Rules

Eligibility

The competition is open to anyone, 18 years or older, from any country, who is currently attending college, or who graduated from college since May 2011. Teamwork across disciplines, backgrounds and ages is encouraged. One entry per person or team is allowed. Students are not allowed to be on more than one team, but students are allowed to submit a project with one team and additionally submit one individual project.

As part of the online submission form, each participant or team member will be required to provide proof of eligibility. Any one of the following is acceptable as proof of eligibility:

Note: Please be advised that participants from outside the United States of America or foreign national students currently studying within the United States may be asked to submit further paperwork for tax purposes if they or their team wins one of the cash awards in this competition. In such a situation, you MUST complete and submit the additional tax forms in order to receive your prize.

DEFINITION OF "ELECTRONIC WASTE": For the purposes of this contest, electronic waste (e-waste) includes the following items: computers (desktops and laptops), scanners, printers, cell phones, PDAs, optical drives, televisions, DVD/VCR players, MP3 players, computer monitors, video game consoles, computer peripherals (keyboards, mice, cables), zip drives, and fax machines.

E-waste excludes: refrigerators, toasters, radios, alarm clocks, electronic devices that are a part of a motor vehicle, and display devices contained within appliances, such as a clothes washer or dryer, oven range, etc.

Categories

The categories have been modified for the 2013 competition. Previously, categories existed for concepts involving "Prevention" or "Reuse" (see 2012 competition categories description for more information). Competition organizers noticed a trend for entries to incorporate aspects of both prevention and reuse in recent years; thus this no longer seems like an adequate distinction among entries. Prevention and reuse will still of course be considered in the judging criteria, which have also been modified for 2013. However the categories will be revised to distinguish between different types of concepts in a more meaningful way. If you are uncertain to which category your concept should be submitted, please contact Joy Scrogum via email or at 1-217-333-8948 for guidance.

Product Category

For the purposes of this competition, a "product" is an item that is manufactured or refined for sale.

Concepts submitted to the Product category may include items manufactured from electronic scrap (an example of reuse); items designed in such a way as to extend their useful lifecycle (an example of prevention of e-waste generation); items that incorporate alternative materials or employ alternative manufacturing processes which conserve resources (an example of prevention of negative environmental impacts); and items that raise awareness of the impacts of electronic devices or otherwise foster positive environmental behavior (examples of prevention of negative environmental impacts). Concepts may address one or any combination of these issues.

See "Judging Criteria, Product Category" for more details.

Non-Product Category

For the purposes of this competition, a "non-product" is a concept for an organization, a service, program, or item that is not intended for individual sale to a single consumer (e.g. an art installation, an educational film, a curriculum, a policy, etc.).

Concepts submitted to this category may be more abstract than those submitted to the Product category. However, these concepts must be just as clearly described for and justified to the jurors as those for tangible products. In other words, while concepts in this category may be less tangible than those for the Product category, they require as much or more effort to thoroughly explain in a concise way.

See "Judging Criteria, Non-Product Category" for more details.

Judging Criteria

The judging criteria have also been modified for the 2013 competition, to align with the revised categories. If you have participated in this competition in previous years, please note this and read the category descriptions and judging criteria carefully.

Product Category

  • Usefulness
    Is the concept clearly applicable to the needs of consumers or society as a whole? Does it improve quality of life?

  • Feasibility
    Is there infrastructure in place to make this concept successful? Are resources readily available? Is it economically viable? Is it realistic?

  • Innovation
    Is this concept something that is creative and new? Is it revolutionary? Does it advance technology? Will it change societal norms?

  • Life Span
    Is the concept durable and adaptable enough to evolve with changing consumer demands and technological advances?

  • Presentation of Idea
    Has the entrant effectively presented their concept, ideas, and solutions using graphics, applicable modeling or design software, and/or skilled writing? Are sources cited appropriately? Are video guidelines adhered to? Did the entrant provide proper credit for research and intellectual property?

  • Fosters Positive Environmental Behavior
    Does the concept create public awareness about environmental impacts and solutions to encourage more environmental friendly actions or lifestyles?

  • Aesthetics
    Is the product visually appealing? Does it inspire emotional attachment?

  • Alternative Materials
    Does the product incorporate less hazardous or non-toxic material? Are renewable or reused materials considered?

  • Addresses Social Issues
    Does the concept include consideration of social impacts of electronic devices? Examples might include, but are not restricted to: conflict minerals; health and safety; bridging the digital divide; improving quality of life; and international trade and/or crime.

 

 

 

Non-Product Category

  • Usefulness
    Is the concept clearly applicable to the needs of consumers or society as a whole? Does improve quality of life?

  • Feasibility
    Is there infrastructure in place to make this concept successful? Are resources readily available? Is it economically viable? Is the concept realistic?

  • Innovation
    Is this concept something that is creative and new? Is it revolutionary? Does it advance technology? Will it change societal norms?

  • Life Span
    Is this concept adaptable enough to adjust to changes in consumer demands, changes in societal norms, political realities, or other relevant change over time?

  • Presentation of Idea
    Has the entrant effectively presented their concept, ideas, and solutions using graphics, applicable modeling or design software, and/or skilled writing? Are sources cited appropriately? Are video guidelines adhered to? Did the entrant provide proper credit for research and intellectual property?

  • Fosters Positive Environmental Behavior
    Does the concept create public awareness about environmental impacts and solutions to encourage more environmental friendly actions or lifestyles?

  • Accessible
    Is the concept appreciable and understandable to consumers? This differs from usefulness in that a concept can be useful without its utility being immediately understood. Example: The Internet is obviously useful, but when first invented, the concept may have been difficult for the average person to appreciate.

  • Reuse
    Is the concept for a service, program, or organization that promotes reuse of materials?

  • Addresses Social Issues
    Does the concept include consideration of social impacts of electronic devices? Examples might include, but are not restricted to: conflict minerals; health and safety; bridging the digital divide; improving quality of life; and international trade and/or crime.

 

Registration

Registration is free. Participants can register as individuals or as teams as long as the team has no more than 5 members. Entrants need to register for the competition between September 1 and November 1, 2013. Competition registration closes at 4:59pm Central Time on November 1, 2013. There will be no opportunity for early or late registration.

Online Submission Form

Each team (or individual if a participant is not part of a team) MUST complete the online submission form that includes the following components:

Project Description

A project description must be uploaded to the online submission form in PDF format. The project description should be a minimum of 500 words, and a maximum of 5 pages long (where pages are single spaced, with 1 inch margins on all sides, and with a minimum of 11 point font used for the text). Note that if you choose to cite references within your project description, the 5 page maximum does not include a bibliography. Your bibliography will be submitted as a separate document (see below). A brief summary of the project description must be included at the beginning of the project description document, and should be 250 words or less. This summary will be used to describe your project during the awards ceremony, in any press releases, on the competition YouTube channel, etc. if your entry places. The abstact does not count toward the 500 word minimum or 5 page maximum length of the project description.

Bibliography

A bibliography of references consulted in the preparation of the design project and/or cited in the project description must be uploaded in PDF format. A minimum of 5 references is required. There is no upper limit on the number of references that may be cited. In other words, you may include as many references as you wish, as long as you submit at least 5.

Proof of Eligibility

As part of the online submission form, each participant or team member will be required to provide proof of eligibility. Any one of the following is acceptable as proof of eligibility:

"Video Commercial" Submission

Participants should create an original video composition that serves as a commercial for their product, highlighting its design, features, and special design concepts. The video should NOT be a plain description of the project or a narrative description of the project.

The video should be uploaded to YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/). ISTC, SEI, the University of Illinois, its affiliates and competition sponsors are not responsible for infringement upon your intellectual property due to the description of your ideas online. The link to your video will be entered on your online submission form.

If you experience a technical difficulty with uploading the link to your YouTube video from the online submission form, or if YouTube is unavailable in your country, please contact Joy Scrogum via e-mail immediately to troubleshoot or explore alternative submission methods for your video. Alternative means to submit your video will ONLY be allowed for those individuals or teams in countries where YouTube is unavailable; if YouTube is available in your country, you must upload your video to YouTube. Please also be advised that competition organizers cannot do anything to alter the rules of conduct as outlined on YouTube. For example, if your video is not able to be viewed in certain countries or unable to be uploaded to YouTube because it violates copyright laws, that is not something the competition organizers can help you with. You must adhere to the terms of service as stated on the YouTube web site, and upload your video to YouTube. If you use images or music in your video, please give credit to the creators within your video.

The following actions are REQUIREMENTS for your video upload. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in disqualification from the competition.

Note that the online submission form can be accessed and revised by entrants from the competition web site until the registration deadline; after the deadline passes, you will no longer be able to access or modify your submission.

Technology Entrepreneur Center Feedback

Entrants who submit a concept for a product or business may receive feedback on their idea from experts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC). This feedback will be in the form of comments and possibly contacts or resources for further exploration by the participants as they see fit. Comments may discuss the feasibility of the concept, marketability, potential barriers to success, and areas for further development and research if the entrant(s) wishes to pursue their idea as a money-making venture. Please note TEC will NOT be helping individuals transfer their concepts to the marketplace, but merely providing some advice to those who may wish to pursue such a venture on their own after participation in this competition.

In order to have your entry reviewed and commented upon by TEC staff, you must check the appropriate box indicating this desire on the online submission form. ("Yes, I (we) would like feedback on our concept from the UIUC College of Engineering Technology Entrepreneur Center.") Only those entries that have indicated this as part of the submission form will be reviewed by TEC.

Feedback will be sent via email to the address (es) supplied on the online submission form. Please note that such review will take time, and responses may not be sent until after the competition winners have been announced. If you have questions, please contact Joy Scrogum.

Agreements

Participation in this competition constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these official rules and the decisions of the event organizer, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. The event organizer reserves the right to disqualify any entry, at any time, for any violation of the official rules.

Content

By participating in the competition, entrants agree that their submissions, including but not limited to, any uploads, text, links, communications, software, images, sounds, data or other information, will not contain any content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, vulgar, profane, sexually explicit, obscene, racially or ethnically offensive or otherwise objectionable, including but not limited to entries that:

Organizer Rights

Entrants will retain ownership of their entry, including all intellectual property rights that may exist in the entry. The event organizers shall not acquire any right, title or ownership interest in any entry. However, by submitting an entry, the event organizers are granted the unconditional and perpetual right, license, and consent to reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, and exhibit the entry in any media throughout the world in relation to the competition, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation, or approval from the entrant or any other party. The event organizers shall have the right, but not the obligation, to use the name, likeness, biography and other information of entrants.

With regard to sponsors, and acknowledgement on the competition web site, corporate sponsors may have their logos and a link to their web sites listed on the "Sponsors" page. Note that competition organizers reserve the right to acknowledge sponsoring organizations without providing a link to that organization's web site if: the site is not relevant to sustainability and/or electronics, or other topics relevant to the spirit of this competition; if the site in question automatically generates pop-up ads; or if the site may be deemed offensive or inappropriate.

Verification

The event organizer reserves the right to independently verify the originality and ownership of the entry and to validate that the entry does not violate the proprietary rights of any third party.

Questions?

If you have questions about any aspect of eligibility or submission requirements, please contact Joy Scrogum.