Suceava 2020

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The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava is organizing

The 27th International Computers
Contest for Students
HARD & SOFT Suceava 2020

scheduled from the 17 to the 24 of May 2020.

Hard&Soft is a contest for teams of senior students of Computer Hardware and Software Engineering (Computer Science), Electronics and Automatics who will work on an unseen task over a period of five days. Each team will have four members.

The contest task will focus on topical areas in Computer Engineering and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) that require a close link between hardware and software, it will require teams to demonstrate a broad spectrum of skills in these areas and a capability to design and implement a working system.

A full specification of the task will be given on the first day of the contest. The task will specify components and techniques that must be included in each team's solution.

Essential components, tools, PCs, programming environments, pcb production and network/web access will be provided by the organizers. Teams can use their own laptops, tablets, and/or smartphones. Any components not supplied by the organizers must not substitute for those specified. Teams can use any public domain software during development of, or as part of, theis solution.

The contest will primarily be judged at a demonstration to the Jury on the last day of the contest, assessment will also include design documentation, observation of work in progress and the presentation of work at a public demonstration or exhibition.

Teams are normally accompanied by Faculty member(s) as mentor and coach.

Free accommodation for students.

Contestant Knowledge Requirements

The Hard&Soft contest has a focus on topics that require a close link between hardware and software in real world applications of computers and ICT. To be successful teams need to demonstrate a broad spectrum of ability by creating a well-engineered and imaginative solution that addresses all the requirements of the contest task.

Typical skills required are:

IoT, embedded systems and software design

Sensors and actuators, signal conditioning, interfacing

Information and data handling and security, networking

Data connectivity techniques and standards

Low power/battery powered systems

User interface and user experience-based design

Web programming, App design

Use of design tools, libraries and other public domain software

Robust prototype electronic, electrical and mechanical construction

Presentation and documentation skills for expert and non-expert audience

Team working and project management



    Timothy HALL, University of Limerick, Ireland


    Ciaran MACNAMEE, University of Limerick
    Felix A. HIMMELSTOSS, University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien
    Jean Michel DUTHILLEUL, Universite Lille 1
    Nicolae FOICA, ServiceXpert
    Matei VIDICAN, ServiceXpert

Request for Confirmation

After your nomination as participant, please confirm your availability to join the contest until the 15th of April 2020.


Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava, ROMANIA
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
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With support from:

Ministerul Educatiei Nationale

Primăria Municipiului Suceava/Consiliul Local - Suceava Town Hall/ Suceava City Council

Consiliul Județean Suceava - Suceava County Council