ICC'2020 FAQ

Who can participate?

Anybody who, at the moment of application, is over the age of 18, has a creative spirit and at least one of the following skills: developer/programmer, AI researcher, designer. National as well as international candidates are welcome to apply. We accept people who have ideas, ideas and a team or are simply interested in joining a team.

How many candidates will be selected to participate in the ICC?

Our budget allows us to accommodate up to 24 candidates. We will select teams of 2-3 people max on-site during the second step of the selection process.

Is it possible for a team to submit a candidacy?

Yes, but only at the moment of the project submission, in the second step of the selection process. In the first step of the selection process, the registration step, candidates should register individually.
Teams must be composed of 2-3 people who possess one or more of the following skills: developer/programmer, AI researcher, designer. At least one of the team members must have registered during the first step of the selection process in order for the team to submit a project at the second step. In order to be eligible for the ICC’2020, teams/projects must have an idea of demonstrator/prototype not developed yet.

Is it possible for a single person to submit a project proposal (step 2 of the selection process)?

No, only registered candidates who are part of a team of 2-3 people can submit a project proposal in the second step of the selection process.

Is it possible for the registered candidates and teams to come up with their own ideas?

Yes, it is even strongly encouraged. However, the proposed ideas must be within the domain of Artificial Intelligence. Furthermore, it is also encouraged to come up with your own technologies or/and codes in order to develop a prototype. In order to be eligible for the ICC’2020, teams/projects must have an idea of demonstrator/prototype not developed yet.

What is the main goal of the ICC program?

The goal of the International Create Challenge is to come up with working prototypes and demonstrators in the field of AI. During the 9 days of intense development, selected teams will get access to networking opportunities, AI-experts, visibility and a unique hackathon experience in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Therefore, the program offers a unique opportunity to go from ideas to the prototype of a potential product in a very short time.

What is the duration of the program?

For its 9th edition, the International Create Challenge takes the form of an AI Super Hackathon, with 9 days of intense development (24/7).

Where and when will the ICC'2020 take place?

The ICC'2020 will take place in Martigny/Valais, Switzerland, from 22 August to 30 August, 2020.

What are the costs of the ICC for the selected candidates?

The 9-day challenge is free of charge for the selected candidates/teams. Accommodation and 1 meal per day (dinner, without drinks) are refundable upon submission of the expenses report and the original receipts (see expenses policy in our Terms & Conditions). The round trip to and from Martigny is paid by the candidates.

What are the awards of the ICC'2020?

The winning teams will share a cash prize of up to CHF 15'000.-.

How many teams/projects will receive an award?

The ICC'2020 Jury reserves itself the right to decide the number of winning teams during the final selection. The winning teams will share a cash prize of up to CHF 15'000. For the additional awards, the number of assignments will depend on the quality of the projects.

Do the selected teams have access to technologies during the ICC?

Our staff will be available and willing to answer any questions the selected teams may have related to Idiap technologies.

Will the selected teams be in touch with the best scientists of the chosen research domains?

Yes, the organizers will provide each team with documents about Idiap and its technologies and there will be a contact person for each research group, that the teams will be able to contact for advice, questions or potential collaborations.

What about the COVID-19 situation?

We are aware of the current health crisis related to COVID-19 and the risk it represents in the framework of an on-site hackathon. Therefore, if this crisis situation is not resolved by August, the ICC'2020 AI Super Hackathon will take place entirely online, using the DevPost platform.

What are the rules concerning Intellectual Properties (IP) ?

The IPs remain in the hands of the technology owners. The teams, which use IPs of the Idiap Research Institute, need to negotiate with the IP owners at the creation of their business and deal with royalties, patents, etc. Furthermore, applicants certify to hold the legitimate intellectual property rights relating to the projects they submit, and they shall be responsible for managing the intellectual property rights with the involved institutions (employer, partner, and so forth). The organizers claim no intellectual property rights relating to the submitted projects and their responsibility cannot be held thereby.

What is the Healthtech Innovators Award?

The Healthtech Innovators Award is an additional award, offered by Groupe Mutuel. This award of up to CHF 15k can be won by a team applying Artificial Intelligence to the health or in the insurance domain or both. The winner will be chosen by a special "Health/Insurance" jury. Afterwards, Groupe Mutuel will open their network to the winning team for future evolution (partners, fundings, coaching,...). Optionnally, the winning team will join the Groupe Mutuel acceleration program InnoPeaks.

What next?

If a winning team/project wishes to create a start-up locally by integrating the IdeArk Incubator, it may profit from in-kind support and services by The Ark Foundation estimated at over CHF 100'000.- . There is also the possibility to negotiate seed funding in exchange of equity of the created company and to gain access to the IMD Start-Up Competition 2020.