The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava is organizing
The 21th International Computers
Contest for Students
HARD & SOFT Suceava 2014
scheduled from the 12 to the 17 of May 2014.
Hard&Soft is a contest for senior students of Computer Hardware and Software Engineering (Computer
Science) who will work on an unseen task over a period of five days in teams of four.
The contest task will focus on topical areas that
require a close link between hardware and software in computer engineering and ICT, 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 not be given until the first day of the contest.
The task will specify the use of specific components and techniques that must be
included in each team's solution. Essential components, tools, PCs, programming environments and network/web access will be provided by the organizers. Teams can use their own laptops and other equipment
during solution development.
Teams can bring with them or scavenge for additional hardware components to incorporate in their design but these must play a minor role and represent no more than
20% of the final system.
Teams can use any public domain software during development or as part of their 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 may be accompanied by Faculty members 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 skills in these areas by creating a well-engineered and imaginative
solution to the contest task.
Typical topics included in the task are:
Microprocessor and embedded system design
Software and hardware development environments
Application of structured programming techniques, data structures and algorithms in, for example, C/C++, Java, Linux…
Adaption and use of public domain software
Interfacing for data gathering and control
Web programming, HTML
Mobile devices and Apps
Graphics, DSP, RFID, secure wireless data transfer
Design with sensors, analogue and digital circuits
Good system design techniques that address all the task requirements
Presentation and documentation skills for expert and non-expert audience
President: Timothy HALL, University of Limerick, Ireland
Request for Confirmation
After your nomination as participant, please confirm your availability to join the contest until the 15th of April 2014.Hard&Soft Contest Rules