It’s been a exciting weekend here in Romania, and the 10th edition of the EU Digilent Design Contest is now in the books! What started 10 years ago as a small contest held at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca has turned into something much bigger. Since then, we’ve sponsored contests in the USA, China, and India, and our Romanian contest now covers the entire EU!
As you’d expect, in 10 years these contests have gotten better and better. This year we had nearly 60 applicants, and after a selection process, 30 teams (students working alone or in pairs) were chosen to present at the contest. On Saturday, all 30 of these teams presented their hard work in front of nine judges. After that, the nine best projects were chosen. On Sunday, those nine teams went head-to-head in front of all the participants and judges in order to determine who would be the victor. It was hard work deciding between them, and the results speak for themselves.
First Prize: Autoscaling Impedancemeter
By Alin-Marian Adochitei and Sergiu-Alexandru Costenciuc
Second Prize: GFX Processor
By Aron Feher
Third Prize: Real time digital circuit design tool in FPGA with SVGA interface
By Cristian Ignat
Microchip Award: Drive Assistant
By Catalin Marian Miu
Microchip Award: Smart Storm Hunter
By Marius Carp and Sebastian Pascu
Honorable Mention: Persistence of Vision RGB
By Iulian-Cosmin Calciu and Ioan-Vladimir Oltean
Honorable Mention: CPU Analyzer
By Alexandru Savu
Honorable Mention: Sharp House
By Maxim Ciuntu and Diana Georgiana Asofiei
ARM Award: Driver Drowsiness Detection System
By Augustin Bogdan Țogorean and Flavius Vlasa-Florea
For a complete list of all the teams and their projects, please visit the contest website.
Each of the teams that presented got to keep all the Digilent hardware they used, and the winners received cash prizes on top of that!
All in all, it another awesome year for student innovation. Remember that these students took on this challenge, and the months of preparation it demanded, while holding down all their regular classwork. This is exactly the kind of thing that Digilent has been about from its inception — empowering students (of all ages) with hands-on access to the latest technologies. Here’s to at least another 10 great years!
Stay tuned for the results from more contests, as well as our world finals in Shanghai.