International competitions

Politecnico di Milano offers many opportunities to live the educational experience in the field. In the various international competitions in which we participate, students can apply the knowledge acquired during their studies on concrete projects and develop at the same time soft skills fundamental in the working life.


Competition list

Global Student Challenge

International competition that offers the participants the chance to experience the life of a manager and manage their own business. It includes a simulation articulated into several games with increasing complexity, played by teams of 4 students.
Each student, taking on a different corporate role, must make heterogeneous decisions with the objective of keeping a company financially solid and profitable on the market, with earnings that are greater than those of their opponents.
Participation in the Global Student Challenge has three phases: curricular, as part of specific courses; regional, where the best students are selected at a national level; global, where the winners of the regional competitions compete against the best 30 teams at a global level.
The participating universities abroad are: Windesheim University of Applied Science, Franhofer Institute of Technology, Warwick, St. Gallen, Coppead Graduate School of Business and many others.

Motostudent

Biennial international competition open to all engineering universities around the world, for students who design, create and compete with a prototype motorcycle.
There are two categories: Petrol, with an internal combustion engine, and Electric. Each team receives only the motor, hubs, a set of slick tires and the braking system from the organization. The rest of the motorcycle is built by the teams, which designs and creates all the missing components: the chassis, suspension system, exhaust, hull, electronics. The prototype is then tested and evaluated by the jury at the finals at the Motorland Aragòn FIM Circuit.
The two main phases of the competition are the project report and the performance assessment with testing on the track: braking, gymkhana, acceleration, timed hull disassembly, and race.
The following universities participated: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Madrid, València, Konstanz, Stralsund, Lisbon, ETH Zurich, Nottingham.

SWERC - Southwestern Europe Regional Contest

This event is held annually with 3-person teams of students studying computer engineering and similar subjects.
The competition is focused on problem-solving skills, and present students with several algorithmic problems to be solved within a limited timeframe. In addition to the typical basic technical computer skills, the 3 participants must also coordinate well together and demonstrate the ability to rapidly identify the easiest problem to resolve, as well as precision.
The major European universities participate in the competition, sending 1 - 3 teams.
In 2018, several universities participated on behalf of France from Paris, Lyon, Rennes, Rouen, Artois, ,Montpellier, Grenoble; for Switzerland, ETH, USI; For Spain UPC, UPV, Murcia, Complutense, Harbor Space, Rey Juan Carlos, Valladolid, Pompeu Fabra; For Portugal, Porto, Lisbon, Beira; for Israel, Haifa, Technion, HIT; for Italy, in addition to Politecnico of Milan, also Bologna, Rome, Milan, Trento, and Pisa.

IPT - International Physicist Tournament

Experimental physics competition totally organized and managed by bachelor's and master's program university students, involving teams from Europe, the Americas, Oceania and Asia. The event is reaching its 10th edition in 2019, where the finals, the actual tournament, will be held in Lausanne, at EPFL in April. The competition requires solving a set of 15 physics problems on a wide range of topics using elementary, economical instruments. The winners of the national tournaments represent their countries at the finals, with the six top teams.
The participating universities are: Queensland, Colombia, Los Andes, Zagabria, Technical University of Denmark, Lyon, Paris-Ulm, Ecole Polytechnique, Francoforte, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Atene, Creta, Shiv Nadar, Aymi, Milano, Bologna, Varsavia, Voronezh State, Mosca, Lubiana, Madrid, Gotheborg, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Losanna, Lviv Polytechnic, Kharkiv National, Kiev, Nottingham, Harvard, Dartmouth, Columbia, Simon Bolivar.

ACM RecSys Challange

Annual international competition on Recommender Systems, in the Data Science field, organized every year by the ACM RecSys, in partnership with a sponsor company, which provides the field for the competition.
Participation stimulates students in the application of various Data Science techniques learned in courses in Computer Engineering, among which Recommender Systems, Machine Learning, Data Mining, Game Theory, Soft Computing.
The students challenge corporate and university teams from around the world, working on real problems. If they fall into the top rankings, they are also invited to write a scientific paper and present their solution to a jury of international experts.
Every year more than 100 teams participate, many coming from the most prestigious corporate and university research centers. Some of the large universities and companies that participated in the competition: MIT, UCLA, UCL, University of Toronto, NTU, UPM, Google and Microsoft.

Shell Eco-marathon

An international competition for student teams coming from high schools and universities from around the world. It offers a collaborative platform for obtaining practical experience in reaching energy efficiency.
The objective is to stimulate the teams through a racing competition, where they are involved in designing and creating high energy efficiency vehicles. The competition awards the teams that have the lowest energy consumption on a specific race track.
The team from the Politecnico of Milan, "Mecc E-", has been participating in the competition regularly since 2005. The team has participated with an electric battery-powered vehicle in the "Shell Eco Marathon Europa" in the "Urban Concept" class since 2011.
The international event involves: Munich, Twente, Technical University of Denmark, INSA Tolouse, Liege, Politecnico of Turin, Aalborg, Saskatchewan, Brigham Young, Toronto, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Student Design Competition

Organized by the Vertical Flight Society, it is the main competition at a global level in the vertical take-off aircraft sector.
The them is conceptual and preliminary design of an aircraft with vertical take-off and landing capabilities, according to specific performance parameters, typically very challenging and different for each edition.
The Vertical Flight Society design competitions offer an excellent opportunity for participating students to solve a real problem, focusing on the the rotary-wing, an excellent component in the curriculum of the Master's Degree course in Aeronautics Engineering at Politecnico.
The participating universities include: University of Maryland, Georgia Institute of Technology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Pennsylvania State University, St. Louis University, TU Delft, University of Liverpool, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beihang University.

Fly Your Ideas

An international contest for innovative ideas in the aerospace field, organized by Airbus and UNESCO every two years.The competition is highly multidisciplinary. The projects most feasibly achievable in the immediate future and which have already tackled technical-scientific, social, management and sustainable aspects will be awarded. Students must therefore use both already acquired and totally new knowledge.In the finals they will work closely with a university tutor, a company tutor and technicians in the Airbus prototyping workshops. During the final stage, they will be assisted by Airbus staff for the preparation of the presentation, which will be held in front of a jury of experts and an audience of a few hundred people.The competition is open to universities from all over the world, not necessarily in the technical or scientific area. Technische Universiteit Delft, Cambridge, La Plata, Saarland and Strathclyde participated in 2019.

ACM RecSys Challange

Annual international competition on Recommender Systems, in the Data Science field, organized every year by the ACM RecSys, in partnership with a sponsor company, which provides the field for the competition.
Participation stimulates students in the application of various Data Science techniques learned in courses in Computer Engineering, among which Recommender Systems, Machine Learning, Data Mining, Game Theory, Soft Computing.
The students challenge corporate and university teams from around the world, working on real problems. If they fall into the top rankings, they are also invited to write a scientific paper and present their solution to a jury of international experts.
Every year more than 100 teams participate, many coming from the most prestigious corporate and university research centers. Some of the large universities and companies that participated in the competition: MIT, UCLA, UCL, University of Toronto, NTU, UPM, Google and Microsoft.

Cybathlon

People with disabilities compete in performing daily tasks using latest generation assistive technologies.The POLIMI team is participating in the FES bike category (Functional Electrical Stimulation Bike), where a paraplegic pilot is competing using a passive trike and electrical muscle stimulator capable of sending chains of coordinated impulses through superficial electrodes that induce contraction in paralyzed muscles. Work groups optimize the mechanics and seat of the trike starting with a commercial system; installation of sensors on the trike; identification and optimization of stimulation strategy; transfer of the control system to an embedded system; development of user interface and a diagnostics software. In the previous editions: Brasilia, Lyon, Berlin, Sydney, Cleveland, Case Western Reserve, Hong Kong, University of Electro-Communications, Mahidol, Burgdorf and Nottwil.

X-CULTURE

A project involving companies that would like to expand in international markets and students who want to learn how to help them. Participants are divided into teams composed of students from different universities, each of whom chooses an internationalisation project from those suggested by the companies taking part. Students work together remotely for 8 weeks in order to draw up an international business plan. The projects are then submitted for assessment by an international team, and then submitted to the companies, who may decide to implement one or more of them. The goal is to develop practical skills through a process of experiential learning and learning by doing, as well as a variety of soft-skills.
Organised by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (USA), the challenge has featured 5000 students over the years from 130 different universities in 102 countries, in almost 1000 teams of 5-7 students each.

SUSTAINABLE MOTH CHALLENGE

Inter-university sailing competition based on the principles of innovation, research, eco-sustainability and sport. The teams design and build a foil boat, one of the latest innovations in the nautical world. The final goal is to take part in a regatta, during the Foiling Week event at Lake Garda. A challenging and interesting opportunity to get involved and develop new managerial soft skills.
Polimi Sailing Team consists of five departments with responsibility for various aspects, from structural design to fluid and aero-dynamics, without neglecting the innovative sensor technology, including the study of very specific materials such as basalt and carbon fibre. Hundreds of students have been involved in the project over the years and some of them now hold important positions in the sailing industry.