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Rules - 2013-14

Application Rules

All interested potential participants must submit an application to be considered an official entrant to the Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel. All applications must be submitted online by Thursday, October 17 where the following rules apply. No late applications will be considered.

  1. Each team consist of only 3-5 students
  2. All student team members must be full-time undergraduate or Master’s of Engineering students at an accredited college/university.
  3. Each team must have at least 1 faculty advisor, maximum 3.
  4. Each team may also have at least 1 faculty reviewer who is different than any of the faculty advisors. The faculty reviewer is an optional yet highly recommended position, for a faculty member other than the team’s advisor who agrees to be at all major design review sessions through the project.
  5. Each team, including the advisor, must also agree to make itself available to present at one of the mid-project review meeting times offered by the competition judging committee. These mid-review meetings are typically scheduled for the end of January of the competition year.
  6. A student may submit only one application.
  7. The potential project concept submitted in the application must for be an original work to be developed by the student team. It cannot be a project developed for a previous competition, whether it be a previous Cornell Cup USA presented by Intel or other competition.
  8. The potential project concept must intend to be developed on the Intel Embedded Platform provided to all selected teams. Other Intel Embedded Platforms may be used instead/in addition if approval is obtained by the competition rules committee.
  9. A descriptive justification must be provided for the use of any microcontroller boards other than the provided platform, even if it is another Intel Atom board. Solid justifications will not affect the entry’s score in any negative fashion. Poor justifications can result in score penalties and in extreme cases disqualification.
  10. The application must be submitted as no more than 1 MS Word file and 1 Excel file and an optional PDF for the timeline if needed.
  11. The application must address all application questions (except the timeline) within the Word file within a total of no more than 12 pages, single spaced, 11 pt Calibri font, with 1” margins.
  12. Additional pages and files may be included as part of an appendix but these will only be reviewed by the judging committee at their discretion. If you would like to guarantee that a part will be reviewed, please make sure to include it within your allowed 12 pages.
  13. The abstract must not exceed 200 words and must be allowed to be made public such as on a public web site.
  14. All figures and tables included in the application must be labeled and include a unique number and caption.
  15. A list of all references cited within the application must be included within the Word file. This list of references does not count toward the main 12 pages.
  16. The timeline may be included as a part of the Excel file or the optional PDF file. Legibility of all aspects of the application to the reviewer is part of the submitting team’s responsibility.
  17. Additional sheets may be within the same Excel file may be used as part of the application’s appendix.

To download a copy of the application or a sample application guide, please go to our resources page.

The applications will be collected online and then be reviewed by a judging panel with members from several different colleges and companies. Teams will be notified by October 30 and all teams will be required to acknowledge their acceptance by November 4.

By acknowledging its acceptance, the team agrees to participate in all aspects of the Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel including but not limited to designing and implementing their Intel Embedded System Prototype, conducting the required internal reviews, submitting their competition final report on time, submitting and required competition feedback materials, and traveling to and fully participating at the final Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel 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 advisor 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.

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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. The project entries must be developed on the Intel Embedded Platform provided to all selected teams. Other Intel Embedded Platforms may be used instead/in addition if approval is obtained by the competition rules committee.
  2. A descriptive justification must be provided for the use of any microcontroller boards other than the provided platform, even if it is another Intel Atom board. Solid justifications will not affect the entry’s score in any negative fashion. Poor justifications can result in score penalties and in extreme cases disqualification.
  3. Each team must follow all of Intel’s rules in using the Quad Request system.
  4. Each team must attend all meetings set up through Intel with the Intel experts or similar meetings with other sponsor representatives.
  5. Each team must attend a mid-project review meeting set up with the judging committee.
  6. If a change needs to be made on the team roster, the Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel should be contacted within 2 business days of the change via the contact information on the Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel web site.
  7. 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 is due on April 21, 2014.
  8. Each team must conduct and report on at least 2 design review sessions throughout the year, with at least one occurring each semester. Each review must be attended by the faculty advisor and review faculty. After each review, the faculty must also fill out and submit to the student team members a feedback summary sheet, which the student team will submit as a part of their final report.
  9. Each entry must perform any required tests and performance metrics for that year and provide that information in the final report.
  10. 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.
  11. Each team must complete an Expo space request form by March 22, 2014 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 29, 2014 with the actual allotted space or other special support being provided.
  12. Any safety, operation, or other concerns for having an entry present at the competition event are the responsibility of the team and their faculty advisor for the entirety of the event.
  13. Each entry must include a working proof-of-concept prototype that can be demonstrated at the Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel 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.
  14. 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.
  15. The contest project intellectual property shall be owned by the participant university. Intel, including Intel Corporation and its subsidiaries, shall have the right to freely use and publish (not involved in technical detail) the contest project. If Intel will use the contest project for any other purpose, Intel should negotiate with the university, and sign related agreement.
  16. The competition rules committee will hold final say as to the interpretation of all of these rules and whether these conditions have been met.

With regards to rule #11, demonstration rule, demonstration concerns and any special permission requests must be brought up as soon as possible but no later than March 30, 2014. These concerns and request can be made via the Cornell supported online information pages and the Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel Rules Committee will then determine whether the location of the competition event expo will be able to accommodate the team’s needs and approve the substitute demonstration.

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Media Award Rules

The tech blogosphere is hungry for news of the innovations you will unveil at Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel, and you’ll definitely want to share your work with future employers and graduate schools, as well as friends and family. To feed the buzz, all finalist teams are required to create a multi-media Online Chronicle of their work according to the rules and guidelines below. Your periodic updates will also help foster connections between teams during the year, giving everyone a chance to learn more about each others work before the competition, something requested by past finalist teams.

  1. Each team must create an On-line Chronicle blog using the template provided by the competition.
  2. All team’s Online Chronicles blog must be hosted by thru the competition web site.
  3. All Online Chronicles must include at least 2 entry updates per month of that year’s competition including October thru April and a minimum total of 14 entries. Having less than 2 entry updates per month will result in a penalty in score.
  4. At least one entry should be added during the first day of the final competition event.
  5. Due to the media interest and hopes of continued in all teams are strongly encouraged to add at least one update in May, although only updates made before April 25, 2014 will be considered in the final judging.
  6. All initially required components of the finalist teams’ Online Chronicle template must to filled in and a first entry entered no later than December 9, 2013.
  7. Any materials posted on the blog should be considered acceptable to make available to the general public, including other finalist teams, and may be used freely by Intel, Cornell, the finalist team’s school, additional sponsors, or media groups without seeking permission.
  8. All team members’ names, the team advisor names, and team’s schools must be posted on the Online Chronicle’s page. At least the team lead’s contact information must also be posted on the Online Chronicle’s page.
  9. Faculty advisors are encouraged to provide a link to their own professional web site from this page.
  10. The competition logo header, a link to the competition’s main website, and the competition’s sponsor’s page must be part of the Online Chronicle at all times as they are listed in the provided template.
  11. Teams should use the additional sponsors page included in the template to thank additional sponsors specific to their individual finalist team.
  12. All original content on the blog should be created by the student members of the team. No outside professional development is permitted for Media Award competition consideration.
  13. Any content not created by the student team should include a reference giving proper credit to the original creators and being properly respectful of copyrights.
  14. Other web sites may be linked off of the main Online Chronicle blog site, similar to an appendix in a report. However these will only be reviewed by the judging committee at their discretion. If you would like to guarantee that a part will be reviewed, please make sure to include it within your Online Chronicle blog.
  15. Inappropriate content, language, slander to other teams, or others associated with the competition can result in a significant penalty in score and in extreme cases disqualification from the entire Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel competition.
  16. The competition rules committee reserves the right manage all Online Chronicle blogs and to remove any content or pages at its discretion.

Examples of various strong entries to an Online Chronicle will be provided on the competition’s main web site. Teams may be contacted by the competition or by media for more information regarding their entries at any time during or after the competition.

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Optional Entrepreneurship Award

The Entrepreneurship Award is an optional award that teams may apply to as an addition to their Cup entry. This optional award was developed based upon the remarkable interest already seen from many of our teams to turn their creative competition inventions into entrepreneurial opportunities after the Cup’s final event. To help further these teams’ ambitions, the Entrepreneurship Award has been designed to help teams develop business skills and create their first extended executive summary which could be shown to potential venture capitalists. Due to this business focus, teams applying for this optional award are also allowed to have up to one additional team member with a significant business background.

Pursuit of this award does not influence a team’s acceptance as a finalist however as again it is an optional award. Furthermore, separate judging for this award will be required as specified in the rules below. Winning one of the Cup’s Grand Prizes however does not preclude your team from winning the business award or vice versa, i.e. you can win both or either alone. Additionally, although there will be only one Entrepreneurship Award winner, additional runner-up prizes will be award to recognize outstanding effort.

Team’s efforts toward this award will occur in three stages. The specifics are detailed below but in short:

  • The first is the application stage, where a ½ to 1-page business summary is included with your team’s application to be a finalist to the overall competition.
  • The second stage will begin if you are accepted as a finalist to the competition and for this award. You will then be encouraged to answer weekly questions that will help guide you in your initial business and product development. Around the time of the competition’s Grand Prize mid reviews, you will submit a four-page Executive Summary Pro document and have an additional Entrepreneurship Award mid-review with judge(s) for this award.
  • The third stage starts immediately after all the Entrepreneurship Award mid-reviews are completed. This stage offers weekly announced questions for all teams to work towards, and in doing so, create their final abbreviated Business Plan. The abbreviated Business Plan will be due with the Grand Prize final report and teams will then conduct additional presentations at the main final event.

The remainder of the complete Entrepreneurship Award rules and details are as follows:

  1. Applications for the Entrepreneurship award must be submitted along with the team’s overall Cup Application and hence follows the same timeline as the rest of the application process.
  2. Up to one additional student team member with a significant business educational background may be allowed. This additional member must be noted as such on the Application Pledge and their business educational background must be noted. This additional member will only be able to be a part of the team if the Entrepreneurship Award application is accepted as well.
  3. Acceptable business educational backgrounds may include students with business, economics, marketing or other related majors. Students with minors in these subjects may also be acceptable so long as significant coursework has already been successfully completed.
  4. It is the additional student’s responsibility to provide evidence of their business educational background in the form of a resume or a transcript highlighting their background. This should be submitted as a part of their team’s Application Pledge.
  5. All team members are allowed and encouraged to work on all parts of the Entrepreneurship Award or any other awards that are a part of the competition, including the Cup’s Grand Prize.
  6. Applicant teams to the Entrepreneurship Award must also have an Entrepreneurship Award advisor who has significant business background and must sign the Application Pledge. This Entrepreneurship Award advisor can either be from your university or from outside business that is willing to be available to your team for business related questions and a review of your work on at least a weekly basis.
  7. Finalist team selection remains the same for all teams, i.e. based upon the “Application Rules”. Of those teams that have been selected as finalists, their Entrepreneurship Award application will then be considered. Teams may be selected as finalists to the overall Cup but finalist teams’ Entrepreneurship Award applications may still be rejected.
  8. Notification of acceptance of an Entrepreneurship Award application will occur at the same time as the team’s acceptance as a finalist.
  9. All Entrepreneurship Award pursuing finalist teams must submit an Executive Summary Pro document by the time of their Cup mid-review. The Executive Summary Pro will not be judged as a part of your final Entrepreneurship Award score but may be shared with Venture Capitalist sponsors in hopes of increasing their interests prior to the final event.
  10. The Executive Summary Pro document should consist of no more than four pages including figures and should address at least the weekly questions listed on the Cornell Cup USA presented by Intel website on the same Resources page. Other ideas/materials that your team anticipates including in the final abbreviated Business Plan may also be included so long as the overall Executive Summary Pro document stays within its length constraints.
  11. A half hour Entrepreneurship Award mid-review on-line meeting is required for all Entrepreneurship Award pursuing teams. This Entrepreneurship Award mid-review meeting is in addition to your team’s Grand Prize mid-review meeting but will occur in roughly the same time period as the Grand Prize mid-reviews. The Entrepreneurship Award mid-review meeting will also be conducted with at least one judge of the Entrepreneurship Award.
  12. The Executive Summary Pro should be submitted as a separate Word file with your team’s name, 1 week prior to their Entrepreneurship Award mid-review meeting to allow the attending judge(s) time to review your document and make the most out of the meeting.
  13. Failure to submit the Executive Summary Pro or participate in the Entrepreneurship Award mid-review may cause your team to be disqualified from the Entrepreneurship Award.
  14. All Entrepreneurship Award pursuing finalist teams must submit an abbreviated Business Plan with sections addressing the required judging criteria categories found on the Cornell Cup USA presented by Intel website.
  15. The abbreviated Business Plan must be submitted with the team’s final report. However, the abbreviated Business Plan must be submitted as a separate single Word file and an optional additional single Excel file.
  16. The abbreviated Business Plan Word file should consist of up to five pages of financial tables and diagrams and up to 10 pages of text which may be interspersed throughout the document. No additional pages will be accepted. There is no limit on the size of the Excel file but it will only be referred to by the judges at their discretion. The abbreviated Business Plan Word file should be able to stand on its own and is the only file the judges must review.
  17. All figures and tables included in the abbreviated Business Plan must be labeled and include a unique number and caption.
  18. A list of all references cited within the abbreviated Business Plan must be included within the Word file. This list of references does not count towards the main text page limit.
  19. The winner of the Entrepreneurship Award will receive $2,500. Recognition of other teams’ efforts will not include a monetary prize but both the Entrepreneurship Award winner and the other recognized teams will be included in relevant media announcements.

Applications, associated judging criteria, and related educational materials for the Entrepreneurship Award shall be made available on the Cornell Cup USA presented by Intel website on the same Resources page that all other application and judging criteria materials can be found.

By acknowledging its acceptance to the Entrepreneurship Award, the team agrees to participate in all aspects of the Cornell Cup USA presented by Intel including but not limited to designing and implementing their Intel Embedded System Prototype, conducting the required internal reviews, submitting their competition final report on time, submitting and required competition feedback materials, and traveling to and fully participating at the final Cornell Cup USA presented by Intel 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.

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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 21, 2014 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 ExpoSetupEndTime 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 advisor 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 advisor must participate in a 6-minute poster presentation followed by a 3-minute Q&A period, to the judges at their Expo booth at the time announced by the first day of the Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel Competition Event.
  6. A team’s failure to demonstrate the performance of their entry at the Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel 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 22, 2014. The competition rules committee will respond to these requests by March 29, 2014.
  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 Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel Competition Event Expo all competition participants will be able to have a single vote in the People’s Choice Award.
  11. All attending students and their faculty advisor must participate in a 12-minute PowerPoint presentation to the judges, followed by a ~6-minute question period by the judges. However only the student team members will be allowed to present and answer questions. These presentations and questions will be held at the time and location announced by the first day of the competition event.
  12. The PowerPoint presentation and all associated files (such as needed videos) must be submitted during the competition registration period by delivering it on a USB flash drive.
  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 ExpoCleanupStartTime and be finished no later than ExpoCleanupEndTime.
  16. All of these competition rules must be met to be eligible to win any award in the Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel 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 PhD student reviewers, are as follows:

  1. All judges will be identified as potential judges by (JudgeSelectionDate) by Cornell University.
  2. All selected judges must commit to being a judge for that year’s competition by (JudgeCommittmentDate), by completing a judge’s agreement form which can be submitted online at the Cornell web site.
  3. Judges will receive an honorarium for their efforts that can be used at their discretion, including travel. This honorarium will be provided by Intel but will be administered through Cornell.
  4. Potential PhD student reviewers will be identified by (StudentReviewerSelectionDate) by Cornell University.
  5. All selected PhD student reviewers must commit to being a reviewer for that year’s competition by (StudentReviewerCommittmentDate), by completing a student reviewer’s agreement form which can be submitted online at the Cornell web site.
  6. PhD student reviewers who have accepted will receive a single honorarium for reviewing both the applications and the final reports. They will also receive an invitation to attend the Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel Competition Event.
  7. PhD Student reviewers will be given special access to the Cornell online reviewing system upon receiving their online commitment form.
  8. PhD Student reviewers will be given mandatory special training conducted by Cornell for the review of the applications. This training will happen once in the fall for the review of the applications at (ApplicationReviewTrainingDate), and once in the spring for the review of the team’s final reports at (FinalReportReviewTrainingDate).
  9. 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, PhD student reviewers and Judges will not be allowed to discuss with teams any conversations 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.
  10. PhD student reviewers may begin reviewing the applications as soon as they have completed training and the applications have been submitted. Applications will be randomly assigned to reviewers through the Cornell online reviewing system. The name of the school and the advisor(s) will be blocked from their view.
  11. If a reviewer 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.
  12. The PhD student reviewers must complete their review of all of the applications by (ApplicationReviewDate).
  13. The Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel rules committee will make the final acceptance decisions taking the PhD student reviewers results into consideration.
  14. Teams will be notified by October 30, 2013 as to their acceptance through the Cornell online reviewing system.
  15. PhD student reviewers may begin reviewing the final reports as soon as the reports have been submitted. Final reports will be randomly assigned to reviewers through the Cornell online reviewing system. The name of the school and the advisor will be blocked from their view.
  16. If a reviewer 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.
  17. Prior to the start of the competition all entries’ final reports will judged by the PhD student reviewers by (FinalReportReviewDate) and their results uploaded to the Cornell online reviewing system.
  18. All judges will be given special temporary access to Cornell online reviewing system by (FinalReportReviewDate).
  19. All judges are required to attend a mandatory meeting with the competition rules committee to review the judging criteria prior to the first day of the Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel Competition Event.
  20. All judges are expected to review all PhD student reviewers’ summaries of the teams’ reports prior to the first day of the Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel Competition Event. These summaries however are only for the judges’ consideration and the judges are free to form their own opinions of the reports.
  21. On the first day of the competition, all judges will view the students’ prototype demonstration at the expo booths, largely for the determination of the demonstrated capabilities judging category score.
  22. The demonstration should last approximately 5-9 minutes including questions from the judges.
  23. Points may be deducted from the presentation judging category if the student team takes too long.
  24. Starting in the afternoon of the first day all Judges are expected to review teams’ final PowerPoint presentations. Approximately one quarter of the teams will be reviewed on the first day and three quarters of the teams during the second day. Each team should be held to a 12-minute presentation, allowing ~6 minutes for questions thereafter.
  25. At the end of the last presentation, judges are then given until (JudgesScoresDueTime) to examine their scores as a whole and finally submit their answers to the competition rules committee.
  26. Judges scores will be tallied by removing both the highest and lowest score for each category and then averaging the remaining scores for that category. The averaged scores will then be summed for a final total score for that entry.
  27. The top 3 highest total score winners will be awarded first, second, and third Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel Grand Prizes respectively. This will take place in during the late afternoon/early evening of the last day of the event.
  28. 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 one of the 3 grand prizes.

The reviewing policies for both the PhD student reviewers and the Judges will be determined during the summer and will be available at the time of the final rules release in August. The reason for the two phases of the scoring is to help with continuity in the scoring, i.e. every team has been seen at least once by the Judges before the PowerPoint presentations, which will help to give the Judges a better idea as to the range of entries. As a tie breaker all judges are allowed to vote for one and only one of the tying entries as the ultimate winner.

Although at least one judge will be from Intel and one from Cornell, the rest of the Judges and the PhD Student Reviewers will be selected not only on their personal qualifications but as a way to reach out to other companies and schools that the competition would like to encourage to participate.

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Wild Card Award Rules

The rules for the Wild Card Award are as follows:

  1. Teams that successfully submitted an application, but were not selected as finalists may still submit a final report that by April 15, 2014 to be considered for a Wild Card Award.
  2. Final reports submitted for the Wild Card Award must follow all of the Final Report Rules and will be judged upon by the same criteria as all finalist teams’ final reports.
  3. If the final report of a team submitting for the Wild Card Award is considered to be strong enough, the team may be awarded a Wild Card Award.
  4. Teams winning a Wild Card Award will be awarded funding equal to the financial support given to the finalist teams of that year and an invitation to demonstrate their project at the Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel Competition Event Expo.
  5. Teams winning a Wild Card Award will not give a formal PowerPoint presentation at the Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel Competition Event and are not eligible to win any other awards for that year’s competition.
  6. Teams winning a Wild Card Award will be required to follow all of the same Competition Event Rules or any other guidelines that are asked of any other competition attendees.
  7. Teams winning a Wild Card Award will be notified by April 16, 2014.
  8. Teams winning a Wild Card Award must acknowledge their acceptance by WildCardTeamAcceptanceDate by submitting a completed Acceptance pledge and Expo space request form as well as providing any requested team information such as contact info.
  9. Accepted Wild Card winning teams will also be acknowledged at the Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel Competition Event Award Ceremony.

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