Digital Agenda for Europe
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Terms and conditions of the student ICT research project competition

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These are the rules to submit a research project for the competition:
  1. A student submitting a project should be officially registered as a student in an EU educational institution at the time of submission. If the submission is made by a team, the project leader must be a student at an EU university.

  2. Each competition entry must include all the mandatory fields in the online submission form. Submissions with missing information can be rejected.

  3. Entries must be uploaded to the competition website by 5th June at 16:00 CET or before. [extended later to 3rd July]

  4. Projects must respect intellectual property rights in their presentation and origins of the project resources and materials. They must not include illegally obtained materials or produce offending or harmful materials. If the project does not meet these requirements, it will not be eligible to participate in the competition.

  5. In the submission phase, the proposer places the project under one of the 8 main categories. After the deadline, if discovered that a project is not situated in the best fitting category for its content, the project may be transferred to another category.

  6. The projects are judged based on their innovativeness, perceived impact, and their relevance to the topics promoted in Horizon2020 and Digital Agenda for Europe.

  7. From each of the eight submission categories, European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) will select one project to be invited for presentation at the ICT 2013 event.

  8. In case some category does not receive proposals that can be considered of sufficiently high quality to be invited to ICT 2013, the DG CONNECT may decide to discard that category and invite two representatives from another category instead. In total 8 projects will be invited to the ICT2013 event.

  9. An internal shortlist of additional projects is made across each category in order to facilitate replacement, in case the primarily selected project of the category does not wish to be represented.

  10. The decision for selecting the finalists will be based on a transparent procedure and cannot be contested.

  11. If selected, for the shortlist of 8 candidates and considered eligible for the competition, the project representative should attend the ICT2013 event at Vilnius, Lithuania on November 6-8th, 2013 and display and demonstrate the project at the event.

  12. One representative of a project shall be sponsored for the accommodation and a return ticket to the ICT2013 event. The costs for the equipment's, their transportation or any other excess baggage have to be borne by the participant. Basic presentation and computer equipment is available on the event's site.

  13. A panel of judges, including high-level persons both within and outside European Commission will evaluate the projects and special prizes will be awarded to three winners. The panel is independent and their decision cannot be contested.