General Rules and Guidelines

  1. The competition is open to deaf and hard-of-hearing RIT/NTID students who are full-time matriculated students or graduate students and who are registered for classes during the 2017 - 2018 academic year. Entrants can have no academic, judicial or financial holds.
  2. Teams should create a product, service or type of technology that can benefit anyone, anywhere.
  3. Teams consist of 2 - 5 students enrolled in at least two different disciplines (business, engineering, etc./departments)
  4. All submissions, sales pitches and review of prototypes will be reviewed by a panel of four RIT/NTID faculty/staff judges who will ensure that the work meets the competition criteria and who will determine the winners.
  5. Teams must adhere to deadlines. Failure to do so will disqualify the team from competition.
  6. At least two out of five team members are required to attend review meetings. Failure to do so will disqualify the team from competition.
  7. Teams may be required to meet certain project milestones along the way (i.e. complete business concept; complete marketing concept; develop sneak peek video, etc.).
  8. Submissions must be the original work of the contestants and must not be in violation of copyright laws.
  9. Submissions should not include racial slurs, sexist remarks, profanity or other inappropriate content.