Submit an idea and participate in our LPIs competition

STARS4ALL project is developing a collective awareness platform – composed by Light Pollution Initiatives (LPIs) to encourage citizens to care and preserve the natural darkness of European nightscapes. These LPIs are both local and global working groups of citizens, researchers and activists who collaborate to study and fight against the negative impacts of artificial night lighting.

 

These communities and new initiatives have the opportunity to participate in our third competition, in which the winners will participate in a workshop on how to launch a successful LPI crowdfunding campaign. Moreover, they will have the support of one of the most relevant crowdfunding associations at European level: the ECN (European Crowdfunding Network).

 

Your proposals will be evaluated by a committee of experts formed by Stars4all members who will welcome all your ideas, initiatives and projects.

 

Inscriptions are done by filling in a form published  at the end of this post.

 

 

Bases of the third competition of LPIs of STARS4ALL:

Stars4all

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.

Promoter

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.

Objectives

This competition is looking to motivate citizens to participate in Stars4all LPI initiatives creating new ones.

Award

Citizens have the opportunity to participate in a competition where the winners will participate in a workshop about how to launch a successful LPI crowdfunding campaign. Plus, they will have the support of one of the most relevant crowdfunding associations at european level, the ECN (European Crowdfunding Network)

Main character of the prize

Crowdfunding is getting funds for a product/project from people who sometimes are far away. This way of funding has recently become very important for individuals or organizations that want to start projects. Some campaigns raise a couple of hundreds of euros but some others several million euros. Stars4all project considers that this is a potential relevant source of funding for LPIs and individuals launching initiatives.

The prize consists on several seminars and materials provided by European Crowdfunding Network on how to launch crowdfunding campaigns. This network is one of the most relevant organizations involved in crowdfunding over Europe.

Their specialists have developed some materials and prepared both remote and in person trainings, workshops and coaching to take place between October and December both remote and in Brussels.

Scope and requirements for participation

Everybody is welcome to participate.

Registration

Inscriptions will be done by filling in a form that will be published at the bottom of this webpage on Friday, July the 27th 2018 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 months of July, August and early September, 2018. It will be possible to register and participate from the 27th July, 2018 to 15th of September, 2018 at 12:00 GMT. After this time the registration will be closed.

Award criteria

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee of experts formed by Stars4all members evaluating according to following information:

  1. Is the idea related to effects of artificial light at night?
  2. Does the idea fit into the initial set of LPIs and complement the subjects in increasing the disciplines involved?
  3. Proposes the initiative ways to raise awareness? (For example by citizen science involvement.)
  4. Who are the stakeholders of the initiative? (For example scientists, industry, and/or social policy institutions)
  5. How will the Stars4all open-data policy be provided? (The output of the initiative is or will be shared)
  6. Is the initiative an already running project?
  7. Is the initiative endorsed by other institutions? Is external funding available?
  8. How can the initiative built collaboration with existing LPIS?
  9. Does the project have a funding plan (if possible including a crowdfunding campaign)?

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:

    • Miquel Serra-Ricart,
    • Mrs. Lucía García Sánchez-Carnerero,
    • Mrs. Irene Celino,
    • Mr. Esteban González Guardia and
    • Ms. Laura Rodrigo

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.

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.

Data protection

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.

All data will be handled according with the Spanish Data Protection Law. UPM Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, coordinator of the Stars4All Project, cares about the privacy of users in this competition,  and for this purpose have created this Privacy Policy to assure their personal data. Under the Spanish Law of Data Protection, Article 15/1999 of Legislative Decree nº 1720/2007, so called “Personal Protection Data”, this policy describes which information can be collected, how it will be collected, and the purpose of its use. We invite all participants to read this policy carefully. Plus, UPM will ensure the compliance of  data policies defined in each application.

Data controller

UPM, with headquarters in av/ Ramiro de Maeztu, 7, 28040 Madrid

Data processor

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

No applicable

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:  contact@stars4all.eu

Waiver

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.

Acceptance

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.

Inscription

Everybody is welcome to participate. Fill the following contact form or send us your idea in form of a 1-4 page proposal to  competitions@stars4all.eu with the text “II LPI competition” in the subject by deadline. You can choose any language of the consortium (English, Spanish, German, Italian or French)

 

Competition closed. Thank you for your participation!