Innovation Awards Official Rules

Contest: The Contest begins on 1st October each year and closes on 31st March the following year

A panel of judges will select shortlisted entries in April each year following competition closure and the shortlist will be invited to the Annual Business of science Conference and awards where a winner will be announced.

Entrants must submit one (1) completed application per idea through the competition website.

Entries submitted in a previous year are not eligible for resubmission. However, if significant improvements have been made to the original product and/or significant enhancements that are unique and innovative, then the new model is eligible for submission.

By entering the Contest, you represent and warrant that (a) You own all rights in your product/technology or have the necessary licenses to intellectual property used in your product/technology; (b) Your product/technology does not infringe the intellectual property, privacy or publicity rights or any other legal or moral rights of any third party; and (c) Your product/technology does not contain any defamatory, libelous, indecent, illegal, dangerous, or obscene material.

It is the entrant’s responsibility to properly attribute any and all trademarked or copyrighted terms used in their application.

Entries deemed by the judges in their sole discretion to be immoral, obscene, indecent, profane or not in keeping with the competiton’s image will be disqualified. We reserve the right in our sole discretion to disqualify any entry at any time which, in our opinion, endangers the safety or well being of any person, or fails to comply with these Official Rules. Decisions are final and binding.

This Contest is open to persons in the three age categories at the time of submission. Employees, subsidiaries, sales representatives, advertising, promotion and all other service agencies involved with design, execution or fulfillment of this Contest, and members of the immediate families (defined for these purposes as parents, children, siblings and spouse) or households (whether related or not) of any of the above are DEFINITELY eligible to participate

Winner Selection

A panel of industry expert judges will select Honorees in each category.

Honorees will be selected based on five qualifications:

  1. Qualities of and application for the idea; a great idea and dream
  2. Aesthetic and design qualities; what is possible
  3. The product’s intended use/function and user value including how it can make a positive impact to the quality of life for its users, or those affected by its use;
  4. Why the product deserves the Innovation Award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and application that others would find attractive.
  5. How the thinking, design and innovation of this can be compared to others or has no compare.

Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Award designation is subject to proof of compliance with Official Rules, maintaining compliance with these Official Rules and approval by the organisers. As a condition of receiving the award, Honorees will be required to supply contact information including, but not limited to name, phone number and email address.

Shortlisted entrants will be announced by mid-April and invited to present a ‘Poster’ of their idea at the Business of Science Conference.  It is anticipated that all shortlisted entrants will attend personally to discuss their Poster with the wider BoSC audience as part of the Final judging process.

For a list of winners (available after June 1st), please check our website

Award Benefits:

The Primary and Secondary winner will also receive a significant financial award to their education establishment which should be spent on science equipment or resourcing within the school to support STEM education for the benefit of the establishment.  In the 18+ category, the financial award will be presented to the winning individual or establishment to enable them to develop the winning submission or entry.  All awards will be granted provided they are properly claimed in accordance with these Official Rules and a sufficient number of eligible entries are received.

Rights Granted to the organisers

Except where prohibited and subject to confidential application information, by entering the Contest you also irrevocably agree that the organisers may use your company name, photographs of products and any verbal or written statements regarding your participation in the Contest (collectively, Your Likeness) throughout the world, in perpetuity, in any media, without limitation or compensation to you. With regard to Your Likeness, by entering the Contest, you waive privacy/publicity rights and other legal or moral rights that might preclude our use of Your Likeness, and you agree not to sue or assert any claim against us relating to their use of Your Likeness.

Each entrant grants the organisers permission, without compensation or prior approval, to use its name, detailed description, website and photograph/Likeness in promoting this or similar awards programs in the future.

Privacy Statement

By entering the Contest, you agree that the organisers are collecting your personal information in the entry form for the explicit purpose of your Contest entry. The organisers will use your email address to communicate with you regarding the Contest. We will not share your information with any outside parties. The panel of judges and the organisers will view your information in their review of all applications, however these parties will not retain the data. Your data will be processed with appropriate security. If you have any reservations with supplying this information please contact us before application.

Additional Information

By entering, you agree to abide by these Official Rules and the decisions which shall be final in all matters relating to the Contest. The organisers and its clients, officers, directors, agents and employees are not responsible or liable for: (1) garbled, illegible, incomplete, damaged, misdirected, late, lost or failed entries; (2) telephone, electronic, hardware, software, network, Internet or computer malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (3) errors or delays in transmission; (4) any condition caused by events beyond the control of the organisers which may cause the Contest to be disrupted or corrupted; (5) any losses or damages caused by participation in the Contest or acceptance or use of the prize; or (6) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the promotion. We may prohibit you from participating in the Contest, in its sole discretion, if you fail to follow the Official Rules or act: (a) in a manner it determines to be not fair or equitable; (b) with an intent to annoy, threaten or harass any other entrant or the organisers; or (c) in any other disruptive manner. We reserve the right in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate or suspend this Contest should electronic viruses, malicious software attacks, unauthorized human intervention, systems malfunctions, failures, difficulties or other causes beyond our control and its agencies corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper play or conduct of the Contest.

Disputes and Governing Law

By participating, entrants forever and irrevocably release, indemnify, and hold harmless, all officers, directors, employees, agents and all others associated with the development and execution of this Promotion from and against any injury, loss or damage caused or claimed to be caused by your participation in the Contest and/or the acceptance, awarding, receipt, use and/or misuse of the prize, including without limitation personal injury, death, and/or property damage. Entrants agree that the organisers are not responsible for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to the Contest and/or the awarding of any prize. In the event that the preceding release and indemnity clauses are determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or void for any reason, entrant agrees that, by entering the Contest, (i) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action in connection with the Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action; (ii) any claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the  Contest, but in no event fees; and (iii) and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental, special, exemplary or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than damages for actual out-of-pocket expenses. Entrants agree that all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the organisers or entrants in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by the laws of the UK, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules.

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