TERMS AND CONDITIONS

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.  BY REGISTERING FOR THIS CONTEST, YOU AGREE TO COMPLY WITH ALL OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS BELOW.  IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH ANY OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, DO NOT REGISTER FOR THIS CONTEST AND DO NOT SUBMIT AN ENTRY.

TERM. The Cisco Internet of Everything Creathon (the “Contest”) begins, 12 March 2015 at 8.00 AM CET and ends 13 March 2015 at 8.00 PM CET (the “Contest Period”).  Sponsor (as defined below) reserves the right in its sole discretion, to terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and these Terms and Conditions, for any reason, at any time and without any liability.

ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc. (“Sponsor” or “Cisco”) and is open to students over the age of 18, including but not limited to Cisco Networking Academy Students resident in Europe.

The Contest is not open to: (1) employees or internally contracted vendors of Cisco; (2) the immediate family members or members of the same household of any such employee or vendor referred to in (1) (3) anyone professionally involved in the development or administration of this Contest; (4) employees or internally contracted vendors of governments and government-affiliated companies or organizations; or (5) any employee whose employer’s guidelines or regulations do not allow entry in the Contest or acceptance of the prize(s). The Contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law.  Cisco reserves the right to limit, or restrict upon notice, participation in the Contest to any person who fails to comply with these terms and conditions.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter the Contest, applicants will be invited to register online via the Eskills event webpage. They will then be registered on Netspace as Cisco Networking Academy students for a specific class opened only for the Contest. The Entrants will not have access to any other class on NetSpace. During the Contest Period, students will be asked to complete a registration and self evaluation form, accept these Terms and Conditions and follow the instructions for submitting an Entry as described on the Site and below.  An “Entry” must be an original idea based around a network-based or cloud-based technology solution for: “Internet of Everything in Public Services”.

The party accepting these Terms and Conditions and submitting an Entry (i.e. an Individual Participant acting as part of a Team) is referred to as an “Entrant” or “you.” Entrants may submit an Entry as a team as designated at the time of registration for the Contest.  As used herein, “Entry” means all submissions, original ideas, documents or other materials submitted to Sponsor in connection with the Contest.  Each Entry must be the original creation of the Entrant.  Entries may not be cancelled, removed or revoked by Entrant.  Sponsor is in no way obligated to use or continue to use any Entry.

CONTEST PARTICIPATION.

Teams:  Individual Participants will elect to form a team (“Team”) of multiple people to submit a single Entry.  Each member of the Team that contributes in any way to an Entry (each a “Team Member”) must separately accept these Terms and Conditions. The minimum number of members to form a Team will be three and maximum number of members to form a Team will be five. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Team (and all Team Members) if any one Team Member has not accepted these Terms and Conditions.

An Entry submitted by a Team must designate one Team Member as the “Team Leader” for contact and Contest administrative purposes.  The Team Leader will be responsible for submitting the Entry on behalf of the Team.  An Individual Participant may only be a member of one Team. In the event an Individual Participant on a Team is disqualified, the Team that the Individual Participant belongs to and all Entries submitted by the Team will be disqualified.

Team Selection

Contest Submissions

All contest submissions must be received on or before March 13, 2015 at 1.30 pm CET.

Each submission, along with the relevant Entrant’s statements regarding place of residence, citizenship, and eligibility may be reviewed by Sponsor and/or one or more judges selected by Sponsor and its agents and affiliates (collectively, the “Judging Panel”), to determine if the submission meets the eligibility criteria for the Contest as described in these Terms and Conditions.  In the Sponsor’s absolute discretion, Sponsor may engage third-party subject matter experts and judges to serve on the Judging Panel and/or assist with the review of Entries and selection of Contest winners.

After an Entry has been submitted, it is deemed to be final and can no longer be modified by an Entrant

On March 13, 2015, teams will be required to record and produce a video in .mp4 format of not more than three (3) minutes in length introducing viewers to their idea.

The teams must then make a presentation to the Judging Panel either in person or via use of Cisco video and collaboration technologies, and respond to a “question and answer” session by the Judging Panel.

This Judging Panel will select up to three (3) Contest winners (“Winners”), using the judging criteria described in the “Judging Criteria” section below.  Winners are expected to be announced on March 13, 2015, subject in part to timely return by the potential winners of all appropriate documents required by Sponsor.  (See the “Affidavits and Releases” section below.)  All decisions of the Judging Panels are final, non-appealable and binding.  Potential winners must comply with all Terms and Conditions; winning is contingent upon verification of eligibility and compliance with all requirements herein.  Sponsor may announce the Finalists on the Site and attempt to notify them by mail, email or telephone (at Sponsor’s discretion and using the information provided in the registration).

Entrant agrees that the information, ideas and materials provided to Sponsor in connection with the Contest, and any other information, ideas or other materials otherwise provided to Sponsor in connection with the Contest, may be publicly disclosed by Sponsor or its agents, and used for Sponsor’s marketing and public relations activities, in Sponsor’s sole discretion.

JUDGING CRITERIA:

All submissions that are within the Cisco IoE Student Creathon and do not otherwise violate any Terms and Conditions of the Contest, as solely determined by Sponsor, will advance to the Judging Panel who will make their selection based on the content of the Entries and using the following criteria:

  1. Level of innovation and creativity of the project,
  2. The economic viability,
  3. The potential positive impact on society

In case of a tie the following criteria will be used as Tiebreaker: Likelihood of long-term success and scalability.

CONTENT TERMS OF SUBMISSION: Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify and/or remove any Entry or Entrant for any reason or no reason within its sole and absolute discretion. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall require Cisco to monitor or edit the Site or any Entries for offensive or otherwise objectionable content.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, Cisco may reject or remove from the Site or Contest any Entry which might be considered, offensive, defamatory, obscene, illegal, harmful, in violation of Sponsor’s website use or privacy policies, or that otherwise falls short of Sponsor’s (or its customers’) standards.  All Entrants shall use the Site according to these Terms and Conditions and any applicable website use policy posted on the Site.

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

By submitting an Entry, Entrant represents and warrants as follows:

All registration information is complete, accurate and truthful: No person or entity (including your employer or academic institution) other than you has any right, title or interest in any part of your Entry. 
No other party is entitled to claim royalties from the use of the Entry. Each Entry does not and will not infringe or violate any rights of any third party or entity, including, without limitation Intellectual Property Rights (as defined below), defamation, privacy, publicity, false light, misappropriation, confidentiality, or any contractual or other rights. 
· Your entire Entry is an original work by you, and you have all the rights, licenses, permissions and consents necessary to submit the Entry and to grant all of the rights that you have granted hereunder.
· Your Entry does not contain content that is inconsistent with the permissible uses outlined by these Terms and Conditions, including, but not limited to, content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, vulgar, profane, sexually explicit, obscene, racially or ethnically offensive or otherwise objectionable. 
· You will not upload, post or otherwise transmit any Entry or content that contains software viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots or any other computer code or files that are designed to disrupt, damage, or limit the functioning of any software or hardware. 
· You are not submitting any confidential, proprietary, or trade secret information.

“Intellectual Property Rights” means any and all tangible and intangible: (i) copyrights and other rights associated with works of authorship throughout the world, including but not limited to copyrights, neighboring rights, moral rights, and mask works, and all derivative works thereof; (ii) trademark and trade name rights and similar rights; (iii) trade secret rights; (iv) patents, designs, algorithms, utility models, and other industrial property rights, and all improvements thereto; (v) all other intellectual and industrial property rights (of every kind and nature throughout the world and however designated) whether arising by operation of law, contract, license, or otherwise; and (vi) all registrations, applications, renewals, extensions, continuations, divisions, or reissues thereof now or hereafter in force (including any rights in any of the foregoing) ; and (vii) any licenses, permissions and consents associated with (i) through (vi) above.

PERMISSIONS / RESTRICTIONS

We are not claiming ownership rights to your Entry.  However, by submitting an Entry, you understand, acknowledge and agree to the following:· The intent of the Contest is to encourage individuals and Teams to discuss ideas and innovations with Cisco.  However, participating in this Contest does not create an obligation on either your part or Cisco’s part to enter into any business relationship or to sign any commercial agreement.  These Terms and Conditions do not require you to negotiate or do business with Sponsor.  You remain free to discuss your Entry and the ideas or technologies that it contains with other parties, and to contract with other third parties regarding the subject matter of your Entry.

  • You grant to Sponsor and its affiliates an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to: (a) use, review, assess, test, evaluate, analyze or otherwise consider your Entry and all its content in connection with the Contest, and (b) feature your Entry and all its content in connection with the marketing or promotion of the Contest, in all media now known or later developed.  You understand that visitors to Sponsor’s websites and the Contest Site will have the right to access information and content of your Entry.
  • Sponsor or its affiliates may have developed or commissioned (or may currently be in the process of developing or commissioning, or may in the future develop or commission), products, services or solutions similar (or even identical) to your Entry.

Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall prohibit Sponsor from independently acquiring, developing, or having developed for it, products, concepts, systems, services, or techniques that are similar to or compete with the products, concepts, systems or techniques contemplated by or embodied in any Entry. You recognize that other persons or entities may have provided Sponsor or others, or made public, or may in the future submit, or make public, materials that are the same or similar to your Entry. You acknowledge and agree that Sponsor shall have the right to use such same or similar materials, and that you will not be entitled to any compensation arising from Sponsor’s use of such materials.  You hereby waive all claims resulting from any similarities between your Entry and any current or future Cisco product or solution.

  • Sponsor cannot control the information that Entrants will disclose to Cisco representatives in the course of the Contest, or what Cisco representatives will remember about your Entry.  You understand that Cisco will not restrict work assignments of any Cisco employees, including those who have had access to your Entry.  By entering the Contest, you understand and agree that use of information about your Entry in our representatives’ and employees’ unaided memories in the development or deployment of Cisco products, services or solutions does not and will not create liability for Cisco under these Contest Terms and Conditions, or copyright or trade secret law.
  • You understand that you will not receive any compensation or credit for use of your Entry, other than as described in these Terms and Conditions.
  • You agree that nothing in these Terms and Conditions grants you a right or license to use the Cisco name or any Cisco trademark or service mark.
  • No Entry will be received or held “in confidence” and under no circumstance will your Entry create a confidential relationship or obligation of secrecy between you and Sponsor or between you and any other party. Entrants should be guided by their own attorneys as to the desirability of seeking patents or other protection for Entries, which guidance should be obtain before submission of any Entry.

PRIZE(S):

Subject to these Terms and Conditions, once confirmed by Sponsor, the winner(s) will receive the following:

One (1) First Prize will be a three (3) days trip from Riga to Berlin to visit the Open Berlin IoE Innovation Center.

The First Prize includes the following: (1) round trip, economy airfare from Riga to Berlin; (2) ground transportation to and from the designated arrival airport in Berlin to hotel; (3) single occupancy standard hotel accommodations for 2 nights and 3 days; (4) meals as follows: breakfast at the hotel for the 3 days.

The approximate retail value of the First Prize per winner is estimated at USD $1,500.00.

Winners/winning Team are/is solely responsible for any unspecified expenses related to the First Prize, including without limitation transportation, gratuities, optional or outside tours and excursions, gift-shop snack foods and beverages; incidental purchases, telephone, fax, and Internet-access charges, medical services, video and photo services, transfers, excess baggage charges, upgrades and any and all federal, state, and local taxes on prize, including special airport taxes and fees. Compliance with any government requirements and travel documentation including, without limitation, visas, passports, and travel insurance and any extras of a personal nature (including without limitation tips, telephone, and laundry charges) are the responsibility of the Winner.

Travel arrangements will be made through Cisco’s designated booking agent. Once hotel reservations and tickets have been issued, they shall not be changed, re-sold, endorsed, exchanged, transferred or in any other manner modified by the winning Team. If additional airline costs incur due to winner/winning Team missing a flight or changing a flight, all additional costs incurred are the responsibility of the winner/winning Team and if the winner/winning Team cannot pay those costs, the winner/winning Team forfeits all claim to the First Prize.

Sponsor has no liability for costs or expenses associated with the Contest or with any prize which are not expressly stated to be included in the prize, including, without limitation, travel expenses, meals, medical, living expenses, service charges, phone calls, insurance and transfers.

One Second Prize and Third Prize winning Teams will have the opportunity to share their project during the Eskills conference for Jobs in Riga on March 13”, 2015

No assignment or transfer is allowed by any winner.  If a potential winner is unable to participate in or accept the prize or any portion of the prize for any reason, Sponsor shall have no further obligation to such potential winner. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prizes after being awarded to winners.  In no event will Sponsor be responsible for awarding more than the stated number of prizes.

TAX CONSIDERATIONS:  Each winner will be solely responsible for any local, provincial, country or any other applicable taxes, and any other costs, expenses and fees in connection with the prize.

AFFIDAVITS AND RELEASES: All winners, including all Team Members, will be required to sign and return an Affidavit/Declaration/Certificate of Eligibility and Release of Liability, in the form provided by Sponsor, for receipt by Sponsor within five (5) calendar days of the date such Affidavit and Release are dated.  In the event of noncompliance with these Terms and Conditions, if a winner or potential winner cannot be reached using the contact information provided on the Entry on or within two attempts, if the prize-winner notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable, or if the potential winner is unable to provide the documents described above in the time period designated by Sponsor, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate potential winner may be selected, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Prizes are not assignable or transferable in whole or in part.  No prize substitutions allowed, in whole or in part.

VERIFICATION/AUDIT: Entrant understands and agrees that Cisco may (but is not required to) verify, audit or otherwise confirm Entrant’s identity, registration information, eligibility or other information relating to any Entrant or Entry that may aid Sponsor in selecting Contest winner(s). Entrant hereby consents to such verification efforts and shall reasonably cooperate fully and in good faith with Cisco throughout the duration of the Contest. Cisco, in its sole and absolute discretion, may suspend, remove or otherwise eject any Entrant suspected of providing false, misleading or other information that may fail to comply with these Terms and Conditions, any applicable Site acceptable use policy or any other Contest rules or regulations.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: Entrant grants permission to Sponsor and its authorized representatives to use his/her name, address (city and state/province/territory/country), photograph, voice, and/or other likeness for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without further compensation, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, and on the Internet and world wide web, in perpetuity, without notice, consideration, review or approval. Entrants shall at all times comply with any Authorized Usage Policy on and for the Site.

Personal data will be processed in accordance with Cisco’s Privacy Policy that can be found at http://www.cisco.com/web/siteassets/legal/privacy.html.

For EU: In addition to Cisco’s Privacy Policy available in the above link, Entrants are informed that the data controller is Cisco and the data recipients are Cisco and its agents. The Entrant acknowledges that data is collected for the purpose of running the Contest and for related marketing purposes. Following the Contest Period, Cisco shall not be required to retain records of any Entries. Entrants should direct any request to access, update, or correct information to Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for human error, theft, destruction, or damage to Entries, or other factors beyond its reasonable control. Sponsor reserves the immediate right to disqualify any Entrant who, in Sponsor’s sole discretion: (i) is not in compliance with these Terms and Conditions, (ii) tampers with the Entry process, the Contest, or the Site; or (iii) is acting in an uncooperative, unsportsmanlike, disruptive, abusive, or threatening manner. Sponsor shall not be liable to a winner or any other person for failure to supply the prize or any part thereof, by reason of the prize becoming for reasons beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor unavailable or impracticable to award, or for any force majeure event, technical or equipment failure, terrorist acts, labor dispute, or act/omission of any kind (whether legal or illegal), transportation interruption, civil disturbance, or any other cause similar or dissimilar beyond Sponsors’ control. Neither Sponsor, nor its employees, officers, directors, agents, contractors, representatives, affiliates, divisions, subsidiaries, resellers, dealers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies (“Released Parties”) shall assume any responsibility whatsoever for delayed, failed, partial or garbled computer transmissions; technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines or technical failures or difficulties; the incorrect or inaccurate capture or failure to capture information whether caused by Site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest, Entry, or other information; the failure to capture any such information; or errors of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, network or otherwise arising out of or relating to the Contest, theft, loss, destruction or damage to Entries, in whole or in part, or other factors beyond their reasonable control. Once submitted, an Entry cannot be deleted or cancelled Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to Entrants’ or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Contest or downloading materials from or use of the Site.

Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Contest or Site, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE PROMOTION IS A VIOLATION OF APPLICABLE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW.  SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW (AND TO DISQUALIFY SUCH PERSON FROM THE PROMOTION, IF APPLICABLE).  Any Entrant Cisco suspects of attempting to circumvent the Terms and Conditions of this Contest, including but not limited to using false email and/or addresses, multiple identities or other fraudulent or deceptive Entry methods, may be disqualified. In the event of a dispute as to the source of any Entry, the authorized account holder of the email address used to enter will be deemed to be the person making the Entry. The authorized “account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY AND RELEASE:  ENTRANTS AGREE THAT SPONSOR, ITS AFFILIATES, DIVISIONS, SUBSIDIARIES, RESELLERS, DEALERS, DISTRIBUTORS, ADVERTISING/PROMOTION AGENCIES, AND ALL OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS (“RELEASED PARTIES”) WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR, AND WILL BE RELEASED AND HELD HARMLESS BY ENTRANT FOR ANY CLAIMS, LIABILITIES, OR CAUSES OF ACTION OF ANY KIND OR NATURE FOR ANY INJURY, LOSS OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES TO PERSONS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DISABILITY OR DEATH.  WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING ON THE SITE IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.  SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, IN WHICH CASE SUCH LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION SHALL APPLY ONLY TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY THE LAW IN THE RELEVANT JURISDICTION.

CHOICE OF LAW: This Contest and any action related thereto shall be governed, controlled, interpreted and defined by and under the laws of the State of California and the United States of America, without regard to the conflicts of laws provisions thereof. The exclusive jurisdiction and venue of any action with respect to the subject matter of these Terms and Conditions shall be the state courts of the State of California for the County of Santa Clara or the United States District Court for the Northern District of California; and each of the parties hereto submits itself to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of such courts for the purpose of any such action. The parties specifically disclaim the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. Any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with participating in this Contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees.  Entrants hereby waive all rights to (i) claim or be awarded any punitive, direct, indirect, incidental, and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and (ii) to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased, including for willful patent infringement.

WINNERS LIST: For a list of winners, contact Sponsor by mail at the address below addressed to attention: ncomar@cisco.com.  Or, please check the Site for a list of winner’s names.

SPONSOR:  Cisco Systems, Inc., 170 West Tasman Drive, San Jose, California, USA, 95134

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