Network Design

Last update: July 31, 2018

Fast and reliable data networks are the lifeblood of modern business, and companies pay big bucks for engineers that can design and maintain robust networks. Prove that you have what it takes to tackle and solve thorny enterprise networking challenges by delivering a design that can accommodate a complex set of communication needs.

The USITCC network design contest is constructed to challenge participants on many levels. Teams will create a proposal for a network design given the problem statement scenario. Elements will include LAN design, WAN connectivity, network components, protocols used, security issues, network architecture and a budget.

Team Composition

Teams may be made up of 1-2 people.

Schedule

Friday, April 5, 2019 (Tentatively 12:00 - 4:00 PM)

Skills and Resources

Successful teams will have a good understanding of internetworked systems, critical thinking and evaluation skills for enterprise infrastructure design, the ability to construct a budget of all the items and services necessary to solve the problem, and the ability to create professional quality documentation that meets problem statement requirements for stated audience.

No specific software packages are required for the competition, however professional presentation of your design is key. To this end, diagramming tools such as Visio, Lucid Chart or yEd, software to generate Microsoft Word or PDF documents, and an Internet browser for looking up technical specs and pricing will be useful. Final documents much be submitted as a file that can be read using Microsoft Word 2003 or later, or as a PDF.

Protocol

Teams will be given the problem statement at the beginning of the contest time.  Time will be allowed to read the problem statement and ask any questions in a common session.  Once the question & answer time has closed, no further questions will be answered.  Each team will submit their solution for judging prior to the contest closing time, at which point no further submissions will be accepted.

Previous Problem Statments

2018 Network Design

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