Solutions and services for the prosumer competition 

 

The Solutions and services for the prosumer competition is organised by the iPRODUCE project.

The competition aims to foster stakeholder engagement by allowing for creative ideas and innovative solutions to be explored and implemented within the framework of the iPRODUCE project following the principles of co-design and co-development.

Join the competition and submit your entry from 5 May 2021 to 30 June 2021 (17h00 CEST).

Good luck!

What is the competition?

The competition aims to foster stakeholder engagement by allowing for creative ideas and innovative solutions to be explored and implemented within the framework of the iPRODUCE project following the principles of co-design and co-development.

Participants are invited to submit their entries – in the form of ideas for products, services or similar – to one or more of the proposed competition challenges.

The competition welcomes all ideas to the proposed challenges, particularly those in a concept phase or early stage prototyping and looking for design and functionality improvements. The competition aims to support winners in the collaborative design and development of new and early-stage solutions to any of the proposed themes, helping these reach further stages of prototype development and implementation. 

Please consult the competition guidelines and rules for detailed information.

Who can participate?

The competition is open to any legal entity (or natural persons) or group of legal entities (up to three entities per submission) established in EU Member States or Associated countries to Horizon 2020. Natural persons must be at least 18 years old.

Submissions from all sources, sectors and all types of organisations (including for-profit, not-for-profit, or private companies) are welcome. Submissions that involve several organisations (up to three) and/or from various eligible countries are possible.

What are the prizes?

Prizes will be awarded to the top (three) 3 ranked entries that best address the competitions' evaluation criteria for their idea: concept, impact, link to iPRODUCE, and motivation.

Each winner will receive €1.500 to be used for costs specific to the implementation of their submitted idea/ solution and 10 hours of mentoring and support.

These include travel arrangements and acquisition of materials to develop the idea/ solution. Specific conditions apply, please consult the Guidelines and Rules. 

How are the entries evaluated?

All entries will evaluated along two phases:

Phase 1 - Eligibility check: All entries submitted will be checked against contestant and entry criteria.

Phase 2 - Internal evaluation: Entries that are marked eligible will be evaluated by the iPRODUCE project. The evaluation will be done remotely with each entry being evaluated by at least two (2) evaluators, with at least one (1) evaluator with knowledge in the challenge and sector the entry addresses. The entries will be evaluated against four (4) criterion: concept, impact, link to iPRODUCE, and motivation. The criterion have a defined weight and a minimum threshold. Entries will be scored between 0 and 10 points. All entries will be ranked according to the overall weighted average score. Tie-breaking will follow defined rules

What happens if I win?

The delivery of the prize, particularly the support activities, will be done along different stages and over the course of several months, adjusted to the specificities of each awarded entry.

The delivery of the prize will follow several stages (S):

  • S1. Online kick-off meeting with all winners and iPRODUCE
    Objective: present objectives of the competition and awards; discuss submitted ideas; Q&A with mentors; define specific steps for each awardee.
  • S2. Individual online meeting 1
    Objective: Discuss in detail ideas; review progress and challenges; plan F2F work (including travel arrangements).
  • S3. F2F meeting
    Objective: Meeting at pilot location to collaboratively work on the idea; participation of other stakeholders as necessary; review progress and challenges; plan follow up online meeting.
  • S4. Individual online meeting 2
    Objective: Discuss activities and results of the F2F meeting; review progress and challenges; plan commercialisation opportunities and future steps.
  • S5. Competition wrap up with all winners and iPRODUCE
    Objective: Discussion of key outputs; commercialisation results; future steps.

All winners must sign and return the Prize Acceptance Agreement. The monetary component will only be made available after participation in Stage 1 and Stage 2.

Documentation and submission

Submit your entry to the competition (via F6S): https://www.f6s.com/iproduce-open-competition-1

Note: Registration on F6S is required.

To complete a submission, all mandatory form items must be completed and Annex 2 - Technical submission must be uploaded.

Competition documentation:

  • Annex 1 - Competition guidelines and rules (Download)
  • Annex 2 - Technical submission (Download)
  • Annex 3 - Prize acceptance agreement (for reference only) (Download)