Time to Register for IMMC2018(Winter)

An Invitation to Secondary School Students in

the Greater China Region by IM2C & IEEE

     For the 4th Annual International Mathematical Modelling ChallengeIM2C 2018)

We warmly invite secondary school students from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau to participate in the 4th Annual International Mathematical Modeling Challenge- IM2C 2018. The registration for the Greater China Regional contest has started. Let’s join our hands together and pursue a journey of creation and discovery in the coming season.

International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IMMC or styled as IM2C) is an innovative contest in mathematical modeling for secondary school students all over the world. The aim of IM2C is to promote mathematical modeling education and enhance students’ core competences in mathematics and innovation, encouraging participants to explore the application of mathematical modeling in real life situations to solve problems of importance. IM2C in this Region is an inclusive and sharing platform both for secondary school students to practice mathematical modeling, and for schools to demonstrate and exchange their educational accomplishments in mathematics and STEM.

IM2C in Greater China Region is an interdisciplinary practice integrating mathematics with science, technology and engineering which reflects the essence of STEM education. NeoUnion ESC Organization works with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE China) to co-organize the IM2C 2018 in Greater China. The Problem Setting Committee and the Judging Panel consist of experts and professors from IM2C Committee (Zhonghua) and IEEE whose disciplinary fields cover mathematics, science, technology, and engineering. Prof Yang WANG, a member of IM2C International Expert Panel, Dean and Chair Professor of School of Science at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology acts as Chairman of the Problem Setting Committee and Grand Jury of the Final Presentation Competition of IM2C 2018 Greater China.

IM2C 2018 and its Rules

To cater for the diversity in school calendar across the Region, two seasonal contests, namely Autumn and Winter Contest, will be open for IM2C 2018. Teams may choose one of the seasonal contests according to their schedule to compete for the yearly awards in the region of Greater China and qualification to proceed to the international round.   

IM2C encourages interdisciplinary innovation and teamwork for students and teachers.  IM2C requires each team to be composed of 2-4 students from the same secondary school, and at least one teacher from the same school to serve as team advisor. Participating teams from all over the world will be selected by a national/regional selection process before they enter into the international round of IM2C. For both the national/regional and the international round of competition, winning teams will be recognized as different levels of awards.

Participating teams from Greater China region can choose: 1) to work on a problem created by the Problem Setting Committee of IM2C Greater China starting from 8:00 pm on November 10th (Fri) 2017, Autumn Contest, or February 2nd (Fri) 2018, Winter Contest. During the following consecutive period of 96 hours, teams must complete and submit a solution paper of mathematical modeling; 2) alternatively, register for a self-challenging problem, i.e., the team can choose freely a problem set by the team members themselves. Note that such problem must be a real-world problem discovered and identified by the team. To work on the freely-chosen problem, teams can decide on their own about the starting time and schedule; however, they must complete and submit their solution paper of modeling on or before 8:00 pm November 14th (Tue) 2017, or February 6th (Tue) 2018, deadline of the seasonal contest in Greater China. Solution papers of the two categories will be judged separately. Teams whose papers are judged as among the top 20% of the two categories of papers respectively will automatically proceed to the International Round of IM2C 2018.

IM2C 2018 International Round in the Greater China Region will start at 8:00 pm March 15 (Thu) 2018, and end at 8:00 pm March 20 (Tue) 2018. Within a consecutive period of 120 hours, teams entering the IM2C international round will work on the problem set by the International Expert Panel, complete and submit their solution paper on or before the end of the contest period. Teams from over 30 countries and regions will be selected by their country/region to enter IM2C 2018 International Round.

Final Presentation Competition

The finalist teams of IM2C 2018, both for the Greater China Regional and the International rounds, will receive invitation from the IM2C Committee to come to Hong Kong April 26 - 27, 2018, and attend the Final Presentation Competition, presenting and defending their works in front of the Grand Jury.

  IM2C Committee Greater China will also select the best two papers from each of the Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau finalists in the International Round (totally 8 papers) for recommendation to the International Expert Panel. (Each participating country or region will select the best two papers for the International Panel’s Judgement.) 

Recognition and Award Ceremony

The participating teams from Greater China Region will have the equal chances to be recognized with different awards at both regional and international levels. The papers will be judged as per categories of Greater-China-Committee-set problem, freely-chosen problem, and International-Expert-Panel-set problem, respectively. Each participating team, no matter whether or not they are selected into the International Round, will have the chances to compete for the awards of the Greater China Region.

An IM2C 2018 Greater China Summit and Award Ceremony will be held in the summer of 2018. This will be a prestigious academic conference of the Region for secondary school students and teachers exclusively. Teams winning the Outstanding Award of the Regional and/or International contests will be invited to deliver plenary speeches at the Summit. Members of IM2C Committee and the Problems Setting Committee along with renowned experts in relevant fields will also be present, so as to interact and exchange with the secondary school students and teachers. Subsequent to the Regional Summit/Award Ceremony, winning teams of the International Outstanding Award will be invited to attend the International Award Ceremony to be held in Melbourne.


IM2C 2018 Greater China will adopt the bilingual policy. The solution paper and presentation for both IM2C Greater China regional and the international contests can be written and conducted in either Chinese or English. But papers which are submitted to the International Expert Panel for international final judgement must be written in English or translated into English before submission.

Timeline of IM2C 2018

The schedule for the 4th International Mathematical Modeling Challenge( IM2C 2018)Greater China Region is as follows:




Regional Competition





International Competition


Final Presentation


Regional Summit & Award Ceremony

and International Award Ceremony

Present - Nov 9, 2017 (Autumn Contest)

Nov 10 2017 – Feb 1 2018 (Winter Contest)


Nov 10 – 14 2017 (Autumn Contest)

(Nov 14 is deadline for papers of self-chosen problem.)  

February 2 - 6 19 2018 (Winter Contest)

(Feb 6 is deadline for papers of self-chosen problem.)


March 15 - 20, 2018


April 26-27, 2018, Hong Kong


Summer, 2018 Hong Kong and Melbourne

Registration and Submission

The registration fee for IM2C 2017 Greater China is US$ 55 per team, for either Greater China Committee-set problem or freely-chosen problem. The International Round is free of charge.

For registration, downloading problems and submission of solution papers for IM2C 2018, please visit www.immchallenge.org.cn (Mainland China) or www.immchallenge.org.hk (outside Mainland China).  To register your team, you need to login with your account and password and click “Event”. Participating teams should read carefully the contest Instructions and Rules on the website.

For sample problems and solution papers, details about IM2C 2015 through 2017, and more information on IM2C, please visit www.immchallenge.org

Practice mathematical modeling, and be a pioneer for STEM!

Take this challenge, and you will definitely experience a different 2018!

We look forward very much to receiving registration from your school for the 4th International Mathematical Modeling Challenge- IM2C 2018!

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            Frederick K S Leung             Ning Hua

Chairman, International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IM2C), Greater China

Chair Professor and Kintoy Professor

The University of Hong Kong

   Senior Director, Asia Operations

Institute of Electrical and Electronics 



Mr. Erik Tse, Tel +852-35211296 Fax +852-35211297 Email  immc_sec@126.com

IM2C Committee (Zhonghua)

Room 1202, 12/F, Valley Centre

80-82 Morrison Hill Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

 Ms. Qinghua Gou, Tel +86-18612977899 Fax +86-10-87413300 Email  immc_sec@126.com

IM2C Committee (Zhonghua) Beijing Office

National Science & Technology Communication Center

Huizhong Beili, Anli Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China


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A Brief Introduction to IM2C

International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IMMC or styled as IM2C), established in 2014 in Boston, is an innovative mathematical contest in modeling for secondary school students all over the world, whose co-founders and co-sponsors are the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) and NeoUnion ESC Organization (NeoUnion). The aim of IM2C is to promote mathematical modeling education and enhance students’ core competences in mathematics and innovation, encouraging participants to explore the application of mathematical modeling in real life situations to solve problems of importance. 

The adjudication, team selection, and recognition for IM2C in the Region of Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are authorized exclusively to International Mathematical Modeling Challenge Committee (Zhonghua), a non-profit organization with charity institution code 91/14657 approved by Hong Kong SAR. IM2C in this Region is an inclusive and sharing platform for secondary schools to practice mathematical modeling in promotion of teaching and learning in STEM, at both local and international level by a student-centered approach.  

The official website for IM2C is www.immchallenge.org or  www.immchallenge.org.cn

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