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Joule Innovation Challenge #1
“3D Printing to Improve Quality of Life”

Official Challenge Rules

This 3D Printing to Improve Quality of Life Challenge (“CHALLENGE”) is presented by Joule Inc., a Canadian Medical Association Company (“JOULE”). The Challenge begins on MAY 29, 2017 and ends on JUNE 19, 2017 AT 11:59pm EST (“CHALLENGE PERIOD”). Winners will be announced by Joule at the end of July, 2017.

Please read these Official Challenge Rules (“RULES”) in their entirety. This Challenge is a CMA Member service by Joule intended to foster collaborative innovative thinking. By participating in the Challenge, you are an Entrant and agree to be bound by these Rules and the decisions of the Joule, which are binding and final without right of appeal, on all matters relating to the Challenge.


“Leveraging 3D printing, describe a product innovation that could improve patient quality of life.”


Every Member of the Canadian Medical Association (“MEMBER”) is eligible to participate in this Challenge. Participation is only possible on the Joule Innovation Challenge Platform, which is accessible to Members by their online account for the website. If you are a CMA Member and need assistance with your account, please contact CMA Member Services [].

Entrants with the CMA Member status of Student or Resident are eligible for the payment awards under this Challenge (“ELIGIBLE ENTRANT”). Non-Student and Non-Resident Entrants are still eligible to submit Contributions and comment on Contributions to make Improvements.


The Joule Innovation Challenge platform is an online interactive forum that allows Entrants to share and develop innovative ideas. In this Challenge, Entrants may (a) submit an innovative idea of their own (“CONTRIBUTION”) in answer to the Challenge Question and/or (b) make comments on the innovative ideas contributed by other Entrants for the purpose of improving on contributed ideas (“IMPROVEMENTS”). The Contribution, together with any suggested Improvements submitted by others is considered an innovation (“INNOVATION”). Contributions and Improvements may only be submitted during the Challenge Period.

Entrants may participate in either English or French, however, no translations of Contributions or Improvements by Entrants will be provided by the Innovation Platform or Joule.

Contributions should be the result of innovative thinking by the Entrant. Contributions may be based on existing ideas already known but Improvements on Contributions should be made by commenting on the initial Contribution submitted as part of the Challenge, in the spirit of collaborative thinking.

Participation by Entrants is subject to the Terms and Conditions of this website [] including the Terms for Online Dialogue Participation [].

Joule reserves the right to monitor, as well as to modify (including edits or deletions) any Contribution or Improvement to bring it into compliance with the website Terms and Conditions and Terms for Online Dialogue Participation.


The Innovation Challenge platform is intended ignite idea generation through collaboration. Confidential information and trade secrets should not be submitted to this Challenge.

In the event that the Contributions or Improvement (collectively as “USER CONTENT”) submitted by an Entrant contain any intellectual property rights (“IP RIGHTS”), the Entrant retains ownership of her/his User Content IP Rights, subject to the relevant laws and the license for use by Joule and others granted under these Rules.

Joule Use of User Content

Joule does not acquire any ownership rights to your User Content. To operate, market and promote the Challenge, Joule requires the right to make such use of User Content (and any IP Rights thereof) in accordance with and subject to this Agreement. Therefore, by contributing User Content to the Challenge, or creating it on the Challenge Platform website, Entrant automatically grants to Joule an irrevocable and perpetual, non-exclusive, transferrable, fully paid, royalty free, worldwide license, for Joule to use, copy, reformat, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, print, publish, republish, translate in whole or in part, the User Content in any form of media or expression for the purpose of administering this Challenge or marketing or promoting any Innovation Challenge by Joule.

Other Use of User Content with Attribution for Non-Commercial Purposes

To foster innovative dialogue, by contributing User Content to the Challenge Entrant automatically provides an irrevocable perpetual license for other uses of the User Content (and any IP Rights thereof) pursuant to the standard terms of the creative commons license Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 Canada. [Link:]. For more about Creative Commons licenses see [Link:].

Computer drawing files (CAD files) of the Innovations for use in 3D printing may be generated by Joule or others and deposited in open source repositories under on the same creative commons license Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 Canada as granted above.


The Innovations will be reviewed by an Innovation Challenge Council (“COUNCIL”) established by Joule. Only Student and Resident Member Entrants are eligible for Awards.

The assessment of an Innovation includes consideration of any Improvements (comments) to the Innovation submitted by another Entrant.

The merits of each Innovation will be assessed by the Council with reference to:

  • Relevance to population: does the idea have the potential to improve quality of life?
  • Simplicity of implementation: is the idea easy to implement by the end-user in daily life?
  • Scalability: Does the idea have potential to impact a large number of people?

Each of the three criteria above will be weighted equally.


After Challenge Period has closed, the Council will identify the 100 top ranked Contributions, using the Review Criteria (“TOP 100 CONTRIBUTION”). Each Eligible Entrant with a Top 100 Contribution will receive a payment of $100.00. The Top 100 Contributions will be announced and identified on the Innovation Challenge Platform.

The Council will further review the Top 100 Contributions with reference to the Review Criteria to identify the top 3 Innovations (“TOP INNOVATIONS”).

Each Eligible Entrant that submitted a Contribution selected as a Top Innovation shall receive payment of $1000.00.

Also, for each Top Innovation, a sum $1000.00 will be divided in equal shares among each Eligible Entrant that submitted an Improvement (“TOP IMPROVEMENT”) for that Top Innovation. To qualify for a share of a Top Improvement payment, the Improvement should be material to the Innovations character, quality or performance. For example, comments like “Nice!”, “or Great submission!” would not be considered Top Improvements. The assessment of any Improvement for eligibility as a Top Improvement is at the sole discretion of the Council.

Subject to any technical limitations, the Top Innovations (and any other Innovations at the discretion of Joule) will be converted into Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawings, and 3D printed prototypes will be exhibited at the 150th Canadian Medical Association Annual Meeting and General Council in Quebec City, Quebec to be held August 20 to 23, 2017.

Award payments will be made by electronic email transfer. All dollar amounts are in Canadian currency. Payments must be accepted as awarded, are not transferrable and cannot be exchanged. Joule reserves the right to substitute an award of equal or greater monetary value, in its sole discretion. Joule is not liable for any tax implications arising from any payment.


Each Entrant that submitted a Top Innovation or Top Improvement will be notified by email with the Award announced on, with promotion through Joule social media channels.

Prior to the award of a Top Innovation or Top Improvement, the Entrant may be required to sign a standard release and indemnity form confirming compliance with the Challenge Rules and releasing Joule and its directors, affiliates, representatives, advertising and promotional agencies from any and all liability arising from their participation in the Challenge or out of, pursuant to, or as a result of the carrying out of the Challenge, including liability arising from the acceptance Awards. Failure to comply with the Official Challenge Rules or to sign and return the release and indemnity form within three (3) days of the date on the documents will result in disqualification and forfeiture of the Award (“CONFIRMATION PAPERWORK”)

If the Confirmation Paperwork is not completed by the Entrant on a timely basis, the Innovation is deemed not to be a Top Innovation and the Selection Council may award the Top Innovation award to an alternate Innovation.


By entering this Challenge, you agree that Joule may send you email communications about the Challenge. You also agree that Joule may use your name, Province or city, photograph (such as your profile photo or another photo that you supply), voice and/or other likeness for news, trade and promotional purposes in any media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, in perpetuity, without compensation, notification or permission. Entrant consents to the collection, use and disclosure of his/her personal information for the purposes of this Challenge and grants permission for Joule to disclose personal information to its related and affiliated companies, contractors and agents to assist in the Challenge.

Joule reserves the right to use any information related to the Challenge, including submissions provided by Entrants, for editorial, marketing and any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.

Please see our Privacy Policy located at [] for details regarding the use of personal information collected in connection with this Challenge.


By participating in the Challenge, you agree, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable laws to release, indemnify and hold Joule and its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees (collectively, “Released Parties”), harmless from any and all liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from participation in or in connection with the Challenge, including, without limitation: (i) awarding, acceptance, receipt, possession, use and/or misuse of the Award herein; or (ii) participation in any Challenge related activities and travel of any kind. The above limitation of liability shall not apply to death or bodily injury caused as a result of Joule’s negligence.

Released Parties assume no responsibility for delayed or misdirected entries or for any failure of any website, for any problems or technical malfunction of any computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e–mail or online entry (including Contributions or Improvements) to be received by Joule on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer, mobile device or other electronic device related to or resulting from this Challenge.


You agree, by participating, to be bound by the terms of these Official Challenge Rules and the decisions of Joule, which are final and binding, without right of appeal, on all matters relating to this Challenge.

Joule, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person it finds to be in violation of these Official Challenge Rules or tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of the Challenge.

Joule reserves the right to reschedule, cancel or modify this on-line challenge for any reason, including in the event of technical corruption due to virus or other technical problems.

In the event the Challenge is compromised by a virus, non–authorized human intervention, tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Joule which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the Challenge, Joule reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Challenge or modify these Rules. In the event of any modification, Joule may post a notice on the Joule Innovation Challenge website.

Any provision in these Official Challenge Rules which is held to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason by any court, governmental department, body or tribunal, or in any applicable jurisdiction shall be ineffective to the extent of such invalidity or unenforceability and will not invalidate or render unenforceable the remaining provisions hereof and should any provision be held invalid or unenforceable in an applicable jurisdiction such provision shall not be invalidated or rendered unenforceable in any other jurisdiction.

This Challenge is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and local laws and regulations. These Rules shall be governed by and construed under the laws of the Province of Ontario without regard to conflict of laws principles.

Entrant hereby agrees that any and all disputes, claims, causes of action, or controversies (“CLAIMS”) arising out of or in connection with this Challenge shall be first addressed through settlement discussions and in the absence of resolution finally resolved by arbitration under the Simplified Arbitration Rules of the ADR Institute of Canada, Inc. [Link:]. The Seat of Arbitration will be Ottawa. The language of the arbitration will the language used by the Entrant in the Challenge. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any party has the right to seek an interlocutory decision from a Court of competent jurisdiction on Claim related to intellectual property rights. Any Claims against an Entrant from a third party, including a Claim from another CMA Member, shall be addressed directly between the Entrant the third party(ies).