Student Programs

Simulink Student Challenge

Show off your projects that use Simulink and you could win up to $1,000 (USD).

Simulink Student Challenge  2023

MathWorks celebrates the talent, creativity, and innovative spirit of students. We aim to showcase students’ innovative projects with the annual Simulink Student Challenge. In this challenge, you’ll have the opportunity to win up to $1,000 (USD) by submitting a short original video that shows what you’ve accomplished using Simulink.

All students, including undergraduate and graduate, are encouraged to participate. Projects from any discipline and level of complexity are also welcome. The key is to show us your creativity and to use Simulink. Find inspiration by checking out the projects in winning videos from recent Simulink Student Challenge winners.

Don’t have MATLAB installed on your computer? Use Simulink Online to work on your models from your internet browser.

Challenge Details

Prizes for Winning Teams

  • 1st place: $1,000 (USD)
  • 2nd place: $500 (USD)
  • 3rd place: $250 (USD)

Important Dates

  • December 12, 2023: Submission deadline (1 p.m. ET)
  • December 18, 2023–January 18, 2024: Judging
  • January 31, 2024: Winners announced

How to Enter

  1. Create a short original video that includes:
    • An introduction to your problem or application
    • A demonstration of how you used Simulink
  2. Upload your video to YouTube or Bilibili (China only) with the tag “#SimulinkChallenge2023” in the title of your video.
  3. Submit an entry form by December 12, 2023 (1 p.m. ET).


  • All entries will be judged by MathWorks application support engineers on a 100-point scale using these criteria:
    • Appropriateness of the entry to the contest theme (30-point maximum)
    • Creativity and originality of the video (40-point maximum)
    • Depth of knowledge demonstrated in the challenge solution (30-point maximum)
  • If two or more videos receive the same winning score, the tiebreaker will be decided first based on the highest score in the appropriateness of the entry to the contest theme category, then the creativity and originality category, then the depth of product knowledge demonstrated category.
  • The top three winners will be notified via email and announced on this page. Social media posts may also be used to announce the winners.
  • Decisions by the judges are final.

Challenge Rules

  • You must currently be an enrolled student at a degree-granting institution.
  • MathWorks employees are not eligible.
  • Video and titles must be in English.
  • Video length should be 3 to 5 minutes, but no longer than 6 minutes.
  • Teams can enter, but each team should designate only one representative per entry who receives the prize should that team win.
  • Participation is free.

Excellence in Innovation

Are you looking for a design or research project idea with real industry relevance? The MathWorks Excellence in Innovation Projects list describes inspiring projects based on industry trends for your capstone or senior design project or final-year assignment. Below are a few of the projects from the list. Click on the project name to learn more.

Voice-Controlled Robot

Use a low-cost platform such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi to build a wheeled robot that responds to voice commands.

Path Planning for Autonomous Race Cars

Develop an algorithm to compute an optimal path for racing tracks.

Underwater Drone Hide-and-Seek

Explore the frontier of autonomous underwater vehicles by doing a project on underwater drone navigation.