Monday, 22 August 2016

Ola Strandberg: Strandberg Guitarworksand Uppsala Internationella Gitarrfestival online competition



Ola Strandberg

I'm planning for this year's Strandberg Guitarworksand Uppsala Internationella Gitarrfestival online competition, where once again a .strandberg* guitar will be up for grabs, along with potential future endorsement (the last two winners, Adam Rafowitzand Kee Poh Hock are now .strandberg* artists!). If you were following us last year, you know that there was some abuse of the voting process with robots first inflating numbers for an entry and then sabotaging other entries. Also, Levi Clay wrote a great piece about other types of dishonest participation in guitar contests. So how do we design a contest that is fair and worthwhile for everyone involved? Note 1: The actual selection of the winner is done by a jury, but an online voting element was supposed to shortlist the candidates and count as a jury member. Note 2: The festival already has a contest with live performances in front of a jury (aka Young Talent Competition) so this contest is intended to be an online complement.