NANO – SDC: What is it?

This year IEEE NANO 2024 will host for the first time ever the first edition of the NANO STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION (NANO-SDC). The student design competitions are planned to be unique events that challenge the creativity, competitive spirit, and enthusiasm of the students. It is a joint initiative of the Young Professional and Educational Activities committees.

All eligible students or student teams are invited to participate in the International Conference on Nanotechnology Student Design Competitions (SDCs). The competition encourages students to employ creative problem solving and gain practical design experience by developing small samples, synthesis and characterization methodologies, novel software, simple prototypes or systems to address a problem stated in the competition rules while following specified constraints.

The student design competitions will take place in July 2024. 

A detailed schedule will be available soon!

Winners will be recognized during the Social Dinner on 10 July 2024. 

Student competitors should be aware that the NANO2024 will not assist participants in getting necessary equipment or designed circuits/systems into Spain. Students are responsible for the specific instrumentation needed for the SDCs (e.g., laptop, circuit boards, etc.). The students will bring their designs (e.g., software, prototypes, etc.) to the competition where they perform simple measurements or showcase their results and compete against other student teams. There are different competitions spanning a wide range of topics. Links to descriptions and rules for each competition are below. Winning teams are awarded with a certificate, recognized at the social dinner, and a chance to publish their designs in the IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine.

How to Participate

To participate in a competition, click the link below and follow the instructions. You will be asked to provide contact information for all team members and your academic advisor, and you will also need to upload a short abstract describing your design approach. In addition, your academic advisor must send an email to the organizers of the competition certifying that the work is yours, not theirs. The application deadline is 30 April 2024. Students are advised to contact the individual competition organizers as early as possible, to ensure a full understanding of the design specifications and judging criteria before beginning their projects.

Click Here to Submit Your Application

General Rules and Requirements

Note: Some competitions have requirements which are different from those listed below. Where stated, each individual competition’s specific rules and deadlines will supersede these general rules.​

      1. Teams may consist of 1-4 people.
      2. All team members must be full-time students while working on the project.
      3. At least one team member must register for NANO2024 and attend the student design competitions in person July 2024 in order to assist with measurements (where applicable) and answer questions.
      4. You must notify the student design competition organizers at least one week before the date of the competitions if you plan to withdraw or will not be able to participate in person. Failure to participate in person may prevent you from being accepted for future participation.
      5. Your professors and advisors must certify that this is your work, not theirs.
      6. You must submit a competition application form no later than 30 April 2024, or as indicated in the rules of the competition of interest. You are encouraged to contact the coordinators of the competition of your interest as early as possible to ensure a full understanding of the design specifications and judging criteria before your submission.
      7. Travel visas and shipping your project equipment are your responsibility, it is recommended to arrange these as early as possible.

Clarification about Student Team Requirements

Teams must consist of at least two and no more than four students. There is no limit to the number of teams that may compete from any given university or organization. However, one student cannot be part of multiple teams.

Submissions are invited from students at all stages of their university careers, from undergraduate to postgraduate level. While not a mandatory requirement, it is strongly encouraged that the teams put forward a multidisciplinary and/or multi-national team.

Whether you were a graduate (i.e., Masters or Doctoral level) or undergraduate (i.e., Bachelor level) when the work was done, or confirm that you are either currently registered in an academic program full-time, or will return to be a student in the upcoming semester.

Contact Information

General questions or comments can be directed to the NANO 2024 Student Design Competition Committee

Questions or comments regarding a specific design competition should be directed to the organizers of the competition in question, which will be listed on the competition descriptions (see links above).