OFFICIAL RULES AND GUIDELINES
1. Binding Agreement and Compliance: These Rules are a legally binding agreement by and between each Contestant and FUTURIZEX (Sponsor). The Rules govern each Contestant’s participation in the FuturizeX Student Challenge. No Contestant may enter the Challenge, nor be eligible to win any prize described in these Rules (“Prize”), unless Contestant he/her has registered. If the Contestant is under the age of 18, the Contestant must have their parent or legal guardian sign the Official Rules. (See paragraph 16) Failure to comply with this requirement will result in Contestant’s disqualification from the Challenge.
IF YOU ARE A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN AGREEING TO THESE RULES FOR THE BENEFIT OF A CONTESTANT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS/HER ENTRY IN THE CHALLENGE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION LIABILITY THAT HE/SHE MAY INCUR.
The purpose of these Rules is to fully state the binding requirements for competing in the Challenge. Except as expressly set forth in herein, these Rules do not extend beyond activities related to the Challenge. These Rules may be revised at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. By participating in this Challenge, each Contestant is bound by the interpretations of these Rules, which are rendered final unless the Sponsor, in their sole discretion, agrees to change them. Decisions of Sponsor shall be final in all aspects related to the Challenge.
All Contestants must adhere to all local, regional, and national laws, orders, directives, ordinances, treaties, rules, and regulations for all aspects of the Challenge. Contestants shall be solely responsible for acquiring the appropriate licenses, waivers, or permits from the applicable regulatory bodies or other applicable third parties. Contestants must abide by relevant age restrictions for all software and hardware components used in the process of competing in the Challenge. The Sponsor shall in no way be responsible for providing to Contestants any advice or counsel, legal or otherwise, with regard thereto.
2. Eligibility: The Challenge is open to all UCLA undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in the 2016-2017 school year.
There is a limit of one (1) submission per Contestant. There will be (1) first-prize winner, (1) second-prize winner, and (1) third-prize winner selected. Submissions selected as Winners of any prior FuturizeX Student Challenge competitions are ineligible (submissions not selected as winners are eligible provided they follow these rules).
Employees, consultants, and contractors of UCLA and each of their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies (collectively the “Challenge Entities”) and their immediate families (i.e., parents, spouse, children, siblings, grandparents, step parents, step children, and step siblings) are ineligible.
The official language of the Challenge is English. All communications and all Challenge Submissions shall be in English unless Contestant has received prior written permission from the Sponsor to use another language. If necessary, Contestant must provide translation into English of Challenge Submission content. Only online submissions will be accepted.
3. Challenge Timeline: Registration begins on September 20, 2016 and ends on November 14, 2016 (“Challenge Period”). The sole determinant of time for the purposes of receipt of a valid entry in the Challenge will be the Sponsor clock. All determinations by Sponsor regarding time are final.
4. Registration and Submissions: Starting September 20, 2016, Contestants will be able to register and submit their entries for the Challenge online at the Challenge Website (www.futurizex.ucla.edu).
Challenge Submissions for students under the age of 18 will not be accepted until satisfactory parental or legal guardian verification is provided and deemed approved, as determined at the Sponsor’s sole discretion.
5. Challenge Submission: Each Contestant may submit an entry in written (400 words or less) format, accompanied by one diagram. There is a limit of one (1) submission per type per Contestant. If Contestant’s proposed idea or technology already exists, contestants should explain what makes their idea or technology different and why it is important.
They should explain how their idea or technology works, describe the impact it has on the future of Los Angeles, and prove this is something feasible. Contestants should explain the use of their science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (S.T.E.M.) skills in relation to his/her Challenge Submission.
All submissions must be an original creation of the submitting Contestant. All Challenge Submissions must be under no restriction, contractual or otherwise, that will prevent Sponsor promotional use of the Submission and must be free of any and all liens, encumbrances, and claims of third parties. Contestants must work independently with minimal help or direction from others.
To submit their written entry, Contestants will enter the FUTURIZEX website (www.futurizex.ucla.edu), click on the Student Challenge page, and follow the directions on how to enter.
The Challenge Submissions cannot: (i) be plagiarized; (ii) contain branding, trademarks, watermarks, logos, or trade dress owned by others, or advertise or promote any brand or product, without permission, or contain any personal identification (e.g. license plate numbers, last names, e-mail, or street addresses); (iii) contain copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, paintings, and other works or images published via websites, television, movies, or other media) without permission; (iv) contain materials with the names, likenesses, photographs, or other indicia identifying any person, living or dead, without permission; (v) communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which the Challenge Entities wish to associate; (vi) be unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group, profane or pornographic; (vii) be obscene or offensive, endorse any form of hate or hate group; (viii) defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about the Challenge Entities, or their products, or other people, products, or companies; (ix) contain materially dangerous activity; promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms (or the use of any of the foregoing), any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, or any particular political agenda or message; and (x) depict, and cannot itself be in, violation of any law.
No other form of participation is valid. Any attempt by any Contestant to upload more than the allowed number of Challenge Submissions by using multiple e-mail addresses, separate identities, or any other method will result in the disqualification or the Contestant and his/her Challenge Submissions. The sole determinant of time for the purposes of receipt of a valid entry in the Challenge will be the Sponsor clock. No automated entry devices and/or programs permitted. Submissions generated by a script, macro, or other automated means or practices and Challenge Submissions that by any means intend to subvert the entry process will be disqualified.
6. Judging: Challenge Submission will be judged upon the criteria set forth below by judges (“Judges”) selected and appointed by Sponsor as set forth below. All decisions made by the Judges shall be final and binding upon both Contestants and Sponsor.
Challenge Submissions will be scored based on the following weighted criteria: (i) 25% – originality and impact of idea or technology; (ii) 20% – use of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) (iii) 20% – delivery and presentation of pitch (iv) 20% – feasibility to be developed by 2050 (v) 15% – Live audience vote
The six contestants with the highest scores will be chosen as finalists and present their pitches in person to the judges.
Judges will assign a score to each Challenge Submission pursuant to the Judging Criteria. The Challenge Submission with the highest score will win first place. The Challenge Submission with the second highest score will win second place. And the Challenge Submission with the third highest score will win third place. All calculations, formulae, algorithms, and other methods of score tabulation and evaluation shall be at the sole and exclusive discretion of the Judges and Sponsor and shall not be subject to challenge or appeal.
Finalists will be showcased on the Challenge Website on or around November 16, 2016. Finalists first names, the first letter of their last name will be listed on the website; no other personally identifying information will be listed.
7. Prizes: Provided that the Sponsor receives a sufficient number of qualified Challenge Submissions, three (3) Winning Prizes (first place, second place, and third place) will be awarded. Such Prizes, listed with their Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) will include the following:
The first-prize winner will receive:
$4,000, a day tour of Google L.A., and a virtual reality viewer.
The second-prize winner will receive:
$2,000 and a day tour of Google L.A, and a virtual reality viewer.
The third-prize winner will receive:
$1,000 and a day tour of Google L.A, and a virtual reality viewer.
Limit one prize per Winner. All Prizes are non-transferable, non-exchangeable, and non-refundable, have no cash value, must be accepted by Winner as awarded, and may not be separated. Winners are solely responsible for all costs not expressly described herein. The value of the prizes will be taxable to each Winner as income. All federal, state, local taxes, fees and surcharges on Prizes are the sole responsibility of the Winners. Each Winner and their parent or legal guardian will and hereby do hold the Sponsor harmless from liability for failure to timely report and/or pay such taxes. An IRS form 1099 will be issued. Each Winner must supply his/her parent or legal guardian’s social security number for tax purposes.
“If you are receiving financial aid, the receipt of your prize may affect your financial aid awards. Please contact Financial Aid and Scholarships at 310-206-0400 or via e-mail at FINAID@SAONET.UCLA.EDU, if you have any questions.”
Winners’ names will be featured on the FuturizeX website (www.futurizex.ucla.edu). Prizes may be terminated or extended at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.
WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, SUCH PRIZES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND CHALLENGE ENTITIES HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL SUCH WARRANTIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND/OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.
In the event the Winner engages in behavior that, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, is obnoxious or threatening, illegal or that is intended to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the Contestant’s participation in the Program with no further compensation. Prize restrictions/conditions stated herein are not all-inclusive and the Prize described above may be subject to additional restrictions/conditions.
The Prize cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or offer. Prize elements may not be separated. In the event any portion of the Prize cannot be awarded as stated, that portion of the Prize will go un-awarded.
8. General Prize Terms: The Sponsor shall have no responsibility or obligation to the Winners or potential Winners who are unable to accept or utilize the prizes as described herein.
Challenge Media Rights. By entering the Challenge, Contestant and his/her parent or legal guardian irrevocably agree to allow the Challenge Entities to reference their names, all Challenge Submissions, and other materials submitted as part of the Challenge or via the Challenge Website and to use Contestant’s name, image, likeness, and recordings associated with the Challenge in all media anywhere throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional permission or compensation unless prohibited by law.
Each Contestant, by entering the Challenge, agrees, to the following: (i) inventorship of any patentable discovery or technology conceived and/or reduced to practice in connection with the creation of a Challenge Submission (“original idea or technology”) shall be determined by U.S. patent law; (ii) ownership of any discovery or technology shall be determined by inventorship; and (iii) Contestant and/or his/her parent or legal guardian will retain all rights he/she/they may have in or to any such original idea or technology as an inventor.
By submitting to the Challenge, each Contestant warrants and represents that the Challenge Submission: (i) is the Contestant’s original work; (ii) has not been previously published; (iii) has not won previous awards; (iv) does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity, or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity; (v) that Contestant has obtained permission from any person whose name, image, likeness, or voice is used in any Challenge Submission; (vi) that publication of the Challenge Submission via various media, including Web posting, will not infringe on the rights of any third party rights; and (vii) that all rights, licenses and permissions have been obtained in writing from any person who may have helped with or participated in the creation of the Challenge Submission (or from parent or legal guardian of such person, if the person is considered under the age of majority in his/her country of residence). Each Contestant will indemnify and hold harmless Challenge Entities and each of their officers, directors, and employees from any claims to the contrary. Each Contestant whose work includes likenesses of third parties or contains elements not owned by any Contestant (such as, but not limited to, depictions of persons, buildings, trademarks, or logos) must be able to provide legal releases for such use including the Sponsor’ use of such materials, in a form satisfactory to the Sponsor, upon request, prior to award of Prize, and/or naming of Contestant as a Winner.
By submitting to the Challenge, each Contestant agrees that such Submission are gratuitous and made without restriction, and will not place Sponsor under any obligation, and that Sponsor is free to disclose or otherwise disclose the ideas contained in the Challenge Submission on a non- confidential basis to anyone or otherwise use the ideas without any additional compensation. Each Contestant acknowledges that, by acceptance of such submission, Sponsor does not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas previously known to said entity, or developed by its employees or obtained from sources other than Contestant.
9. Acceptance and Removal: The Sponsor reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify Contestants who violate any of the Rules or who may make any misrepresentations relative to this Challenge. They also reserve the rights to cancel, modify or terminate the Challenge.
10. General Indemnification: By participating in this Challenge, Contestants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless the Challenge Entities, their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors and representatives (collectively the “Released Parties”) from any liability, claims, losses and damages arising out of or relating to Contestant’s (or his/her parent or legal guardian’s): (i) participation in this Challenge or any Challenge-related activities; or (ii) use, misuse, or claiming of any Prize in connection with this Challenge.
11. Waiver of Requirements: The Sponsor may, at their sole discretion, elect to waive or relax specific requirements if the basic objectives of the Challenge are found to have been satisfied.
12. Choice of Law: The Challenge is governed by California law and is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws.
13. General Terms: ANY VIOLATION OF THESE RULES OR BEHAVIOR BY A CONTESTANT OR WINNER THAT WILL BRING SUCH CONTESTANT, OR WINNER INTO A DISPUTE (IN THE SPONSOR’S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN THEIR DISQUALIFICATION FROM THE CHALLENGE OR AS A PRIZE WINNER AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS A PRIZE WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED. INCOMPLETE, UNREADABLE, OR UNINTELLIGIBLE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED AND NOT CONSIDERED. ENTRIES WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for incorrect or inaccurate information regarding the Challenge or Registration, or any late, lost or misdirected entries, whether caused by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Challenge or by any human error which may occur in the processing of the registration in this Challenge.
ANY ATTEMPT BY AN INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CHALLENGE IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE CHALLENGE ENTITIES RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE
FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. THE CALIFORNIA COURTS (STATE AND FEDERAL) SHALL HAVE SOLE JURISDICTION OF ANY CONTROVERSIES REGARDING THE CHALLENGE AND THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA SHALL GOVERN THE CHALLENGE WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ITS CONFLICTS OF LAW PRINCIPLES. EACH CONTESTANT WAIVES ANY AND ALL OBJECTIONS TO JURISDICTION AND VENUE IN THESE COURTS AND HEREBY SUBMITS TO THE JURISDICTION OF THOSE COURTS.
All disputes arising out of, related to, or in connection with this Challenge (excluding any disputes arising out of, related to, or in connection with use or enjoyment of any elements of the Prize by Winners) will be resolved individually, without resort to class action.
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