Iasa and the Puget Sound Association of IT Architects is excited to announce the second IT Architecture Competition for full-time undergraduate and graduate students.

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Hello, Undergraduate and Graduate Students!

Iasa is excited to announce the first IT Architecture Competition for full-time undergraduate and graduate students. The participants will be required to deliver an end-to-end architecture solution for a real world business problem. Each team will comprise of maximum 3 students from same or different universities. The duration of the competition will be approximate 21 weeks. Winning team will receive a $10,000 prize, and certificate of achievement.

Why do I participate?

  • Opportunity to architect a solution for a real world problem
  • Employment & internship opportunities in the greater Seattle area
  • Mentoring with practicing architects from Costco, REI, Microsoft, T-Mobile, Nordstorm, F5 Networks Inc. and others
  • $10,000 prize in addition to exposure, learning, and employment & internship opportunities

How do I participate?

  • Form a team of maximum 3 students of ANY discipline from same or different universities
  • Register a team for the competition
  • Attend orientation & educational sessions from IT professionals
  • Work closely with an assigned mentor — a praticing architect from the industry
  • Develop architecture document comprised of Conceptual, Infrastructure, Information, Security & Software Architecture
  • Deliver presentation to judges, IT professionals & students in the final event

Who will help me?

  • Each team will be assigned with a mentor — a practicing architect from the industry, who will work closely with a team to help understand architecture and provide guidance.
  • Mentors will be:
    • Enterprise architect from Costco,
    • Enterprie architect from REI,
    • Solution architect from Amazon, etc.

Who will evaluate?

An independent expert panel comprising of Academia & highly experienced IT architects from the industry


  • Open to fulltime undergraduate & graduate students of ANY discipline
  • Must complete all deliverables for the competition
  • All deliverables are evaluated by a panel of eminent judges
  • Evaluation will be a weighted sum of points for each deliverable
  • Solution will be evaluated for innovativeness, realizability & originality
  • All judges’ decisions are final

When & Where:

  • Orientation & Educational Sessions: October 1-15, 2016
  • 3 Deliverables: November, 2016 – February, 2017
  • Final Presentation: February 15-25, 2017
  • Final Event Venue: Greater Seattle Area

Become a Sponsor & Empower the Future of IT Architecture

Iasa IT Architecture Competition provides a unique opportunity to recognize and promote IT Architecture discipline. An opportunity for sponsors to get a view of architechture practices from an academic perspective as well as for the Universities to get a taste of real world architectural challenges. Sponsors will connect with aspiring IT professionals who can think creatively to solve a business problem, who can collaborate with others, and who work in a team environment.

Our 2015/2016 Sponsors:

  • Costco Wholesale Corporation
  • F5 Networks, Inc.
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • REI

For more information, please contact sponsor@iitarch.org.

Volunteering Opportunities

IT Architecture is an evolving profession and we are always looking for professionals eager to contribute to the community. There are multiple ways to contribute. You can help organize, build templates and artifact models, become a mentor, or help sponsorship.

Please contact volunteer@iitarch.org indicating your area of interest. We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Us:

General Information: info@iitarch.org
Sponsor: sponsor@iitarch.org
Mentor: mentor@iitarch.org
Volunteer: volunteer@iitarch.org