THE VERIZON 5G EDTECH CHALLENGE
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. VALID IN THE 50
UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ONLY. ENTRY IN THIS CHALLENGE
CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES.
The Verizon 5G EdTech Challenge (the “Challenge”) hosted by the Verizon Foundation (“Verizon” or “Verizon Foundation”) and administered by NYC Media Lab is designed to encourage eligible universities and nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations (as defined below) to develop applications that incorporate science, technology, engineering and/or math (“STEM”) and addresses a real need or problem in their school or community (“Challenge Concept”). Judges shall choose the winning entries, and prizes shall be awarded in accordance with these Challenge Official Rules (the “Rules”). The definitions in these Rules shall apply equally to the singular, plural, active and passive forms of the terms defined.
In order to enter the Challenge, you must agree to the Rules. Therefore, please read these Rules prior to entry and Submission (as defined below) to ensure you understand and agree. You agree that Submission of a Challenge Concept in the Challenge constitutes agreement to these Rules. You may not submit a Challenge Concept to the Challenge and are not eligible to receive the prizes described in these Rules unless you agree to these Rules. These Rules form a binding legal agreement between you and Verizon and the Challenge Administrator (as defined below) with respect to the Challenge.
The Challenge is open to universities and nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations. Teams who consist of students who are under the age of eighteen (18) must get permission from their parents or legal guardians to enter the Challenge and each parent or legal guardian shall execute a student release (“Student Release”) attached hereto. Each university may have an infinite number of Teams with the same Faculty Advisor. The undersigned shall be responsible and held liable for all actions and Submissions of the Teams. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Challenge is void outside of the U.S., and where prohibited by law.
4. CHALLENGE PERIOD:
The Challenge begins on October 15, 2018 with the beginning of the Submission Period (as defined below) and ends on December 31, 2019. Phase I shall begin on October 15, 2018 and conclude with the announcement of the Verizon 5G EdTech Challenge Winners (as defined below) (“Challenge Period”). Challenge Winners shall participate in Phase II of the Challenge, which shall begin around February 20, 2019 and shall conclude around June 28, 2019 for the product development program. Select Challenge Winners may also participate in Phase III of the Challenge which shall begin around July 1, 2019 and conclude by December 31, 2019. All dates are subject to change.
- Challenge Concept registration & submission period: Begins on October 15, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. EST and ends on December 1, 2018 at 12:00 AM EST (“Submission Period”). The Challenge Administrator may extend the
Submission Period, and will announce any extension on the Challenge Website.
- Judging for the various winners will be held between December 3, 2018 to February 28, 2019
- Challenge Winners Notified: Before or around February 20, 2019.
5. HOW TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
To enter the Challenge, participants
shall register their respective Teams by visiting the Challenge website located at
https://www.5gedtechchallenge.com/ (“Challenge Site”) during the Submission Period. Thereafter, Teams shall
follow the directions to enter a Submission as detailed below.
A. Submissions shall consist of a completed application listed on the Challenge Website that includes an EdTech Solution Concept and Visual Presentation (“Submission”): The Challenge Site provides instructions and requirements for Submissions, in addition to the requirements listed below. All Submissions shall adhere to the Content Restrictions (as explained below).
I. A video describing the EdTech Solution Concept (“Visual Presentation”). The video should include:
a. Summary of the EdTech Solution concept (name of the product; key focus);
b. A description of the identified need or problem;
c. A description of how the Challenge concept will address one of the three identified Challenge statements;
d. A description of the Challenge’s functionality;
e. Identification of the primary audience for the Challenge and description of the intended user
II. A completed Application that demonstrates the Team’s expertise and experience working to address one of the three Challenge statements as well as technical expertise and experience using cutting-edge technologies, and its potential impact or outcome (“Application”). The Application should include:
a. The team (with full names and resumes);
b. A description of how the Team’s EdTech Solution is designed to address one of the Challenge statements;
c. A description the Team’s understanding of 5G and cutting-edge technologies and how the Team’s EdTech Solution reflects the potential to use and leverage 5G technology
B. Content Restrictions: The Submission must NOT contain:
- Nudity, lewd or vulgar behavior.
- Material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or
intellectual property rights, including but not limited to copyright patent, trademark, trade secret
infringement or other proprietary right of any party.
- Brand names or trademarks.
- Material that is hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libelous.
- Material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes
discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
- Material that is unlawful, in violation of, or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where the
Challenge is created.
- Material that interferes with the functioning of any services of other parties.
- Material not suitable for persons under 13, including graphic depictions of violence or age-inappropriate
- Gambling Application or sites.
- Material that includes content that is deemed inappropriate, indecent, obscene or otherwise does not
comply with the Content Restrictions, as determined by Challenge Administrator in its sole discretion.
You have choices about how Verizon shares and uses information as it relates to:
- Customer Information
- Marketing e-mail, postal mail and door-to-door calls
- Information used for online advertising
- Relevant advertising
- Business and marketing insights
Failure of any Submission to comply with the above restrictions (collectively, the “Content Restrictions”), as determined by Verizon or the Challenge Administrator in its sole discretion, shall result in disqualification. Neither Verizon nor the Challenge Administrator accepts responsibility for Submissions lost, delayed, damaged, defaced, or mislaid, howsoever caused. All Submissions shall be deemed made by the Team at the time of entry. Once a Submission is made, teams may not make any alterations.
Each Submission shall be evaluated and scored based on the Submission as described below
- Clear identification and alignment with one of the Challenge statements;
- Viability of the concept to be built, developed and tested in the 5G environment;
- Creativity and originality of solution; and
- Thoroughness of the submitted materials in compliance with Challenge rules, guidelines, and requirements.
7. NOTIFICATION OF FINALISTS AND WINNERS:
Becoming a Team that is a Challenge winner (“Challenge Winner”) is subject to validation and verification of eligibility and compliance with all the terms and conditions set forth in these Rules. Challenge Winners shall be selected, announced and posted to the Challenge Site on, around, or before February 18, 2019 and the Team shall be notified by telephone and/or email, at Challenge Administrator’s discretion. If the school of the potential Team winner does not respond to the notification attempt within ten (10) days from the first notification attempt, then such potential Team winner may be disqualified and an alternate potential Team winner shall be selected from among all eligible entries received. Except where prohibited by law, each potential Challenge Winner may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and Publicity Release and provide any additional information that may be required by Challenge Administrator. In the
event the potential Challenge Winner is a minor, their parent or legal guardian must sign the documents and return them as described herein. All notification requirements, as well as other requirements within these Rules, shall be strictly enforced. Determinations of judges are final and binding.
The up to ten (10) Verizon 5G EdTech Challenge Winners shall be awarded:
- Grant funding of up to $100,000.00 USD;
- Participation a 5G product development program beginning as early as February 2019 during which
Challenge Winners shall receive in-person and virtual training and support from Verizon to test and refine
their EdTech Solutions in the 5G environment; and
- Opportunity to be considered to test the Challenge Winner’s EdTech Solution at select middle schools,
which will be determined at the Verizon Foundation’s discretion.
AWARDS OF PRIZES TO POTENTIAL WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO THE EXPRESS
REQUIREMENT THAT THEY SUBMIT TO CHALLENGE ADMINISTRATOR OR VERIZON ALL
DOCUMENTATION REQUESTED BY CHALLENGE ADMINISTRATOR OR VERISON TO PERMIT IT TO
COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL TAX REPORTING. ALL PRIZES
SHALL BE NET OF ANY TAXES CHALLENGE ADMINISTRATOR OR VERIZON IS REQUIRED BY LAW
TO WITHHOLD. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, ALL TAXES IMPOSED ON PRIZES ARE THE
SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNERS.
In order to receive a prize, potential winners must submit tax documentation requested by Challenge Administrator or Verizon or otherwise required by Applicable law, to Challenge Administrator or Verizon or a representative for Challenge Administrator or the relevant tax authority, all as determined by applicable law. The potential winner, and if the winner is a minor, their parents or legal guardians, are responsible for ensuring that they comply with all the applicable tax laws and filing requirements. If a potential winner fails to provide such documentation or comply with such laws, the prize may be forfeited and Challenge Administrator may, in its sole discretion, select an alternate potential winner.
10. GENERAL CONDITIONS:
All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply including but not limited to
trade, sanctions and prohibited use. Challenge Administrator reserves the right to disqualify a Team from the
Challenge if, in Verizon’s or the Challenge Administrator’s sole discretion, it reasonably believes that the Team has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of the Challenge by cheating, deception, or other unfair playing practices or annoys, abuses, threatens or harasses any other Teams, Verizon, Challenge Administrator, or the Judges.
11. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS:
As between Challenge Administrator and the Team, the Team retains ownership of all intellectual and industrial property rights (including moral rights) in and to the Submission (excluding Challenge Administrator’s rights in the Challenge Administrator logo/trademark).
By entering the Challenge, Teams agree to participate in any media or promotional activity resulting from the Challenge as reasonably requested by Challenge Administrator or Verizon at Challenge Administrator’s or Verizon’s expense and agree and consent to use of their name and/or likeness by Challenge Administrator and Verizon. Challenge Administrator or Verizon shall contact Teams in advance of any Challenge Administrator or Verizon-Challenge Administrator media request for interviews. As a condition of entering into the Challenge, the Team grants Verizon a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, transferable, royalty-free, and non- exclusive, non-commercial publicity license to use, reuse, publish, republish, modify, edit, repurpose, reproduce, distribute, disclose, publicly perform, create a derivative work from and publicly display the Team’s opinions, name, photograph, likeness, submissions, or other materials provided by Team, Faculty Advisor, university or nonprofit or staff of the university or nonprofit in whole or in part, without prior review, in all media (including but not limited to posting on Challenge Site and other Verizon Foundation uses), whether now known or later developed, and, including but not limited to, for the purposes of promotion, marketing or advertising without any notice or obligation of further compensation to the Team, schools, Students (and legal guardians) or Faculty Advisors or any and all claims, demands, or causes of action that the Teams, schools, Students (and legal guardians) or Faculty Advisors might assert in connection with the above use or uses by Challenge Administrator and/or Verizon. Submissions shall not be returned.
The Submission may also be used for press and media purposes and Team agrees to waive any rights and not assert
any intellectual property rights that Team has or may have in the Submission. Challenge Administrator and Verizon
reserve the right to publish the name and likeness of the Teams on the Challenge Site or through other media for
14. WARRANTY AND INDEMNITY:
Teams warrant that their Submissions are their own original work and, as
such, they are the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of the submitted Submission and that they have the right to submit the Submission in the Challenge and grant all required licenses. Each Team agrees not to submit any Submission that:
(a) infringes any third party proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, trade names, industrial designs, patent, trade secret, privacy, publicity or confidentiality obligations; or
(b) otherwise violates applicable state, federal, or local law.
To the maximum extent permitted by law, Team agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Challenge
Administrator from and against any and all claims, actions, suits or proceedings, as well as any and all losses,
liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or accruing from;
(i) any Submission or other material uploaded or otherwise provided by Team that infringes any copyright, trademark, trade secret, trade dress, patent or other intellectual property right of any person or defames any person or violates their rights of publicity or privacy;
(ii) breach of any warranty set forth herein;
(iii) any misrepresentation made by Team in connection with the Challenge;
(iv) any non-compliance by Team with these Rules;
(v) claims brought by persons or entities other than the parties to these Rules arising from or related to Team’s involvement with the Challenge;
(vi) acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any Challenge-related activity or participation in the Challenge;
(vii) any malfunction or other problem with the Challenge Site in relation to the Submission and participation in the Challenge by Team;
(ix) any error in the collection, processing, or retention of Submission or voting information in relation to the Submission and participation in the Challenge by Team and in the voting process by consumers; or
(x) any typographical or other error in the printing, offering or announcement of any prize or winners in relation to the Submission and participation in the Challenge by Team.
Any false information provided within the context of the Challenge by Team concerning identity, mailing address, telephone number, email address, ownership of right or non-compliance with these Rules or the like may result in the immediate elimination of the Team from the Challenge.
16. INTERNET AND DISCLAIMER:
Neither Challenge Administrator nor Verizon is responsible for any
malfunction of the entire Challenge Site or any late, lost, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, undeliverable, or destroyed Submission or votes due to system errors, failed, incomplete or garbled computer or other telecommunication transmission malfunctions, hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, typographical or system/human errors and failures, technical malfunction(s) of any telephone network or lines, cable connections, satellite transmissions, servers or providers, or computer equipment, traffic congestion on the Internet or at the Challenge Site, or any combination thereof, including other telecommunication, cable, digital or satellite malfunctions which may limit Team’s ability to participate. Neither Challenge Administrator nor Verizon are responsible for the policies, actions, or inactions of others, which might prevent Team from entering, participating, and/or claiming a prize in this Challenge. Challenge Administrator’s or Verizon’s failure to enforce any term of these Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that or any other provision. Verizon and Challenge Administrator reserve the right to disqualify Teams who violate the rules or interfere with this Challenge in any manner. If a Team is disqualified, Challenge Administrator and Verizon reserve the right to terminate that Team’s eligibility to participate in the Challenge.
17. RIGHT TO CANCEL, MODIFY OR DISQUALIFY:
If for any reason the Challenge is not capable of running as
planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Challenge, Challenge Administrator and Verizon reserve the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Challenge. Challenge Administrator and Verizon further reserves the right to disqualify any Team who tampers with the Submission process or any other part of the Challenge or Challenge Site. Any attempt by an Team to deliberately damage any web site, including the Challenge Site, or undermine the legitimate operation of the Challenge is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Challenge Administrator reserves the right to seek damages from any such Team or school to the fullest extent of the Applicable law.
18. FORUM AND RECOURSE TO JUDICIAL PROCEDURES:
These Rules shall be governed by, subject to, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, United States of America, excluding all conflict of law rules. If any provision(s) of these Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof shall remain in full force and effect. To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, seek injunctive relief or make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with
this Challenge are hereby excluded, and Teams expressly waive any and all such rights.
By entering the Challenge, you agree that exclusive jurisdiction for any dispute, claim, or
demand related in any way to the Challenge shall be decided by binding arbitration. All disputes between you and
Challenge Administrator or Verizon of whatsoever kind or nature arising out of these Rules, shall be submitted to
Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (“JAMS”) for binding arbitration under its rules then in effect in theNew York, NY, USA area, before one arbitrator to be mutually agreed upon by both parties. The parties agree to share equally in the arbitration costs incurred.
20. CHALLENGE WINNER LIST:
Challenge Winners will be posted on the Challenge Site before or around February 20, 2019. This Agreement may be signed in counterparts, each of which shall constitute one and the same instrument after their delivery and exchange.