2019 Synopsys ARC AIoT Design Contest


  • Synopsys ARC Design Contest is an AIoT electronic design contest invited college students (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral) to join, the purpose is to promote ARC courses/training in EE/EECS, IoT application concept and hands-on project design abilities.

  • Through the combination of "Class & Contest” working model, and received technical guidance from SNPS’s professional engineers, to help participants generate advanced IoT design capabilities.

  • In 2017 and 2018, Taiwan joined the Cross-Strait ARC Design Contest.

  • In 2019, we would like to invite Synopsys Asia-Pac sites to join

Contest Scope:

  • Organized by: Synopsys Taiwan

  • Co-organized by: GLORIA-NCTU

  • Venue:

    • Preliminary Contest: Online submission

    • Final Contest: National Chiao Tung University

  • Technical Partner:

    • Taiwan IC Design Society (TICD)

  • Timeline:






Open for registration

Jan. 25, 2019

Website registration & submission

Registration deadline

Mar. 8, 2019

Documentary Review

Documentary review

Mar. 9 - 15, 2019

Website review

Qualified team’s notice

Mar. 16, 2019

System email notification

Preliminary Contest

Preliminary deadline

Jun. 14, 2019

Website submission

Preliminary contest review

Jun. 19 - 28, 2019

Committee review

Preliminary teams’ notice

Jul. 1, 2019

Website announcement

Final Contest

Final work submission

Aug. 19, 2019

Website upload

Final Contest and Award Ceremony 

Aug. 27, 2019

National Chiao Tung University

Contest Topic: 

  • Smart Life x Connect Everything

By Category:

  • Group A: ARC EM Starter Kit (EMSK) Application Design Group 

eg. Addressing key IoT challenges : Home IoT, Smart Cities, Health & Fitness, Wearable Infotainment, etc.

  • Group B: ARC IoT Develompent Kit (IoTDK) Smart Innovation Group

eg. Facilitating Machine Learning inference for IoT: voice and face trigger/recognition, NN, etc.

Contest Process:

  • Our company will provide the basic software/hardware development tools required for this competition.
  • An open-ended proposition is adopted by the participating teams to choose their own works. For specific technical problems, the teams should base on the ARC EMSK or IoTDK Kit development board and use the modern electronic system design method to solve the problems. The key point is the participants, for their ability to apply electronic information theory to the design of the electronic system, their creativity and novelty of the works, and their cooperating ability of team work.
  • The selection of the topic is based on embARC, the open source software platform of Synopsys Taiwan Co., Ltd., to focus on popular application: IoT (Internet of Things), embedded and control design, and the relevant issues to create innovative products, services and technologies, such as smart wear, smart home, smart environmental protection, smart medical treatment, smart safety, and so forth.

Qualifications and Restrictions:

  • This Contest is open to all students currently attending colleges or universities. The participants must be a student registered and attending colleges or universities during the Contest Registration Period and shall not be working in any company, research institute or other entity on a full-time or part-time basis during the Contest Period.
  • Only teams may be registered to participate in the Contest, and each team may have up to 3 participants (students) and may invite one or two couches to join.
  • Each team only can be enrolled in one competition category; please do not submit the same project multiple times.
  • Each participant is required to sign a consent letter of the Contest and agree to follow all the provisions in the consent letter, and if there is any non-compliance or violation of any such provision, the participant shall be disqualified. If there is any dispute on the compliance issue, the Contest Organizer shall have the sole authority to decide on such dispute.
  • Each participant acknowledges and agrees that the project submitted may be posted in Synopsys ARC related website.

Preliminary Submission Requirements:

  • Document review: The judges will select the qualified teams from the entries (PPT format) to participate in the preliminary competition. The actual number of teams entering the finals will be adjusted by the judges and the organizers according to the actual situation. The documents should be submitted by March 8th, 2019.
  • Preliminary review: The judges will select the qualified teams from the preliminary competition (PPT format with further explanation) to participate in the final competition. The actual number of teams entering the finals will be adjusted by the judges and the organizers according to the actual situation. The documents should be submitted by June 14th, 2019.
  • Final contest needs to include:Project PPT, Video (50M), Photos (5-6), and upload the link to website
  • Proposal:Follow standard format in PPT or PDF version
  • Please refer to registration webpage for competition submission requirements and the template of PPT

Grading & Prizes :


Functionality and practicality (20%), practical design consideration (20%), creative design (15%), integrity (15%) and work display (30%)


  • First Place (x 1P): NTD 80,000 and certification
  • Second Place(x 1P): NTD 50,000 and certification
  • Third Place(x 1P): NTD 30,000 and certification
  • Excellence (several): NTD 15,000 and certification

ARC Technical Support Modules:

  • embARC portal


  • embARC OSP & documentation:



  • ARC kits documentation:


  • ARC course labs:



Program Representative: Anna Hsu


* Synopsys reserves the right to make changes of these terms and conditions.