Participate in this prestigious design competition, a steppingstone to your future career.

Innovate Malaysia Design Competition is the largest design competition in Malaysia, open to all third year or final year degree engineering, computer science, IT, and science/mathematics students. The goal of the competition is to promote innovative culture in engineering design work, tackle real-world problems with practical engineering solutions, and churn out brightest talents for product development, further research, and commercialization. Technology companies, including AWS, Intel, Keysight, Microsoft, and SilTerra, work together to co-organize the competition. We welcome the most ambitious, creative, and smart students to participate and showcase your talents!

  • supplied state-of-the-art industry technology platform for your final year project.
  • acquire skills on technology platform, technical competency, industry domain knowledge, & design innovation.
  • receive project mentorship from industry experts
  • gain exposure to real-world problem by taking up Design Challenge
  • priority access to high-value jobs offered by participating companies
  • challenge yourselves, prove yourselves, and benchmark yourselves, graduate with pride
  • showcase your talent, distinguish yourselves from others!
  • chance to win multiple attractive prizes

Much more than just a competition...


Date Activity
1 December 2020 (extended) Project proposal submission deadline ( guide & sample )
8 Dec 2020 Announce shortlisted entries
Dec 2020 - Jun 2021 Project implementation
Dec 2020 - Jan 2021 Technology quick-start training and Design Challenge engagement session
Apr 2021 Mid-point clinic
17 May 2021 Project paper submission
31 May 2021 Project presentation video submission
Jun 2021 Preliminary judging
2 Aug 2021 Grand Finale

Applicants can choose one of the technology tracks listed below:

  • AWS cloud services and applications
  • Embedded system design with Intel processor or FPGA board
  • Electronic hardware design and verification with Keysight handheld and USB modular instruments
  • Microsoft Windows or cloud software applications
  • SilTerra/CEDEC/Intel IC design/fabrication process

Please visit Tracks and Design Resources for detailed information.


An engineer applies scientific knowledge and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical problems. While solutions can be developed with the platforms provided in Innovate Malaysia, who defines the problems?

Design Challenge brings real-life problems for participants to undertake as their competition project. Companies from various industries are throwing their design challenges. Applicants can choose to take up.

Once enrolled, additional support from the Design Challenger may be provided. This may include technical mentorship, field trip visits, access to lab facilities, prototyping assistance, etc.

This year, the Design Challengers are:


  • Team members must be from the same university in Malaysia
  • Each team should choose
    • a technology track and tackle a Design Challenge,
    • a technology track with own project, or
    • a design challenge without a technology track (if none of the technology track is applicable).
  • Each team should have 1 to 3 members consisting of third year or final year students
  • Each team should have an advisor who is the lecturer from the same university
  • There is no limit on the number of teams from each university

format_list_bulleted Technology Tracks & Design Challenges

Judges will be experts from respective technology track or Design Challenge companies. Projects will be judged on their innovation, specification or validation plan, practicality, complexity, and working design.

Judging Criteria:

  • 30 marks - Innovation
  • 20 marks - Specification or Validation plan
  • 10 marks - Practicality
  • 10 marks - Complexity
  • 30 marks - Working design
format_list_bulleted DreamCatcher Best Demo Video Award

This award is opened to teams qualifying to the competition grand finale. Winner will be selected among top 5 demo videos getting highest likes in Facebook.

Judging Criteria:

  • Clarity of project showcase from problem statement, current constraints, innovations, solution demo, to impacts
  • Engaging visual and speech narration to audience (including non-technical)
  • Significance of the project, including problem tackled, innovations and impacts of the project
format_list_bulleted IEEE Social Innovation Award

This award is opened to finalist teams qualifying to the competition grand finale, with projects tackling any society problems. The award is given by the IEEE.

Judging Criteria:

  • 25 marks - Social Need: Relevance, Urgency, Empathy
  • 25 marks - Social Innovator Quality: Leadership, Resourcefulness, Innovativeness, Team Effectiveness
  • 25 marks - Strategic Direction: Viability, Sustainability, Scalability/Replicability
  • 25 marks - Impact: Output, Potential Change
format_list_bulleted IEM Best Paper Award

This award is opened to teams qualifying to the competition grand finale. The judging is based on the final project paper submitted.

Judging Criteria:

  1. The overall length of the conference paper should not be more than 5 pages. The marks are given until page 5, which is the last page of the conference paper. Any content beyond page 5 will not be included for the marks.
  2. 55 marks - Overall Idea Development
    • 5 marks - Clarity of abstract
    • 5 marks - Justified problem statement
    • 5 marks - Adequacy of research objective
    • 5 marks - Adequacy of literature review
    • 10 marks - Appropriateness of design of experiment (strength of research framework)
    • 10 marks - Reliability of data
    • 10 marks - Adequacy of results analysis and discussion
    • 5 marks - Conciseness of conclusion
  3. 20 marks - Language
    • 5 marks - Usage of acceptable terminology in respective field
    • 5 marks - Construction of sentence (grammar, spelling etc.)
    • 5 marks - Conciseness
    • 5 marks - Overall Readability of paper
  4. 15 marks - Consistency of Format and Structure
    • 5 marks - Overall organization of paper:
      • Flow of paper
      • Completeness of major sections
    • 10 marks - Consistency of formats:
      • Fonts, bullets, table, figure, etc.
      • Citation and references
      • Clarity of figure and table
  5. 10 marks - Reference
    • 5 marks - Relevancy of references
    • 5 marks - Up-to-date references
format_list_bulleted IET Green Technology Award

This award is opened to finalist teams qualifying to the competition grand finale, with projects related to green technology. The award is given by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. The judging is based on social responsibility, environment sustainability, and green technology.

Judging Criteria:

  • 20 marks - Project significance to environment (addressing current issue)
  • 20 marks - Innovation & creativity
  • 20 marks - Product demonstration
  • 20 marks - Sustainability to Environment
  • 20 marks - Engineering knowledge contribution
format_list_bulleted Innovate Malaysia Excellence Award

This is the overall winner award selected among the first prize winners of each technology tracks. Team of judges consists of representatives from government agencies, professional body, and industry.

Judging Criteria:

  • 10 marks - Innovativeness of project
  • 10 marks - Impact to Rakyat
  • 10 marks - Potential for commercialization

military_tech Technology Tracks Prizes
For each technology track:
  • First prize: RM5,000
  • Second prize: RM3,000
  • Third prize: RM1,000
  • Consolation prizes: RM500 x 2
military_tech Design Challenge Awards
For each Design Challenge:
  • Design Challenge Award winner: RM3,000
  • Consolation prizes: RM500 x 2
military_tech DreamCatcher Best Demo Video Award

Cash prize of RM3,000.

military_tech IEEE Social Innovation Award

Cash prize of RM1,500.

military_tech IEM Best Paper Award

Cash prize of RM1,500.

military_tech IET Green Technlogy Award

Cash prize of RM1,500.

military_tech Innovate Malaysia Excellence Award

Innovate Malaysia Excellence Award trophy.