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Frequently Asked Questions: The MedTech Boston Google Glass Challenge

Do I need to have a Google Glass to participate?
No, you do not need to have a Google Glass. This contest is an “ideas contest”—just imagine your idea, put it in writing and submit it at
Can I submit more than one idea?
Yes, you can submit as many ideas as you like. Each will be judged by our panel of medical and programming experts. For details on the judges, click
But I don’t know anything about programming…
You don’t need to know anything about programming. In the qualifying round all you need to do is describe how you would use Google Glass to improve medicine in some way. It is helpful if you familiarize yourself with the capabilities of Google Glass, though. You can find details here, here and here
How does the contest work?
The contest is split into two rounds. The first round is the qualifying round and is open to anyone who has an idea (or many ideas) to submit. The qualifying round starts on February 10, 2014 and runs until March 22, 2014. During this time, you can submit your idea here You can submit as many ideas as you like. We will hold three rounds of judging during the qualifying round. Semi-finalists will be announced one week following the end of each round, on the schedule below.

Submission ReceivedDecision Announced
February 10 to February 23March 3
February 24 to March 9March 17
March 10 to March 22March 31

Once all semi-finalists have been chosen the judges will choose the winners of the four prizes. Winners will be announced April 21, 2014.

By submitting my idea to the contest, do I give up my intellectual property?
NO, you do not. You retain all rights in your ideas and inventions. However, you must understand and agree that this contest is conducted in a public forum, and that your idea will be publicized on our website, read and discussed by our judges and even picked up by other media outlets. The purpose of the contest is to get doctors and entrepreneurs together to think about how we can improve medicine using Google Glass. Secrecy is antithetical to this aim. For details, see the contest rules at
But my idea is so amazing, I want to keep it a secret
If you truly believe your idea is that amazing, you should quit your job, mortgage your house and start a company to develop the idea. Of course, that’s not how startups work. Ask any venture capitalist what is the most important factor for success and they’ll tell you it all comes down to the team and whether they can execute the idea. The idea itself is secondary. Google started out as a search engine, and even though they weren’t first to market (the weren’t even tenth; remember Alta-Vista, Lycos and Inktomi?), Google executed better than everyone else. Facebook wasn’t the first social network (remember Friendster and MySpace?), and iTunes wasn’t the first music service (remember Napster?). This challenge will allow you to receive valuable feedback from top experts and may even gain you the publicity you need to gather a team around you and execute. However, if you just want to keep your idea secret then this contest isn’t for you.

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