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Challenge Criteria

Prospective teams will submit their project proposal via the Politecnico di Milano of Como Europa Challenge website by the 8th August. The Europa Challenge Board will accept the project proposal or provide additional guidance for acceptance. Acceptance will be communicated to the project team via email to all team members and their mentor by the 15 August 2016. Teams outside of Europe are welcome to participate!

  1. Open Source Project
    All final project submittals must use an open source license.
  2. Project Code Release
    A projects' software code will not be made public during development. The official code release date is the 29 August 2016 at which time the project teams will make their code public. This can be via www.SourceForge.net, www.JavaForge.com, www.github.com or other publicly accessible website, such as the participating University or business website.
  3. Short Project Video
    Teams must also submit a short video, no longer than 3-minutes, showing the application in action and highlighting the core functionalities; deadline 29 August 2016.
  4. Project Webpage
    You will need a webpage that describes your project, with some screenshots and a link to your code repository, documentation and your video; dead line  29 August 2016.
  5. Project Goal
    The software application may address any number of issues: scientific research, navigation, aviation and satellite industry, education, city infrastructure (water, sewer, property parcels, etc.), etc.
  6. Project Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria


Sophistication: Level of difficulty, number of functions, data accessibility, degree of challenge to data analysis.


Performance: Given the amount of data being digested and viewed, in 3D and more intensely in 4D, does the performance appear effective at delivering that data? The more data being managed, the more impressive the program’s ability to deliver it, i.e., 4D > 3D alone.


User Interface: Intuitive, efficient, allowing control over data selection, time series, etc.


Website: Documentation sufficient and effective.


Idea: How compelling is the application purpose? Do you see the application providing significant value to the community being served?


Outreach: Any coordination with other University departments, outside agencies or the actual user community?


  1. Project Judging
    Judges for the Europa Challenge include the Europa Challenge Board and the mentor from each of the projects. A mentor may not judge their own project nor any project from their own school. The top three teams for each category, High school, Research and Professional Project, will each receive the Europa Challenge crystal bull award. There will also be a cash award for the best academic research and professional team project. For the High school team the award will be a contribution on education.

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