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Official Competition Rules
Entry Requirements

The Competition opens for entries on June 1st, 2018 and closes August 31st, 2018 (referred to herein as the Competition Live Period). Entries must be received by 11:59 pm EST on August 31, 2018. For your entries to qualify for consideration, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a member of the Inventors Assoc of Australia (Vic) 

  • All entries must have a working prototype that is able to be demonstrated to judges upon request

  • Complete the Official Entry Form 

  • Upload at least one (but no more than three) visual illustrations. File type options: PDF, GIF, JPEG, PNG. The visual illustration(s) should complement your entry description and can be drawings, photos, charts, or CAD images.

  • Video: You also have the option of submitting video to support your entry (limited to one video per entry). Maximum length: three minutes. First, upload your video to YouTube. Then, when you complete the Entry Form, provide the link to the video where indicated on the form. We cannot accept any video files by e-mail. Video is optional and will not factor in the judging for the prizes.

  • Provide a description of your entry (up to 1000 words) in the form of a technical abstract, in English. Your description should cover how the entry works, what makes it novel, how it would be produced, and where it would be applied.

  • Entries submitted without an illustration will be automatically disqualified, no exceptions. We cannot accept PowerPoint presentations or other documents as illustrations. All descriptive text should be entered in the space provided on the Entry Form. Text on illustrations should be limited to captions or call outs.

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If you are having difficulty submitting your entry, please contact us.

 

JUDGING

To select the competition winners after determining Top 5 entries overall, we will recruit a minimum of 5 judges from IAA(Vic) members. In accordance with the Peter Whitelaw Will, the winners of senior and junior prizes will be chosen by the President of the Inventors Association of Australia Victoria inc. The judges are prohibited from entering the contest themselves. The decision of the President of IAA(Vic) will be final.

 

RESTRICTIONS AND NOTIFICATIONS

  1. The Competition is only open to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

  2. Entries may be submitted by an individual or a design team. Team members may also submit entries on their own, provided those entries are substantially different than entries submitted by the team.

  3. The entrant, whether an individual or a team, may submit multiple different entries to the Contest, and may submit multiple entries, but each entry must be a substantially different design idea. If the same design idea is submitted more than once, the entries will be disqualified.

  4. Entries must be submitted electronically as per the instructions on the Entry Form.

  5. Entries must be for products that either: 1) are not yet in commercial production at the time of entry, or (2) were introduced to the commercial market within the last 18 months of entry date. Products that have been commercially available for more than 18 months at the time of entry are not eligible.

  6. By entering, entrants warrant that to the best of their knowledge: (1) their entry is an original idea; (2) they are authorized by the owner of the product to enter the product in the contest; and that (3) the product does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party.

  7. The owner of the product retains ownership of the product ideas submitted to the competition.

  8. IAA(Vic) shall not be liable to an entrant for the commercialization of ideas that have been independently developed without the use of the entrant's submission.

  9. Entrants submissions will be maintained in confidence until the winners are announced.

  10. IAA(Vic) reserve the right to disqualify entries that are frivolous or fail to meet the entry requirements as described in these Official Rules. IAA(Vic) also reserve the right to remove any entry information or comments from the Contest web site that they deem objectionable or obscene.

  11. The Contest may be terminated at the IAA(Vic)'s sole discretion.

  12. Entrants represent and warrant that the materials are owned by them or their company free and clear of any liens or claims of any third-party, that they have a legal right to grant the permission herein given on behalf of themselves, their company, or a third party, if appropriate. 

  13. Entrants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of the IAA(Vic) judges, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Contest. 

  14. IAA(Vic) assume no responsibility for any problems or technical malfunction of any communications network or lines, computer systems, servers, software, Internet service providers, or e-mail systems; failure of any entry to be received on account of technical problems or incomplete, late, lost, damaged, illegible or misdirected electronic communications; or any combination thereof, including damage to entrants' or anyone else's computer equipment related to or resulting from participation or downloading of any materials in this Contest.

  15. The Sponsors are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by web site users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest.

IN NO EVENT WILL IAA(VIC), BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING FROM ACCESS TO, OR USE OF, THIS WEB SITE, ELECTRONIC OR COMPUTER MALFUNCTIONS, OR ENTRANT PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONTEST. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING PROVIDED FOR THE CONTEST INCLUDING ANY SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.