Think off the Grid

Think off the grid.
Invent the future of electricity supply. €14,000 prize pool

Think off the grid.
Invent the future of electricity supply.

Background

innogy is an established European energy company. With its three business segments Grid & Infrastructure, Renewable Energies, and Retail, it is equipped for the tasks that lie ahead in a modern, decarbonized, decentralized and digital energy world. innogy wants to offer existing and potential customers innovative and sustainable products and services, with which they can use energy more efficiently and improve their quality of life.

A leading distribution system operator in Europe
The distribution grids are the backbone of the energy transition. The grids play a key role in the safe supply of electricity through their integration of regenerative sources that are dependent on the weather and time of day (wind or solar power plants, for example) and decentralized generation plants.

Business Goal

We switch on the light, turn on the TV, surf the internet, cook our dinner, and wash our laundry at home. And for all of this we require electricity – whenever the need arises. Up to now, this electricity has made its way into our homes and power sockets via grids. But can we also imagine another way of electricity being distributed? What could different future visions look like in which electricity doesn’t enter our homes through the plug socket? In which, for example, alternative technologies enable wireless power distribution? These and other future questions are being asked by innogy as a leading grid operator in Europe, in order to recognize potential early on and shape the future of the energy world.

Aim

Within this context, innogy is consciously appealing to you with this task as they are convinced of your creative potential. They want you to look at the topic from a creative user/consumer perspective and not let technical hurdles restrict your creativity and imagination. innogy wishes to boost the creativity of their own employees with the submitted ideas/visualizations and inspire them with food for thought. The results of this project will therefore be used internally.

Target group

Think of yourself as a consumer here, and how you imagine getting the electricity to operate your household appliances and other technologies and machines in the future. Assume that you will be living in an industrialized environment and that you will be consuming just as much, if not more, electricity, and therefore that the Earth’s demand for electricity will increase even further.  

Task

“Draw” us a picture of the energy world of the future and think “off the grid”. Illustrate and visualize your idea of how electricity could be distributed in the future. In other words: Imagine a future where the electricity needed to operate your household and other technical appliances no longer comes via power sockets we know today. 

Elements

  1. Imagine being Elon Musk for a day! Think utopian future, think sci-fi, think crazy. There are no limits to your creativity! Technical feasibility and other hurdles should not play a role here.
  2. You can take a micro or macro perspective: Either you visualize, for example, an excerpt from the life of the consumer and how they get their electricity. Or from a macro perspective, you could zoom out and look at the bigger picture – the Earth and its electricity-consuming population.
  3. In addition to the distribution of electricity, you should also think about other elements, such as the energy source (solar, wind, hydro power, etc.), the conversion, and the storage. Where do you imagine energy will come from in the future, and how and where can it be generated?
  4. Some questions that you can ask yourself:
  • What are your expectations and needs when it comes to the electricity of tomorrow?
  • How would you prefer to charge your devices, operate them, and switch them off?
  • What are today’s pain points that you’d like to solve in the future?

Success measurement

Please consider the following criteria when developing your idea. Keep in mind that your visuals will be used to inspire innogy’s employees.

  • Quality of visual representation
  • Level of creative imagination

Do’s and dont’s

Do's:

  • Your priority should be your visualization 
  • Utopian scenarios are being sought here (“think utopian future, think sci-fi, think crazy”)
  • You can also be inspired by existing approaches

​Dont's

  • Technical feasibility and other hurdles do not play a role
  • Please take into consideration the jovoto terms of use

Format & important notes

Format: You’re free to choose the format of your submission (sketches, photographical visuals, graphic designs, animated visuals, etc.), however, we advise you to use a common file format so it can be used for internal purposes. In order to present your submission, you might be asked to supply printable files (such as PDF) with a high resolution (300dpi).

Additionally: There are some topics that you should be aware of in this specific project – please read the Project Terms for more details.

Removal of ideas: jovoto is entitled to immediately remove submissions from the platform in the case of possible legal infringements. Revised ideas may be uploaded again.

Communication: Throughout the submission and rating phase, submissions may be shared by jovoto and the client on their communication channels.

Third-party material/sources: Please submit ideas:

  • For which you own and are able to exclusively transfer the full copyright and image rights
  • Or otherwise ensure that you have noted any and all third-party material you used – including the source where it can be found. This refers to all aspects of the submission, meaning not only visual components, but also informative content. Please cite the sources/articles of your information claim.
  • In case your submission is chosen as a Client Award, you might be asked to revise your submission during a refinement phase. This means eliminating all third-party/creative commons material and incorporating minor adjustments from the client. 

Timing and Awards

  • Besides the chance to take part in this creative challenge, you could earn from the total award pool of €14,000. We are convinced of your power of imagination and can't wait to see your inspiring visuals!
  • Deadline​ ​for​ ​Halftime Award​:​ Monday, February 19, 2018 at midnight (Berlin time)
  • The deadline to have your submission be considered for the Halftime Awards
  • You'll receive feedback: Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • End of submission phase: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 5pm (Berlin time)

Legal overview

Here is a brief overview of what is particularly important to be aware of:

1. When entering an idea for a project, jovoto as well as the client, may display, share and print it for evaluation or presentational purposes.

2. There is a three month exclusivity period:

  • in which you may publish and share your idea on other websites or social media and ensure it is clearly labelled as a submission created on jovoto.
  • in which you ensure that the client is able to exclusively license your design.
  • after which you may offer your submission to others and publicly display it (without the clients logo).

3. Please ensure that you have noted any and all third party material you used - including the source where it can be found.

4. When uploading an idea you agree to jovoto's general terms of use as well as the specific project terms (see under the brief).

5. The project terms clarify rights for your upload as well as the details that go into effect if and when you are informed that the client wishes to license your design.

6. Please carefully check and review your submission and the attachments before uploading them - they can only be deleted within 24 hours.

Download material

Click on the following links to download working material and additional information related to the project.

Project terms

For this project, special  project terms  apply.

Halftime Feedback

Dear everyone, thank you so much for uploading so many ideas!

We had a chat with innogy today and they were really overwhelmed not only by the amount of your submissions, but by the creative range and diversity of your approaches. So a big thumbs up goes out to all of you!

As for the second half of the Project: Keep on going! It's great to see ideas in both directions: ones that are more realistic as well those that are so crazy, that they convince with their very imaginative concept.

Though the Brief focuses on energy transmission, it is great to see that you are also thinking about how to generate this energy in the first place.

Keep in mind the 2 main criteria from the Brief when working further: 1- Quality of visual representation 2- Level of creative imagination (see "Success measurement"). Some ideas are already very convincing, yet the visuals fall a bit behind until now. If you get both right - you are a star!

As for the 2 Halftime Award winners: there are so many good ideas that innogy will have to take another look before making a decision. I will post these two winners tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Looking forward to what the second half will bring, KEEP ON ROCKING IT!

Comments

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Hello everyone,

and welcome to this very exciting new challenge, where you can create your own version of the future! As the creative guide, I am very much looking forward to see your visuals and innovative approaches to reinvent our electricity supply.

After having gone trough the Brief and before you start brainstorming, please don't miss out on going trough the Slide Guide we've provided in the Project Kit. This will help you structure and format your ideas in the correct way, right from the start.

Your first deadline to keep in mind will be February 19th for the Halftime Feedback. It would be great if you can manage to upload your first ideas until then so we can get more specific feedback, yet of course everything that's being uploaded later will also be part of the project.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me - either via a private message - or if you think your concern is relevant for all, then here, under the Brief.

Happy creating until then!

Yours, Dora

Hi Dora, in the brief I understood that we are free to imagine a solution that goes beyond the limits dictated by science. Does this imply that we are authorized to propose a solution by ignoring the principles of physics or do our proposals have to respect the rules of electrical theory? Thx a lot :)

Dear Davide, thanks a lot, that's a good question!

The aim of the task is to inspire others and therefore "There are no limits to your creativity! Technical feasibility and other hurdles should not play a role here."

I hope this helps :)

All clear thanks Dora!

Hi Dora. I have a question: how many ideas can one submit for this project? ☺

Dear Alexandra, thanks for checking! The idea limit for this project is 10 - so you have lots of possibilities :)

Hello Dora, i made my new jovoto account and this will be my first submission. I am so happy because i am an electrical engineer + dreamer which is a good combination :) but first!! i have to upload an image profile to my account. good luck to all

That's great to hear dear George! :) Indeed a very fortunate combination for this task - I am very much looking forward to see your vision(s)!

Dear all,

it's really inspiring to see on this Monday morning how many different ideas and future scenarios are being shared so far! Very nice, please keep on going :) And while you do so, please keep the following things in mind once again:

  • While you have lots of creative freedom, please don't forget the main question of the Brief: "What could different future visions look like in which electricity doesn’t enter our homes through the plug socket? In which, for example, alternative technologies enable wireless power distribution?"

  • Understanding your submission is very important indeed, but keep in mind that the task is to "Illustrate and visualize your idea". So do not forget the importance of the VISUAL representation ("Main visual") that ideally explains itself without much text.

  • Please really do read the "Read before you start!" document we have shared with you in the Brief. It will help you to structure your idea right from the start, so you don't have to constantly adjust things once you are ready for uploading!

Thanks a lot everyone, have a fresh start into the week - and keep the ideas and updates coming of course! :)

Yours, Dora

EXTRA NOTE: In case you feel that it's really hard to stick to just one main visual, please feel free to use the provided optional template slides to create extra visuals that explain your idea step by step. A main visual is still needed in any case though. THANKS A LOT!

I can work better graphics for any project - this means i'm looking for collabo's, PM me if you are interested (or reply to this comment), have a great brainstorm!

Hi Dora!...It is ok if the project I have in mind is a hand scketch drawn? Thank you

Hi there Ionel, thanks for checking! The technique for your visualization is totally up to you. Hand drawn sketches are absolutely great.

In case you have a vision that you think could be better with a different technique that you didn't master that well yet, you could always ask someone to team up with you as well!

Looking forward :)

Hi, What size of an illustration is required? Any? I have been looking for info, but didn't find it. Thanks, A

Hi there Agata, Thanks for checking!

Actually there is a download document in the Brief called "Read before you start!" which is exactly there for you to get an idea about the details for your idea presentation, such as the size/ format of your visual.

On slide 5 you can read "Follow the format given: LANDSCAPE / 3:2 ratio / Min. size: 2400 x 1600 px "

I found it! ANY size...

Hi Dora, thank you for your replay! I found also information in the "brief" : "You’re free to choose the format of your submission ".... So at that moment I am confused! My design looks much better in portrait orientation, but if the size of my submission would determinate the future of my idea...than it is something to think about !~ best, Agata

Hi there, you are indeed right, it's important! That's why we added the document and called it "Read before you start!" so that you can prepare for it from the beginning.

If you read the Brief further, after the same sentence you have mentioned, you can see there's an explanation what's meant, in brackets: "(sketches, photographical visuals, graphic designs, animated visuals, etc.)" That's what is totally up to you.

I hope this makes it more clear and doesn't allow more confusion..

Hi, I was just going through the Style Guide and noticed an error (a typo?). On the 5th page, paragraph 3, it says ''Max. size: 2400 x 1600 px'' while the image on the right size tells us ''...a minimum size of 2400 x 1600 px''.

Is 2400 x 1600 px now the minimum or maximum size that we can upload?

Same goes for the 6th and 7th page.

Thank you!

You are absolutely right - thanks for pointing that out! It should be MIN. of course and I just updated the document too :)

Thank you Dora for taking action so fast. Now I'm no longer confused ;)

Glad to hear that! I'm looking forward to see your idea(s)!

I just entered, and I have to say, the submission process has improved a lot!

I like the draft mode, the being able to edit the idea up until the end of the contest, the clear steps give it structure, and the fact that you can choose between several visual slides or one text slide means the creative has that choice, and therefore also a way to submit an idea without having to spend a lot of time on it.

I just wanted to give some positive feedback on this, I think it is really good now.

Dear Ayal, That's great to hear, thanks for the feedback!

Dear everyone, thank you so much for uploading so many ideas!

We had a chat with innogy today and they were really overwhelmed not only by the amount of your submissions, but by the creative range and diversity of your approaches. So a big thumbs up goes out to all of you!

As for the second half of the Project: Keep on going! It's great to see ideas in both directions: ones that are more realistic as well those that are so crazy, that they convince with their very imaginative concept.

Though the Brief focuses on energy transmission, it is great to see that you are also thinking about how to generate this energy in the first place.

Keep in mind the 2 main criteria from the Brief when working further: 1- Quality of visual representation 2- Level of creative imagination (see "Success measurement"). Some ideas are already very convincing, yet the visuals fall a bit behind until now. If you get both right - you are a star!

As for the 2 Halftime Award winners: there are so many good ideas that innogy will have to take another look before making a decision. I will post these two winners tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Looking forward to what the second half will bring, KEEP ON ROCKING IT!

Yours, Dora

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Good luck to everyone! Keep on your outstanding work!

A big hug!

:)

Thank you dear Xavier! Is there a chance that we're going to see this idea by you? :)

Hi dear Dora! Now that you say it, let's see if I can create a good idea to have a great comeback home(jovoto)!!! :)

Dears, as promised: here are the Halftime Award winners!

As I already mentioned, innogy didn't find it easy to pick only two ideas, but they came to a decision. They would like to award two approaches, one of them falls into the "more realistic" category, while the other goes into a "more fictional" direction. Both of them are well presented and could therefore catch the jury's attention. So without further ado - CONGRATS to:

voinealex with Soundpower - you have submitted early and the idea caught the attention of innogy as something so obvious, yet so far not really explored. Cool stuff!

&

Tommaso with Drones Energy Bank - you have not least also convinced with your activity in the project and your well developed scenarios and visuals. Great, keep on going!

And keep up the great work everyone!

Yours, Dora

Congrats for voinealex & Tommaso ! :)))

Congratulations voinealex & Tommaso :D

Congrats Guys!!

Big congrats!!!

Huge congrats, guys!!

CONGRATS ALEX & TOMMASO FOR YOUR HF AWARDS!!! :)

Congratulation to halftime winners ;)

Hey everyone, it's great to see your ideas still pouring in!

I wanted to remind you that the deadline for submissions is coming up on March 14th, so you have 9 more days left to submit or update anything that's on your mind. I am curious to see it all!

Yours, Dora

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i think electricity will be : 1_free 2-green

Hello Dora, I just logged in and read the subject and also seen some projects made by people; I think the completion theme is for "off the grid solution" so how to supply power beyond traditional system (currently all supplies go through cable) "Or" its about generation of energy in future ? Please guide me as early as possible, I would love to participate; it may look silly question to some people. Thanks

Hi there and thanks for your question! (And no there's no silly question, this one isn't either)

Indeed your focus should be an finding/ imagining an "off the grid solution" as the Brief and the title suggest it.

Nevertheless, innogy also find it very interesting to see how you imagine new ways of generating energy for the future and they are open for all kinds of suggestions (see also the Halftime Feedback). If you can even combine both of these aspects, you are on a perfect route!

I hope this helps, really looking forward to see your submissions!

Thanks a lot, I am obliged

Hello Dora,

I have a question about illustration meaning in this brief. Can I use pictures from which i can create a illustration about this subject?

Thank you!

Hi there!

Do you mean if you can use 3rd party material as part of your illustration? There's a section in the Brief under "Format & important notes" called "Third-party material/sources" - which explains more in detail what is wished for in this project.

To sum it up shortly: the best if if everything comes 100% from you. If you feel the need to use other material too (as a component / edition to your own design), make sure that you have listed the source to it and also be aware that in case you are chosen the client may ask you to make your own version of that component.

Did this help? I hope so :)

IT'S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!

You seem to have so many wonderful ideas to share that I wanted to give you a heads-up that the submission period is coming to an end soon:

You have 2 days left to upload anything that's in your head / a sketch on your computer / or and update of your idea, submissions will close on Mar 14the at 5pm Berlin time (UTC+1).

Really looking forward to see what the final spurt will bring! Go everyone ;)

Hi dear friends, I need your help. I'm quite sure my proposal is complete, however the template looks like at 89%... I can't stand why. Any advice? Thx a lot :)

Dear Davide, don't worry much about that percentage (it's only an indicator for you). Your proposal seems just fine and indeed complete! Cheers :)

Happy Tuesday everyone - don't forget that you only have 1 day (and a couple of hours) left to submit! The submission period will end TOMORROW!

Thx a lot Dora for your answer!

Just under 3 hours left for submissions / updates - Don't miss it!

IN OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS: We have a new voting system here on jovoto. The rating period as you might have noticed is unlike the usual: it will only start next Monday 19.03 for this project and run for a week until 26.03. So all proposals can only be rated once they are complete and in their final state - for more fairness!

Hello, Dora I can not upload my idea: 1. I do have slides and nowhere to place them 2. There is not enough txt space to explain my idea 3. The structure of the presentation is unatural to present what I have in mind.

Can I send my slides anyway?

Hi there dear Vladimir!

1 - I'm not sure what you mean with "nowhere to place them"? 2 - There is a limit of characters so that you focus on a self explanatory visual. However, we did provide quite some space for text too - so you should really try to shorten it to the essence in this case.. Thanks! 3 - We have provided the "Read before you start" material so you know upfront what is the required presentation form before you start working on anything.

And yes, please do upload what you have, if you need any more specific assistance, please contact me in a private message and we can figure it out!

Thanks a lot!

Thanks a lot. I did find a way to present my idea more or less.

perfect!

What an AMAZING ride!

Thanks to everyone who joined in and shared their ideas on the future of power supply. SO MANY excellent, interesting, crazy, playful and scientific ideas came together that I am amazed by the wide range of submissions! Very well done to all, it's such a pleasure to scroll trough your slides.

It's not completely over yet: as mentioned already above, the RATING ONLY period (which is going to be 1 week as usual) is going to start only NEXT MONDAY on the 19th of March - but I will give you a heads-up once again!

And of course we are all very curious what innogy will have to say about the outcome - SO STAY TUNED!

All the Best, Dora

Dears!

Thanks for staying tuned, as I mentioned above: the rating only period will start today - AND IN FACT IT HAS JUST STARTED!

Make sure you browse trough the ideas again - see, maybe you have missed some updates - and leave your rating under the ideas in the next 7 days! It's important that we all leave our fair ratings, keeping in mind the goals of the Brief, as this will determine the Community Winners!

What's new on top of that this period now only takes place once the proposals are complete, is that you find the *****s for rating not above right as before, but below the idea on the left side, with all other info.

I am looking forward to see the outcome, happy fair rating everyone!

Dear everyone!

Thank you for your participation once again: together we could determine the Community Prize Winners in the "Rating Only" phase and I am happy to see that you have used this time to leave your ***s under the submitted ideas.

Without further ado, I am happy to announce the winners of the following Awards:

COMMUNITY AWARDS

#1 - The first place goes to the The Power Neurochip by Iván - congratulations for convincing the community with your futuristic sci fi idea that you have visualized in a very interesting way!

#2 - Cosmic Rain by Angelica, a fresh face at jovoto, became second. Very well done and congrats to your first win on the platform!

#3 - Electric particles diffuser by Davide hit right the third place with it's well explained and cool looking presentation. Neat job!

#4 - Satellite hotspot by Tomasso, who already secured a Halftime Prize with a different idea, came fourth. Nice work once again!

#5 - Asteroid Rings by the amazing Darius got on the fifth place - with a couple of other equally amazing ideas following quite closely too, earning great compliments along the way. Impressive!

BEST COLLABORATIONS

Give it up for our collaboration teams that scored the highest too:

The Nano-Firefly Project by Iván (hi again!) and Gusmery had been an eye catcher already early on in the process. Great work!

Biomagnetic flow by gusmonk and Maria has been another top team idea with some great illustrations! Well done you two!

And also NORDLYS Rings by Mauricio and Susana has convinced with a well explained and worked out collaboration. Superb :)

BEST FEEDBACK

There have been a few outstandingly active and helpful feedback givers among the community - I think we all know who they are - thank you for:

HichamBahr for your extraordinary attention with which you have followed up on the ideas and left your creative input under many (in fact most) of them. You have also gained the most "upvotes" for helpful comments and therefore it's a very well deserved award win!

I would also like to thank Davide and Fatima at this place for your commitment and likewise creative and helpful input!

You have all helped the community to develop and push their ideas to the next level.

And thanks again to everyone who participated, the number and quality of submissions have been very high and I could go on for a looong time picking out some outstanding submissions. We can now all hardly wait to see what innogy thinks and how they will evaluate all your creative input - as soon as we have some news about the Client's Choices I will give you a heads-up!

Thanks to all!

Yours, Dora

Congratulation to all community and ofc to all the winners. A special thx to our client Innogy, to our cool guide Dora and to all creatives for the support and feedback! :) Love you!

Congratulations to the winners and all participants of this fascinating project! good luck to all you guys, let's wait for the client selection!!

Cheers =)

Congrats Guys!!!:)

Excellent project. We enjoyed so much when we were working.

Congratulations to all the winners ! ;) Keep your creativity flowing!

As there was a community voting, I want to see all results and ranks!! For me, there is no sense, to submit and vote in a "vacuum space"!

Yes, i agree with Elli! Is it a bug or this is a new way to see the results?

Thanks you two - it is a bug and will get fixed asap!

it seems, that the bug exists since weeks, so really bugging...

Big congratulations to all the winners. Best wishes for all in client awards.

Congratulations to everybody. Thank you for such an amazing opportunity and an equally amazing brief !

Congratulations to everyone.

Congrats to all! This was an amazing project!

Congrats to all!☺☺☺☺

Congratulations to all! excellent jobs! <3 :)

Should we wait for client awards?

"We can now all hardly wait to see what innogy thinks and how they will evaluate all your creative input - as soon as we have some news about the Client's Choices I will give you a heads-up!" Dora

Dear Creatives,

I'm happy to announce the Client's Choice winner of this energetic project :) Congratulations to voinealex for his Soundpower submission!

And here are the following Shortlist awardees:

1 inno touch by Arapis Dimitrios

2 Cosmic Rain by Angelica Maria Blanco Garcia

3 Playing with electric Dust. by joyleen

4 From the depths to the sky by Barbu Bogdan Alexandru

5 Sloar Snow by DariusDD

6 EnergyPath by Gabriel Galusc

7 Energy Revolution by Tommaso Balladore

8 The Power Neurochip by Iván Santiago

9 The Nano-Firefly Project by the collaborative team of Iván Santiago and gusmery paredes

Well done everyone! Have a great weekend

Shir

Congratulations to everyone!!!

Congratulations to all the winners :)

Congratulations to all

Yeah! Big Congrats fol all winners!!! :]]]

Congrats to the winners and all the creatives who participated in this amazing project widely. Great works were done here! Cheers!

Big contrast to all! Great results! :)

Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you to this wonderful community for the support. We are very happy:D

Congratulations to all the winners :D

Congratulations everybody! :)

Congratulations to the winners and the many wonderful participants.

Project terms

Project Terms For Public Projects

The following Project Terms are the legal basis for your participation in this project.

In §3 we define the rights that you pass on to jovoto when you submit an idea.

In §4 we define the rights that you pass on to the client. From §4.2 onwards, you find the details about which rights you pass to the client once the Crowdstorm is completed if they decide to license your idea.

In §5 you will find important points on what you will be held responsible for (like respecting copyrights and clearly marking all third party material in your submission).

1. Scope

1.1 These project terms supplement the Terms of Use [link] for creatives and apply to public projects in terms of section 3.1.1 of the Terms of Use. Definitions contained in the Terms of Use also apply to the context of these project terms. Public projects may be viewed by everyone. All registered creatives may submit ideas for such projects provided they accept these project terms.

1.2 By submitting an idea to a project, the creative accepts the terms of use and these project terms.
 

2. Right to be Named as Author

By accepting these project terms and the terms of use, the creative waives any right to be named as author if the client wishes this when licensing the creative's idea. As long as the client does not purchase the idea, jovoto will ensure that the creative is named as author.
 

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PLEASE NOTE. IMPORTANT

By submitting an idea to a project, the creative grants the rights of use listed in section 3 to jovoto.

3.1 Even when participating in a project or submitting an idea, the creative still retains the right, without restriction on content, time or space, to use his own idea for the purpose of self-promotion provided he observes the rights of third parties, in particular those of the client. This does not apply to the first six months following the end of the submission phase of a project. During this period, the creative is not permitted to use his idea in any other manner. The client's trademarks and other related rights may only be used if and when the client explicitly allows this for the performance of the competition.

3.2 jovoto wishes to point out explicitly that participation in a project and/or submission of an idea does not confer on the creative any right to use material of jovoto or the client. In particular, participation in a project does not give the creative any right to use the logo or other materials belonging to the project sponsor (client) or to third parties. This does not apply in cases where the project terms or the project briefing call for other arrangements.

3.3 The creative submitting an idea to a project grants to jovoto non-exclusive transferable rights, without restriction on time, space or content, to use the idea, including associated creative works and any comments submitted therewith to the extent required for the operation of the platform. In particular, the creative grants to jovoto the right to make every comment and/or idea and the associated works on the platform accessible to third parties and to make any reproductions necessary for this purpose. The creative grants to jovoto the right to edit the works in question in order to present them more favorably on the website.

3.4 In addition, the creative grants to jovoto the right to make comments and/or the idea and the associated works publicly accessible for the purpose of presentation beyond the confines of the project, for example in the jovoto newsletter or in its blog, to distribute them and to edit them, in particular to create and present summaries or individual pictures of videos and texts, scaled-down versions of photographs ('thumbnails') etc.

3.5 Furthermore, the creative grants to jovoto the non-exclusive right, without restriction on content, time or space, to use the ideas and associated works in any medium for the purpose of communicating and promoting the project and/or ideas submitted to the project. To this end, jovoto may reproduce the ideas and associated works, distribute, edit, rearrange them, make them publicly accessible, broadcast and publicly play them in other ways, whereby this includes in particular making them available or broadcasting them by transmitting the content to fixed or mobile terminal devices of other creatives as part of automated subscription services (push services) or download services (pull services) (e.g. by podcast, RSS feed, Atom feed, XML interface or other technologies). The parties to this agreement consider the right of public reproduction also to include, in particular, the right to render the idea and associated works on the website using methods to play back audio and video data that can be received and simultaneously played by creatives (streaming), including the possibility of configuring the stream in such a way that the broadcast data can be stored by the recipient. In order to document the project and/or to promote the platform, jovoto may in particular include the creative's idea, alone or together with the ideas of other creatives, in a catalog of ideas, which will be made available to the client on conclusion of a project, and which it may reproduce as a different form of print publication and distribute (including as poster), where this serves as an appropriate form of publication for the platform, present at trade fairs (in particular in the form of banners, posters, video clips), make accessible as "best cases" on the platform, also in conjunction with other projects, or make generally publicly available, include in press releases or make available to third parties in the course of normal public relations work (for example for external press reports in journals).

3.6 In order to secure the greatest possible level of awareness and reach for the creative's ideas, the creative additionally grants to jovoto the right to publish the creative's ideas, and/or to have them published, on websites of external providers, to make the reproductions required for this and to transfer the individual works (i.e. the corresponding files) to the relevant third party, and/or to grant these providers technical access to the ideas for the above-mentioned purposes, including the right to reproduce the ideas for inclusion in their own websites. In order to achieve the aims mentioned in this sub-section, jovoto may use popular, established technical methods (e.g. embedded functions). The creative therefore consents to the relevant third-party provider adopting the works in question and also publishing them.

3.7 The creative will receive no monetary recompense for granting the aforementioned rights of use to jovoto. In return for being granted the rights, jovoto will present the creative's ideas on the platform and will give him the opportunity to sell his ideas to third parties or to jovoto and to participate with his ideas in projects.

3.8 In technical terms, the platform is a highly complex system with a large number of links. The content of creatives builds on from different user content and is cross-linked with it in many ways, etc. In addition, as a platform for creative services, the platform must provide a high degree of transparency and traceability – also covering the possibility of investigating or searching through events set in the past. The granting of rights of use in accordance with section 3 is therefore irrevocable and extends beyond any end to the user agreement. Content submitted by the creative to the platform can therefore remain accessible on the platform even after this license agreement terminates or the creative is no longer a user of the platform for other reasons.

3.9 jovoto also endeavors wherever possible to allow the creative every freedom to exploit his ideas vis-à-vis third parties. Within the scope of projects the creative may, where applicable, have the opportunity to subject his idea to open content licensing terms (such as Creative Commons licensing). Whether and to what extent this is to apply in an individualproject (including the relevant details) will be specified in the briefing. The creative must in all cases explicitly indicate the use of third-party materials, including those that are subject to open licensing.

3.10 The aforementioned provisions apply accordingly for performance provided by a creative that cannot be registered or protected (e.g. draft concepts). At the same time, the performance provided by a creative is also deemed to have been rendered even if it cannot be registered or protected (e.g. as patent, brand or copyright) unless explicitly agreed otherwise.

 

4. Granting Rights of Use to the Client

PLEASE NOTE. IMPORTANT

By submitting an idea to the project, the creative grants the rights of use listed in section 4 to the client. The granting of rights of use in accordance with section 4.2 ff. is subject to the condition precedent that the client decides to acquire the creative's idea.

4.1 By participating in a project, the creative grants to the client the non-exclusive right of use, without restriction on content, time or space, to present his ideas and works as such outside of advertising campaigns or in order to promote the project, alone or together with the ideas and works of other creatives participating in the project, in any medium. Moreover, the creative grants to the client the right to use the ideas and works for the purpose of internal and external market research and for preparing the acquisition of the exclusive rights of use to the ideas and works. This may require the distributing and making the ideas and works publicly accessible, limited to the aforementioned purposes.

4.2 By accepting this license agreement, the creative grants to jovoto, subject to the condition precedent of the client's decision to acquire the corresponding rights from jovoto, rights of use to the idea that the creative has submitted to a project, together with all works, performances and activities contained in the idea, and to elements protected by copyright, design and performance protection rights associated with the idea (hereinafter referred to collectively as "works"), for exploitation in all known and unknown manners of utilization, in particular to the extent detailed below. This includes in particular – also in cases where rights arise at a later date – the exclusive, transferable right, unrestricted by content, time and space, and capable of being sub-licensed in parts, to reproduce the idea, and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea, irrespective of whether for payment or not, to distribute them, exhibit, rent out, to publicly render, in particular present, perform, display, make publicly accessible, broadcast, relay via cable or other systems (cable rebroadcasting), reproduce through video or audio medium, to make public via screen, loudspeaker or any other technical device, programs already broadcast or recordings made on the basis of public transmissions or to reproduce in any other intangible form, to edit and rearrange as well as to publish and use any such edited or rearranged form.

4.3 The aforementioned rights of exploitation for commercial or promotional purposes include in particular:

4.3.1 The right to reproduce the idea, and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea, in any tangible and/or intangible, digital or analog, form, e.g. through reprography or transfer to analog media (e.g. packaging, promotional material, advertisements, placards, books, stickers, printouts, pictures, illustrated books, books, comics, leaflets, flyers, photographs, photocopies, photo-mechanical processes, posters, magazines, newspapers), through digitalization or any other form of digital storage and to temporarily and/or permanently store on any other known type of data, video and/or video/audio media such as diskette, DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, HD DVD, Blu-ray Disc, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-Audio, Super Audio CD, audio cassette, vinyl record, MMC, SD, MS, MS Pro, Flash Card, Smart Card, Secure Digital Card, memory stick, MiniDisc, DAT, hard disk, server, proxy server, USB stick and/or via transmission in the Internet or other data networks or through transmissions or in database systems; in particular this also includes the right to use the idea and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea for company-internal and -external presentations, in company-internal media such as intranet, PowerPoint presentations and for the creation and distribution of advertisements in print media and in electronic, especially online, means of advertising;

4.3.2 The right to distribute or put into circulation the idea and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea in any known way and on all physical analog and digital media independently or in combination with other works, especially in support of a product, and/or to offer these to third parties, in particular to rent and lend out irrespective of the distribution channel and the embodiment, in particular through distribution of the idea and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea on the aforementioned digital or analog media via wholesalers, resellers or retailers, mail order and irrespective of whether by remote sale, electronic transaction, free transfer or free distribution;

4.3.3 The right to transfer the idea, and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea, in any known technical manner and to make them known, and in particular accessible to the public. This includes, in particular, the fact that the idea and the associated works may be stored in digital form in a data processing system from which they may then be retrieved by third parties 'on demand' as a stream or download or any other form as digital signal via wired or wireless media and/or transmitted there with the consequence that the stored data are transferred to the receiving device of the third party where they may be decoded after storage, intermediate storage or immediately, i.e. converted into text, images and/or sounds and made visible or audible. The idea and the associated works may also be made available to the third party in such a manner that he/she may store the idea and the works contained therein and/or parts thereof in his/her receiving device and may access them there repeatedly. Interactive use by way of on demand is characterized by the ideas stored in digital form being made available to members of the public who are not present at the source of where they are made available, and being made available in such a way that members of the public have access to them and can request their transmission at independent times and places even if transmission of the works to third parties takes place at a later point in time than at the one requested. The online right of use exists independently of the form of transmission chosen by the client or its licensees for the use of the protected material and includes, for example, interactive or non-interactive online systems, electronic databases, the Internet, the World Wide Web, social networks and platforms such as YouTube, Twitter, XING, Google+, LinkedIn or Facebook, Apps, IRC or news, file sharing or application service providing;

4.3.4 The right to send or forward the idea, and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea, to third parties irrespective of whether in 'analog or digital' form whether via data networks in the form of subscription or download services (e.g. by streaming, video-on-demand, near-video-on-demand, podcasting, webcasting, simulcasting, IPTV, mobile TV, push services (such as RSS feed, XML interface, etc.) and pull services of all kinds) or via traditional modes of transmission such as public or private broadcast, rebroadcast and repeat broadcast via radio, television and similar systems of communication and reception, electromagnetic waves, electronic devices, wire, cable, satellite, antenna systems, digital means of communications and other technical equipment, whether via the client's own means of transmission or via public or private broadcast companies;

4.3.5 The right to publish the idea, and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea, first in any desired form at the point in time of the client's choosing irrespective of whether on any type of tangible media or in intangible form (e.g. on the Internet), irrespective of whether independently or in combination with other content such as a collection or multimedia work or as part of an encyclopedia;

4.3.6 The right to commercially exploit the idea, and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea, through the manufacture and sale of goods of all types (e.g. dolls, toys, stuffed animals, sports articles, household, bathroom and kitchen items, garments, printed matter including comics, sound storage media, headgear, buttons) and/or to exploit the media listed and described in this sub-section, the marketing of services of all types using the circumstances, names, titles, figures, illustrations or other relationships related to the idea, and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea, including the right to exploit the idea fully or in part through the production and sale of games/computer games, including interactive computer games, and/or other multi-media productions and/or other forms of work and to promote goods and services of any kind using such elements or through edited or unedited excerpts from videos ("merchandising right");

4.3.7 The right to modify, edit, combine, arrange the idea, and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea, in any manner, especially through correction and translation into any other language, through extension, conversion, augmentation, adaptation, complementing, through inclusion in databases or by the creation of collected works, through the substitution of images and figures, through changes to the characters of figures, or allowing such actions to be undertaken by third parties, and to publish, exploit, or have published and exploited, the edited or rearranged works in any of the ways described in the above provisions.

4.3.8 The rights granted exist irrespective of the technology used as the basis for the use of the right. In particular, the granting / transfer of rights of use are not bound to the form of data transmission (analog or digital), to the means of data transmission currently used or to the type of end-user receiving device. The client is especially entitled to allow this access via any type of equipment or device that is technically able to call up and/or represent the content provided. Access can be effected in particular with the aid of fixed devices (e.g. personal computer, set-top box for digital TV or Internet terminal) and mobile terminal devices, especially mobile telephones (via WAP, SMS, i-mode and any future standards), smartphones, electronic organizers, so-called personal digital assistants (based on operating systems such as Stinger, EPOC, Palm OS, Windows CE/Pocket PC), in particular via wired connections (telephone networks, TV cable networks, ISDN, DSL, Internet fixed line, etc.), via wireless connections (wireless local loop, satellite, radio [in particular DVB-H], mobile telephone networks [GSM, CDMA, HSCSD, GPRS, 3G, UMTS], wireless LAN) or in the process of synchronization with other electronic devices (e.g. via cable and network connection, Bluetooth or infra-red) and on the basis of various transmission standards and presentation formats (e.g. TCP/IP, SMS, MMS, EMS, PMS, smart messages, DVB, HTML, WML, cHTML, e-mail) in all online services, data and (tele-) communications networks, in particular the Internet.

The client is to be able to use the idea fully and exclusively on a permanent basis and to exploit it commercially, in particular for advertising purposes and across all media.

4.4 In addition to, and above and beyond, the above provisions, it is agreed that, if the creative has created a computer program, only the client will be entitled to exercise any proprietary rights to the computer program after the transfer of rights by jovoto.

4.5 Following the transfer of rights, the client is entitled at its own discretion and without the separate agreement of the creative, to transfer the rights listed in section 4 to third parties or to allow third parties to exercise such rights irrespective of whether in the original form or in an edited form. This applies independently of the content and scope of the license terms agreed with the relevant third party, i.e. irrespective of whether through the transfer of the exclusive right of use or through the assignment of individual or several fully inclusive or non-exclusive rights of use limited with regard to content and/or time and/or space.

4.6 The above provisions also apply in the event that the idea, and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea, have been combined with third-party protected material. If a collective creative work with shared copyright ownership has resulted from the combination of the works with other protected material, the creative herewith agrees to the exploitation of the collective work to the extent specified by the above provisions.

4.7 The use of material covered by open access or open content licensing terms for the development and creation of the project idea is prohibited, irrespective of whether this is done by the creative or third parties. The creative warrants that he will not use such material.

4.8 The idea will also remain visible on the platform even after being sold to the client. It will however be marked as 'sold (e.g. as 'Client's Choice').

4.9 The creative waives his right to be named as author in the exploitation of the idea. jovoto will work towards persuading the client that the creative's authorship should be acknowledged as author and that he should be named as such in accompanying material in cases where it is not possible to achieve such mention on specimens of the work.

4.10 Where the creative has used material and/or works of third parties in the course of developing and submitting the idea (for example photographs from publicly accessible databases, fonts, sample texts or similar), he also grants to jovoto and to the client rights of use to this third-party material and to these third-party works in accordance with the provisions of section 4.10. The sole exception to this are those parts of the idea that have been identifiably used for illustrative purposes and are marked as such components used solely for illustrative purposes and are explicitly titled as "SAMPLE" or "SPECIMEN" in the idea. Third-party materials and third-party works that are not marked as such will be treated as if they were the creative’s own works.

4.11 The condition precedent for the granting of rights in accordance with section 4 will be deemed to have been met when the client has made the decision to acquire the rights to an idea of the creative as specified in section 4, the client has informed jovoto of this in writing and jovoto has accordingly informed the creative in writing. jovoto will grant the license rights to the idea to the client immediately after the condition precedent becomes effective and the creative has been informed.

4.12 jovoto will immediately inform the creative in writing in cases where the client desires a direct license of rights from the creative. The creative and the client can then reach an agreement on the scope of the rights granted – if necessary with jovoto as mediator. jovoto will provide a specimen agreement on request.

4.13 The granting of rights of use in accordance with section 4 remains unaffected by the termination of the contractual relationship between the creative and jovoto and the underlying terms of use.

4.14 The aforementioned provisions apply accordingly for performance provided by a creative that cannot be registered or protected (e.g. draft concepts). At the same time, the performance provided by a creative is also deemed to have been rendered even if it cannot be registered or protected (e.g. as patent, brand or copyright) unless explicitly agreed otherwise.

5. Creative's Guarantee, Indemnity

5.1 The creative guarantees that he has developed all ideas, and works associated with the ideas together with the individual elements, himself, and that he is the owner of all rights that are necessary in order to grant the rights of use in accordance with sections 3 and 4 and to meet any other applicable conditions. The creative also guarantees that his ideas and associated works are free of any third-party rights.

5.2 The creative also guarantees that he will not submit or offer any content, in particular ideas or work samples, that encroach upon the rights of third parties or where content is ineligible in accordance with the above provisions. The creative must check whether his ideas and the associated works infringe the rights of third parties. Indications for such contractual infringements are given when, in particular,

5.2.1 Works subject to copyright, e.g. graphics, videos, photos or text (even when edited or alienated, unless the original can no longer be identified), are used that were not created by the creative himself;

5.2.2 The ideas contain performances subject to copyright or related rights such as live recordings of concerts, plays, circus performances, etc., or parts thereof, or include other performances protected by other related rights such as television programs (including opening and closing sequences);

5.2.3 Third parties have collaborated on the production of the content in such a way that they are able to acquire ancillary copyright, for example for recording, direction, editing, sound engineering, camerawork, etc. unless the persons in question have agreed to the exploitation of the idea created with their collaboration on the platform;

5.2.4 The content includes personal or other sensitive information about individuals or groups of people, unless the necessary consent and/or exploitation rights have been obtained by the creative;

5.2.5 Third parties are portrayed in photographs or videos in such a way that they play a major role in terms of their significance for the photo/video, unless the creative has obtained their explicit consent to the scene and to the exploitation of the results on the platform.

5.3 The creative also guarantees that he is not prevented by any contract of employment or other such agreement from contributing the relevant idea and participating with it in a project.

5.4 The creative will indemnify jovoto from any claims that third parties may assert against jovoto for infringement of their rights as a result of the ideas submitted by the creative. jovoto will inform the creative of any such assertion in writing immediately. The creative will make every effort to support jovoto in preparing a suitable defense. The creative will assume all costs incurred by jovoto in this connection, including reasonable costs for a legal defense. The creative is entitled to prove that the actual costs incurred by jovoto were lower than those claimed.

5.5 The same applies in the event of claims asserted by third parties when the creative infringes legal positions of third parties, in particular trademark rights or personal rights, or other legal provisions (such as prohibitions contained in the Act Against Unfair Practices – UWG) through the subject of the content, irrespective of the authorship thereof.
 

6. Further Provisions

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6.1 Please note: in cases where you as an employee participate in the project (“teamstorm”), the employment contract or other legal relationship between you and the company takes precedence over the legal relationship transacted by jovoto. In addition, the terms and conditions of jovoto apply.

6.2 Please be aware: By filing your idea in the first stage of the project, you will be obliged to participate in the second stage of the project (invited project) if your idea will be chosen by the client. Of course, you will be entitled to an additional payment in this case.

6. Further Provisions

6.1 Removal of ideas

jovoto will monitor submitted ideas for infringements of the jovoto terms of use. Keep in mind that ideas may be immediately removed from the platform in case violations occur.

6.2 Communication

Throughout the submission and rating phase, submissions may be shared by jovoto and the client on their communication channels. All posts will contain a link to the idea on jovoto and the jovoto username of the designer.

As this is a public project, there may be press activities to promote the client’s campaign, the project on jovoto and the ideas submitted. Despite all efforts, jovoto can not guarantee that the media states the creative’s username as the creator.

6.3 Sources/Third-Party Material & Refinement

  • Please submit ideas for which you own and are able to exclusively transfer the full copyright and image rights or otherwise ensure that you have noted any and all third-party material you used – including the source where it can be found. This refers to all aspects of the submission, meaning not only visual components, but also informative content. Please cite the source/articles of your informational claim.
  • You will be asked to confirm that you have listed and linked all third-party materials. This confirmation relieves both jovoto and the client from any responsibilities and makes you liable in case of undeclared use of third-party materials.
  • Read all about original work and how to use inspiration material (“Third-party material 101”) and in this blogpost. For more details, visit our jovoto Support Center.

6.4 Client’s Awards

Please note that there is no legal claim to the actual usage of the winning submission by the client. jovoto asks for your understanding that the client has to reserve the right to consider other solutions.

In case your submission is chosen as a Client’s Award, you:

  • you might be asked to revise your submission during a refinement phase. This means eliminating all third-party/creative commons material and incorporating minor adjustments from the client.  
  • will need to supply open layered file formats as well as printable formats (with 300 dpi)
  • will need to provide a statement about yourself which the client and jovoto can publish on their media channels
  • might be asked to provide a headshot of yourself and your real name which the client and jovoto can publish on their media channels
  • agree that your contact details might be forwarded to the client