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Rules & Judging Criteria for Dev Challenge


1. Entries can come from one individual though teams are encouraged.

2.  The entries should be presented in person, at the Digital Research Conference at the Dragons's Pizza Den on Tuesday 11th September 20:30. If a team is entering, not all of the team members need be present at the conference, but at least one team-member should be. Remote presentations would be considered in exceptional circumstances (you will need to liaise with Mahendra Mahey), but these will need to be given ‘live’ during the ‘Dragon's Pizza Den’ session

3.  Individuals / Teams must register their entry / idea / intention to enter / using the Ideas Page.

4. Individuals / Teams can enter before the conference and may change their idea/entry up to the deadline which is 3pm Tuesday 11th September, 2012.

5.  Prototypes do not have to be working code, mock interfaces are acceptable, though working code is obviously preferable and will judged more favourably.

6. Prototypes should primarily be presented as user interfaces, not as bullet points or architectural diagrams.

7. If the prototype consists of only mock interfaces (e.g. “photoshopped” or a “paper prototype”), then there should be a brief explanation of how the interface could be built using a particular code base / architecture.

8. New code for prototypes is encouraged, though previous written code is allowed to be used.

9. The same code may be used in multiple prototypes, sharing of code is encouraged.

10. No code is off limits for use so long as it is legally used, third party libraries, applications and web services are fair game.

11. Participants must ensure that entries do not in any way infringe copyright or other intellectual property rights of any third party.

Judging Criteria

The judging process will use the following methodology:

1. Judges will agree on the top two prototypes.

2. When entries are marked, if a consensus cannot be reached, then a judging panel will be responsible for the final decision. The audience will participate in the judging process.

3. A representative from JISC/DevCSI will oversee the judging process.

4. The evaluation criteria for the competition are:

  • innovative
  • visionary
  • relevance to the user problems
  • coolness
  • usability
  • plausibility for adoption
  • functionality
  • overall fit to the challenge

5. The main prize and runner up prizes will be divided equally between each person.

6. The winners / runners up must be willing to participate in a post meeting interview about the submission and future ideas for development.

7. The winners / runners up must be willing to have their name and picture published by DevCSI/ Digital Reserach

8. The winners / runners up must be willing to write brief documentation about the submission to aid others in building on the work.

9. The documentation will publicised by DevCSI.