Community Design

About The Competition

The Community Design Competition is a chance for all member of the maker community to demonstrate their maker abilities. This competition will challenge competitors to develop an innovative solution in any discipline. Each team or individual will design, build and operate their prototype; challenging both design skills and ability to present the design to our panel of judges. Entrants will be given a booth on October 27th, 2018 from 11:30am - 1:00pm to display their prototype while the public, conference attendees and judges view the prototypes and discuss the designs.
First and second place winner are eligible for prizes

Official Rules


All entrants must register on this page before October 24th, 2018.


The eligibility of the Senior Innovative Design Competition is restricted to members of the Ottawa community who do not qualify for the Junior nor Senior design categories. Entrants may enter as an individual or team of four.


All entrants must be available on Saturday, October 27th, 2018 to showcase their designs. Showcasing will take place from 11:30am-2:30 pm on Saturday, October 27th at the University of Ottawa. Any entrant who is not in attendance during the competition hours will be disqualified from the Senior Innovative Design Competition. Finalists will be notified by 3 pm on Saturday, October 27th, 2018 during the awards ceremony where prizes will be distributed.


All entrants must have a prototype at the competition on October 27th, 2018. If a prototype can’t be supplied, the entrant must submit a one-page document detailing why. The Makers and Mentors Innovation Conference Organizing Committee will determine, based on the submitted document, if the entrant is eligible for the competition.

Authorization Letter

If the entrant is a subset of a team, the remaining members must sign a letter authorizing the entrant to disclose their work. The authorization letter must include full names, signature, email, and phone number of all known competing members.


All entrants will be evaluated on a standardized scoring scale out of 50 points by a panel of judges. The panel will visit each entrant at their designated table. Entrants shall be informed before the beginning of the competition the time of their judging. Each entrant will be given 3 minutes to present their design followed by 2 minutes which are designated for questions that the judges may have (i.e. How much would it cost to make this prototype? How does the prototype work? Who is this prototype designed for?).

The scoring shall be broken down as follows:

Does the design defer substantially from existing designs?
Is the project clearly the competitors work?

Were facts presented correct and complete?
Was the design throughly analyzed?

Is the design economically feasible?
Is the design cost effective?
Has a marketing plan been considered?

Was a prototype, model, or simulation developed?
Has testing been done to prove design feasibility?
Does the prototype or model work?
Was the prototype or model demonstrated during presentation?

Were the environmental impacts of the design analyzed?
Have measures been taken to reduce harmful impacts of the design?
Does the design solve an environmental issues?