COMPETITION RULES AND INSCRIPTION
STARS4ALL is a project funded by the European Union H2020 Programme under agreement number 688135. STARS4ALL is composed of 8 institutions (UPM, UCM, CEFRIEL, SOTON, ECN, ESCP Europe, IAC, and IGB-Berlin) from 6 different countries. STARS4ALL project is developing a collective awareness platform – composed by Light Pollution Initiatives (LPIs) – to encourage citizens to care for and preserve the natural darkness of European nightscapes. These LPIs are local or global working groups who study the effects or fight against the negative impacts of artificial light at night.
The promoter of this content is Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), with headquarters in av/ Ramiro de Maeztu, 7, 28040 Madrid. The contest has been organized as part of the activities included in the Stars4All project.
This competition among european students is looking to motivate them to participate in Stars4all LPI initiatives.
European students have the opportunity to participate in a competition where the winners will witness one of the most amazing astronomical events in the World, a Total Solar Eclipse. During the last two weeks of August, the winning students will be part of the Shelios-Stars4all 2017 astronomical expedition whose main objective is to observe and relay live (via the web portal sky-live.tv) a total solar eclipse from the american state of Idaho. This experience will be supervised by recognised professionals such as astrophysicists and astrophotographers. During the expedition they will develop an educational activity related with this astronomical event.
Main character of the prize
STARS4ALL students will join Ruta de las Estrellas program what might influence their decision of following the path of science.
The innovative proposal Ruta de las Estrellas 2017 – STARS4ALL (RES2017) will allow students from the European Union to participate in astronomy experiences, living in this context a program of development scientific vocations among personal and entrepreneurial skills. Both the selection process and the active participation of students in the project will contribute to broaden their scientific knowledge with the following priorities:
- Changing the perception that young people have about science as a difficult subject to understand (the main cause of dropping out science studies).
- Providing the necessary human and technical support to live a scientific experience.
- Stimulating a passion for knowledge and developing personal and entrepreneurial skills.
- Strengthening respect for the environment in fragile ecosystems on the planet preserving natural darkness of nightscapes.
- Improving respect for different cultures: teaching to live together.
Users will be able to participate in the competition using two different applications which differs in the level of difficulty. The applications selected for each path are:
The mission is to classify images taken from the International Space Station (ISS). The crew is composed by two players, randomly selected when each match starts. The game score reflects the crew’s agreement: you will get points whenever you choose the same category of your randomly paired player. Be accurate but fast: you have only 1 minute to reach a perfect agreement.
For each ISS picture, the participant will choose one of the following 6 categories: CITY, AURORA, ISS, BLACK, STARS and NONE, according to the following instructions (tutorial).
After the game, participants can go to their profile page (top-left icon) and there they can check their achievements and compare to other participants’ by clicking on the leaderboard panel.
Users who register in Night Knights platform, must use one of their social profiles: Facebook, Twitter or Google+.
Asteroids are small bodies, usually rocky, that mainly populate a region of the solar system between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter known as the main asteroid belt. However, they can also be found throughout the solar system. As remains of the formation of the solar system, these bodies bear the signature of the birth of our planetary system. Its properties allow to demonstrate current theories and to open doors to the development of new theories belonging to different evolutionary processes in the solar system.
Every year hundreds of smaller objects are discovered, such as asteroids. This requires accurate and continuous observations of the sky to avoid an impact of an asteroid against the Earth. Participant collaboration can be very important to analyze images of the sky and thus detect new asteroids and keep updated the databases of such objects.
The picture shown in the app really does not show a single image, it shows a sequence of five images (this is known as time-lapse) of a part of the sky. The images are shown quickly so the participant can see if there is any object that moves on the fixed background of stars and which could be an asteroid.
Fastest hunters will be rewarded and therefore the speed in detection is important. So the faster the participants detect the asteroids, the more points they will get in their account.
The participants will need an Android mobile, iOS or simply a web browser. They may create an account indicating their email or access with a Facebook user.
Scope and requirements for participation
Individuals who can prove their student status in any EU University. Participants must provide their personal data as well as those of the Educational Center for the registration to be effective. Candidates who require travel with a legal guardian will not be admitted.
Inscriptions will be done by filling in a form that will be published at the bottom of this webpage on Monday, June the 12th 2017 at 12:00 GTM. Candidates must declare that they have read, known and accepted the legal basis and conditions of the competition for the submission to be valid. To do so they must check the box “Read and accept” found on the form.
Deadline for submission
Open Competition process will take place during the month of June, 2017. It will be possible to register and participate from the 12nd June, 2017 to 7th July, 2017 at 12:00 GMT. After this time the registration will be closed.
After receiving the forms and documentation the stars4all evaluation committee will make a selection of those that conform to the bases of the competition. From this selection two names will be selected and published in a website for general knowledge.
There will be only one winner per application. The students who earn more accumulated points on each of the two applications during the competition period will be selected. In case of a tie, the organization will consider the date of registration of each student, the oldest being in first position.
The winners of each application will join us on an astronomical expedition to the United States to see the Total Solar Eclipse along with students of the Ruta de las Estrellas project. The prize is a place in the Shelios 2017 expedition, including all international flights, boards and meals (in the same regime as the rest of the expedition) plus travel insurance. Personal expenses are not included.
Jury and evaluation committee
After the closing of the call period all documentation will be analyzed by an internal team of the organization. This process will guarantee the verification of compliance with requirements.
The members of this Committee will have a technical profile, with extensive knowledge in the world of science and technology.
The Jury will be composed by:
- Mr. Miquel Serra-Ricart,
- Mrs. Lucía García Sánchez-Carnerero,
- Mrs. Irene Celino,
- Mr. Esteban González Guardia and
- Mr. Miguel Rodríguez Alarcón
whose first-degree relatives cannot participate in the competition.
The jury’s decision will be final and it will be responsible for resolving any doubts which may arise in the interpretation of these rules.
In the event that a winner can not be contacted within 72 hours, the prize will automatically proceed to the next participant on the list of finalists.
The winners will be requested to present to Shelios 2017 expedition organizers a medical certificate of good health and a copy of valid Passport & ESTA documents. The non-presentation of the documentation required in term will suppose the disqualification of the winner.
Industrial and intellectual property rights
The participants expressly authorize the promoter to use their name and image in the publicity material related to this contest, in any internal and / or external media they deem appropriate, including the internet, for the sole purpose of ensuring the dissemination by any means of the promotion of the contest.
The promoter guarantees the confidentiality of the data presented by the participants.
The promoter may disseminate the names and surnames of the winner and the 5 finalists, guaranteeing the confidentiality of the data of the rest of the participants.
UPM, with headquarters in av/ Ramiro de Maeztu, 7, 28040 Madrid
UPM, with headquarters in av/ Ramiro de Maeztu, 7, 28040 Madrid
Data collected from users
Users who register in the competition will provide the following data: full name (required), name of the University in which study (required), contact email (required), twitter account (if applicable), facebook account (if applicable), google + (if applicable). In the case of Nightknights and Cazasteroides applications, they only have access to certain data inside the social profile given by them. It includes, in the case of Facebook, of the “public-profile” section; “profile login scope” for Google+; and “read-only” for Twitter. UPM will supervise that this ap
Optional nature of providing data
Use of the data collected
Personal data provided during the registration process will be used solely for the purpose of identifying the participants and to contact with the winners. The names and surnames of the winners and the 5 finalist may be disseminated.
Preservation of data
UPM will adopt security measures to prevent any unauthorized access, or use outside of the aforementioned purpose, and any possible illegal distribution. Personal data will be preserved until December of 2021. Users upon request, can request to modify or delete its personal data from the platform.
Cancellation, modification, exclusion
The promoter reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend the content in case that it cannot be developed due to detected fraud, technical errors or any other kind that is not under the control of Stars4All and could affect the normal development of the contest. Stars4All will adequately report any incidents that may occur and that affect the normal development of the competition.
The promoter reserves the right to automatically exclude any participant suspicious of defraud or alter the normal course of the competition or who performs improper practices for their own benefit, to the detriment of third parties.
Language and communications
All communications shall be in English language.
For the submission of any question in relation with this content please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the event that a winner waives, the prize will automatically proceed to the next participant on the list of finalists.
Law and Jurisdiction
The Competition shall be governed by Spanish Law (Law 34/2002, of 11 July, on services of the information society and electronic commerce, Law 13/2011, of May 27, regulating the game). The participants, expressly renouncing any other jurisdiction that may correspond to them, agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the Courts and Tribunals of Madrid Capital.
Participating in the project implies the acceptance of all and each of these rules. Non-acceptance or breach of these terms will mean that the prize will automatically proceed to the next participant on the list of finalists.