Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about C-Prize 2019.
Can I submit more than one idea?
Yes! There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit.
If my idea fits two tracks, do I submit one application or two?
Just one application will do, select as many Environmental Impact areas and Entry Categories as are relevant. It is important that you describe how the environmental impacts claimed will be achieved and measured, and how your entry aligns to each of the entry categories.
Can a team just be one person?
No. There must be more than one person in a team as you will need at least one other person to bounce ideas off and share the workload.
If I/we are already working with Callaghan Innovation on a project am I/we eligible to enter C-Prize?
Yes, however Callaghan Innovation staff cannot be listed or form part of your team.
How do I connect with potential teammates?
There are many ways to connect with potential teammates, if you are studying, we recommend you talk to your classmates or perhaps use social media to seek out likeminded people who can help and support.
Can I use pictures from the Internet to illustrate my idea?
Yes, but you must reference where you have sourced your pictures.
Can open-source software be used?
Yes, so long as you reference it.
I/we have just submitted our entry online and we noticed a feature to upload a video. Is it a requirement to upload a video?
Yes, the C-Prize online submission process requires each team to upload a short 2-minute video presenting their idea with their submission.
What if I already have the start of a prototype?
No problem. Going through the C-Prize process will help you think about your potential business and end users and will likely help improve your final solution.
Can I submit an entry which is a new application of existing technology?
Yes, however we are looking for ideas based on new technology or the new / novel combinations of existing technologies, rather than the next iteration of an existing technology or product.
What do you mean by an entry application “Impact Theme”?
This year’s C-Prize has three environmental impact areas or described themes. As “environment” is such a broad term, we are focusing C-Prize 2019 on ideas that will deliver positive environmental outcomes in these three areas:
1. Climate change – Slowing or reversing negative human impacts on climate.
2. Fresh clean water – Cleaning up our waterways.
3. Resource use – Smarter ways to use and preserve our planet’s finite resources.
How do I protect my intellectual property (IP) when I apply?
We will make it clear in the entry form what parts of your submission will be publicised. Should you qualify as a finalist, we will work with you to help protect your IP.
Are the judges bound by a non-disclosure agreement (NDA)?
If I test my idea with the international experts (through C-Prize) what happens to my intellectual property?
You retain your intellectual property.
If we get selected as a finalist, what happens next?
Teams selected as finalists will be invited to progress into the C-Prize Development Programme. Finalists will be required to attend a number of commercialisation and technology focused C-Prize Bootcamps, and are expected to commit the time (most teams will be working evenings and weekends for the duration of the programme) and resources necessary to develop their idea through to proof of concept and/or product prototype stage.
Can I use my professional company to make my prototype?
If my entry is selected as a finalist, can I/my team develop a prototype based on a concept that is different from the initially submitted idea?
Your final proof of concept or product prototype should be based on the idea described in your initial entry. However, C-Prize recognises that solution designs will evolve during development as teams learn from their research and development efforts. Teams will need to document the insights that resulted in changes to the final proof of concept or product prototype, and that the originally claimed environmental outcomes will be achieved.
Does Callaghan Innovation take a percentage stake in any start up?
No. In fact, we will help you look at ways to help you protect your intellectual property.
Updated: 9 December 2019