Do you have what it takes to be top designer?

Register to Compete in the PCB Design Competition 2023! 

Last year, competitors from around the world signed up to compete, and a winner was crowned at APEX 2022. This year, we're kicking it up a notch with more advanced designs, travel stipends for finalists, and cash prizes. 

Sign up now using the form below.

COMPETITION DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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Preliminary Heat

Competitors will have 25 days to complete a full board buildup using an ECAD tool of their choice. Each competitor will be provided with a complimentary, 25-day access to a large catalogue of current revisions of relevant IPC standards.

They will be provided a schematic, a BOM, and a Scope of Work document and will be responsible for returning a Gerber file package of a completed design.

The target time burden per competitor is 15-30 hours, depending on experience and skill level.

Finals Heat

Three finalists will be chosen to compete live in the finals round at APEX 2023 in San Diego, California on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. Each finalist will be provided the following:

  • A $500 travel stipend to help offset travel to California.
  • Special pricing for hotels as part of the IPC hotel block.
  • A complimentary pass to IPC APEX EXPO show floor for the duration of the event, including all luncheons and committee meetings. 
  • Complimentary, one-month licenses to Altium Designer for use before and during the finals competition. 
  • One instructional session on the basics of Altium Designer with an IPC PCB design instructor.

Competitors will be given a partially-complete Altium Design project file and will have 4 hours to complete a layout including design rule specification, routing, and component placement. 

 

ELIGIBILITY

Anyone with an interest in board design can register. However, we strongly recommend the following: 

  • Professionals should have at least 3 years experience designing boards either as a dedicated designer or as part of other engineering responsibilities (product designer, electrical engineer, etc.).
  • Hobbyists are recommended to have at least 5 years experience in designing and implementing designs in a prototype/DYI setting and should be able to read and understand electrical schematics.
  • A familiarity with and the ability to implement requirements and recommendations provided in IPC standards, specifically the following (which will be provided as part of the Heat 1):
    • IPC-2151
    • IPC-2221B, IPC-2222B, IPC-2226
    • IPC-2612/2612-1, IPC-2614, IPC-2615
    • IPC-4761
    • IPC-6012E
    • IPC-7351B
    • IPC-D-325

All competitors are required to have access to an ECAD tool for the first heat. 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Registration 

Monday, 1 September - Thursday, 13 October 

Preliminary Heat

Monday, 17 October - Friday, 18 November 

Finalists Announced

Friday, 16 December

Finals Heat at IPC APEX EXPO 2023

Tuesday, 24 January (2023), 1:30-6:00PM PT 

 

PRIZES

First Place:

$700 cash prize

Spotlight article in PCBDesign007 trade publication

Chance for design to be fabricated on the floor at APEX 2024*

 

Second Place:

$350 cash prize

 

Third Place:

$150 cash prize

STAY INFORMED - WATCH FROM ANYWHERE!

Watch the finals event from anywhere in the world - we will stream the competition on twitch.tv and YouTube

Enter your email in order to be sent reminders of the event, including the links when they are ready.

Meet the IPC Design Competition 2022 Champion
Rafal Przesławski

Rafal Przeslawski recently joined AMD as a Senior Hardware Development Engineer. Previously he worked in automotive industry as Electronics CAD Engineer. He graduated from the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, Poland, in 2015.

View Rafal's winning design below! 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Premier Sponsor

Cost: $4,500

Benefits include:

  • Opportunity to present a 2-minute video at the beginning of the competition session (both in-person and on-stream)
    • (The video will be included in the competition stream recording for re-broadcast)
  • Opportunity to distribute company brochures to be placed on seats or tables during the competition session
  • Persistent splash image on-stream, also included in the stream recording for re-broadcast
  • Social media spotlight on all IPC social media platforms which include posts on: 
    • Facebook
    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
  • Company name and logo predominantly displayed on:
    • Event website
    • Pre-event promotions/emails
    • Signage at the event
Supporting Sponsor Plus

Cost: $3,000

Benefits include:

  • Opportunity to distribute company brochures to be placed on seats or tables during the competition session
  • Persistent splash image on-stream, also included in the stream recording for re-broadcast
  • Social media spotlight on all IPC social media platforms which include posts on: 
    • Facebook
    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
  • Company name and logo predominantly displayed on:
    • Event website
    • Pre-event promotions/emails
    • Signage at the event
Supporting Sponsor

Cost: $1,500

Benefits include:

  • Persistent splash image on-stream, also included in the stream recording for re-broadcast
  • Social media spotlight on all IPC social media platforms which include posts on: 
    • Facebook
    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
  • Company name and logo predominantly displayed on:
    • Event website
    • Pre-event promotions/emails
    • Signage at the event

Please reach out to our sponsorship sales representative, Mike Stone at MikeStone@ipc.org or call +1 847 597 2866 to reserve your sponsorship. Sponsorship opportunities will be available on a first come-first serve basis, so please reserve your opportunity today. 

*Subject to completeness and quality of design, availability of components preceding APEX 2024, and exhibitor's capability and capacity at APEX 2024.
†Subject to change. Hotel block pricing subject to availability.