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Image Cup Innovation competition rules and regulations
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    Official Rules & RegulationsInnovation Competition2014 Season Version 1.0  September 10 2013    OVERVIEW The Imagine Cup Innovation Competition honors the most innovative, ground-breaking andappealing software built with Microsoft tools and technology.The Innovation Competition may be structured differently based on the country/region you arerepresenting. Please make sure to read your local country/region competition rules (if applicable) to better understand how to compete in this competition.If you choose to compete in this Competition, then you agree that your participation is subjectto the following:Official Rules Innovation Competition Official Rules and Regulations described below. WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES? This Competition starts at 00:01 Greenwich Mean Time (“GMT”) on 10 September 2013 and endsin July 2014 (“ Entry P eriod”) and will consist of three separate rounds as follows: ROUNDSTART DATE(all times 00:01GMT)END DATE(all times 23:59 GMT)Round 1 – National FinalsRound 1 – Online Finals 10 September 20131 December 201330 April 201415 March 2014 Round 2 – World Semifinals 1 May 2014 31 May 2014 Round 3 – World Finals July 2014 July 2014 CAN I ENTER? You are eligible to enter if you meet the eligibility criteria detailed in the Imagine Cup OfficialRules & Regulations  HOW DO I ENTER? To enter Round 1, visit www.imaginecup.com and register as instructed. You can begin submitting your round 1 entry from your Team Profile page once the national finals for yourcountry opens. Submission requirements and deadlines for Round 1 vary from country tocountry but all will be concluded no later than 30 April 2014. If there is no National Finals in your team’s country, you may instead compete in our Online Finals. This is only open to teams in countries without a National Finals. On 1 December 2013you can begin submitting your round 1 entry and the submission deadline is 15 March 2014.Rules regarding the size of your team, your associates, the role of the team mentor, academicinstitution and national residency requirements, and other information can be found in the “Teams , Associates, and Mentors” section of the  Imagine Cup Official Rules & Regulations     You cannot compete in the 2014 Imagine Cup if you do not participate in National or OnlineFinals. HOW DO THE COMPETITION ROUNDS WORK? Below is an overview of what to expect for each round of the competition. Round 1 – National Finals/Online Finals If the country or region your team competes in holds a National Final for the InnovationCompetition, Round 1 will be governed by your national competition rules and those rules maybe structured differently. Please make sure to review your national competition rules (if applicable) for a list of materials your Team is required to submit in addition to thoserequirements listed here.In many National Finals you’ll be invited to deliver the following materials:    Live Presentation of your project to a panel of judges at the National Final. Thispresentation should explain your project and your team: Who your team is; what yourproject does; who your project is for; and how you will bring your project to market.    Innovation Software usable by the judges in a hands-on evaluation.      Innovation Software   Instructions document explaining how to use your software. If there is no National Final in your team’s country , you may choose to compete in the OnlineFinals which are run through www.imaginecup.com.For the Online Finals, you are required to submit the following materials:    Project Proposal to compete against other students from around the world in theOnline Finals. This should be a Microsoft Word or PDF document no longer than tenpages, or a PowerPoint presentation no longer than twenty slides, which explains yourproject and your team: Who your team is; what your project does; who your project isfor; and how you will bring your project to market.    Innovation Software usable by the judges.      Innovation Software   Instructions document explaining how to use your software.For both the National and Online Finals, requirements for the live presentation, project proposal,software, and instructions all appear later in these rules in the “Content and Technical Requirements” section.   Round 1 Advancement: Teams in the National Finals and Online Finals will be evaluated by judges using the scoring criteria given later in these rules.Each National Final Innovation Competition results in one World Semifinalist team that advancesto round 2.    The Online Final Innovation Competition results in two or more World Semifinalist teams thatadvance to round 2. The total number of World Semifinalist teams advanced from the OnlineFinals will be dependent on the merits of the entrants and the competitive needs of the WorldSemifinals. Round 2 – World Semifinals All World Semifinalist teams, regardless of whether they came from National or Online Finals,compete in a global round conducted online. All World Semifinalist teams are required tosubmit the following materials to www.ImagineCup.com within one week of being chosen as a World Semifinalist in their National Finals or in the Online Finals.During this round, you will be asked to submit the following:    Presentation Video of your project in which your entire team appears on camera todeliver the presentation as if to a panel of judges. This presentation should explain yourproject and your team: Who your team is; what your project does; who your project isfor; and how you will bring your project to market. Your video must be no longer thanten minutes and it may not have any edits or added visual effects. You may not move thecamera during your presentation. In all respects it should replicate the experience of a judge sitting and watching your live presentation.    Project Proposal to compete against other students from around the world in the WorldSemifinals. This should be a Microsoft Word or PDF document no longer than ten pages,or a PowerPoint presentation no longer than twenty slides, which explains your projectand your team: Who your team is; what your project does; who your project is for; andhow you will bring your project to market.    Innovation Software usable by the judges.      Innovation Software   Instructions document explaining how to use your software.    World Semifinalist Survey on our website, filled out by our team and containingimportant information needed to promote your team online including a team photo andscreenshots/pictures of your project. This survey will be available as of 1 December 2013and will only be accessible to World Semifinalist teams. Updating Your Project: While you must make your initial submission of all the above materialswithin one week of being chosen as a World Semifinalist, you may upload newer versions of anyor all of these materials up until the end of Round 1 on 30 April 2014. Late-April National Finals: If your National Final happens in the last week of April, you stillhave one full week to submit your materials after you are chosen as a World Semifinalist. This isthe only exception to the 30 April 2014 deadline and is only applicable for teams whoseNational Final occurs less than a week prior to the 30 April 2014 deadline. Round 2 Advancement: Teams in the World Semifinals will be evaluated by judges using thescoring criteria given later in these rules. Final selection of which teams advance to round 3 will
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