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Robots4Us Contest Rules



By entering the "DARPA Student Video Contest" ("Contest"), entrants (for individuals under 18 years old, the individual's parent or guardian) accept and agree to be bound by these Official Rules. At DARPA's discretion, any violation of these rules may result in disqualification. All decisions of DARPA regarding this Contest are final and binding in all respects.


Contest begins on February 11, 2015. Online entries (also referred to as Submissions) must be received by April 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST.


The Contest is open only to students enrolled in high schools or home-schooled in grades 9-12 in the United States and U.S. territories. Up to three (3) students may team up on an entry and be considered winners if that entry is selected, but entries must designate a single team representative to participate in the events for winners. Other team members of winning teams may attend award events at their own expense.

By submitting the video for a team, the designated team representative (or that representative's parent or guardian if the team representative is under 18 years old) stipulates that he or she has the approval of the team members (or team members' respective parents or guardians for team members under 18 years old) to represent them. Such stipulation once made shall be irrevocable and unchangeable. DARPA accepts no responsibility for adjudicating disputes of any kind among team members.

Students are ineligible to enter the Contest if they are the immediate family member or a member of the same household of: (1) a DARPA government or contractor employee involved with the Contest; or (2) an employee of any entity that is assisting DARPA with the Contest.

Each Contest participant is restricted to only one Submission, whether as an individual or as part of a team.


In order to enter this Contest, entrants must upload their video onto YouTube. Entrants must read and agree to all rules and regulations and submit the online entry form.

Entries must address the theme:

Your vision of how robots could make a difference for society, and the kind of robot-assisted society you would like to see in the future

The entry must:

  • include the title of the original video Submission;
  • include the name(s) of entrants;
  • be between two (2) and three (3) minutes in length, including opening and/or closing credits;
  • use only content (including, without limitation, music, images, video film clips, and other intellectual property) that is either: 1) original, 2) is in the public domain or, 3) if copyrighted or otherwise subject to restrictions, has explicitly been made available for unlimited public use by the authorized rights holder(s);
  • contain images or likenesses of living individuals only if those individuals have provided their written authorization for such use, or whose parents or guardians have provided authorization if such individuals are under the age of 18; and
  • be appropriate for viewing by the general public. (Appropriateness will be determined by DARPA in its sole discretion.) If selected as potential finalists, entrants shall be required to complete a release form confirming the consent, release, and grant of rights set forth in Section 6, and provide such information as may be required for DARPA to confirm that attestation. DARPA reserves the right to disqualify any entry at its sole discretion.

No contest participant has the authorization or consent of DARPA or the U.S. Government to infringe upon the copyright in any work protected under the copyright laws of the United States.


The judging will be performed over multiple rounds by a panel of judges with robotics, technology, sociology, and media expertise. The top ranking Submissions from the preliminary round will move on to a second round. A subset of Submissions from the second round will be nominated to DARPA as potential finalists. Five (5) winners will be selected by DARPA.

In the preliminary and second rounds, the panel will review and score the Submissions using the following criteria:

  • The clarity with which you communicate your vision of how robots could make a difference for society in the future, and the kind of robot-assisted society you would like to see in the future,
  • Your creativity, thoughtfulness, originality and appeal as you express your vision, and
  • The technical quality of the video.

DARPA will use the same criteria for judging videos. The decisions of DARPA are final and incontestable.

There is also a "People's Choice Award". The panel will recommend to DARPA a subset of videos to compete for the People's Choice Award. The winner of the People's Choice Award will be determined by the number of YouTube "likes" a video receives between April 20, 2015, 12:01 AM EST, and May 4, 2015 by 11:59 PM, which is the deadline for the People's Choice Contest. The subset of videos selected by DARPA to compete for the People's Choice Award will be announced on the Contest website by April 20, 2015. These People's Choice Award finalists will be informed of their status via email before April 20, 2015. The selection of the People's Choice finalists will be at the sole discretion of DARPA. The People's Choice winner will be recognized by DARPA and receive a recognition certificate; they will not receive the award cited in section 5 below.


Five (5) winners will be selected by DARPA. The winners and one accompanying guardian, parent, or chaperone for each winner will be provided travel within the United States, lodging and meals associated with their attendance at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals and related events, June 5-7, 2015, at the Fairplex in Pomona, a suburb to Los Angeles, CA. The winners will be required to participate in a panel on June 7th to discuss their vision and video with experts in robotics and society. In the case of team entries, only the individual previously designated in the Submission as the team representative will be provided travel, lodging and meals and be expected to participate in the June 7th panel discussion.

Videos by winners and other entrants also may be featured on DARPA's website, YouTube channel, and other social media tools. All winners, including team members, will receive a certificate recognizing their achievement. The People's Choice winner cited in section 4 will not receive the award travel nor participate in the June 5-7 activities. 


Ownership in any Submission shall remain the property of the entrant, but entry into this Contest constitutes entrant's irrevocable and perpetual permission and consent, without compensation, with or without attribution, that DARPA may use, reproduce, print, publish, transmit, distribute, adapt, enhance, or display such Submission, and the entrant's name and/or likeness, including any and all media now in existence or hereinafter created, throughout the world, for the duration or the copyright in the Submission. DARPA and/or others, on behalf of DARPA, shall have the right to edit, adapt, and modify the Submission.


This Contest is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), 675 North Randolph Street, Arlington, VA 22203-2114. Christensen Consulting Group, Atlanta, GA is assisting DARPA in administering the Contest.