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Overview
What is MAKE IT WEARABLE?

MAKE IT WEARABLE is a global year-long initiative sponsored by Intel to support the evolution of wearables. Students (ages 13 and up, except where prohibited), designers, engineers, and makers can get involved in two ways: the VISIONARY track and the DEVELOPMENT track.

The VISIONARY track is open to futuristic ideas with no boundaries. It features 5 stand-alone rounds. In each round, all complete submissions will be evaluated, a top 5 will be selected, and then a winner announced. Finalists will gain recognition for compelling concepts.

The DEVELOPMENT track focuses on concepts that are both excitingly innovative and feasible to execute. This track features 3 rounds. All submissions will be evaluated in round 1 (idea proposal submission), 40 will advance to round 2 (semi-finals), 10 will advance to round 3 (finals), and 3 winners will be chosen. Semifinalists and finalists will gain expert support and education aimed at evolving their proposals into fully developed designs and business plans.

What are wearables?

Wearables are devices, clothing and accessories that are attached or worn on the body and incorporate and are enhanced by computer and advanced electronic technologies. The designs often incorporate practical functions and features but may also have a purely aesthetic agenda. The next wave of smart, connected wearable products and services may share the vision of interweaving technology into everyday life with pervasive and seamless interaction and offer users an enhanced experience. So far, clothing, stickers, medical devices, temporary tattoos, and accessories like watches, glasses, wristbands and more are on the market or in development.

Check out our news page for inspiration and brainstorm. Your ideas could change the definition of wearables.

How does it work?

There are two ways to participate

VISIONARY

Entrants in the VISIONARY TRACK submit 1-minute videos describing disruptive ideas in 5 rounds throughout the year. Ideas will be judged by experts, and advanced based on disruptiveness and potential for positive impact. Finalists from each round will be featured on the site. Winners will receive $5,000 in funding and attend the MAKE IT WEARABLE final presentation and gala event.

DEVELOPMENT

Entrants in the DEVELOPMENT TRACK submit innovative, feasible concepts. Proposals will be judged on technical and business criteria (see Judging criteria). As participants advance to semifinal and final rounds, they will receive mentorship. Ten finalists will receive US $50,000 and intensive mentoring to help get their ideas off the ground and attend the MAKE I T WEARABLE final presentation and gala event. The grand prize winner will receive US$500,000 with US$200,000 and $100,000 awarded to second and third place winners.

Who can participate?

MAKE IT WEARABLE is open to anybody with ideas, including university and high school students, entrepreneurs, members of the maker community, engineers, technologists, and visionary thinkers

Well… almost anybody. All participants must be 13 or older (except where prohibited) and not have raised $5,000,000 or more in funding. Please refer to the official rules for complete list of entrant requirements.

What can make me a winner?

Participate as much as possible. The MAKE IT WEARABLE program is designed for people to get inspired, collaborate, and expand on ideas of all kinds. Stay up to date on wearable news, brainstorm with no limits, and then apply intellectual rigor to refine ideas.

VISIONARY ideas feed the pipeline with futuristic thinking. Aim to change the status quo and improve the world in a significant way with your submissions, even if the technology does not yet exist to support the concept. There are no limits, so dream big.

DEVELOPMENT proposals should demonstrate innovative solutions, creative implementation, technical feasibility, intelligent business planning, and potential for long-term success. Intel is on a mission to identify and support wearable products and/or technology that can go to market in near future.

Why did Intel create this program?

Wearables are the next frontier in the evolution of computing. MAKE IT WEARABLE aims to identify innovative ideas that bring Intel’s vision to life: technology that fits into people’s lives seamlessly and improves daily life in a meaningful way.

Submission
When does it start?

Registration for the VISIONARY Track begins on February 24, 2014. Registration for the DEVELOPMENT track opens summer 2014. You can sign up for updates about milestones and next steps.

How do I submit?

For the VISIONARY track, participants must submit all of the following information:

General

  • Full name (first and last)
  • Email address
  • Idea Name
  • Wearables Category (Healthcare, Wellness, Education,Social, Environment, Security, Fashion, Other)
  • Description of idea (200 word limit)
  • Link to 1-minute YouTube video describing wearable product idea or vision

For the DEVELOPMENT track, participants must submit all of the following information

General

  • Full name (first and last)
  • Age
  • Email address
  • Home address
  • Country
  • Proposal Name
  • Wearables Category (Healthcare, Wellness, Education, Social, Environment, Security, Fashion, Other)
  • Self-description (High school student, University student, Entrepreneur, Maker, Engineer, Technologist, Hobbyist, Other)
  • Team members and their email addresses (if applicable)

Business Case

  • Description of idea (300 word limit)
  • Target user (50 word limit)
  • Value proposition for target user (100 word limit)
  • Potential partnerships (50 word limit)
  • Key market differentiator (100 word limit)
  • Greatest anticipated business hurdle (100 word limit)

Product Pitch Video (2 minute limit)

Describe wearable technology/product idea, including answers to the following questions:

  • What problem is solved (need)
  • Who has this problem (target user)
  • How does it solve the problem (solution)
  • Why it is unique (value)

Core Technology Requirements

Describe wearable technology/product idea, including answers to the following questions:

  • All submissions for the development track must be based on Intel Technology.
  • Key hardware and software components needed, and how they relate to each other (300 word limit)
  • Initial hardware and software target platforms (e.g. iOS, Android) (100 word limit)
  • Greatest anticipated technological hurdle (100 word limit)
How many times can I enter?

Each individual, team, or organization can submit one idea to the DEVELOPMENT track.

Each individual can submit up to ten ideas to the VISIONARY track.

Everyone can participate in both tracks.

Who owns the intellectual property rights to ideas submitted to the Make It Wearable contest?

Entrants retain any intellectual property rights they may have that are contained in their submissions. However, entrants should not assume any right of confidentiality in any data or information divulged related to entrant’s submission. The protection of such intellectual property is the sole responsibility of the Entrant.

Can my submission be in a language other than English?

No, we are only accepting submissions in English.

Which country should I use when registering?

Please use your country of legal residence to register.

How do I submit my video?

Upload your video to YouTube. Log into your account and paste the link into the submission form. If you do not have access to YouTube in your country, you may use YouKu or Tudou.

Can I participate as a team?

For the Visionary Track, only an individual can submit an idea. Teams with up to four members may participate in the Development Track.

Do entries need to be based on Intel Technology?

The Visionary Track does not ask for detailed technology explanation. Development Track submissions must be based on Intel technology. Please see the rules for your country for more details.

What is the VISIONARY track?

Entrants in the VISIONARY TRACK submit 1-minute videos describing disruptive ideas in 5 rounds throughout the year. Ideas will be judged by experts, and advanced based on disruptiveness and potential for positive impact. Finalists from each round will be featured on the site. Winners will receive $5,000 in funding and attend the MAKE IT WEARABLE final presentation and gala event.

Can ideas submitted to the Visionary Track be submitted to the Development Track?

Yes, ideas submitted to the Visionary Track may be submitted to the development track, but additional and different information will be required for the Development track.

When will you announce the winners?

Visionary track winners will be announced on 14 April 2014, 5 May 2014, 26 May 2014, 16 June 2014, and 7 July 2014. Development track winners will be announced on 3 November 2014.

What is the DEVELOPMENT track?

Entrants in the DEVELOPMENT TRACK submit innovative, feasible concepts. Proposals will be judged on technical and business criteria (see Judging criteria). As participants advance to semifinal and final rounds, they will receive mentorship. Ten finalists will receive US $50,000 and intensive mentoring to help get their ideas off the ground and attend the MAKE I T WEARABLE final presentation and gala event. The grand prize winner will receive US$500,000 with US$200,000 and $100,000 awarded to second and third place winners.

Judging
What are the selection criteria?

DEVELOPMENT track proposals will be judged on an evolving mix of the following criteria

  • Strength of Concept
  • Innovative Potential
  • Feasibility of Technology and Business Model
  • Team Dynamics
  • Product Design

VISIONARY track ideas will be evaluated on:

  • Innovative Approach
  • Ability to Disrupt Status Quo
  • Potential to Make a Positive Impact
Who are the judges?

The judging panel is comprised of industry leaders, experts, and innovators in a range of fields related to wearable technologies (e.g. design, technology, and business).

What is the process?

Registration for the VISIONARY track opens on February 24, 2014.

Registration for the DEVELOPMENT track opens Summer 2014.

The VISIONARY track features 5 rounds with start dates staggered throughout the year. Each round progresses identically.

  • Online video submissions
  • Selection of top 5 ideas
  • Winner announced
  • Winner of each round and one guest invited to final presentation and gala event

The DEVELOPMENT track progresses in 3 rounds.

Round 1

  • Idea proposal submissions
  • Submission process includes self-guided educational component (prompts and information to encourage intellectual rigor in forming proposals)
  • Evaluation of all complete proposals
  • Selection of 40 semifinalists

Round 2

  • Semi-finalist submissions
  • Mentorship teams assigned to each semifinalist
  • Semifinalists refine proposals for go-to-market strategy, product design, and overall business pitch
  • Semifinalists prepare videoconference presentation, including presentation and Q&A with judges
  • Selection of 10 finalists

Round 3

  • Finalist notification and incubation phase
  • Finalists each receive $50,000 funding
  • Finalists enter intensive incubation process, including virtual Lean Startup education from UC Berkeley
  • Finalists present hardware/software prototype, high-fidelity product vision video, and complete business model canvas
  • Winner announcement and gala event
What are the rules for my country (visionary)?
Why isn't my country on the list?

Certain countries have restrictive regulations and/or prohibitions around being able to participate in the Intel Make It Wearable challenge. Intel needs to adhere to each country’s various legal rules around contests. We invite you to keep checking back on the site for exciting news and updates about wearable technology!

resources
visionary track rulesdevelopment track rulesdownload participant guide

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