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Design Challenge FAQs

How do I register to participate? 
You can register your interest for regular updates here, and if you plan to submit a design, complete a profile at the Skild Competition Management Platform.(Check back in September for the link to this Platform.)

When can I apply? 
Submissions open at 9pm on September 23, 2014, and close at 5pm on December 5th, 2014.

How big should my team be? 
There are no restrictions on the size of the team, though we expect most teams to be between 1-5 people. We have room to acknowledge 5 named team members, including the team representative who will be making the final presentation if selected.

Does everyone in the team need to be a student? 
No, we expect at least one person to be a student. If you team gets to the finals, the final presentation at Stanford must be made by a full time student.

What if I have 1 student and 4 professionals? 
That’s ok. As long as the student is the one giving the final presentation.

Does the enrolled student need to be currently studying full time? 
Yes. He or she needs to be in a full time course of study at an accredited academic institution.

Are you only looking for Masters and PhD candidates? 
No we welcome applications from undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students.

Does everyone in the team need to register?  
No, just one registration is needed per team.

What do I need to do to apply? 
You need to register at the Skild submission platform.. After registering, you will be able access the submission forms and see all the submission fields. You will be able to change your submission right up until the Dec 5th deadline, so don’t worry about having to be ready to submit before you register.

What level of design maturity is expected in Phase I?
The goal of Phase I is to select the best ideas for products and services. We need enough information to understand your idea, how it will help people, and how you arrived at it (e.g. – did you interview users? Did you research needs?). There is no specific requirement for drawings, prototypes, etc.  If you are selected as a finalist, you will have time and $1000 to use to refine the design for presentation at the finals.

Is it important to have a video? 
We are making videos optional. However, we expect many entries will use videos as they are a powerful narrative tool.

Will being at the kickoff event impact my ability to submit? 
No. The kick-off event is for informational purposes only. All the talks will be recorded and you will be able to view them from this website.

What kinds of proposals are you looking for? 
We are looking for products and services that make an impact in people’s lives.

How about simple non tech, non design ones? 
That’s ok. Show us how it will be impact lives.

How about a mobile app, or a website? 
That’s ok. Show us how it will be impact lives.

Who should we be designing for? The individual or the caregiver?  
Is this challenge about just exercise?
No – encouraging exercise is a big piece of preserving mobility and we expect many entries in this area. But it is also important to support those who have physical restrictions and solutions that might impact the whole community.

Where can I get more information about mobility? 
See our Resources section, which will be regularly updated with content from our partners.    

Should I interview people working with mobility impairment, or those working in facilities supporting them?
It depends on your familiarity with the issue. We expect the strongest teams will have a good grasp of the needs of the people they’re designing for, so in most cases interviews with those affected is strongly recommended.

If I win, will my product be taken to the market? 
All we can say at this stage is that our partners are some of the leading corporations in this field, and they’re looking for big ideas to help them. If your idea is good enough, the sky’s the limit!

Do I need to have a business model? 
For Phase 1 the focus is mostly on the idea and design. For the Finals, we expect more work to be given to the practical implications of taking the product to market. But this is a design competition, not a startup competition, so we want you to focus on the design aspects mostly.

What are the judging criteria? 
You can read about the judging criteria on the “Details” page of the website.

Will the Award be taxable?
Yes, recipients will be responsible for any taxes on the prizes awarded at the finals. The $1000 award to finalists will be tax-protected so that all teams have access to the same amount of money for development regardless of their particular tax structure.

How many finalists will you chose? 
It will depend on the quality of the submissions, but we expect between 5-7.

What do you get if you are selected to be a finalist? 
We provide a $1000 tax-protected check to cover additional costs to be incurred in developing the concept further in Phase 2, plus expenses of up to $1500 for the team representative to join the Awards Ceremony in April.