Main applications/special areas of interest

Low-voltage logic and memory circuits, clocking and on-die interconnects, sensors and related data processing, advanced power management, efficient power delivery, wire-line and wireless communication circuits, energy harvesting are all interesting areas for application.

Sponsors’ Regulations for the awards

Detailed circuit and logic level simulations to demonstrate viability of concepts required at a minimum; chip implementation and silicon results are required for analog circuits and preferred for digital designs.

  Wireless Communications
Track information

‘Communications Track’ encourages university students to explore the new challenges facing mobile networks (such as coverage and high data-rate demand), think out-of-the-box to propose innovative solutions, do a thorough analysis and computer simulations for the proposed ideas, and finally build up a real prototype system that can have both software and hardware components.

Main applications/special areas of interest
We are interested in fundamental ideas and technologies defining the next generation mobile networks (5G LTE-advanced) such as multi-tier (Femto/Pico/Relay) and multiple radio access technologies (LTE/WiFi) heterogeneous networks, small cells, adaptive video streaming over wireless networks, cloud spectrum management, device-to-device communications, interference coordination, cognitive radio, vehicular communications. Innovation in these research problems may be evaluated via crucial performance metrics such as maximum network capacity, energy efficiency, and QoS guarantee. These research problems can be tackled using analytical approaches, computer simulations, or real prototypes.

Sponsor’s Regulations for the awards

Although we value the final working product of the project, however our evaluation will focus on the strength of the software engineering practices used to build the product, for example, the development process adopted, the proposed design, testing techniques used, etc.

  Machine to Machine (M2M) Communications
Track information

This track involves all types of communications that are taking place between things or machines (also known as Internet of Things). This type of networks has a potential growth and an enormous number of applications. Examples include (but not limited to):

  1. Wireless sensor networks
  2. RFID
  3. Vehicular/car communications
  4. Remote healthcare, Intelligent Transportation,…

Cloud Computing
  Cloud Based Applications for Civic Engagement
Track information

This track focuses on cloud apps that helps avail more public data to citizens, promoting transparency and accountability and encouraging more civic engagement.

Developer Resources

  Cloud Computing Technologies
Track information

“Cloud is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g. networks, servers, storage, applications) that can be rapidly provisioned & released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.” EMC is interested in innovative projects around Cloud Computing including technologies around this field such as :-

    Cloud Management Information Virtualization Cloud Security Federation in Hybrid Cloud

Sponsor’s Regulations for the awards

The Project should meet the below criteria’s , Value creation Innovation Team Work

Mobile Applications
  Mobile Applications
Track information

Mobile applications on different platforms in the following fields:

  1. Lifestyle This category Provide tools that will help people discover interests and provide their feedback.
  2. Social & Economic Development Develop tools that are unique, facilitate and innovate to support the development of the Egyptian person such as Agriculture, Education, mHealth, and more.
  3. Productivity This category seeks mobile applications that make consumer’s daily lives easier and help them to be more efficient, such as utilities, business, or personal finance application.
  Java ME Mobile Applications
Main applications/special areas of interest

Submitted applications in this track needs to fulfill the following criteria:

  1. Application should target Nokia Asha Full Touch phones (Nokia Asha 305, 306, 308, 309 and 311).
  2. Both of Java and Web Apps are welcomed.
  3. Developers can develop their applications using Nokia SDK 2.0 for Java Apps, or Nokia Web Tools 2.3 for Web Apps.
  4. Application idea, relevance to the local market and Application UI are main pillars of judging and using Nokia Maps (Here Maps) will be adding extra points.
Sponsor’s Regulations for the awards

Applications submitted in this track must be published on Nokia Store at the initial submission phase and winning applications need to be fully available on Nokia Store in order to be eligible for the prizes.
A lot of resources available here

Embedded System
  Embedded System
Main applications/special areas of interest
  1. Automotive Applications (e.g. ABS, ESP, …etc)
    Graduations projects targeting: simulation, hardware in the loop, complete implementation of an automotive application.
  2. AUTOSAR Application using open source stacks and tools
    Using Artop and/or Arccore to build/configure AUTOSAR Software Comonents (SWCs).
  3. Multi-core OS (e.g. AUTOSAR OS)
    Designing/implementing a multi-core OS. Verification with 2 or more CPU cores (symmetric or asymmetric).
  4. AUTOSAR Basic Software (BSW)
    Graduation projects targeting the implementation and/or validation and/or integration of one or more AUTOSAR BSW module.
    Graduation projects targeting infotainment systems build on top of GENIVI and using embedded Linux.

Social Network
  Social Network

Track information

Contestants in this area are asked to compete in building social networking-based services and applications that will have a significant societal or economic value. Focus problems related to Egypt are encouraged. Application areas include but are not limited to the domains of education, social service, charity, agriculture, transportation, and consumer protection. Contestants can use one of the existing social network platforms for this purpose, including but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Blackboard, and many others. Projects in the area of Social Network Analytics (SNA) are also encouraged( content-based analysis, and Linkage-based/ Structural analysis)

Sensing Technologies
Track information

Kinect introduces the concept of controller-free gaming. You don't have to use a controller any more. You can use your body instead! Kinect will respond to how you move. So if you have to kick, then kick. If you have to jump, then jump. You already know how to play. All you have to do now is to get off the couch. For Software Engineers and Computer Scientists, Kinect is opening up the exciting world of Natural User Interface (NUI).

Application areas in the following are encaourged:

  1. 3D scene modeling
  2. 3D reconstruction of scenes scanned by Kinect
  3. Face recognition with depth data
  4. Projector + sensor camera scenarios
  5. (
Sponsor’s Regulations for the awards

we’ll use the following criteria for evaluation

  1. Innovation
  2. Feasibility
  3. Complexity
  4. Fit for Kinect
  5. Team performance
  Smart Buildings
Track information

The main systems of a typical Smart Building could be grouped into the below four groups :-

  1. HVAC Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning; including piping, ducting and equipments.
  2. Power Network; including power station, cabling, Main and sub panel boards, wiring, sockets and lighting fixtures.
  3. Water Networks including; Water Supply, Drainage and Fire Fighting.
  4. Light Current and Control Systems including; Structural Cabling, fire alarm, access control, CCTV, Elevators and Building Management System (BMS).

The two main streams that are strongly considered in this regards is the Energy Management and Water Management.
as an example only – the listed below three challenges that represents areas of applications that allows and needs continuous improvement, students are welcomed to study in detail the proposed challenges or select any other one from their views and then propose its innovative solution:-

  1. Challenge #1 Energy Saving
    Energy is one of the mostly important resource that is needed by any business, unfortunately, while we are going to face scarcity in this resource very soon due the high cost of its production, the demand curve will still go higher due to the improvement of life quality, Also the local prices of energy is expected to be increased significantly upon the elimination of subsidy policy that is expected in the near future. It is required to develop a Smart Energy Consumption system for a typical Administration Building through which the Minimum amount of power while delivering the same level of services for building tenants, this could be done for example by installing sensors and control tools or by enhancing the efficiency of the existing components.
  2. Challenge #2 Energy Production
    Energy is one of the mostly important resource that is needed by any business, unfortunately, while we are going to face scarcity in this resource very soon due the high cost of its production, the demand curve will still go higher due to the improvement of life quality, Also the local prices of energy is expected to be increased significantly upon the elimination of subsidy policy that is expected in the near future. One of the ways out of the above challenge is the production of renewable energy instead of depending on the national grid power, Smart Village Buildings enjoys Elevations with at least 60% of its surface area made of glass, Does this represent a potential to produce power out of these elevations, how many watts could be produced and at which level of financial feasibility?, An applied research could answer this question.
  3. Challenge #3 Water Management
    In its efforts to create a modernistic and esthetically appealing architecture, the SVC has limited the building density to 10% of the Smart Village area, dedicated the remaining 90% to spacious roads and beautifully maintained landscapes. Nevertheless, the smart village's beautiful lawn comes at a high water price. This is too costly when viewed within the given environmental conditions: desert climate and water scarcity. An innovative solution is required to reduce the water cost (quantity required per square meter) while maintaining the above-mentioned featuresystems, where the information is monitored and controlled for economical and environmental purposes.

Apply as a Judge

Make a difference... Only a few hours of your time will help to encourage innovative university students all around Egypt in their pursuit of excellence in engineering, technology and entrepreneurship. We will have the honor for you Joining TIEC jury database to serve as a volunteer judge in TIEC activities. Join a league of high caliber professionals who are supporting engineering education by volunteering your time and expertise.

We welcome you to Ibtiecar 2013, and thank you for your help.

Ibtiecar Objectives:
  1. Discover the innovative young talents, and ideas, and link them to the industry.
  2. Encourage people to develop new solutions that are aligned with the trend technologies.
  3. Recognize innovation efforts, and hence fostering innovation culture in the coming generations.
  4. Support innovative ideas commercialization.

Why should you consider volunteering as a Judge?
  1. Support engineering. The finalists are among the brightest and highly motivated aspiring young minds in Egypt and represent the next generation of leading engineers.
  2. Be involved with the excitement of students from all over Egypt presenting their graduation projects.
  3. Give back to your profession/discipline.
  4. If from an academic institution, earn community service or outreach credit towards promotion.
  5. A great deal of personal satisfaction and inspiration from these motivated future engineers.

Judging in Ibtiecar depends on the following:
  1. Creative Ability.
  2. Novelty and Innovation.
  3. Approach: Methodology and Design.
  4. Impact (micro, macro).
  5. Value.
  6. Quality & Clarity (oral discussion, written work and presentation).
  7. Practicality (economical and potential use).

To volunteer as a Judge in Ibtiecar 2013, you should:
  1. Hold a PhD or equivalent in relevant topics of Ibtiecar, or
  2. Hold a Master's degree or B.Sc. with professional experience of not less than ten years in topics related to Ibtiecar.

Judges may include university faculty, industrial scientists and engineers, representatives of governmental bodies, private and industry sector, members of the research centers and national centers and members of scientific societies

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Final Results

Contact Us

For any inquiries please contact:

Eng. Faten Salem
Project Coordinator,
Innovation Support Unit,


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