May 30, 2016

Context, challenges and aims

The aim of the challenge is to reward innovative ideas for 4D (3D versus time) characterization of sample topography using Digital Holography Microscopy (DHM®). Therefore, Lyncée Tec SA launches its “Lyncée Innovation Challenge 2016”, which offers researchers and engineers from all around the world the opportunity to submit their ideas and to become part of the exciting development of DHM® applications. The best three proposals will share a 10’000 USD cash prize.

Through this challenge, Lyncée shows that innovation lies in the core of its DNA and that supporting novel research ideas is a priority for the company. It is the guiding force behind a team who innovates each day to provide you with new possibilities for your research.

Contest procedure

The selection process has two phases, described here below.

Phase 1 : Call for innovative ideas, selection and publication of the 10 best 4D profilometry DHM® applications

1.1 Call

From June 1st 2016 to July 15th 2016, 12 am – Swiss time (CET)

Lyncée will inform of the contest for innovative 4D profilometry DHM® applications through Internet, social networks, and emails, among others. Communications will be made from the announcement of the launch of the contest to the ending date, July 15th 2016.

During this period, individuals or teams of researchers and engineers are invited to register for the contest via the Internet site challenge.lynceetec.com and to submit their projects no later than July 15th 2016. Registered applicants will receive regularly Emails with the latest contest information. It is therefore advised to register for the challenge as soon as possible. During this phase, the teams may modify the content of their entries, whether this involves the team members, the content of their innovative ideas. Applications should be written in English.

The scope of 4D profilometry application proposals includes but is not limited to the following fields:

Micro/nanofabrication, Micro/nanoelectronics, MEMS/NEMS (Inertial sensors, actuators, transducers, etc.), Microhotplates, Energy harvesting, Smart surfaces, stretchable electronics, solar cells, Microfluidics, Micro optics, Optical inspection, Quality control, Surface analysis,  LCD, phase change, 2D material, structured thin film, material science, polymer, photonic devices, self-assembly, technologies and materials for horology, novel micromechanics and robotics, nanometric positioning, electrochemical deposition, tribology, chemical/mechanical erosion, etc.

Applicant shall guarantee, on their honor, that they are the creators of their innovative application idea, and that they are not the result of plagiarism.

1.2 Selection of the 10 best DHM® innovative 4D profilometry applications.

From July 15th 2016, 12 am CET to July 30th 2016, 12 am CET.

A group of 5 specialists from Lyncée Marketing and R&D teams will select the 10 best innovative 4D DHM® applications. Selected ideas will be communicated to all of the registered applicants, will be published online (challenge.lynceetec.com), and on the social networks, on July 30th 2016 after 12 am CET.

Selection will be made according the following criteria:

1.  (25%) Feasibility and adaptation with DHM® specifications:

The proposed application should fit well DHM® specifications. This supposes that the applicants should have screened Lyncée website (www.lynceetec.com) and have a good knowledge of the technical and related matters. In particular, the proposed applications should be well adapted to the observable sample size, material, optical properties, surface texture, and resolution needs.

2. (25%) Exploitation of the uniqueness of DHM®.

DHM® offers unique possibilities. The proposed applications should exploit as least some of them, for instance temporal resolution, acquisition rate, automation potential, stitching, digital focusing, infinite focus, and/or should need various environmental gas, pressure, liquid, or temperature conditions..

3. (25%) Originality of the innovation ideas.

The proposed applications are expected to be novel, It should not be identical to the example shown on Lyncée website, and if possible not described in the literature

4. (25%) Quality of applications.

The proposed application should be precisely described and detailed with strong technical arguments

The jury for selecting the 10 finalists is sovereign and is not required to provide reasons for its decisions. Accordingly, no claims shall be accepted with regard to the selection.

1.3 Publication of the 10 best DHM® innovative 4D profilometry applications.

The 10 best innovative 4D profilometry DHM® applications will be communicated to the nominees by personal EMail, to all of the registered applicants, will be published on challenge.lynceetec.com, and on the social networks July 30th 2016.

Phase 2: Sample test, 3 best ideas selection, awards and results announcement

2.1 Sample test

From July 30th 2016 12 am CET to September 15th 2016, 12 am CET

The applicants of the 10 selected applications ideas have the possibility to perform tests of their application at Lyncée Tec SA premises. This period should be use to preparing samples and material, and for shipping them to Lyncée. Sample handling and measurement protocol should be properly described. Shipping cost are at the charge of the participant.

Sample should be send to Lyncée at latest before September, 15 2016.

Lyncée Tec specialists will run the proposed experiments. Applicants are welcome to assist to the measurements, at their own costs. If Lyncée is able to perform the proposed 4D profilometry application, results data will be given for free to the applicants. They will be free from any right and can be disseminated by both the applicant and Lyncée, except other agreement signed between both parties. Should Lyncée not be able to perform the proposed 4D profilometry application, it is not obliged to deliver results data. Except other agreement signed between both parties, samples will not be returned after test measurements.

 2.2 Three best idea selection

A Jury composed by a least three personalities, not employees of Lyncée, will evaluate the 10 nominated applications and determine the 3 best of them based on the following criteria

1. (30%) Originality, Novelty and Creativity:

The proposed application should be original and novel. It should not be identical to any example shown on Lyncée website, and if possible not in the literature. It should open large new field of 4D application.

2. (30%) Scientific or industrial impact.

Use of DHM for the proposed applications should be highly relevant for scientific investigation. It should give a new understanding of a phenomenon. It may also simplify production process quality control, or enable to improve general quality level

3.  (20%) Measurements

The sample measurements performed by Lyncée should convincing and should illustrate well the application idea.

4.  (20%) Quality of proposiiton.

The application idea should be precisely described with strong technical arguments.

The jury is sovereign and is not required to provide reasons for its decisions.

Accordingly, no claims shall be accepted with regard to the selection. Decisions of the judges are final.

 2.3 Awards

The three winning ideas will be named October 30th 2016, and will receive their prizes in November 2016. For teams, the price will be given to the team leader, who should take care of its distribution among the members of the team.

CASH award for the 3 winners:

  •       1st  6’000 USD
  •       2nd 3’000 USD
  •       3rd  1’000 USD

The award will be given personally by Lyncée representative, in principle during a Lyncée Tec SA visit at the institution/company where the winners work. The winners should help to organize a small ceremony for giving the award, typically in the form of a small seminar, in order to present the rewarded application and DHM® measurement results if available.

2.4 Results announcement

After the jury has reached a decision, the 3 winners will be informed by email of the result of the contest, latest on October 30th, 2016. will be communicated to all of the registered applicants, will be published on challenge.lynceetec.com, and on the social networks July 30th 2016.

After this announcement, the application description will be published online on challenge.lynceetec.com and on the social networks.

Challenge Rules

Article 1. Organizer

The organizer of the challenge is Lyncée Tec SA, a limited liability company, headquartered at Innovation Park of EPFL, Bulding A, Ecublens, Switzerland hereafter “the organizer”.

Article 2. Object of the contest

The challenge: innovative ideas of 4D (3D versus time) characterization of sample topography using Digital Holography Microscopy (DHM®).

Article 3. Eligibility and entry requirements

The challenge is open to and researcher and engineer worldwide. Both individual and teams can participate.

The following people are not allowed to enter the challenge:

  • employees of the organizer, of any company that it controls, that controls it or that is under joint control with it, and their children.
  • people who have been involved in organizing the contest, and their children.
  • people who have a conflict of interest.

Article 4. Submission deadline

The challenge starts on June 1st, 2016 and the deadline for entries is July 15th 2016 at 12 am, CET.

The organizers reserve the right, in the event of force majeure or for any reason that is beyond their control, to modify the challenge dates. They cannot be held liable in this regard.

Article 5. How to enter

To enter the challenge , complete the online form on the Internet site: challenge.lynceetec.com

Any entry form that is incomplete or that contains inaccuracies will not be taken into account and will result, automatically and ipso jure, in the disqualification of the applicant. Entrants are required to compete using their true identities. The organizer reserves the right to carry out all checks that may be necessary. Entry in the challenge implies the unreserved acceptance of these regulations in full, rules of compliance, and laws, regulations and other legislation applicable in Switzerland. The organizer shall not be bound to return the entries presented, once the contest is over.

Article 6. Challenge procedure

The selection process is as follows:

Phase 1

  •    Starting of the call: June 1st, 2016, 12 am – CET
  •    Closing of the call: July 15th, 2016, 12 am – CET
  •    Announcement of the 10 best DHM® innovative 4D applications: July 30th, 2016.

Phase 2:

  •       Sample and material sending to Lyncée: Between July 30th 2016 12 am CET to September15th, 2016, 12 am CET
  •       Sample test: Between September 15th, 2016 12 am CET to October 15th, 2016, 12 am CET
  •       Announcement to the three winners: October 30th, 2015
  •       The three winning ideas will be announced on internet and social media after the announcement to the three winners.
  •       Award distribution: until end of November 2016

Article 7. Project requirement

The projects submitted must meet the following criteria and technical constraints:

Documents must be drafted in English

Criteria taken into account:

Selection of the 10 best 4D profilometry applications will be made according the following criteria:

  1.              (25%) Feasibility and adaptation with DHM® specifications
  2.              (25%) Exploitation of the uniqueness of DHM®
  3.              (25%) Originality of the innovation ideas
  4.              (25%) Quality of applications

Determination of the 3 best out of the 10 nominated applications will be based on the following criteria:

  1.              (30%) Originality, Novelty and Creativity
  2.              (30%) Scientific or industrial impact
  3.              (20%) Measurements
  4.              (20%) Quality of applications

Article 8. Jury members

The composition of the jury is determined by the contest organizer.

The jury for selecting the 10 best innovative ideas will be chaired by the CEO of Lyncée Tec SA and made up of five Lyncée employees in total, who are well known for their professional experience and competence (scientific, sociological, philosophical, etc.).

The Jury for selecting the 3 winners will be made up of three external experts, who are internationally well known for their professional experience and competence (scientific, sociological, philosophical, etc.). It will be chaired by one of the member of this external jury.

Decisions made by both juries are sovereign and no claims about their decisions will be accepted.

Article 9. Awards

The three winning ideas awarded, in accordance with the criteria set by Lyncée, will be given the following amount cash. There will be no equality. For team applications, the amount will be given to the team leader who should proceed to the distribution within the team.

  •       1st  6000 USD
  •       2nd 3000 USD
  •       3rd  1000 USD

Article 10. Publicity and image rights

Throughout the challenge, Lyncée Tec SA will communicate on the identity of the applicants. Accordingly, the teams undertake to provide biographical details and photographs requested by Lyncée Tec SA and agree to these being published on the Internet site: challenge.lynceetec.com and on its social network accounts as part of the communication campaign for the challenge.

The winners expressly agree to the free usage and publication of these data on any media and for any advertising or promotional campaign related to this challenge. All of the nominative information that the entrants provide when registering or during the contest are intended solely for Lyncée Tec SA which may share it internally. Results data will be given for free to the applicants. These data are free from any right and can be disseminated by Lyncée.

Article 11. Cancellation – modification

The organizer reserves the right, if justified by circumstances, of cancelling or postponing the challenge. These regulations may be modified without notice during the course of the challenge. In this event, participants will be informed on the Internet site. Registered applicants will be informed by Email. No claims will be accepted in such circumstances.

Article 12. Applicable law – jurisdiction clause

These regulations are subject to Swiss law. Any disputes that cannot be settled amicably shall be settled exclusively by the competent courts of Lausanne, Switzerland, even if there is more than one defendant, including incidental claims and guarantees.

Article 13. Confidentiality

Participants in the contest undertake not to disclose any information about the content of their innovative idea before their announcement by the organizer.

Article 14. Contacts

Applicants may send in questions at any time to the following address: challenge.lynceetec.com.