University of Newcastle’s Idea Spark Competition 2020

Rules & Guidelines

Submissions are due by 5:00 PM (AEST) Monday 24 August 2020
I. Overview

Idea Spark is a pre-Grand Challenge competition open to University of Newcastle (Australia) students, staff and alumni and has the aim of generating creative and innovative ideas that address the challenge of controlling mosquitoes.

The top 10 most innovative and creative ideas, as judged by a panel of experts, that are socially and environmentally responsible and are grounded in knowledge of current constraints in controlling mosquitoes will each win a $500 School Locker voucher.

II. Eligibility
  • All submissions must be made via Devpost by 5:00 PM (AEST) Monday 24 August 2020.
  • Submissions must be expressed in fewer than 500 words or within a 1-minute video.
  • Participants must be a University of Newcastle student, staff or alumni (verified by the inclusion of your student or staff number at registration)
III. Participation
  • Participants agree to take part in the Idea Spark in an open and respectful manner and agree to comply with the University’s Code of Conduct.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries or prizes per person.
  • It is recommended that participants consider registering for the Grand Challenge Design Thinking Workshop (5-7PM, Mon 10 Aug) to ensure a high-calibre submission.
III. Project Applications

Key dates

9:00AM AEST Mon 10 Aug - Idea Spark Competition submissions open

5:00PM AEST Mon 24 Aug - Idea Spark Competition submissions close

Wed 26 Aug - Idea Spark Competition winners announced

Project Application Submission

All Participants must be registered with Devpost and submit their ideas to the University of Newcastle Idea Spark Devpost page by 5:00 PM (AEST), Monday 24 August 2020.

Replace any auto-generated headings in the 'Here's the whole story' section with the following:

  • Idea name
  • Participant's full name
  • Idea expressed in your choice of:
    • Fewer than 500 words (text only); or
    • A link from YouTube to a video up to 1-minute in length

You may wish to add a graphic that best captures your concept i.e. a logo or image, but this is not compulsory.

Delete the auto-generated project details headings as per the red 'X' when you are making your submission.

Submission Instructions

IV. Judging Criteria

All Ideas Spark entries will be judged by the Idea Spark Judging Panel against the following criteria:

  • Clarity of Problem: Ability to describe well the part of the problem that the participant is looking solve.
  • Vision / Solution: Exciting, innovative and unique aspects of the idea.
  • End-user / Customer: Demonstrated understanding of who the end-user or beneficiary might be and the benefits of the proposed solution or research for them.
  • Realistic: Submission is grounded in knowledge of current constraints in controlling mosquitoes.
  • Responsible: Submission is socially and environmentally responsible.

The Idea Spark submissions Judging Panel will determine all recipients and will consist of a mix of Organiser representatives and industry supporters.

All submission elements detailed in ‘Project Application Submission’ section must be completed by the required time. No requests for extensions will be considered.

The final arbiter is the Idea Spark Competition Judging Panel whose decision is final.

No correspondence will be entered into. This is a competition of skill. Chance plays no part in this competition.

All submissions selected to receive vouchers will require the Participant to liaise with and provide their details to the Organisers following winner announcements.

V. Prize Description
  • A total of ten (10) prizes in the form of a The School Locker voucher valued at $500 each. 
  • Each Voucher will be awarded via email as a unique code to be redeemed at any The School Locker retail store or web store.
VI. Intellectual Property

The University of Newcastle makes no claim over the intellectual property (IP) generated by you as part of the University of Newcastle’s Grand Challenge (subject to the University’s IP Policy and Procedure) provided your use of the IP acknowledges that the IP was developed as part of the University of Newcastle Grand Challenge (unless it is unreasonable to do so).

If you are employee or student of the University of Newcastle, you agree and acknowledge that ownership of the IP will be in accordance with the University IP Policy and Procedure, as amended from time to time. IP Policy found here. IP Procedure found here.

VI. Photography and Video

Participants acknowledge that the University will be recording the Challenge events on video, photographs, audio recording and other media, and therefore agree that:

• The Organisers have the unrestricted right to use your likeness, image, voice, opinions, and appearance, and also any images of your projects, developments, materials and belongings made at or brought to the Hackathon, captured through video, photographs or other media during the Hackathon for the express purpose of creating promotional material (the “Images”), for the purposes of use in websites, promotional materials, publications and other media of any of the Organizers, whether in print or electronically (the “Materials”). The foregoing right includes permission to copyright, use, re-use, publish, and republish Images in which you may be included, intact or in part, composite or distorted in character or form, without restriction as to changes or transformations, in conjunction with your own or a fictitious name, reproduction in colour or otherwise, made through any and all media now or hereafter known;

• The Organisers shall solely own the Materials in which you or your Images, in whole or in part, may appear, including copyright interests, and you have no ownership rights therein;

• You give all clearances, copyright and otherwise, for use of your Images, and waive any moral rights that you may have in the Materials in which you or your Images may appear. The rights granted to the Organisers herein are perpetual and worldwide. For greater certainty, my Images may continue to be used after the completion of the Challenge;

• You relinquish any right that you may have to examine or approve the Materials in which you or your Images may appear or the use to which they may be applied; and

• You hereby release, discharge and agree to save harmless each and all of the Organisers from any liability by virtue of any blurring, distortion, alteration, optical illusion, or use in composite form of the Images whether intentional or otherwise, that may occur or be produced in the recording of the Images or in any subsequent processing thereof, as well as any publication thereof, including without limitation any claims for libel or invasion of privacy.

VII. Privacy

We advise that the information you provide is collected by the University and its contracted service providers and may be used to make you aware of future University events and opportunities. The University and its contracted service providers may use your personal information to invite you to participate in surveys or market research activities. The University abides by the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW), under which you have the right to access your personal information held by the University. The University’s Web Privacy Statement and Privacy and Information Access Policy provide further detail.