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Often in a few minutes, a tornadoes takes lives, destroys properties, interrupts businesses, and leaves with a long-lasting impact and recovery period. With the rapid growth of emerging technology on one side and the need in the battle against tornadoes on the other side, we have envisioned the Technology against Tornado (TaT) Student Competition and Expo to inspire and engage students by transforming their innovative ideas into real-world functional products to empower communities against tornadoes.

Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin, TaT 2023 is a one-day summit of competition, expo, and activities full of creativity and innovation to use technology against tornadoes.

Call for Student Teams

TaT 2023 invites prospective student teams to submit and participate in the competition and win prizes!

Student teams must include two or more undergraduate and/or graduate students enrolled in college or university. Students can be at any level of their academic studies. Read more about the eligibility and competition rules here.

Suggested creative technologies include the following categories,

  • Category 1: Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled Technology

  • Category 2: Augmented and Virtual Reality Systems

  • Category 3: Drones, Robots, and Autonomous Systems

  • Category 4: Games and Interactive Technologies

  • Category 5: Other innovation themes

Team Awards (including certificate of achievement)

Disclaimer: Distribution of the awards is at the discretion of the local organizing committee and subjected to the quantities of qualified submissions to each category. It will be finalized by October 07, 2022.

Key Dates

  • August 30, 2022 Submission opens

  • October 07, 2022 Extended Proposal Submission Due

  • October 10, 2022 Round 1 teams are announced and invited to submit their final entry

  • March 01, 2023 Final Submission Due

  • March 21, 2023 Finalists Announced

  • April 21, 2023 Competition Day

There is No Fee to register student teams and compete; however, finalists must attend the in-person competition to become eligible as award winners.

Call for Expo participation

TaT 2023 invites prospective technology leaders, organizations and industries to join our exhibition with the focus on Technology against Tornado!

We cordially invite technology leaders, industries, and organizations active in tornado preparedness, awareness, and recovery to join us and exhibit their work to students and the community during our TaT 2023 Student competition and expo.

There is No Fee to attend the TaT 2023 Student Competition and Expo.

Local Organizing Committee Members

Saman Sargolzaei
Kim Barnett-Stone
Kate Ericson
Alisha Melton
Marcie Boutwell
Bonnie Daniel
Bryan Foltz

Award Committee Members

If you would be willing to serve in the award committee as a judge, please contact Dr. Saman Sargolzaei ( as soon as possible.

The Venue

UT Martin

554 University Street

Martin, TN 38238

TaT 2023 student competition and expo will be held at the newly constructed Latimer Engineering and Science Building at UT Martin. To learn more about suggested lodging, click here.

Special Thanks to the TaT 2023 Sponsor and Hosting Institution