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Top Twenty Teams Selected in
First-of-its-Kind Global Competition

For Immediate Release
31 May, 2000
Contact: Anne Marie Kelly, IEEE Computer Society
+1 202 3711013 or

Washington, DC — The IEEE Computer Society announces the selection of the top twenty teams in the first annual Computer Society International Design Competition (CSIDC). CSIDC 2000 challenged undergraduate students around the world to design a special-purpose computer-based device. The goal of the contestcompetition , which has a $25,000 first prize, is to advance excellence in education by having students implement solutions for real-world problems.

The top twenty teams are the American University of Beirut (Lebanon); Boston University (USA); California State University – Long Beach (USA); Cedarville College (USA); Institute of Technology – Banares Hindu University (India); Instituto Tecnologico De Estudios Superiores De Monterrey (Mexico); Masaryk University (Czech Republic); McGill University (Canada); McMaster University (Canada); Moscow State University (Russia); National Taiwan University (Republic of China); Poznan University (Poland); Rockhurst University (USA); Slovak University of Technology (Slovakia); Technical University of Plovdiv (Bulgaria); The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong); Universidad Distrital Francisco Jose de Caldas (Columbia); University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign (USA); University of Tennessee (USA); and University of Waterloo (Canada).

CSIDC 2000 had more than 180 team applications for its original fifty team slots. Each of the fifty teams received the same project kit of resources. The CSIDC "Health Care Information-Appliance Project" required teams to create a working model of an "information appliance" (IA) to address a specific challenge in the practice and delivery of health care. The project’s goal was to improve public health by helping people become more involved in their own health care. IAs are devices designed primarily to create, send, retrieve, and manipulate information via a network of computers, such as over the Internet. IAs are easy to carry, simple to operate, reliable and competitively priced. The top twenty teams created internet appliances for asthma, allergies, diabetes, heart care, and personal and family health monitoring.

The teamsEach team submitted a final report that was judged by Submission Evaluation Teams consisting of sixty international experts from industry and academia. From the top twenty teams, ten finalists will be selected next weekend by a panel of eleven distinguished judges. Dr. Bruce Shriver, Chairman of the CSIDC Committee said, "The Computer Society is quite excited about this competition. The student teams have spent several months on the project and we will see some very interesting results at the CSIDC World Finals."

The top ten student teams will compete head-to-head in an intensive three-day competition held at its CSIDC World Finals in Washington DC on 25-27 June 2000. Prizes for CSIDC winners range from $25,000 for first place to $2,000 for fifth place, plus honorable mention awards of $1,000. The schools with the top three winning teams will each receive financial aid components of up to $10,000. For more information about the competition, visit All media representatives are encouraged to attend the competition. There will be a media room with up-to-date information and opportunities to film and interview the students, the faculty mentors, and the CSIDC committee.

The CSIDC is supported by preeminent technology and financial sponsors. AMD (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.), Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel Corp., Lucent Technologies, Microsoft Corp., Motorola, Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), and Sun Microsystems Inc. and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) have provided financial support for the competition. The competition’s technology sponsors—AMD, Caldera Systems Inc., Calluna Technology Ltd., General Software Inc., M-Systems Inc., Metrowerks Inc., Microsoft Corp., Pervasive Software Inc., QNX Software Systems Ltd., and VersaLogic Corp.— donated state-of-the-art technology components for the competition’s project kit.