A winning team and the first two runner-ups will be formally recognized in each category. The winning team(s) will be awarded $1000 per team, and the runners-up will be awarded $400 per team in each category.
In addition, a single award of $700 for the most innovative submittal (or submittal component) will be awarded to one project. The Innovation Award is at the judges’ discretion and not tied to any particular category described in the submittal requirements.
Teams who are asked to present their submittal at the competition will be recognized. Honorable mention awards can be awarded at the judges’ discretion. To qualify as a winner or runner-up, the team must be represented in person at the finalist presentations.
Finalist teams that area asked to present their submittal at the competition will be reimbursed for a portion of their travel, conference registration, meals and hotel expenses. The reimbursements are intended to ease the financial obligations of the presenting team members and one faculty advisor. The expected average reimbursement for a presenting team should be budgeted at no more than $800. The actual amount awarded to a particular team is dependent on the required travel distance and mode of transportation, and is awarded at the discretion of the competition committee. Teams will be required to submit required receipts and an expense form for any reimbursement.
Team members, and faculty advisors, will be responsible for registering for the conference on their own (please note that early bird registration rates will often expire prior to notification that a team has been invited to present their submittal at the conference or forum). It should not be expected that full reimbursements for registration and expenses will be provided for an entire team.