1st International UBI Challenge 2011: Timeline and stages

The UBI Challenge involves the following stages:

0. Preparatory activities

1. Submission of a written proposal (Nov 30, 2010)
Interested parties submit their proposals with a given template.

2. Selection of finalists (Dec 2010)
Proposals are reviewed in three stages as follows:

2-1. Completeness: A proposal is expected to address each and every aspect of the proposal template. An incomplete proposal is rejected automatically and does not advance to stage 2-2.

2-2. Technical feasibility: The researchers of the UBI program assess the technical feasibility of each proposal, to determine whether the proposed application could be implemented with available resources. The assessment may involve correspondence with the contributor of a proposal. If you have any doubts about the technical feasibility of any aspect of your proposal, do not hesitate to ask in advance. Proposals deemed technically unfeasible are rejected and do not advance to stage 2-3.

2-3. Ranking by jury: Each jury member individually ranks the proposals in a decreasing order of merit according to their innovativeness, user value, feasibility and sustainability. The rankings are combined into an aggregate ranking.

Up to five (5) proposals from the top of the aggregate ranking are invited as finalists to implement and deploy their applications in Oulu. They will be asked to confirm their commitment by signing a simple written contract within two weeks of the invitation. Should any of them decline the invitation, the opportunity may be offered to next proposal(s) in the ranking.

3. Finalists implement and deploy their applications in Oulu (June 2011)
The finalists are expected to complete the implementation of their applications in Oulu by July 6, 2011.
The applications will be deployed for use by the general public in Oulu on July 7, 2011, and they are expected to remain operational till December 31, 2011.
The finalists are provided with financial and technical support.

4. Collection of empirical evidence (Jul-Aug 2011)
The finalists collect quantitative and/or qualitative data on their applications, which depending on the data collection scheme may need presence in Oulu.
Jury's Oulu-based members assess the applications in situ.

5. Reporting (Oct 30, 2011)
The finalists report their application and findings by Sep 30, 2011, in form of a video, slides and a full manuscript submitted for review to MUM 2011 (10th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia).

The acceptance of the manuscript for presentation in MUM 2011 and inclusion in the MUM 2011 conference proceedings to be archived in the ACM Digital Library will be subject to standard peer review conducted by selected members of the jury.

6. Jury nominates award recipients (Nov 2011)
Jury decides on how the awards are distributed between the finalists based on the reports provided by the finalists and the assessment by jury's Oulu-based members.

7. Presentation of finalists and awards at MUM 2011 (Nov-Dec 2011)
The finalists present their applications and findings in a special session dedicated to the UBI Challenge at the MUM 2011 conference to be held in Bejing, China, on Dec 7-9, 2011.