Circuits Video Contest

IEEE SSCS International Student Circuits Video Contest 

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2019


The IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society is pleased to announce a second 2019 student contest: the SSCS Circuits Video Contest.


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WHAT: Create fun short (5-minute to 10-minute) videos that explain circuits

AUDIENCE: High school students                                      

HOW: Tell a story that uses drawings, cartoons, and analogies to connect a circuits topic to a real-world application.

This example video about Machine Learning shows the style of video:






Think about telling a story to connect your audience to the circuits concept you chose in a way that they can understand. The template below is a suggested approach for formulating your story, but creative alternatives are encouraged:                                                               

1.    Students pick a circuits topic (e.g., ADC, Low power digital, RF TX ...)         

2.    Begin your video by describing a compelling application (link to the real world)                   

3.    Define a step-by-step connection from the application to the circuit   

4.    Explain how the circuit works, at an appropriate level for the audience                                  

5.    Revisit the impact at the application level                   

The objective of this contest is to excite students about circuit design and its impact on important applications. Submissions are solicited by both undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled in a college or university.


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The submission deadline is December 15, 2019.

All video submissions must be posted online (e.g., on YouTube or a similar site) and then submitted using the form at this link:

Video submissions should:

  • Motivate a real-world application of circuits
  • Give clear step-by-step explanations with animated figures
  • Be clear and appealing to high-school students
  • Be about ~5 minutes in length (10 minutes maximum)
A committee will post selected videos to an SSCS channel, where SSCS members and the public can vote on their favorites by “liking” the video. Three videos will receive awards and the voting results will be one of the criteria to win the awards.  Voting will conclude by March 2020.

Students who submit videos that are selected for voting will receive one year of free SSCS membership.


This contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled in a college or university. IEEE and/or SSCS membership is NOT a requirement to enter this contest. Group entries are allowed. 


Up to three contestants will receive US$2K each towards attending an SSCS-sponsored conference (ISSCC, CICC, ESSCIRC, VLSI Symp., A-SSCC).  If you are entering as a group, then the US$2K prize can be allocated among group members however the group wants, as long as it goes towards travel to an SSCS-sponsored conference. The number of "Likes" will be one of the criteria for selecting the awardees so make sure your video has broad appeal and catches the attention of the public. This award is paid either as a reimbursement following the attended conference or will be paid directly to the conference for registration and to the hotel for accommodations. Winners will have their names highlighted in the Solid-State Circuits Magazine. 


Please be sure to read the contest guidelines, rules, and regulations - Click here to access

If you have any questions, please email