Aspiring Inventors Competition

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Are you always thinking of easier, better, smarter, faster, new, ingenious ways to improve the world around you?

Then you are an aspiring inventor and should enter your ideas into the Aspiring Inventors Competition - a national competition promoting innovation and invention open to all Australians. The competition aims to celebrate the unique inventive and creative spirit of Australia. Together with ABC Radio National, The Australian Inventors Association and Floriade we will be inviting all Australians to be part of this unique, creative and inspiring competition.

Competition Opens: Thursday 1st August, 2013
Competition Closes: COB, Monday 2nd September, 2013

More information

Entries could incorporate ideas for eco-friendly solutions, the aged, horticultural, household, etc, generally things that will enhance and benefit Australians, and potentially the universe. Inventions must be functional or have a functional element. They need to enhance the lives of Australians in some way.

Entries can be submitted in the form of drawings, diagrams, models, photographs, video, and journals as long as you are able to showcase your invention in a way that shows us your thinking, the problem as you see it, and your innovative solution. Keep a blog of your journey and share your thoughts, failures, ideas and successes as part of your entry submission.

What do you have to do? Fill out the Entry Form below, but read it first and consider your answers.

Sorry but the Aspiring Inventors Competition is now closed.

Judges

Fenella Kernebone
Fenella Kernebone is a television and radio presenter and producer, MC, interviewer and writer. In addition to her role on Radio National’s By Design, Fenella is also the host of her long running, cult electronic music show, The Sound Lab on Triple J radio. Fenella has a long-standing passion for architecture and design and is thrilled to be a member of the By Design team.

 

 

 

 

JohnSJacobJohn S. Jacob (B.Sc Physics, M.Sc Mech Eng) is an Innovation Engineer with over 25 years’ experience making new ideas work for real.  His background is in science, research and innovation in both the for-profit and academic worlds, with his main focus on solving real-world problems.  For the last eight years John has worked as an innovation consultant in addition to speaking, writing and blogging about innovation.  Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, John now lives in Perth and plays Blues piano in his occasional spare time. www.johnsjacob.com

 

 

 

 

Dr Stuart Kohlhagen

Dr Stuart Kohlhagen

Dr Stuart Kohlhagen PSM has been part of Questacon for over 33 years, from its early years at Ainslie Public School through the subsequent establishment and growth of Questacon as Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre in 1988 to the present.

While at college in Canberra he won the inaugural science and inventors fair 1979, and took out second place for Science as Art – a prize awarded by HRH Prince Charles – despite getting him to put his fingers in his ears and bang his head against a wall.
From 1979 to 1987 Stuart worked at Questacon (then located at Ainslie Public School) helping explain and design exhibits, develop and deliver shows, as well as supporting the development of Questacon’s outreach programs.
During that time he also completed a PhD at The Australian National University on aspects of drug resistance in parasites.

Since 1987 Stuart has worked at Questacon helping develop thousands of interactive exhibits, and supporting the Centre’s science communication activities.
In 2000 he was awarded the Public Service Medal for his contribution to informal education and interactive learning.
He currently holds the position of  Manager, Science and Technology. During a recent visit to the world renowned Exploratorium science centre in San Francisco, Stuart took out the title of “Iron Science Teacher” in the face of stiff local competition.

 

 

Judging critera

Each finalist will be selected from valid entries based on the following criteria:

b) How creative, unique or surprising is the choice of problem?

c) How effectively does the invention address the problem?

d) How creative and appealing is the choice of solution, materials used and overall design?

e) How well does the solution suit the people for whom it is intended?

f)  How creative, inspiring or passionate is the aspiring inventor in presenting/describing the solution?

Terms and conditions

ASPIRING INVENTORS COMPETITION
Entries close at 5pm Canberra Time on Monday 2 September, 2013

Terms and Conditions of entry

1)  Entrants are deemed to have read and agreed to these terms and conditions by submitting an entry in the Aspiring Inventors Competition (the Competition).

2)  The promoters are Australian Capital Territory, represented by Events ACT of 220 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon ACT 2601 – ABN 37 307 569 373 (collectively referred to as ‘the Promoters’).

Who can enter

3)  Employees and contractors of the Promoters or members of their immediate families are ineligible to enter. ‘Immediate family’ means spouse, parent, natural or adopted child, siblings (whether natural or adopted by a parent), whether or not they live in the same household as the employee or contractor.

4)  To be eligible to enter this competition, entrants must be Australian citizens or have permanent residency status.  Persons of all ages are invited to enter.

Competition Period

5)   The Competition commences Thursday 1 August 2013 and closes 5pm Canberra time on Monday 2 September 2013 (“Competition Period”).

6)   Entries received after 5.00pm on Monday 2 September 2013 Canberra Time will not be accepted.

7)   The winner of the Aspiring Inventors Competition will be announced onsite at Floriade, Commonwealth Park ACTON ACT 2600 on Sunday 6th October at the Inspriation Hub at 2.00pm in an Awards ceremony.

How to enter

8)    To enter the Competition, Entrants must, during the Competition  Period, fully and correctly complete and successfully submit an entry form in the manner required on the website listed below, including providing the Entrant’s full name, email, telephone number, current and valid email address and answering the required list of questions relevant to the entrant’s invention.  To access the Entry Form, the Entrants must:

i)   log onto the Floriade website: http://www.floriadeaustralia.com/ invent/

ii)  access the Entry form tab and continue to complete all sections of the entry form.

9)   To support an entry entrants:

i)   should include a detailed description of the invention the subject of the entry; and

ii)   are able to submit materials such as drawings, photos, videos or links to a blog which you have created, in relation to your invention. These options are available on the entry form.

10)  The competition purpose – ‘To celebrate the unique inventive and creative spirit of Australia’.  

11)  For clarity, the actual invention does not need to be submitted.  The Competition is judged solely on the soft copy entry form and supporting materials submitted via the Competition website.

12)  Persons can enter as many times as they wish, provided a separate entry form is entered in relation to each different invention.

13)  Entries will be deemed accepted at the time of receipt by the Promoter and not at the time of transmission.

14)  Entries received will be considered final by the Promoter. Incomplete, inaccurate, erroneous, ineligible or incomprehensible entries will not be accepted.  The Promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected entries.  It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure they leave sufficient time for the transmission to complete prior to close of Competition.

15)   Any Entry that contains content that the Promoter, in its sole discretion, considers to be offensive, crude or contrary to the spirit of the Competition will not be accepted.

Judging

16)   All valid entries will be judged by a panel of appropriately qualified judges from Tuesday 3 September until Friday 13 September 2013 to determine a winner and 9 finalists.

17)   There will be one main prize winner and 9 runner-up finalists.  In addition, there will be a special youth prize winner for the best entry submitted by a person aged 17 or below at the date of close of Competition.

18)   The winner, finalists and youth prize winner will be contacted via email or phone on or about Friday, 13 September 2013.

19)   The winner, finalists and youth prize winner will have their entries and associated drawings on display at an exhibition in the Inspiration Hub within Floriade from Monday  30th September to Sunday  6th October during Week 3 – INVENTION week.

20)   As the winner will be required to attend the awards ceremony as part of his or her prize, he or she must email the Promoters at events@act.gov.au, within 3 days of being contacted by the Promoter to confirm whether he or she will accept the prize and attend the awards ceremony.  If the winner does not notify the Promoter within the required time, the person with the next best judged entry may be deemed the winner in lieu of the forfeiting winner and will be notified in accordance with this clause. If the winner is unable to attend the awards ceremony for any reason, the Promoter reserves the right to appoint a representative to collect the prize on behalf of the winner.

21)  The winner, finalists and youth prize winner will be selected by the judges from valid entries based on the following criteria:

i)   Age

ii)   How creative, unique or surprising is the choice of problem?

iii)   How effectively does the invention address the problem?

iv)  How creative and appealing is the choice of solution, materials used and overall design?

v)   How well does the solution suit the people for whom it is intended?

vi)  How creative, inspiring or passionate is the aspiring inventor in presenting/describing the solution?

22)   The judges’ decision is final and no discussion will be entered into.

23)   The Promoter has the discretion not to award prizes if no suitable entries are received.

The Prize

24)    One winner shall receive the following PRIZE:

i)   $5,000 prize money, to go towards bringing the invention to life.

ii)   1 year membership with the Australian Inventors Association.

iii)  A free mentoring session with the Australian Inventors Association which is held under confidentiality. This includes advice from Intellectual Property lawyers, Engineers, Doctors (if your invention is for the medical industry) and other Inventors.

iv)  The winner will also be featured in the media and will need to be available for all media interviews as directed by the Promoters.

v)    The Promoters will provide flights and accommodation to Canberra and transport to and from their accommodation and the awards ceremony at Floriade for the winner.

25)   As a special prize category, the judges will also select a youth prize winner to receive 1 year family membership to Questacon Canberra.

26)  The Promoters accept no responsibility for any variation of the value of the prize, and reserve their right to substitute another prize, or component of a prize, without notice to the winner.

27)  The prize cannot be exchanged for other goods and services, and cannot be redeemed for cash.

28)  The Promoters will not provide spending money, any fuel, meals or other ancillary costs incurred by the winner or their travelling companions in accepting the prize and attending the ceremony.

29)  The winner must utilise the prize according to its validity date, otherwise the winner will forfeit that component of the prize and no compensation will be paid in lieu.  If the winner is unexpectedly unable to attend the ceremony, those components of his or her prize relating to attendance at the ceremony will be forfeit and no substitute prize or compensation will be paid in lieu.

Exclusion of liabilities

30)   The Entrant warrants that the invention the subject of its entry is its original creation invented by the Entrant and does not infringe any third party rights.

31)   Entrants warrant that the material submitted with their entry is their own original work.

32)   Entrants are to note that by entering this Competition, they will be providing materials, diagrams and the like in relation to their invention with their entry form to the Promoters and, if selected as a finalist that material will be displayed in public at Floriade.  It is the entrant’s responsibility to take any measures and/or seek any appropriate legal advice with respect to protecting their intellectual property rights in relation to their invention prior to entering the competition and the Promoters shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered by the entrant as a result of the public display of those materials as part of this Competition.

33)  The Promoters shall not be liable for any loss, damage or personal injury suffered or sustained as a consequence of the use and enjoyment of the prizes.

34)   Entrants indemnify the Territory and the Promoter against any claims and costs arising from any third party claims (including but not limited to intellectual property claims) arising from or in connection with the entrant’s participation in the Competition.

35)   The Promoters will not be responsible for any error, omission, deletion or defect contained in an entry form, or a delay or failure in the operation or transmission of an entry form, or the theft, destruction, unauthorised access or alteration of an entry. 

Privacy

36)   Any information submitted by the Entrant on the Entry Form which is personal information as defined in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), including name, address details and phone numbers will be stored, used and disclosed by the Promoters in accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).

37)    The Promoters collect personal information on the Entry Form only for the purposes of conducting the competition and awarding of prizes including:

i)    contacting the finalists and winners;

ii)    arranging flights and accommodation, memberships and other prizes for the winner; and

iii)    displaying the finalists’ names with their entries at Floriade;

iv)    publishing the winner’s name in the media or materials associated with the Competition.

38)   The Promoters will not use the personal information contained in an entry for promotional or other marketing purposes or disclose the entrants’ information to any other person without the separate specific consent of the respective entrant.

Use of Entries

39)   All entries (including intellectual property rights in the entries) remain the property of the entrants.

40)  Entries will not be returned.  The Promoters will destroy/delete all entries at the end of the Competition.

41)  Entrants agree that if selected as a finalist they grant to the Promoters permission to use (including to reproduce and display in public) any materials submitted with their entry including images, photos, diagrams, text and excerpts from blogs for the purpose of creating a Competition display at Floriade in 2013.

42)   In addition to the above, the winner grants permission to the Promoters to use (including to reproduce and publish) any materials submitted with their entry including images, photos, diagrams, text and excerpts from blogs in media and publications promoting the outcome of the Competition.

43)    If in the Promoter’s absolute opinion, this Competition is not capable of running as planned for any reason, including but not limited to war, terrorism, state of emergency or disaster (including natural disaster), technical failures or anything which affects the proper conduct of this Competition, the Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate, or, if necessary, to provide an alternative prize or prizes to the same value as the original prize.

For further information, including in relation to the use and collection of entrant’s personal information contact events@act.gov.au.

Prize

The Prize

Youth PRIZE:

a) 1 year family membership to Questacon and a $100 gift voucher to spend at the Questacon shop.

18+ – One winner shall receive the following PRIZE:

a) $5,000 prize money, to go towards bringing the invention to life.

b) 1 year membership with the Australian Inventors Association.

c)  Free mentoring session with the Australian Inventors Association worth $5,000. Assessments can be conducted over the internet. Assessments comprise a closed discussion under a non-disclosure agreement, between the inventor and the assessment panel.  During an assessment, the assessment panel takes a critical look at the invention an offers the member its best advice on the next steps to be taken.

The assessment panel is composed of experienced inventors, engineers, a patent attorney, a medical doctor and a university professor of electronics.  Inventors are encouraged to return for further confidential discussions as they progress with their inventions.

d)  The winner will also be featured in press and will need to be available for interviews.

e)  Events ACT will provide flights and accommodation to Canberra and transport to and from the awards ceremony at Floriade.