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SPONSOR. The Contest is sponsored by Supply Frame, Inc. (“Sponsor”), 51 West Dayton Street, Suite 100, Pasadena, CA 91105.
ELIGIBILITY. Subject to the additional restrictions below, The Hackaday Prize (the “Contest”) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, Canada (excluding Quebec), the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Japan, India, South Africa, and wherever else the Contest is not prohibited or restricted by law. The Contest is not open to residents of Quebec, Cuba, Iran, Myanmar (formerly Burma), North Korea, Sudan, Syria, or any jurisdiction where the Contest would be restricted or prohibited by law. Participants must be at least 18 years of age (or the local age of majority where they live, if higher) at the time of registration, except that minors age 13 or older may participate by obtaining the consent of a parent or legal guardian as described below, as long as such participation is not prohibited or restricted by law where the minor lives.
Projects that were selected as Semifinalists in previous presentations of The Hackaday Prize are not eligible for entry in this Contest, however, the contestants who developed those projects may enter with a substantially different project, provided they are otherwise eligible under these Official Rules.
Existing projects, or projects that were entered in previous presentations of The Hackaday Prize but did not advance to at least the Semifinal round, are eligible for submission as entries in this Contest with the following restrictions:
A new project page must be created
The project must be significantly different from when previously entered and show meaningful development during the course of the Contest.
Internet access, a YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku account and personal and project profile pages on hackaday.io are required to participate. Employees and contractors of Sponsor and the family members of, and any persons domiciled with, any such employees and contractors, are not eligible to win. The term “family members” includes spouses, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, grandchildren and in-laws, regardless of where they live.
TERM. The Contest will open at 7:01 a.m. P.D.T. on March 14, 2016 and initial submissions will be accepted until 1:50 p.m. P.D.T. on August 29, 2016. Participants will advance as described below until the Contest ends with the announcement of the prize winners on or around October 22, 2016.
HOW TO ENTER. The purpose of the Contest is to encourage Participants to develop solutions to address technology issues facing humanity today.
The first stage of the Contest will consist of five (5) Challenge Rounds. Participants may enter the Contest during any of the Challenge Rounds. Up to twenty (20) entries from each Challenge Round will be chosen to advance to the final round. Participants must complete the requirements for at least one (1) Challenge Round to be eligible for the final round. An entry may be submitted to any or all of the Challenge Rounds as long as it meets the requirements for each Challenge Round in which it is submitted. All submissions must be in English and must comply with any specified requirements.
Challenge Rounds: The steps listed below must be completed by the applicable Challenge Round close date (listed below) for an entry to be considered.
Required for ALL Challenge Round Entries (Challenge Rounds 1-5):
Personal Profile. Create a personal profile on hackaday.io, completing all required fields and following all instructions (required of each Participant, including each member of a team).
Project Profile. Create a project profile on hackaday.io, completing all required fields and following all instructions (“Project Profile”).
Discuss the challenge the project addresses
Discuss how the project will alleviate or solve the problem
Publish at least one (1) image illustrating how the project might be used. This may be a sketch, schematic, flow chart, rendering, or other type of image.
Link to any repositories (e.g., Github)
Document all open-source licenses and permissions as well as any applicable third-party licenses/restrictions
Submit the Project to 2016 Hackaday Prize using the “Submit project to...” option found on the published Project Profile.
Required for ALL Entries in Challenge Rounds 2-5 (In addition to those set forth above):
Show at least four (4) Project Log updates on your Project Profile
Challenge Round Deadlines and Themes
Challenge Round 1: (Get Started: Design Your Concept.)
Entry period begins 7:01 a.m. P.D.T on March 14, 2016 and closes 7:00 a.m. P.D.T on April 25, 2016.
We want to see your ideas in words and pictures that describe and show how you go about planning to solve the question you want to solve. Show that you have a clear understanding of all parts of the problem, and have a clear plan regarding the time, skills, and materials that will go into building the solution.
Challenge Round 2: (Anything Goes)
Entry period begins 7:01 a.m. P.D.T on April 25, 2016 and closes 7:00 a.m. P.D.T on May 30, 2016.
You are a nonconformist, a misfit. You’re an independent thinker, a troublemaker, and have no respect for the status quo. Build whatever you want.
Challenge Round 3: (Citizen Scientist)
Entry period begins 7:01 a.m. P.D.T on May 30, 2016 and closes 7:00 a.m. P.D.T on July 11, 2016.
This challenge is about expanding the frontiers of knowledge. Create something new, study something undiscovered, or replicate and verify scientific studies.
Challenge Round 4: (Automation)
Entry period begins 7:01 a.m. P.D.T on July 11, 2016 and closes 7:00 a.m. P.D.T on August 22, 2016.
Automate your life. Make your life and others’ lives easier by reducing manual tasks through creative automation.
Challenge Round 5: (Assistive Technology)
Entry period begins 7:01 a.m. P.D.T on August 22, 2016 and closes 7:00 a.m. P.D.T on October 3, 2016.
Build a project that helps others move better, see better, or live better, etc.
Final Round: By 7:01 a.m. P.D.T. on October 10, 2016, complete the following steps:
Build a working prototype of your project.
Create a video, between two (2) minutes and five (5) minutes in length, that shows a working prototype. The video should describe the challenge it addresses and demonstrate how it facilitates the solution. The video does not need to be “studio quality,” but it should “sell” the project to non-technical viewers. Upload the video to YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku and tag the video with the keyword: 2016HackadayPrize
Project Profile: On the Project Profile:
Link to the video
Update and add detail to info entered at the previous stage(s)
Show at least ten (10) Project Log updates
Post a components list that is complete with a bill of materials for one unit
Post reproducible build instructions
Document complete schematics
Post high-resolution photos of the project inside and out. Include Gerber files (req – RS274 / RS274X), STL files (opt), netlist (opt), nc drill files (req – human readable), ODB++ (opt), STEP (opt), PCB files (opt), or any other design files
Entry of Minors: Prior to starting on any of the entry requirements for any Challenge Round, a prospective Participant age 13 through 18 (or age 13 through the legal age of majority where the prospective Participant lives, if higher than 18) must contact firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on obtaining the consent of a parent or legal guardian to enter the Contest. The prospective Participant and his or her parent or legal guardian must complete all instructions for the prospective Participant to be eligible to participate.
Other Entry Terms: Consistent with the agile and collaborative nature of hardware hacking, Sponsor may decide that reasonable modifications to entry, judging or other criteria (for example, additional clarification or detail for submission requirements) are appropriate for the Contest to run smoothly and to help the Participants make their best contributions to the hardware hacking community. Sponsor reserves the right to modify or supplement these Official Rules, and to communicate such modifications or supplements to Participants, as Sponsor deems reasonable.
A Participant may submit more than one project, but must create a Project Profile and fulfill all entry requirements for each project. Each project will be evaluated independently.
The use of multiple identities for personal profiles is prohibited. Incomplete, forged, altered, automated, lost, late, misdirected, garbled, or illegible submissions, or submissions that do not meet stated size, formatting or other requirements will not be considered. In the event of a dispute, submissions will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the hackaday.io account from which a submission was made, provided that person satisfies all other Contest eligibility requirements. If there is a dispute as to the identity of that person, the authorized account subscriber of the email address used to register for the user account will be deemed the owner. The authorized account subscriber is the natural person who is assigned the email address by the ISP or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses.
Any questions regarding the eligibility or appropriateness of any submissions, including videos, for consideration in the Contest shall be resolved by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons who submit false or misleading entry information or who Sponsor determines to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify Participants whose submissions are frivolous or fail to meet applicable requirements.
COMPETITION CRITERIA AND WINNER SELECTION. Participants (or teams) will be evaluated at each stage as described below until prize winners are chosen. At each stage, submissions will be evaluated on the basis of the Project Profile. Any content or material not reflected on the Project Profile will not be considered. If a submission is disqualified or fails to progress to the next stage, the Participant or team will not have the opportunity to resubmit the project.
Challenge Rounds 1-5: At the close of each Challenge Round, Sponsor will select up to twenty (20) entries to advance to the final round based on the following six (6) evenly-weighted criteria:
How thoroughly have the entry requirements been completed?
Is it clear how the project will address a particular challenge?
Does the project address the challenge?
How well documented is the project?
Is there a system design, CAD model, or basic sketch, and how well does it illustrate the project?
Is the project creative, original and pushing some boundaries? (if this project has been built before, the answer is no)
Community Vote (Applicable to Challenge Round 1 Entries, Only): The community on hackaday.io will vote on Challenge Round 1 entries. This will be decided by the “likes” metric shown on the Project Profile. At the end of Challenge Round 1, up to twenty (20) top Community Vote winners will be announced. Any hackaday.io user who registers on the hackaday.io website may participate in the Community Vote, including Participants, but registering as multiple people or providing false information during registration is prohibited.
Announcement of Challenge Round Results:
On or around May 9, 2016, Sponsor will select up to twenty (20) Challenge Round 1 submissions to advance to the Final Round based on the six (6) evenly-weighted criteria above.
On or around May 9, 2016, Sponsor will announce twenty (20) Challenge Round 1 submissions which were selected through Community Vote. Winning the Community Vote does not result in advancement to the Final Round.
On or around June 13, 2016, Sponsor will select up to twenty (20) Challenge Round 2 submissions to advance to the Final Round based on the six (6) evenly-weighted criteria above.
On or around July 25, 2016, Sponsor will select up to twenty (20) Challenge Round 3 submissions to advance to the Final Round based on the six (6) evenly-weighted criteria above.
On or around September 5, 2016, Sponsor will select up to twenty (20) Challenge Round 4 submissions to advance to the Final Round based on the six (6) evenly-weighted criteria above.
On or around October 6, 2016, Sponsor will select up to twenty (20) Challenge Round 5 submissions to advance to the Final Round based on the six (6) evenly-weighted criteria above.
Final Round: At 7:00 a.m. P.D.T. on October 10, 2016, Sponsor will snapshot each Project Profile for evaluation. A panel of qualified judges will select the five (5) top finalist submissions based on the nine (9) evenly-weighted criteria below. Subject to verification of eligibility with these Official Rules, the five (5) top finalist submissions will be ranked by their score, with each place in the ranking determining which of the five (5) prizes below (“Prizes”) will be awarded.
How thoroughly have the final round requirements been completed?
Is it clear how the project will address a particular challenge?
Does the project address the challenge?
Is the project well documented?
Is there a system design, CAD model, or basic sketch, and how well does it illustrate the project?
Is the project creative, original and pushing some boundaries (if this project has been built before, the answer is no); “Wow” factor: is the entry innovative, is the build impressive?
How “Open” is the design? Preference will be given to projects that exhibit depth of Open Hardware and Open Source Software.
Is the project reproducible and could the work be extended for other uses?
Will others want to continue perfecting on this well-documented idea?
RULES FOR SUBMISSIONS. All content provided by a Participant and/or Participant’s teammate(s) in connection with the Participant or team’s participation in the Contest including, without limitation, any ideas, designs, plans, images, videos, music, prototypes, software, source code, logos, names, or any other intellectual property (“Project Content”), must be (a) the original content of the Participant and/or Participant’s teammate(s), or (b) third-party content for which the Participant has secured all necessary consents, approvals, or licenses for such content to be used by Participant, Sponsor, judges, and other members of the hackaday.io community as contemplated herein. By posting, linking, tagging, or otherwise associating any Project Content with the Contest, Participant represents and warrants that the Project Content, and the use of the Project Content by Participant, Sponsor, judges, and hackaday.io users as contemplated herein, will not violate any rights of any person or entity, including, without limitation, any copyright, trademark, patent, or other intellectual property rights, or rights of privacy and publicity, or violate any applicable national, federal, state, or local laws, regulations, or policies, including those relating to export control.
Video Standards: In addition to the above, the following standards apply to videos:
Videos must be the original creation of the Participant and/or a Participant’s teammate(s)
Videos must not depict or name any person who has not given written consent for such depiction (if requested, Participant agrees to provide evidence of such written consent to Sponsor)
Contain any advertisements, commercial endorsements, or content disparaging to any person or company (including competitors of Sponsor)
Contain any content that is obscene, vulgar, or defamatory, or that is disparaging on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or age
Depict any activity, or imply any activity, that violates the law, involves drug or alcohol use, is sexual in nature, involves gambling, or which may result in physical injury or property damage
Contain any content that is in poor taste, unsportsmanlike, or contrary to the values of Sponsor and the hackaday.io community
Sponsor reserves the right to terminate any Participant’s participation in the Contest if, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, any Project Content, including, without limitation, any video, submitted by the Participant or a teammate of the Participant fails to comply with restrictions described in this section or any other applicable provision of these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right to remove any Project Content from hackaday.io or Sponsor’s social media accounts that Sponsor in its sole discretion deems objectionable for any reason.
OWNERSHIP OF SUBMISSIONS; LICENSES. As between Sponsor and Participant, Participant retains ownership of all intellectual property rights in and to the Project Content. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Participant acknowledges that a goal of the Contest is to encourage the development of contributions which may be freely used by the hardware hacker community, including users of hackaday.io, and that any license applicable to any Project Content should be open source if code or, if other content, should permit copying, distribution, remixing, building upon or other uses for any purpose. To the extent a license or other restriction applies that may restrict such uses of any Project Content, Participant agrees to identify such Project Content and the applicable license or other restriction on the Project profile page. Sponsor is not responsible for any failure by any hackaday.io user or other third party to comply with any license or restriction applicable to any Project Content, or any other use, replication, distribution, and/or modification of any Project Content by any person other than Sponsor (including, without limitation, the commercialization of any ideas). Participant waives all moral rights in Project Content to the extent such rights are waivable.
As a condition of participation in the Contest, Participant grants Sponsor, its affiliates, subsidiaries, agents, and advertising partners, a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, adapt, modify, publish, distribute, publicly perform, create a derivative work from, and publicly display, in any and all media (now known or later developed), submissions (including, without limitation, videos) (1) for the purposes of reviewing, assessing, testing, and evaluating the submission in connection with the Contest; (2) for the purpose of promoting the Project Content and/or the Contest to members of the hackaday.io community or others; and (3) in connection with advertising and promotion for the benefit of Sponsor, the judges and any advertising partners associated with hackaday.io or the Contest. Participant agrees to sign any additional waivers, licenses or releases that Sponsor reasonably requests in order to make use of the rights granted herein.
Participant understands that, excluding the opportunity to win a prize, Participant will not receive any compensation from Sponsor in connection with Participant’s participation in the Contest, and Participant is solely responsible for any costs or expenses arising from such participation.
No Conflicting Obligations / Government Employees: By participating, Participant represents and warrants that Participant is not subject to any conflicting obligations that may restrict Participant’s participation in the Contest or the use of Participant’s submissions by Sponsor, judges, or other parties as contemplated herein. A Participant who is an employee of the U.S. Government, or who is employed by any other entity that may restrict participation in the Contest, represents and warrants that he or she has obtained all necessary approvals needed to participate in the Contest and submit intellectual property as contemplated by these Official Rules.
INDIVIDUAL OR TEAM ENTRY PERMITTED. A Participant may enter individually, or groups of Participants may enter as a team. Each Participant in a team must agree individually to and comply with these Official Rules. The failure of any Participant to comply in any manner with these Official Rules may, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, result in the disqualification of the Participant’s teammates. The project owner shall be automatically considered the captain (“Team Captain”). By entering as a member of a team, a Participant acknowledges and agrees to the following rules for teams:
After October 10, 2016, the membership of a team may not be changed.
A Participant may not submit any Project Content on behalf of the team without the agreement of each member of the Team.
Each member of the team is responsible for ensuring the compliance of the team with these Official Rules, including the compliance of any and all Project Content with these Official Rules regardless of which member creates or submits it.
If a Project submitted by a team of Participants is awarded a prize, such prize will be awarded to the Team Captain. It is up to the Team Captain to decide how to allocate the prize.
PRIZES. All monetary values are in United States Dollars.
One (1) Grand Prize: Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, one (1) Grand Prize winner will be awarded a cash prize of $150,000.
One (1) Second Prize: Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, one (1) Second Prize winner will be awarded a cash prize of $25,000.
One (1) Third Prize: Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, one (1) Third Prize winner will be awarded a cash prize of $10,000.
One (1) Fourth Prize: Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, one (1) Fourth Prize winner will be awarded a cash prize of $10,000.
One (1) Fifth Prize: Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, one (1) Fifth Prize winner will be awarded a cash prize of $5,000.
One Hundred (100) Finalist Prizes: Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, up to one hundred (100) submissions which advance to the final round will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000.
Community Vote Prize: Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, up to twenty (20) Community Vote winners will be selected to win a cash prize of up to $200, as detailed below.
Sponsor will evaluate the Challenge Round 1 entries based on their technical merit, approving only those entries that meet the Challenge Round 1 entry requirements and conform to the Challenge Round 1 theme (described above).
Challenge Round 1 entries approved at Sponsor’s sole discretion will then be selected by ranking the most “likes” on their Project Profile at the close date of that Challenge Round (i.e., 7:00 am P.D.T. on April 25, 2016).
The selected winners will receive $1 for each “like” on their Project Profile, up to a limit of $200.
Total ARV of all prizes to be awarded in the Contest: $304,000
Please allow 8 to 10 weeks after the end of the Contest for the prizes to be fulfilled. Sponsor is not responsible for any fluctuations in the value of any prize (e.g., due to differences in exchange rates) occurring throughout the duration of the Contest or otherwise before the prize is fulfilled.
WINNER NOTIFICATION AND ACCEPTANCE. Sponsor will notify Participants who advance past the Challenge Rounds by email or phone call to each Team Captain or individual Participant (as applicable). The top five finalists will find out their ranking via an announcement on Hackaday.com on or around October 22, 2016.
A PARTICIPANT IS NOT A WINNER OF ANY PRIZE UNLESS AND UNTIL SPONSOR HAS COMPLETED ITS VERIFICATION OF PARTICIPANT’S ELIGIBILITY.
In order to claim a prize, a potential winner must respond to Sponsor’s notification within five (5) business days by emailing Sponsor at email@example.com. Potential winners may be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility and/or provide other documentation Sponsor reasonably requires to verify eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, as well as a liability and publicity release (except where prohibited by law). Required documents must be notarized, if applicable, and returned within five (5) business days.
Sponsor’s inability to reach a potential winner after a reasonable (as solely determined by Sponsor) effort has been made, the failure of a potential winner to timely respond to a prize notification, the return of any prize notification as undeliverable, and/or a potential winner’s failure to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules may, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, result in the potential winner’s disqualification. Sponsor in its sole discretion may select a substitute winner by awarding the prize to another member of a winning team or by awarding the prize to the submission that received the next highest score according to the judging criteria. If Sponsor makes a reasonable effort to select another potential winner and that winner does not respond or is ineligible, the prize will not be awarded and will remain the property of Sponsor.
A winner may waive the right to receive a prize. Prizes are non-assignable and nontransferable.
Taxes: Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on a prize. Winners are solely responsible for all national, federal, state, and local taxes on prize value and, as applicable, will be issued an IRS Form 1099 (or other applicable form) based on the prize value determined by Sponsor. Prize winners agree and acknowledge that Sponsor may be required to withhold and remit a portion of prize value to comply with applicable tax laws.
Participant may choose during entry or registration to expressly instruct Sponsor that Participant wishes to receive special offers and information about services that may be of interest and to grant permission to Sponsor to send emails to Participant regarding these things. If Participant does not provide such express consent during registration and the entry process, Participant shall not be registered to receive such offers. Participant may unsubscribe from such offers by following unsubscribe instructions in the email messages.
PUBLICITY RELEASE. By entering the Contest, Participant agrees that Sponsor has the absolute right and permission, except to the extent prohibited by law, to use Participant’s name, voice, likeness, and biographical information in connection with the Contest for any commercial, publicity, or promotional purpose without limitation, review, approval or compensation.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY; WAIVER. The limitations of liability and waiver apply to the extent permitted by the laws of the country, state, or province of the applicable Participant. To the extent any of the following limitations are not permitted under the laws of the state, province, or country where the Participant lives, Participant agrees that the remaining portions of these limitations that are permissible shall apply to the maximum extent permitted by law.
Sponsor, its advertising partners and prize providers (and any of the respective parent companies, affiliates, and subsidiaries of each), Contest judges, any other party that assists Sponsor in operating the hackaday.io website or conducting the Contest, and any social media or service provider used in connection with the Contest (including, without limitation, YouTube, Vimeo, and Youku) (the “Released Parties”) are not responsible for illegible, lost, late, incomplete, misdirected, or undeliverable email; or for any computer, telephone, satellite, cable, network, electronic or Internet hardware or software malfunctions, failures, connections, or availability, or garbled, corrupt or jumbled transmissions, service provider/Internet/website accessibility, availability, or traffic congestion, or any technical, typographical, or other error, or unauthorized human intervention, or the incorrect or inaccurate capture of registration information, or the failure to capture, or loss of, any such information. The Released Parties assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, or technical error.
The Released Parties make no warranties, and to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law hereby disclaim any and all warranties, express or implied, concerning any prize furnished in connection with the Contest. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, SUCH PRIZES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW THE RELEASED PARTIES HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL SUCH WARRANTIES.
By participating in the Contest, Participant agrees to irrevocably and unconditionally waive any rights to bring any lawsuit, claim, action, or proceeding against any of the Released Parties in connection with the Contest.
INDEMNIFICATION. By participating, Participant agrees to release, defend, indemnify, and hold harmless each of the Released Parties from any and all claims, lawsuits, judgments, causes of action, proceedings, demands, fines, penalties, liability, costs and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable outside attorneys’ fees) that may arising in connection with (i) Participant’s breach of any representation or warranty hereunder; (ii) the Project Content; or (iii) Participant’s acceptance, use, or misuse of any prize. To the extent the laws of Participant’s country, state, or province limit or do not permit any of the foregoing indemnifications, Participant agrees that the indemnification obligations that are permissible shall apply to the maximum extent permitted by law.
BINDING NATURE; CONSTRUCTION. By participating in the Contest, Participant agrees to be bound by all applicable laws, these Official Rules, and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these Official Rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision were not contained therein.
CONTACT. Any questions, complaints or issues should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For a copy of the winners’ list, email email@example.com after October 22, 2016. Any such requests for the winners’ list must be received no later than thirty (30) days after such date.