Student IT Architecture Competition

SITAC is a one of it’s kind IT architecture competition open to all undergrad and graduate full time students. There is no requirement about the field of study, we have students from all faculties participating in the competition. Students get an opportunity to understand and practice the techniques of designing an information technology solution in the context of challenges, constraints and needs that are similar to the real world situations (see past events). An experienced mentor will be assigned per team to guide the students.

How to reach us?

Student FAQs

Why should 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.

  • Attractive prizes 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 practicing 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.

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.

Mentor FAQs

What are the expectations from a mentor?

  • Set at least 1 hour per week contact between Mentor / Team. (Can be virtual).

  • Not allowed to create any deliverable for the project.

  • Review of the deliverables expected with feedback.

  • Participate in the final Event.

  • Conduct Training Sessions.

  • Provide common guidelines.

How do I become a mentor?

  • Fill out the sign-up form or

  • Reach out to the CITAP team at

Volunteer FAQs

Are there any other volunteer 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, help sponsorship and many other ways.

How do I volunteer?

  • Please let us know your areas of interests by filling out the volunteer sign-up form

  • We look forward to hearing from you.

SITAC 2023 Organizing Team

Sanjay Buradkar( Lululemon )
Shekhar Joshi( Expedia )
Shrikant Palkar( Costco )
Samir Shilamkar( Google )
Brenda Spilker( Independent )
Sashank Tamhane( Costco )
Parish Aggarwal( Google )
Sukhman Ghumman( Auth0 )
Rakesh Malakar( Costco )
Durga Tavva( TrueBlue )

A short sample of the final presentations.

Visit our Webinars page for more videos about past webinars and presentations.