Global Award

Introduction

The Physics Innovation Award is a competition inviting the Physics communities to come up with original ideas for innovative web-based tools to enrich the online article. The aim is to generate ideas that will support the Physics communities by:

  • Helping authors to present their work in exciting ways retaining rich data and presentation formats.
  • Allowing readers to get more from articles through creating tools to facilitate understanding and providing additional context critical for thorough understanding.


winner announced

Innovation ideas could support new content/file types, link to a supplementary information, aid use and understanding of content that already exists on ScienceDirect, or something else… the stars are the limit! To give you some inspiration and get you thinking, please see what we have done so far.

Here a grip from the innovation projects that have been applied in Physics:

Timeline

Submissions open: 1 January
Deadline for submissions: 28 February
Winner announced: APS 2015, March 2-6, 2015

ELSEVIER'S PHYSICS  INNOVATION CHALLENGE

The Physics Innovation Challenge (the "Challenge") is a  competition in which entrants are asked to come up with an original idea for an  innovative web-based tool which enriches the online article to benefit the Physics  community. Ideas for innovations ("Innovation Ideas") could support, but are  not limited to:

Please read these rules (the "Official Rules") before  entering the Challenge. By entering the Challenge, you agree to be bound by the  Official Rules, and all the decisions of the Sponsor, and represent that you  satisfy all of the eligibility requirements set forth herein.

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  A purchase does not improve chances of  winning.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR  RESTRICTED.

ELIGIBILITY

  • No Elsevier subscription or other purchase is necessary  to enter or win.
  • The Challenge is open to all individuals aged  twenty-one (21) years or older at the time of entry.
  • The individual listed on the entry form will be the  only person eligible to receive a prize, even if more than one person has  contributed to the submitted Innovation Idea.
  • Entrants may be subject to rules imposed by their  employer/institution relative to their participation in competitions or  promotions and should check with their employer/institution for any relevant  policies.
  • Entrants are responsible for determining if the  Challenge is legal in their jurisdiction of residence. The entry will be void  where prohibited or restricted by law.
  • Directors, officers and employees of Elsevier B.V. (the  "Sponsor"), its parents, subsidiaries and affiliates, web design, advertising  and promotional agencies, the Challenge judges, and the immediate families and  those living in the same household of the foregoing are not eligible.
  • Any Innovation Ideas, entry form, or other  participation that violates these Official Rules, applicable laws or  regulations, or entrant's employer's/institution's policies, will be deemed  ineligible.

INNOVATION IDEA ENTRY PERIOD

  • The Innovation Idea entry period begins at 00:00:01 a.m.  Central European Time ("CET") on 10 January 2015, and ends at 23:59:59 p.m. CET  on 25 February 2015 (the "Innovation Idea Entry Period"). Sponsor's servers and  clock shall serve as the official clock for the Challenge

HOW TO ENTER AN INNOVATION IDEA

To enter, visit the Challenge site at www.elsevier.com/awards/global/physics-innovation-award,  (the  "Challenge Site"), then complete and submit the online entry form during the Innovation  Idea Entry Period.

  • The description of the Innovation Idea in the entry  form must be sufficiently clear and detailed to allow the Sponsor to readily  assess the purpose, content, and utility of the proposed application.
  • Each entrant shall be entitled to submit one (1) Innovation  Idea. If multiple Innovation Ideas are submitted by an entrant, Sponsor shall  deem only the first entry as eligible.
  • Entries will be disqualified that are:

    (i) submitted in any manner other than as specified;

    (ii) submitted before or after the Innovation Idea Entry Period;

    (iii) incomplete;

    (iv) ineligible; or

    (v) in any way not in compliance with these Official Rules.

  • Entrant's proof of submission does not constitute proof  of receipt by Sponsor.
  • Innovation Ideas and entry materials submitted through  the Challenge Site become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned.

JUDGING CRITERIA/SELECTION OF WINNERS

  • All Innovation Idea entries will be screened with  regard to obvious intellectual property conflicts or any legal issues and  whether they fall outside the target area of interest for the Challenge.
  • All remaining eligible Innovation Idea entries will be  evaluated by a panel of qualified judges based on the following criteria:
  • Innovation  vision (50%)

    The innovation should add value for the community, either by solving an existing problem or by introducing new  initiatives that support researchers in Physics. The proposed solution should  be novel or represent a significant advancement on current applications available to the community.

  • Innovation  description (30%)

    The innovation concept should be  clearly defined and easily understood by a general audience of Physics  researchers.

  • Innovation  design (20%)

    The innovation should enrich the  article presentation on ScienceDirect, build from existing publishing  workflows, web services, and presentation formats (see  www.articleofthefuture.com), and be easily usable by the Physics community.

  • The judges will select one (1) winner from all eligible  entries based on these judging criteria.
  • Sponsor reserves the right not to award the prize if,  in its sole discretion, Sponsor does not receive any eligible or qualified  entries.
  • All decisions of the judges are final and binding in  all respects.

PRIZES AND FULFILLMENT

  • One (1) winner will receive a DVD set containing all episodes from seasons 1-8 [ of the television series Big Bang Theory (approximate retail value $250) in addition to a cash prize of USD $500 issued in  the form of a check made payable to the winner.  Two winners will be chosen.
  • Upon request, Sponsor will issue the check in an  equivalent amount in the winner's home currency, based on the exchange rate at  the time the check is issued as defined by the Sponsor.
  • Potential winner will be notified via e-mail at the  e-mail address provided in the entry on or about 2 March 2015.
  • Potential winner must sign and return to Sponsor a  Declaration of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release ("Declaration and  Release") within 10 days of notification in order to claim the prize.
  • If a winner:
    (i) is determined to be ineligible;
    (ii) cannot be contacted (for example, if the notice is returned as  undeliverable);
    (iii) fails to return the completed Declaration and Release within 10 days of  notification; or
    (iv) declines or waives the prize, or cannot or fails to accept the prize for  any reason,

then the prize will be forfeited  and an alternate winner will be selected based upon the judging criteria from  among remaining eligible entries.

  • The prize will be awarded via mail to the name and  address provided in the Declaration and Release within 6 to 8 weeks following  confirmation.
  • The winner is responsible for payment of any local,  state, or federal taxes applicable with receipt and/or use of the prize . Winners  will be issued an IRS Form 1099 for the value of the prize.
  • No substitution of prize but Sponsor reserves the right  to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in its sole discretion.
  • Prize is non-transferrable.
  • The  winning Innovation Idea entry, along with up to 5 shortlisted entries, will be  posted on the Challenge Site on or about 25 February 2015, or as soon as the winning Innovation Ideas have been confirmed according to the process  herein.
  • Sponsor  expects to announce the name of the winner at the APS Physics March Meeting  2015 in San Antonio, Texas, 2-6 March 2015, if the winner is confirmed by that  time.

ORIGINAL WORK

  • Innovation Ideas and entries submitted must be the  original work of the entrant submitting them.
  • Winner agrees to transfer all rights and ownership of  the winning Innovation Idea to the Sponsor, including the specific authority to  make derivative works relating to the winning Innovation Idea.  Winner hereby forever waives and relinquishes  all so-called "moral rights (droit moral)" now or hereafter recognized in the Innovation  Ideas.
  • Innovation Ideas and entries submitted shall not:
    (i) violate the intellectual property rights (copyright, patent, trademark,  etc.) of any third party;
    (ii) defame or invade the publicity or privacy rights of any person, living or  deceased;
    (iii) be the subject of a patent or pending patent application; or
    (iv) otherwise infringe upon any person's or entity's personal or proprietary  rights.
  • Entrants are responsible for ensuring that Sponsor may  use, develop, build, or otherwise publish their Innovation Ideas without the  permission of any third party.
  • Any entries found to be in violation of these  provisions will be disqualified.
  • Entries must not be obscene, profane, or unsuitable for  publication in Sponsor's sole discretion.

RIGHT TO USE ENTRIES AND PERSONAL INFORMATION

  • By submitting an Innovation Idea in the Challenge,  entrants understand and agree that the Sponsor may post, publish, display, use,  reproduce, distribute, edit, translate, exploit, and create derivative works  from the Innovation Ideas and entry materials for any commercial or  non-commercial purposes in any manner and in any medium now known or hereafter  devised throughout the world in perpetuity without restriction and without  further obligation to entrants or any other party.
  • Winning entry: By entering the Challenge and accepting  the prize, the winning entrant further grants the Sponsor an exclusive,  irrevocable, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide right and license to use the  winning Innovation Idea in the Sponsor's name, and to reproduce, publish,  display, edit, create derivative works and otherwise use the winning Innovation  Idea without attribution, compensation, permission or further notification to  the winner unless prohibited by law.
  • By ticking the box on the entry form allowing  Innovation Ideas to be shared with the SciVerse Applications Developer community  for further development, entrants agree and understand that Sponsor may make such  eligible Innovation Ideas available to the SciVerse Applications Developer  community at large, so that others may use the Innovation Ideas in building  applications in future projects without restriction by or further obligation to  entrants. Entrants further agree and understand that Sponsor and SciVerse  Applications Developer community may choose to build, or not to build, and  allow others to build, applications based on such Innovation Ideas.
  • If an entrant has agreed to make their Innovation Idea  available to the SciVerse Applications Developer Community, then the entrant agrees  not to instigate, support, maintain or authorize any action or lawsuit against  Sponsor and/or its affiliates, or any of their employees, officers, directors,  or agents, on the ground that any use or development of their Innovation Ideas  or entries infringes any of their rights as creators of such Innovation Ideas  or entries.
  • By entering the Challenge and by submitting Innovation  Ideas on the Challenge Site, entrants grant Sponsor and its affiliates, the  rights, without limitation or further permission or compensation, to use,  display and publish their name and country, with or without their Innovation  Ideas or other entry materials, on the Challenge Site and in connection with  any references to or discussions of the Challenge in any media.
  • Winner's full name and country, as well as his or her Innovation  Idea and entry, may be featured on the Challenge Site and websites of the  Sponsor and its affiliates and in printed and online publications.

DISCLAIMER/LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

  • Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in  these Official Rules or elsewhere, Sponsor makes available the Challenge, the  Challenge Site, and any prizes on an "as is" basis.
  • Sponsor and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates,  agents, professional advisors, advertising and promotional agencies, and  directors, officers, and employees thereof, shall not have any obligation,  liability or responsibility for:
  • (i) lost, late, incomplete,  illegible, unintelligible, damaged, garbled, or misdirected entries, prize  claims, notifications, or other communications;

    (ii) inaccurate entry information, whether caused by the entrant or by any of  the equipment or programming associated with the Challenge;

    (iii) any errors or malfunctions that may occur;

    (iv) any condition caused by events beyond Sponsor's control that may cause the  Challenge to be delayed, disrupted or corrupted;

    (v) any error in any materials associated with the Challenge;

    (vi) any damages or losses of any kind resulting from participation in the  Challenge, accessing, transmitting, uploading or downloading data in connection  with the Challenge, or acceptance, possession or use of any prize.

  • Any use of robotic, automatic, macro, programmed or  like entry methods is strictly prohibited and will result in the disqualification  of any entrant using such methods, in Sponsor's sole discretion.

RELEASE

BY ENTERING THE CHALLENGE, ENTRANTS RELEASE AND HOLD  HARMLESS SPONSOR AND ITS PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, AGENTS,  PROFESSIONAL ADVISORS, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL AGENCIES, AND DIRECTORS,  OFFICERS, AND EMPLOYEES THEREOF, FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, INJURIES, LOSS,  DAMAGE, EXPENSES, OR LIABILITIES OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION  WITH THE CHALLENGE, PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE, OR DELIVERY, MISDELIVERY, ACCEPTANCE,  POSSESSION, AND USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, ANY PRIZE, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED  BY LAW. IN NO EVENT WILL SPONSOR BE LIABLE TO AN ENTRANT FOR ANY INDIRECT,  INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ARISING OUT  OF, OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE CHALLENGE, WHETHER OR NOT SPONSOR HAS BEEN  ADVISED, HAD REASON TO KNOW, OR IN FACT KNEW OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

GOVERNING LAW AND VENUE

The laws of the Netherlands govern the Challenge and these  Official Rules. Entrants irrevocably consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of  the courts of The Netherlands with respect to any action or suit arising out of  or pertaining to the Challenge and these Official Rules (except where local law  requires).

RESERVATION OF RIGHTS

  • If for any reason, the Challenge is not capable of  being run as planned, the Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to  change these Official Rules, disqualify any individual who tampers with the  entry process or operation of the Challenge Site, and to modify, suspend,  cancel or terminate the Challenge.
  • If for any reason, Challenge cannot be completed as  planned because of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized  intervention or technical failures of any sort, the Sponsor reserves the right in  its sole discretion. The Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel,  terminate, suspend or modify the Challenge.
  • If the Challenge is terminated early, the Sponsor may  select a winner based on the Innovation Ideas received prior to the termination  date or take any other action in its sole discretion to carry out the letter  and spirit of these Official Rules.

RULES

  • Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and  the decisions of the Sponsor in regards to the Challenge.
  • Any entrant found to be acting in violation of these  Official Rules may be disqualified in Sponsor's sole discretion.
  • In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of a  winner, the winner will be the individual entrant named in the entry form  through which the Innovation Idea was submitted.

WINNERS LIST

For the names of the winners and winning Ideas, please visit  the Challenge site or send an email to m.gutschner@elsevier.com by 1 May 2015.

SPONSOR

The Challenge is sponsored by Elsevier B.V., Radarweg 29,  1043 NX Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

DuermeijerC

Charon Duermeijer,
Publishing Director, Physics, Elsevier  (Chair)

KarineWetering

Karine Wetering,
Publisher, Condensed Matter, Elsevier

Joe Greene

Joe Greene,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

(Editor-in-Chief, Thin Solid Films)

MikhailLapine

Mikhail Lapine,
University of Technology, Sydney

(Editor-in-Chief, Photonics and Nanostructures - Fundamentals and  Applications)

Hai-Hu Wen,
Nanjing University, China

(Editor-in-Chief Physica C)

Colton Bigler

Colton Bigler,
Ph.D., from the University of Arizona

GroothuisS

Simone Groothuis,
Content Innovation Manager, Elsevier

MareikeGutschner

Mareike Gutschner,
Marketing Communications Manager, Physics

Dominique Korporaal,
Marketing Communications Manager, Physics

Meet the winner of this year’s innovation award (Physics Innovation Award 2015): Dr. Maximilian Lackner

Maximilian Lackner

Dr. Maximilian Lackner,
Ph.D., from Institute of Chemical Engineering , Vienna, Austria
Dr. Maximilian Lackner has won the award with his idea on “Collaboration offers and requests - samples or topics for further joint investigations”. Our congratulations! Dr. Lackner -  well done!

Physics Innovation Award 2014

ColtonBigler

Colton Bigler,
Ph.D., from the University of Arizona
Colton Bigler came up with the idea to create a interactive equation viewer - a great suggestion! Colton, thank you for your creative idea! More

  • Innovation  vision (50%)
    The innovation should add value for the community, either by solving an  existing problem or by introducing new initiatives that support researchers in  Physics. The proposed solution should be novel or represent a significant  advancement on current applications available to the community.
  • Innovation  description (30%)
    The innovation concept should be clearly defined and easily understood by a  general audience of Physics researchers.
  • Innovation  design (20%)
    The innovation should enrich the article presentation on ScienceDirect,  build from existing publishing workflows, web services, and presentation  formats (see www.articleofthefuture.com), and be easily usable by the Physics  community.