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Northern Indiana Innovation Competition

Competition Rules

  • For the Northern Indiana Innovation Competition, an innovation is considered something that is new and useful to a group of people. The innovation may be one or a combination of the four archetypes of innovation: invention (creation of new product, service, or process), extension (expansion of a product, service, or process), duplication (replication of an already existing product, service, or process in a new market), or synthesis (combination of existing concepts and factors into new formulation).
  • The NIIC organizers are not responsible for lost, misdirected, or blocked email.
  • The Dean of the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics reserves the right to make final decisions in regards to all aspects of the competition.

Eligibility

Entries and students must comply with the following criteria to be eligible for participation in the competition:

  • By submitting the Intent to Compete Form and thereby entering the competition, all students and the faculty sponsor have read and agree to the terms and conditions of the competition.
  • Only students (undergraduate or graduate students) who have been enrolled in at least one three-credit course Indiana University South Bend, IU South Bend Elkhart Center, or Purdue University College of Technology at South Bend/Elkhart anytime during the calendar years of 2013 or 2014 are eligible to participate in the competition.
  • Students may enter as an individual or as part of a team of two to five students are eligible to participate in the competition.
  • Students may participate in a maximum of three entries either as an individual or as a member of a team
  • The competition is intended only for students that have not received any outside investment (investors, grants, other competitions, etc.) and that have received less than a total of $10,000 in outside funds by the time of submission of the Intent to Compete Form. If any of the students have already received funding from any outside sources, then Dollar amounts, investors and dates of funding must be disclosed to the organizers by sending an email to niic@iusb.edu before the deadline for entries.
  • If the organizers of the competition determine there are insufficient eligible entries for the competition, the organizers may cancel the competition. In that situation, all student teams will be informed via email. The organizers are not responsible for lost, misdirected, or blocked email.

Requirements

  • The innovation idea that forms the basis for the entry must be the students’ own original work and ideas and must have been developed during the students’ tenure at IU South Bend.
  • The innovation idea must be appropriate for a university-sponsored event.
  • No late entries (entries submitted after the deadline) will be considered.
  • Any entry that does not comply with the rules for NIIC or are incomplete will not be considered
  • All the students listed on the Intent to Compete Form must actively participate in the presentation(s) on the day of semi-finals and finals to maintain eligibility to compete in the competition.
  • All participants are responsible for their transportation to and from the venue for the competition.

Proprietary Rights

  • The organizers and judges of the NIIC consider all entries as confidential. However, complete confidentiality for proprietary matters cannot be guaranteed. The organizers of the competition, the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics, and Indiana University South Bend, are not responsible for any proprietary information and/or intellectual property included in any information conveyed as part of the competition. Ultimately, protection of sensitive materials is the sole responsibility of the students participating in the competition.
  • By entering the competition, all students listed on the Intent to Compete Form acknowledge and understand that it is a violation of certain state and federal laws, including federal copyright laws, to use the original works of others without their permission.
  • By entering the competition, all students listed on the Intent to Compete Form agree to indemnify and hold harmless, Indiana University South Bend, the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics, and its agents, as well as the competition's sponsors, judges, and attendees, from damages or loss that may result from failure to secure any necessary rights and permissions, including against claims of copyright infringement and unauthorized use.

Judging

  • A panel of judges will evaluate the Innovation Descriptions to select up to 16 entries for presentation in the semi-finals of NIIC. The contact person for these 16 entries will be informed via email of their qualification to the semi-finals. Each entry qualifying for the semi-finals MUST confirm their participation in the semi-finals via email within 48 hours after their email notification is sent. The organizers are not responsible for lost, misdirected, or blocked email.
  • All entries are judged based on minimum criteria in terms of the nature of the innovation, user benefits, market potential, potential for commercialization, and other factors, as determined by the organizers and the judging panel.
  • If an insufficient number of entries meet the minimum criteria, one or more prizes might not be awarded, which is determined by the organizers.
  • Throughout any and all phases of the competition, all decisions made by the judges are final.
  • By submitting an entry, students listed on the Intent to Compete Form agree to abide by the decisions of the judges.

The Competition: Semi-Finals

  • Immediately prior to the semi-finals, the entries will randomly (via lottery) be allocated to a group of four. The student(s) of the entry drawn first may choose which group to be in (A, B, C, or D) and the number within the group for the presentation (1, 2, 3, or 4). This process will continue for all entries. The group or order of presentation cannot be changed.
  • The organizing event and the semi-finals are closed to the public. The organizers, and their assistants, may be present during these activities.
  • For each presentation, there will be two judges. These judges will select their top choice among the presentations as the group’s to qualify for the final.
  • Each team in the semi-finals is allotted seven (7) minutes for their presentation upon which the judges will have 15 minutes for questions. Five minutes are allotted for transition between teams.
  • Each presentation is expected to follow the Pecha Kucha presentation format (for details on this presentation format, please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pecha_Kucha).
  • After the semi-finals are completed, the organizers will be informed by the judges regarding the judges’ choice of finalists.
  • When the organizers have been informed of the judges’ choices, an announcement of the finalists will be made.
  • After the announcement of the finalists, the judges of the semi-finals will provide each team in their group with feedback to the students. The finalists will have priority in receiving feedback.

The Competition: Semi-Finals

  • Unlike the semi-finals, the finals and the award ceremony are open to the public.
  • The finalist from group A will present first, then the finalist from group B will present next, etc.
  • A panel of three judges will judge the presentations in the finals.
  • Each finalist is allotted seven (7) minutes for their presentation upon which the judges will have 15 minutes for questions. Five minutes are allotted for transition between the finalists.
  • Upon completion of the presentation in the finals the three judges will determine if first, second, and third place should be awarded and, if so, which finalist should be awarded first, second, and third place in the competition.
  • The judges will recommend allocation of the prize money to the organizers, who will determine the allocation.
  • An award ceremony followed by a photo session will conclude the competition.
  • By entering the competition, all students agree that the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at the competition without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. The Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material. Any person desiring not to have their photo taken or distributed must contact the competition organizers in writing of his/her intentions at least seven calendar days prior to the competition day.
  • Prize winnings will be deposited into the students’ bursar accounts. Consequently, the winners must provide their student identification numbers to the organizers prior to the conclusion of the event.

Disqualification

  • The Director of the NIIC reserves the right to disqualify, at his sole and absolute discretion, any entry or student from the competition at any time for any reason. Reasons for disqualification may include, but are not limited to, plagiarism and any other form of academic dishonesty; misappropriation or infringement of the intellectual property of others; and failure to comply with the rules for the Northern Indiana Innovation Competition. Disqualified students shall forfeit any and all prizes awarded.