Building Content, Capacity, and Diversity Initiative’s “Innovation Fund” Contest
1. CONTEST DESCRIPTION:
The Building Content, Capacity, and Diversity Initiative’s “Innovation Fund” contest (the “Contest”) begins on August 5, 2013 at 12PM EST, and ends on November 22 2013 at 12PM EST (the “Entry Period”). The Contest is open to all eligible entrants who follow the entry procedures set forth below.
The Contest is sponsored by WGBH Educational Foundation, One Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135 (“WGBH”).
3. ELIGIBILITY: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN:
The Contest is void where prohibited by law. The Contest is open to legal residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia, except Arizona. Entries can be made by individuals over the age of eighteen (18), or teams of individuals (at least one of which, is over the age of eighteen (18)).Each entry must be submitted by an individual (the “Entrant”), who at the time of entry is at least eighteen (18) years of age. There is no limit to the number of members per team. The team Entrant is responsible for obtaining the consent of other team members (or team members’ parent or guardian, if they are under the age of eighteen (18) years of age) to participate in the Contest. The Contest is not open to employees, officers, directors, trustees, and members of their respective immediate families or households, of WGBH, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), PBS member television stations, or their respective affiliates, and subsidiaries. By participating in the Contest, each Entrant is hereby deemed to agree to these Official Rules and all eligibility requirements and guidelines listed below.
4. HOW TO ENTER:
(a) The Contest challenges individuals or teams to design and create one (1) web-based digital resource between two to six minutes (02:00-06:00) related to Middle School Mathematics, and connected to the Common Core State Standards (the “Digital Resource”). The Digital Resource may be in the form of a video, interactive, game, info-graphic or a manipulative and must be uploaded and available through the internet. The Digital Resource should conform to the PBS LearningMedia Format Guidelines (https://projects.pbs.org/confluence/display/DLM/Media+Format+Guidelines).
(b) The Digital Resource may notdepict any person, trademark, trade dress, or product of any third party without consent.The Entrant is responsible for obtaining the consent of all those who appear in the digital resource (or the consent of a legal parent or guardian if under eighteen (18) years old). Such permission must include the right for WGBH and its distribution partners to use the Digital Resource in all manner and media in perpetuity.
(i) videos should be encoded using H.264 and delivered in MPEG-4 (.mp4) file format;
(ii) the total stream BitRate for the video must be 5Mbps;
(iii) the dimensions for the video should be 1280 x 720 or 960 x 720; and
(iv) the video must have poster images and captions
(d) INTERACTIVE, MANIPULATIVE, INFO-GRAPHIC AND GAME ENTRIES: Entrants submitting other types of web-based Digital Resources are required to upload their Digital Resource to the internet and provide a link the interactive, manipulative, info-graphic or game as part of their Entry submission. If the Digital Resource is an Interactive, it must comply with the following specifications:
(i) Interactives using HTML5 in favor of Flash or proprietary technologies should include these minimum browser versions: IE 8, Firefox 12 , Safari 5.1, chrome 22.
(ii) Interactives should be usable on mobile devices having maximum screen dimensions of 1024px by 768px at a scale of 1.0; and
(iii) Video playback incorporated in the Interactives should consider video file format and may need to employ a "default-to-Flash" or "fall-back-to-Flash" approach to accommodate the full set of browsers.
(e) In addition to uploading the Digital Resource online and providing a link to the Digital Resource, the Entrant must also complete an online submission form on the Contest homepage (http://www.wgbh.org/innovationfund) (the “Online Submission Form”). The Online Submission Form will consist of the following information:
(i) the Entrant’s legal name, age, legal residence, and a valid email address;
(ii) the name of the Entrant’s team and the first name, age, and state of residence of all other team members;
(iii) Digital Resource title and brief description of Digital Resource;
(iv) Type of Digital Resource and a link to the Digital Resource;
(v) The Common Core State Standard that the Digital Resource addresses; and
(vi) A list of any copyrighted music, photographs or videos included in the Digital Resource.
The Digital Resource and Online Submission Form shall collectively be referred to as the “Entry”.
There is no limit on the number of Entries from any Entrant, but each Entry must be submitted separately. All Entries from a particular Entrant must be unique as solely determined by WGBH. Each Entry will be given a timestamp by the server upon submission. Entries must be received during the Entry Period to be eligible. Entries received before or after the Entry Period and/or those entries that do not meet the guidelines, are not eligible. Incomplete or inaccurate Entries are void.
By submitting an Entry the Entrant warrants and represents that the Entry, and their submission thereof to the Contest: (a) does not violate any law, regulation or right of any third party, including but not limited to patent, copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property or sui generis right, (b) that the Entry does not violate any fiduciary relationship or violate any agreement the Entrant may have, (c) that the Entry is the sole and original invention/idea/product/design of their team (as applicable), and (d) that the Entry does not contain any virus, bugs, or other deleterious material.
Each Entrant acknowledges that other entrants may submit the same or similar idea /design/Digital Resource and/or that WGBH may have received the same or similar idea /design/Digital Resource from a third party independent of this Contest or as part of this Contest. Entrant agrees that neither WGBH nor any other party related to this Contest shall have any responsibility or liability for any such submissions in this Contest or from a third party. Entrant waives any claims or damages of any kind or nature whatsoever, including but not limited to, direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages, should WGBH pursue, in any manner, any such submission in this Contest or from a third party.
Once an entry is submitted it is the sole responsibility of the Entrant to maintain as current his/her contact information. WGBH is not responsible for any failure to contact an entrant if their respective contact information is not current. To update contact information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. JUDGING/SELECTION OF WINNERS:
There will be three (3) phases of judging:
(a) Phase 1 of judging is the initial evaluation screening (the “Initial Screening”) of each Entry. The Initial Screening will evaluate and confirm each Entry’s compatibility with the Contest theme. At all times, and in every instance at the sole discretion of WGBH, any Entrant whose Entry or use of the Website is considered inappropriate in any way, or in any way violates these Official Rules will be immediately disqualified, and his or her Entry shall not be considered.
If an Entry is determined by WGBH as eligible in accordance with the Contest theme and Official Rules, is deemed a legitimate Entry, and is received and recorded by the published deadline, then it will be considered an ‘active’ entry and proceed to Phase 2 of judging.
(b) Phase 2 of judging is the active evaluation screening (the “Active Screening”) of Entries that were deemed eligible following their Initial Screening. In the Active Screening, a panel of three (3) judges will evaluate each Entry deemed eligible by the Initial Screening on the following criteria (each a “Criteria”) (1) the uniqueness of the Entrant’s approach to the Digital Resource; (2) the educational appropriateness of the Digital Resource with respect to the Middle School Mathematics Common Core State Standards, and; (3) the execution of the Digital Resource. Judges will evaluate the Entries using a five (5) point scale for each Criteria. Those Entries receiving the highest compiled scores in this phase will proceed to the final phase of judging.
(c) Phase 3 of judging is the ranking and final selection of the winners (the “Final Ranking and Selection”) from among the Entries who received the highest scores in the Active Screening. In the Final Selection, Entries will be judged by a panel of three (3) judges who will rank the Phase 3 Entries (from best to worst of Phase 3), based upon the same Criteria used in Phase 2, and the added subjective criteria of which of the top Entries is “the best.”
(d) Each Entry will remain “anonymous” throughout each Phase of judging. The judges will not have access to the Entrant’s (or Entrant’s team member(s)’) personal information. WGBH and the judges do not profit in any way from the success of the Winner. Entrant’s confidentiality is upheld. Judges’ confidentiality is also upheld. The judges for the Active Screening may or may not be the same as the judges for the Final Ranking and Selection.
Up to One hundred (100) Winners (the “Winners”) will each receive $1,000. Taxes on Prize, if any, are solely the responsibility of winner. Any and all federal, state and local taxes on prizes as well as any other costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided are the sole responsibility of the winner who signed the Releases.
7. WINNER NOTIFICATION
Each Winner will be notified via email and will be required to accept or decline the Prize and complete, sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, and where lawful, a Liability/Publicity Release within the time stated on the notification of winning. If documents are not returned in a timely manner, or if the documents are returned as non-deliverable, or if a Winner is found to be ineligible or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules, then the Winner and the Winner’s Entry will be disqualified, all rights to the Prize will be forfeited and an alternate Winner will be selected from among the ranked Phase 3 Entries (i.e., the next “best” will be chosen as the first alternate).
8. GENERAL CONDITIONS:
9. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES/LIABILITY LIMITATIONS:
Releasees are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or non-delivered entries; or for interrupted or unavailable satellite, network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), web site, telephone or other connections, availability or accessibility, or miscommunications, or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, or lines, or technical failure or jumbled, corrupted, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures, or technical errors or difficulties, or other errors of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic or network or the incorrect or inaccurate capture of Locker, entry or other information or the failure to capture, store, or loss of, any such information. Entrants are expected to, and shall, retain copies of all portions of their entries, and shall not rely on WGBH to retain same. WGBH shall not be responsible for lost or corrupted submission materials. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of this Contest, as solely determined by the WGBH, will be disqualified. Any use of robotic, automatic, macro, programmed, third party, or like entry methods will void all such entries by such methods, and disqualify any entrant using such methods. Releasees are not responsible for injury or damage to Entrants’ or to any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation in this Contest or downloading or printing materials of any kind from, or for, this Contest, or use of the Website. Should any portion of the Contest be, in WGBH’s sole opinion, compromised by virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, technical failures or other causes which, in the sole opinion of WGBH, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct, or submission of entries, WGBH reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest, and select the winner from entries received prior to action taken or as otherwise deemed fair and appropriate by WGBH. Releasees are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest, and assume no responsibility for any error, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation, or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction, or unauthorized use of this Website.
In the event WGBH is prevented from continuing with the Contest by any event beyond its control, including but not limited to fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, communications or equipment failure, utility or service interruptions, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared) or any federal state or local government law, order, or regulation, order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within the WGBH's control (each a “Force Majeure” event or occurrence), WGBH shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Contest.
IN NO EVENT WILL RELEASEES BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE WEBSITE OR DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM SAID WEBSITE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING ON THE WEBSITE INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE CONTEST, IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS OF EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. CHECK YOUR LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS.
10. GOVERNING LAW/JURISDICTION:
All disputes arising hereunder or in relation to the Contest and/or the Prize, shall be brought solely and exclusively in the United States District Court in Boston, Massachusetts or the appropriate Massachusetts State Court located in Suffolk County, Massachusetts and Entrant hereby consents to the jurisdiction of such courts and waives any defense of inconvenient forum.
11. WINNER LIST:
The list of Winners (including the Winners’ names and team names (as applicable), will be posted on the WGBH Math Innovation Contest Website at wgbh.org/innovationfund.