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Frequently Asked Questions

Overview

Registration

Participation

Awards

Administration

Overview

Q: What is The Composite App Challenge?
A: The Composite App Challenge is designed to tap the planet's best thinking for ideas and applications that can expand the use of composite materials. As a leading global producer of glass fiber reinforcements and fabrics, Owens Corning is working on lots of potential applications that will benefit from using composite materials.
At the same time, we don't want to rely solely on our own thinking so we are offering awards for ideas and applications that can expand the use of composites in four categories addressing some of society's pressing issues. The company is offering a $200,000 development award for a composite solution that can be introduced in 2012 and four cash awards for other ideas. One $20,000 cash award is for anyone and three $10,000 awards are reserved specifically for university students.

Q: What are the phases of the program?
A: Phase I: Participants must submit ideas or applications online at this Web site by July 15, 2010.
Phase II: Up to 20 total entrants will be invited to provide additional information for a second round of review in November.
Phase III: Eight finalists will be invited to present their ideas to the judges.
Winners will be announced in February 2011.

Registration

Q: Do I have to register to participate?
A: Yes. You must register for the program and accept the Terms and Conditions before you can submit an idea for consideration. We will not sell or use your email address for any purpose other than The Composite App Challenge.

Q: Do I need to be an Owens Corning customer to submit an idea or participate?
A: No. The only registration requirements are that you are more than 18 years of age, and accept the Terms and Conditions.

Q: Can Owens Corning employees participate?
A: No. Owens Corning employees cannot submit ideas and are not eligible to win prizes.

Q: What do I do if I forgot my password?
A: Click the Forgot Your Password? link on the login page. You will be prompted to enter your e-mail address. You will receive an email with your password.

Participation

Q: How do I submit an idea?
A: To post a new idea, click the "Submit Your Idea" tab at the top of the page to access the form. Complete the fields in the form to name your idea, describe it, categorize it.

Note: Once you log in, a page displays and you can choose: a) Submit Application (see Category I below) or b) Submit Idea (see Category II below). Please review these Categories in the Terms and Conditions to fully understand the monetary awards and criteria to win the awards.

Category I – Composite application to be launched commercially by 2012. The winning entry in this category shall be determined by the Judging Panel, in their sole discretion, which (i) can be commercialized in 2012; (ii) results in a high value application for reinforced composite materials; and (iii) is aligned with Owens Corning’s business strategy.

Category II – Idea for composite products or applications. The winning entry in this category shall be determined by the Judging Panel, in their sole discretion, which (i) has a perceived market opportunity and effectively addresses a marketplace need; (ii) appears to be technically feasible; and (iii) has a perceived business fit with Owens Corning’s strategy.

Q: Is video an option when submitting an idea?
A: A video to supplement your idea submission is acceptable but not mandatory.

Q: If I do submit a video, how long should it be?
A: We encourage limiting videos to less than five minutes.

Q: What format should the video be in?
A: Your videos can be in H.264, FLV or WMV formats. You can also embed a link to a video that is hosted on another video site such as YouTube.

Q: What happens after I submit my idea?
A: By the end of August, Composite App Challenge judges will review all entries and select up to 20 total entries in all categories for further review. Selected entrants will be invited in September to provide additional information for a second round of review in November. Eight finalists will then be invited to present their ideas to the judges. Winners will be announced in February 2011.

Q: Can I edit and re-submit my idea?
A: Yes, you may edit and re-submit your idea. You must submit the entry as a new idea, noting in one of the fields for information about the entry that the new entry replaces one submitted previously.

Q: What rights am I granting to Owens Corning by entering this contest?
A1: Every Entrant grants to Owens Corning a license to the content of each Entry. No ownership rights are granted just because you submit an entry. The license allows Owens Corning to publish it, circulate it, shorten it, modify it, and put it on the web site. The Entrant controls the content and therefore can include or exclude any information he/she doesn't want to grant any rights to. For example, if you don't want to give Owens Corning a license to any existing patent or patent application, or if you don't want to see it published on our website, don't include it in your entry.

A2: With respect to the Application Entries, where the potential award is $200,000, Owens Corning is not granted any further rights in or to any of the intellectual property related to the entry. Appendix A won't be signed by anyone submitting entries in this category. The award will be based on the stated criteria.

A3: With respect to the Idea Entries, where the potential award is $10,000 or $20,000, you are also granting Owens Corning the right to take the idea and run with it, develop it, and hopefully someday bring it to market. Appendix A is to be signed by the winning entries in this category. The thought process is that this category of ideas are early thoughts, and brainstorming ideas about the potential for some application in the future. The rights to such ideas and any intellectual property developed by Owens Corning thereafter shall belong exclusively to Owens Corning.

Awards

Q: Why should I participate in The Composite App Challenge?
A: Owens Corning will present a $200,000 development award for a composite solution that can be introduced in 2012 and four cash awards for other ideas. One $20,000 cash award is for anyone and three $10,000 awards are reserved specifically for university students. Your idea could also help address one of the world's pressing needs or transform the composites industry. Owens Corning will also host weekly contests with prizes awarded to participants selected from among those correctly answering special challenge questions.

Q: Can I win weekly prizes even if I do not submit an idea?
A: Yes. You must register to answer a weekly question but you do not need to submit a solution or idea. Participants may only win one weekly contest and Owens Corning employees are not eligible to win.

Q: What happens if my idea is selected for Phase II of The Composite App Challenge
A: In the second round, up to 20 semifinalists will be invited to provide additional information for a second round of review in November. Judges will be looking at the content of the idea, the potential market opportunity, the time needed to commercialize the application, the business case, technical feasibility and the contestant's ability to commercialize the application or solution.

Q: What happens in Phase III?
A: Eight finalists will be invited to present their ideas to the panel of judges. Final decisions will be made on the likelihood of scalability and long-term success.

Administration

Q: If I have a question not covered in this FAQ, who do I contact?
A: Send a message to appchallenge@owenscorning.com.