You've got questions. Frequently. We've got answers.
Q: Can I apply to compete in a city that I don't live in?
A: You sure can. As long as you can attend the Test Rounds held in the city you want to compete in, you can compete in any city you like.
Q: Are we allowed to compete in more than one city?
A: Clever, that would definitely up your chances of getting to the Global Championship! Unfortunately, the answer is no.
Q: I'm insanely talented in all areas of design - can I compete in more than one competition format?
A: Sorry, your ambition's impressive (your skills are too), but... no dice.
Q: Does Cut&Paste provide equipment for competitors?
A: For 2D and 3D, yes we do. In fact, for those formats, there are some strict rules about using what you're given. Motion, on the other hand, is a different story. Based on format testing and because the motion design competition is so long in duration (8 hours!), we ask that competitors bring in their own workstations so that they can work on machines that are familiar and preconfigured to their preferences. Cut&Paste will provide a display as well as local transportation for motion designers and their equipment. Additionally, they may bring their own peripherals and displays if they choose to. Should a competitor decide he/she prefers to use a C&P-provided workstation, that option is available.
Q: What happens if there's a software crash during competition?
A: Everyone freaks out! Just kidding. When a competitor gets hit with technical difficulties, we stop the clock and pause competition until everyone is ready to proceed again. In the spirit of fair play, if some competition time elapsed before the problem could be addressed, the crash victim will be provided "make-up time," during which he/she can resume work for the amount of time lost. After that, the competition picks up where it left off.
Q: If I win in my city but can't make it to the Global Championship, what happens?
A: No matter what, you'll get all the goodies in your grand prize package. But in the sad event that you can't make it out to New York for the championship in June, the tickets and opportunity to compete will go to the runner-up. This might be a good time to exercise the power of positive thinking and clear your calendar for that weekend.
Q: How much does it cost to attend? What does a ticket include?
A: Tickets are uncomplicated and include cost of attendance for the entirety of the event. That's pretty much it. Ticket prices for events in North America have been set at $15 online, $20 at the door. Blocks of 4 and 8 tickets can be bought at a discounted price online ($13.50 each and $12 each, respectively). Europe and Asia/Pacific cities will be comparably priced in their respective currencies. Note that tickets purchased online must be picked up at the event venue, and tickets purchased at the door are cash-only.
Q: I only want to see one of the competitions. Can I pay less to attend just one?
A: Nope. The tickets are what they are, and they include every round of every competition from open to close. You can leave early, arrive late, or come and go as you please, but the price remains the same.
Q: When do tickets go on sale?
A: Tickets for cities in the North America region go on sale in late January. Europe and Asia/Pacific cities will follow in February/March. Please check your city event page for updates.
Q: Do I have to order my tickets online?
A: No, you don’t, but we recommend it if you like having a few extra bucks in your wallet. Tickets will be sold at the door in all cities—note that they’ll be cash-only and that tournament events have sold out in the past. Additionally, tickets will be sold in 55DSL stores in select cities; any other retail locations where tickets are available will be posted online.
Q: What if I forget to print out my ticket?
A: No worries. Cut&Paste is effecting a will-call ticketing policy this year, so all you really need to do is show up with a form of identification and the credit card you used to purchase your ticket(s) online.
Q: Can I return my ticket(s) or exchange them for a different city competition?
A: Sorry, but no. All sales are final.
Q: Will there be an afterparty?
A: Probably! We like to party, and we know you all do too, so most cities will have a little somethin’ somethin’ going down after the event. This is the kind of info we post separately for each city, so check your local event page for details.
Q: If it cool if I attend more than one city?
Q: Why is the Global Championship being held in New York? Will it be held in another city/country next year?
A: New York is where Cut&Paste was born, so it just seems right for us to bring the first-ever Global Championship to the place where it all began. We are for sure interested in rotating the event throughout the world each year, but you'll have to wait for 2010 to find out what we do!
Q: What does volunteering at a Cut&Paste event involve?
A: It could be any number of things, from coordinating the Audience Design Contests and providing support at Show&Tells to setting up equipment and keeping the peace at the door. Or you might be juggling a few different tasks throughout the day.
Q: How much time do I have to commit if I volunteer?
A: Three-hour blocks of time are preferred. If you can only volunteer for a shorter period, we may be able to accommodate - feel free to ask us if we’ll have something for you to do.
Q: Do I get compensated for volunteering?
A: Unfortunately, no. On the upside, you do get to attend for free.
Q: Can I get school credit for volunteering?
A: Nyet. (That's "no" in Russian.)
Q: How can I sponsor Cut&Paste?
A: Talk to us. Send us an email at email@example.com to let us know of your interest.
Q: What happened to Digital Design Tournament 2008? Can't you all count straight?
A: Well, the short answer is that there weren’t enough weeks left in the year. The long answer, which probably makes more sense to you, is that (1) Cut&Paste has always held the Digital Design Tournament in the fall season, but (2) with the new cities and new competition formats we wanted to add, all those cute little holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas got in the way of our scheduling, so (3) we moved the whole thing forward a few months and hoped you wouldn’t mind. 1-2-3. We can count straight.
Q: The Digital Design Tournament rocks my world, but what else does C&P do?
A: At the moment, we do have our hands full with the tournament, but we do indeed do some other things too. In the past year, we've been hosting online design competitions (like the 55DSL Logo Remix), producing special events (like the AU Design Slam), and getting veteran Cut&Paste competitors to perform live at other creative events (like last year's Webby awards). We’d be lying if we said there weren’t a few other things in the works, and we’re always excited to explore new directions, so there is definitely more to come. Keep us on your radar!
Q: Is Cut&Paste hiring? Say yes.
A: Yes. Shoot us an email with your info, background, and all that good stuff: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Will Cut&Paste ever come to my city? How can we get you guys to do an event over here?
A: Tell us more about what you're thinking, we'd love to hear from you! Email your ideas to email@example.com.
Q: I'd like to cover a Cut&Paste event - how do I go about it?
A: Get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you set up.