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Official Rules

Important: Please read these Official Rules (“Rules”) before entering the Pitch Your Prototype Challenge (the “Contest”), sponsored by Maker Media, Inc. (“Maker Media”) and Cornell University (“Cornell”), (each a “Sponsor”, and together, “Sponsors”). By submitting an Application (defined below), you agree that these Rules form a legally binding agreement between you and Sponsors with respect to this Contest and that you will be bound by these Rules.  Your failure to comply with these Rules may result in disqualification of your Application.  Sponsors’ decisions and interpretations of the Rules are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest.

1.   ELIGIBILITY: This Contest is open to individuals, or groups comprised of four or fewer individuals, who are 18 or older as of the time of the Application, provided that entry into this Contest is legal in the jurisdiction in which they reside.  The following are not eligible to submit or participate in any group submitting an Application:  (a) individuals under 18 years of age;  (b) employees of Sponsors or any of their respective affiliates; (c) employees of any other company or individual involved with the design, production, or execution of the Contest, or (d) the immediate families (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 any person listed in (b) or (c) of this paragraph.  (All of the foregoing are “Eligibility Criteria.”)

2.  CONTEST DESCRIPTION: People meeting the Eligibility Criteria who want to participate in the Contest (“Entrants” or “You”) must submit an application using the form available at https://makezine.com/pitch-your-prototype-2015 (“Application”). In the Application, Entrants will submit their idea and images of a prototype of an early stage product  through a written description, photos, drawings, and/or video. Online voting will be used to help determine the five finalists. Two of the five finalists will be selected by the public through online voting. The three other finalists will be selected by a panel of judges from the Sponsors. The top five finalist entries will be judged by a panel of judges from Sponsors, who will select a grand prize winner. The grand prize winner will be announced at MakerCon New York during the week of September 21st, 2015, and will receive a $5,000 grant. All finalists will be invited to attend MakerCon New York (at their own expense) during the week of September 21st, 2015, and will receive a complementary conference pass once their attendance is confirmed.

3.  ENTRY PERIOD: The period for submission of Applications opens at 9:01am PDT on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PDT on Thursday, April 30th, 2015 (“Entry Period”).  Entries received before the Entry Period will not be considered unless they are re-submitted during the Entry Period.  Entries received after the Entry Period will not be considered.

4.   ENTRY DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS:  Applications must be submitted online at https://makezine.com/pitch-your-prototype-2015. Each Application must include: (a) an entry form, including name, email address, and phone number; (b) a description (in written and visual form, e.g. video and or photos) of the Project; (c) if submitted by a group, an identification of all persons in the group and a certification that each of them meets the Eligibility Criteria; and (d) if submitted by an individual, an identification of the individual and a certification that the individual meets the Eligibility Criteria. One (1) Application may be submitted by each group or individual. You Project may not have been (and may not be during the Entry Period) listed on any crowdfunding site.  KEEP A COPY OR THE ORIGINAL OF EACH ELEMENT OF YOUR APPLICATION AND ANYTHING SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION.

5.  WINNER JUDGING AND SELECTION:  An illustration of each eligible Project will be posted on the Make: website at https://makezine.com/pitch-your-prototype-2015 (“Voting URL”) for public voting.  Public voting will begin on May 1st, 2015, at 9:01am Pacific Time and will end on May 18th, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time (“Public Voting Period”). During the Public Voting Period, visitors to the Voting URL will be able to vote for the Entries they think best meet the following criteria: application to real world problem or need (30%), commercial viability and target market (30%), originality of idea or product (25%), and quality of submission materials and documentation of the prototype (15%) (“Finalist Judging Criteria”). Only one (1) vote per email address per day for any given Project is permitted during the Public Voting Period; voting for multiple Projects in a day is permitted.  Any use of robotic, macro, automatic, programmed or like voting methods will void all such votes. Any attempt by Entrants and/or their families or friends to vote more than the number of times authorized by using multiple email addresses, paying or retaining third parties for the purposes of voting, and/or any other fraudulent mechanism, in order to cast multiple votes will result in disqualification of all such votes and may result in disqualification of the Entrant for whom the improper votes were received if the Sponsors determine that the Entrant was involved in any way in such unauthorized voting.  The two entries receiving the highest scores from public online voting will be the first two finalists. After public voting is closed, three additional finalists will be chosen, using the Finalist Judging Criteria, by judges from the Sponsors. The final five Finalist Projects will be judged by a panel of judges from the Sponsors using the Judging Criteria (Judging Criteria): application to real world problem or need (30%), commercial viability and target market (30%) originality of idea or product (25%), quality of submission materials and documentation of the prototype (10%), and promotion and marketing of prototype, taking into consideration the number of overall public votes to encourage entrants to share their projects (5%).

6.    WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT:  The five Finalist Projects will be announced via the Make: blog at www.makezine.com by the week of June 1, 2015 and the (5) finalist Entrants will be notified via email or phone prior to that date (see paragraph 9).

7.  PRIZE: There will be one (1) grand prize awarded. The winner will receive a $5000 grant. Only one $5000 prize will be awarded, even if the winning Entrant is submitted by a group. The top 5 finalists will be invited to attend MakerCon New York at their own expense the week of September 21st, and will be given a complementary pass to the conference. Finalists need not be present at MakerCon New York to be selected as the winner.

8.     TAXES:  The winning Entrant (including all members of a group receiving the prize) will be responsible for payment of taxes on the prize amount under the tax laws of the jurisdiction in which they live.  Sponsors will file a 1099 form (or equivalent if the winner is a foreign resident) with the appropriate authorities.

9.   WINNER NOTIFICATION AND VERIFICATION:  The top 5 finalists will be notified before June 1, 2015, subject to verification of compliance with the Eligibility Criteria. The grand prize winner will be announced at MakerCon. Sponsors are not responsible for any change of an Entrant’s email address or other contact information. If any notification or Contest-related communication is rejected, faulty, returned as undeliverable; if the potential winner or runner up does not respond according to the notifications or Sponsors’ instructions; if the winner or runner up fails to comply with these Rules; or if a potential winner or runner up cannot be reached after a reasonable attempt has been made by Sponsors (as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion), that winner or runner up may be disqualified and an alternate winner or runner up may be selected by Sponsors.   In the event that a potential winner or runner up is disqualified for any reason, Sponsors reserve the right to award the prize to an alternate Entrant even if the disqualified potential winner’s or runner up’s name may have been announced.

10.  RIGHTS IN SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS AND PROJECT:  All Applications will become the sole property of Sponsors.  By submitting an Application, each Entrant grants to Sponsors a worldwide, sublicensable, perpetual right and license to reproduce, publish, modify, create derivative works of, create prototypes of, and display the Application, the Project, and their contents, including any drawings, ideas, text, designs and descriptions, for any and all editorial purposes, including the illustration, promotion, and creation of projects in Make: magazine and Makezine.com, social media platforms, and in or on any other platform in which Sponsors participate.  You acknowledge and agree that Sponsors shall have an absolute right and permission to publish, post, edit, adapt, display, and otherwise use the content of and elements embodied in the Application and Project in any form, in any manner, in perpetuity, and in any and all media (whether now known or hereafter devised) without compensation of any kind to You.

11.  CERTIFICATION OF ORIGINALITY OF IDEAS AND DESIGNS; INDEMNIFICATION: By submitting an Application, You warrant and represent that: (1) the Project is based on your original design, (2) no other person or entity other than those disclosed in the Application has any right to its contents or any component of the Application other than physical components used in the Project, and (3) your submission of the Application does not breach or violate any obligation, contractual or otherwise, that You have to any third party.  You hereby agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless MAKE from and against any claim that arises from your breach of any of the foregoing representations.

12.   NO SPONSOR LIABILITY:  By submitting an Application, You agree that your submission is voluntary and made without restriction, will not place Sponsors under any obligation, and that Sponsors are free to disclose the ideas contained in the Application on a non-confidential basis to anyone or otherwise use the ideas without any additional compensation to You. You acknowledge that, by accepting your Application, Sponsors do not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas previously known to them, or developed by their respective employees, or obtained from sources other than You.   You acknowledge and agree that nothing in these Rules will require Sponsors to use the Application or Project in part or in whole or to include the Application or Project in any Sponsor property, including, without limitation, any web site or any other online or offline property.  You acknowledge and agree that the relationship between you and Sponsors is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship, and that your decision to submit your Application and Project for purposes of the Contest does not place Sponsors in a position that is any different from the position held by members of the general public with regard to elements of the Contest, other than as set forth in these Rules. You acknowledge and agree that Sponsors do not now and will not have in the future any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of the copyright in and to your Application or any intellectual property rights in your Project.

13.   GENERAL LIABILITY RELEASE.  BY SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION, YOU AGREE THAT YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO RECOVER ANY DAMAGES OR PROVISIONAL RELIEF FROM SPONSORS IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEST: By entering the Contest, submitting an Application, and/or accepting a prize, you agree to release Sponsors, and each of them, from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with: (1) the Contest, or (2) acceptance or awarding of any prize, (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses, and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional).  This release covers any and all claims, whether under a theory of contract, warranty, tort (including negligence, whether active, passive, or imputed), strict liability, product liability, contribution, or any other theory.

14.  FILM, PHOTOGRAPH, RECORDING AND PUBLICITY RELEASE:  Except where prohibited by law, by submitting an Application, you authorize Sponsors and their respective agents, to use your name, likeness, and all Application submission materials, including the Project, and/or prize information, in any and all media without territorial or time limitation, for any advertising, promotional, or any other purpose without further compensation to, or permission from you.

15.  GENERAL CONDITIONS:   Sponsors’ failure to or decision not to enforce any provision in these Rules will not constitute a waiver of that or any other provision.  In the event there is an alleged or actual ambiguity, discrepancy or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest-related materials and/or these Rules (including any alleged discrepancy or inconsistency in these Rules), it will be resolved in Sponsors sole discretion.  Applicants waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Contest or these Rules.  The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Rules will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.  In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Rules will otherwise remain in effect and will be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.  Any attempt to tamper with the Contest site or to circumvent these Rules will invalidate the Application.

16.  GOVERNING LAW: The Contest and any dispute arising under or related thereto (whether for breach of contract, tortious conduct or otherwise) will be governed, construed, and interpreted under the laws of the State of California, without reference to its conflicts of law principles. Any legal actions, suits or proceedings related to this Contest (whether for breach of contract, tortious conduct or otherwise) will be brought exclusively in the state or federal courts located in San Francisco, California and each Entrant accepts and submits to the personal jurisdiction of these California courts with respect to any legal actions, suits or proceedings arising out of or related to this Contest.

Rules

PSoC Pioneer Challenge

OFFICIAL RULES

Important: Please read these Official Rules (“Rules”) before entering the PSOC PIONEER DESIGN CONTEST (the “Contest”), sponsored by Maker Media, Inc. (“Make:”), Cypress Semiconductor (“Cypress”), and Arrow Electronics (“Arrow”), (each a “Sponsor”, and together, “Sponsors”). By submitting an Application (defined below), you agree that these Rules form a legally binding agreement between you and Sponsors with respect to this Contest and that you will be bound by these Rules. Your failure to comply with these Rules may result in disqualification of your Application. Sponsors’ decisions and interpretations of the Rules are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest.

1. Eligibility: This Contest is open to individuals, or groups comprised of individuals, who are 18 or older as of the time of the Application, provided that entry into this Contest is legal in the jurisdiction in which they reside. The following are not eligible to submit or participate in any group submitting an Application: (a) individuals under 18 years of age; (b) employees of Sponsors or any of their respective affiliates; (c) employees of any other company or individual involved with the design, production, or execution of the Contest, or (d) the immediate families (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 any person listed in (b) or (c) of this paragraph. (All of the foregoing are “Eligibility Criteria.”)

2. Contest Description: Eligible persons or groups who want to participate in the Contest (“Entrants” or “You”) must submit an application using the form available at https://makezine.com/psoc-maker-challenge/ (“Application”). In the Application, Entrants will submit a project that effectively demonstrates the capabilities of the PSoC 4 BLE Developer Kit (“Project”). The Project need not be fully functional and may be in the design phase, but should be reasonably expected to function when developed. The top five entries, selected by online public voting, will be judged by a panel of judges, who will select a winner. The winner will receive $2,500 to be used to travel to Maker Faire Bay Area 2015, May 16-17, in San Mateo, California, and display their project in a space next to the Cypress and Arrow booth.

3. Entry Period: The period for submission of Applications opens at 9:01am PDT on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PDT on Monday, March 23rd, 2015 (“Entry Period”). Entries received before the Entry Period will not be considered unless they are re-submitted during the Entry Period. Entries received after the Entry Period will not be considered.

4. Entry Details and Requirements: Applications must be submitted online at https://makezine.com/psoc-maker-challenge. Each Application must include: (a) an entry form, including name, email address, and phone number; (b) a description (in written and visual form, e.g. video and or photos) of the Project (c) if submitted by a group, an identification of all persons in the group and a certification that each of them meets the Eligibility Criteria, (d) if submitted by an individual, an identification of the individual and a certification that the individual meets the Eligibility Criteria. Up to three (3) Applications may be submitted by each group or individual for up to three (3) different Projects. Entries will not be returned. KEEP A COPY OR THE ORIGINAL OF EACH ELEMENT OF YOUR APPLICATION AND ANYTHING SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION.

5. Winner Judging and Selection: An illustration of each eligible Project will be posted on the Make: website at https://makezine.com/psoc-maker-challenge/ (“Voting URL”) for public voting. Public voting will begin on March 24th, 2015, at 9:01am Pacific Time and will end on April 2, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time (“Public Voting Period”). During the Public Voting Period, visitors to the Voting URL will be able to vote for the Entries they think best meet the Judging Criteria. The Judging Criteria are: (1) Best technical utilization of PSoC 4 BLE product capabilities (2) Most effective demonstration of technology (3) Novelty and innovation in design. Only one (1) vote per email address per day is permitted for any given Project during the Public Voting Period; voting for multiple Projects in a day is permitted. Any use of robotic, macro, automatic, programmed or like voting methods will void all such votes. Any attempt by Entrants and/or their families or friends to vote more than the number of times authorized by using multiple email addresses, paying or retaining third parties for the purposes of voting, and/or any other fraudulent mechanism, in order to cast multiple votes will result in disqualification of all such votes and may result in disqualification of the Entrant for whom the improper votes were received if the Sponsors determine that the Entrant was involved in any way in the perpetration of such fraud. At the end of the Public Voting Period, the five (5) Projects receiving the five (5) most votes will be deemed the Finalist Projects, which will then be judged by a panel of judges from Make, Cypress, and Arrow, using the Judging Criteria.

6. Winner Announcement: The five Finalist Projects, the winner, and the runner up will be announced via the Make: blog at www.makezine.com by April 17th, 2015 and will be notified via email or phone prior to that date (see paragraph 9).

7. Prize: There will be one (1) winner prize and one (1) runner-up prize awarded. The winner will receive $2,500 to travel to Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 (May 16 – 17) to exhibit their Project in the booth of Cypress & Arrow during the event. Only one $2,500 prize will be awarded, even if the winning Entrant is submitted by a group. The Runner-up prize (only one of which will only be awarded, even if the runner up Project is submitted by a group), will be one gift certificate to the Maker Shed in the amount of $100, one gift certificate to Arrow Electronics in the amount of $100, and one gift certificate to Cypress Semiconductor in the amount of $250.

8. Taxes: The winning Entrant (including all members of a group receiving the prize) will be responsible for payment of taxes on the prize amount under the tax laws of the jurisdiction in which they live. Sponsors will file a 1099 form (or equivalent if the winner is a foreign resident) with the appropriate authorities.

9. Winner Notification and Verification: The winner and runner-up will be notified by April 10th, 2015, subject to verification of compliance with the Eligibility Criteria. Sponsors are not responsible for any change of an Entrant’s email address or other contact information. If any notification or Contest-related communication is rejected, faulty, returned as undeliverable; if the potential winner or runner up does not respond according to the notifications or Sponsors’ instructions; if the winner or runner up fails to comply with these Rules; or if a potential winner or runner up cannot be reached after a reasonable attempt has been made by Sponsors (as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion), that winner or runner up may be disqualified and an alternate winner or runner up may be selected by Sponsors.   In the event that a potential winner or runner up is disqualified for any reason, Sponsors reserve the right to award the prize to an alternate Entrant even if the disqualified potential winner’s or runner up’s name may have been announced.

10. Rights in Submitted Applications and Projects: All Applications will become the sole property of Sponsors. By submitting an Application, each Entrant grants to Sponsors a worldwide, sublicensable, perpetual right and license to reproduce, publish, modify, create derivative works of, create prototypes of, and display the Application, the Project, and their contents, including any drawings, ideas, text, designs and descriptions, for any and all editorial purposes, including the illustration, promotion, and creation of projects in Make: magazine and Makezine.com, social media platforms, and in or on any other platform in which Sponsors participate. You acknowledge and agree that Sponsors shall have an absolute right and permission to publish, post, edit, adapt, display, and otherwise use the content of and elements embodied in the Application and Project in any form, in any manner, in perpetuity, and in any and all media (whether now known or hereafter devised) without compensation of any kind to You.

11. Certification of Originality of Ideas and Designs; Indemnification: By submitting an Application, You warrant and represent that: (1) the Project is based on your original design, (2) no other person or entity other than those disclosed in the Application has any right to its contents or any component of the Application other than physical components used in the Project, and (3) your submission of the Application does not breach or violate any obligation, contractual or otherwise, that You have to any third party. You hereby agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless MAKE from and against any claim that arises from your breach of any of the foregoing representations.

12. No Sponsor Liability: By submitting an Application, You agree that your submission is voluntary and made without restriction, will not place Sponsors under any obligation, and that Sponsors are free to disclose the ideas contained in the Application on a non-confidential basis to anyone or otherwise use the ideas without any additional compensation to You. You acknowledge that, by accepting your Application, Sponsors do not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas previously known to them, or developed by their respective employees, or obtained from sources other than You.   You acknowledge and agree that nothing in these Rules will require Sponsors to use the Application or Project in part or in whole or to include the Application or Project in any Sponsor property, including, without limitation, any web site or any other online or offline property. You acknowledge and agree that the relationship between you and Sponsors is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship, and that your decision to submit your Application and Project for purposes of the Contest does not place Sponsors in a position that is any different from the position held by members of the general public with regard to elements of the Contest, other than as set forth in these Rules. You acknowledge and agree that Sponsors do not now and will not have in the future any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of the copyright in and to your Application or any intellectual property rights in your Project.

13. General Liability Release: BY SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION, YOU AGREE THAT YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO RECOVER ANY DAMAGES OR PROVISIONAL RELIEF FROM SPONSORS IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEST. By entering the Contest, submitting an Application, and/or accepting a prize, you agree to release Sponsors, and each of them, from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with: (1) the Contest, or (2) acceptance or awarding of any prize, (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses, and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional). This release covers any and all claims, whether under a theory of contract, warranty, tort (including negligence, whether active, passive, or imputed), strict liability, product liability, contribution, or any other theory.

14. Film, Photograph, Recording and Publicity Release: Except where prohibited by law, by submitting an Application, you authorize Sponsors and their respective agents, to use your name, likeness, and all Application submission materials, including the Project, and/or prize information, in any and all media without territorial or time limitation, for any advertising, promotional, or any other purpose without further compensation to, or permission from you.

15. General Conditions: Sponsors’ failure to or decision not to enforce any provision in these Rules will not constitute a waiver of that or any other provision. In the event there is an alleged or actual ambiguity, discrepancy or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest-related materials and/or these Rules (including any alleged discrepancy or inconsistency in these Rules), it will be resolved in Sponsors sole discretion. Applicants waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Contest or these Rules. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Rules will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Rules will otherwise remain in effect and will be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. Any attempt to tamper with the Contest site or to circumvent these Rules will invalidate the Application.

16. Governing Law: The Contest and any dispute arising under or related thereto (whether for breach of contract, tortious conduct or otherwise) will be governed, construed, and interpreted under the laws of the State of California, without reference to its conflicts of law principles. Any legal actions, suits or proceedings related to this Contest (whether for breach of contract, tortious conduct or otherwise) will be brought exclusively in the state or federal courts located in San Francisco, California and each Entrant accepts and submits to the personal jurisdiction of these California courts with respect to any legal actions, suits or proceedings arising out of or related to this Contest.

Official Rules

Make SketchUp

OFFICIAL RULES

Important: Please read these Official Rules (“Rules”) before entering the Maker Faire Design Challenge (the “Challenge”). By submitting an Application (defined below), you agree that these Rules form a legally binding agreement between you and Sponsors with respect to this Contest and that you will be bound by these Rules. Your failure to comply with these Rules may result in disqualification of your Application. Sponsors’ decisions and interpretations of the Rules are final and binding in all matters related to the Challenge.

  1. SPONSORS: The Contest is sponsored by Maker Media, Inc., 1005 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol, CA 95472 and Trimble Navigation Ltd (“Trimble”), 935 Stewart Dr., Sunnyvale, CA 94085 (each a “Sponsor” and together “Sponsors”).
  2. Eligibility: This Challenge is open to individuals, or groups comprised of individuals, who are 18 or older as of the time of the Application. The following are not eligible to submit or participate in any group submitting an Application: (a) individuals under 18 years of age; (b) employees of Sponsors or any of their respective affiliates; (c) employees of any other company or individual involved with the design, production, or execution of the Challenge, or (d) the immediate families (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 any person listed in (b) or (c) of this paragraph. (All of the foregoing are “Eligibility Criteria.”)
  3. CHALLENGE DESCRIPTION: Eligible persons or groups who want to participate in the Challenge must submit an application using the form available at www.makezine.com/maker-faire-design-challenge (“Application”). In the Application, prospective participants in the Challenge (“Applicants,” or “You”) will design a new kind of Information Kiosk for use at Maker Faire events around the world. The Information Kiosk design (“Design”) must satisfy the following requirements set forth on Exhibit A : 1. Provide Wayfinding: The Kiosk should provide a place for visitors to view a map of Maker Faire; 2. High Visibility: Maker Faire is a visually chaotic event, with lots of things going on all the time. The Kiosk should command attention and be easily ‘findable’ in a sea of visual noise; 3. Constructable: The Kiosk should be easy to assemble on site using only simple tools and unskilled labor; 4. Deconstructable: The Kiosk should also be easy to take apart and pack back into a shipping container for future use, 5. Shippable: The Kiosk should be easily shippable from venue to venue, 6. Open Source Design License: Designs must be licensed under an open source hardware license. 7. Public Sharing: Designs must be shared publicly on the Trimble 3D Warehouse site or other project URLs within entry form, where they will remain available for free reuse by others. 8. $7,000 Budget: The prototype kiosk reflected in the Design must be buildable with a total budget not to exceed $7,000 (not including any required electronic equipment). 9. Compliance with San Mateo County Requirements: The Design (when built) must satisfy local fire and safety requirements. (All of the foregoing are the “Design Criteria.”)
  4. ENTRY PERIOD: The period for submission of Applications opens at 10:01am. PDT on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PDT on Monday, April 14, 2014 (“Entry Period”). Entries received before the Entry Period will not be considered unless they are re-submitted during the Entry Period. Entries received after the Entry Period will not be considered.
  5. ENTRY DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS: Applications must be submitted online at www.makezine.com/maker-faire-design-challenge. Each Application must include: (a) an entry form, including name, email address, and phone number; (b) a description (in written and visual form) of the Design and a link to a 3D model created using 3D rendering software; (c) if submitted by a group, an identification of all persons in the group and a certification that each of them meets the Eligibility Criteria, (d) if submitted by an individual, an identification of the individual and a certification that the individual meets the Eligibility Criteria. The submission must include comprehensive detailed how-to steps and clear instructions for successfully building out the Design. Only one application may be submitted by each group or individual. Entries will not be returned. KEEP A COPY OR THE ORIGINAL OF EACH ELEMENT OF YOUR APPLICATION AND ANYTHING SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION. The winning Applicant (or an adult representative of a group Applicant) will be required to be present to advise and assist with the construction of the kiosk at the Maker Faire Bay Area 2014, May 17-18, 2014 (“Event”). Travel expenses for one person of up to a maximum of $3,000 (total for all attendees, in the aggregate) for coach class air fare and hotel expenses for one or more members of the design team will be reimbursed following the winner’s attendance at the Event. MAKE WILL OWN THE CONSTRUCTED KIOSK.
  6. JUDGING: All Applications meeting the Eligibility Criteria will be judged by a panel of judges from Trimble, MAKE, and ShopBot: 1. Designs will be judged based on their creativity, uniqueness, practicality, expression of the MAKE brand, and effective compliance with the Design Criteria., The judges will select the winning Applicant and a runner up.
  7. WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: The winner and runner up will be announced via the MAKE: blog at makezine.com on Wednesday, April 21, 2014, and will be notified via email or phone as well.
  8. PRIZE: The Applicant for the winning Design will receive reimbursement for travel expenses of up to $3,000 (total for all attendees, in the aggregate) for coach class air fare and hotel expenses for one or more members of the design team of the Applicant or an adult representative of a group Applicant for attendance at the Event. Payment will be made following the winning Applicant’s attendance at the Event and proof of actual expenses. The winning Applicant (including all members of the Application group receiving reimbursement) will be required to provide W-9 information, and will be responsible for payment of taxes on the reimbursement amount under the tax laws of the jurisdiction in which they live. Sponsors will file a 1099 form (or equivalent if the winner is a foreign resident). with the appropriate authorities. The runner up’s Design will be featured (but not built) at the Event and in Challenge publicity.
  9. WINNER NOTIFICATION AND VERIFICATION: The winner and runner up will be notified by Friday, April 18, 2014, subject to verification of compliance with the Eligibility Criteria. Sponsors are not responsible for any change of an Applicant’s email address or other contact information. If any notification or Challenge-related communication is rejected, faulty, returned as undeliverable; if the potential winner or runner up does not respond according to the notifications or Sponsors’ instructions; if the winner or runner up fails to comply with these Rules; or if a potential winner or runner up cannot be reached after a reasonable attempt has been made by Sponsors (as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion), that winner or runner up may be disqualified and an alternate winner or runner up may be selected by Sponsors. In the event that a potential winner or runner up is disqualified for any reason, Sponsors reserve the right to award the prize to an alternate Applicant even if the disqualified potential winner’s or runner up’s name may have been announced.
  10. RIGHTS IN SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS AND DESIGNS: All Applications and any materials submitted with such Applications will become the sole property of Sponsors. By submitting an Application, each Applicant grants to Sponsors a worldwide, sublicensable, perpetual right and license to reproduce, publish, modify, create derivative works of, create prototypes of, and display the Application, the Design, and their contents, including any drawings, ideas, text, designs and descriptions, for any and all editorial purposes, including the illustration, promotion, and creation of projects in MAKE Magazine, on www.makezine.com, social media platforms, and in or on any other platform in which Sponsors participate. You acknowledge and agree that Sponsors shall have an absolute right and permission to publish, post, edit, adapt, display, and otherwise use the content of and elements embodied in the Application in any form, in any manner, in perpetuity, and in any and all media (whether now known or hereafter devised) without compensation of any kind to You.
  11. CERTIFICATION OF ORIGINALITY OF IDEAS AND DESIGNS; INDEMNIFICATION: By submitting an Application, You warrant and represent that: (1) the Design is your original design and/or derived from open source material, (2) no other person or entity other than those disclosed in the Application has any right to its contents or any component of the Design (except as provided in any open source license from which the Design was derived), and (3) your submission of the Application does not breach or violate any obligation, contractual or otherwise, that You have to any third party. You hereby agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Sponsors from and against any claim that arises from your breach of any of the foregoing representations.
  12. NO SPONSOR LIABILITY. By submitting an Application, You agree that your submission is voluntary and made without restriction, will not place Sponsors under any obligation, and that Sponsors are free to disclose the ideas contained in the Application on a non-confidential basis to anyone or otherwise use the ideas without any additional compensation to You. You acknowledge that, by accepting your Application, Sponsors do not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas previously known to Sponsors or any of them, or developed by their employees, or obtained from sources other than You. You acknowledge and agree that nothing in these Rules will require Sponsors to use the Design in part or in whole or to include the Design in any Sponsor property, including, without limitation, any web site or any other online or offline property. You acknowledge and agree that the relationship between you and Sponsors is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship, and that your decision to submit your Application for purposes of the Challenge does not place Sponsors in a position that is any different from the position held by members of the general public with regard to elements of the Challenge, other than as set forth in these Rules. You acknowledge and agree that Sponsors do not now and will not have in the future any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of the copyright in and to your Design.
  13. GENERAL LIABILITY RELEASE. BY SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION, YOU AGREE THAT YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO RECOVER ANY DAMAGES OR PROVISIONAL RELIEF FROM SPONSORSIN CONNECTION WITH THE CHALLENGE. By entering the Challenge, submitting an Application, and/or accepting a prize, you agree to release Sponsors, and each of them, from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with: (1) the Challenge, or (2) acceptance or awarding of any prize, (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses, and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional). This release covers any and all claims, whether under a theory of contract, warranty, tort (including negligence, whether active, passive, or imputed), strict liability, product liability, contribution, or any other theory.
  14. FILM, PHOTOGRAPH, RECORDING AND PUBLICITY RELEASE. Except where prohibited by law, by submitting an Application, you authorize Sponsors and their respective agents, to use your name, likeness, and all Application submission materials, Design, and/or prize information, in any and all media without territorial or time limitation, for any advertising, promotional, or any other purpose without further compensation to, or permission from you.
  15. GENERAL CONDITIONS: Sponsors’ failure to or decision not to enforce any provision in these Rules will not constitute a waiver of that or any other provision. In the event there is an alleged or actual ambiguity, discrepancy or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements contained in any Challenge-related materials and/or these Rules (including any alleged discrepancy or inconsistency in these Rules), it will be resolved in Sponsors sole discretion. Applicants waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Challenge or these Rules. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Rules will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Rules will otherwise remain in effect and will be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. Any attempt to tamper with the Challenge site or to circumvent these Rules will invalidate the Application.
  16. GOVERNING LAW: The Challenge and any dispute arising under or related thereto (whether for breach of contract, tortious conduct or otherwise) will be governed, construed, and interpreted under the laws of the State of California, without reference to its conflicts of law principles. Any legal actions, suits or proceedings related to this Challenge (whether for breach of contract, tortious conduct or otherwise) will be brought exclusively in the state or federal courts located in San Francisco, California and each Applicant accepts and submits to the personal jurisdiction of these California courts with respect to any legal actions, suits or proceedings arising out of or related to this Challenge.

EXHIBIT A

DESIGN CHALLENGE REQUIREMENTS

    1. Provide Wayfinding: The Kiosk should provide a place for visitors to view a map of Maker Faire.
    2. High Visibility: Maker Faire is a visually chaotic event, with lots of things going on all the time. The Kiosk should command attention and be easily ‘findable’ in a sea of visual noise.
    3. Constructable: The Kiosk should be easy to assemble on site using only simple tools and unskilled labor.
    4. Deconstructable: The kiosk should be easy to take apart and pack back into a shipping container for future use.
    5. Shippable: The kiosk should be easily shippable from venue to venue.
    6. Open Source Design License: Designs must be licensed for reuse by anyone under an open source license.
    7. Public Sharing: Designs must be shared publicly on the Trimble 3D Warehouse site or other project URLs within entry form, where they will remain available for free reuse by others.
    8. $7,000 Budget: The prototype kiosk reflected in the Design must be buildable, including all materials and plywood cutting time) with a total budget not to exceed $7,000 (not including any maps or required electronic equipment).
    9. Compliance with San Mateo County Requirements: The Design (when built) must satisfy local fire and safety requirements.
    10. Fabrication Medium: The primary fabrication medium for this design should be plywood (which will be cut from 4’ x 8’ sheets. For inspiration, see the Shelter 2.0, WikiHouse and AtFab projects. Other supplemental materials may be used, but primarily this is a thing made of plywood.
    11. Maximum Number of Plywood Sheets: The maximum number of 4’ x 8’ plywood sheets used to cut the design should be 30 (for ½” inch plywood) and 20 (for ¾” inch plywood). You can get a pretty good idea of how many sheets of plywood your design requires by using the WikiHouse plugin for SketchUp to generate cutting files.
    12. Maximum Footprint: The maximum footprint of the structure should be 10’ by 10’ (but smaller is probably better since space is always at a premium at Maker Faire!)
    13. Accommodation of Map: For wayfinding and information purposes, the kiosk should be able to accommodate a 24” x 36” map and other miscellaneous signage.
    14. Durable: The kiosk will be outside, so it should be able to stand up to rain and wind.

    Enter the Maker Faire Design Challenge presented by SketchUp

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Rules for 2011 NASA Make: Challenge: Experimental Science Kits for Space

Rules and Guidelines for Entering the 2011 NASA Make: Challenge

Proposals for the NASA Make: Challenge should be submitted electronically to makespacekits@gmail.com by midnight (Pacific Daylight Savings Time) April 30, 2011, in accordance with the rules below. If your questions aren’t answered below, please see our frequently asked questions.

The Challenge

The NASA Make: Challenge invites inventors to propose kits that high school students can build in their classrooms to explore a scientific, technical, or math concept by flying the kits on a suborbital rocket flight.

The NASA Make: Challenge is open to all U.S. citizens. Proposers under the age of 18 must include the permission of a parent or guardian to participate.

Specifically, makers are challenged to meet the following conditions:

  1. Think cool. Employ an engaging and interesting way to illustrate important science and math principles that are aligned with national high school education standards in science, math, and/or technology. (To learn more about microgravity, we recommend Don Pettit’s Saturday Morning Science videos and NASA’s 1997 Microgravity Teacher’s Guide.)
  2. Think small. All components of the kit must fit within one of the following two volume envelopes:
    • 9 cm x 9 cm x 9 cm (fits within a CubeSat)
    • 9 cm x 9 cm x 19 cm (fits within a P-POD)
  3. Think easy. Kits should be easy enough to be built by students with teacher/adult supervision in typical school classrooms with fairly common tools.
  4. Think cheap. Kits should be inexpensive and made with materials that are either easily available via local hardware and electronic stores, or easy and quick to obtain from mail order sources.  Think “Bake Sale Space Projects” where the costs to build the experiment could be met by a school bake sale (under $200, preferably under $100). Note: Kits can be proposed that would cost over $100 to build, but cost will be a factor in evaluation with preference given to lower-cost kits.
  5. Think safe for the kids. Kits will be used in high school classrooms, so materials and tools used should not pose a threat to students’ well-being (if reasonable safety precautions are taken.)
  6. Think safe for the vehicle. Kits must be able to be safely flown on suborbital launch vehicles.  The assembly of kits and the assembled kits must be able to be safely flown within the temperature, vibration, and pressure changes of space vehicles – i.e., will not damage vehicle, other experiments, or people. Please note that temperatures at some launch sites, for example those in the Mojave Desert, can reach 115°F or more. An experiment on a suborbital vehicle will experience several different environments during the flight, as described in the chart below (in the section “Typical Suborbital Flight Environment for the NASA Make Challenge”.)
  7. Think humane. No experiment will be selected that is deemed inhumane to multicellular members of the animal kingdom. No experiment will be selected that involves vertebrate animals. Please keep in mind that the experiment might wait for 3 hours in temperatures over 100°F before launch.  Adequate life-support for the animal, plant, or microbe must be provided within the enclosure for a successful experiment.
  8. Think open source hardware. Kits submitted to the NASA Make: Challenge will be considered “open source hardware.” available to anyone to create and build without restrictions in accordance with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Typical Suborbital Flight Environment for the NASA Make: Challenge

NASA Make: Challenge kits will be flown on a suborbital vehicle whose flight may have the following parameters. These numbers are true for the current flight. Please note that future flights may be significantly different.

  • Typical flight duration is 5 to 10 minutes
  • Duration of microgravity varies by mission from 12.5 seconds to 3 minutes
  • Altitude of 30 km  or 100,000 feet (but this might be higher)
  • No human passengers (for now)

A typical flight profile consists of launch, acceleration to Mach 0.9 throughout the majority of atmospheric resistance, then going full throttle before shutting off the engine. During parabolic coast phase, the payload experiences microgravity. As the vehicle descends back into the atmosphere and gains speed the coast phase ends. At this point the rocket stabilizes itself and falls towards the ground engine-first before the engine re-lights and lands the vehicle on the same pad used for takeoff.

Experiments will be turned on when they are installed in the launch vehicle, which may be up to 3 hours prior to launch. It may take up to an hour to recover the payload from the vehicle.

Timeline Element Duration Environment
Payload is installed and waits for launch Up to 3 hours Ambient temperatures could range from near freezing to over 115°F
Launch 1-2 minutes to apogee Heavy vibration and acoustic stresses.  Acceleration to Mach 0.9
Parabolic coast phase to Apogee < 1 minute During parabolic coast phase the payload experiences microgravity. As the vehicle descends back into the atmosphere and gains speed the coast phase ends.
Duration of microgravity
during parabolic coast phase
12.5 sec to 3 minutes <0.001 g MICROGRAVITY LEVEL

Return to Earth 1-2 minutes to descend At this point, the rocket stabilizes itself and falls towards the ground engine-first before the engine re-lights and lands the vehicle on the same pad used for takeoff.
Landing TBD g level
Time to recover payload Up to 1 hour

Note that batteries should be selected to operate as necessary for 4 hours. Name-brand alkaline batteries, such as Energizer or Duracell, have been used successfully in the past and can be used as a power source.

Proposal Preparation Checklist

A submission to the NASA Make: Challenge will consist of two parts: (1) a written proposal describing the kit and (2) the project documentation described online at Make: Projects

Written Proposal

  • Create a Cover Page which includes
    • Proposer’s Contact Information: including Name, Address, Email, and Phone Number
    • Permission to participate, if proposer is under 18 years of age: Important: For proposers who are minors, email and phone number of parents or guardians and statement of permission for their minor child to participate in this challenge must appear on the cover page. Entries submitted by minors without parental consent will not be eligible for judging or award.
    • License Agreement: A statement acknowledging that your proposed kit, whether selected or not, will be considered open source designs in accordance with Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/).
    • A link to your project documentation on makeprojects.com (see below)
  • Summarize the experiment and the design of the kit that enables it, including diagrams or photos.
  • Describe the kit in greater detail.
    • What is it and what does it do?  (e.g. Build and fly an accelerometer)
    • What does this kit demonstrate?  (e.g. The purpose of this kit is to measure the vibration profile of a suborbital spaceflight throughout the mission.)
    • Educational and scientific value. (e.g. Students will learn to build an accelerometer which explorers foundational technical concepts including force measurements, gravity, and how vibration is generated by various mechanical devices such as cars, bicycles, washing machines, and suborbital spacecraft)
    • Concept of operations. Describe how the experiment will operate in space. (How is the experiment turned on? How does the experiment operate during the mission? How does one collect data from the experiment?)
    • Budget. State the total cost of all kit components, including all parts and materials used. (Note that these should be listed individually in your online documentation.)
  • Address safety issues, that is, any component, material, or design that can harm people, other experiments in the flight, or the vehicle during assembly, integration, or operation.  (e.g. sharps, toxic materials, corrosive materials, explosive materials or designs, harmful biological agents, temperature issues, electromagnetic interference issues, etc
  • Submit your proposal electronically to makespacekits@gmail.com by midnight (Pacific Daylight Savings Time) April 30, 2011.

  • Keep proposals shorter than 5 pages (standard 8.5 x 11 inches) not including the Cover Page. Proposals must be typed (except for diagrams) using a 12-point font and 1-inch margins. Diagrams must be legible and clearly labeled.Project Documentation at Make: Projects

To use Make Projects to document the project itself…
  1. Go to makeprojects.com
  2. Create a user account if you don’t have one. Use the name and email address that you provide on your the Cover Page of your Written Proposal.
  3. Start a new project to describe the kit and its components and how to build it.
  4. On the “Introduction” page, you’ll be asked to provide some data about the project.
    a) Choose the topic “DIY Space” under the “Flight and Projectiles” category in the pull-down menu.
    b) In the Flags area at the bottom of this page, choose “Unpublished.”
  5. In the “Keyword Tags” area to the right, use the tag “nasamakechallenge2011” to identify the project.
  6. Click on the “Meta Guide Data” link on the right or the blue “Meta Information” link near the bottom to provide a complete parts list, along with the tools required for the kit.
  7. Click on the “Add Step” button on the right or the blue “First step” near the bottom to supply photos and instructions in order to illustrate a step-by-step procedure for the kit.
  8. When you are done, leave the project status as “Unpublished.”  (Projects will be published after they’ve been reviewed by NASA.)

Evaluation and Award

Winning proposals will undergo three levels of review by NASA personnel and other technical judges in the areas of (1) safety; (2) technical merit; and (3) educational value. Winners will be honored at Maker Faire, have their project printed in MAKE magazine, and receive other prizes which we unfortunately cannot mention here (but, trust us, they are pretty darn cool!)

Questions?

If you still have questions that aren’t answered in the rules above, please see our frequently asked questions, where you can ask them in the comments.