About the IT SPY competition

O soutěži IT SPY

20 Czech and Slovak universities involved.

1,900 diploma theses. 10 finalists. 1 winner.

This is IT SPY – an elite IT competition evaluating the diploma theses of university students.

Every year, dozens of ambassadors look for the very best of all successfully defended diploma projects. The competition is made up of 1,900 diploma theses drawn up at the IT faculties of Czech and Slovak universities. Joint decision is then made under the auspices of the oldest professional IT organisation ACM (Czech & Slovakia Chapter) on those which will be chosen to compete in the final.

Do you believe in your thesis and want to join the ranks of the elite? Anyone who has successfully defended their diploma thesis with an IT theme can take part. Contact your university ambassador and support your nomination for the competition with them. You don’t need to do anything else. And you easily get feedback on how well your projects stands up against the domestic and foreign competition!

The main organisers of the competition in 2018 are Profinit and the Faculty of Informatics and Information Technologies at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. Professional patronage of the competition is provided by the Czech and Slovak section of the specialist association ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) – Czech ACM Chapter and Slovakia ACM Chapter. Patronage of the competition has also been granted by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of Slovak Republic and by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of Czech Republic and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Czech Republic.

Prize for the competition winner and finalists

Odměna vítěze a finalistů soutěže

Professional renown and € 1,000 for development of the project.

The main reason to get involved is to win the prestigious title of IT SPY competition finalist. The winner of the competition will also receive a prize of € 1,000 which can be used to further develop their diploma project. The supervisor of the winning thesis will also receive € 200 by way of thanks for good preparation of their student.

All of the finalists will receive a certificate of participation in the competition final, presentation of their work in the Gallery of Top Projects and if interested, the option of presenting their project to the media and provision of information about it to the general and professional public.

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Thanks to IT SPY, some of the successful students often find their way into the sights of globally important technology and IT companies. A lot of exceptional theses were entered in the competition in previous years, the authors of which nowadays hold important specialist positions both in the corporate sector and also in the world of academia, where they are engaged in scientific work or establishing their own start-ups.

  

Overall winner of IT SPY 2018

A project elaborated to an above-average standard which excels as regards the solution chosen, its research aspect and implementation, but the author also convinced the judges of the communication potential. The project gained majority recognition by the entire panel.

2nd place in IT SPY 2018

The project chosen by the panel as the second best, meeting the high standards demanded by the competition for elaboration of the solution, research, implementation and the research performed.

3rd place in IT SPY 2018

The project chosen by the panel as the third best, meeting the high standards demanded by the competition for elaboration of the solution, research, implementation and the research performed.

Professional journalists’ prize

A prize awarded in the form of an anonymous poll by a panel of IT, technology, business and marketing journalists

Prize for project communication

A prize for exceptional ability in presenting the theme of the project and providing an insight into it to the general public, awarded by a panel of marketing and PR personalities.

Public prize

A prize awarded by the general public to finalists via public voting on the website

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ - často kladené dotazy

IS IT NECESSARY TO REGISTER FOR THE COMPETITION IN ANY WAY?

No, it is not. Participation in the competition does not require any application. Individual students are always nominated by the faculty represented by a competition ambassador (most often the dean or their authorised representative). Individual students can however support their nomination, for example by presentation of their thesis to the ambassador.

HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER MY THESIS HAS MADE IT TO THE NEXT ROUND?

It is always a good idea to ask your ambassador for information. It is he who provides information to students in his faculty about nomination of theses for the competition and the further procedure which must be followed.

HOW DO I FIND OUR WHETHER MY FACULTY IS PARTICIPATING?

The easiest way is by looking at the list of ambassadors.

CAN I TAKE PART IF I HAVE A THESIS WITH AN IT TOPIC AND MY FACULTY DOES NOT HAVE AN AMBASSADOR?

Yes, participation is also possible even in this case. You should inform an ambassador who represents another university faculty of your interest in participation, or contact an ambassador from another university or the competition organisers directly.

WHEN IS THE FINAL ANNOUNCED?

The final is always announced at the end of the year and is preceded by a series of intermediate steps. Individual dates are set out in the  calendar.

WHO ORGANISES THE COMPETITION?

The competition is organised by Czech and Slovak universities and their IT faculties and Profinit. Professional patronage of the competition has been granted by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of Slovak Republic, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of Czech Republic and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Czech Republic.