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Geothermal Design Challenge 2016

Design the Future of Clean Energy

Department of Energy - Energy Programs

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $7,500
Type of Challenge: Creative (design & multimedia)
Partner Agencies | Non-federal: Center for Advanced Energy Studies, Idaho National Laboratory
Submission Start: 12/01/2015 12:00 AM ET
Submission End: 07/15/2016 12:00 AM ET

This challenge is externally hosted.

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office, in partnership with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) invites smart and creative high school and university students to design an infographic that tells a compelling story about the future of geothermal energy.


Contest entry constitutes agreement to adhere to the rules and stipulations set forth by the contest sponsors. Any entrant or entry found to be in violation of any rule will be disqualified.

Each entrant certifies, through submission to the contest, that the entry is his or her own original creative work and does not violate or infringe the creative work of others, as protected under U.S. copyright law. By entering the contest the entrant agrees to hold harmless, DOE GTO and the INL/CAES for all legal and administrative claims, to include associated expenses that may arise from any claims related to his or her submission or its use.

Entrants retain all copyright and equivalent rights but give DOE GTO and the INL/CAES nonexclusive rights to use their names, likenesses, quotes and submissions for educational publicity and/or promotional purposes. This includes but is not limited to website display, print materials and exhibits. DOE GTO and the INL/CAES reserve the right to use semifinalist and finalist winner’s names and entries for educational publicity and/or promotional purposes, including the exhibition of winning entries on its website and elsewhere. It is understood that entries will be shared with reporters covering these awards and for promotion of the contest itself.

Winners that are published by DOE GTO and the INL/CAES will be required to sign an agreement granting nonexclusive publication and Web rights. Winners are responsible for all taxes or other fees connected with the prize received and/or travel paid for by the sponsoring organizations. DOE GTO and the INL/CAES will not respond to any claims or inquiries regarding contest results. DOE GTO and the INL/CAES have the final say on any point not outlined in the entry rules. Information requested on the entry form will be used to determine how and if the contest is meeting its goals, purposes and audience. Submission of this information is also necessary to contact entrants. Employees, contractors, officers or judges of the sponsoring organizations are not eligible to enter the contest.

Judges are not eligible to enter the contest. If an insufficient number of qualified entries are received, the sponsoring organizations reserve the right to modify or cancel the contest prior to announcing winners. Should DOE GTO and the INL/CAES decide to bring winning contestants to Washington, D.C., or to any other location for promotional and other purposes, expenses paid by DOE GTO and the INL/CAES will be within the limits set forth in law according to federal travel regulations. 5 All contestants agree that they, their heirs and estates shall hold harmless the United States, the employees of the federal government, and all employees of the DOE GTO and the INL/CAES for any and all injuries and/or claims arising from participation in this contest, to include that which may occur while traveling to or participating in contest activities.

A team leader must be designated for team submissions. The order in which names are listed on the entry form is how the names will appear on the DOE GTO and the INL/CAES website. Infographics must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, slanderous or libelous. Infographics must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual, or that promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age. Infographics must not contain material that violates any applicable law.