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UC San Diego, InterDigital launch new tech contest

InterDigital and the University of California, San Diego's division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) launched a new engineering competition that aims to discover breakthroughs in advanced wireless technologies.

The InterDigital Innovation Challenge (I²C) is open to individuals or teams from any North American college or university with the plan to generate innovation in the telecommunications and IT sectors by accelerating the path from laboratory to consumer.

Participants are required to submit a proposal explaining the technical and commercial viability of their idea in areas ranging from radio signal propagation and processing to compression and data management techniques to energy improvement in radio processing.

Submissions will be evaluated by an eight-member judging panel from academia and industry, and $175,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top entries, including $100,000 for the winning team or individual.

The deadline for submitting proposals is March 30.

King of Prussia, Pa.-based InterDigital (Nasdaq: IDCC), which has a San Diego office, plans to make a multi-year donation to Calit2 to fund the engineering contest.

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