Online Q&A for finalists April 2

We are one month away from the Cornell Cup—Arm Enabled finals competition! To help make sure we’re all ready to present our very best at the upcoming final competition in May, we’re holding another online Q&A. Do you have questions on your final project report due just the week before the competition? Questions on your expo demonstration? Questions on your final presentation to the judges?. Questions on just how cool it is to be down at NASA? Please feel free to come to the online Q&A .

For logistics questions especially, we always encourage you to write to for the fastest way to get a response to these kinds of topics. We hope to see many of you at the Q&A and, we can’t wait to see all of you at the Cup finals at NASA Kennedy Space Center!

April 2, 2019 @ 3:00 PM (EST)

Deadline for Autodesk Fusion 360 Design Award is Feb. 5

Don’t forget you still have until February 5 to submit your Autodesk Fusion 360 Design Award entry to for a chance to win a special spot in the Cornell Cup-Arm Enabled finals.

It’s really easy to send in your 2-4 minute video and you can find out more about the rules at

Soon after February 5, there will also be an Autodesk People’s Choice award, public voted prize competition (with cash prizes) on your Autodesk drawings. So re-make your Cup entry in Autodesk Fusion if needed—with its great suite of tools and other integrated products like Eagle, you’ll be glad you did!

Top 10 Reasons to Enter the Cornell Cup-Arm Enabled

David Schneider blog post, October 11, 2018
David Schneider, Director of M.Eng. Studies, Systems Engineering, Cornell University

The Cornell Cup-Arm Enabled is back, and this year Arm is co-founding. If you are an engineering student in the U.S. or Canada, there are 10 reasons why you should enter the Cup competition.

10. Easy to develop an entry project: Use your current course project, senior design project, independent inventing, etc. as the basis of your entry. Plus, Arm’s vast technology platform and partner ecosystem offers a huge array of eligible hardware options for you & your projects!

9. You can earn special job and internship interviews with our sponsors just for applying: The application is your chance to enhance your skills and to prove to top employers that you are the diamond in the rough they want in their company. Using Arm technology helps this, since it used by over 70% of the world’s technology.

8. Blind reviewed applications, which means that everyone has his/her chance to prove themselves: The judges don’t know your school, your year, your race, gender, professor, etc. If you’re team is to advance, you earned it.

7. The applications will make your current project stronger: Past faculty advisors have praised the Cup as aiding their teams consider critical aspects of design that can greatly enhance your project quality – and hence improved their students’ grades, their students’ ability to convey their abilities to potential employers, and help them be better engineers regardless of the competition

6. The semi-finals will make your current project stronger: Feedback from the Cornell Cup judges has been sited every year by students as remarkably valuable and one of the key reasons their project became the success that it is.

5. The finals are your place to shine: As a special event at NASA Kennedy Space Center, this is an amazing stage to show off what you can do. From the Cup “launchpad,” past students have gone on to win recognitions such as the 1st American team to win the James Dyson Award for Engineering & Design, being selected as America’s “30 under 30,”, 1 of NBC’s “Top 6 College Inventions” and more.  Plus, all finalists get funding from the Cup!

4. All applicants can get discounts and other incentives from sponsors: Check out our ever-growing list of sponsors and what they want to give to you on our website.

3. Access to renown educational guides: The Cornell Cup earned recognition from the White House in 2015 & 2016 thanks in part to the professional design / systems engineering educational guides that have also been highly praised by students in and out of the Cup competition.

2. Entry into other awards: Cup sponsors & partners, such as Autodesk and Hackaday, offer their own special prizes & opportunities for teams that compete in the Cup.

1. You just might win the Cornell Cup! and all the international recognition that comes with the title, plus the $10K prize!

Applications due October 22 – Start by registering your team today! If you have questions, check out the FAQ.

Cornell Cup returns for 2019

The Cornell Cup is back with a new primary sponsor, Arm. There will be two application periods and the finals will be held at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center in Florida May 3-4, 2019.

Your Cup Application Makes You Eligible for a Special Hackaday Prize Award

All projects who submit a complete application are also eligible to submit to the Hackaday Prize competition in March/April 2019. So even if you couldn’t show us what you could do at the Cornell Cup Finals, you can still keep working on your project and wow us all in the 2019 Hackaday Prize. Any team that submits a complete application to the Cup this year, regardless if they are selected as a Semi-Finalist, can submit their project to the 2019 Hackaday Prize in March/April 2019 for a chance to win the 2019 Hackaday Prize “Best of the Cornell Cup Achievement” special recognition.

Since 2014 the Hackaday Prize has awarded over $1 million across hundreds of entrants, plus winners of this Cup Achievement also earn a special optional interview for an internship at the SupplyFrame DesignLab! For more information: Hackaday

New Optional Prize: Announcing the Autodesk Fusion Award!

Autodesk gives you an open canvas to prove you’ve got what it takes to win the Autodesk Fusion Award.

Finalist teams the make the best use of Autodesk Fusion in their project will have a chance to have the Autodesk community vote on their work for this $2,000 prize! Plus one semi-finalist team will receive recognition for their work so far in the competition from Autodesk experts and be declared the Autodesk Fusion Experts’ Choice.

Cornell Cup has a new sponsor

The Cornell Cup is proud to welcome Arm as the primary sponsor for the 2019 competition.

Arm defines the pervasive computing shaping today’s connected world. Realized in 100 billion silicon chips, our device architectures orchestrate the performance of the technology transforming our lives—from smartphones to supercomputers, from medical instruments to agricultural sensors, and from base stations to servers.

Arm is a multinational semiconductor and software design company, owned by SoftBank Group and its Vision Fund. With its headquarters in Cambridgeshire, England, its primary business is in the design of ARM processors (CPUs), although it also designs software development tools under the DS-5, RealView and Keil brands, as well as systems and platforms, system-on-a-chip (SoC) infrastructure and software. Arm is considered to be market dominant for processors in mobile phones (smartphones or otherwise) and tablet computers. The company is one of the best-known “Silicon Fen” companies.

Company Highlights

  • World’s leading semiconductor IP company
  • Arm technologies reach 70% of the global population
  • More than 6,000 employees from 61 nationalities
  • More than 130 billion Arm-based chips shipped to date
  • An ecosystem of more than 1,000 partners

Online information sessions

Stay tuned for details on our almost weekly information sessions with Cornell Cup founder David Schneider.