The Hackaday Prize

Official Rules

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN. ALL NATIONAL, FEDERAL, STATE, PROVINCIAL, LOCAL, AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

THE TRIP TO SPACE PRIZE IS THE PURCHASE PRICE OF A TICKET (UP TO U.S. $250,000) ON THE COMMERCIAL SPACE CARRIER OF THE WINNER’S CHOICE, WHICH MUST BE PURCHASED BY NOVEMBER 9, 2018 (OR A CASH PRIZE IF THE WINNER DOES NOT WANT TO OR CANNOT PURCHASE A TICKET TO SPACE).

PARTICIPANTS ACKNOWLEDGE THAT COMMERCIAL SPACE TRAVEL, WHILE CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT, MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE TO CONSUMERS BY NOVEMBER 9, 2015. REDEMPTION OF THIS PRIZE IS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.

1.      SPONSOR. The Contest is sponsored by Supply Frame, Inc. (“Sponsor”), 51 West Dayton Street, Suite 100, Pasadena, CA 91105.

2.     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. Minors are only eligible to win cash prizes.

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:

1.     A new project page must be created

2.     The project must show meaningful development during the course of the Contest.

Internet access, a YouTube or Youku account and a personal and project profile page 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.

3.     TERM. The Contest will open at 7:01 a.m. P.D.T. on March 10, 2015 and initial submissions will be accepted until 1:50 p.m. P.D.T. on August 17, 2015. After August 17, 2015, Participants will advance as described below until the Contest ends with the announcement of the prize winners on or around 11/9/2015.

4.     HOW TO ENTER. The purpose of the Contest is to encourage Participants to come up with a project that helps to solve a problem faced by a large number of people. Examples may include but are not limited to: providing health care, generating clean energy, conserving water, growing food, etc. Additionally, the more open source the project is, the better. See “Competition Criteria and Winner Selection” below for more details.

The Contest will take place in four stages. Participants must complete the requirements for each stage to enter and advance to the next stage. All submissions must be in English and must comply with any specified requirements.

Entry Round (Stage 1).  Complete the following steps

i.      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).

ii.     Project Profile. Create a project profile on hackaday.io, completing all required fields and following all instructions (“Project Profile”). Tag the Project Profile with: HackadayPrize.

iii.   On the Project Profile:

a)     Discuss the problem which has been chosen as the subject of the project

b)    Discuss how this project will work to alleviate or solve the problem

c)     Publish at least one (1) image to help illustrate how the project might be used. This may be a sketch, schematic, flow chart, rendering, or other type of image.

Quarterfinals (Stage 2). By 1:50 p.m. P.D.T. on August 17, 2015, complete the following steps:

i.      Complete all Stage One requirements

ii.     Video. Create a video, no more than two (2) minutes in length, that shows the prototype in progress (i.e., what works, what does not work, what the Participant wants to improve). The video does not need to be “studio quality.” Upload the video to YouTube or Youku and tag the video with the keywords: HackadayPrize, quarterfinals.

iii.   Project Profile. On the Project Profile:

a)     Link to the video

b)    Update and add detail to info entered at the Entry Round stage

c)     Show at least four (4) Project Log updates

d)    Link to any repositories (e.g., Github)

e)     Post a system design document, including a preliminary components list. The system design document should show what is working and what the Participant is building toward

f)     Document all open-source licenses and permissions as well as any applicable third-party licenses/restrictions

Semifinals (Stage 3). By 1:50 p.m. P.D.T. on September 21, 2015, complete the following steps:

i.      Video. Create a video, no more than five (5) minutes in length, that shows a near complete prototype (i.e., what works, what does not work, what the Participant wants to improve). The video should describe the problem it is solving and demonstrate how it facilitates the solution. The video does not need to be “studio quality.” Upload the video to YouTube or Youku and tag the video with the keywords: HackadayPrize, semifinals.

ii.     Project Profile. On the Project Profile:

a)     Link to the new video

b)    Update and add detail to info entered at the previous stages

c)     Show at least eight (8) Project Log updates

d)    Post a near-complete (at least 90%) components list

e)     Post videos of your prototype in action

f)     Post an artist’s rendition of the “productized” design/look and feel of the project

Finals (Stage 4). By 1:50 p.m. P.D.T. on October 26, 2015, complete the following steps:

i.      Video. Create a video, between five (5) minutes and ten (10) minutes in length, that shows a completed, working prototype with a market-ready product design/look and feel. The video should describe the problem it is solving 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 or Youku and tag the video with the keyword: HackadayPrize, finals.

ii.     Project Profile. On the Project Profile:

a)     Link to the new video

b)    Update and add detail to info entered at the previous stages

c)     Show at least twelve (12) Project Log updates

d)    Post a components list that is complete with a bill of materials for one unit

e)     Post reproducible build instructions

f)     Document complete schematics

g)     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

Best Product. By 1:50 p.m. P.D.T. on August 17, 2015, complete the following steps:

i.      Complete all Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3 requirements.

ii.     Use the “Submit-to” button on the Project Profile to Opt-In for the Best Product prize competition

iii.   Three (3) working beta test units must arrive at Sponsor's shipping address by this cutoff date. Units should be shipped to the following address; two of the units will be returned at the end of the Contest.

Supplyframe Inc.
ATTN: 2015 Hackaday Prize Best Product
51 W. Dayton St., Suite 100
Pasadena, CA 91105

Best Product Finals. By 1:50 p.m. P.D.T. on September 21, 2015, complete the following steps:

i.      Complete all Stage 4 requirements.

Entry of Minors: Prior to starting on any of the entry requirements above, 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 prize@hackaday.com 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 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.

5.     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.

Entry Round (Stage 1):  Participants who, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, have completed all entry requirements and are not otherwise ineligible under these Official Rules will be eligible to proceed to the next stage.

Additionally, from March 10, 2015 until August 17, 2015, small prizes may be awarded for great ideas and outstanding entries.

i.      Hot Lists: Projects showing, in the Sponsor's sole discretion, interesting ideas and noteworthy early documentation may be added to Hot Lists.

ii.     Community Voting will occur during the Entry Round. Two Projects at a time will be displayed to a hackaday.io user. The user chooses the Project s/he likes best by voting on it. The page reloads with two additional Projects, and the user may vote again, up to a daily limit. 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. The panel of judges will take into account the results of community voting as a factor in evaluating prize winners at this level.

Quarterfinals (Stage 2): On August 17, 2015, Sponsor will snapshot each Project Profile for evaluation. On or around August 25, 2014, Sponsor will select  one hundred (100) submissions to advance to the next round based on the following evenly-weighted criteria: (1) completion of entry requirements, (2) quality of submission as benchmarked against a sample created by the Hackaday team, and (3) the project’s “cool factor” or how appealing, innovative and generally cool the project is. The results of the Community Vote may be among the criteria considered in assigning a cool factor score.

Semifinals (Stage 3): On September 21, 2015, Sponsor will snapshot each Project Profile for evaluation. On October 5, 2015, a panel of qualified judges will select ten (10) submissions to advance based on the seven (7) evenly-weighted criteria listed at 1 through 7, below:

1.     How “Open” is the design? Preference will be given to projects that exhibit depth of Open Hardware and Open Source Software (see here for a definition).

2.     “Wow” factor: is the entry innovative, is the build impressive?

3.     Does the entry address a wide-ranging problem?

4.     Is the project reproducible and could the work be extended for other uses?

5.     Is the entry innovative?

6.     Is the entry usable in the real world?

7.     Will others want to continue perfecting on this well-documented idea?

Finals (Stage 4): On October 26, 2015, Sponsor will snapshot each Project Profile for evaluation. A panel of qualified judges will select the five (5) top finalist submissions based on the seven (7) evenly-weighted criteria in the table above. 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.

Best Product: On August 17, 2015, Sponsor will snapshot each Project Profile for evaluation. Participants who opt-in for Best Product consideration and, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, have completed all entry requirements and are not otherwise ineligible under these Official Rules will be eligible to compete for the Best Product prize. Entries eliminated from Stage 2, 3, or 4 may still be eligible for Best Product consideration. Entries eliminated from Best Product or Best Product Finals may still be eligible for Stage 3 and 4.

A panel of qualified judges will select (10) submissions to advance based on the eight (8) evenly-weighted criteria listed at 1 through 8, below:

1.     Does this entry address a wide-ranging problem?

2.     Beta Unit Functionality: Does the product work for the intended purpose?

3.  Beta Unit Durability: How well will the production model hold up to normal use?

4.  Beta Unit Aesthetics: How well do the aesthetics fit the target user and product purpose?

5.  Has the process of going from prototype to product been well documented?

6.  Is the product manufacturable without a complete redesign?

7.  Does the product exhibit engineering innovation?

8.  Is there a usable interface that can be easily operated?

Best Product Finals. On September 21, 2015, Sponsor will snapshot each Project Profile for evaluation. A panel of qualified judges will select one (1) Best Product entry to receive the Best Product prize.

6.     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:

i.      Videos must be the original creation of the Participant and/or a Participant’s teammate(s)

ii.     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)

iii.   Videos must not:

a)     Contain any advertisements, commercial endorsements, or content disparaging to any person or company (including competitors of Sponsor)

b)    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

c)     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

d)    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.

7.     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.

8.     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:

i.      After September 21, 2015, the membership of a team may not be changed.

ii.     A Participant may not submit any Project Content on behalf of the team without the agreement of each member of the Team.

iii.   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.

iv.   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.

9.     PRIZES.

All monetary values are in United States Dollars. Any winner of a prize, other than a semifinalist prize, who is a minor will be awarded the listed cash prize, only.

One (1) Grand Prize: Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, one (1) Grand Prize winner will be awarded either the purchase price of a ticket to space, up to $250,000, at the carrier of the Grand Prize winner’s choice OR a cash prize of $196,883, at the Grand Prize winner’s selection. ARV: $196,883.

The Grand Prize winner will have until November 9, 2018 to purchase a space ticket or, alternatively, to select the cash prize of $196,883. If the Grand Prize winner selects the space ticket, the following terms apply: The Grand Prize winner acknowledges that the date when such ticket purchase or such space flight may become available is currently unknown to Sponsor, and the redemption of this prize option is subject to availability. The Grand Prize winner acknowledges that any commercial carrier selected by Grand Prize winner will likely impose additional terms and conditions on the purchase of such ticket which may reasonably be expected to include, without limitation, physical fitness/ health requirements, travel and training requirements, background/security checks, and waivers of liability. Grand Prize winner is responsible for all travel to and from the country/point of departure for the space flight, including obtaining a valid passport and any necessary visas and paying for any such travel. The Grand Prize winner is responsible for all costs incurred to accept or redeem the Grand Prize. Sponsor is not responsible for the failure of Grand Prize winner to meet any requirements or comply with any terms and conditions imposed by commercial carriers, or for the inability of the Grand Prize winner to take the space flight for any reason. If by November 9, 2018, the Grand Prize winner has not yet purchased a ticket for any reason, including, without limitation, the failure to meet requirements imposed by the applicable commercial carrier, the Grand Prize winner shall receive the cash prize of $196,883. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if by November 9, 2018, the Grand Prize winner has been unable to purchase a ticket for the sole reason that no commercial carrier worldwide is selling space travel (including suborbital spaceflight) tickets to consumers, then Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may decide to award the Grand Prize winner a cash prize in the amount of $250,000.

One (1) Second Prize: Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, one (1) Second Prize winner will be awarded the option between a Full Spectrum 90 Watt, 36x24 CO2 Laser Cutter or a cash prize of $10,000. ARV: $10,000.  (Sponsor reserves the right to substitute comparable hardware at time of prize award.)

One (1) Third Prize: Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, one (1) Third Prize winner will be awarded the option between a collection of the following hardware: Othermill, Taz 5 3D Printer, Large X-Carve, and a Grizzly Bench Lathe or a cash prize of $10,000. ARV: $10,000.  (Sponsor reserves the right to substitute comparable hardware at time of prize award.)

One (1) Fourth Prize: Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, one (1) Fourth Prize winner will be awarded the option to choose between a trip to CERN in Geneva, Switzerland or a cash prize of $5,000. ARV: $5,000. If the Fourth Prize winner would be under twenty (20) years of age at the time of travel, the Fourth Prize winner will be awarded the cash prize option.

The Fourth Prize trip option includes round trip economy class air fare for the winner from the major airport nearest the winner’s home (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) and five (5) days/four (4) nights hotel accommodations (one (1) standard room only) at a hotel chosen by Sponsor in its sole discretion. The Fourth Prize trip option is subject to the following:

Sponsor will determine airline, point of departure, flight itinerary, and seating in its sole discretion. If the Fourth Prize winner selects the trip option, but cannot travel during the specified travel dates, then he or she will forfeit the trip or will pay any fees imposed by the airline and/or hotel to change the dates. If, in the sole judgment of Sponsor, air travel is not required due to the Fourth Prize winner’s proximity to Geneva, Switzerland, ground transportation will be substituted for round trip air travel. All expenses and incidental travel costs not expressly stated in the prize package description above, including costs of meals, parking, ground transportation, gratuities, transportation to and from the airport, incidentals, passenger tariffs or duties, surcharges, airport fees, service charges or facility charges, personal charges at lodging, security fees, taxes, and all other expenses not specified above, are the sole responsibility of the Fourth Prize winner. Travel is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules as well as those set forth by the Sponsor’s airline carrier of choice. The Fourth Prize winner is solely responsible for obtaining any insurance (including but not limited to any travel or health insurance), obtaining a valid passport, and obtaining any necessary visas. The winner may be required to present a credit card to check in to the hotel. No refund or delay will be paid in the event of the cancellation or delay of the trip. Sponsor will not be liable if the trip, or any portion thereof, is canceled or delayed.

One (1) Fifth Prize: Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, one (1) Fifth Prize winner will be awarded the option to choose between a trip to Shenzhen, China or a cash prize of $5,000. ARV: $5,000. If the Fifth Prize winner would be under twenty (20) years of age at the time of travel, the Fifth Prize winner will be awarded the cash prize option.

The Fifth Prize trip option includes round trip economy class air fare for the winner from the major airport nearest the winner’s home (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) and five (5) days/four (4) nights hotel accommodations (one (1) standard room only) at a hotel chosen by Sponsor in its sole discretion. The Fifth Prize trip option is subject to the following:

Sponsor will determine airline, point of departure, flight itinerary, and seating in its sole discretion. If the Fifth Prize winner selects the trip option, but cannot travel during the specified travel dates, then he or she will forfeit the trip or will pay any fees imposed by the airline and/or hotel to change the dates. If, in the sole judgment of Sponsor, air travel is not required due to the Fifth Prize winner’s proximity to Shenzhen, China, ground transportation will be substituted for round trip air travel. All expenses and incidental travel costs not expressly stated in the prize package description above, including costs of meals, parking, ground transportation, gratuities, transportation to and from the airport, incidentals, passenger tariffs or duties, surcharges, airport fees, service charges or facility charges, personal charges at lodging, security fees, taxes, and all other expenses not specified above, are the sole responsibility of the Fifth Prize winner. Travel is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules as well as those set forth by the Sponsor’s airline carrier of choice. The Fifth Prize winner is solely responsible for obtaining any insurance (including but not limited to any travel or health insurance), obtaining a valid passport, and obtaining any necessary visas. The winner may be required to present a credit card to check in to the hotel. No refund will be paid in the event of the cancellation or delay of the trip. Sponsor will not be liable if the trip, or any portion thereof, is canceled or delayed.

One (1) Best Product Prize: Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, one (1) Best Product winner will be awarded a cash prize of $100,000.

Total ARV of all prizes to be awarded in the Contest: $430,000

Please allow 8 to 10 weeks after the end of the Contest (or after the winner has made a selection among prize options, if applicable) for the prizes to be fulfilled. The trip prizes will be considered fulfilled when Sponsor makes the relevant travel reservations (and not when the travel occurs).

The ARV of electronic prizes is subject to price fluctuations in the consumer marketplace based on, among other things, any gap in time between the date the ARV is estimated for purposes of these Official Rules and the date the prize is awarded or redeemed. The ARV of travel prizes may vary depending on the location of the major airport nearest the winner’s home, the travel itinerary, and the costs of air transportation at the time of award.  Winners will not receive the stated ARV and the actual retail value at the time of prize delivery.

10.     WINNER NOTIFICATION AND ACCEPTANCE. Sponsor will notify Participants who advance past the Quarterfinals by email or phone call to each Team Captain or individual Participant (as applicable). Participants who advance past the Semifinals will be notified by email or phone call to each Team Captain or individual Participant (as applicable), and via the hackaday.io website. The top five finalists will find out their ranking via an announcement on Hackaday.com on or around 11/9/2015.

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 prize@hackaday.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. A winner who wins a choice between a cash prize and a non-cash prize has five (5) business days to make a selection, except for the winner of the Grand Prize, who has until November 9, 2018 to purchase a ticket or select the cash prize option. Once a winner selects a prize option, the selection is final and cannot be changed.

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 and (unless the winner selects a cash prize option) cannot be redeemed as cash. No substitutions allowed by winners. Prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes or components of prize packages with a prize or component of equal or greater value.

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. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may add up to 20% of the purchase price of a ticket to space (should the Grand Prize winner elect to purchase such a ticket) to cover all or part of the taxes incurred by the Grand Prize winner due to the winner’s acceptance of the space ticket prize. For the avoidance of doubt, no such additional amount will be added if the Grand Prize winner is awarded the cash option.

11.     TERMINATION. In the event the Contest is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering, or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify, or terminate the Contest. Should the Contest be terminated prior to the end date, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes based on submissions received before the termination date. Proof of sending or submission of any Project Content will not be deemed proof of receipt by Sponsor.

12.     PRIVACY POLICY; TERMS OF SERVICE.

Participant agrees that Sponsor’s privacy policy and terms of service apply to Participant’s participation in the Contest. By participating, Participant represents and warrants that Participant has read and agrees to Sponsor’s privacy policy located at http://hackaday.io/privacy-policy style='mso-field-code:" HYPERLINK \\h "'> and and Sponsor’s terms of service located at http://hackaday.io/tos.

In addition to any collection, sharing, or use permitted by Sponsor’s privacy policy, by participating, Participant expressly consents to the sharing of all submission information (including, without limitation, information submitted to a Participant’s personal profile and Project Profile) with Sponsor and other parties, such as judges, in connection with the administration of the Contest. Participant grants Sponsor permission to contact Participant using the information provided on the Participant’s personal profile or Project Profile, including name, address, email address, and phone number. In the event of a conflict between the privacy policy or terms of service and these Official Rules, these Official Rules will control.

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.

13.  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.

14.  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, 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.

15.  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.

16.  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.

17.  CONTACT. Any questions, complaints or issues should be addressed to prize@hackaday.com. For a copy of the winners’ list, email prize@hackaday.com after November 20, 2015. Any such requests for the winners’ list must be received no later than thirty (30) days after such date.

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