The majority of entries are submitted in binders. The most creative use of binders I’ve seen are the decorations affixed to them. For example, an entrant has made a binder look like a laptop. Another glued lots of mini-ceramic shoes to the binder when the event entered centered around a walk.
The second most common type of entry we see are poster or board entries. Some entrants really use that space to tell the story of their entries.
We’re really not in the disqualification business. Since I’ve worked for ACC, we’ve never disqualified an entry for packaging purposes. I can actually only think of two entries we asked be withdrawn and that was because they were projects with satellite companies.
I may have missed some creative disclaimer, but all that language does not seem to allow for anything other than packing eight entries into a binder. The entry forms seems to suggest that something else would not be accepted. Maybe it is common knowledge among judges that someone can do something other than what is in the instructions. But if you really do want creative entries, whoever writes the rules next year should also be a little more creative!]]>
Sometimes judges use their own personal laptops to view the CD, but we do try to have the latest version of Internet Explorer on the computers that are used.
ACC also plans to stress to the judges during their orientation that many of the Beacon Award categories do not require a public service component.]]>