The Keysight Innovation Challenge 2021 is exclusively for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an HBCU. Keysight is seeking innovators unafraid to break barriers and face new challenges to create new technology that changes the world. Keysight recognizes the incredible talent at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and is asking YOU to rise to the challenge.

It is no secret that the world of technology lacks diversity. By 2040, minorities will be the majority in the U.S. Yet today, just 7.6% of STEM degrees go to Black graduates. It is time to change that statistic. We encourage every single HBCU student interested in STEM to apply for this incredible opportunity. 

Here is what you need to know about the Keysight Innovation Challenge 2021. Students will compete through online written and video submissions in one of two tracks. The three finalists from Track 1 will go on to compete in a live virtual event in September 2021.

Track 1: Innovate Next Business Challenge

Develop a business plan in electrical engineering that features an electronic invention, innovation, or advancement in the electronics design, development, test, or manufacturing process.

Track 2: Upskill Your Peers Video Challenge

Create a video that teaches your peers an innovative measurement technique or innovatively showcases an advanced measurement technique using test and measurement gear.


The first place winners will receive a $2,500 cash prize and Keysight test equipment, and an informational interview and / or a summer internship, depending on grade level. The winning team’s HBCU will receive Keysight test equipment valued at $15,000.

Visit Keysight to learn more about the competition. Registration is open now. 

If you are not a student and/or do not plan on entering the competition, you can still help your favorite entrant or team win by casting your vote for their submission!

To learn more about the past Keysight Innovation Challenges, visit here.