Student competition at CITRIS: $25K in prizes

CITRIS is proud to announce the second annual CITRIS White Paper competition, which will give away $25K in cash prizes for the best ideas that demonstrate the ability of IT to address a major societal challenge. The IT for Society contest is open to students from all four CITRIS campuses: UC Berkeley, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Davis.


Click here to read about this year's winners. 


See for information on the competition and WCP-results-2006 for information on last year's winners.



Deadline: All submissions are due 5:00 p.m. PST April 23, 2007. Late entries will not be accepted. All entries should be submitted electronically to in HTML, Word, or PDF.


Length: White papers should be 5-10 pages in length, not including appendices.


Prize: A total of $20,000 in cash prizes is available, which will be allocated as follows: First Place: $10,000 Second Place: $5,000 Third Place: $3,000 Honorable Mention: $2,000 Best paper on IT applications for rural America: $5,000. Prizes will only be awarded if there are high-quality submissions. The cash can be used a scholarships or to support the proposed project or idea (e.g. research, travel, workshops, miscellaneous expenses).


Eligibility: At least one member of the team must be an undergraduate or graduate student from one of the four CITRIS campuses: UC Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz or Merced. Multidisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged but not required.


Decisions of the Judges: Decisions of the judges are final and not subject to appeal.


Faculty Advisor: Winners who intend to use the money to support their proposed idea or project will be required to have a faculty advisor. This is not required at the time of submission.


Required Information: The following information must be required (which does not count against the 5-10 page limit) Names and brief bios of team members, including major and student status (e.g. undergrad, grad) Contact information for primary contact. Whether or not you consent to public, online dissemination of your white paper. 1-2 paragraphs on what your team would do with the money.