Q: What is the Boca Bearings Innovation project? A: To celebrate their 25th year in business the Boca Bearing Company is giving away over $20,000 in cash and prizes as part of their 2012 Boca Bearing Innovation Grant Contest. Winners will be chosen based on a video submission of their innovative project that utilizes ball bearings, roller bearings or linear bearings. One finalist will be chosen by the voting public each month in 2012 to win an iPad2, the Grand Prize winner will be chosen by Boca Bearings and will receive a grant check for $10,000 and the two Runner Ups will each win their own 3D Printer from Makerbot Industries ($2500 value each). The Boca Bearing Company believes in supporting those individuals or companies with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM.) These are the people that drive our future economy.
Q: How many prizes are being awarded? A: Every month, as communities are voting on different projects, one monthly winner is awarded with an Ipad. Out of the ten monthly winners a jury would award one project with a $10000 grand prize. Two other projects will receive 3D printers.
Q: Who can participate in the Innovation Project? A: All applicants around the world are welcome to submit their application. For more detailed breakdown, please refer to Official Application Guidelines.
Q: If I submit a project, does Boca Bearings owe my idea? A: No, your ideas remain your ideas. You will have to fill out an application and agree to conditions when participating in a project. See Official Application Guidelines for more information.
Q: Are there any special requirements about the project? A: The only requirements are that the idea is yours, your idea should be innovative and your project must utilize ball bearings, roller bearings or linear bearings.
Q: When can I submit an idea? A: Submission starts at the first of each month and ends on the last day of each month, as noted in the Official Application Guidelines, January –November. Beginning at 12:01 am ET and ending 11:59 pm ET.
Q: How can I submit my idea? A: Every idea should be submitted using Boca Bearings Innovation project page. If you would like more information, please visit Official Application Guidelines.
Q: Can I submit the video in another language? A: Unfortunately, all submissions must be made in English.
Q: Can I submit my application via fax, email or telephone?
A: No, all applications must be submitted via Boca Bearings website you have to fill out the short application and leave a valid email address.
Can I start the application and submit it later? Sorry, applications cannot be saved and retrieved at a later time.
Q: Will my personal information be shared? A: Your personal information will be used by Boca Bearings and partners to help execute the Boca Bearings Innovation project. (including any organization that evaluates the project)
Q: Where can I get more help with my application? A: The application is fairly simple, should you need any additional information you can send an email to email@example.com.
Q: I want to make a video, but don’t have a camera. What should I do? A: Often we forget that our everyday gadgets, such as cell phones, smart phones or computers have built in cameras. We don’t require a professionally shot video we simply want to get an individualized video of your project. Check with your friends and family, there might be people in your community who would like to help you with.
Q: I want to participate, but I don’t have time to film a video. Can I skip it? A: A video is required. However, we don’t expect you to film a professional movie, but rather highlight your innovative idea, introduce yourself and your project and tell us what inspired you.
Q: How do I know if you’ve received my application? A: When your application is completed, you will receive an email within 24h or submission.
Q: How will I know if I won? A: Once votes have been submitted, the video with the highest amounts of votes will receive an Innovator Badge and you will be notified via email.
Q: My idea was voted on, but did not win that month. Can I submit a new idea or resubmit my idea? A: Every time you are submitting a new idea you have to create a new application.
Q: How can people vote on my project? A: People can visit our webpage http://www.bocabearings.com/dropin.aspx?f=Innovation-Contest-2012-About.txt and vote on your video. There is only one vote per video.
Q: How many votes do I have? A: Every person has one vote per month and can vote on only one project at a time.
Q: Can I vote on my own project? A: Absolutely, you can vote on your own project.
Q: Are proxy votes allowed? A: Proxy votes, such as creating fake accounts or duplicate accounts, are not allowed.
Q: What is the timeline for implementing my project? A: You will have up to nine months from the date you receive your grant to complete your project.
Q: I found different information on FAQ and in the Official Application Guidelines, what should I follow?
A: In the event the information is misleading or there is a conflict, please refer back to the Official Application Guidelines.
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