Competition Details

Round 1 - Short Paper

An anonymized short paper describing the design solution should be submitted to take part in the first round of the competition. This short paper document (maximum 6 pages) includes project title and abstract, but omits the name of the institution and author names, which appear in a separate cover page document. In addition, a separate document, the Proof of Student Status must also be provided. All three documents are to be submitted in a zipped format inside a single folder that does not exceed the file size of 4MB.

  1. Cover Page Document is a separate (.pdf) document that includes project title, author names, institutional affiliation, mentor name(s), and an abstract describing the project.
  2. Anonymized Short Paper Document (maximum 6 pages) including project title and abstract but excluding author names & affiliations.
  3. Proof of Student Status - Each group member must provide proof of their student status by an official letter from their faculty, on faculty stationary, stating that “During the work on the design problem, the student members of the group were following an academic course of study.” The letter must be signed by an academic supervisor and include their title and contact information, both phone and email.

The short paper must include:

  • A description of the proposed solution, including the approach taken and the design process followed, and any user involvement in the project
  • Images to illustrate the design solution, as appropriate
  • Where appropriate, reference to design principles and theory
  • Acknowledgement of partial or incomplete solutions
  • Acknowledgement of any assistance drawn from outside the student team (advisors, faculty, domain experts, existing solutions, users, etc.)

All submissions must be in English.  Submissions must not contain proprietary or confidential material and not cite proprietary or confidential publications. The submitted .pdf version will be considered the final version of the paper.

The Short Paper submissions should follow the format of these templates for Paper and Cover documents:

To participate in the competition, the Round 1 package (one zipped folder, smaller than 4Mb, containing Anonymous Paper, Cover, and Proof of Student Status for each team member) must be received by email at before 15 April, 2011 17:00 EST.

Round 2 – Remote Judging

Based on expert reviews of the short papers submitted in Round 1, the best teams will be selected to send in a poster and give an online presentation of their projects to a group of iSDC Judges, including answering questions from the judges. The remote online judging session will take place between 20-27 May, 2011. The judges will determine the three winning teams which will be invited to attend the UPA 2011 International Conference, to display their posters and give a presentation to a large audience.

Specific guidelines for preparing posters
The poster is expected to follow the International Standards Organization (ISO) poster size format (A0) in portrait orientation. The dimensions for A0 format are 84cm x 119cm, or approximately 33" x 47". Either landscape or portrait orientation is acceptable.

The poster must include:

  • The proposed solution's name, school affiliation, authors & mentors names
  • The perspective taken to address the design challenge
  • A concise description of the proposed solution
  • Clear illustrations of key aspects of your proposed solution
  • Compelling, effective visual design

Round 3 – Presentation at the Conference

The top three teams will be invited to attend the conference and present their solutions to a large audience. From each of the three winning teams, up to two members can apply for a grant to subsidize their conference fee and travel. The grants will be assigned from the iSDC budget according to applicants’ needs and expenses. Furthermore, all attending students can apply to work at the conference as student volunteers to further lower attendance costs and enrich their conference experience. Applications for the grant subsidies should be sent to