Rules

Introduction

The InterDigital Innovation Challenge ("I2C" or the "Competition") is a joint collaboration between InterDigital and the Regents of the University of California on behalf of the University of California, San Diego ("UCSD") division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, also known as Calit2. (InterDigital is collectively referred to as the "Sponsor" and Calit2 is collectively referred to as the Competition "Administrator").

The goals of the Competition are twofold: 1) to discover ideas that will support public research among students, staff and faculty at North American Universities and 2) to nurture and accelerate the development of wireless products and technologies with particular emphasis in:

  • Radio signal propagation and processing
  • Radio modem innovations
  • Radio network management and systems innovations
  • Compression and data management techniques
  • Energy improvement in radio processing
  • Wireless and network virtualization

The Competition is open to individuals or teams comprised of at least one student, staff member or faculty member from any North American university (collectively, "Participants").

Summary* of How to Enter and Judging Criteria

* Review each of the sections below for a more detailed description of the important terms, requirements, and restrictions applicable to the Competition.

The Competition consists of two phases. During Phase I (the "Submission Period"), Participants must register at http://i2c.calit2.net and submit written proposals ("Submissions") that include a:

  1. a. description of the project;
  2. b. statement of the project's relation to the emphasis area(s) noted above;
  3. c. statement of the commercial viability/market value of the project; and
  4. d. plan for creation of the artifact and its potential commercialization.

For details, see How Do I Enter?

Submissions will be reviewed by the judging panel (as described in Section 6), which, in its sole discretion, will determine which Participants will advance (collectively, "Finalists") to Phase II of the Competition (the "Incubation Period").

Submissions (excluding the "Popular Choice" prize) will be judged using the following criteria:

  1. a. Innovation of idea;
  2. b. Probable commercial viability of the technology;
  3. c. Likely milestones necessary to develop and commercialize the technology;
  4. d. Marketplace attractiveness; and
  5. e. Likely intellectual property outcomes, if any.

Separate and apart from the review conducted by the judging panel, the Submission that receives the most number of votes from registered visitors to ic2.calit2.net will be considered the "Popular Choice" and will automatically advance to the Incubation Period as a Finalist (irrespective of whether or not that Submission was also independently selected as a Finalist by the judging panel). If there is a tie for Popular Choice between one or more Submissions, the panel of judges will vote to break the tie and advance one proposal to the Incubation Period.

During the Incubation Period, and to remain eligible, Finalists will make further submissions in support of their proposal in the form of code, analysis, simulations models, prototypes and/or platforms, as requested by the judging panel. Finalists will have until September 1, 2012 to complete their Submissions.

The First, Second and Third Prizes shall each be awarded to one Submission amongst the Finalists (irrespective of whether that Submission is from a team or an individual).

The prizes are as follows:

  • First Prize: $100,000
  • Second Prize: $50,000
  • Third Prize: $20,000

The winners will be announced on Sept. 21, 2012.

1. Can I Participate?

Submissions will be accepted from individuals or teams. In the event of team participation, one individual must be designated the "Team Leader" (if a sole individual is participating independently, he or she is considered the "Team Leader.") All Team Leaders must be either a student, staff member or faculty member of a North American University, including those in all fifty (50) United States, Canada, Mexico, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other U.S. territories in North America.. An individual may join more than one team, but individuals may not serve as "Team Leaders" for more than one team (see Section 3).

The competition is void outside North America and where prohibited by law. Employees of InterDigital or any of their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, or any other company or individual involved with the design, production execution or distribution of the Competition and their immediate family (spouse, parents and step-parents, siblings and step-siblings, and children and step-children) and household members (people who share the same residence at least three (3) months out of the year) of each such employee are not eligible.

Additional eligibility requirements for the Popular Choice prize are set forth below (see Section 5). The Competition is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Participation constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and to the Sponsor's and Administrator's decisions, which are final and binding on all matters related to the Competition. Winning, and being awarded, a prize is contingent upon honoring, meeting, and fulfilling all of the terms, conditions, and requirements set forth herein. Any failure by any individual or individual team member, to meet the terms and conditions will result in the automatic disqualification of their Submission(s). The Sponsor and Administrator reserve the right to disqualify any Submission from the Competition.

2. When Do I Enter?

Submissions will only be accepted between Feb. 14, 2012 at approximately 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time ("EDT") and March 30, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EDT (the "Submission Period"). Administrator's computer is the official time-keeping device for this Competition.

3. How Do I Enter?

A. Register for the Contest:

During the Submission Period, you must register at http://i2c.calit2.net. Registration is free. After you register you must verify your email address via the registration email sent to the email entered in the registration form. Registered Participants will then be able to enter a Submission.

In the event a group of individuals will be submitting a team proposal, a designated "Team Leader" must register first and then add other teammates by invitation (this is achieved through the Competition's web portal). Once his/her teammates have received an invitation, they can register at the site as a member of that team. All members of a team must register before the submission deadline in order for the submission to be eligible for the Incubation Period.

In the event of a dispute as to any registration, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the Participant. The "authorized account holder" is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Potential winners may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder. Failure to do so could result in disqualification from the Competition at the Administrator's sole discretion.

B. Submission Requirements:

The Competition Submission Period begins Feb. 14, 2012 at 7:00 a.m. EDT and ends March 30, 2012 at approximately 5:00 p.m. EDT.

During the Submission Period, participants will develop and submit a proposal to create a prototype of an artifact (such as software program, a physical device, model, etc.) that is consistent with at least one of the areas of emphasis:

  • Radio signal propagation and processing
  • Radio modem innovations
  • Radio network management and systems innovations
  • Compression and data management techniques
  • Energy improvement in radio processing
  • Wireless and network virtualization

The Submission must include:

  • a description of the project;
  • a statement of the project's relation to the emphasis areas;
  • a statement of the commercial viability/market value of the project; and
  • a plan for creation of the artifact and its potential commercialization.

Participants are encouraged to use Calit2's Competition "Community Wall" site to build teams, explore concepts, connect with mentors and gain early feedback. (The discussion will be open until public voting ends on April 30, 2012 at approximately 5:00 PM EDT)

Proposals are to be no more than three (3) pages. The following criteria will be used by the judging panel to evaluate the innovative and technological merit of the Submissions to the judging panel:

  1. a. Innovation of idea;
  2. b. Probable commercial viability of the technology;
  3. c. Likely milestones necessary to develop and commercialize the technology;
  4. d. Marketplace attractiveness;
  5. e. Likely intellectual property outcomes, if any.

The deadline for Submissions is March 30, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. After the deadline, the Submission cannot be modified in any way until after public voting has ended on April 30, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

The judging panel will review the Submissions using the criteria set forth above and will select 10 Finalists to continue to the Incubation Period. The Participant receiving the most "Popular Choice" votes will automatically move on to the Incubation Period as a Finalist. All Finalists will be announced on May 21, 2012.

C. Submission Rights for Entrants:

Neither UCSD nor InterDigital will acquire any intellectual property rights in any applicant's proposal as a mere result of a Submission. Calit2/UCSD employees are subject to the normal UCSD intellectual property policy.

4. How Will My Submission Be Displayed and How Do I See The Other Submissions?

Submissions will be publicly posted on http://i2c.calit2.net on a rolling basis after being screened by the Administrator for basic functionality, accuracy of messaging, and integrity (i.e., security). The Administrator has the right to request access to the Application in person or via any reasonable manner to verify that the Submission functions and operates as stated in the Submission. Failure by a Participant to honor such a request will result in the Submission's immediate and automatic disqualification.

All Participants will have the same ability to view Submissions posted on the website. Non-Participants interested in the Competition are also encouraged to register on ic2.calit2.net. Registration will be required in order to receive updates on the Competition and vote for the Popular Choice prize. Registered visitors will be able to vote for a Submission only once. Voting per Submission is also restricted to one vote per station as designated by an IP address.

5. How and When Will Public Voting Take Place?

Use of an automated process (such as a robot or similar device) to submit an electronic vote is strictly prohibited. Any attempt to circumvent the one vote limit per entry or to use an automated vote process will subject all votes from that registered user to disqualification. If a Participant receives multiple and/or irregular votes from the same user or users within the same day, including but not limited to, votes generated by a robotic, programmed, script, macro, other automated means or other source, the Administrator may disqualify the Participant in their sole discretion.

If the voting process for the Popular Choice prize fails to operate properly or appears to be tampered with or tainted with errors, fraud or unfair practices, the Administrator reserves the right to cancel the Popular Choice vote in the event of such problems. Participants may not pay any person or provide any other type of consideration in exchange for votes. Any Contestant who violates the ban on paying or providing consideration in exchange for votes will be disqualified.

Public vote totals may be displayed on the competition website, on a real-time basis, before being verified for integrity. These not yet verified votes do not necessarily accurately reflect the winners of the Popular Choice prize. The winners of the Popular Choice prize will be contacted directly by the Administrator or Sponsors after the votes have been verified. The Sponsor and the Administrator reserve the right to modify the voting period at any time and for any reason.

6. How Will the Winners Be Selected and What Are the Judging Criteria?

Submissions will initially be screened by a judging panel selected by the Administrator at their sole discretion. The judging panel is identified on http://i2c.calit2.net. The judging panel will judge the Submissions on the criteria identified below to select Finalists. Then the Finalists will be judged again by the judging panel on the criteria identified below.

The Administrator reserves the right to substitute or modify the judging panel at any time for any reason. Judges will have the right to withdraw without advance notice in the event of extenuating circumstances beyond their control. Judges will be instructed by the Administrator to conduct their judging process in a fair and impartial manner. A judge may elect to recuse him or herself from judging a Submission, if in the judge's sole discretion it is not appropriate for him or her to judge that particular Submission because of a past or current relationship with that particular Participant. A Submission will not be at a disadvantage if one or more judges recuses himself or herself from the review of that Submission.

Individual odds of winning depend on the number of eligible Submissions received and the quality of the Submissions. The approximate dates for determining the finalists are between April 30, 2012 at 5:00 PM EDT and May 21, 2012 at 7:00 AM EDT.

First, Second and Third Prize Criteria:

  1. a. Innovation of idea;
  2. b. Probable commercial viability of the technology;
  3. c. Likely milestones necessary to develop and commercialize the technology;
  4. d. Marketplace attractiveness;
  5. e. Likely intellectual property outcomes, if any.

The three (3) Contestants whose Submissions receive the highest overall scores from the judging panel will win the corresponding prizes identified below (see "What Can I Win?"). In the event of a tie for any of the prizes, winner will be selected based on the criteria described in (1), then (2), and finally (3).

7. How Will the Winners Be Notified?

ALL POTENTIAL COMPETITION WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY SPONSORS AND/OR ADMINISTRATOR WHOSE DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE COMPETITION. Potential winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules. The potential winners will be notified on or about Sept. 21, 2012. The potential winners will be required to sign and return to Sponsor, within ten (10) business days of the date notice is sent to them, an affidavit of eligibility, and liability/publicity release (except where prohibited) in order to claim his/her prize if applicable. Each member of a winning team will also be required to submit a completed W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification. Students, faculty and staff who are members of a winning team and who are NOT affiliated with the University of California are required to report individual prize amounts of $600 or greater on a 1099 MISC tax form.

For employees of the University of California (including students who are also employees), any prize amount will be reported on the recipient's W-2 as reportable income and subject to income tax withholding and employment tax.

It is recommended that a tax expert be consulted on how any prize winnings should be reported on your income tax return.

If a potential winner of any prize cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the affidavit of eligibility, and the liability/publicity release and/or W9 within the required time period (if applicable), or if the prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, such potential winner forfeits such prize. In the event that a potential winner of a Competition prize is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor may award the applicable prize to an alternate winner who had the highest score remaining of the eligible entries. If a winner is considered to be a minor in his or her state of residence, at Sponsor's sole option, the prize will either be awarded to the minor winner's parent or legal guardian on behalf of the winner, or the minor's parent or guardian will be required to ratify and sign the affidavit of eligibility, and liability/publicity release on behalf of the minor.

8. What Can I Win?

Winner Prize Quantity
First Prize $100,000 1 (whether awarded to an individual or shared amongst a team that made the Submission)
Second Prize $50,000 1 (whether awarded to an individual or shared amongst a team that made the Submission)
Third Prize $20,000 1 (whether awarded to an individual or shared amongst a team that made the Submission)

For all Prizes: Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of comparable value. No transfer or substitution of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor. If a team of individuals is selected as a prize winner, the prize will be awarded to the group and it will be up to the group to split or appropriately allocate the prize. No single Participant or individual can win more than one prize.

9. What Else Should I Know?

Entry Conditions and Release

By entering, you agree to the following conditions and release:

(1) Each Participant agrees to comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, Administrator, and/or the Competition judges which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Competition.

(2) Each Participant also agrees to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, Administrator, and their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, the prize suppliers and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Competition, and all of their respective past and present officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the "Released Parties") from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability. These claims, expenses, and liability include, but are not limited to, negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a Participant's entry, creation of an entry or submission of an entry, participation in the Competition, acceptance or use or misuse of prize (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, transmission, performance, exploitation or use of entry.

(3) Each Participant also agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Sponsor and Administrator from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of or relating to a Participant's participation in the Competition and/or Participant's acceptance, use or misuse of prize.

Publicity

Except where prohibited, participation in the Competition constitutes winners' consent to Sponsor's, Administrator's and their agents' use of winner's name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.

General Conditions

Sponsor and Administrator reserve the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Competition, or any part of it, in their sole discretion. Possible reasons for cancellation or suspension of the competition include but are not limited to a low number of entries during the Submission Period, poor quality of entries overall, or any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsor's and/or Administrator's reasonable control.

Sponsor and/or Administrator reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual or Competitor it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Competition or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules.

Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Competition could constitute a violation of criminal and/or civil laws, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor and/or Administrator reserve the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor's and/or Administrator's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

Sponsor and Administrator are not responsible for, nor are they required to count, incomplete, late, misdirected, damaged, unlawful or illicit votes, including those secured through payment, votes achieved through automated means or by registering more than one e-mail account and name, using another Participant's e-mail account and name, as well as those lost for technical reasons or otherwise.

Limitations of Liability

The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Competition; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Competition; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Competition or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant's participation in the Competition or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.

If for any reason an entrant's Submission is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant's sole remedy is to provide another Submission within 48 hours of being notified that the Submission was erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded.

Disputes

Entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Competition, or any prizes awarded, other than those concerning the administration of the Competition or the determination of winners, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (2) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Competition, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved exclusively by a court of competent jurisdiction located in San Diego County; (3) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Competition, but in no event attorneys' fees; and (4) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain an award for anything other than actual out of pocket expenses (exclusive of attorney's fees), and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, including any potential rights to have actual damages multiplied or otherwise increased.

SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant, Sponsor, and Administrator in connection with the Competition, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of California or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of California.

Privacy

The Administrator collects personal information from you when you enter the Competition. The information collected will not be shared with anyone withough prior written approval from the participant.

Competition Results

For results of the competition go to http://i2c.calit2.net on or about Sept. 21, 2012. To receive a printed list of winners via U.S. mail, please write to InterDigital Innovation Challenge, Communications Department, Calit2 at UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, Calif., 92093-0436.

Sponsors and Administrator

Sponsor: (1) InterDigital, 781 Third Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406and (2) California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at the University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla CA 92093.