Entry guidelines

To enter Innovation 70 you need to design and build a useful piece of equipment with no more than 70 connections, and/or a useful piece of software with no more than 70 lines of code. Where a commercially-available board or module is used, for example an Arduino or other microcontroller board, the number of connections to the board or module is what counts, not those that form part of the construction of the board or module itself.

Any code submission should be thoroughly commented to help the judges please; comment lines will not count towards the total of 70.

How to enter

  1. Please complete and sign the Innovation 70 application form (587kb pdf file)
  2. Write an entry description (see below for what this needs to include)
  3. Email the description and the application form to innovation70@rsgb.org.uk and use the title of your entry as the subject line
  4. The closing date for entries is 30 September 2022

Entry description
This document should describe your entry fully as it will be the sole basis on which it will be judged. It must include the following basic headings please:

  1. The first line should be your entry title – leave a space after this for the entry number that we will allocate on receipt. (make sure the title used on the Application Form and Entry Description match!)
  2. The full description – send a text description which you can illustrate with photos (jpg or png format) or video (preferably MP4) *
  3. What it does and how it works
  4. Who it is aimed at and what needs it fills
  5. What is the innovative content
  6. Acknowledgement of any 3rd party sources

* To avoid clogging email servers with huge attachments please do not embed photos in your entry description. Instead, please attach them to the email in separate files but please keep the email less than 1MB in total size. For more attachments or large photo files and videos please use a file sharing service and include a link to that file in your Entry Description instead.

Your Entry Description can be a text file, Microsoft Word format file or a pdf. So that the judges won’t know who has submitted any particular entry please do not include any personal information like your name or call sign in it; we will link it to you by the entry number and title.

Entries from teams
You can submit an entry as a team. Please indicate that on your Application Form. Each team member will need to complete and sign an application form. Please make sure that you use an identical title on each form please as that will be how we identify you!

Ineligible entries
In accordance with RSGB policy, Russian and Belarusian radio amateurs are currently ineligible to participate in this event.

We have plans to publish a summary of all entries in Radcom and/or on the web in due course with the winner(s) described in more detail. You can choose where you are happy for your details to be published – see the GDPR consent section on the Application Form.

Intellectual Property
Your contribution to the design must be your own work. Team entries are permitted, as is use of other people’s work as base of your entry, for example open-source code, manufacturers’ data sheets or perhaps an earlier design by someone else that you have modified or improved. Where you have used such 3rd party work you must ensure that you have the proper permissions to do so and include acknowledgement of it in your entry.

It is essential that you are either the originator, copyright owner, or have the written permission of the copyright owner for all text and images that are included in the submission as these might be used for later publication in RadCom. (An exception is that you can re-use images that have been previously published in any RSGB publication). Images downloaded from the web, (with very few exceptions such as explicitly public domain images from Wikimedia Commons) generally cannot be used.

The British Library publishes some useful guidance on copyright which is well worth reading. Similar rules apply to patents; using someone else’s material without permission may result in having to pay damages to the copyright or patent owner.