Breakthrough Junior Challenge Official Rules
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These Official Rules Contain An Arbitration Agreement, Which Will, With Limited Exception, Require You To Submit Claims You Have Against Breakthrough Prize Foundation To Binding And Final Arbitration. Under The Arbitration Agreement, (1) You Will Only Be Permitted To Pursue Claims Against Breakthrough Prize Foundation On An Individual Basis, Not As A Plaintiff Or Class Member In Any Class Or Representative Action Or Proceeding, And (2) You Will Only Be Permitted To Seek Relief (including Monetary, Injunctive, And Declaratory Relief) On An Individual Basis.
Overview. The Competition begins September 1, 2016 at 12:01 AM EST (the “Competition Start Date”) and ends [October 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM PDT (the “Competition End Date”), such period referred to herein as the “Competition Period.” The Competition is sponsored by Breakthrough Prize Foundation (the “Competition Sponsor”). Competition Sponsor’s computer is the official clock for the Competition. This is a skill-based competition and chance plays no part in the determination of any Winner.
Eligibility. Subject to the limitations set out herein, individuals between the ages of 13 and 18 may participate ("You”). You must be at least 13 years of age by October 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM PDT participate, and You cannot be older than 18 years of age on October 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM PDT. If You are a minor, You must have your parent's or legal guardian's permission to enter and Your parent or legal guardian must agree, on your behalf and on his or her own behalf, to follow and be bound by these RULES and warrant that You are eligible to participate in the Competition. You cannot reside in nor be governed by countries that are prohibited by law, regulation (including United States laws and regulations or other applicable export laws and regulations), treaty or administrative act from entering into trade relations (including export of technology) with the United States of America or its citizens. THE COMPETITION IS VOID IN IRAN, NORTH KOREA, SUDAN, SYRIA, THE COUNTRIES LISTED AT https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/Programs.aspx, AND WHERE PROHIBITED.
Entries are limited to individuals only; commercial enterprises and business entities are not eligible. Any donor, director, officer, employee, contractor to or of Competition Sponsor, members of the Evaluation Panel and the Selection Committee and any of the foregoing’s family members or those living in the same household are prohibited from entering the Competition. A “family member” of any individual means his or her spouse, ancestors, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the spouses of his or her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Additionally, any individual who is the owner of more than 20 percent of (i) the total combined voting power of a corporation, (ii) the profits interest of a partnership or (iii) the beneficial interest of a trust or unincorporated enterprise which is a substantial contributor to the Competition Sponsor is prohibited from entering the Competition. A “substantial contributor” means any individual or entity who contributed or bequeathed an aggregate amount of more than $5,000 to the Competition Sponsor, if such amount is more than two percent of the total contributions and bequests received by the Competition Sponsor before the close of the taxable year of the Competition Sponsor in which the contribution or bequest is received by the Competition Sponsor from such individual or entity.
Entries that are submitted in connection with the Competition will only be eligible if such Entries (i) are in English, (ii) do not contain content that is unlawful, hateful or obscene, in the Competition Sponsor’s sole discretion, and (iii) do not include any other identifiable individual other than the individual participant unless prior express consent is obtained from such individual or such images are in the public domain. The Competition Sponsor will allow only those entries that meet all of these criteria, in the sole discretion of the Competition Sponsor.
Content. The Content created or provided by You must be Your own. You represent and warrant that (i) Your Entry is an original work created solely by You and that You own all Intellectual Property in and to the Entry, (ii) Your Entry does not violate any applicable law, rule or regulation, (iii) no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the Entry (including Intellectual Property Rights), except as expressly identified by You to us in writing, (iv) You own and are free to grant to the Competition Sponsor all rights in and to Your Entry that is granted herein and (v) use of Your Entry by Competition Sponsor will not infringe or involve the misappropriation of any third party rights. You (or Your parent/guardian if a minor) agree to indemnify and hold harmless Competition Sponsor and its affiliates from and against any breach of this warranty.
By submitting Your Entry, You represent and warrant that You have the right to grant, and do hereby grant, to Competition Sponsor a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, sublicensable and non-exclusive right and license to (a) use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display any such content (in whole or in part) worldwide and/or to incorporate all or any portion of it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed for the full term of any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party that may exist in such Content; and (b) use the Content, including without limitation, the right and license to make, use, sell, offer for sale, and import any products and/or services which practice or embody, or are configured for use in practicing, all or any portion of the Content and the right to practice. If there are portions of the Entry that are encumbered by third party intellectual property rights, it is Your responsibility to disclose them, and such third party content may cause Your Entry to be disqualified.
Under no circumstances will the Competition Sponsor be required to treat any Content as confidential. The Competition Sponsor will be entitled to use the Content for any purpose whatsoever without permission from or compensation to You or any other person. For the avoidance of doubt, the Competition Sponsor will not be liable to You or any other person for any ideas for the Competition Sponsor’s business (including, without limitation, product designs or ideas) derived from the content and will not incur any liability as a result of any similarities to the content that may appear in any future products or services of the Competition Sponsor.
How to Submit an Entry. To submit an Entry for the Competition, go to breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org, click “Enter” at the top of the webpage and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the Application form to receive one (1) Entry into the Competition. In order for your Entry to be valid and complete, You must also review at least five (5) other Entries from other entrants (“Peers”), as further described below.
Limit to one (1) Entry per person during the Competition Period. You may not Enter under more than one true and uniform identity; multiple Entries from an entrant are not allowed and will be disqualified. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY October 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM PDT. Once submitted, Your Entry becomes the exclusive property of the Competition Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Proof of submission of an entry does not constitute proof of receipt by Competition Sponsor.
Competition Sponsor may disqualify, in its sole and absolute discretion, Entries that are (i) not reasonably pertinent to the subject matter of the Competition, (ii) duplicates of previous Entries, or (iii) illegible, incomplete, forged, altered or mechanically produced or reproduced. Any Entry otherwise in violation of these RULES may also be disqualified. Participation in the Competition is voluntary and does not require You to purchase anything from the Competition Sponsor.
The Competition Sponsor will have no obligation (express or implied) to use or display any Entry and may at any time abandon the use of Your Entry for any reason, or for no reason. You (or Your parent/guardian if a minor) agree to defend, indemnify and hold the Competition Sponsor harmless from and against, any claims, liabilities, actions, damages, costs and expenses (including attorneys' fees) arising out of or in connection with the Your Entry or Your participation in the Competition.
Selection of Winner.
Assessment Phases: There are four phases of assessment for each qualified Entry, which are listed below.
- First Phase. Upon submitting Your Entry, qualified Entries will be distributed to other entrants during a Peer-to-Peer review of those Entries. You will be required to review at least five (5) other Entries from Your Peers by October 16th, 2016 at 11:59 PM PDT. You may be asked to review and score additional Applications as well. If You do not complete those reviews, Your participation may be terminated, resulting in the disqualification of Your Entry. Please read and understand the TRAIT SCORING RUBRIC located at breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org/judging that You will use to review the Peers’ Entry. The TRAIT SCORING RUBRIC provides four (4) criteria, each of which are scored on a 5-point scale. The scores from each Peer-to-Peer review will be statistically normalized using an algorithm, which will populate a rank order of the Entries. The top Entries (up to seventy-five (75)) will be subjected to an administrative review by the Competition Sponsor to ensure compliance with all of the requirements of the Competition (“Administrative Review”). If such Entries are deemed to pass such Administrative Review, they will advance to the next phase, outlined below (the “First Phase Finalists”). Please note that this process was designed to utilize the skills and talents of the entrants and to increase the exposure to the Entries. Therefore, we hope that You will approach the Peer-to-Peer review process as an educational experience and with good faith by providing an honest and sincere assessment of the Peers’ Entries.
- Second Phase. Each of the First Phase Finalist's Entries will receive five (5) reviews by randomly selected members on an evaluation panel, which consists of experts who are identified on this Website (the “Evaluation Panel”). The Evaluation Panel will utilize the same review process described in Section 5(a) for each assigned First Phase Finalist. Based on a rank order of these scores, the top Entries (up to thirty (30)) will be subjected to a second Administrative Review. If such Entries are deemed to pass such Administrative Review, they will advance to the next phase, outlined below (the “Semifinalists”).
- Third Phase.
- The Semifinalists’ Entries will be posted (in a randomized order) on our Facebook page. All entrants and friends of entrants will be invited to “like” their favorite video. The Entry with the highest number of “likes” as of November 9h, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST will be moved to the Fourth Phase, as described below (the “Popular Vote Finalist”).
- Additionally, the top Semifinalists’ Entries (up to fifteen (15)) will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of the experts identified on this Website (the “Selection Committee”). The Selection Committee will select the top Semifinalists (up to ten (10)) to move to the Fourth Phase based on the TRAIT SCORING RUBRIC (the “Finalists”).
- Fourth Phase. The Selection Committee will assess the Finalists . The Selection Committee will select the top five (5) Entries based on the TRAIT SCORING RUBRIC and taking into account all scores from the earlier judging phases. The Competition Sponsor shall assess such top five (5) Entries and the Popular Vote Finalist and select the winner based on the TRAIT SCORING RUBRIC. The Competition Sponsor shall have final, sole and absolute responsibility to select the Winner at the conclusion of the Fourth Phase.
- Tiebreaker. Where a tie occurs any of the phases above, entrants who are tied will be further ranked according to a secondary score provided by those same individuals. If the secondary score is also equal among a sub-set of ties, then the final rank order those Entries will be calculated based on the order in which each entrant completed their Peer-to-Peer Reviews. Therefore, it is important for each entrant to review and finalize scores for each assigned Entry as thoughtfully and efficiently as possible.
The Winner will be announced on or about December 4, 2016, and the selection of the Winner shall be binding on You and all entrants. The Winner will be required to attend an award ceremony tentatively scheduled for December 4, 2016.
Grant of Rights: Except where prohibited by law, by submitting an Entry, You hereby irrevocably grants to Competition Sponsor and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, agents, and licensees, the unconditional and perpetual right and permission to reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, exhibit, and/or otherwise use or reuse, without limitation, Your Entry, as submitted or as edited, altered, or modified in any way by the Competition Sponsor or its respective designee(s), in the Competition Sponsor’s sole discretion, in any media throughout the world for any purpose, without limitation and without additional review, compensation, or approval from You or any other party. You also grant the Competition Sponsor the right to use Your name, address (city and state), image, voice, likeness, photos, statements, biographical materials, Prize information and other material and information, without limitation, for the Competition Sponsor’s promotional purposes without further permission or compensation.
You (or Your Parent/guardian If A Minor) May Be Required To Execute Such Documents And Take Such Actions As May Be Required By The Competition Sponsor, Including, Without Limitation, Executing Documents To Irrevocably Assign And Transfer To The Competition Sponsor Any And All Rights, Title, And Interest In The Entry And Submission, Including, Without Limitation And As Applicable, All Copyrights, And Forever Waive All Moral Rights In The Entry And Submission, Any Rights Of Privacy, Intellectual Property Rights, And Any Other Legal Or Moral Rights That Might Preclude The Competition Sponsor’s Use, Alteration, Or Modification Of The Entry And/or Submission, Or Require The Finalist’s Permission To Use It For Any Purpose, And Agrees To Never Sue Or Assert Any Claim Against The Competition Sponsor Or Any Entity Acting Pursuant To The Competition Sponsor’s Direction For Any Use, Alteration Of Such Entry And/or Submission. Further, to the extent the You did not film the entirety of the Entry himself/herself, Competition Sponsor may request that You (or Your parent/guardian if a minor) secure from any videographer an irrevocable assignment and transfer to Competition Sponsor all of any such videographer’s right, title and interest in and to the Entry, including all but not limited to all copyright and trademark rights which he or she may have, in the United States and worldwide, therein, for consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged.
Winner Notification and Prize Claim. On or prior to December 4, 2016, an email notification will be sent to the Winner to the email addresses provided at the time of Entry. The Winner will be required to verify his or her eligibility by completing, signing, notarizing, and returning an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability Release, and, where lawful, a Publicity Release within five (5) business days of attempted mail notification, or the Prize may be forfeited and the entrant with the next highest score may be contacted as an alternate winner. If the Winner is a minor in his/her state of residence, such minor’s parent or legal guardian must sign and complete the Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability Release, and, where lawful the Publicity Release on such minor’s behalf. If the Prize is forfeited for any reason, the entrant with the next highest score may be contacted as an alternate winner.
One (1) Prize will be awarded to the Winner consisting of: a $250,000 college scholarship (“Scholarship”) and renovations to the Winner’s school (“School”) valued up to $100,000 for the renovation or addition of a science lab. As part of the Prize, the Winner will also elect one teacher (“Teacher”) who has inspired the Winner, and such teacher will be awarded $50,000. The Competition Sponsor will (i) coordinate the renovation details with the Winner’s school, (ii) supply a team to work on remodeling, and (iii) pay up to $100,000 for all approved expenses associated with the renovation. The total approximate retail value of the Prize is $400,000.
There are specific restrictions on the Prize, including, but not limited to:
- Scholarship can only be used for tuition and fees at post-secondary educational institution.
- Post-secondary educational institutions must be accredited institutions or non-U.S. equivalents.
- Scholarship will be paid directly to the post-secondary educational institutions in which winners are enrolled.
- Scholarship must be used within 8 years of graduation from secondary school or will be forfeited in whole or in part.
- Scholarship is personal and are not assignable to any other student in whole or in part.
- Any unused portions of the Prize will be returned to the Competition Sponsor and the Winner shall have no further claim.
- Competition Sponsor will endeavor to treat Scholarship as exempt from taxes, but any portion that is ineligible will be the responsibility of the Winner.
- Right to receive the Prize is contingent on signing any required agreements provided by the Competition Sponsor, and failure to do so may result in disqualification from the Competition resulting in the selection of an alternate Winner at the Competition Sponsor’s sole discretion.
- Teacher and/or School may also be required to sign agreements with Competition Sponsor in order receive the Prize.
- Teacher or School have the right to reject Prize.
- The Competition Sponsor has the sole discretion to reserve any portion of the Prize if the Winner, Teacher or School are not properly verified or do not meet the requirements set forth in these RULES.
- School must confirm eligibility to receive Prize, including providing evidence of being a nonprofit or governmental institution or its international equivalent, in each case in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
- If You are home schooled or otherwise not enrolled in a school that is eligible to receive the lab Prize, You may recommend a recipient school, but the decision whether or not to award a lab and to which school shall each be in the sole and absolute discretion of the Competition Sponsor.
- The Prize shall be paid in a manner and on the timeline to be determined in the discretion of the Competition Sponsor.
- No substitution, exchange, or cash equivalent will be allowed, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. The Winner may not request a division of the Prize.
- The Winner is solely responsible for all costs and expenses associated with the Prize not stated in these RULES.
Limitation of Liability and Release. By submitting Your Entry, You (or Your parent/guardian if a minor) agree to release, discharge and hold harmless the Competition Sponsor, Khan Academy, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and its partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, consultants, legal counsel, advertising, public relations, promotional, fulfillment and marketing agencies, website providers, Web masters, agents, employees, officers, directors and representatives (all of the foregoing, the “Released Parties”) from any Loss arising out of Your participation in this Competition and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any Prize. The Released Parties assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Entries or Application forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. Released Parties are not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants' or any other persons' computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to this Competition. The Released Parties are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by any Website users, tampering, hacking or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Competition and assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, technical error, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to the Website or any Competition-related website(s).
If for any reason, the Competition is not capable of running as planned, the Competition Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Competition and/or proceed with the Competition, including the selection of the Winner in a manner it deems fair and reasonable (with or without reference to the public votes). The Competition is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
Without limiting the foregoing, everything regarding the Competition, including this Website and Prize, are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. Some jurisdictions may not allow the limitations or exclusions of liability for incidental or consequential damages or exclusions of implied warranties, therefore some of the above limitations or exclusions may not apply. Check local laws for any restrictions or limitations regarding these limitations or exclusions.
Governing Law. This Competition Is Void Where Prohibited. Entrants agree that this Competition shall be subject to and governed by the laws of the State of California and the United States of America.
Arbitration Agreement; Dispute Resolution By Binding Arbitration.
Please Read This Section Carefully As It Affects Your Rights.
Agreement to Arbitrate: This Section is referred to in these RULES as the “Arbitration Agreement.” You agree that any and all disputes or claims that have arisen or may arise between You and the Competition Sponsor, whether arising out of or relating to these RULES, the Competition, Your participation in the Competition, the Prize, acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the Prize, any advertising, or any aspect of the relationship between us, shall be resolved exclusively through final and binding arbitration, rather than a court, in accordance with the terms of this Arbitration Agreement, except that You may assert individual claims in small claims court, if Your claims qualify. Further, this Arbitration Agreement does not preclude You from bringing issues to the attention of federal, state or local agencies, and such agencies can, if the law allows, seek relief against us on Your behalf. You agree that, by participating in the Competition, You and the Competition Sponsor are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action. Your rights will be determined by a neutral arbitrator, not a judge or jury. The Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this Arbitration Agreement.
Prohibition Of Class And Representative Actions And Non-individualized Relief: You And The Competition Sponsor Agree That Each Of Us May Bring Claims Against The Other Only On An Individual Basis And Not As A Plaintiff Or Class Member In Any Purported Class Or Representative Action Or Proceeding. Unless Both You And The Competition Sponsor Agree Otherwise, The Arbitrator May Not Consolidate Or Join More Than One Person’s Or Party’s Claims And May Not Otherwise Preside Over Any Form Of A Consolidated, Representative, Or Class Proceeding. Also, The Arbitrator May Award Relief (including Monetary, Injunctive, And Declaratory Relief) Only In Favor Of The Individual Party Seeking Relief And Only To The Extent Necessary To Provide Relief Necessitated By That Party’s Individual Claim(s).
Pre-Arbitration Dispute Resolution: The Competition Sponsor is always interested in resolving disputes amicably and efficiently, and most participant concerns can be resolved quickly and to the participant’s satisfaction by emailing the Competition Sponsor’s support team at email@example.com. If such efforts prove unsuccessful, a party who intends to seek arbitration must first send to the other, by certified mail, a written Notice of Dispute (“Notice”). The Notice to the Competition Sponsor should be sent to Breakthrough Prize Foundation, c/o 901 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 (“Notice Address”). The Notice must (i) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute and (ii) set forth the specific relief sought. If the Competition Sponsor and You do not resolve the claim within sixty (60) calendar days after the Notice is received, You or the Competition Sponsor may commence an arbitration proceeding. During the arbitration, the amount of any settlement offer made by the Competition Sponsor or You shall not be disclosed to the arbitrator until after the arbitrator determines the amount, if any, to which You or the Competition Sponsor is entitled.
Arbitration Procedures: Arbitration will be conducted by a neutral arbitrator in accordance with the American Arbitration Association’s (“AAA”) rules and procedures, including the AAA’s Supplementary Procedures for Consumer-Related Disputes (collectively, the “AAA Rules”), as modified by this Arbitration Agreement. For information on the AAA, please visit its website, http://www.adr.org. Information about the AAA Rules and fees for consumer disputes can be found at the AAA’s consumer arbitration page, http://www.adr.org/consumer_arbitration. If there is any inconsistency between any term of the AAA Rules and any term of this Arbitration Agreement, the applicable terms of this Arbitration Agreement will control unless the arbitrator determines that the application of the inconsistent Arbitration Agreement terms would not result in a fundamentally fair arbitration. The arbitrator must also follow the provisions of these RULES as a court would. All issues are for the arbitrator to decide, including, but not limited to, issues relating to the scope, enforceability, and arbitrability of this Arbitration Agreement. Although arbitration proceedings are usually simpler and more streamlined than trials and other judicial proceedings, the arbitrator can award the same damages and relief on an individual basis that a court can award to an individual under these RUES and applicable law. Decisions by the arbitrator are enforceable in court and may be overturned by a court only for very limited reasons.
Unless the Competition Sponsor and You agree otherwise, any arbitration hearings will take place in a reasonably convenient location for both parties with due consideration of their ability to travel and other pertinent circumstances. If the parties are unable to agree on a location, the determination shall be made by AAA. If Your claim is for $10,000 or less, the Competition Sponsor agrees that You may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator, through a telephonic hearing or by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules. If Your claim exceeds $10,000, the right to a hearing will be determined by the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator shall issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based.
Costs of Arbitration: Payment of all filing, administration, and arbitrator fees (collectively, the “Arbitration Fees”) will be governed by the AAA Rules, unless otherwise provided in this Arbitration Agreement. Any payment of attorneys’ fees will be governed by the AAA Rules.
Confidentiality: All aspects of the arbitration proceeding, and any ruling, decision, or award by the arbitrator, will be strictly confidential for the benefit of all parties.
Severability: If a court or the arbitrator decides that any term or provision of this Arbitration Agreement other than clause (b) above is invalid or unenforceable, the parties agree to replace such term or provision with a term or provision that is valid and enforceable and that comes closest to expressing the intention of the invalid or unenforceable term or provision, and this Arbitration Agreement shall be enforceable as so modified. If a court or the arbitrator decides that any of the provisions of clause (b) is invalid or unenforceable, then the entirety of this Arbitration Agreement shall be null and void. The remainder of these RULES will continue to apply.
Winner List. The name of the Winner will be posted on this Website after verification and announcement of the Winner and will remain posted for ninety (90) days thereafter.
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