The Open Data Challenge Series is run by Nesta in partnership with the Open Data Institute and with the support of the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills and the Technology Strategy Board. These Terms and Conditions relate to participation in any of the Challenges in the Series. Please read these terms and conditions carefully before submitting an entry to a Challenge. By submitting an entry, you accept these terms and conditions and agree to comply with them.
Participating in a Challenge
1.1 Entries received in English by the relevant deadline will be assessed against the entry criteria for the Open Data Challenge Series set out in the promotional materials, including any age limit. Late entries will not be accepted. We are not responsible for entries which are lost, damaged or late due to computer, network or telecommunications failure.
1.2 Employees of ODI and Nesta, other individuals working on the project, and their immediate families, are not eligible to enter. Unless otherwise stated, you may make up to three entries to a Challenges and must bear all your costs of entering and participating in a Challenge, including travel costs.
1.3 Eligible entries will be assessed against the relevant judging criteria. Entries may be shortlisted and asked to complete further challenges as described in the promotional materials and performance will then be assessed against the relevant judging criteria. Participation in challenges, tests and other events are a condition of participation in the Open Data Challenge Series.
1.4 We will use the contact details provided to contact you about a Challenge. If you do not respond within 7 days, or if you subsequently withdraw or are withdrawn from a Challenge for any reason, we may select another entry in your place, but are not obliged to do so.
1.5 The judges' decision about eligibility, shortlisting and selection, including the methodology used to assess entries, validity of any claims and data submitted, is final and correspondence will not be entered into.
1.6 The prize should be used in ways that will help promote the ultimate goal of the Challenge for public benefit. ODI and Nesta reserves the right to impose additional conditions if appropriate in our reasonable opinion, including if a Challenge has not resulted in sufficient public benefit in line with Nesta’s charitable objects, or to comply with other legal requirements. The prize will be paid in pounds sterling and the winner is responsible for payment of tax and other charges in relation to the award of the prize.
1.7 We reserve the right at our sole discretion to refuse to accept any entry; to suspend or withdraw a Challenge at any time; to vary the form and substance of a Challenge including dates for deadlines, challenges and events; to reduce or increase the number of entries selected for any phase, including the final prize; not to award the prize; and/or to reject or withdraw a place on a Challenge if in our reasonable opinion, you are in breach of these terms and conditions, fail to participate fully or do anything to damage the reputation of ODI, Nesta or our partners.
1.8 We reserve the right to vary these terms and conditions at any time. Variations will take effect from the date they are posted on our website so please check regularly to see the current version.
2. Your promises to us
2.1 By submitting an entry to a Challenge, you confirm that:
•You satisfy the relevant entry criteria and all information submitted by you is true, accurate and complete. We reserve the right to ask for additional evidence of claims made by you, to validate claims by any means we see fit and/or to reject claims at our sole discretion.
•Your entry is your own original idea, is not copied from anyone else and to the best of your knowledge, does not infringe any intellectual property or other third party rights. We may withdraw your entry if we receive notice that it infringes any third party rights.
•You have, or will obtain, all consents and permissions necessary to submit your entry, participate in a Challenge and comply with these terms and conditions.
•You will act lawfully, ethically and in good faith and comply with the rules of a Challenge and any relevant laws, regulations, guidelines and codes of practice. You will comply with our reasonable instructions while participating in a Challenge, including in relation to health & safety and security. We reserve the right to remove you from a Challenge if you do not comply with these rules, if you cheat or behave in a way which is disruptive, inappropriate or potentially dangerous.
2.2 If you are entering as part of a group or team, the person completing the entry form is responsible for compliance with these terms & conditions by other team members.
3 Information and Publicity
3.1 You will retain your intellectual property rights in your entry to a Challenge.
3.2 By submitting an entry to a Challenge, you give us permission to use your entry, personal details and any other information provided during a Challenge to administer and judge a Challenge. We may share this information with judges, assessors, our partners, and anyone helping us to run a Challenge, subject to appropriate obligations of confidentiality and data protection. We may send you information about other ODI and Nesta prizes, events and activities unless you tell us that you don’t want to receive this.
3.3 We won’t publish full details of your entry. However, by submitting an entry, you give us permission to use and publish your name, a summary of your entry, photographs/videos of your entry in operation and photographs/recordings of your participation in a Challenge, which may include testing and prototyping of your entry, in any media and online. If you have any concerns about publication of information about your entry, please contact us before submitting an entry.
3.4 We and our partners may carry out publicity and promotion for a Challenge and publish our research, case studies and evaluation in relation to a Challenge and you agree to participate in this research, evaluation and publicity. Any public statements which you make in relation to a Challenge must acknowledge ODI and Nesta and our partners and be approved by us in advance.
4 Limitation of Liability
4.1 We are not liable for any direct or indirect loss or liability, costs, claims, taxes, charges or expenses resulting from your participation in a Challenge or your reliance on statements made or advice given by us, our partners or contractors. We do not guarantee the safety and security of any materials, equipment or prototypes submitted as part of your entry to the Challenge and may not be able to return these to you.
4.2 Without prejudice to Clause 4.1, our maximum liability to you in connection with a Challenge (if any) is limited to £500. Nothing in these terms and conditions excludes or limits our liability for death or personal injury caused by negligence or fraudulent misrepresentation made by us.
5 Governing Law and Jurisdiction
These terms and conditions shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and you hereby accept the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
Nesta is a company limited by guarantee with number 7706036 and registered charity with charity number 1144091. Registered address: 1 Plough Place, London EC4A 1DE
The Open Data Institute is a company limited by guarantee with company number 08030289
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