AES Student Design Competition

The AES Student Design Competition is an opportunity for aspiring hardware and software engineers to participate in a worldwide contest and gain recognition for their hard work and technical creativity. This is a rare opportunity for students to have their projects reviewed by the best minds in the business and an invaluable career-building event.

Students from both audio and non-audio backgrounds are encouraged to submit entries. Few restrictions are placed on the nature of the projects, but designs must be for use with audio. Examples include loudspeaker design, DSP plug-ins, analog hardware, signal analysis tools, mobile applications, and sound synthesis devices. Products should represent new, original ideas implemented in working-model prototypes.






137th AES Convention | Los Angeles, 2014

Registration Deadline: September 26th October 3rd, 2014

Upload Deadline: October 1st 5th, 2014

Follow this link to register your entry!


Rule Checklist

Although it is vital, that you read the complete rules* in their entirety, here is a short summary of the most important things you need to know: 



  • Entrants must be currently enrolled as graduate or undergraduate students at educational institutions or must have graduated within the past year. 
  • All submitted designs must have been completed while the entrant was a student.
  • Entrants must be AES members and acquire an all-access student badge for the convention. 
  • There is no limit on entrants per institution.
  • Each student can submit one project per category.
  • A postgraduate student may submit a project in the undergraduate category, but only if this project was finished during the student’s undergraduate degree. which must have been conferred within one year prior to the competition.
  • Entrants must attend the first Student Delegate Assembly meeting (SDA 1) during the first day of the convention.



  • Entrants need to register before September 26th October 1st, 2014, and upload their submissions before October 1st 5th. 
  • Entrants must prepare a project description of 5 or less pages, which may include any combination of diagrams, schematics, code blocks, and text.
  • A cover page should be attached (does not count towards page limit) with the following information only: AES
    • Student ID number
    • Design Competition category
    • Project title
  • Submitted filed must be named according to the following convention: membernumber_category.pdf, e.g.: 12345_undergraduate.pdf 
  • Double-column IEEE format is encouraged but not required. Templates are available at 
  • Submissions must be anonymised entirely. Submissions that fail this criterion will be disqualified from the competition. This means:
    • All entrants’ names must be removed.
    • Information regarding university affiliation or geographic location must be avoided.


At the convention

  • Entrants will have to prepare a poster for the Student Design Exhibition at the Convention to present their project (for details refer to the complete rules).
  • Students are required to exhibit and demonstrate their design and should bring any needed equipment to the convention.
  • WIFI and electricity are subject to availability.
  • Should you have any special requirements, please contact the SDA.


 *Rules subject to change. Please review prior submission to verify project compliance. 


Past Winners


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