This is a competition between the most talented students in the best universities in the world… but also open to creative individuals who can measure up with this level of talent and put forth radically innovative ideas, designs and applications.
Here you have the video of the webconference on July 23rd, where many questions about the HackingBullipedia Global Challenge were asked and answered.
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
What is the goal of the HackingBullipedia Global Challenge?
The goal of HackingBullipedia is to invite creative and talented people from around the world to contribute with their own radical ideas to the Bullipedia project. The Challenge is about collecting and developing design proposals, tools, technologies and applications to help build Bullipedia using the information present on the internet. It is a process of doing research to create. It is important not to forget that the main idea is to use the internet to help create the Bullipedia. This means getting to know and develop further present resources and references that may be relevant to the development of Bullipedia. The development beyond their present state of the art can be done by applying new radical ideas of design and technology that the teams are good at.
Who can participate in the HackingBullipedia Global Challenge?
The HackingBullipedia Global Challenge is open to everyone who wants to participate: students, alumnus, professionals, amateurs… Computer scientists, designers, data visualization experts, etc.
When will the competition officially open?
You can start working on your proposals as soon as you want. Just choose your team, register on the web and start working on your idea. Then, keep in mind the three important dates:
- October 30th (midnight, Barcelona Time): Deadline for the submission of proposals
- November 7th: Announcement of the three finalist teams.
- November 27th: Demo Day and announcement of the HackingBullipedia final winner team.
What do I have to do in order to participate?
The first thing you have to do is to decide who will form your team (just you, or with more colleagues). Then, register on the website of HackingBullipedia. Start working your proposal and be creative! Don’t forget that is important to do a thourough research of tools, and methods that may be relevant to Bullipedia.
Why I need to register?
To participate in the HackinBullipedia Global Challenge you have to register on the website. This will allow you and your team to be kept updated about the important dates, upcoming events and any other important information. This is the way the HackingBullipedia team will communicate with you. Furthermore, during the challenge period we will reveal key information just for registered users and teams.
Is this a global challenge or are the teams limited to invited institutions?
The HackingBullipedia Challenge is a Global competition! Everyone interested in participating and contributing to build Bullipedia can register and compete for the final prize.
I think this is a very interesting project and I know people that could be interested in participating. How can I spread the word?
In order to make it easier to spread the word, we have prepared a media kit. In the HackingBullipedia webpage you can find downloadable posters and the codes to embed a banner on your blog. Besides that, you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter and share and re-tweet the information.
Will the travel expenses for the Demo-Day be covered by HackingBullipedia Challenge?
Yes. HackingBullipedia Challenge covers the travel expenses for the two members of each of the finalist teams that will come to Barcelona in November. This includes the flights (round trip, to/from Barcelona), the lodging for two nights and the meals. It also includes a dinner with Ferran Adrià.
Will all the members of the finalist teams travel to Barcelona in November for the final competition?
No. Just two of the members of the finalist teams will be invited to travel to Barcelona. Each team will have to decide who will be traveling and presenting the final proposal at the Demo Day in Barcelona.
Will all the participating teams travel to Barcelona in November for the final competition?
No. The jury will select three finalist teams and two members of each of these three teams will be invited to travel to Barcelona. These people will present their proposals and prototypes during the final competition.
What will be the prize for the winning team?
One member of the wining team will have the opportunity to come to Barcelona for three months to work with the ElBullifoundation and Telefónica I+D teams, to make the wining proposal a reality. Telefónica I+D will provide a work space in its location, equipment as well as access to technological knowledge and Telefonica’s technology platform. An this person will have a pay during his or her time in Barcelona.
What would the jury evaluate at the time of selecting the winning proposal?
The jury will evaluate many different aspects of the proposals: the idea, research done, concepts and technologies proposed, the reasonability and feasibility of the proposal; how creative and innovative is the proposal…
Will the proposals need further extra iteration when it is selected for demo in Barcelona?
Let’s say your proposal can go through another iteration after being selected for the demo.
What do you mean when you say ‘The goal is to benefit of the internet and its ways of working to build Bullipedia’?
The challenges to be addressed should be oriented at making the internet helpful in the construction of Bullipedia. The identified challenges include searching, collecting, indexing, classifying, organizing, representing, presenting and visualizing information and knowledge from the internet and either use it in the construction of the Bullipedia or integrating it with the knowledge already present in Bullipedia at any given moment.
Will there be datasets to work with beforehand?
No, the Bullipedia is still being built. But on the HackinbBullipedia website you will find some ‘scenarios’ that can help you understand the type of needs that Bullipedia will address. There will be additional information added too.The ‘scenarios’ given are just examples and are not meant to be limiting in any form. Use them as inspiration and come up with your own ones. Contestants are free to imagine and provide solutions for other scenarios within the general challenge of using the internet to help build Bullipedia. To have access to the full descriptions, you must register as a participant.
On the website you cam also check some of the technologies that have been identified as possibly interesting to be used in the different scenarios.
If the winning team proposes a technology to be used, will this technology be used in the final working implementation?
Yes. The idea is that during the three months at the Telefónica I+D facilities in Barcelona, the member of the wining team will be working with the ElBullifoundation and Telefónica I+D teams, in order to make the wining proposal, including the technologies proposed, a reality.
Is there a specific format for the documentation we have to send?
Yes. Before October 30th 12am (midnight, UTC/GMT +1), each team have to upload two types of documents:
- a video clip (no more than 3 minutes) with the main motivations and dimensions of the proposal
- a short written document (PDF, preferably) where the team can expand on the what, why, how, when, and where of the proposal. In this document is important to show which references on the internet, similar tools, etc. have been investigated prior to the development of the proposal.
Does the concepts of the proposal need to be only in the digital realm or can it combine tangibility?
Again, it is up to you to decide how you address the challenge. It can be only digital or it can be combine tangible aspects with digital aspects.
Do we need to spend time to in building a working prototype, or the proposal can be just conceptual?
It is up to you! You can decide which format your final proposal will have. You can work and build a prototype to give form to your proposal, or you can present the concepts of your idea. Just remember that we want to implement the winner proposal, thus the jury will evaluate the feasibility of the proposals.
Confidentiality Agreement /Intellectual Property
What about teams that want to protect their ideas during contest?
There is absolute confidentiality and nondisclosure of ideas once sent. Also after the contest with the exception of the winning proposal.
The winner authorizes Telefónica I+D and BulliFoundation to disseminate and publish in any media and on any support the winning proposal.
Also, participants grants Telefónica I+D and the Bulli Fundation a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, transferable license, with the possibility to grant sublicenses, to use, evolve, transform, modify and commercially exploit the proposal. All these is understood without prejudice of the recognition of the winner’s condition of author or inventor and the rights that as such correspond to him or her. Telefónica I+D and el BulliFoundation agree to mention the participant in any presentation and use of the selected proposal and to recognize authorship for all effects. Telefónica I+D and elBulliFoundation may develop further the ideas contained in the proposal. Participants declare that the project has not violated any right of intellectual or industrial property of third parties. In the case that there exists co-ownership of the project or that works or knowledge protected with intellectual or industrial property rights of third parties, the participant is responsible for obtaining the consent of all co-owners. The organizers reserve the right to request evidence of the consent of the co-owners and others for the use of the aforementioned knowledge or work under the terms set out in the Contest. Open Licenses The use of knowledge, products, content or any other support that is covered by open licenses in the proposal should respect the terms of the corresponding open licenses.
All these is understood without prejudice of the recognition of the winner’s condition of author or inventor and the rights that as such correspond to him or her.
Who will own the IP of the proposal submitted?
The IP remains with the authors of the proposal.
Teams and Mentors
As a mentor of a team will I have to travel to Barcelona for the Demo-Day?
No. You do not have to. Two members of the finalist teams will be invited to travel to Barcelona. You and your team will be the ones deciding who is going to the Demo-Day on November 27th.
What is my role as mentor of a team?
As mentor of a team your role would be mainly to guide and motivate the team. You can set up a sessions of brainstorming and ideation, for example. Of course you can also participate actively in the proposal!
Can we include the HackingBullipedia Global Challenge as part of a course?
Yes. For us it seems a very good idea! Thus if you, as a professor, think it is pertinent and interesting to integrate the HackingBullipedia Challenge as part of your course and challenge your students to participate, go ahead!! Just take into account the important dates and deadlines of the challenge.
If we have any further doubts can we contact the HackingBullipedia team?
Yes. The HackingBullipedia team will remain, during the all period of the challenge, at your disposal if you have any further queries. You can contact us by sending an e-mail to info@ hackingbullipedia. org.
Is the challenge just for students or is it opened also to professionals?
The HackingBullipedia Global Challenge is open to everyone who wants to participate: students, alumni, professionals, amateurs… Computer scientists, designers, data visualization experts, etc.
Can one person run two teams?
Yes. You can be a mentor or a member of more than one team.
Are there restrictions on the minimum or maximum size of the team?
No.There are no restrictions on the size of the teams. You decide whether you want to work with other creative minds or go solo. Choose the best way to work your idea. We recommend to have a reasonable amount of people in each team. Five people seems a good number. But have in mind that just one member of the wining team will have the opportunity to come to Barcelona for three months to work with the ElBullifoundation and Telefónica I+D teams. The rest of the team may be able to collaborate remotely.
Can the teams be formed by members of different institutions?
Yes. There are no restrictions. It is up to you to decide how feasible it is to work on your proposal with people from different institutions.
As the number of institutions is concerned we’d prefer two or three at most. But this are just recommendations is up to you to manage this type of complexity.