1. PURPOSE OF TechSAge Design Competition 2018.

The TechSAge Design Competition 2018 seeks to inspire talented student designers to develop innovative technology-enabled design solutions for the aging population.  As set forth below in the Submission Guidelines (“Submission Guidelines”), Contestants will be allowed to submit their solutions to enter and be judged under only one (1) category. Up to ten (10) finalists will be selected to move onto Phase II of the competition. Each finalist will receive $250 cash prize. In Phase II, finalists will compete for overall “First Place Prize” and receive an additional cash prize of $1000. See Section 6 below for a list of categories.


The TechSAge Design Competition 2018 is open globally to students. Contestants must be students enrolled at a post-secondary institution (i.e., college, university) at the time of their submission. On the submission entry form, contestants will be required to acknowledge that they are currently a student and provide the name and email of a faculty advisor or contact at their institution; the faculty contact may be contacted to verify enrollment status of the contestant(s). Contestants may enter submissions as an individual or team. For team submissions, the primary contact must be a student who meets the student eligibility criteria. Individuals and teams (“Contestant”) all of whom are the age of majority in their jurisdiction at the start of the Competition and who meet the additional requirements set forth in these Official Rules. Individuals who are under any contract that would prohibit Organizer in accordance with Section 9, below, to use or display any of their submissions at any point during or after the Competition, or those who cannot meet all of the Submission Guidelines outlined below, are not eligible to enter. By entering a Submission a Contestant agrees to be bound by these rules.


The TechSAge Design Competition 2018 is organized by the Rehabilitation And Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Technologies to Support Successful Aging With Disability—TechSAge  (“Organizer”) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. TechSAge is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90RE5016-01-00). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

  • Competition begins: November 1, 2017
  • Phase I Submission Deadline: March 25, 2018 by 11:59 PM EST
  • Contestant notified of Phase I outcome: on or before April 15, 2018
  • Phase II Submission Deadline: May 15, 2018 by 11:59 PM EST
  • Contestant notified of Phase II outcome: on or before June 1, 2018

Contestants are subject to these official rules (“Official Rules”). To enter, Contestants should visit the website www.techsagecompetition.com and complete the submission form which includes selecting a submission category and upload attachment files.  A confirmation email will be sent to the Contestant after entering to the competition. Contestants may enter as a team, but they must designate a contact person if the Entry Submission is entered on behalf of a group or organization.  Contestants should include names, affiliations, titles and contact information for all team members with the submission. Contestant must select one of four (4) categories, listed below, in which to enter the Submission. ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 11:59PM ON March 25, 2018 EST.


Contestants may enter a unique Submission in any or all Categories. Entry submissions may only be entered once, in which Contestants may not enter the same Submission into more than one category.

The categories are: 1- Health at home, 2- Social connectedness, 3- Active lifestyle and 4- Community mobility. Please refer to competition website for more details.


Judging of all qualified entries will be done in two phases, by a panel of qualified judges.  No judge has a stake in the outcome of the Competition.  The overall criteria used for judging are that the designs promote: independence, integration, implementation, inspiration, and progression.

  1. 1. PHASE ONE.

All personally identifiable information relating to the contestants shall be removed from the Submissions. Entry Submissions with identifiable information will be returned to Contestants and/or disqualified from the competition if entry submission is identifiable passed the deadline. Entry Submissions will be identified only by an automatically generated submission form number.  In the Phase One, Judges will evaluate all Qualified Submissions for a possible maximum score of 100 points, based upon the following criteria: Independence  (up to 30 points), integration (up to 20 points), implementation  (up to 20 points), inspiration  (up to 20 points), and progression  (up to 10 points). Up to four top-scoring qualified submissions in each category will move to the Final Phase-Phase Two (referred as “Finalists”). Any Submissions with tie scores as a third top score will be rescored. No judge shall have decision making authority for any Qualified Submission in which that judge either has a financial or other reasonably calculable stake in the outcome of the product. In the event that under three Qualified Entry Submissions for each category have a minimum score of 60 points, only those Qualified Submissions that have at least 60 points will be considered Phase One Finalists and move to the Final Phase-Phase Two.


All Phase One Finalists will have their Qualified Submissions judged again by the panel of qualified judges. The Final Phase-Phase Two’s Qualified Submissions will be judged for a possible maximum score of 150 total points based upon the following criteria: Independence (up to 30 points), integration (up to 20 points), implementation  (up to 20 points), inspiration (up to 20 points), progression (up to 10 points), prototype functionality (20 points) and validation (up to 30 points).

Any judge on the Judging Panel who may benefit from the awarding of a prize to a particular Category Winner shall abstain from voting, and an alternate judge will be substituted. In the event there is a tie, the winners will be decided by the judges based upon the aforementioned review criteria. Competition organizers reserve the right to disqualify an entry. If less than 3 qualified entries are received for a category, organizers may re-arrange categories, as needed.


In addition to the other terms and conditions contained in these Official Rules, the Submission must be an original work of authorship, created by the person (or persons) who has/have entered as the Contestant. Submission must be in English.

The entry submissions must contain the following components:

Enter the following information in the online “Entry Form”:

Project title

100 words project description

Category Selection

*Contestant Name (Primary Point of Contact)

*Contestant Affiliation  (business, school, etc.)

*Contestant Contact information (email, mobile number, mailing address)

*A brief statement about the Contestant, area of expertise, interest, study etc

*For every team member: Name, Affiliation (business, school, etc.) and Contact information

*This information will not go to the jury during the judging process.  The entry submission will be identified only by the form number.

Enter a digital PDF format file up to 25 MB in size with the following high-resolution components:

**One poster 24 inches by 36 inches describing the conceptual thinking, motivation and concept generation, different views of 3D representation, solutions described in use (i.e. storyboard/scenario), to mention a few. Important: the solution MUST showcase the partnership with an older adult to develop a creative solution that responds to their user needs and everyday challenges.

Only for final phase-phase two, entry submissions should include all the above and the following:

**One poster 24 inches by 36 inches describing the development of the concept and how the judge’s feedback is incorporated. Important: the development MUST be co-developed in partnership with an older adult to develop a creative solution that responds to their user needs and everyday challenges. In addition, the finalist should partner with a TechSAge researcher or board member to further develop the concept.

**A project video of 3-5 minutes

All Submissions attachments must be uploaded when completing the online entry submission form on the website at www.techsagecompetition.com.  If Contestants have difficulty with the upload, they may submit an email to techsagecompetition@gmail.com or the “Contact Us” via the website for help with the submission. This competition will not accept mailed submissions.

The TechSAge Design Competition 2018 organizer recommends, but does not require, that Contestant procure proper intellectual property protection for their Submissions (see next item below). Organizer is not responsible for legal protection of Submissions. Organizer may request evidence that Submission is an original work within the meaning of U.S. law at any time during or after the Competition Period. If, in the sole discretion of Organizer, Contestant’s work appears to be an infringement under U.S. law, Organizer will disqualify the Submission. By submitting an entry each Contestant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Organizer, and the judges against any and all loss, damage or liability that they might incur by reason of any breach or alleged breach of this paragraph or these Official Rules.


As between Contestant and the TechSAge Design Competition 2018, Contestant will retain ownership of Submissions. By entering a Submission, Contestant grants to Organizer a world-wide, royalty-free, fully paid, non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, transferable, and fully sub-licensable (through multiple tiers) license, without additional consideration to Contestant or any third party, to: (a) reproduce, distribute, transmit, perform and display (publicly or otherwise), make available to the public, adapt, modify, edit, translate, make, sell, offer to sell, import and otherwise use and exploit (and have others exercise such rights on behalf of the Organizer through multiple tiers) any Submission, any ideas accompanying, related to, or embodied in any Submission, and any materials embodying, incorporating, or derived from any Submission, in any format or media now known or hereafter developed (including without limitation Internet, cable, satellite, mobile, and wireless media); (b) create derivative works from any Submission and incorporate any Submission into other works or into the products or services of Organizer, including without limitation by embedding or incorporating advertisements into, before, or after, or displaying advertisements adjacent to or otherwise in connection with, any Submission; (c) rate, review, evaluate, and judge the Contestants Submission and permit third parties to do so; (d) exercise all copyright, trademark, publicity and other proprietary rights with regard to the Contestants Submission; (e) use the Contestants name, photograph, portrait, picture, voice, likeness and biographical information as news or information and for advertising or promotional purposes, whether or not in connection with the Contestants Submission;  and (f) use the Contestants Submission for the purpose of promoting the Competition and for any other advertising or promotional purposes. The foregoing license shall survive any termination or expiration of the Competition. All Submissions are deemed to be non-confidential and may be used on a non-restricted basis. IF CONTESTANTS DO NOT WISH TO GRANT THE RIGHTS GRANTED IN THIS SECTION, PLEASE DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPETITION.


To the maximum extent permitted by law, Contestants agree to forever release, discharge, and waive all claims against the Organizer, their agents and employees and any judge from, and covenant not to initiate, file, maintain, or proceed upon any suit, claim, demand, or cause of action against any the Organizer or any judge with respect to, any losses or damages that relate in any way to any Submission, including without limitation any claim for idea misappropriation. Additionally, Contestants hereby waive any and all rights that they may have under any laws or statutes worldwide that concern “moral rights” or “droit moral,” in connection with their Submission. CONTESTANTS WILL NOT BE PAID FOR THEIR SUBMISSIONS or for granting Organizer any of these rights.


Ten (10) finalists will be selected from Phase I to move to Phase II. Each finalist will receive $250. In phase II, one (1) winner will be named for all categories mentioned above. The top scoring submission will be awarded the “First Place Prize” and will receive a cash prize of $1000. Contestants acknowledge that they have received good and valuable consideration in exchange for the rights granted by them hereunder in and to the Submission, including without limitation the opportunity to win the Competition, and the possibility that publicity or favorable exposure may arise from the Organizer and any judge’s use of the Submission. Contestants acknowledge and agree that they are not entitled to any further compensation for any use or other exploitation by the Organizer, any judge or any other party of the Submission.


By entering this Competition, Contestants understand that their Submissions will be reviewed for commercial viability and that Contestants are not eligible if they (1) are represented under any contract that would limit or impair their ability to commercially exploit the Submissions; or (2) are under any other contractual relationship, or employment agreement that might prohibit them from participating fully in this Competition, or from allowing third parties to Contract with them to commercially exploit the Submissions; or (3) at any time before or during the Competition, have provided their Submission to any entity or third party for any purpose related to exploitation and/or commercialization (including the possibility of commercialization) of the Submission. Organizer makes no guarantees, explicit or implied, regarding the outcome of any phase or the guarantee of any prize. Nothing in this Competition may be construed as an employment contract.

By participating in the Competition, Contestants agree: (i) to be bound by these complete Official Rules and the decisions of Organizer which shall be final and binding; and (ii) to waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Competition or these Official Rules, except where prohibited by law. Contestants agree to release Organizer, including its parent, subsidiary and affiliated entities together with the respective directors, employees, officers, licensees, licensors and agents, and respective advertising and promotion entities and any person or entity associated with the production, judging, or administration of the Competition, (collectively, the “Releases”) from any and all liability, loss or damage arising from or in connection with awarding, receipt and/or use or misuse of the prize or participation in any prize-related activities.

Contestants shall not take part (or agree to take part) in any media coverage, or make any press releases or other announcements regarding participation in the TechSAge Design Competition 2018 without the prior agreement of Organizer. No Contestant shall refer to the TechSAge Design Competition 2018 or permit it to be referred to by any third party for the purpose of promoting or publicizing any company or business other than Organizer.

Each finalist/winner inner must sign and return a declaration of eligibility, liability, and where lawful, publicity release, within the time period specified therein, allowing Organizer to use the Submission, name, likeness, hometown name, winning entry and/or prize information of Finalist as part of that publicity throughout the world, without any compensation or prior review unless specifically prohibited by law.

Organizer reserves the right to cancel or suspend the Competition, in its sole discretion, should it receive fewer than 10 entries across categories, or receive no entries that have a judged score above the stated minimums in these official rules, or due to circumstances beyond its control, including natural disasters. Organizer may, in its sole discretion, cancel, modify or suspend the Competition should a virus, bug, computer problem, unauthorized intervention or other causes beyond Organizer’s control, corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Competition. Organizer may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Competition or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines such entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Competition by cheating, deception, or any other unfair playing practices of intending to annoy, abuse, threaten, undermine or harass any other players or Organizer representatives. The internal laws of the State of Georgia will govern disputes regarding these Official Rules and/or this Competition.