Updated on 3/17/2016 to reflect adjustments and clarifications surrounding the use of multiple devices during the competition events.

  1. Contest specific rules can be found in the individual contest info pages.
  2. Teams will have a total of approximately 3-4 hours to complete their assigned problem or problems. This amount of times INCLUDES check-in, briefing, problem statement review, Q&A, the actual contest itself and any contest debriefing. Exception: PC Troubleshooting and Security Scenario exception: Qualifying exams are limited to one (1) hour maximum.
  3. Proctors in the contest labs will give a 15-20 minute warning before the ending time for the contest. Any final work must then be finished by teams before the announced ending time for the contest. When this ending time is reached, all teams must stop and turn in materials to the room proctor and file server promptly.
  4. For all contests, the submitted solution MUST NOT contain the name of the participants, the name of the college or university, or ANY other identifying information. All teams will be a team number when entering the contest lab – this is the ONLY identifying information that should be part of the submission. This facilitates the assessment be to be done anonymously and ensures fairness in the judging. Failure to comply with this rule will result in disqualification.
  5. Communication with individuals outside of your team will result in disqualification (i.e. talking to other teams, email, instant messaging, forums, etc.). Using cell phones for talking, texting, or any other type of messaging is not permitted during the contests. If you need to make or receive an emergency call, please notify a proctor.
  6. To minimize distractions, all devices should be on silent (not vibrate).
  7. Only teams and authorized room proctors will be allowed in the contest labs during the competition and the team’s sponsor/advisor may not communicate with the team during the competition.
  8. To participate in the contests, students must provide their own computer. There will not be any loaner systems or on-site PC lab systems available for use for the contests.  If you do not bring, borrow or rent a notebook PC for the contests that you want to enter, then you will not be able to compete.
  9. Participants may utilize whatever applications they have installed on their computers, however, in certain events a specific development environment may be dictated to fulfill the completion requirements. Refer to contest specific rules for details.
  10. Power and network resources will be guaranteed for ONE “primary” device per person. This is typically a laptop computer, but may also be a tablet computer or a desktop computer with a single monitor.
    1. Each individual will have approximately 9 square feet of space – half of a standard six foot folding table. Teams of two will be assign an entire six foot table.
    2. Each individual should expect no more than one standard power plug, or two plugs for a team of two.
    3. Limited wired network connectivity will be provided on a “best effort” basis, however, this capacity will be very limited. Please plan on using wifi.
  11. “Secondary” devices such as e-readers or tablets may be used as long as they do not require an inordinate amount of space, network, or power requirements. If network, power, or space resources are constrained such that the use of secondary devices would impact the use of any competitor’s primary device, use of the secondary device will be prohibited.
    1. Attempts to facilitate additional network or power requirements will be made on a “best effort” basis, and will be made in such a way as to provide equitable access to all participants
  12. Any primary or secondary device that is deemed by a proctor, judge, or event staff to provide an unfair advantage to a team or individual will be disallowed. Teams failing to adhere to this ruling will be disqualified. The intent is to provide a fair and equitable competition environment in which no student or team is disadvantaged because of their technical resources. If in doubt, please ask.
  13. Limited wired 10/100 Ethernet connectivity will be available. Where possible, participants should plan on connecting to our 802.11b/g network, which will be encrypted using WPA2. Both wired and wireless networks should be configured to obtain an IP address and DNS settings through DHCP. Each team is responsible for ensuring that their computer can connect to the onsite network properly. A testing area will be available for verification.
  14. Your computer should be fully patched with all current operating system and application software updates. It should also have current antivirus software installed to help protect against the possibility of infection and/or corruption that could result in a loss of your competition time, results, or both.  Although staff will try their best to provide technical support onsite, please understand that they cannot allow your support problems to monopolize other student’s time. There will be a pre-contest PC check-up lab station staffed with conference volunteers to help make sure that your software, settings and devices are in order for the respective contests events that you are entering.
  15. As you compete in a particular contest, you will be provided with a network SSID/password and either a credentials for a web site to upload your work. At the end of a competition event, make sure you have submitted your final submission as indicated by the contest lead. Ensure that filenames do not contain any identifying indications (names, school names, etc.)
  16. If you have problems access the network, source files will be provided and solutions will be collected using a USB flash drive. Keep in mind, this capacity will be provided on a “best effort” basis and may take longer as we will have limited resources to share files in this manner. Please check your network ahead of time.
  17. Unless otherwise specified, for contests that require a compiled deliverable, you must be able to provide a compatible “Wintel” binary.
  18. Unless otherwise specified in the contest directions, document should be submitted as Microsoft Word or PDF files.  If you do not have means to save printed output as Word or PDF, we recommend downloading the CutePDF printer driver.  It is free and does an excellent job of printing to PDF.
  19. Students may bring any printed material into the lab with them, with the exception of PC Troubleshooting and Security Scenarios qualifying exams.
  20. All teams are responsible for ensuring the safety, security, and integrity of their computer equipment. AITP NCC® does not assume responsibility for any loss or damage.
  21. Any violations of the rules and guidelines will result in the offending team being disqualified. Such disqualification may be ruled by the room proctors, contest coordinators or judges.

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