Competition Rules

      The Competition opens for registration on November 1, 2020 and closes March 31, 2021. You can update your submission till April 30, 2021 once registered. We will have two mentorship sessions for the participates on May 5, 2021 and May 11, 2021. The due date for all teams to submit the final deliverables (described below) is May 31, 2021. The semi-final due date for all judges to review submitted deliverables is June 15, 2021. 

      10 teams will be selected to present on the final award pitch session held on June 25, 2021, and 3 of them will be selected for the final awards. The award ceremony will be held on June 26, 2021 as part of NECINA annual meeting and 25th year anniversary.

 

      For your submission to qualify for consideration, you must complete the registration form in program website. ​When you submit your innovation ideas, choose one of three categories to describe your product, technology or business process with a 5 minutes video and any supplementary materials and submit the deliverables by May 31, 2021 :

       - Category 1: Physical Product, Website / Mobile Applications

  • The video shall describe the product, website / mobile app., including but not limited to, what is it, why do you think it’s useful, what makes it novel, who can use it, when to use it, how to use it, etc.

  • The supplementary materials can include a product prototype, a user manual, design instructions, a business plan or anything else as appropriate.

 

      - Category 2: Intangible Technologies

  • The video shall describe the technology including but not limited to, what is it, why do you think it’s useful, what makes it novel, where it would be applied, etc.

  • The supplementary materials can include a word file of the technology introduction, a business plan or anything else as appropriate.

 

       - Category 3: Business process and any other business Innovation Ideas

  • The video shall describe the business process including but not limited to, what is it, why do you think it’s useful, what makes it novel, where it would be applied, etc.

  • The supplementary material can be a word file of the business process introduction, or anything else as appropriate.

 

       Your submission will be judged on these criteria:

  • Innovation  (40% of score) -- What makes the idea novel? Does it represent an important advance over the current practice or state of the art?

  • Manufacturability / Feasibility  (20% of score) -- How easy would it be to implement / apply? Can it be cost-effectively manufactured/produced/applied?

  • Marketability  (20% of score) -- Does the idea have practical applications? Is there a well-defined, significant market for its use?

  • Social Impact  (20% of score) -- Will the idea itself or apply to this idea have a positive social impact? 

       Tips for Submission Entry:

    Your innovation can be used for the industries such as transportation and logistics, robotics and automation, medical and life sciences, etc. for a meaningful purpose to benefit either the public good in general or a selective group of people by :

  • Increase the efficiency or improving productivity

  • Reducing the communication barrier

  • Improving quality of life

  • Improving the accessibility of information or data to help decision making

  • Automating tedious tasks or procedures

  • Improving public safety and security

  • Reducing consumption of time, money and other resources

  • Creating job opportunities

  • Enabling other product or process improvements