Alberta Research Council Ingenuity Challenge (ARCing)

Next Important Date: Project Proposals Due - Tuesday, November 24th, 2009.

Submitted to: Dr. Axel Meisen (ARC) via e-mail


ARCIng is an annual event, with the challenge topic being announced in September by the ARC Chair of Foresight upon prior consultation with student leaders, faculty advisors and other stakeholders.

Students participating in ARCIng must be registered in a university or college in Alberta. At a minimum, each student team must consist of one full-time student in a university and one full-time student in a college. The reason for this requirement is to foster collaboration between university and college students, thereby reflecting their future workplace environment.

The challenge topics are broad, allowing for diverse approaches and solutions. They may be problems (e.g., overcoming energy losses from buildings) or opportunities (new technology for managing energy distribution in buildings). In addition to addressing technical issues, a case has to be made for a new or expanded business, with innovative implementation and marketing strategies being proposed. The larger implementation issues such as needed policy, economic, and lifestyle/current practice drivers should be considered as well.

The student entries will be judged by an independent panel. The evaluation is based on written reports, in-person presentations and, where appropriate, prototype equipment. The winning entries will be widely publicized by ARC and the students participating in ARCIng will be honored at a special dinner hosted by ARC. Senior members of Government, industry and the media will also be invited. At present, a total of $3,000 in prize money is available from ARC but efforts are underway to increase this amount. The prize money may be used by students towards tuition fees, books and other educational materials. Students may also donate their prize money to a scholarship or bursary fund at their university or college or a charitable organization registered in Alberta.

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Important Dates

Competition annoucement - October 5th, 2009
Meeting of student teams at ARC in Edmonton - November 12, 2009
Project proposals due - November 24, 2009
Interim report due - January 20, 2009
Final project report due - March 15, 2010
Presentations, Judging, amd Awards Dinner (Edmonton) - March 27, 2009

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Participating Institutions

University of Alberta
Red Deer College
Grant MacEwan College
University of Calgary
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

In future years it is expected to invite participation from all post-secondary institutions in the Provice.

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Topic Areas

The team for ARCing 2009/10 is: Energy

Some topical suggestions can be seen below which are consistent with priority areas of Sustainable Development Technology Canada. Topics must be focused on the Province of Alberta, and include aspects of novelty and innovation.

Energy Exploration, Production, Transmission and Distribution

  • Fuel processing (refining)
  • Fuel cells, batteries

Power Generation

  • Combustion processes
  • New Power Generation technologies
  • Alternative energy (e.g. hydrogen, solar, wind, wave, tidal, biomass, etc.)

Energy utilization

  • Building design, control systems
  • Urban planning
  • Energy efficiency
  • Industrial processes (e.g. chemical production, pulp and paper)


  • Advanced materials
  • Renewable fuels
  • Hybrid vehicles

Agriculture, Forestry and Mining

  • Sequestration technologies
  • Biomass processing systems

Waste Management

  • Methane mitigation
  • Waste reduction technologies


  • Mitigation and monitoring equipment
  • CO2 management technologies
  • Clean water technologies


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Judging Criteria

Importance of the project topic: 10%
Creativity, imagination and innovation reflected in the project execution: 20%
Presentation of results:
Proposals 5%
Interim Report 10%
Final Report 30%
Oral Presentations 10%
Responses to Questions 5%
Collaboration/Team Work 10%

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