How does this contest work

Important Dates

These are important dates to remember:

  • Start of the contest: February 27, 2012

  • End of submission: April 17, 2012 (12:00 noon CET)

  • Judging Meeting: April 27, 2012

  • Announcement of winner: May 2012

  • Awards ceremony: May 11,2012


In order to participate in the contest, you need to register. As a registered user you can submit your ideas, read, evaluate and comment on other ideas, and become a candidate for the prizes. To finalize your registration, you need to agree to the terms and conditions. You will receive a confirmation email including an activation link.

To use your Facebook or LinkedIn account to login, you can click on the "f-connect" or the "Sign in with LinkedIn" button on the upper right corner.

To register, please complete the following steps:

1. Enter your login information

2. Enter your personal information

3. State your interest in further ideas, if you want

4. Agree to the terms and conditions

5. Register

Idea Submission

For the submission of an idea, please complete the following steps:

1. Get informed about the topic of the contest and the platform as such

       a. Who hosts this platform / contest

       b. Technological background

       c. What is this contest about

       d. Read the details about the categories

2. Choose one of 11 categories that applies to your idea (see description below)

       a. Home & Family

       b. Animals

       c. Outdoor & Sports

       d. Fun & Play

       e. Healthcare & Well-being

       f. Safety & Security

       g. Work & Travel

       h. Public Outings & Events

       i. Production & Logistics

       j. Nature & Environment

       k. Other

3. Upload and describe your idea

       a. Title of your idea

       b. Short description of your idea

       c. Describe all functional aspects of your idea

       d. Describe the main benefits of your idea (Why is your idea special?)

4. Add further attachments to your idea contribution (optional)

       a. Upload additional images (JPG, GIF, PNG; max. 2 MB)

       b. Upload documents (DOC, PDF, XLS, PPT, TXT, CSV)

       c. Add a video link

5. Submit your idea


Your evaluation of ideas should be based on the same criteria used by the jury:

  • Degree of novelty

  • Grade of freakiness

  • Tendency to use

You can indicate your evaluation of an idea by assigning 1 to 5 stars to each criterion of the idea. The average rating is displayed within the idea pool. For selecting the winners of the contest, the jury will also look at your evaluations.


To collaborate and join the discussion, you can share your thoughts by posting comments on any idea or replying to the comments of others. Besides increasing your chances to be selected as most valuable participant, this interaction is also an input to the jury's judges' selection process for the winner. To add comments, you can use the convenient commenting function at the bottom of each idea.

You can also leave public messages to other community members on their profiles by using the message function on the member's profile.

An expert team representing various areas of expertise will also participate in the discussion and give feedback during the contest. You can recognize experts of the contest team by a specific logo in their profile picture.

Selection of the winners

Judging is private and the jury is composed of group of experts that has been selected by the consortium of the platform. The jury is responsible for the selection of the 3 best ideas and the winner of the design price. The members of the jury will consider the opinion of the community, nominations made by the expert team, and the evaluation criteria (degree of novelty, grade of freakiness, tendency to use).

The jury also determines the most valuable participant of the contest.

Candidates are nominated by the experts. Criteria for nomination are activity in discussions during the contest, quality of contributions, and show of support for other members.


Prize money

All submitted ideas have the opportunity to win cash and non-cash prizes amounting to a total of $10.000 plus non-cash prizes.

If your idea is one of the three best submissions amongst all categories, you can win the following monetary prizes:

  • 1st prize: $5.000

  • 2nd prize: $3.000

  • 3rd prize: $1.000

Besides the best ideas, the contest management team will also award a prize for the best design of an idea or concept. This idea will be rewarded with $1.000.

Additionally, if you are a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd prize winners, the consortium will invite you and the other winners to Dusseldorf to participate in an awards ceremony. There, you will have the opportunity to present and to further discuss your ideas with a team of top managers from the contest partner organizations and members of the expert team. The jury is responsible for the selection of the best overall designs. The members of the jury will consider the opinions of the community and the evaluation criteria.


Besides the granting of prizes for 1st to 3rd place, the contest partners invite the winners and a group of selected participants to an exclusive innovation workshop to Aachen on May 10, 2012. The experts and judges will select contest contributors who are not among the winners, but showed great involvement in the competition, either by submitting ideas or participating in the discussion and development of others' ideas to join the innovation workshop. The workshop will be conducted by experts of partnering companies and institutions. If you are selected to join the workshop, you will have the opportunity to follow the ideas generated in the contest closely. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to further discuss your ideas and thoughts with top managers of the contest partners.

Further Rewards

If you are a member or employee of the consortium, you are invited to participate in the contest and submit ideas. Nevertheless, to secure a fair handling of the Jury- process, you will be rewarded differently than the remaining contest community. If your idea is selected, you will win an iPad 2 by Apple.

Community Roles

In the following you can find the explanation of the different roles for special users. These users can be identified by a "role tag" which is displayed on their profile below their names or on the top right of a comment when they post a comment to an idea.

Community Management:

Community Managers are experienced employees of one of the hosting partners of the contest: HYVE, Deloitte, Deutsche Telekom, and RWTH University of Aachen. Their responsibility is to manage and oversee all activities of the community. Members can contact a community manager if they experience problems or have any questions by posting a message on the community manager's wall or sending an email to Community managers also have the function of ensuring a fair contest by detecting possible fraudulent or unfair behavior.


Experts are experienced professionals with profound knowledge in the field of M2M communication and / or industrial design. All experts were selected by the hosting partners prior to the contest and their names, photos and the company they work for can be found on the bottom right of the start page ( Their role is to comment on and give their input regarding the feasibility of submitted ideas or indicate potential redundancies of ideas. The expert's evaluation is an important criterion for the selection of the winner ideas.

Power User:

The most active members of the ideabird contest have the chance to become power users. This inclines that members are highly engaged in the discussions of other ideas, have a high number of evaluations, and contribute interesting ideas to the community. These members will be selected by the ideabird community management team and serve the purpose of maintaining an active and positive spirit of the community. Power users will not have an influence on the selection process of the winning ideas and still have the equal rights and possibilities to win the contest as normal users.

Community - Submit, connect, and discuss!

Become an active part of the community as a registered member. Discuss and evaluate other people's ideas, whether or not you choose to submit one yourself.

In addition to the actual voting, there is a "Like" button for intuitive evaluation. This will not influence the selection of the winners but allows you to provide encouragement to people whose ideas you like. Enjoy the opportunities of our community and connect with other like-minded members.

You may also login using the Facebook connect button to share and discuss your ideas with your Facebook friends.

Terms and conditions

To be eligible to take part in the contest, submit ideas, and win one of the great prizes, you need to become a registered user and agree with the terms and conditions of the contest..


You are expected to practice good Internet etiquette (Netiquette) in this community. You will comply with the rules appropriate to any network to which HYVE may provide access. A full list of the rules applying to this platform may be found under Netiquette.