Hello everyone, sorry for the confusion. A few Districts faced some logistical challenges due to significant interest. The deadline on the front page was changed to reflect that new timeline, and to ensure that no data was lost in the transition tonight.
The vast majority of Districts are still adhering to the midnight deadline for tonight, and offices who have switched to May have been in contact with their students.
If you have not heard anything from your office, the midnight deadline is still in effect. If you are unsure, check with your participating office.
We will be here to answer questions as well. Again, our apologies for the confusion.
Each District has their own judging timeline, so unfortunately I don't think I will be able to answer that tonight. I can look into it tomorrow, but would also encourage you to contact your respective office. I'm confident they'd be happy to help and provide you with the timeline.
My inquiry is that, to be fair, wouldn't you have to extend the deadline for ALL Districts, regardless of "logistical challenges"? EXACTLY, what are the logistics that would affect the completion of projects? I completely understand that issues arise, especially when we are in a first-time situation, but until I get a clear understanding that shows that the playing field is level, and my students are not being placed at a disadvantage, I will not be a happy camper. We came in late due to the fact we were not aware of the competition, and when we found out, our District was not registered. We had to request registration, and then had to wait on confirmation. As a result, our students had a short development timeline. We could sure use another month to develop.
Just to follow-up on the Moderator comment houseadmin23...
I only noticed the deadline change just now. We have been feverishly uploading files in order to comply with the original deadline. When you state that we should check with our own Districts (above)...When?? I am posting this message at 11:47 EST, and the Moderator post was about 2 hours ago. Given that the submission deadline is in 13 minutes, 11:59 EST, how are we to contact anyone now, or for that matter, 2 hours ago? No one would be there. We will have to contact them tomorrow, AFTER the original deadline. Are we going to be penalized? If so, this will definitely taint my decision to enter the challenge in the future in my classes.
Our apologies for the confusion. The individual offices that now have a different deadline had significant issues with school schedules (for example, AP testing, graduation timelines, etc.). They would have been in communication with their participants to notify them of the deadline change days, if not a couple of weeks ago.
With regards to the level playing field, we understand your frustration. This was the first competition, and it was difficult to get the word out, so some participants found out about the contest earlier than others.
However, these competitions are within congressional districts only. There will not be a national winner in this competition, specifically due to the unique natures of congressional districts, so the goal was to establish a level playing field within each competition.
Again, our apologies for the confusion. We definitely have some lessons learned to integrate into the next version, and would very much appreciate any additional feedback.
Thank you for the clarifications.
I'm glad my district stayed with the original deadline, because I have AP tests, End of course exams, ect. This month, and wouldn't have had much time to work on anything either way.
Although next year it would be amazing if you guys could implement a system where the district winners are submitted to national judges and have a national winner as well.
Thank you guys for this competition though! Competition breeds great innovation especially out of new minds.