"Today embedded systems are found in almost every electronic device and motivating students to leverage their experience in this field is of great importance."

Yanislav Donchev, 2019 winner

Embedded Systems Competition

UltraSoC supports the UKESF in running a competition to raise awareness about and interest in embedded systems among undergraduates studying Electronics. The competition highlights excellence in students completing their major individual project on embedded systems and enables understanding of how to architect and implement future complex embedded systems in the UK.

The Competition

This national competition is open to engineering undergraduates studying at one of the UKESF’s partner universities who are completing their major individual project (3rd or 4th year; 4th or 5th year in Scotland) with a principal focus on embedded systems.

Entrants are required to submit to their university contact a summary of their project on an A1 printable poster, including:

  • Aim and objectives relating to embedded systems
  • A schematic/circuit diagram (if applicable; projects based on simulations still eligible)
  • Results
  • Impact and outcome in relation to embedded systems
  • Next steps:
    • What would have made the project easier or better?
    • How would a more complex system be achieved?

Entries will be reviewed by a judging panel including an UKESF board member, an academic and an UltraSoC representative.


The winner will receive £1,000, with a runner-up receiving £500. The prizes are awarded in November at the annual TechWorks Gala Dinner & Awards in London – please note the 2020 event has been postponed due to COVID-19, currently re-scheduled for Thursday 18th November 2021.


To qualify, entrants must:

  • Be registered at a UKESF partner university on a BEng or MEng degree
  • Qualify as a UK or EU student for tuition fees or be a British National, with a permanent right to work in the UK upon graduation

Any questions, please email competitions@ukesf.org.

Past Winners

2019 Yanislav Donchev, University of Southampton

L–R: Stew Edmondson, Torran Green, Aileen Ryan (UltraSoC), Yanislav Donchev

“At UltraSoC we believe that strong links with the academic world provide multi-faceted benefits to everyone involved – an opportunity for students to learn about and use state-of-the-art commercial products, an opportunity for UltraSoC to stay abreast of the latest academic developments in many related relevant fields, and the ability for us all to advance our industry together. We are delighted to sponsor this UKESF project and very much look forward to reviewing the entries.”

Aileen Ryan, Chief Strategy Officer