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Frequently Asked Questions

TIIC Europe Portal



  1. What is the TIIC Europe Portal?

    The TI IC Europe Portal is a new online system teams need to use in order to participate in the TIIC Europe. This TIIC Europe Portal allows teams to register, request tools and submit their projects online and to receive communication from the EUP.




  2. Do we have to use the TIIC Europe Portal?

    Yes, all teams must use the TI IC Europe Portal. This is the only way to submit your team’s registration, tool request, and project report.




  3. Who should use the TIIC Europe Portal?

    The TI IC Europe Portal must be used by the team leader of each team. The team leader must be the one to request a login and then complete the registration, tool request, and submit their project report.




  4. How do we access the TIIC Europe Portal?

    To access the TIIC Europe Portal, go to www.ti.com/tiic-portal-eu and request a login or sign in if you already have login details.




  5. How does the TIIC Europe Portal work?

    Each team leader must request a login for the TIIC Europe Portal from www.ti.com/tiic-portal-eu. A username and password will be sent to the team leader by email and the team leader can then login to the TIIC Europe Portal, and register their team. Team members will also receive an email, where they need to confirm their participation.

    Once the team’s registration has been approved by the EUP, the team leader will receive an email stating that they can now request tools and submit their team’s project report. The team leader will be able to log back into the TIIC Europe Portal and request tools before the 23:59 (GMT) on 30th April 2016 deadline from a Recommended List or a Freeform. The value of these tools must not be greater than US$ 100.

    The team leader should also upload their team’s project report, in PDF format, to the TIIC Europe Portal by the 23:59 (GMT) on 31st July 2016 deadline. Please be aware that this upload may take a while and so should not be left until the last minute. The file size limit is 20MB.




  6. We have requested a login to the TIIC Europe Portal but have not received an email with my username and password, what should we do?

    Please firstly check your spam/junk folder as the email address tiic-eu@ti.com may not be recognised by your email server. If the email containing your username and password is still not there, contact the EUP at tiic-eu@ti.com explaining the problem and when you requested a login.




  7. We have forgotten our login details for the TIIC Europe Portal, what should we do?

    Your username is the email address you requested a login with. If you have forgotten your username or password, contact the EUP at tiic-eu@ti.com and explain the problem. They will do their best to help you, as quickly as possible.




  8. If we have problems using the TIIC Europe Portal, what should we do?

    If your team has any problems accessing or using the TIIC Europe Portal, please contact the EUP on tiic-eu@ti.com as soon as possible. Your team should complete all aspects of the contest well before the deadline, so that any problems that occur do not affect your team’s ability to submit their register, tool request or project report on time.

Registration



  1. Do we have to register for the TIIC Europe?

    Yes, each team must register for the TI IC Europe. Each team must register their project, team leader, team members and advising professor.




  2. How do we submit a registration?

    Your team leader needs to login to the portal at www.ti.com/tiic-portal-eu and register your team online. The team leader will have to provide contact details about the team members and the teams advising professor.




  3. Who is allowed to participate in the TIIC Europe?

    Each team member must be a registered engineering student at a higher education institution, including universities, universities of applied science, colleges of higher education, or vocational schools within one of the countries found on the ‘Participating Countries’ list. All team members must be eighteen years of age or older at the moment of registration.




  4. How many team members are we allowed?

    Each team must have a minimum of two and a maximum of five team members. No team member is allowed to participant in more than one team per year. No team member can be a team leader or advising professor in another team.




  5. Can we change team members once we have registered?

    No, once the registration is submitted, you cannot change the number or names of team members within your team and all original team member names must appear on the project report. If you have questions relating to this matter, please contact the EUP on tiic-eu@ti.com.




  6. What happens if a team member leaves the team or withdraws from university?

    If a team member decides to leave the team or withdraw from university, the team may not replace this team member, and the original team members names must appear on the project report. If you have questions relating to this matter, please contact the EUP on tiic-eu@ti.com.




  7. Can team leader or team members be in more than one team?

    No, the team leader and team members are not allowed to be in more than one team per year.




  8. Why do we have to have an advising professor?

    Teams must have an advising professor in order to register for the TIIC Europe. This is so that teams are able to ask questions and get advice quickly from somebody close to them. Advising professors may also be used as an alternate shipment address for tools requested from the EUP.




  9. Can the team be made up of members from more than one university?

    Yes, teams can be made up of members from more than one university.




  10. Is there a deadline for registration?

    Yes there is a deadline for registering your team to the TIIC Europe. All registrations must be submitted online through the TIIC Portal www.ti.com/tiic-portal-eu before 23:59 (GMT) on 29th February 2016.




  11. What happens if we miss the registration deadline?

    If you miss the registration deadline then your team will not be able to participate in the TIIC Europe. No registration will be accepted after the 23:59 (GMT) on 29th February 2016 deadline has passed.




  12. I have additional questions regarding the Innovation Challenge European Design Contest. Who should I contact?

    For any additional questions please contact the European Universiy Program on tiic-eu@ti.com.

Tool Requests



  1. What is a tool request?

    Each team leader can request free tools (Boards/EVMs) of up to $100 from the European University Program. Tool requests can only be made after the team is successfully registered for the TIIC Europe. Please note that ICs (Chips/Devices) are not included in the tool request. Tool requests must be made before the deadline: 23:59 (GMT) on 30th April 2016.




  2. How do we submit a tool request?

    The team leader must login to the tool request page on the TIIC Portal and submit the teams’ tool request online. The tool request must be $100 or less and must only include tools. ICs are not allowed to be ordered and will not be accepted as part of the tool request.

    We advise you to firstly check the Recommended List available on the tool request page of the TIIC Portal for the most popular tools. If the tool you want is not on the Recommended List, use the Freeform and fill in the part number, website hyperlink and price.




  3. Which price should we use for the tool request?

    If you have requested tools from the Freeform then you must enter the price of the tool. You should use the TI commercial price which can be found on each tool page of the TI website. For example, under the 'Order Now' section on the following page: http://www.ti.com/tool/msp-exp430g2.




  4. What happens if the price of a tool changes?

    All tool requests should be based on the current commercial price published on the TI website . All tool prices will be taken from the time your tool request is submitted. Therefore, if there is a change in the commercial price before you make your tool request, you should base your request on the new price. But, if you have already submitted your tool request, before the change in commercial price, then your request will be based on the price of the tools at the time of submitting your request.




  5. The tools we want to request are over $100, are we able to request them and pay the outstanding amount?

    No, all tool requests must be $100 or less. Your team cannot request tools of a higher value and then pay the outstanding amount. All requests that exceed $100 will be rejected.




  6. Our team wants to use TI tools in addition to the ones we requested, are we able to use them?

    Yes, your team is able to use additional TI tools. There are no limitations to the maximum number of tools used in your project. However, if the tools exceed the value of $100, your team will need to pay for them and order them through any of our authorized distributors. Please be aware that your project must incorporate a minimum of three different Texas Instruments integrated circuits (ICs): either three analog ICs or two analog ICs and a TI processor. Therefore it will probably be necessary for your team to use or purchase additional tools to the ones requested from the EUP.




  7. How long will the tools take to arrive?

    We cannot provide specific shipment times for tool deliveries as lead times depend upon many factors. If your shipment has not arrived within a reasonable amount of time, get in touch with us at tiic-eu@ti.com and we will look into it.




  8. We haven't received a response after sending in our tool request, what should we do?

    If you have submitted your tool request on the TIIC Portal before the deadline 23:59 (GMT) on 30th April 2016, you should receive a response within 5 working days. There are many teams participating in the TIIC Europe and there are a lot of tool requests so please be patient. If you do not receive a response within 5 working days, please contact tiic-eu@ti.com again with information about the tools you have ordered and when you submitted the original tool request form.




  9. Are there any countries which tools cannot be shipped to?

    No. If your team has successfully registered for the TIIC Europe then you must be from one of the participating countries. Therefore, there are no countries which tools cannot be shipped to. However, shipments to certain countries take longer to arrive and so it is best to request your tools early to avoid problems in constructing your project due to delays in tool shipments.




  10. Is there a deadline for tool requests?

    Yes there is a deadline for tool requests. All tool requests must be submitted online using the TIIC Portal before 23:59 (GMT) on 30th April 2016.




  11. What happens if we miss the tool request deadline?

    If you miss the tool request deadline then your team will not be able to make use of the $100 of free tools from the European University Program. Your team must then purchase all of the tools needed for the project, themselves.




  12. I have some technical questions regarding TI parts and tools. Who should I contact?

    Visit the TI E2E Community forums to find answers, share knowledge, solve problems with fellow engineers.

Project Submission



  1. How do we submit our report?

    Your team leader must login to www.ti.com/tiic-portal-eu and submit the project report online by 23:59 (GMT) on 31st July 2016.




  2. When is the report submission deadline?

    Each team’s project report must be submitted to www.ti.com/tiic-portal-eu by 23:59 (GMT) on 31st July 2016 . Please make sure you leave enough time to upload your project report online, as this may take a few minutes and late project reports will not go through to the judging stage of the TIIC Europe. The file size limit is 20MB.




  3. How long/short can the report be?

    There is no minimum restriction on the report length, however the maximum allowance is 10 pages plus 1 extra page for the bill of materials. The 10 pages must include all diagrams and schematics.




  4. Is there a template we can follow for the report format?

    Yes, there is a template available for your team to download and follow, available on the Download Documents page.




  5. What happens if the layout of the report does not meet the requirements?

    If the issue is minor and able to be sorted before the 31st July 2016 deadline, we will allow your team to make any necessary changes. However, if your report does not meet several of the requirements and/or cannot be changed before the submission deadline, this might influence the amount of points your project receives, as one of the judging criteria is quality of the report.




  6. What file-format should the report be sent in?

    All project reports must be submitted in PDF, DOC or DOCX-format with a maximum size of 20MB . Teams are allowed to write the report in any program they wish as long as the submission is in these formats.




  7. What happens if we miss the submission deadline?

    If the report is submitted after 23:59 (GMT) on 31st July 2016, your team will not qualify to the judging stage of the TIIC Europe.




  8. When will we receive a confirmation email that our report has been submitted?

    If your team has submitted their report to www.ti.com/tiic-portal-eu by the deadline 23:59 (GMT) on 31st July 2016, your team should receive a response by email within 5 working days.




  9. What happens after we have submitted our report?

    After your team has submitted their report, it will be reviewed and marked by judges. The 7 teams with the highest marks in each category will pass on to the second stage of judging. You will find out if your team has made it to the top 7 in your category before the end of September by email. If your team has made it to the top 7 in your categoy, the report will be reviewed and marked again by different judges. The finalist teams will be invited to the TIIC Europe Award Ceremony in November.




  10. Can a team receive feedback or scores on their project?

    No, unfortunately we do not provide feedback or scores for projects.