A first round of selections will be made based on preliminary concepts. Five semi-finalists will receive a $1,500 CAD grant for developing a prototype for presentation to the jury and the general public during the MUTEK_IMG event in April, 2018. Project leaders will also give a presentation on their creative approach, as part of a conference on mapping.
Next, three finalists will be selected. They will receive a $3,500 CAD grant and an invitation to a workshop with experts in the field, to help advance their prototype toward presentation of an improved version during the MAPP_MTL festival in October 2018. Two $5,000 CAD grand prizes will be awarded during that event: the Jury Prize and the Audience Award. The PQDS will enter into a licensing agreement with each finalist, as follows: by accepting the $3,500 CAD grant, the finalist licences the PQDS to present the prototype produced for the Quartier des Spectacles at a later date, without additional remuneration. Finalists will retain intellectual property rights in their prototype. In addition, the PQDS will be granted the right of first refusal for the future development and production of a more complete version of the work.