GIX Innovation Competition 2017


GIX Innovation Competition is an annual event with a specific theme every year.  It is a unique opportunity for students, inventors and entrepreneurs to bring forward innovative ideas, projects and prototypes and be evaluated and mentored by world-renowned thought leaders in industry and top universities.


The first GIX Innovation Competition was successfully held in Beijing in 2016. It attracted hundreds of teams and contestants.  The winning projects provided insights into solutions addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges such as air pollution, navigation difficulty of the blind, and renewable energy.

Competition Theme

Year 2017’s competition continues the theme of Connected Devices, in alignment with the first GIX dual master degree track. We seek projects that are original, technologically inventive, covering areas such as the Internet of Things, wearable devices, intelligent hardware, VR, AR, ubiquitous computing, intelligent sensors, natural interactions with potential applications in various fields (such as education, environment protection, healthcare, transportation, fitness, entertainment and Information Accessibility, etc.).


A Unique Mentor-Program

First for GIX Innovation Competition, a mentor-program is introduced this year whereas a technical expert will be assigned to each team reaching the final round. The mentor and the project team will work closely together on the project during the final stage of the competition, to bring a complete and polished prototype and/or presentation for the final judgment.  This provides tremendous values to the team members, as they will have the opportunity to learn and benefit from some of the most experienced industry leaders.



Candidates are teams with up to three members who are either currently enrolled in a college degree program or have graduated from such a program within five years.  The chosen project by the team should be original and not financed yet.  The team should ensure that the project they submit has no conflict and intellectual property disputes with other inventions.  The team must be willing to travel to Seattle, Washington State, U.S. for the final competition if it reaches the final round.


Each project will be judged by the level of innovation, teamwork and application potentials.


In the final round, the prototypes of the products (functional hardware) need to be presented.