What about intellectual Property?

All rights and title to any intellectual property contained in an entry rests with the submitting team.


Eligibility Criteria

·      Participants: There are no restrictions on eligibility to participate in GDC 2022 with the exception that the team member registering must be aged 18 or over.

·      Countries: GDC is a global challenge and international teams are welcome.

·      Teams: Teams can be of any size.

·      Diversity: GDC 2022 encourages diversity.



1. Team Lead and team members names, affiliated organisations and Linkedin profiles

2. Country of submission 

3. Main category of submission (select up to 2 of the following sub-challenges)

·      Inclusion

·      Community

·      Fans and volunteers

·      Policy-based

·      Sustainability

·      Technology-based

·      Youth-based 

·      Lifestyle physical activity

4. What is the focused challenge you are addressing (max. 20 words) 

5. Overall idea description (max. 200 words) 

6. Outline how your submission meets the 3 judging criteria:

·      Creativity and innovation (max. 100 words)

·      Impact on identified challenge and UN Sustainable Development Goals (max. 100 words)

·      Implementation feasibility (max. 100 words) 

7. Idea development stage (select one of the following)

·      Early testing/brainstorming stage

·      Tested and piloted

·      Piloted and ready to roll out

·      Rolled out and ready to expand  

8. Video pitch of no more than 2 minutes

9. Attach any other supporting documentation e.g., results of previous pilots, papers, etc.




The overall winner will receive an Incubation Token worth EURO15,000 to be spent at an incubation centre/university, developing the winning idea.

Along with 4 further runners-up, the top 5 will be give 5 incubation Masterclasses to help them take their ideas to the next stages of development.

A selection of the top 5 will also have the opportunity to display their ideas at the seventh International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS VII) - Bacu, Azerbaijan in 2023. 


Data Protection Notice - Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity “GDC” 2022


The GDC 2022 is an initiative led by University College Cork to generate innovative solutions to challenges faced in sport and physical activity and broader issues such as obesity.

There is a real opportunity for sport and physical activity to contribute towards improvements in health and wellbeing, national policy goals as well as the Sustainable Development Goals and Kazan Action Plan. We want to bridge the gap between policy and action!

The initiative was a huge success in 2020 and 2021 with teams over 50 countries contributing ideas, some of which are now in full incubation.

We want to improve on last year by making GDC 2022 more inclusive, truly global and creating real impact and we are hoping that you will join us in making that happen.

At University College Cork, we treat your privacy seriously. Any personal data provided to the University for the GDC 2022 will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, in accordance with Irish and European Data Protection legislation. This notice sets out details of the information that we collect, how we process it and who we share it with. It also explains your rights under data protection law in relation to our processing of your data.

Who we are

Throughout this Notice, “we”, “us” and “our” refers to the Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity, School of Education, University College Cork. For more information about us, you can contact us at ldiez@ucc.ie

How we collect your personal data

We receive your data from Devpost, when you submit your challenge through the Devpost website. The data the University receives may include your name, email, contact details, location, your submission information and video.

Your registration data as submitted to Devpost through their website remains the responsibility of Devpost and is processed in accordance with Devpost’s own policies and procedures. We are not responsible for the privacy practices and procedures of Devpost.


 The data received by us will be used by us only in accordance with the purposes outlined in this notice.

The purpose and legal basis for collecting your data

Any personal data you provide to us will be processed fairly and lawfully.

 It will be used for the purposes of:

·       Contacting you about GDC 2022 and your submission;

·       Assessing your entry to the GDC 2022;

·       Shortlisting entries to the GDC 2022 and contacting the shortlisted entrants;

·       With your consent your video may feature in promotional material about the GDC 2022 and GDC 2023 to a wide range of audiences through its website, social media channels, including but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and for public awareness campaigns that include press releases in local, national and international media. ; 

·       Contacting you about future GDC events.


The Data Protection Acts allows us to process your data because you have provided your explicit consent. You are entitled to withdraw your consent at any time. If you do withdraw your consent will no longer process your personal data and will take steps to delete all reference to your data securely.


Details of third parties with whom we share personal data

The University will share your data with the following third parties where necessary for purposes of the processing outlined above:

We may share your personal data with University service providers which may include wholly / majority owned subsidiaries of the University and software providers to the University who are required to keep your data safe and secure and only use in accordance with the purposes described above.

Cross-border data transfers In the course of processing your personal data, it may be transferred outside of the European Economic Area on the understanding we rely on legally approved mechanisms to lawfully transfer data across borders including the Standard Contractual Clauses approved by the European Commission. 


How long we will keep your data

In keeping with the data protection principles, we will only store your data for as long as is necessary. For the purposes described here we will store your data for a maximum of 10 years.


Your rights

You have various rights under data protection law, subject to certain exemptions, in connection with our processing of your personal data, including the right:

·       to find out if we use your personal data, access your personal data and receive copies of your personal data;

·       to have inaccurate/incomplete information corrected and updated;

·       in certain circumstances, to have your details deleted from systems that we use to process your personal data or have the use of your personal data restricted in certain ways;

·       to object to certain processing of your data by UCC;

·       to exercise your right to data portability where applicable (i.e. obtain a copy of your personal data in a commonly used electronic form;

·       where we have relied upon consent as a lawful basis for processing, to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time;

·       to not be subject to solely automated decision;

·       to request that we stop sending you direct marketing communications.

If you wish to avail of these rights, please write to: The Information Compliance Manager, University College Cork at gdpr@ucc.ie.

Questions or Complaints

If you have any queries in relation to your participation please contact Lara Diez, Project Manager, at ldiez@ucc.ie If you have any queries or complaints in connection with our processing of your personal data, you can contact UCC’s Information Compliance Manager by email at: gdpr@ucc.ie  

You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Commission if you are unhappy with our processing of your personal data. Details of how to lodge a complaint can be found on the Data Protection Commission’s website (www.dataprotection.ie), or by telephoning 1890 252 231.

In submitting this form, you understand and agree that your personal details will be used by Global Design Challenge in UCC for the purposes outlined above.