You Too Can Be An Absolute Genius - competition terms and conditions

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Please take a moment to read the competition's full terms and conditions.

1. The BBC has a code of conduct for competitions. You can read this at

2. The competition opens on 19 March 2013, and the deadline for receiving entries, either by email or by post is midnight on 24 May 2013. Entries will not be accepted after this time. Entries will not be returned so please keep a copy. The BBC cannot take any responsibility for any technical failure or malfunction, including but not limited to any affecting postal services, internet servers or email systems, which may result in any entry being lost or not properly registered or recorded. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

3. This competition is open to UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands residents only. Overseas entries will not be considered.

4. Entrants must be at a United Kingdom, Isle of Man or Channel Island junior school (or Prep school or Home school equivalent), and aged between 8 and 11 before 31 August 2013. (English schools years 3,4,5,6, and the nations equivalents). The BBC reserves the right to request proof of age.

5. Entrants must enter as a group of 2-5 students. Individual entries will not be considered. Each member of the group must fulfil the entry criteria. The teacher's name and contact details must be submitted on the entry form.

6. A teacher must submit the entry on behalf of their school, with the approval of the head teacher who must consent in loco parentis. Parental consent forms will only need to be sent to the BBC production team if the group are shortlisted. The BBC production team will provide the forms to the shortlisted groups.

7. Schools may submit up to four entries (it is recommended that you submit one per eligible year group)

8. Entries can either be made by post to: Newsround Inventions Competition, CBBC, BBC Bridge House, MediaCity UK, Salford, M50 2BH

Or entries can be emailed to:

9. The BBC will ask for information as part of the application process. The BBC will only ever use personal details for the purposes of administering this competition. The BBC will only keep personal information for as long as is necessary to fulfil these purposes. Please see the BBC Privacy Policy.

10. Entrants must submit only their own original work on the entry form provided (downloadable from the Newsround website). This should include a written statement detailing the invention they have developed, together with evidence and supporting material as specified by the entry form.

11. The above entries and any subsequent article, presentation or publications provided by the Applicant ("the Works") must be the entrants' own work and not copied from a third party. The entry and the Works should not focus on third party brands and the BBC reserves the right to reject any entry or remove any Works on this basis.

12. The BBC acknowledges that the ownership of any intellectual property rights in the Works remains with the entrants, but that by applying each entrant grants the BBC the right to use or reproduce, free of charge, their entry and the Works or part thereof for the purpose of the competition, including publicising the competition in any and all media in perpetuity throughout the world, fulfilling the prize and any associated competition publicity / coverage on any BBC channel or online by the BBC or its selected third parties ("the Purpose").

13. Entrants permit the BBC to edit any materials supplied by them in support of their application, in any way it may in its discretion consider necessary for the Purpose.

14. Entrants should be aware that by applying to take part in the competition and entering into this Agreement, all elements and details relating to the invention may be made available to the public in the UK and throughout the world. This disclosure means that any subsequent patent application for the invention (should the Entrant chose to file one) would be invalid. Further information on patents can be found at the UK Intellectual Property Office website:

15. Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene, offensive or any other unsuitable material. Any such entries will be disqualified. Entries must be suitable to be broadcast by the BBC to audiences of all ages.

16. The BBC accepts no liability if entrants ignore these rules and entrants agree to indemnify fully the BBC against any claims by any third party arising from any breach of these rules.

17. By entering the competition, entrants warrant that they have legal capacity to enter the competition and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

18. Individual entrants under 16 and those forming part of a group entry must seek approval from a parent or guardian as a condition of entry. If, after making reasonable attempts, the BBC cannot confirm with the parent or guardian that consent has been granted the entry will be disqualified.

19. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

• Problem solving,• Creativity,• Presentation

20. Entries will be judged through the following process:

• All entries will be viewed by doctoral students in a panel and judged using the above criteria. A list of the top 30 entries will be created.• These 30 entries will be viewed and scored using the criteria above by a panel consisting of BBC producers and executives, along with the Inventor in Residence at the Science Museum, who will choose the top 4 entries.• Recorded telephone interviews with the top 4 teams will be conducted to discuss the entries in the presence of a teacher or parent/guardian. This is in order to discuss the originality of the invention with the team, and find out about the ideas and the team behind it. • The 4 shortlisted teams selected will "pitch" their entry to the final judging panel (likely to be June 2013)

21. If the entrants cannot be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made to do so at any stage or cannot attend the final pitch presentation, the BBC reserves the right to stand that team down and revert to the next best entry.

22. The winning team's idea will be professionally produced and featured on Newsround. The four finalist teams will each receive a trophy.

23. The winner grants all necessary rights and licences to enable the BBC and its selected third parties to create the entry.

24. Entrants must be prepared to be filmed during stages in this competition. The BBC will seek the necessary consents for filming. Failure to secure such consent may result in a team being stood down, not progressing any further in the competition and the next best team being selected. Entrants agree to take part in any post-competition publicity if required.

25. The BBC's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.

26. The BBC reserves the right to disqualify any entry which breaches any of these Terms and Conditions or to withhold or withdraw a prize if in its opinion entries do not reach the required standard.

27. This competition is not open to anyone closely related to BBC employees or associated companies or any person involved in the running of the competition.

28. The BBC reserves the right to cancel this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside its control.

29. The BBC reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any stage, including changing or substituting the prize

30. These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales.