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2024 UpRising 

Terms & Conditions 


To be eligible to participate in the UpRising and receive an UpRising Award, students, teachers and parents must agree to these terms and conditions, must post their design idea and observe the following conditions:

1. During November, teachers can reserve three places for their (Years 11-12) design class via the Institute of Technology Education (iTE) event page, Reserve my students a place. 


1.1 Only those students with completed the registration process are able to post their MDP ideas. Students who have completed the registration process and posted their Design idea will be eligible to receive Seed Funding and to be in the running to be awarded an UpRising Young Designer Award at the end of the year. 


1.2 Students, parents/guardians and teachers must complete the registration by signing these terms and conditions and submitting here.  There is a limit to 3 students per school and a processing fee of  $120 per school.  Once documentation and payment have been received by iTE, a confirmation email will be sent to the teacher and student.


1.3 Student names and teachers email address will be stored on iTE database for the duration of the students participation. The Founders of UpRising, The Jury Panel and Third parties can not access this information. iTE will delete all student data at the end of the year and also act as governance for the purposes of determining potential conflict of interest regarding the UpRising Awards.

2. Students post their design idea using the guidelines on How to Post. If these guidelines are not followed the post may be deleted. Students are responsible for maintaining their post and replying to feedback.

3. Students must NOT use their full name when creating their username. This is for student privacy and safety.


3.1 Students MUST only use their school email address when creating their registration account .


3.2 A student’s FULL NAME and school name MUST NOT appear anywhere in the student’s post. They should create a user name by just using their first name. 


3.3 Students need to indicate in their post what problem they are wanting to solve and the support they are seeking. For example, 'My project involves creating a way to help elderly people connect to heath services. For my project reach its full potential, I need 25 people to complete my survey, please pass this survey link onto anyone you know that is over  80 years of age...thank you.  'My project is all about solving power shortages in regional areas....I need to connect with an engineer in the renewable energy sector that works in the installation of solar panels. Please share my post with anyone you know who works in this industry. Thank you'


3.4 It is the responsibility of the student to maintain their post, update regularly and respond to feedback and comments they receive.  Students should check their posts every few days, reply back to comments acknowledging these contributions and the feedback they have received.


3.5 All posts need to be written in a professional manner and in keeping with the culture and style guide of the IdeaSpies platform.

4. Entries must be the student’s own work. It is the responsibility of the teacher to ensure that the idea being posted is the work of the identified student. Students may receive support, however, all support and inspiration must be clearly stated in an Acknowledgements List in their MDP portfolios. Students need to be very mindful of plagiarism issues and therefore acknowledge any and all sources of influence and support, according to NESA guidelines

4.1 Students must only publish images and photographs that are theirs.

5. Any correspondence between students and third parties is the responsibility of the students’ parents or guardian and the students' class teacher. It is recommended that any connections to business or industry occurs only within the students Post page.  Any email correspondence NEEDS to be managed by the class teacher and parents. Email correspondence should be approved by the School Principal. 


5.1 Professional standards must be maintained when communicating with third parties and all correspondence must be constantly monitored by parents / guardians and teachers (as is the standard practice and expectation in the senior design classroom setting). 

6. UpRising Founders, Jury Panel and Supporters must not judge any project or participate in any decision where they have a conflict of interest. Sources of conflict can include: (i) A family member or other close personal relationship eg. living in the same household, child of a close friend (ii) A teacher/student relationship (including a student at the same school, but different class) (iii) A mentoring relationship (iv) A personal or business relationship with a sponsor (v) Previous exposure to the entry (eg. at a school or other presentation) that will form part of the material that Jury Panel will use to nominate the UpRising Awards.   

7. If a student’s prototyping or testing involves interaction with human subjects (e.g. measuring human activity, in-depth questionnaires, surveys), approval to publish must be given by the individuals involved. Students must provide evidence of the written consent of each subject and their parents or guardians (if the subject is less than 18 years old) in their portfolios. Care must be taken to ensure the anonymity of each subject in all submitted documentation. 


8. Projects involving animals must meet animal welfare guidelines for NSW.

9. All participating UpRising design entries will be eligible for JUDGING and awards. Winners will be announced during the year. 

9.1 UpRising Awards & Seed Funding

Three projects will be will awarded SEED FUNDING during year. This funding is to go towards the further development of their MDP project.  Three students projects will be awarded seed funding based on People's Choice 'Likes'. UpRising Seed Funding will be EFT to the winner’s account. First prize

generously sponsored by Southern Cross University.


9.2 UpRising Young Designer of the Year 

Three students will also be crowned (as voted by the Alliance Members) UpRising Designers of the Year. Each year we create opportunities to further develop design students skills and their projects. UpRising reserves the right to change these award prizes each year depending on industry support. Awards Prizes will be confirmed and communicated out during April each year.  

11. All Award Winners are asked to participate in the Jury Panel of the UpRising Awards for the following year.

To be part of the UpRising 2024

1. Please register via iTE events page,

2. Read and sign these Terms & Conditions/Consent Form and send 

3. Students then create an account ready to post their MDP

4. Complete payment.

5. Students will then be elevated to Author status and will see a 'Post' idea button when the log 

back in. Click Post, and away they go.

To download a copy of the Terms & Conditions


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