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IET Global Challenge 2015

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open20-Mar-2015
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What is IET Global Challenge 2015?

The Global Challenge is a contest that challenges students and young professionals worldwide to develop virtual solutions to real world problems.

The Global Challenge (hereafter the “Competition”) is an international Competition organised by the Young Professionals Community Committee, a committee of the IET (hereafter “the IET”) registered as a Charity in England & Wales (no 211014) and Scotland (no SC038698) with its headquarters located at Michael Faraday House, Six Hills Way, Stevenage Hertfordshire, SG1 2AY.

By registering with the Competition, you agree to these terms and conditions ("Terms") and our Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to the Terms or Privacy Policy, please do not use or register with the Competition. You accept all of the IET’s decisions with regard to the Competition as final and binding.

The Site is owned and operated by the IET. Please read the Terms (and the other terms set out below) carefully as they set out your rights and obligations and the terms on which The IET permits your participation in the Competition and makes the Site available to you. They also provide information on how you can submit material and how this will be used.

By providing your ideas in the form of content for the Competition you confirm this is (a) your own work and not copied from anyone else or infringing of any third party's rights and (b) not defamatory, obscene, harassing, offensive, threatening or in breach of anyone's privacy. You must have the consent of anyone featured in the content to provide this to us.


You will retain and own the Intellectual Property Rights in any original content you provide but by providing content you agree that the IET may use it, copy it and make any part of it available on the Site, other internet sites, mobile, television, radio and/or any other media channel in any format.

If we discover or have any reason to suspect you have breached these Terms, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate your participation in the Competition.

Who Can Participate?

The GLOBAL Challenge is a worldwide Competition for students and young professionals of all engineering and technology disciplines who are fully paid up members of the IET. One team member can be a non-IET member or a member of another professional engineering institution.

Employees of the IET are not allowed to enter or participate in the Competition.


Who can apply for this scholarship ?

Individuals (hereinafter referred to as the “Participants”) wishing to take part must register in teams of no less than 3 but no more than 4 Participants.

All individual members of the teams must have a valid e-mail address.

The IET reserves the right to check the validity of the registration information submitted by Participants at any stage during the Competition, the IET also reserves the right to refuse participation, or to disqualify, at any time during the Competition, individuals (and their teams) who have submitted incorrect or misleading information. Teams will have no recourse against disqualification decisions.

The IET may withdraw, cancel or amend registrations or the process without prior notice to ensure compliance with legal, regulatory or other similar requirements or for any reason outside The IET’s control. All teams must be registered by the registration deadline date. Any team not correctly registered by that date will not be able to participate further in the Competition.

By participating in this Competition, Participant’s agree to do so only for their own personal, non-commercial use and in accordance with the Terms. Unless otherwise stated, Participants may not copy, reproduce, download, post, store (including in any other website), distribute, transmit, broadcast, commercially exploit or modify in any way the Site's material or content (including other User Content) or permit or assist any third party to do the same.

For the avoidance of doubt, all times mentioned in the Competition materials are based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Team Composition

Each team must comprise of no less than 3 team members but no more than 4 team Members

Each team must appoint a Team Leader. This person will be the main contact point for the IET, and emails sent to the email address provided by the Team Leader will be considered delivered.

Teams will be asked to register via the Competition website. Once a team has been registered, no modification in its composition will be allowed after the registration deadline unless for the specific reasons outlined below. In the event that the number of members in a team is reduced to fewer than 3, the team shall be disqualified. However, the IET reserves the right not to disqualify teams in which a team member has a legitimate reason to leave their team, as long as there are at least 2 team members continuing the Competition. The reasons considered as legitimate by the IET are the following:

  • pregnancy;
  • accidents;
  • family bereavement;
  • serious illness or hospitalisation.

To avoid disqualification, an additional team member may be invited to join the team as a replacement before the end of the current round.

Team members wishing to cancel their participation must communicate this by email to

the IET at .

Decisions relating to team changes after the registration deadline are at the IET’s discretion and will be reviewed by the Competition management team.

Participants promise that:

They are 18 - 35 years of age and a fully paid up member of the IET (excluding the one non-IET member);

All information provided to the IET is accurate, true and up to date in all respects and at all times;

All ideas provided in participation of this Competition are original and the Participant is fully entitled (and has all necessary consents) to provide the ideas in the form of content to the IET;

Nothing in the ideas provided in participation of this Competition will infringe the Intellectual Property Rights or any other right of any person, breach any contract or duty of confidence, be defamatory, obscene, offensive, indecent, harassing, threatening, breach anyone's privacy; Agree to indemnify and keep indemnified the IET from and against all claims, damages, expenses, costs and liabilities (including legal fees) relating to or arising from any breach or suspected breach of the Terms by the Participant or a violation of any law or the rights of any third party.

Competition Stages

There are 2 rounds in the Competition - please consult the website for more information on deadlines.

Competition Requirements, Evaluation and Selection of Winners

Each team will be required to submit the following:

Round 1 – Each team will submit a proposal using the provided template for Round 1 submissions (which can be downloaded from the website) to describe the solution for addressing the Challenge and highlight how it fits the purpose.

Round 2 – Each of the 4 finalist teams will submit:

A detailed project report using the provided template for Round 2 submissions which can be downloaded from the website and will detail the following;

  • Executive Summary
  • Technical Comparison and Feasibility Report
    • Materials and cost implications
    • Manufacturing
  • Technical Description
    • Materials
    • Implementation
  • Marketing Strategy
    • Branding
    • Marketing brief
  • A Powerpoint presentation (10 slides maximum) which serves as a summary of the detailed project report
  • A filmed elevator pitch (3 minutes maximum) which highlights the features of the proposal. It will be uploaded to for peer voting. The peer voting will contribute to 5% of the overall scoring.

At the end of phase 2, the judging panel will select the winning team to attend the Innovation awards ceremony which will take place in November 2015 (date to be confirmed nearer the time).

The panel’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into on that matter.

The IET will organise and pay for all reasonable hotel/accommodation and travel expenses for the winning team invited to participate in the celebration event.


All correspondence must be in English.

There will be an FAQ section on the Competition website, which will aim to cover many of the questions that Participants may have. Any additional questions or comments concerning the Competition must be sent via email to:

The IET reserves the right not to answer the question if it is judged that the answer would give an unfair advantage to certain Participants. Participants who receive sensitive information relating to the Competition with the intent of allowing an unfair competitive advantage should immediately inform the IET by emailing


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