IEEE IES Contest – Under 35 Innovators

The IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) is sponsoring an “Under 35 Innovators” contest, co-sponsored by the Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEMS). The event is looking for Young Professional innovators working on technological innovation and applied research in industrial electronics and industrial informatics areas. Anyone who has a brilliant idea and has developed or is developing a project leading to an industrial solution or application of it is eligible. Entries from any IES field of interest can be entered. Researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators from universities and research centers, start-ups, SMEs, corporations, and non-profit organizations are encouraged to participate.

A panel of judges from IES industry and academic experts will assess the candidates and their project.  The criteria for assessing the submissions are: concept, impact on market and technology, value to industry, and creativity. Therefore all submissions must include such info (or estimations of it).

Winners will be selected from the judges, and the top 5 submissions will be invited to showcase at the premier IEEE IES IECON 2019 conference. The travel/hotel expenses to attend IECON 2019 and present their project to the IECON attendees will be reimbursed by IES[1].  At IECON a there will be four innovation prizes. The 1st prize named IES “innovation of the year” goes to the overall best submission. Special prizes will also be given in the categories: vision & creativity, impact, and technology.  These will be selected by a vote of the attendees and judges each with an additional cash award. All winners will be invited to the entire IECON event and its activities.

IECON 2019 will be in Lisbon, Portugal, see https://iecon2019.org/ but this is an IES wide innovation contest.  If successful this program will be repeated at other IEEE IES and TEMS events.

The intent is not for student projects but rather ones either heading to or leading to industry solutions and products. Typical examples are innovations developed at a mature level and which are potentially already commercialized or near to commercialization. Excellent candidates are also projects developed during MSc/PhD work which is further continued and has tangible industry potential and applicability.

To apply,

       Fill out the applicant information form below. 

       Attach a 1-2 pages summary of the project including technology, impacts to market and industry, and target products. 

       Add a 2 to 5 minute video overview to describe the effort.  The more precise the description and its impacts the better the chance of being accepted.  Be sure and include the suitable technical description and product impacts as well as any analysis overview.

Applicant Form:

Important Dates

March 30, 2019 - Submission Site Opens
June 30, 2019 - Submission Site Closes
September 1, 2019 - Notification of candidates



[1] Up to typically $2000 per submission (reimbursement after the event on basis of receipts).