autoPack Visualization Challenge

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autoPack Visualization Challenge
15 December 2012 - 18 March 2013

We know about molecules; we know about cells and organelles; but the stuff in between is messy and mysterious… yet that is the level of magnification at which much of the action takes place: the scale of perhaps a few to several hundred nanometres… it is precisely here that our understanding remains the most patchy.
– Philip Ball, from the scientific journal Nature, 2003

Scientific visualization is a multi-billion dollar industry, which aims to investigate and communicate the realms that exist beyond our normal senses. In the molecular world of alien-looking shapes and bizarre physics, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) attacks critical immune system defense cells in human blood, causing the disease AIDS. This pandemic has taken over 33,000,000 lives, with millions more added each year.

Autodesk unites with two leading research institutes to challenge you to explore this mysterious world. They will provide competitors with a cellPack model of HIV in blood serum and a powerful open source app, called autoPACK. It is up to you to convey humanity's complex relationships with this virus, be they emotional, political, or intellectual. We need your help to excite general audiences with visuals that will help us spread interest in the search for a cure.

This is your opportunity to be a pioneer on the frontier of science!

For more information, please visit:

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The cellPACK HIV model and autoPACK software are provided open-source by Art Olson's Molecular Graphics Lab at The Scripps Research Institute and by Graham Johnson's Mesoscope Lab at the University of California (qb3@UCSF). uPy interfaces for autoPACK by Ludovic Autin.

Terms & Conditions

  1. Ballistic Media will take no responsibility for, or become involved in, disputes between team members and reserves the right to disqualify teams with members who cannot cooperate with each other.
  2. Team members may make individual entries in the Image category. A team member may enter an individual category using work they have developed for their team entry, however they must have the written consent of their team leader to do this.
  3. Team entrants must nominate a "Team Leader" who will be responsible for all correspondence with the Challenge Organizers including the allocation of prizes.
  4. To be eligible for prizes, all winning entrants must provide at least 2 Works in Progress as described in the Instructions.
  5. Entrants' works can be offered separately as isolated works of art--print, etc.--or as part of a suite of prints, or posted on artist or society web site(s), if they are accompanied with suitable credits to original works: e.g. "inspired by "Uplift War", a book by David Brin". If the work is to be used in a commercial context, permission must be granted in writing from the creator of the original work. (Ref: Uplift Universe - Challenge 22).
  6. Ballistic Media may suspend a category if insufficient entries are received for that category to be considered viable and be judged.
  7. Team leaders will be responsible for the distribution of prizes to other team members.
  8. Challenge rules apply to individual and team entrants jointly and separately.
  9. Live action footage is permitted in the Video category.
    Any live actor whose face appears in the finished Video entry must be credited. Teams must have gained the actor’s written permission prior to using their image or likeness.
    Any voice actor whose voice is heard in the finished Video entry must be credited. Teams must have gained the voice actor’s written permission prior to using their voice.
  10. All individuals contributing to a Team Entry must be credited with their roles clearly stated. This includes, but is not limited to: Producers, Directors, Directors of Photography, Art Directors, Visual Effects Supervisors, Animators, Modelers, Lighters (includes shading), Screenwriters, Editors, Compositors, Musicians, Audio Mixers, etc.
  11. Entries may be inspired by and/or include a range of material from third parties. This is permissible as long as the finished entry is substantially a new work by the entrant(s). The appropriate use of this material in no way diminishes your finished work or the chances of winning. However, failure to correctly credit all inspirations, third party works, team members, actors, etc will result in automatic disqualification.
  12. A nominated Team leader cannot be changed without written agreement between the majority of the team members and Ballistic Media Pty. Ltd.
  13. Entrants must be 18 years or older. Younger participants must submit with a parent, guardian, educator or team leader who is 18 years or older and registered as a CGTalk or CGSociety member.
  14. The winners grant Ballistic Media and autoPack rights to use the entrants name, imprimatur and likeness in conjunction with the use of their entered works in any media..
  15. The winners grant Ballistic Media and autoPack first right to publish their submitted work in any media.
  16. Entrants commit to notify Ballistic Media in writing at least one week prior to the publication of their work in any media.
  17. Other than the rights assigned in the preceding clauses entrants retain copyright of all entered materials and are free to use said materials for personal promotions.
  18. The entrant indemnifies Ballistic Media and autoPack against any claims or indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages from any party that may arise from any use, including but not limited to, publication of entry materials submitted as a part of, or in association with the competition.
  19. All artwork that is entered by the deadline is final; it cannot be removed or changed after this point. Ballistic Media will not return any material submitted or alter any entry.
  20. The judges have sole discretion in the interpretation and enforcement of rules, including but not limited to suspension of categories and entrants.
  21. It is the entrant's responsibility to ensure compliance with all rules. Disqualification of any entrant is not reflected in any public change of status or alteration of their entry.
  22. There is no agreement or contract between the artist and Ballistic Media. The artist assumes all responsibility and costs for delivering images and other required information to the Publisher for consideration in the competition.
  23. Ballistic Media reserves the right to suspend, shorten, modify or cancel the challenge, including these rules, in any manner at its sole discretion with or without prior notice.
  24. There is no chance component in the selection of winning entries. Winning entries will be chosen solely on the skill exhibited by the entrants as determined by the judges.
  25. Ballistic Media will take reasonable measures to ensure the security of entries and information supplied to them. In no event shall Ballistic Media be liable to any party, for indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages arising out of the loss of images and data supplied, even if Ballistic Media has been advised of the possibility of such loss and damages.
  26. Employees and relatives of Ballistic Media, sponsors and judges cannot compete in the challenge.
  27. The winners grant autoPack unlimited, non-exclusive permission to use the winning artwork for promotional purposes in any media. In such circumstances autoPack will notify the artist and will publish full and correct credit for the artist that will appear with any reproduction of the winning artwork.
  28. The entrant grants Ballistic Media rights to use all entered works, in any media for marketing of CGSociety Challenges. In such circumstances Ballistic will notify the artist and will publish full and correct credit for the artist that will appear with any reproduction of the winning artwork.
  29. By entering the competition the entrant warrants that they are the sole copyright holder and indemnifies Ballistic Media and autoPack from any subsequent claims that may arise regarding ownership, or any other claims that may impact upon the entered work.
  30. There are two prize categories: Image and Video. You may compete in either/both categories as an individual or as a team. The team will require a Captain, who will register and be the main point of contact. Each member of the team should be credited with their role in the finished piece.
  31. Multiple entries are permitted.
  32. Entrants are not permitted to enter works on behalf of any other individual or entity.
  33. All entries should be original and not a derivative of existing work, including works previously entered in this competition.
  34. At least two stages of Work in Progress, which clearly must be uploaded to the challenge pages.
  35. All entrants must be registered with CGTalk or CGSociety and agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions as described here.
  36. Entries should remain unpublished outside of CGSociety prior to the close of the challenge.
  37. Images must conform to nominal decency guidelines. Any image deemed to contain content that depicts violence, racial, political, religious, and sexual or any other inflammatory material in an inappropriate manner will be disqualified and removed. Interpretation of what is, and is not, appropriate material is at the sole discretion of Ballistic Media.
  38. Neither Ballistic Media nor autoPack will be held responsible for late entries for any reason whatsoever. It is the sole responsibility of the entrants to make reasonable allowances for upload times and to plan accordingly
  39. Entries will be judged on artistic and technical merit within the scope of the competition theme. The interpretation of these rules, the theme, artistic or technical merit of the work and any other consideration made by the judges is at the sole discretion of the judges.
  40. Judges' decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  41. To be eligible for prizes, all winning entrants must provide accurate and reliable contact details. Ballistic Media will make all reasonable efforts to contact winners for a period of 7 calendar days after the completion of Judging. If a winner cannot be contacted within this period then they can be disqualified at the sole discretion of Ballistic Media.
  42. Any import taxes or duties on prizes must be paid by the prize winner. It is neither practically possible nor ethically reasonable for Ballistic Media or any of the sponsors to pay duties and taxes on behalf of a winner. Ballistic Media and sponsors will not make false valuation claims to assist winners from illegally evading any applicable duties and taxes.
  43. This list of terms and conditions constitutes the complete and exclusive statement of the terms and conditions and supersedes any prior terms and conditions, oral or written, and any other communications relating to these terms and conditions.

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