Special Screening Considerations in Design Challenges

Some design challenges are screened a little differently than others. Learn more about those cases here.

Idea Generation Challenges

Using Photos or Imagery in Your Submission

There are three situations in which you can use photos or imagery as part of your Idea Generation submission:

  1. You have taken a screenshot and it is obviously a screenshot (you can see a containing window, you have markups over the image, or there is some other easily identifiable “screenshot” quality).
    • Keep in mind that you may not take a screenshot of sensitive material, such as personal information or other elements that are not publicly available, such as a person’s Facebook page.
    • In most situations, you are not allowed to use individual elements from a screenshot, such as icons, logos, nav bars, etc. Your screenshot must be comprised of a screen, not elements.
  2. You can include images/photos that the client has supplied in the contest or instructed you to use from their own website. Do not include logos or other elements that are separate from screenshots or not provided by the client in your submission (Facebook logo, for example).
  3. If stock artwork is allowed as part of the challenge. You must follow the documentation process for all stock art.

You may use drawings, sketches and full designs you have created yourself as long as you include source files for designs that were created digitally.

Content Policies

  • Profanity will not be accepted and anything offensive as defined by the Topcoder Terms will also fail.
  • Submissions must be in English unless otherwise noted.
  • Plagiarism will not be tolerated and will be failed during screening. Quoting with attribution is acceptable if it is a small portion of the submission.
  • Do not include your Topcoder Username as part of the submission. This is not allowed. All submissions (during review) should be anonymous.

Wireframe Challenges

Wireframe challenges are screened similarly to Idea Generation and Design challenges. The only extra consideration to keep in mind is that you will not pass screening if you submit a “placeholder” wireframe in Round 1 that contains so little content that it cannot be judged and is considered a waste of review time.

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