Rules and Conditions


The following Terms and Conditions apply for Innovationbed Awards Call 2020.

1 | GENERAL CONTEST RULES

  • The Africa Innovationbed Awards (AIA) looks for digital applications that have a strong impact on society in one of the 8 AIA categories. AIA focusses on content depth, strategic value and local impact of a product.
  • By submission of a project, producers accept the rules of the AIA contests as stated on this page.
  • All submitters to the AIA have to abide by the rules and regulations mentioned in the UN Declaration on Human Rights. Submissions therefore which encourage war, the exercise of violence, fraud, racism or discrimination will not be accepted and eliminated. Similarly, submissions that violate international copyright provisions will be excluded.
  • AIA cannot be held liable for accepted submissions and their contents and rights.

2 | WHO CAN APPLY?

  • AIA is open to any company, organisation or individual in any Africa member state.
  • By submission of a project, producers accept the rules of the AIA contests as stated on this page.
  • The participation in the AIA Young Innovators is restricted to any entrepreneur, company, student group or project team, where at least one of the founding members and the majority of the team is under the age of 26 (born on or after January 1, 1993) from any of the Africa member states.

3 | APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION OF PROJECTS TO THE AIA

  • Taking part in the AIA is eligible by being nominated by a AIA national expert.
  • The AIA national experts select in a democratic process which solutions will be nominated for each respective AIA category.
  • Deadlines for national submission of applications for AIA may vary locally. National deadlines can be earlier than the communicated international AIA call deadline. AIA national experts are entitled to set independent national deadlines for application to AIA.
  • Registration, including submitting project information, must be completed online via the AIA contest database in coordination with the communicated international AIA call deadline.
  • Submitting a product to the evaluation and selection process does by no means entitle a producer to any benefits. There is no way of challenging this decision legally.
  • Only submitted and fully filled in applications will be considered by the AIA Jury. AIA Jury may switch applications to other categories.
  • Submission is free of charge.

4 | PARTICIPATION AND SUBMISSION OF PROJECTS TO THE AIA YOUNG INNOVATORS

  • Taking part in the AIA Young Innovators is eligible through submission of a project with a clear digital component to the AIA Database.
  • Only submitted and fully filled in applications will be considered by the AIA Jury
  • Main team members of the projects submitted must be under 26 years of age (born on or after January 1, 1993).
  • Submission is free of charge.

5 | WHICH PROJECTS ARE SUITABLE FOR AIA?

  • Submissions for the AIA can contain all mobile and web-based applications, such as: apps, web pages, applications for wearables, kiosk installations, SMS based products, mobile games and interactive mobile productions. There is no limitation regarding the platforms or channels the projects work with.
  • All submissions have to be launched products. No drafts, prototypes, demonstrations or unfinished projects can be accepted.
  • All submitted products must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2017. For a project or product completed earlier, the submitters have to document significant alterations and / or improvements and / or additions have been made in the period thereafter.
  • A product can only be submitted for one category. In case of multiple submissions by the same organisation, company or team, each product requires a separate registration.
  • Submissions which have been nominated in the AIA in previous years cannot be submitted again. For a project which has been already submitted before, the submitters have to document significant alterations and / or improvements and / or additions.

6 | AIA EXPLOITATION RIGHTS AND COPYRIGHTS

  • By submitting a project to the AIA, producers provide the AIA office with the exploitation rights for the submitted videos, pictures and other content for non-commercial use for the promotion of the nominated product, presented in print, broadcast and any other forms of media, as well as for events.
  • The producer must own the copyright of all pictures, sounds, contents etc. related to the production of his project. All software used must be licensed.
  • AIA has the right to share promotional material and information about the submitted projects with potential investors and sponsoring partners.

7 | AIA CONTEST LANGUAGE

  • The interface of the products can be in any of the United Nations official languages. All producer and project information in the AIA Database must, however, be in English. The official language of the AIA is English and must be used in all official communication.

8 | EXCLUSION AND DISQUALIFICATION OF SUBMISSIONS FROM THE AIA PROCESS

  • Incomplete submissions and those not following the AIA guidelines will be withdrawn from the AIA selection process without notice. There is no legal recourse possible against the decision of disqualification for the below reasons. The AIA organizers have the right to reject submission / entry without providing any further reason and notice.
  • Malfunctioning of the product during the time of the jury evaluation can lead to disqualification. Submitters are held responsible to make sure their products are functioning for Jury evaluation.
  • Further withdrawal reasons are: Lack of ownership of creative rights or infringement of copyrights of others; false registration information, non-confirmation to the rules of the contest guidelines.

9 | CATEGORY SWITCH

  • The jury has the right to switch a submission from one category to another if the category chosen by the producer is recognised as not suitable. A category switch is the result of a decision by jury members.

10 | WINNERS SELECTION

  • The winners will be selected from among the submissions in each category through the jury process as published on the website. No legal recourse is possible against the jury decision.

Benefits


The Africa Innovationbed Awards are a non-monetary award system with a focus on sustainable knowledge transfer through a worldwide network. This means that winners benefit not from a one time financial reward, but a lifelong partnership and integration.

Winners of the Africa Innovationbed Awards Benefits:

  • Invitation to the AIA Global Congress including:
    • Pitching seminars
    • 5 minute pitch session in front of an international audience during the Congress
    • A program of especially crafted workshops for the winners
    • Invitation to the prestigious award ceremony and Gala night
    • Board and lodging for the durance of the Congress
    • Eye to eye exchange with speakers, jurors and international guests
  • Integration into a network of internationally recognized digital content developers
  • All submitters to the AIA have to abide by the rules and regulations mentioned in the UN Declaration on Human Rights. Submissions therefore which encourage war, the exercise of violence, fraud, racism or discrimination will not be accepted and eliminated. Similarly, submissions that violate international copyright provisions will be excluded.
  • Access to the AIA community of global experts and industry leaders in over 180 countries
  • Interaction with world-renowned sponsors and partners of the AIA community
  • Workshops specially shaped for the winners needs
  • A videoclip highlighting the winners projects
  • Special placement on AIA website, youtube channel and social media promotion
  • Long-term coverage within AIA editorial channels

Nominees' Benefits


A nomination for the Africa Innovationbed Awards is already a win - these are the rewards

Winners of the Africa Innovationbed Awards Benefits:

  • Invitation to the AIA Global Congress including:
    • More coverage on your product. AIA provides nominees with press templates to help them to gain the attention of national media with support of the AIA national experts
    • Africa Innovationbed Awards nominee seal to use on websites, social media channels and publications
    • Opportunity to receive feedback from the jurors.
    • Being nominated for the Africa Innovationbed Awards means to be the best in the respective country in one of our 8 categories. Our experience has shown that this qualification can immensely improve outreach.