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IEEE R10 STUDENT BRANCH WEBSITE CONTEST

Introduction


The IEEE R10 Student Branch Website contest is designed to encourage student volunteers to fully utilize the power of Internet for keeping members informed about the local activities and opportunities to participate. A well maintained website with ease of navigation can be a great source of timely information and an appealing showcase for the local IEEE activities. IEEE R10 Student Activities Committee annually conducts a website contest and the Student Branches under the Sections of Region 10 are invited to submit entries of their websites.

Purpose


The Student Branch website aims to motivate student volunteers to use electronic media for keeping member informed about the local IEEE activities and opportunities to benefit fully their membership. This contest facilitates the recognition of creative and informative websites.

Scope of Entries


The website contest selects the best three websites among the registered Student Branches. The finalists will qualify for the inter-regional IEEE Student Branch Website Contest where winners from each region will compete against each other.

Eligibility

All IEEE Student Branches in R10 are eligible for the website contest. Each Student Branch may submit entries with no more than one website.
The website may contain information about the activities done by the branches; information about featured program, competition and events; even activities conducted within the Section/Council/Region; may provide means for students to communicate with each other or may showcase the awards and achievements of the Student Branch or its members.

Selection Criteria


The website submissions will be judged based on 6 selection criteria namely
(1) Content (0 to 30 points)
(2) Navigability (0 to 25 points)
(3) Presentation (0 to 15 points)
(4) Originality (0 to 15 points)
(5) Portability (0 to 10 points)
(6) Load time (0 to 5 points)
A max of 100 points will be awarded for each evaluation.

The judging criteria for each category and point distribution are expanded below:

1. Content (0 to 30 points)

  • Accurate, up-to-date information should be present. Proper grammar, spelling, and composition are important.
  • As English is the primary language used within IEEE, the content will be judged solely using English. However, the use of multiple languages may be awarded up to two bonus points in this category.
  • The website should focus on IEEE. Include contact information the branch officers, the counselor, and the website administrator. Each page in the website should have contact and date information.
  • A good branch website may have current, past, and future branch activities, information on other IEEE units, how to join as a Student member, and other information relevant technical information related to Electrical and Electronics field.
  • JavaScript, graphics, and other features should assist in enhancing the content; they should not be the content, as they provide no useful information on their own. Ensure that the site is free of copyright violations.

2. Navigability (0 to 25 points)

  • All links should be up-to-date and working (No “under construction” links should be present).
  • Off-site links will not be evaluated
  • The website should logically structured
  • Keywords used for hyperlinks should be logical and meaningful

3. Presentation (0 to 15 points)

  • Use of good presentation elements, such as color, fonts, tables, group information with heading tags, use bulleted lists, and use tables for data representations of content.
  • Learn more about branding and visual elements
  • Graphics should be relative to the page and text. Header, footer, and other navigation images should be small. Typically, high-quality images/video/audio or other multimedia elements (large files) for icons are not required. Unless the image (video, script, etc.) is an important part of the page, you may wish to keep the image at a small size and allow the user to select it as they desire.
  • Enable users to choose (not force) whether to view images/video/audio or other multimedia elements.
  • Backgrounds should be in the lowest possible resolution, neat and readable.

4. Originality (0 to 15 points)

  • The website should be significantly different from other SB websites and deliver interesting information about your branch, engineering, IEEE and computer science

5. Portability (0 to 10 points)

  • Portability will be primarily tested by resizing the screen and probably using different browsers to access the site.
  • The web pages should be portable across different browsers including both
  • text and graphical browsers (e.g Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Netscape Navigator, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Lynx) and different screen sizes.
  • Creating graphics that fit on all users’ default screen widths is encouraged. A good common denominator is the VGA screen (640 x 480 pixels).
  • The use of alternative text elements is encouraged, as this provides some amount of portability for images.
  • Please note that fixed image locations, fixed tables, etc., are not portable and defeat the goal of HTML. These should be avoided if at all possible.

6. Load Time (0 to 5 points)

  • The website should be able to load in all ranges of internet connectivity from slow dialup modems to fast network connections.
  • The website should be able to load within a reasonable amount of time.
  • Your server should be up and reachable during the evaluation period. Server load can affect load time, and you should make an effort to use a reasonably fast server that has a reasonable load.
  • Load time will be judged using local access to the mirrored pages when possible and taking into account that some sites are worse linked than others for online browsing.

Important note: During the judging process, the websites will be mirrored and accessed locally. Hence, all your links must be workable from any local accessible locations (tools such as wget in the UnixTMworld or HTTRACK in the WindowsTM case are examples of programs for doing the mirroring). Private and password-protected websites will not be judged. For Student Branches needing web hosting space, please visit IEEE Entity Web Hosting. IEEE Master Brand & Visual Identity guidelines and images & multimedia guidelines must be followed, as they are part of the judging criteria.

More details about images and multimedia
More details of IEEE Master Brand

Prizes


A total of THREE WINNERS will be chosen. The winners will be awarded with the following cash prizes and an E-certificate:
• First place: USD 300
• Second place: USD 200
• Third place: USD 100

Schedule


• Contest open: 22nd March (annually)
• Submissions Deadline: 28th April (annually)
• Winners Notified: June (annually)

Submission


Each submission must contain the following information:
• URL of your Website
• Key features of the website
• Details regarding the framework(s)/technology used
• Source code of the website (Shared via any file sharing platform)
• Endorsement letter from Section Student Activities Chair or Student Branch Counselor

Information & Enquiries

r10sac-contest@ieee.org