InterDigital (NASDAQ: IDCC) and the University of California, San Diego
division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and
Information Technology (Calit2) today announced the launch of the InterDigital
Innovation Challenge (I²C), an engineering competition that aims to
discover breakthroughs in advanced wireless technologies.
The I²C is open to individuals or teams from any North American college
or university. Participants are required to submit a proposal explaining
the technical and commercial viability of their idea in the area of
radio signal propagation and processing, radio modem innovations, radio
network management and systems innovations, compression and data
management techniques, energy improvement in radio processing and/or
wireless and network virtualization.
The submissions will be evaluated by an eight-member judging panel from
academia and industry, and $175,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to
the top entries, including $100,000 for the winning team or individual.
"As a leader in the development of advanced wireless technologies,
InterDigital® is proud to work with Calit2 - widely
recognized as one to the world's premier academic research institutions
- on creating a platform that will bring together some of the best and
brightest in the field," said William J. Merritt, InterDigital's
President and Chief Executive Officer. "Given the strong support and
leadership of Calit2, we are confident that the InterDigital Innovation
Challenge will generate a number of technical breakthroughs and fresh
thinking that will help shape the future of wireless."
Ramesh Rao, Director of the UCSD division of Calit2 and I²C Challenge
Chair, called the Challenge "a fresh approach to stimulating innovation
"We have watched agencies like DARPA adopt challenge awards as the means
to stimulate creativity," he added, "and we are delighted that
InterDigital has chosen to provide resources to run a similar process
focused on wireless. "
The judging panel consists of Brown University School of Engineering
Dean Lawrence Larson; Rutgers School of Engineering Professor and WINLAB
Director Dipankar Raychaudhuri; UC Santa Barbara College of Engineering
Professor Jerry Gibson; Stanford University Professor Emeritus
Arogyaswami Paulraj; UC Irvine Engineering Professor and Director of the
Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing Hamid Jafarkhani;
InterDigital Chief Technology Officer Naresh Soni and telecommunications
entrepreneur and venture capitalist Martha Dennis.
"This competition is right on the mark for stoking innovation in the
telecommunications and IT sectors by accelerating the path from
laboratory to consumer," noted Dennis.
To underscore the importance of marketing their 'big idea,' participants
will also be encouraged to harness the power of social media to compete
for the competition's Popular Vote. The individual or team who wins the
Popular Vote in the first round will automatically become a finalist,
with the winner of the Popular Vote in the final round receiving a
Under its extensive university relations program, InterDigital plans to
make a multi-year charitable donation to Calit2, funding the engineering
contest. The I²C will enable Calit2 at UC San Diego to further its
mission and strategic plan to extend its influence and reach into
innovations in wireless technology in academia and industry.
The deadline for submitting proposals to the InterDigital Innovation
Challenge is 5 p.m. EDT on March 30, 2012. To make your "bright idea the
next big thing," or to find out more about the competition, visit http://i2c.calit2.net/.
About Calit2 at U.C. San Diego
The UC San Diego Division of the California Institute for
Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), together with
Calit2's division at U.C. Irvine, houses more than 1,000 researchers
across the two campuses, organized around more than 50 projects on the
future of telecommunications and information technology and how these
technologies will transform a range of applications important to the
California economy and its citizens' quality of life.
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
For more information, visit: www.interdigital.com.
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