Intel-Cornell Cup Competition Rules

By acknowledging its acceptance as a Finalist, the team agrees to participate in all aspects of the Intel-Cornell Cup including but not limited to designing and implementing their Intel Embedded System project, submitting their competition final report on time, submitting and required competition feedback materials, and traveling to and fully participating at the final Intel-Cornell for that academic year. Incomplete participation in any of these aspects can result in team score penalization, team disqualification, and/or in extreme circumstances potential return of provided resources. Teams who do not fulfill their obligations also may not be allowed to participate in next year’s event.

Monetary support for the team should be treated as a student competition team donation and not as money to support academic research. It is the responsibility of the student team’s adviser to receive and utilize the monetary support appropriately for the support of their own student competition team, which may include but is not limited to equipment and travel support.

Final Entry Development Rules

The following rules apply for each team in the completion of their entry. Please be sure to check the Final Report Rules, Expo Booth & Poster Rules, and Competition Event Rules for additional details on those components.

  1. Each entry must include a final report that meets all of the Final Report Rules and addresses all of the judging criteria for that year and the submission of that report via the Cornell online system.
  2. Each entry must perform any required tests and performance metrics for that year and provide that information in the final report.
  3. Each entry must include a poster and presentation to be part of the Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel Competition Event Expo that meets the presentation and expo requirements for that year and specific challenge.
  4. Each team must complete an Expo space request form by March 23, 2015 to request the amount of space and any other special needs they may have to demonstrate their entry. (A standard space size will be provided by the competition rules committee). The competition rules committee will respond to these requests by March 30, 2015 with the actual allotted space or other special support being provided.
  5. Any safety, operation, or other concerns for having an entry present at the competition event are the responsibility of the team and their faculty adviser for the entirety of the event.
  6. Each entry must include a working proof-of-concept prototype that can be demonstrated at the Intel-Cornell Cup Competition Event Expo if requested. If demonstration requirements, such as size or safety concerns, cannot be met at the competition event expo, special permission can be granted by the competition rules committee to have acceptable demonstration videos and/or other performance measurements.
  7. If any third party’s intellectual property will be used during the contest, participants shall secure such rights through proper licensing at its own cost. Participants shall be liable for the loss and claim resulted from the infringement of third party intellectual property, and protects the organization committee, host, sponsor and client against any claim to the loss of damages.
  8. The competition rules committee will hold final say as to the interpretation of all of these rules and whether these conditions have been met.
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Final Report Rules

The follow rules apply for each team in the completion of their final report.

  1. The main final report must be submitted as at least 1 Word file.
  2. The total final report must be submitted as a single zip file which must include an index Word file which describes the files included in the zip file and the order which they should be reviewed.
  3. The final report must address all final report sections (except the timeline and budget) within the Word file within a total of at least 30 pages and no more than 50 pages, single spaced, 11 pt Calibri font, with 1” margins. These pages requirements do not apply to any required appendixes and similarly any required appendixes do not count towards the number of pages requirement.
  4. Additional pages and files may be included as part of an appendix but these will only be reviewed by the judging committee at its discretion. If you would like to guarantee that a part will be reviewed, please make sure to include it within your allowed 50 pages.
  5. The final report requires a title page including at least the title of the project and the team name. The title page does not count towards the number of pages requirement.
  6. The final report must include a table of contents following the title page. The table of contents does not count towards the number of pages requirements.
  7. All figures and tables included in the final report must be labeled and include a unique number and caption.
  8. A list of all references cited within the final report must be included within the Word file. This list of references does not count toward the number of pages requirements.
  9. The timeline and budget may be included as a part of the Excel file or the optional PDF file. Additional sheets may be within the same Excel file may be used as part of the application’s appendix.
  10. Legibility of all aspects of the final report by the reviewer is part of the submitting team’s responsibility.
  11. Final reports must be submitted on April 20, 2015 by 11:59 PM (EST).
  12. As additional time could significantly improve a final report’s quality, any final reports submitted late will be significantly penalized for every day it is late.
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Competition Event Rules

The rules for the Competition Event are as follows:

  1. All event entries must meet all of the Entry Development & Project Completion Rules to be eligible to be a part of the Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel Competition Event.
  2. All teams must have their expo materials, including but not limited to their prototype and their poster, setup no later than the opening of the Expo at the beginning of the first day of the event.
  3. Each entry must be present for the entirety of the competition event expo and a member of the student team must be with the entry at all times during the times when the competition event expo is open.
  4. At least 50% of the student team as well as the primary faculty adviser must attend the final competition event, however the entire team is more than welcome and it is highly encouraged that the entire team attends.
  5. All attending students and their faculty adviser must participate in a 9-minute poster presentation followed by a 7-minute Q&A period, to the judges at their Expo booth at the time announced by the first day of the Intel-Cornell Cup Competition Event.
  6. A team’s failure to demonstrate the performance of their entry at the Intel-Cornell Cup Competition Event Expo can result in elimination from prize consideration. Exceptions to this rule may be granted due to safety or venue constraints and an alternative demonstration means may be approved. This approval must be requested via the Expo space request form by March 23, 2015. The competition rules committee will respond to these requests by March 30, 2015.
  7. The available space provided at the Expo will be provided to teams will be listed on the Expo space request form. As a good rule of thumb, a standard professional convention booth area is 10’ x 10’ with a 6’ x 2’ table.
  8. The required poster should be appropriate for the venue and recommend sizes are between 2’ x 3’ to 3’ x 4’. More than one poster may be brought if desired by the team so long as they all fit within the team’s allocated space as described in the Expo space request form.
  9. The poster is considered a part of the expo demonstration and is the full responsibility of the team, including providing its own easel or other display mechanism. Hence, any potential concerns regarding the poster should also be included in the Expo space request form.
  10. During the Intel-Cornell Cup Competition Event Expo all competition participants will be able to have a single vote in the People’s Choice Award.
  11. All attending students must deliver in a 12-minute PowerPoint presentation to the judges.
  12. All presentation files must be submitted prior to the competition via the means that will be described upon selection as a finalist team that year.
  13. The PowerPoint presentation should only use fonts available with standard installation of Microsoft Office 2010.
  14. All competition attending students are expected to attend all presentations and talks throughout the competition event (unless they conflict with their entry’s judging).
  15. All teams must clean out all of their expo materials out of the Expo area starting at but not before the official end of the Expo and be finished no later than the time listed on that year’s event schedule.
  16. All of these competition rules must be met to be eligible to win any award in the Intel-Cornell Competition.
  17. The competition rules committee will hold final say as to the interpretation of all of these rules and whether these conditions have been met.

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Judging Procedures

The rules for the Judging Procedure, including the Ph.D. student reviewers, are as follows:

  1. All judges will be identified as potential judges by Cornell University and Intel.
  2. All selected judges must commit to being a judge for that year’s competition by January 12, 2015, by completing a judge’s agreement form which can be submitted online at the Cornell web site.
  3. Significant effort will be made to ensure that the rules and judging criteria are as clear as possible to all participants. However in order to maintain fairness, Judges will not be allowed to discuss with teams any conversations they had with the rules committee or each other regarding the competition judging procedures. Student teams should instead direct any questions to the competition rules committee directly.
  4. If a judge feels there is a conflict of interest, the reviewer should bring this to the attention of the competition rules committee immediately and the competition rules committee will decide on the proper course of action.
  5. The Judges will base their decision on the results of that year’s Judging Criteria rubrics to ensure a fairness and transparency in the competition.
  6. The votes from the competition main event participants will determine the People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Award will go to the team receiving the most participants’ votes but did not win the grand prize.

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