IPSO CHALLENGE

Does my company need to be an IPSO member to enter?

No. The purpose of the contest is to find and promote new technology related to IP-based M2M and IoT applications, designs and products. The contest is open to the entire IoT community from students/individuals to small and large companies from all over the world.

If my company is an IPSO member, can I still enter the Challenge?

YES – absolutely. The member companies of  IPSO employ many truly innovative thought leaders in the IoT space and we encourage them to enter. You are only excluded from entering if you are a member of the IPSO Board of Directors, TAB, one of the CHALLENGE judges or a member of their families.

Are students eligible to enter?

Yes – not only are they eligible, they are encouraged to enter to show off their talents and concepts. All entrants must be 18 years of age by 1 February 2014 in order to enter the competition.

Is there a fee to enter the competition?

No, there is no entry fee. The only cost associated with entering is the shipping cost incurred to send your product to be judged if you are selected as a semi-finalist.

How do I submit my application, device or product?

The contest has three phases. In the first phase you must complete the entry form describing your concept, product, application or device. You may submit a video if you believe it would help to explain your concept more clearly to the judges.

www.ipso-alliance.org/ipso-challenge-2014-entry

Semi-finalists will be selected by the judges from the completed entries. The semi-finalists will be notified no later than 25 April and asked to send/ship their finalized, working entry no later than 21 June 2014.  The ten semi-finalists are invited to display their entries in the IoT Pavilion at Sensors Expo 2014. Space within the Pavilion will be provided by IPSO,  Sensors Expo and their sponsors at no charge to the contestants. IPSO will provide a stipend of up to $1,000 USD to assist the contestants with airfare and hotel accommodations for one team member during the judging phase at the Rosemont Exhibition Center. Semi-Finalists will also need to submit a 5 minute video to be shared via social media.

The judges will select three finalists from the semi-final entries received. There will be an award presentation center stage in Sensor’s Theater on June 25, 2014. A People’s Choice Award will also be given to the entry which receives the most (unique) votes from visitors to the IoT Pavillion and the IPSO CHALLENGE Facebook page

Can I make updates to my submission after entry?

You can add more information or make changes to enhance your submission as long as the entry form has been completed and submitted before the initial phase deadline of 11 April. Just be sure to let us know that there is additional information available so that we can make sure that the judges review the complete entry! Remember that different judges may view your entry at different phases of the competition, so be sure that you include any important information in each part of your entry.

What are the requirements for my entry?

* It must be an IP Smart Object or incorporate an IP Smart Object (i.e. an IP communicating sensor, actuator, …)
* It must NOT use a proprietary protocol and/or protocol translating gateway to the Internet (i.e. ala zigbee/zwave, …)
* Entries must be an actual working, communicating device
* It can use any phy/mac (802.15.4, 802.11, ethernet, plc)
* It can be or include existing shipping product(s)
* It can use IPv4 or IPv6

Are software platforms an acceptable entry to the Challenge?

Yes, any creative use of IP which fits the requirements above is an acceptable entry to the competition. But, IPSO by definition is Internet Protocol for Smart Objects, which implies some type of physical object that is connected via IP.  While software only solutions do qualify for submission, it is expected that software would control some sort of device or devices over an IP network.

Do you have a sample entry I could look at?

Yes, you can read the original entry from IPSO CHALLENGE 2013′s Grand Prize winner, -Redwire Consulting, LLC,  here.

Can I submit more than one entry for the competition?

Yes, but no more than one entry per entrant will be selected as a semi-finalist and any entry submitted by an entrant must be substantially different than any other entry submitted by that entrant.

Do I have to protect my concept before submitting it for competition?

We strongly recommend that you take steps to sufficiently protect your intellectual property before submitting your entry to the competition.

Who are the judges and how will they evaluate submitted concepts?

The judges consist of M2M and IoT industry and research experts from around the globe. The judges will evaluate the first round entries based on the criteria set forth in the IPSO Challenge Official Rules. The contest is a skill-based contest and as such the winners will NOT be selected randomly.

Does my entry need to be in English?

While entries should be submitted in English, our judges speak many different languages. If English is not your first language and you would like to submit your entry in another language also, we will make every effort to have both versions reviewed by a fluent speaker of both languages.

What will happen to my entry if it is not selected as a semi-finalist?

If your entry is not selected as one of the semi-finalists, your name and concept will not be published. The IPSO Alliance has the option to contact entrants not selected as finalists if there is further interest in evaluation or promotion of their ideas.

What can I win?

The 1st place winner will receive $10,000 USD. The second place winner will receive $5,000 USD and the third place will receive $2,500 USD. All ten semi-finalists will receive display space in the IoT Pavilion  at Sensors Expo and discounted passes for the conference, along with the chance to network with industry experts and benefit from the various media and marketing outreach by the IPSO Alliance and its member companies. The Alliance and its sponsors are offering up to $1,000 USD to defray the cost for airfare and hotel accommodations for one representative to travel to the show.

What criteria will the judges use to evaluate concepts?

Entries will be evaluated on the level of innovation as well as opportunity for successful implementation and marketability of the design.

Can I use IPv6 or IPv4?

We are agnostic to the version of IP used in the submission.

When will I be notified about the status of my submission?

The submission period for entries closes at Midnight Pacific Time on 11 April, 2014. The judges will select and notify the semi-finalists on or before 25 April, 2014. The prize-winning finalists will be selected on June 25, 2014 at Sensors Theater in the Rosemont Exhibition Center.

What if I am unable to go to Sensors Expo in June?

While we would hope that someone from each team will be able to participate in the semi-final judging, teams unable to attend will not be penalized and may still enter – please ensure prototype setup/installation instructions are detailed and complete. Shipping instructions will be given and entries must arrive no later than 23 June, 2014. We are not responsible for lost or misdirected shipments.

Will my entry be returned to me?

Contestants retain all rights and ownership to their entries. If the prototype is shipped to Sensors Expo for judging, it will not be returned unless prior arrangements have been made for return shipment. Costs for return shipment are the responsibility of the contestant.

Who can I contact if I have any questions?

If you have any further questions you can send them to challenge@ipso-alliance.org

Does my company need to be an IPSO member to enter?

No. The purpose of the contest is to find and promote new technology related to IP-based M2M and IoT applications, designs and products. The contest is open to the entire IoT community from students/individuals to small and large companies.

If my company is an IPSO member, can I still enter the Challenge?

YES – absolutely. The member companies of  IPSO employ many truly innovative thought leaders in the IoT space and we encourage them to enter. You are only excluded from entering if you are a member of the IPSO Board of Directors, TAB, one of the CHALLENGE judges or a member of their families.

Are students eligible to enter?

Yes – not only are they eligible, they are encouraged to enter to show off their talents and concepts. All entrants must be 18 years of age by 1 February 2014 in order to enter the competition.

Is there a fee to enter the competition?

No, there is no entry fee. The only cost associated with entering is the shipping cost incurred to send your product to be judged if you are selected as a semi-finalist.

How do I submit my application, device or product?

The contest has three phases. In the first phase you must complete the entry form describing your concept, product, application or device. You may submit a video if you believe it would help to explain your concept more clearly to the judges.

Link to entry form:

Semi-finalists will be selected by the judges from the completed entries. The semi-finalists will be notified no later than 25 April and asked to send/ship their finalized, working entry no later than 21 June 2014.  The ten semi-finalists are invited to display their entries in the IoT Pavilion at Sensors Expo 2014. Space within the Pavilion will be provided by IPSO,  Sensors Expo and their sponsors at no charge to the contestants. IPSO will provide a stipend of up to $1,000 USD to assist the contestants with airfare and hotel accommodations for one team member during the judging phase at the Rosemont Exhibition Center. Semi-Finalists will also need to submit a 5 minute video to be shared via social media.

The judges will select three finalists from the semi-final entries received. There will be an award presentation center stage in Sensor’s Theater on June 25, 2014. A People’s Choice Award will also be given to the entry which receives the most (unique) votes from visitors to the IoT Pavillion and the IPSO CHALLENGE Facebook page

Can I make updates to my submission after entry?

You can add more information or make changes to enhance your submission as long as the entry form has been completed and submitted before the initial phase deadline of 11 April. Just be sure to let us know that there is additional information available so that we can make sure that the judges review the complete entry! Remember that different judges may view your entry at different phases of the competition, so be sure that you include any important information in each part of your entry.

What are the requirements for my entry?

* It must be an IP Smart Object or incorporate an IP Smart Object (i.e. an IP communicating sensor, actuator, …)
* It must NOT use a proprietary protocol and/or protocol translating gateway to the Internet (i.e. ala zigbee/zwave, …)
* Entries must be an actual working, communicating device
* It can use any phy/mac (802.15.4, 802.11, ethernet, plc)
* It can be or include existing shipping product(s)
* It can use IPv4 or IPv6

Are software platforms an acceptable entry to the Challenge?

Yes, any creative use of IP which fits the requirements above is an acceptable entry to the competition. But, IPSO by definition is Internet Protocol for Smart Objects, which implies some type of physical object that is connected via IP.  While software only solutions do qualify for submission, it is expected that software would control some sort of device or devices over an IP network.

Do you have a sample entry I could look at?

Yes, you can read the original entry from IPSO CHALLENGE 2013′s Grand Prize winner, -Redwire Consulting, LLC,  here.

Can I submit more than one entry for the competition?

Yes, but no more than one entry per entrant will be selected as a semi-finalist and any entry submitted by an entrant must be substantially different than any other entry submitted by that entrant.

Do I have to protect my concept before submitting it for competition?

We strongly recommend that you take steps to sufficiently protect your intellectual property before submitting your entry to the competition.

Who are the judges and how will they evaluate submitted concepts?

The judges consist of M2M and IoT industry and research experts from around the globe. The judges will evaluate the first round entries based on the criteria set forth in the IPSO Challenge Official Rules. The contest is a skill-based contest and as such the winners will NOT be selected randomly.

Does my entry need to be in English?

While entries should be submitted in English, our judges speak many different languages. If English is not your first language and you would like to submit your entry in another language also, we will make every effort to have both versions reviewed by a fluent speaker of both languages.

What will happen to my entry if it is not selected as a semi-finalist?

If your entry is not selected as one of the semi-finalists, your name and concept will not be published. The IPSO Alliance has the option to contact entrants not selected as finalists if there is further interest in evaluation or promotion of their ideas.

What can I win?

The 1st place winner will receive $10,000 USD. The second place winner will receive $5,000 USD and the third place will receive $2,500 USD. All ten semi-finalists will receive display space in the IoT Pavilion  at Sensors Expo and discounted passes for the conference, along with the chance to network with industry experts and benefit from the various media and marketing outreach by the IPSO Alliance and its member companies. The Alliance and its sponsors are offering up to $1,000 USD to defray the cost for airfare and hotel accommodations for one representative to travel to the show.

What criteria will the judges use to evaluate concepts?

Entries will be evaluated on the level of innovation as well as opportunity for successful implementation and marketability of the design.

Can I use IPv6 or IPv4?

We are agnostic to the version of IP used in the submission.

When will I be notified about the status of my submission?

The submission period for entries closes at Midnight Pacific Time on 11 April, 2014. The judges will select and notify the semi-finalists on or before 25 April, 2014. The prize-winning finalists will be selected on June 25, 2014 at Sensors Theater in the Rosemont Exhibition Center.

What if I am unable to go to Sensors Expo in June?

While we would hope that someone from each team will be able to participate in the semi-final judging, teams unable to attend will not be penalized and may still enter – please ensure prototype setup/installation instructions are detailed and complete. Shipping instructions will be given and entries must arrive no later than 23 June, 2014. We are not responsible for lost or misdirected shipments.

Will my entry be returned to me?

Contestants retain all rights and ownership to their entries. If the prototype is shipped to Sensors Expo for judging, it will not be returned unless prior arrangements have been made for return shipment. Costs for return shipment are the responsibility of the contestant.

Who can I contact if I have any questions?

If you have any further questions you can send them to challenge@ipso-alliance.org