Disrupt SF Hackathon 2018 Official Rules – (the “Official Rules”) 

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  

Hackathon Name: Disrupt SF Hackathon 2018 (the “Hackathon”)

Hackathon Website: disruptsf2018.devpost.com (the “Hackathon Website”)

 

1. POSTER & ADMINISTRATOR

Poster (the “Poster”): Oath Inc., 770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 

The Poster is the sponsor of the Hackathon.

Administrator (the “Administrator”): Devpost, Inc. (“Devpost”), 222 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10038.

 

2. DATES AND TIMING

Hackathon Submission Period: June 5, 2018 (10:00am Eastern Time) – August 2, 2018 (5:00pm Eastern Time) (the “Hackathon Submission Period”)

Online Judging Period: August 7, 2018 (10:00am Eastern Time) – August 9, 2018 (5:00pm Eastern Time) (the “Judging Period”)

Semi-Finalists Notified: on or around August 10, 2018. Semi-finalists must confirm they are able to attend, including paying their own travel and accommodation expenses, within three days of being notified.

Live Semi-Finalist Demos & Judging at TechCrunch Disrupt SF: September 7, 2018 at approximately 12:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time)

Live Finalist Stage Demos & Judging at TechCrunch Disrupt SF: September 7, 2018 at approximately 5:00pm Eastern Time

Winners Announced: On or around September 7, 2018 (6:00pm Eastern Time) 

The Administrator will be the official timekeeper for the Hackathon.

 

3. ELIGIBILITY

A. The Hackathon IS open to: 

  • Individuals who are at least the age of majority where they reside as of the time of entry (“Eligible Individuals”)
  • Teams of Eligible Individuals (“Teams”)
  • Organizations (including corporations, not-for-profit corporations and other nonprofit organizations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and other legal entities) that exist and have been organized or incorporated at the time of entry, and employ no more than 50 people (“Small Organizations”)

(the above are collectively, “Solvers”)

An Eligible Individual may join more than one Team or Small Organization and an Eligible Individual who is part of a Team or Small Organization may also enter the Hackathon on an individual basis.  

If a Team or Small Organization is entering the Hackathon, they must appoint and authorize one individual (the “Representative”) to represent, act, and enter a Submission, on their behalf. The Representative must meet the eligibility requirements above. By entering a Submission on the Site on behalf of a Team or Small Organization, you represent and warrant that you are the Representative authorized to act on behalf of your Team or Small Organization.

B. The Hackathon IS NOT open to: 

  • Individuals who are residents of, or Small Organizations domiciled in, a country, state, province or territory where the laws of the United States or local law prohibits participating or receiving a prize in the Hackathon (including, but not limited to, Brazil, Quebec, Cuba, Sudan, Iran, North Korea, Syria and any other country designated by the United States Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control)
  • Employees of TechCrunch and its parent company Oath Inc., and organizations involved with the design, production, paid promotion, execution, or distribution of the Hackathon, including the Poster and Administrator (“Promotion Entities”)
  • Any other individual involved with the design, production, promotion, execution, or distribution of the Hackathon, and each member of their immediate family or household*
  • Any Judge (defined below), or company or individual that employs a Judge
  • Any parent company, subsidiary, or other affiliate*** of any organization described above
  • Any other individual or organization whose participation in the Hackathon would create, in the sole discretion of the Poster and/or Administrator, a real or apparent conflict of interest

*The members of an individual’s immediate family include the individual’s spouse, children and stepchildren, parents and stepparents, and siblings and stepsiblings. The members of an individual’s household include any other person that shares the same residence as the individual for at least three (3) months out of the year.

**Agents include individuals or organizations that in creating a Submission to the Hackathon, are acting on behalf of, and at the direction of, a Promotion Entity through a contractual or similar relationship.

***An affiliate is: (a) an organization that is under common control, sharing a common majority or controlling owner, or common management; or (b) an organization that has a substantial ownership in, or is substantially owned by the other organization.

Additional Prize specific eligibility requirements are stated below in Section 8.

 

4. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Solvers must do the following to participate in the Hackathon:

  • Register for the Hackathon on the Hackathon Website by clicking the “Register for this Hackathon” button. To complete registration, sign up to create a Devpost account, or log in with an existing Devpost account. There is no charge for creating a Devpost account. This will enable you receive important updates and access the “Enter a Submission” page.
  • Create functioning software using any developer tools you have the rights to use.
  • Create a video that includes footage that clearly explains your application’s features and functionality through a comprehensive demonstration.
  • Complete and enter all of the required fields on the “Enter a Submission” page of the Hackathon Website (each a “Submission”) during the Hackathon Submission Period, and follow the requirements below.

A. Language Requirements 

All Submission materials must be in English or, if not in English, the Solver must provide an English translation of the demonstration video, text description, and testing instructions as well as all other materials submitted. 

B. Application Requirements

(i) What to Create: Solvers must create a working software application (each an “Application”).

(ii) Functionality: The Application must be capable of being successfully installed and running consistently on the platform for which it is intended, and must function as depicted in the video and/or expressed in the text description.

(iii) Platforms: A submitted Application must include a software component that runs on at least one of the following:

  • a smartphone or tablet (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, or Kindle)
  • a web browser (mobile or desktop)
  • a desktop computer (Windows PC, Mac Desktop)
  • other hardware (including, but not limited to, wearable technology, open source hardware, or proprietary hardware)

 

(iv) New: Applications must be newly created by the Solver during the Hackathon Submission Period.

(v) Testing: The Solver must make the Application available free of charge and without any restriction, for testing, evaluation and use by the Poster, Administrator and judges during the Hackathon and until the Judging Period ends.

If the Application includes software that runs on proprietary or third party hardware that is not widely available to the public, including software running on devices or wearable technology other than smartphones, tablets, or desktop computers, the Poster and/or Administrator reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to require the Solver to provide physical access to the Application hardware upon request.  

For Applications running on widely available smartphones, tablets, or desktop computers, Solvers may make their Application available using one of the following methods: 

a. Android Applications:Upload an .apk file on the Enter a Submission form or provide a link for downloading the Application in the “Testing Instructions” field on the Enter a Submission form.

b. iOS Applications:

  • If your Application is available on the iTunes App Store provide a link in the “Website URL” field on “Enter a Submission” form. If you charge a fee for downloading your Application, you must provide a promo code.
  • If your Application is not yet publicly available on the iTunes App Store, you must send a test build to the Administrator before the end of the Hackathon Submission Period using one of the following methods:

Administrator UDID: iPhone 6s (iOS 11.4.1) 65a94a124c5432275cf161e715779f5f2b5d7f8e

 

  1. TestFlight / iTunes ConnectEnter the Administrator’s email address to share a build for testing. The Administrator’s TestFlight account email is: testing@devpost.com. Please note that if you add the Administrator as an “External Tester” your Application will need to go through Beta App Review before you can send your build. This could lead to delay and in order for your Submission to be eligible, you must send your test build before the end of the Hackathon Submission Period. To learn more about TestFlight via iTunes Connect, please review the iTunes Connect Developer Guide and the TestFlight Video Tutorial.
  2. HockeyApp Send a testing link to the Administrator at: testing@devpost.com, and add the testing link on the Enter a Submission form under “iOS Build Link”. Please note that there is a fee to use HockeyApp.

c. Windows Phone applications: Upload an .xap file in the Enter a Submission form or provide a link for downloading your Application in the “Testing Instructions” field on the Enter a Submission form.

d. Windows PC:Upload the appropriate installation files (.exe) on the Enter a Submission form or provide a link for downloading your .exe file in the “Testing Instructions” field on the Enter a Submission form.

e. BlackBerry:Upload the appropriate installation files on the Enter a Submission form or provide a link for downloading your installation file in the “Testing Instructions” field on the Enter a Submission form.

f. Mac OS:Upload the appropriate installation files on the Enter a Submission form or provide a link for downloading your installation file in the “Testing Instructions” field on the Enter a Submission form.

g. Web/Mobile Web:Provide a link for accessing your Application on the “Testing Instructions” field on the Enter a Submission form.

h. Kindle: Upload the appropriate installation files on the Enter a Submission form or provide a link for downloading your installation file in the “Testing Instructions” field on the Enter a Submission form.

 

(vi) Public Distribution: The Solver may make the Application available to the public via a website or online store, but is not required to do so.

(vii) Multiple Submissions: A Solver may submit more than one Submission, however, each Submission must be unique and substantially different from each of the Solver’s other Submissions, as determined by the Poster and/or the Administrator.

(viii) SDKs, APIs, & Data: Applications may integrate SDKs, APIs and data, provided the Solver is authorized to use them.

(ix) Intellectual Property: Your Submission must: (a) be your (or your Team or Small Organization’s) original work product; (b) be solely owned by you, your Team, or your Small Organization with no other person or entity having any right or interest in it; and (c) not violate the intellectual property rights or other rights including but not limited to copyright, trademark, patent, contract, and/or privacy rights, of any other person or entity. A Solver may contract with a third party for technical assistance to create the Submission provided the Submission components are solely the Solver’s work product and the result of the Solver’s ideas and creativity, and the Solver owns all rights to them. A Solver may submit a Submission that includes the use of open source software or hardware, provided the Solver complies with applicable open source licenses and, as part of the Submission, creates software that enhances and builds upon the features and functionality included in the underlying open source product. By entering the Hackathon you represent, warrant, and agree that your Submission meets these requirements.

(x) Financial or Preferential Support: An Application must not have been developed, or derived from an Application developed, with financial or preferential support from the Poster or Administrator. Such Applications include, but are not limited to, those that received funding or investment for their development, were developed under contract, or received a commercial license, from the Poster or Administrator any time prior to the end of Hackathon Submission Period. The Poster, at their sole discretion, may disqualify an Application, if awarding a prize to the Application would create a real or apparent conflict of interest.

 

C. Text Description, Image, and Video Requirements 

(i) Text Description: The text description should explain the features and functionality of your Application.

(ii) Images: The image(s) should be photographs or screenshots of your working Application. 

(iii) Video: The video portion of the Submission: 

a. should be less than five (5) minutes;

b. must include footage that clearly explains the Application’s features and functionality through a comprehensive demonstration;

c. must be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku, and a link to the video must be provided on the submission form on the Hackathon Website; and

d. must not include third party trademarks, or copyrighted music or other material unless the Solver has permission to use such material.

D. Submission Modifications

A. Draft Submissions: Prior to the end of the Hackathon Submission Period, you may save draft versions of your Submission on Devpost to your portfolio before submitting the Submission materials to the Hackathon for evaluation. Once the Submission Period has ended, you may not make any changes or alterations to your Submission, but you may continue to update the project in your Devpost portfolio.

B. Modifications After the Hackathon Submission Period. The Poster may permit you to modify part of your Submission after the Hackathon Submission Period for the purpose of removing material that potentially infringes a third party mark or right, discloses personally identifiable information, or is otherwise inappropriate. The modified Submission must remain substantively the same as the original Submission with the only modification being what the Poster permits.

 

5. SUBMISSION RIGHTS

A. Solver Rights: Subject to the licenses described below, any applicable intellectual property rights to a Submission will remain with the Solver.

B. Poster Rights: By entering the Hackathon, you grant to the Poster, Administrator, and any other third parties acting on the Poster’s behalf, a royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide perpetual license to display publicly and use for promotional purposes the Submission, in perpetuity. This license includes, but is not limited to, posting or linking to the Submission on Poster’s, Administrator’s, and partners’ websites and applications, including the Hackathon Website, and display and promotion of the Submission in any other media, worldwide.

C. Submission Display:The following Submission components may be displayed to the public: name, description, images, video URL, website, URL, team members, the Submission category and platform, and submitter type. Other Submission materials may be viewed by the Poster, Administrator, and Judges for screening and evaluation.

D. Solvers represent and warrant that the Poster, Administrator, and Hackathon partners are free to use Solvers’ Submission in the manner described above, as provided or as modified by the Administrator, without obtaining permission or license from any third party and without any compensation to Solvers.

 

6. JUDGING

A. Judges: Eligible Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges selected by the Poster (the “Judges”). Judges may be employees of the Poster or external, may or may not be listed individually on the Hackathon Website, and may change before or during the Judging Period. Judging may take place in one or more rounds with one or more panels of Judges, at the discretion of the Poster.

B. Criteria: The Judges will score eligible Submissions using the following equally weighted criteria (the “Judging Criteria”):

(i) Quality of Idea (Includes creativity and originality);

(ii) Implementation of Idea (Includes how well the idea was executed by the developer); and

(iii) Potential Impact (Includes the extent to which the solution can be widely adopted).

The Judging Criteria above may not apply to every Prize. See Section 7 below for the Judging Criteria that apply for each Prize. The Solver(s) that are eligible for a Prize, and whose Submissions earn the highest overall scores based on the applicable Judging Criteria, will become potential winners of that Prize.

C. Submission Review: JUDGES ARE NOT REQUIRED TO TEST THE APPLICATION AND MAY CHOOSE TO JUDGE BASED SOLELY ON THE TEXT DESCRIPTION, IMAGES AND/OR VIDEO PROVIDED IN THE SUBMISSION. 

D. Tie Breaker: For each Prize listed in Section 7 below, if two or more Submissions are tied, the tied Submission with the highest score in the first applicable criterion listed above will be considered the higher scoring Submission. In the event any ties remain, this process will be repeated, as needed, by comparing the tied Submissions’ scores on the next applicable criterion. If two or more Submissions are tied on all applicable criteria, the panel of Judges will vote on the tied Submissions.

 

7. PRIZES

 

Winner

Prize

Qty

Eligible Solvers

Applicable Judging Criteria

Best in Show

● US$10,000

● Meeting with TechCrunch exec

● Limited edition TechCrunch swag bag

1

10 Finalists chosen to present on stage, chosen from the 30 Semi-Finalists and any relevant Sponsor Prize winners, who must be in attendance at Disrupt SF 2018

i, ii, iii

Semi-Final Prize

● Innovator Pass to Disrupt SF 2018 (up to 5 per team) - valued at $1999 US

● A position in the demo pit at Disrupt SF 2018

30

30 Highest scoring submissions from all eligible entries that confirm ability to attend Disrupt SF 2018

i, ii, iii

Honorable Mention

● Innovator Pass to Disrupt SF 2018 (up to 5 per team) - valued at $1999 US

70

70 Highest scoring submissions that are not confirmed semi-finalists

i, ii, iii

Best App using the TomTom Maps API

● US$7,500

● Innovator Pass to Disrupt SF 2018 (up to 5 per team) - valued at $1999 US

● A position in the demo pit at Disrupt SF 2018

1

All eligible entries that integrate the TomTom Maps API

Determined by the prize sponsor (TomTom)

Viond – First Place

● US$1,000

● 12-month Viond Enterprise license

● Innovator Pass to Disrupt SF 2018 (up to 5 per team) - valued at $1999 US

● A position in the demo pit at Disrupt SF 2018

1

All eligible entries that integrate the Viond API

Determined by the prize sponsor (Viond)

Viond – Second Place

● US$500

● 12-month Viond Professional license

     

Viond – Third Place

● US$250

● 12-month Viond Professional license

     

BYTON - First Place

● US$5,000

● Invitation to a BYTON Co-creation event to meet the creators of BYTON Life

● Innovator Pass to Disrupt SF 2018 (up to 5 per team) - valued at $1999 US

● A position in the demo pit at Disrupt SF 2018

1

All eligible entries that may be used by riders in autonomous vehicles

Determined by the prize sponsor (BYTON)

BYTON - Second Place

● US$2,000

1

All eligible entries that may be used by riders in autonomous vehicles

Determined by the prize sponsor

(BYTON)

BYTON - Third Place

● US$1,000

1

All eligible entries that may be used by riders in autonomous vehicles

Determined by the prize sponsor

(BYTON)

Best App using HERE Mobility's SDK

  • $6,000 US

1

All eligible entries that use the HERE Mobility SDK

Determined by the prize sponsor

(HERE Mobility)

Visa - First Place

  • $8,000 US pre-paid card
  • Innovator Pass to Disrupt SF 2018 for each team member

1

All eligible entries that use the Visa APIs

Determined by the prize sponsor

(Visa)

Visa - Second Place

  • $5,000 US pre-paid card
  • Innovator Pass to Disrupt SF 2018 for each team member

1

All eligible entries that use the Visa APIs

Determined by the prize sponsor

(Visa)

Visa - Third Place

  • Oculus Rift for each team member

1

All eligible entries that use the Visa APIs

Determined by the prize sponsor

(Visa)

Sony Pictures - First Place

  • $9,000 US

1

All eligible entries in the Sony Pictures category

Determined by the prize sponsor

(Sony Pictures)

United Airlines - First Place

  • Round trip ticket voucher, eligible for anywhere United flies, for all members of the winning Hackathon team (up to $2,400 value per voucher)

1

All eligible entries using the United APIs

Determined by the prize sponsor

(United Airlines)

Amazon Alexa - First Place

  • $5,000 US
  • 10 Echo Spot devices
 

All eligible entries using the Alexa Skills Kit

Determined by the prize sponsor

(Amazon)

Amazon Alexa - Second Place

  • $2,000 US
  • 10 Echo Spot devices
 

All eligible entries using the Alexa Skills Kit

Determined by the prize sponsor

(Amazon)

Amazon Alexa - Third Place

  • $1,000 US
  • 10 Echo Spot devices
 

All eligible entries using the Alexa Skills Kit

Determined by the prize sponsor

(Amazon)

Novartis - First Place (Hackathon Challenge)

  • $12,000 US
  • Pass to TechCrunch Disrupt
  • Up to $500 in travel reimbursement to attend Disrupt SF
 

All eligible entries to the Novartis theme prize

Determined by the prize sponsor

(Novartis)

Novartis - First Place (Extended Innovation Challenge)

  • $12,000 US
  • Pass to TechCrunch Disrupt
  • Up to $500 in travel reimbursement to attend Disrupt SF
 

All eligible entries to the Novartis theme prize

(Novartis)

Novartis - Second Place

  • $3,000 US
  • Pass to TechCrunch Disrupt
  • Up to $500 in travel reimbursement to attend Disrupt SF
 

All eligible entries to the Novartis theme prize

(Novartis)

Novartis - Third Place

  • $2,000 US
  • Pass to TechCrunch Disrupt
  • Up to $500 in travel reimbursement to attend Disrupt SF
 

All eligible entries to the Novartis theme prize

(Novartis)

Novartis - Fourth Place

  • $1,000 US
  • Pass to TechCrunch Disrupt
  • Up to $500 in travel reimbursement to attend Disrupt SF
 

All eligible entries to the Novartis theme prize

(Novartis)



All Sponsor Prizes (which require the use of an API, SDK, or to address a specific theme from a third-party sponsor) will be awarded a position in the demo pit at Disrupt San Francisco. A winning submission that is awarded a sponsor-prize and a semi-finalist prize will only receive one position in the demo pit at Disrupt SF 2018.

Poster reserves the right to add additional third-party Sponsor prizes at any time after the competition has opened. These additions may reduce an entrant’s chance of being chosen to present on stage and therefore win the grand prize. By accepting these terms, Entrant understands and agrees to this potential occurrence.

**Please review the Devpost Terms of Service at https://info.devpost.com/hackathon_terms for voting rules.

 

8. PRIZE ELIGIBILITY

A. Overall Prizes

In order to be awarded a Semi-finalist prize, advance to the live demonstration area and accept related prizes, potential winners must be able to travel to and remain at Disrupt SF Sep. 5-7, 2018 at their own cost and they must notify the administrator before the required deadline if they will attend.

If a potential winner cannot attend, the prize will be offered to the next highest scoring team and the potential winner forfeits the prize and the potential to win additional prizes.

B. Sponsored Prizes

Prize Sponsors will select the winner of the prize they sponsor during the Online Judging Period. These winners are not required to travel in order to claim the prizes.

For Viond's sponsor prizes, submitters must ALSO do the following:

Signup

Go to https://lp.viond.io/viond-techcrunch-hackathon and fill the form to sign up and download the Viond Builder tool (additionally to signing up in Devpost)

Create an interactive 360 experience

  • Use the Viond Builder and your 360° content
  • The theme is: Never been there, never done that - #VRBucketList
  • Be sure to hold the rights to your submitted content
  • Add as much interactivity as possible to increase your winning chances

Upload and submit

Once your experience is ready, follow this instructions to upload your experience once it is ready

  • Create an account in https://portal.viond.io
  • Log in and get the TC Hackathon license
  • Open “Publishing and Managing” in Builder and upload your experience
  • Include #VRBucketList in the experience description
  • Click on “Publish Request” and confirm to let us know you uploaded an experience
  • Don’t wait until the last minute. You can try the process early on, and update before the final deadline

Important: don’t forget to submit inside of Devpost as stated in the hackathon rules (4C).

Extra Info

We will provide a link to all the submitted experiences. Anyone from Tech Crunch who wants to evaluate them just needs to install the Viond App (iOS, Android, Gear VR, Oculus Go, Daydream) and open the links. We recommend using the VR devices (Gear VR, Oculus Go and Daydream), as the experiences are best enjoyed there.

 

VERIFICATION OF POTENTIAL WINNERS

A. Verification Requirement: THE AWARD OF A PRIZE TO A POTENTIAL WINNER IS SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION OF THE IDENTITY, QUALIFICATIONS AND ROLE OF THE POTENTIAL WINNER IN THE CREATION OF THE SUBMISSION. The final decision to designate a winner shall be made by the Poster and/or Administrator.

B. Required Forms: Potential winners will be notified using the email address associated with the Devpost account used to enter the Submission (the submitter is the “Representative” in the case of a Team or Small Organization. In order to receive a Prize, the potential winner (including all participating team members in the case of a Team or Small Organization) will be required to sign and return to the Poster or Administrator, affidavit(s) of eligibility (or a similar verification document) and liability/publicity release(s), and any applicable tax forms (“Required Forms”).

Deadline for Returning Required Forms: ten (10) business days after the Required Forms are sent.

C. Disqualification: The Poster and/or Administrator may deem a potential winner (or participating team members) ineligible to win if: 

(i) the potential winner’s Representative or any participating member does not respond to multiple emails or fails to sign and return the Required Forms by the deadline listed above, or responds and rejects the Prize;  

(ii) the Prize or Prize notification is returned as undeliverable; or  

(iii) the Submission or the potential winner, or any member of a potential winner’s Team or Small Organization, is disqualified for any other reason. 

In the event of a disqualification, the Poster and/or Administrator may award the applicable Prize to an alternate potential winner.

10. PRIZE DISTRIBUTION

A. Substitutions & Changes: The Poster has the right to make a Prize substitution of equivalent or greater value. The Poster will not award a Prize if there are no eligible Submissions entered in the Hackathon, or if there are no eligible Solvers or Submissions for a specific Prize.

B. Prize Delivery: Prizes will be payable to the Solver, if an individual, to the Solver’s Representative, if a Team, or to the Small Organization, if the Solver is a Small Organization. It will be the responsibility of the winning Solver’s Representative to allocate the Prize among their Team or Small Organization’s participating members, as the Representative deems appropriate. 

Prizes will be payable to the Solver, if an individual, to the Solver’s Representative, if a Team, or to the Organization, if the Solver is an Organization. It will be the responsibility of the winning Solver’s Representative to allocate the Prize among their Team or Organization’s participating members, as the Representative deems appropriate. Prizes are payable via any means of the Poster or Administrator's choosing, whether electronic or not, and are payable only after receipt of the Required Forms. A winning Solver may be required to provide a mailing address, bank information, and/or create an account with an electronic payment provider of the Poster or Administrator’s choosing in order to receive payment.

Failure to provide correct information on the Required Forms, or other correct information required for the delivery of a Prize, may result in delayed Prize delivery, disqualification or the Solver, or forfeiture of a Prize.

C. Prize Delivery Timeframe: Within 45 days of the Poster or Administrator’s receipt of the Required Forms

D. Fees & Taxes: Winners (and in the case of Team or Small Organization, all participating members) are responsible for any fees associated with receiving or using a prize, including but not limited to, wiring fees. Winners (and in the case of Team or Small Organization, all participating members) are responsible for reporting and paying all applicable taxes in their jurisdiction of residence (federal, state/provincial/territorial and local). Winners may be required to provide certain information to facilitate receipt of the award, including completing and submitting any tax or other forms necessary for compliance with applicable withholding and reporting requirements. United States residents are required to provide a completed form W-9 and residents of other countries are required to provide a completed W-8BEN form. Winners are also responsible for complying with foreign exchange and banking regulations in their respective jurisdictions and reporting the receipt of the Prize to relevant government departments/agencies, if necessary. THE POSTER, ADMINISTRATOR, AND/OR PRIZE PROVIDER RESERVE THE RIGHT TO WITHHOLD A PORTION OF THE PRIZE AMOUNT TO COMPLY WITH THE TAX LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OR OTHER POSTER JURISDICTION, OR THOSE OF A WINNER’S JURISDICTION.

 

11. ENTRY CONDITIONS AND RELEASE

A. By entering the Hackathon, you (and, if you are entering on behalf of a Team or Small Organization, each participating members) agree(s) to the following:

(i) The relationship between you, the Solver, and the Poster and Administrator, is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship.

(ii) You will be bound by and comply with these Official Rules and the decisions of the Poster, Administrator, and/or the Hackathon Judges which are binding and final in all matters relating to the Hackathon.

(iii) You release, indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Poster, Administrator, Promotion Entities, and their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, the Prize suppliers and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Hackathon, and all of their respective past and present officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (hereafter the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys’ fees), including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a Solver’s entry, creation of Submission or entry of a Submission, participation in the Hackathon, acceptance or use or misuse of the Prize (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, transmission, performance, exploitation or use of the Submission as authorized or licensed by these Official Rules. 

B. Without limiting the foregoing, the Released Parties shall have no liability in connection with: 

(i) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by the Poster or Administrator’s electronic or printing error, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Hackathon; 

(ii) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines, internet connectivity or electronic transmission errors, or network hardware or software or failure of the Hackathon Website;

(iii) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Hackathon; 

(iv) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Hackathon or the processing of Submissions; or 

(v) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from the Solver’s participation in the Hackathon or receipt or use or misuse of any Prize.

The Released Parties are not responsible for incomplete, late, misdirected, damaged, lost, illegible, or incomprehensible Submissions or for address or email address changes of the Solvers. Proof of sending or submitting will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by the Poster or Administrator.

If for any reason any Solver’s Submission is determined to have not been received or been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, the Solver’s sole remedy is to request the opportunity to resubmit its Submission. Such request must be made promptly after the Solver knows or should have known there was a problem, and will be determined at the sole discretion of the Poster.

 

12. PUBLICITY

By participating in the Hackathon you consent to the use of personal information about you, if you are a winner, by the Poster, Administrator, and third parties acting on their behalf. Such personal information includes, but is not limited to, your name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, comments and hometown and country of residence. It may be used in any existing or newly created media, worldwide without further payment or consideration or right of review, unless prohibited by law. Authorized use includes advertising and promotional purposes.

The duration of your consent is for a period of three years following the conclusion of the Hackathon. This consent applies, as applicable, to all members a Solver’s Team or Small Organization that participated in the winning Submission.

 

13. GENERAL CONDITIONS

A. Poster and Administrator reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Hackathon, or any part of it, in the event of a technical failure, fraud, or any other factor or event that was not anticipated or is not within their control.

B. Poster and Administrator reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual or Solver it finds to be actually or presenting the appearance of tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Hackathon or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in a manner that is inappropriate, unsportsmanlike, not in the best interests of this Hackathon, or a violation of any applicable law or regulation. 

C. Any attempt by any person to undermine the proper conduct of the Hackathon may be a violation of criminal and civil law.  Should Poster or Administrator suspect that such an attempt has been made or is threatened, they reserve the right to take appropriate action including but not limited to requiring a Solver to cooperate with an investigation and referral to criminal and civil law enforcement authorities.

D. If there is any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of the Official Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Hackathon materials, including but not limited to the Hackathon Submission form, Hackathon Website, advertising (including but not limited to television, print, radio or online ads), the terms and conditions of the Official Rules shall prevail. 

E. The terms and conditions of the Official Rules are subject to change at any time, including the rights or obligations of the Solver, the Poster and the Administrator. The Poster and Administrator will post the terms and conditions of the amended Official Rules on the Hackathon Website.  To the fullest extent permitted by law, any amendment will become effective at the time specified in the posting of the amended Official Rules or, if no time is specified, the time of posting. 

F. If at any time prior to the deadline, a Solver or prospective Solver believes that any Official Rule is or may be unclear or ambiguous, they must submit a written request for clarification.   

G. The Poster or Administrator’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Should any provision of these Official Rules be or become illegal or unenforceable in any jurisdiction whose laws or regulations may apply to a Solver, such illegality or unenforceability shall leave the remainder of these Official Rules, including the Rule affected, to the fullest extent permitted by law, unaffected and valid. The illegal or unenforceable provision shall be replaced by a valid and enforceable provision that comes closest and best reflects the Poster’s intention in a legal and enforceable manner with respect to the invalid or unenforceable provision.

H. Excluding Submissions, all intellectual property related to this Hackathon, including but not limited to copyrighted material, trademarks, trade-names, logos, designs, promotional materials, web pages, source codes, drawings, illustrations, slogans and representations are owned or used under license by the Poster and/or Administrator. All rights are reserved. Unauthorized copying or use of any copyrighted material or intellectual property without the express written consent of its owners is strictly prohibited. Any use in a Submission of Poster or Administrator intellectual property shall be solely to the extent provided for in these Official Rules.

 

14. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY

By entering, all Solvers (including, in the case of a Team or Small Organization, all participating members) agree to be bound by the Official Rules and hereby release the Released Parties from any and all liability in connection with the Prizes or Solver’s participation in the Hackathon. Provided, however, that any liability limitation regarding gross negligence or intentional acts, or events of death or body injury shall not be applicable in jurisdictions where such limitation is not legal. 

 

15. DISPUTES

A. Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Hackathon, Solver agrees that:

(i) any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Hackathon, or any Prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action lawsuit, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at the AAA regional office nearest the contestant;

(ii) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and

(iii) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction.

B. Under no circumstances will Solver be permitted to obtain awards for, and contestant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than contestant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with entering this Hackathon), and Solver further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

C. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of Solver and Poster in connection with this Hackathon, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of New York, USA without regard to New York choice of law rules.

SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

 

16. ADDITIONAL TERMS THAT ARE PART OF THE OFFICIAL RULES

Please review the Devpost Terms of Service at https://info.devpost.com/hackathon_terms for additional rules that apply to your participation in the Hackathon and more generally your use of the Hackathon Website. Such Terms of Service are incorporated by reference into these Official Rules. If there is a conflict between the Terms of Service and these Official Rules, the latter terms shall control with respect to this Hackathon only.

Participation in the Hackathon constitutes Solver’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules. By entering, a Solver agrees that all decisions related to the Hackathon that are made pursuant to these Official Rules are final and binding, and that all such decisions are at the sole discretion of the Poster and/or Administrator.

The Administrator collects personal information from you when you enter the Hackathon. The information collected is subject to the privacy policy located here: https://info.devpost.com/privacy.

 

17. CONTACT

If you have any questions or comment, or wish to send us any notice regarding this Hackathon, including a request for the winners’ names, please email us at Support@Devpost.com