The University Program sponsors student design competitions called the Altera Innovate Design Contests. These competitions are held from time to time in various regions of the world. They allow students to demonstrate their creativity and design ability. The contests follow a particular format in which student teams submit proposals for their participation through the contest website. The contest administrators evaluate these proposals and select the best ones. Each student team must have an associated faculty member from their University, and must follow a schedule for submitting various documents about their design project. A ceremony is held at the end of the contest, in which students may demonstrate their work, and prizes are awarded. Innovate contests have been held in United States, Canada, China, France, Italy, Scandinavia, India, and Taiwan.
The organizers may include Faculty members of universities, Altera employees, and Altera partner companies. The University Program encourages participation in the Innovate design contests, which can be discussed by sending an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org.