Rules and Conditions

Rules and Conditions for Callaghan Innovation's 2017 Wearable Technology C-Prize challenge.


  • The competition is open to individuals and teams with two or more members residing in New Zealand. C-Prize recommends team entries of two or more members to share in the challenge and experience of competing for C-Prize.
  • Entrants must be 16 years or older to be eligible to participate in the competition. Entrants under the age of 18 are required to acquire consent from a parent or guardian for participating in the competition.
  • Employees of official sponsors, supporting partners and or organisers are permitted to enter the competition but need to declare their connection and relationship to C-Prize organisers. The judges will have full discretion to not select a team (containing employees of any official sponsor, supporting partner or organising group) as a finalist or for a prize should they feel there has been misconduct or conflict towards the interests and principals of the C-Prize programme.


Up to 10 finalist teams will each be awarded a NZ$35,000 prize package that includes:

  • NZ$10,000 cash to develop the proposed wearable technology solution into a prototype. It is expected that the finalists use this money to fund development in New Zealand of a prototype for the testing and final judging of C-Prize 2017.
  • Access to stage one of the Callaghan Innovation IP programme.
  • Access to New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) programmes support.
  • Access to two C-Prize programme workshops, delivered by Callaghan Innovation and the C-Prize network of experts, to support the development of the wearable technology prototype and user benefit opportunity.

One C-Prize grand-prize winner will be awarded a NZ$100,000 prize package that includes:

  • NZ$50,000 cash.
  • An expenses-paid North American market insights trip (for up to four team members) which includes attendance at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Trade Show in Las Vegas, January 2018.
  • Wide market exposure supported by Callaghan Innovation and NZTE.
  • Free entry for two team members to attend NZTE's two-day Export Essentials workshop in Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington.
  • A bespoke market research project on the team's target market from NZTE consisting of an introductory session, up to 24 hours research, and final presentation of key insights.
  • Directional support to progress commercialisation opportunities.
  • A Projet 1200 Micro SLA (3D) printer from Fuji Xerox (RRP $8,500)
  • A 12-month tenancy for (for up to four people) at the Human Performance Innovation Centre in Auckland.

All finalists and the C-Prize winner are solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to the acceptance of the prizes. No prize alternatives will be offered and prizes are non-transferable.

Entry requirements and Judging criteria

Please refer to the Challenge Entry Pack for Entry Requirements, Judging Criteria and all other information to support entry into the 2017 C-Prize. The C-Prize Challenge Entry Pack is available for download upon registration via the C-Prize Website.

General conditions

  • Each entry must be based on a hardware and software wearable technology solution.
  • Entrants can participate in the competition more than once with different submissions and as a part of different teams or individually by creating a new registration on the C-Prize website.
  • Entrants are allowed and are encouraged to share experiences, data, and lessons learnt as part of the competition.
  • It is expected that entrants will develop their own unique solutions and documentation illustrating the process they went through in creating the solution. It is recognised that some hardware components and software elements may be replicated and configured in new ways. All existing information referenced as original research from another author must be explicitly cited and referenced.
  • It is strictly prohibited to copy your solution, in part or in full, from Internet resources, books, background inventions or any other sources including the public domain. If any external knowledge is used, it should be explicitly referenced. The Judges will have full discretion to explore possible concerns towards plagiarism. Entrants must not knowingly or willingly infringe the IP rights of others.
  • All submitted material should be presented in English.
  • Only entries received before the deadline will be eligible to participate in the competition. C-Prize cannot take responsibility for lost, delayed or damaged entries.
  • Submissions that haven’t been delivered according to these Rules & Conditions, the Entry Requirements and all other rules and guidelines, or that are incomplete or illegible (in accordance with the organisers’ opinion) may be disqualified from the competition.
  • Entrants guarantee entries are new and original and that the works have not entered the public domain or have been previously entered any other competition or awards programme.

Terms and Conditions

  • Personal information collected for the C-PRIZE 2017 challenge will be treated in accordance with the Callaghan Innovation privacy policy.
  • By visiting the C-Prize website entrants agree to the C-Prize Rules & Conditions and Callaghan Innovation's privacy policy and Terms & Conditions.
  • The organisers reserve the right to amend competition Challenges Tracks, Rules and Conditions and any other information at any time by providing written notification to all registered entrants.
  • By entering the competition, all entrants confirm that they have complied with all applicable laws and related ethics considerations.

Competition organisers are not responsible for any disclosure, damage, loss, or disappointment suffered by entrants who participate in this competition, or who wish to participate in the competition.


  • Entries will be judged by a panel which will include technology and commercialisation experts as well as industry and business representatives.
  • Organisers reserve the right to replace, add or change a Judge at any time during the competition.
  • Judges will be required to declare any conflict of interest pertaining to competition entries as soon as they become aware. Organisers will assess and communicate any changes required to maintain a fair and impartial judging process.
  • The judge’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.

Please refer here to see details on the Judges. Please refer to the C-Prize Challenge Entry Pack to see details on the Judging Criteria. 

Judging Process

  • There is no pre-set allocation of finalist-positions for each technology track or for the competition as a whole. Finalist-positions are not dependant on the number of entrants in each technology track. The purpose of each technology track is to inspire entry opportunities. Finalists will be selected from across all entries.
  • Following the deadline, the Judges will judge all completed entries that meet the Rules and Entry Requirements and select up to ten finalists. These teams will be invited to participate in the Competition Phase (Phase 2) of the programme and compete for the C-Prize.
  • The judges reserve the right to select less than ten finalists if entries are not considered sufficient to the standard expected or to deliver the intended outcomes of the 2017 C-Prize programme.
  • The judges reserve the right to not select a grand-prize winner, if final presentations and submissions are not considered sufficient to the standard expected or to deliver the intended outcomes of the 2017 C-Prize programme

Intellectual Property Rights & Rights of Use

C-Prize entrants will retain all intellectual property rights in relation to their submitted idea.

Entrants should mark clearly any parts of submissions which they would like to be treated as confidential with the words CONFIDENTIAL. Callaghan Innovation and C-Prize will use its best endeavours not to disclose any parts of submissions marked CONFIDENTIAL other than as required to conduct the judging process. All judges will be bound by a duty of confidentiality.

Finalists can elect to restrict observation of their demonstrations, or require specific non-disclosure agreements for attendees at the development, testing and presentation days as they see fit.

Entrants grant Callaghan Innovation and C-Prize the right to use any non-confidential material provided to C-Prize for the purposes of promotion and public communications.

Entrants warrant that unless expressly stated otherwise they own all intellectual property rights in the material submitted to C-Prize and have the legal right to grant Callaghan Innovation and C-Prize the rights detailed above in respect of promotion and communication. Each entrant agrees to compensate the organisers where Callaghan Innovation or C-Prize are affected by any loss because of falsified information or due to not owning or having appropriate rights to use materials.