Rules and Regulations for the 16th Macao-wide IT Competition - 3D Programming and Animation Contest

OBJECTIVE

The main objective of this Information Technology (IT) competition is to promote the application of IT and cultivate IT talents and interests with an aim to facilitate IT development in Macao.

ELIGIBILITY *

The 16th Macao-wide IT competition is open to the following two categories:

  • Secondary School Category: all secondary school students in Macao. Each team (2 to 3 members) in this category may have a secondary school teacher as its mentor (optional). Members and mentor of a team must be from the same school. A mentor can assist no more than 5 teams. A mentor can assist the team with the technical aspects of the competition but the creative aspects should be the work of the students.
  • Open Category: all Macao residents aged 16 and above, as well as foreign students attending universities/higher education institutions in Macao. Each participating team in this category must comprise of between 2 to 3 members.

* Macao ID cards, valid Student or Teacher ID cards are required for verification of eligibility.

* Each team member can only participate in one team.

Competition Format

  • Secondary School Category: The participating teams are required to use Alice 3.x*(3.5 or above) programming world to create an animation related to the theme. The playtime time of the animation should not be less than 1 minute but no more than 3 minutes.
  • Open Category: The participating teams are required to use Blender, Unity or Autodesk 3ds Max to create an animation related to the theme. The playtime of the animation should not be less than 2 minutes but no more than 5 minutes.
  • Marks will be deducted if the playtime is outside this range.

* This product includes software developed by Carnegie Mellon University.

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Theme

The theme of the animation should be related to Cultural Richness in Macao.

 

 

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Registration

  • Participating teams are to complete a registration form at http://osf.mpu.edu.mo/ITC by 14 January 2024.
  • Late entries will not be entertained. Acknowledgements of receipt will be sent via email.
  • A tutorial for Alice 3 will be provided for FREE by MPU for all interested participating teams on a date to be announced. Enrollment method will be announced later.

 

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Submission

  • Participants must submit the following files on the website provided by the organizer by 14 April 2024.
    • A computer animation file in MP4 format, recommended aspect ratio 16:9, recommended resolution 720p or 1080p.
    • A documentation file (in .docx format), which includes a Declaration of Original Work. Please sign it digitally. Template will be provided by the organizer.
    • An oral presentation video (up to 8 minutes and in .mp4 format), which should include introduction, creative ideas, technical difficulties, team work, and playback of submitted animation.
    • A compressed (zip or rar) file of the source files of the computer animation. For the Secondary School Category, the animation may be produced by a sequence of up to ten Alice a3p files. No post-processing of the captured video (e.g. video or sound editing, subtitle, transition effect) are allowed. For the Open category, the animation may be produced by a self-contained project of Blender, Unity or Autodesk 3ds Max.
  • The animation file, documentation and oral presentation video will be provided to the judges for preview and shortlisting purpose.
  • The organizer will compare the submitted source files and the animation files. If necessary, the participants will be required to demonstrate that their animation file can be generated from the submitted source files before the oral presentation.
  • Marks will be deducted for missing files, inappropriate source file submission format, or overtime or undertime animation file.
  • One submission is allowed for each team.

Oral Presentation

  • Before the oral presentation, the judges will preview the submission of all participants. The judges will shortlist the participating teams for the oral presentation.
  • Each shortlisted team must make an oral presentation (10 minutes) of the program (on a date to be determined). The oral presentation should consist of a presentation (explaining the program), animation playback and a Q&A session for the judges.
  • All members of the participating teams must participate in the presentation to address possible questions by the judges. 5% of the total marks will be deducted for any team member’s absence or lateness. Teams that are absent from or late for the presentation will receive zero marks for the presentation part.

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Judging Criteria

The judging criteria are as follows:

    • Story telling (30%)
      (Such as match of the theme, story completeness, overall idea of the work, etc.)
    • Technical complexity (30%)
      (Such as programming, video presentation and 3D effects, etc.)
    • Creativity (15%)
      (Such as expression, techniques, multimedia, etc.)
    • Documentation (10%)
    • Oral presentation (10%)
    • Team work (5%)

A panel of judges consisting of experts will judge the programs based on the criteria set above.

Contents of Entries

Any entry which has been determined by the organizer or the judges to be obscene, illegal, unreasonably violent or contrary to any laws, regulations or public policies in Macao will be immediately disqualified.

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Intellectual Property Rights

  • The computer animation submitted must be the participants’ own original work. A Declaration of Original Work form must be submitted before the oral presentation.
  • Each participating team must ensure that their entry does not infringe any copyright or any other intellectual property rights of any other third party in any part of the world.
  • All intellectual property rights relating to any entry submitted shall be deemed to be owned by MPU.
  • MPU shall have the exclusive right to use any or all of the intellectual property rights relating to any entry in whole or in part for non-commercial publicity without giving any of the participants any remuneration or royalties of any form whatsoever.
  • Participants must declare their sources for any imported media (images, sounds and 3D models) not produced and owned by themselves in the submission document.

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Other Requirements

  • The organizer reserves the right to disqualify any participants who does not comply with the Rules and Regulations.
  • The decision of the panel of judges is final. Appeals will not be entertained.
  • Under rare circumstances, the organizer reserves the rights to modify the Rules and Regulations for the competition.
  • If you have further queries, please contact the organizer through the following email: ITC@mpu.edu.mo

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Important Dates

Dates Events
14 January 2024 Last day to submit the Registration Form for the competition
10 April 2024 Deadline to submit your files
June 2024 Oral presentation
July 2024 Announcement of winners

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Prizes *

Secondary School Category
First Prize (1 team): MOP 15,000 for the team and one iPhone 15 Pro Max 512GB (or equivalent product) for the mentor
Second Prize (1 team):  MOP 10,000 for the team and one iPhone 15 Pro Max 512GB (or equivalent product) for the mentor
Most Creative Idea Prize (1 team): MOP 8,000 for the team and one iPhone 15 Pro Max 512GB (or equivalent product) for the mentor
Future Stars Prize (1 team for participants in Grade 10 or below): MOP 5,000 for the team and one iPhone 15 Pro Max 512GB (or equivalent product) for the mentor
Third Prize (5 teams): MOP 3,000 for each team and one Apple Watch Series 9 (or equivalent product) for the mentor

 

 

Open Category
First Prize (1 team):  MOP 15,000 for the team
Second Prize (1 team): MOP 10,000 for the team

 

Teams with good performance will receive a certificate of Merit Prize

 

* A team will only be awarded at most one prize.

 

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