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

Gen­eral Challenge

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.

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