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Convergence Innovation Competition Expanding to Asia in 2024

The Convergence Innovation Competition (CIC) is coming to Asia! CIC is a competition recognizing student innovation and entrepreneurship that responds to today’s global challenges and opportunities. Founded in 2007, CIC is ogranized by the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) at the Georgia Institute of Technology and supported by the Shenzhen Georgia Tech Education Foundation, an independent fund in support of Georgia Tech.

Student teams across Asia are invited to submit innovative and viable product and service ideas. This year we are focusing on teams from China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. CIC entries can be based on class projects, student research projects, as well as personal hobbies and interests. Each team should identify one, or more, of the UN Sustainable Development Goals that their project is aiming to tackle. Projects can also align with one or more of IPaT’s current research concentrations.

Semi-finalists will receive travel support to attend the gala competition on December 7 in Taiwan. The finalist will go on to receive travel support to visit innovation events and engage with entrepreneurship programs at Georgia Tech, in Atlanta, USA. In addition, the semi-finalist teams will receive US $1,000 while the finalist team will receive US $2,000 to help launch their idea. 

Contest Timeline

April 22 – August 12, 2024 Form teams, work with faculty fellow, register interest, develop submission
August 12 First round submission due
October 7, 2024 Semi-finalists announced and mentors assigned
October 7-December 2, 2024 Perfect final-round submissions
December 7, 2024 Final round pitch and award ceremony

Convergence Innovation Contest Submission for 2024 - Asia

In order to submit your project, please submit your team's contact information, project name, and details.  Your team is required to submit the project logo, a 3-5 minute video highlighting your project's goals and features; and a transcript of the video's audio. In addition, we highly recommend teams submit a slide presentation and, if applicable, a link to a mobile application. Submissions should be made on or before August 12, 2024. If you have questions contact:

United Nations Sustainability Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership.

About the CIC

The Convergence Innovation Competition (CIC) recognizes student innovation and entrepreneurship where teams respond to global challenges and opportunities. Winning entries will include innovative and viable product and service ideas. CIC entries can be based on class projects, student research projects, as well as personal hobbies and interests.

As part of the competition, one team is awarded a Golden Ticket to participate in the Create-X Startup Launch program during the summer! Winning team members and runner up team members receive a monetary prize for participating. The winning CIC teams go on to launch, commercialization, other competitions, as well as internship and job opportunities strengthened by their competition experience. CIC runs annually and is organized by the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT).

Have questions?

Check out our FAQs page to find answers to your questions and feel free to reach out to us as well. For past winners, visit here.

Have questions, looking for project advice or resources - send an email to: