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Innovate Italy Design Contest  is a multi-discipline engineering design contest open to all PhD, graduate and undergraduate engineering students as well as all members of the research academic community in Italy. The goal of the annual contest is to help students to cultivate their design interests of embedded processor, to improve their design technique, and to make their creativity and innovation into best practice. Altera, as the programmable logic leader, creates an environment of learning through innovation and positive competition by holding an annual multi-discipline engineering design contest. Innovate Italy Design Contest 2012 welcome the most ambitious, creative, smart PhD, and undergraduate engineering students in Italy (including the researcher community) to work together and turn all of your imagination into reality!
October 1st - November 15, 2012
Submit your teams proposal for entry into the contest.
November 15–November 30, 2012 Contest coordinators evaluate proposals and select 40 entries.
- 40 teams will be selected and notified via e-mail
- Information packages, Quartus II Web Edition software, and development boards will be sent to the selected teams
November 30, 2012
Teams start work on their designs.
April 15, 2013
Teams submit their final projects.
May 15, 2013
Finalists notified via Email.
November 30 – April 15, 2013
Teams work on their designs.
Sept. 13, 2013
Winner celebration.

Please submit all requested information before October 1 to October 31, 2012.

The contest is open to : PhD, graduate and undergraduate students as well as all

  the members of Accademic Research community  ).

The participants should be actively enrolled in an accredited college/university in Italy

  during the contest.

Each participant should be endorsed by a professor from the participating institute.

Teams should consist of up to 5 members, and a faculty mentor.

Any number of teams can participate from a given institution.

No entry fees.


The platform for Innovate Italy contest will be Altera DE1 board.
All the teams will develop systems on this platform.
The selected team will receive one Altera DE1 board.

Please visit Altera DE1 and Design Resources for more design information.


A faculty mentor is not a member of the team, and cannot execute the work or

  solve the problems for the students.

Teams bear the responsibility of the originality of the projects.


Submissions should consist of brief introduction, full report, and the real project.

PART I - Design Introduction

Please give some general information of your design such as the purpose of the design, application scope, and target users. Please also include a detailed description of why you used NIOS soft core processor to do the design.


PART II - Function Description

Please give detailed information to show the functionality of your design and how to implement it.

PART III - Performance Parameters

Please enumerate some performance parameters that the design needs to reach. If possible, please compare the actual performance realized in your design with the design parameter, and then appraise the function of NIOS processor in the design.

PART IV - Design Architecture

Please give the system design scheme of your design or both hardware design block diagram and software flow chart.

PART V - Design Methodology

Please give the detailed description of the implementation method and steps of the design, especially how the design is implemented using the concept of SOPC.

PART VI - Design Features

Please give us all the outstanding features of your design and what aspects of NIOS helped you to implement them.

PART VII - Conclusion

Please give us a brief conclusion of you design. Also please share with others about the advantages of your design and some valuable aspects of it for further elaboration in the future.


Judges will consist of experts from Altera and Terasic.


The following is a brief of the criteria used to evaluate the projects. This should help participants understand the type of factors that judges take into accounts. The project which has gained the highest scores will win the first prize. The second prize and third prize will be the projects which have the 2nd high and 3rd high scores.



Design Concept
  Complexity (score: 5~0)
Functionality (score: 5~0)
Design Implementation (score: 5~0)
Integrity of Documentation (score: 5~0)





1st prize: Parrot AR. Drone
2nd prize: Table 7” Android
3rd prize: Kindle

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