Rules and Regulations SensUs 2017

Version: 19th of December 2016

  1. Team composition
    1. The maximum team size is 15 students.
    2. Students can participate when they are enrolled in a BSc or MSc program. MSc students cannot participate in SensUs 2017 if they graduate before 1 June 2017. PhD students are not allowed as team participants.
    3. Students that participated in SensUs 2016 can also participate in SensUs 2017, provided that they satisfy the abovementioned rules.
    4. At each university a professor (i.e. assistant professor, associate professor, or full professor) of that university is the responsible team guide. He or she is responsible for the formation and the supervision of the participating university team.
    5. All teams and team members will be shown on the SensUs website, with name, surname and picture.
    6. Each team has one student who acts as a contact person towards the SensUs Organization.
    7. Each team selects a name for their team, which will be used during the contest.
       Team names need to be proposed to and accepted by the SensUs Organization.
       To avoid confusion in the competition, the SensUs Organization will check for sufficient distinction between names of different teams.
       The SenUs Organization will check for compatibility of a proposed team name with the vision and mission of SensUs.
       SensUs is a competition between academic teams. A team name may not make direct reference to a non-academic sponsor,
       but it is allowed to indirectly make reference to a non-academic sponsor. The final judgment is at the discretion of the SensUs Organization.
  2. Biosensor systems and Awards
    1. Every team designs and builds a prototype biosensor system for the measurement of a given biomarker in a given matrix. Further information about the biomarker and matrix can be found in the Information Package and the Contest Document of the corresponding year.
    2. During the contest days, the technical results, supporting information, and presentations of the teams will be judged on several aspects. These aspects are described superficially in the Information Package and in more detail in the Contest Document of the corresponding year.
    3. At the end of the contest days, the jury will give awards for different aspects. The awards are described superficially in the Information Package and in more detail in the Contest Document of the corresponding year.
  3. The contest days
    1. The contest days will include the testing of biosensor prototypes (here called the Testing Event) and presentations for a large audience (here called the Public Event). This will be further detailed in the Contest Document.
    2. During the Testing Event, the technical performance of the biosensor systems will be tested and reviewed by a panel of judges.
       The panel will consist of university professors, industry professionals and public and professional healthcare representatives.
       The performance of the biosensor systems will be assessed as explained in the Contest Document.
       The teams should provide information to the jury in a transparent and truthful manner. Fraudulent or misleading behaviour can lead to disqualification of the team.
    3. During the Public Event of the contest, all the teams will present their biosensor to a public audience.
    4. Travelling to and from Eindhoven University of Technology should be arranged and paid by the participating teams themselves. The SensUs Organization arranges for the student teams a stay in Eindhoven during the contest days.
  4. Safety
    1. The teams are required to follow all the safety and insurance rules of their institution, and all safety and insurance laws of their country. Failure to do so can result in disqualification from the competition at the discretion of the SensUs Organization.
    2. For every university team, the responsible team guide ensures that the team members follow all required safety trainings and are covered by insurances necessary for their SensUs work.
    3. The teams are required to minimize the use of harmful chemicals.
    4. teams are required to build their prototype biosensor system in a way so that these can function outside a laboratory environment. The devices must be able to function safely in a public setting.
    5. Every team must inform the SensUs Organization of potential safety risks of their biosensing system. The information must be provided to the SensUs Organization no later than six weeks before the contest.
    6. During the stay in Eindhoven for the contest days, the teams are required to follow all safety rules of Eindhoven University of Technology and the SensUs Organization.
  5. Patent rights
    1. The Testing Event and the Public Event occur in the public domain. Therefore the demonstrations and presentations of the biosensor systems occur in the public domain. If a student team or its university wants to secure patent rights, it is their responsibility to do so before the contest days.
    2. The SensUs Organization does not help in securing patent rights and does not cover any such costs.
  6. Changes and Cancellation
    1. The SensUs Organization reserves the right to cancel the event for any reason, in case of emergency or unforeseen circumstances.
    2. The rules of the event may be subject to change at the discretion of the SensUs Organization. Participating teams will be informed about these changes.
    3. Exceptions to the rules will only be made in communication with the SensUs Organization.
  7. Use of SensUs Identity
    1. Please contact the SensUs Organization if you would like to use any component of the SensUs identity. This includes but is not limited to:
       The SensUs logo
       Photos or video recordings of the event
       The logos and images of participating sponsors