FIRST—HOW TO ENTER
1. Register: >HERE
2. Choose your competition. There are eight different categories and juries
3. Login to your to your “My Submissions” page. Upload your design images & description
4. Pay the entry fee
Congratulations, you’re finished!
Now for a more detailed description of the process:
WHAT TO ENTER
Entrants also need to follow the steps described in detail below:
1. Any number of entries may be made with one registration. Make sure to write down your Username and Password and keep it in a secure place.
2. Submit your design entries. Each submission is made at your registration page. You may enter as many pieces as you would like, but only one design or series per submission.
Where the Upload form asks for Designer or Team Leader name, some people want to emphasize their whole team. In that case, write “Design Team” in those fields. Then, put all your team members into space on the form provided for additional team members. If you are a Spark Winner or Finalist, we will be happy to list all team members in subsequent materials and certificates, after the competition closes.
3. Make payment. (If you have multiple entries, you can save re-entering credit-card info by contacting us to make a single, total payment. Send a note to alert us via the CONTACT form >HERE. After initial registration, log in to your registration page, where you’ll see the option to enter your payment information via credit card. If you are from the USA or Canada and time allows, we recommend that you pay by check. In that case, please notify us to expect it. Overseas entrants may also wish to make payments via Paypal or bank wire (with a small service charge)–please inquire with us for details. After receiving payment, your status will be marked as “paid and approved.”
4. Entrants will initially upload at least three images of their work(s), 1 MB maximum size each. One of the images must be completely free of any text, call-out lines, boxes or blurbs, and ideally, float on a white background. We recommend that the first photo you upload is a rectangle that is roughly 182px by 150 pix, because that is the box size used in the Entry Gallery, and other shapes can distort. The second and other photos can be of any shape.
Design Description & Questions
Entrants will also supply a 75-word, short description (synopsis), and answer a series of questions about the designs. All entry descriptions must be in English. For your description or mission statement, please start with a headline. We recommend a straight, non-sales, non-marketing, factual description of your design’s merits, applicability, cognizance of our Criteria, etc.
It will be useful to the judges if you can answer some, or all, of these questions below. Please answer as clearly and as briefly as possible. 25 words maximum response each. Just the facts, please—no PR or designer self-promotion. Jurors do not approve.
Why should this design exist?
What is the design brief, challenge or problem to be solved?
Tell us about your strategy or process. How did you develop the design or user/client solution?
What is innovative about the design?
What results, effectiveness or benefits does it deliver?
What makes your design compelling? Does it tell a story?
How does your design enhance the quality of life, or improve the human condition?
Target market or user?
Do you have verified statistics or performance data? What is the verification authority?
You will also find a field on the entry form for a Youtube video link. You may upload a link to a YouTube video or slideshow to help tell the story of your design. Please keep it short and factual. It can be up to three minutes in length. This is highly recommended—however, it is an option, not a requirement. Sorry, only Youtube links are currently allowed. NO Vimeo, et al. To embed a YouTube video with your entry, simply click the “Share” button below the YouTube video, and copy and paste the URL in the box above. The URL should look similar to this: http://youtu.be/1D_YL9LwKnc
5. For Phase 2, you’ll send us a physical sample of your work, and/or an image mounted on a display board (such as foam-core). (A display board may also be produced locally, near the Jury site in San Francisco. If you are submitting work from afar, this is an alternative to shipping. There are several good reprographic companies in SF that can produce these. We utilize Riot Color Imaging (formerly ARC BPS), or you can do a search for another firm. You send them a digital file and credit card payment. They make a display board and deliver it to Spark. For more information see DISPLAY BOARD PRODUCTION >HERE
The final step is to carefully package your design (or presentation board) and ship it to Spark, arriving no later than deadline. Insurance is a good idea. Please do not send very valuable work, prototypes or highly fragile models, because we can not be responsible for lost, damaged or missing work. If you do send something of great value, make sure to insure the piece for the whole time-frame. If you want a design returned, include a pre-paid shipping label, or give us your shipper account number when you register. Please indicate which shipper you are using (UPS or FED X).
6. Many questions are addressed in the FAQ section, >HERE
7. By entering this competition, you and your company affirm that your entry is original and does not infringe upon the rights of any person or entity. The SparkAwards are not liable for any copyright or trademark infringement on the part of the entrant. Spark entrants are advised and required to obtain third party consents where required by law or by best ethical practices. If a dispute takes place, all legal expenses will be born by the entrant, and any winning entry is subject to losing the award without recompense or refund.
8. Entrants own the Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the original design work they submit to the Spark Awards competitions. Spark does not own original I.P. rights or works entered into the competitions, but has a royalty-free, perpetual right to use that work in connection with publicity and promotion of Spark programs. Spark Award sponsors or partners (Businesses and Organizations) do not own design entries, original research, or design materials that they sponsor or support unless a written license or other transfer of rights in those works is executed by the author(s) and acknowledged in writing by all parties,
IMPORTANT NOTE: IF YOU ARE ASKING SPARK A QUESTION, ALWAYS PUT YOUR NAME, DESIGN NAME AND ORGANIZATION OR SCHOOL IN THE EMAIL. IF YOU HAVE AN ENTRY OR REGISTRATION PROBLEM, INCLUDE A SCREENSHOT OF THE ERROR MESSAGE, TOO.