The OpenPOWER Developer Challenge 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: The OpenPOWER Developer Challenge (the “Hackathon”)

Hackathon Website: http://OpenPOWER.Devpost.com (the “Hackathon Website”)

 

1. POSTER & ADMINISTRATOR
Poster (the “Poster”): International Business Machines Corporation (“IBM”), 2 Jericho Plaza, Jericho, NY 11753.

The Poster is the sponsor and entity responsible for the Hackathon.

Administrator (the “Administrator”): Devpost, Inc., 433 W. 14th Street, #3F, New York, NY 10014.

 

2. DATES AND TIMING

Hackathon Registration Period: April 6, 2016 (10:00am Eastern Time) – August 2, 2016 (5:00pm Eastern Time) (the “Hackathon Registration Period”)

Hackathon Submission Period: June 1, 2016 (10:00am Eastern Time) – September 6, 2016 (9:00pm Eastern Time) (the “Hackathon Submission Period”)

Judging Period: September 2, 2016 (10:00am Eastern Time) – September 18, 2016 (5:00pm Eastern Time) (the “Judging Period”)

Finalists Announced: September 19 -22, 2016 during the IBM Edge Conference

Winners Announced: On or around November 18, 2016 at Supercomputing 2016 Conference

The Administrator will be the official timekeeper for the Hackathon.

 

3. ELIGIBILITY

A. The Hackathon IS open to: 

  • Individuals who are at least 18 years of age as of the time of entry and reside in one of the following eligible (the “Eligible Countries”):
    • Australia
    • Canada (excluding Quebec)
    • China (including Hong Kong)
    • France
    • Germany
    • India
    • Israel
    • Japan
    • Mexico
    • Netherlands
    • South Korea
    • United Kingdom
    • United States
  • Teams of eligible individuals (there is no limit on the number of eligible individuals that may be included in a team)
  • 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, are domiciled in one of the Eligible Countries, and employ no more than 50 people (“Organizations”)

(the above are collectively, “Makers”)

An individual may join more than one team, Organization, or Large Organization and an individual who is part of a team, Organization, or Large Organization may also enter the Hackathon on an individual basis.  

If a team or 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 organization, you represent and warrant that you are the Representative, and are duly authorized to act on behalf of your team or organization.

B. The following are not eligible for prizes in the Hackathon:

  • Individuals who are residents of, or Organizations or Large Organizations domiciled in, a country, state, province or territory that is not included on the list of Eligible Countries above, or where the laws of the United States or local law prohibits participating or receiving a prize in the Hackathon.
  • organizations involved with the design, production, paid promotion, execution, or distribution of the Hackathon, including Poster and Administrator (“Promotion Entities”)
  • employees, representatives and agents** of such organizations, and all members of their immediate family or household* (Sponsor employees may participate but are not eligible for prizes)
  • 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 government owned entity (“GOE”)***
  • 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 acting on behalf of, and at the direction of, a Promotion Entity through a contractual or other relationship.

*** A Government Owned Entity (“GOE”) is defined as an organization/individual who meets any of the following criteria: Governmental bodies and employees - national, state, provincial, local, municipal government - and any department, agency, public enterprise or instrumentality of a government; State owned hospitals, schools, utilities; State owned enterprises (whether wholly or partly owned); Public international organizations; Private companies controlled fully or partly by or under common control with any of the above; a political party or party official, or any candidate for political office.  GOE also includes GOE customers who may consist of: public schools, utilities and organizations licensed to provide public services; public international organizations, such as the United Nations or World Health Organization; entities subject to public procurement laws and regulations; other entities, even those that are privately held and those that are publicly traded, if a government, a public international organization, an entity subject to public procurement laws or a government official, owns or has the ability to exercise control over such entity; and U.S. Federal Clients, including: (i) executive, legislative and judicial branches of the U.S. Federal government, (ii) U.S. Government-affiliated corporations (e.g., Tennessee Valley Authority), (iii) quasi-governmental organizations (e.g., The Smithsonian Institution), (iv) commercial business enterprises operating under a U.S. Federal government power of attorney, or with Management Operating Contractor (MOC) status.

**** 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 owns equity in, or is partially owned by the other organization.

 

4. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Makers must do the following to participate in the Hackathon:

  • Register for the Hackathon on the Hackathon Website by clicking the “Register” 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 to receive important updates and access the “Enter a Submission” page. All team members must also create a Devpost account in order to be added to a Submission.
  • Sign up for the free SuperVessel Virtual Environment at http://www.ptopenlab.com. Utilize SuperVessel and follow the instructions and requirements below to create a solution for one of three tracks in the Hackathon: The Open Road Test, The Accelerated Spark Rally, The Cognitive Cup.
  • 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 instructions and requirements below for the track in which you’re entering your Submission. (PLEASE NOTE: Submitters must provide free access to their solution for judging and testing.)

A. Submission Requirements for The Open Road Test Track

(i) General Requirement:

  • Port to or create a new application for OpenPOWER
  • Performance tune and optimize - race against your first compile

(ii) Technical Requirements:

  • The application or package must be ported and demonstrated to function on the ppc64le platform.
  • If the application or package was previously supported on ppc64le, you must show a substantive performance gain from the original compile (ex: verifiable performance gain of 50% or more from tuning/optimization).
  • Each Submission must be functional on OpenPOWER compliant hardware.

(iii) Required Submission Materials Specific to The Open Road Test Track:

  • A Maker may submit more than one Submission, however, each Submission must be unique and substantially different from the others, as determined by the Poster and/or the Administrator.
  • Makers must either:
    • Upload application binaries to Devpost/provide a URL where the binaries are located on a hosting service (be sure to provide pre-and post-optimization binaries)
    • Provide a source code repository URL for their application, assuring to provide pre-and post-optimization examples

B. Submission Requirements for The Accelerated Spark Rally

(i) General Requirements:

  • Access Spark Instances with GPUs in SuperVessel
  • Complete any of the three (3) defined tasks (“A”, “B”, and/or “C”):

A. Port an existing GPU-enabled application to OpenPOWER and demonstrate scaling to 2 GPU-enabled instances running on two (2) nodes under Spark

B. Port or create a new Spark application on OpenPOWER and demonstrate scaling to two (2) nodes under Spark. Then, enable the application with GPU acceleration and demonstrate gains when scaling to two (2) GPU-enabled instances under Spark versus the non-GPU enabled application under 2-node Spark.

C. Modify Spark to enable GPU acceleration, for example GPU-enable a Spark MLlib algorithm, a Spark GraphX algorithm, Spark SQL queries, or any other core function of Spark that you wish to try accelerating with a GPU. Demonstrate the speed-up provided transparently to a Spark application using the Spark functions you GPU-accelerated (with before and after results), scaling across 2-nodes

(ii) Technical Requirements:

  • The solution must be run on SuperVessel
  • The implementation must leverage Spark as a framework for its scaling design
  • The implementation must leverage GPU-accelerators
  • Submissions must be scaled beyond a single instance through Spark

(iii) Required Submission Materials Specific to The Accelerated Spark Rally Track:

  • Makers must provide application binaries and anything needed to reproduce your results to a URL on a hosting service or as an archived file submitted with the Submission Form, including:
    • Application binaries including pre and post-optimization
    • (optional but strongly encouraged) Application source code including pre and post-optimization
      • For Challenge “C” this will include your modified Spark code
    • Written testing instructions sufficiently detailed to reproduce their results
    • Note: your submission video must capture needed evidence to demonstrate accomplishments against the Challenge goals (judging criteria) – for example: Spark User Interface output – job status, statistics, tasks, DAGs, etc. 

C. Submission Requirements for The Cognitive Cup

(i) General Requirements:

  • Access the deep learning frameworks available via software image in SuperVessel or bring your own code to these environments
  • Complete any of the Deep Learning Challenges (“ArtNet”, “TuneNet”, and/or “YourNet”) using Deep Learning Instances with GPUs and/or FPGAs
    • ArtNet – Use Deep Learning to train Neural Networks to analyze paintings. Create a Neural Network that recognizes the painter, painting style, period, and painting technique for paintings presented to it. The paintings at Wikiart make a good starting point for a training corpus, as they contain paintings labeled with key characteristics, but many more online resources for training a neural network exist online.
    • TuneNet – Guide programmer optimization using Deep Learning. Recognize hot spots and bottlenecks in application code and advise the programmer on how to improve the program. Label source programs with performance events and train a network to predict similar events in application source to guide programmer coding.
    • YourNet – define and solve your own Deep Learning problem. Find an interesting problem and data set that is relevant to you life, and show how to use Deep Learning to solve it. From Log Analytics to recognizing Whales and Birds using Deep Learning, the problem field is wide open to your imagination.
  • Optionally, demonstrate that your code can also leverage Spark to scale

(ii) Technical Requirements:

  • The solution must run on SuperVessel
  • If multi-node scaling is demonstrated (optionally), the implementation must leverage Spark as a framework for its scaling design
  • The implementation must leverage either GPU-accelerators or FPGAs

(iii) Required Submission Materials Specific to The Cognitive Cup:

  • Makers must provide corpus (curated, fit-for-purpose input data set), training script, and anything needed to reproduce your results to a URL on a hosting service or as an archived file submitted with the Submission Form, including but not limited to:
    • Corpus (input data set)
    • training script
    • application binaries
    • Written testing instructions sufficiently detailed to reproduce their results
    • Note: your submission video must capture needed evidence to demonstrate accomplishments against the Challenge goals (judging criteria)

D. General Submission Requirements (Applicable to The Open Road Test, The Accelerated Spark Rally and The Cognitive Cup)

(i) Language Requirements: All Submission materials must be in English or, if not in English, the Maker must provide an English translation of the demonstration video, text description, and testing instructions as well as all other materials submitted. 

(ii) Text Description: The text description should explain your solution, including an optional single paragraph description of any innovative problem approaches to what you built, what tools were used, and any other relevant experiences with the tools.

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

(iv) Video: All Submissions must include a demonstration video screen capture of the solution. The video portion of the Submission: 

a. should be less than ten (10) minutes;

b. must include footage that clearly explains the solution’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 Enter a Submission form on the Hackathon Website; and

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

(v) Functionality:  Solutions must function as depicted in the video and/or expressed in the text description.

(vi) Testing: The Maker must make the Submission 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. 

(vii) SDKs, APIs, & Data: Submissions may, but are not require to, integrate other APIs, SDKs, datasets, and custom code as long as the developer is authorized to use them

(viii) Intellectual Property: Your Submission must: (a) be your (or your team or Organization’s) original work product; (b) be solely owned by you, your team, or your 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 Maker may contract with a third party for technical assistance to create the Submission provided the Submission components are solely the Maker’s work product and the result of the Maker’s ideas and creativity, and the Maker owns all rights to them. A Maker may submit a Submission that includes the use of open source software or hardware, provided the Maker 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.

(ix) Financial or Preferential Support: A Submission must not have been developed, or derived from a solution developed, with financial or preferential support from the Poster or Administrator. Such solutions 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 the Hackathon Submission Period. The Poster, at their sole discretion, may disqualify an Submission, if awarding a prize to the Submission would create a real or apparent conflict of interest.

 

5. SUBMISSION RIGHTS

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

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 (username only), the Submission category and platform, the public link to the solution, and submitter type. Other Submission materials may be viewed by the Poster, Administrator, and Judges for screening and evaluation.

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

 

6. JUDGING CRITERIA

A. The Open Road Test Judging Criteria: Eligible Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges selected by the Poster (the “Judges”), and scored using the following equally weighted criteria (the “Judging Criteria”):

(i) Community Impact

  • How widely-used is your solution within the free / open-source community?
  • If your solution is open-source, was it successfully contributed back to the original project? 
  • If your solution is not open source, what's your path for distribution on OpenPOWER? How will you provide and support a binary?
  • Does your contribution add ppc64le support to an existing application or package?

(ii) Use of OpenPOWER Technologies (POWER8 SMT8, GPU, FPGA)

  • How well does your solution leverage the technologies available in the OpenPOWER ecosystem, like 8-way multithreading on POWER8, or accelerator offload via GPU or FPGA devices?

(iii) Technical Achievement

  • Quality of implementation
  • The extent to which you demonstrate in a verifiable manner, performance gain after tuning from a first compile (e.g. verifiable performance gain of 50% from tuning)

The Judging Criteria above may not apply to every Prize. See section 8 below for the Judging Criteria that apply for each Prize. The Maker(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.

B. The Accelerated Spark Rally Judging Criteria: Eligible Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges selected by the Poster (the “Judges”), and scored using the following weighted criteria (the “Judging Criteria”):

(i) Demonstrated ability to scale across 2 nodes under Spark (50% weighting)

  • Does the solution incorporate Spark as the framework to scale beyond a single node?
  • How well does the solution incorporate Spark to scale?

(ii) Relative speed-up with GPUs (25% weighting)

  • The extent to which you demonstrate in a verifiable manner, performance gain after GPU-enabling your application (2-node Spark non-GPU enabled versus 2-node Spark GPU enabled)

(iii) Technical innovation (25% weighting)

  • Does the solution incorporate any innovative ideas for or could be contributed to the Spark Community?
  • Does the solution incorporate multiple possibilities across “A”, “B”, and/or “C” of the Accelerated Spark Rally?
  • Does the solution address Deep Learning challenges as defined in the “Cognitive Cup”?

The Judging Criteria above may not apply to every Prize. See section 8 below for the Judging Criteria that apply for each Prize. The Maker(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. The Cognitive Cup Judging Criteria: Eligible Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges selected by the Poster (the “Judges”), and scored using the following weighted criteria (the “Judging Criteria”):

(i) Demonstrated ability to maximize accuracy (50% weighting)

  • End-to-end accuracy achieved for the problem

(ii) Spark Usage (25% weighting)

  • Does the solution incorporate Spark as the framework to scale beyond a single node?
  • How well does the solution incorporate Spark to scale?

(iii) Technical innovation (25% weighting)

  • How well is Deep Learning exploited as part of the solution?
  • Does the solution incorporate any new approaches to the Deep Learning problem (e.g. did the submission involve creating new code, algorithms, or leverage emerging frameworks)?

The Judging Criteria above may not apply to every Prize. See section 8 below for the Judging Criteria that apply for each Prize. The Maker(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 solution and may choose to judge based solely on the text description, images and video provided in the Submission. 

D. Tie Breaker: For each Prize listed in Section 8 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 

Quantity

 

Eligible Makers

Applicable Judging Criteria

The Open Road Test

Grand Prize

One representative from the winning team or winning individual will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Supercomputing 2016 in Salt Lake City, UT.

The entire winning team (up to 5 people) will win an Apple Watch Sport.

Approximate Retail Value:

US$3,500 for trip US$299/watch

1

All except Large Organizations

i, ii, iii (The Open Road Test)

Second Prize

iPad Air 2 16Gb (up to 5 per winning team)

Approximate Retail Value: US$499/ iPad

1

All except Large Organizations

i, ii, iii (The Open Road Test Track)

Third Prize

Apple Watch Sport (up to 5 per winning team).

Approximate Retail Value: US$299/ watch

1

All except Large Organizations

i, ii, iii (The Open Road Test Track)

The Accelerated Spark Rally

Grand Prize

One representative from the winning team or winning individual will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Supercomputing 2016 in Salt Lake City, UT.

The entire winning team (up to 5 people) will win an Apple Watch Sport.

Approximate Retail Value:

US$3,500 for trip US$299/watch

1

All except Large Organizations

i, ii, iii (The Accelerated Spark Rally)

Second Prize

iPad Air 2 16Gb (up to 5 per winning team)

Approximate Retail Value: US$499/ iPad

1

All except Large Organizations

i, ii, iii (The Accelerated Spark Rally)

Third Prize

Apple Watch Sport (up to 5 per winning team).

Approximate Retail Value: US$299/ watch

1

All except Large Organizations

i, ii, iii (The Accelerated Spark Rally)

The Cognitive Cup

Grand Prize

One representative from the winning team or winning individual will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Supercomputing 2016 in Salt Lake City, UT.

The entire winning team (up to 5 people) will win an Apple Watch Sport.

Approximate Retail Value:

US$3,500 for trip US$299/watch

1

All except Large Organizations

i, ii, iii (The Cognitive Cup)

Second Prize

iPad Air 2 16Gb (up to 5 per winning team)

Approximate Retail Value: US$499/ iPad

1

All except Large Organizations

i, ii, iii (The Cognitive Cup)

Third Prize

Apple Watch Sport (up to 5 per winning team).

Approximate Retail Value: US$299/ watch

1

All except Large Organizations

i, ii, iii (The Cognitive Cup)

  

8. 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, Organization, or Large Organization). In order to receive a Prize, the potential winner (including all participating team members in the case of a team or Organization) will be required to sign and return to the Poster or Administrator, declaration(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, Organization, or Large Organization, is ineligible 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.

 

9. 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 Makers or Submissions for a specific Prize.

B. Prize Delivery: A monetary Prize will be mailed to the winning Maker’s address (if an individual) or the Representative’s address (if a team or Organization) after receipt of the Required Forms. Prizes will be payable to the Maker, if an individual, to the Maker’s Representative, if a team, or to the Organization, if the Maker is an Organization. It will be the responsibility of the winning Maker’s Representative to allocate the Prize among their team’s members, as the Representative deems appropriate. 

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

D. Taxes: Winners (and in the case of team or 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.

 

10. ENTRY CONDITIONS AND RELEASE

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

(i) The relationship between you, the Maker, 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 Maker’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 Maker’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 Makers. Proof of sending or submitting will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by the Poster or Administrator.

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

 

11. 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 Maker’s team or Organization that participated in the winning Submission.

 

12. 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 Maker 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 Maker 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 Maker, 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 Maker or prospective Maker 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 Maker, 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.

 

13. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY 

By entering, all Makers (including, in the case of a team or 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 Maker’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. 

 

14. DISPUTES

A. Makers agree that, to the fullest extent permitted by law: 

(i) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Hackathon, or any Prizes awarded, other than those concerning the administration of the Hackathon or the determination of winners, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; 

(ii) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Hackathon or any Prizes awarded, shall be resolved exclusively by the United States District Court of New York or the appropriate New York State Court and Makers consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of such courts; and   

(iii) under no circumstances will Makers be entitled to, and Makers hereby waives all rights to claim, any punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.

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

B. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Makers and the Poster in connection with the Hackathon, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of New York or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York. 

 

15. ADDITIONAL TERMS THAT ARE PART OF THE OFFICIAL RULES

Please review the Devpost Terms of Service at http://Devpost.com/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 Maker’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules. By entering, a Maker 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: http://Devpost.com/privacy.

The Administrator may share any personal information collected on the Hackathon Website with the Poster. Information shared with the Poster is subject to the Poster’s privacy policy located below.

 

16. HACKATHON RESULTS

Hackathon winners will be posted on the Hackathon Website on or about November 18, 2016.

 

17. CONTACT

If you have any questions or comment, or wish to send us any notice regarding this Hackathon, please email us at Support@Devpost.com