2019 - 2020 SSCS Student Hoodie Design Contest

IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society  - “Integrated Circuits Powering the AI Era” – Student and Graduate Student Hoodie Design Contest 

The winning design will be made into a hoodie (a hooded sweatshirt) and distributed to all SSCS Student & Graduate Student Members at ISSCC 2020.  


iStock 518481305THEME 

  • This year’s theme is in line with the 2020 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) Theme – “Integrated Circuits Powering the AI Era”  

  • The steady advancement of solid-state circuits has led to technological betterment in our daily living, demonstrated by exploding applications ranging from medical, wearable and mobile electronics to IoT, virtual reality, autonomous driving and robotics. While the widespread excitement resides in the applications where end-users touch and feel, the systems are enabled by integrated circuits engines that are woven into this technological fabric of our lives. Galvanized by this reality, the solid-state circuits community is driven to enhance the platform that continues to evolve. With much enthusiasm and anticipation, and even uncertainty, we look onward to this emerging AI era. 

  • Your Task: Design a hoodie that illustrates how integrated circuits power the artificial intelligence era. How do solid-state circuits play a role in the era of artificial intelligence? 

  • Read more about the ISSCC 2020 Theme here.  



  • The contest is open only to IEEE SSCS Student and Graduate Student Members. Valid member ID will be required for entry submission.  

iStock 182178602GUIDELINES 

  • Each entry must be smaller than 15MB in size. 

  • The base of the hoodie must be grey. You may use UP TO FIVE additional colors for graphics/text. Please use FIVE OR FEWER colors.  

  • Please ONLY use the BACK of the sweatshirt for your design. Refrain from putting any designs towards the top of the hoodie, as this is where the hood of the sweatshirt will be.  You are allowed to put the IEEE logo and SSCS logo on the front of the hoodie.

  • The IEEE logo and SSCS must be somewhere on the design. 

  • Placement of the IEEE and SSCS logos are flexible, e.g. on the sleeve, on the hood, etc. Please click here to download the IEEE logo and please click here to download the SSCS logo. 

  • The following slogan must appear somewhere on the shirt – “Integrated Circuits Powering the AI Era” 

  • All submissions must be in PDF format. Any other file format will not be accepted.  

  • By entering, contestants warrant that each submission is their own original creation and that no entry infringes on another contestant or person’s rights.  





  • IEEE SSCS has EXCLUSIVE rights to reproduce and use the winning design.

  • Entries become the property of IEEE SSCS and none will be returned or acknowledged except as provided herein.



  • One (1) Grand Prize Winner will be selected and awarded a $500.00 cash prize, reimbursement to a 2020 SSCS sponsored conference (reimbursement ONLY includes conference registration fee) of their choice,  three (3) sweatshirts displaying the winning design, and be named as the winner on IEEE SSCS webpage, social media channels, and SSCS magazine. 

  • Two (2) Finalists will receive one (1) sweatshirt and reimbursement to a 2020 SSCS sponsored conference of their choice (reimbursement ONLY includes conference registration fee).

  • Prizes will be awarded provided a sufficient number of eligible entries are received. No substitution for the prize, unless at Sponsor’s sole discretion. The prize is not transferable. All taxes are the winner’s responsibility.



  • All entries will be judged by a panel of judges comprised of SSCS Administrative Committee Members based on: a.) originality (25%), b.) creativity of activity (25%), c.) appropriateness to Contest Theme of “Integrated Circuits Powering the AI Era” (20%), and d.) public appeal as determined by public comments received (30%).



  • The deadline to submit is November 14, 2019, by 11:59 PM EST. No late entries will be accepted.



  • Please be sure to read the contest rules and regulations. Click here to read. By reading these rules and regulations and submitting your entry, you confirm that you agree to all contest terms and conditions.