Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need to be a fluent English speaker?

A working knowledge is recommended

What if I am accepted but I have to cancel?

If for any reason you have to withdraw your application or cancel post selection please inform the organisers as quickly as possible. In this circumstance it may be possible to give your place to another applicant.

If my application is not successful will there be another opportunity?

Yes! We hope to run this event annually so you will be able to reapply next year. In future years preference will be given to applicants who were unsuccessful the previous year.

Will there be an audience during the event?

IdeaSquare, where the competition will be taking place, will be closed to the public for the duration of the competition. After the challenge is over, an audience will attend a public presentation of the teams' prototypes in the globe.

How will the results be judged?

Each team will present their work to a panel of 4 judges who will choose a winner using the following weighted criteria:

  • Scientific content: 30%
  • Suitability for Visits: 30%
  • Product Design: 30%
  • Reproductibility: 10%
There will also be a prize which will be entirely determined by the public (bring your friends, they can help!).

What resources will be available to me during the event?

There will be a full workshop available to competitors plus advisers in fields such as:

  • 3D Printing 
  • Product Design
  • Physics
  • Workshop Mechanics
  • Tourism

All of these people will be able to help you in developing of your ideas. 
Laptop computers will not be provided so we ask where possible that participants bring their own.
A fully equipped kitchen will be available at IdeaSquare, as we all need to eat sometimes!



What materials will be available?

Wood, cloth, 3D printing, lego blocks, electronic components, foam, Sugru, Play-doh, tape, cardboard and springs will all be available to participants. 



What about food?

A full kitchen is available at IdeaSquare. It is often the case that participants will buy ready meals from the local garage to cook. Of course restaurants 1 & 2 are also available.
Pizza and juice will be provided on Thursday night and Friday night so there is no need to plan for dinner (no alcohol in machine facilities).


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