Rules for Participation

To be eligible to win a prize under this Challenge, an individual or entity:

    a. In the case of a private entity, shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States, and in the case of an individual, shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. However, non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents may participate but are not eligible to win a monetary prize (in whole or in part) but may be recognized when the results are announced.

    b. In the case of an individual must be at least 18 years old at the time of entry;

    c. May not be a Federal entity.;

    d. May not be a judge of the Challenge, or any other party involved with the design, production, execution, or distribution of the Challenge or the immediate family of such a party (i.e., spouse, parent, step-parent, child, or step-child).

1. Federal grantees may not use Federal funds to develop their Challenge submissions unless use of such funds is consistent with the purpose of their grant award and specifically requested to do so due to the Challenge design.

2. Federal contractors may not use Federal funds from a contract to develop their Challenge submissions or to fund efforts in support of their Challenge submission.

3. Submissions must not infringe upon any copyright or any other rights of any third party. Each participant warrants that he or she is the sole author and owner of the work and that the work is wholly original.

4. By participating in this Challenge, each individual agrees to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Federal Government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from their participation in the Challenge, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise.

5. Based on the subject matter of the Challenge, the type of work that it will possibly require, as well as an analysis of the likelihood of any claims for death, bodily injury, or property damage, or loss potentially resulting from Challenge participation, no in the Challenge is required to obtain liability insurance or demonstrate financial responsibility in order to participate in this Challenge.

6. By participating in this Challenge, each individual agrees to indemnify the Federal Government against third party claims for damages arising from or related to Challenge activities.

7. An individual or entity shall not be deemed ineligible because the individual or entity used Federal facilities or consulted with Federal employees during the Challenge if the facilities and employees are made available to all individuals and entities participating in the Challenge on an equitable basis.

8. Each individual retains title and full ownership in and to their submission and each participant expressly reserves all intellectual property rights (e.g., copyright) in their submission. However, each participant grants to DCoE PH TBI, and others acting on behalf of DCoE PH TBI, a royalty-free non-exclusive worldwide license to use, copy for use, and display publicly all parts of the submission for the purposes of the Challenge. This license may include posting or linking to the submission on the official DCoE PH TBI Web site and making it available for use by the public.

9. The DCoE PH TBI reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to (a) cancel, suspend, or modify the Challenge, and/or (b) not award any prizes if no entries are deemed worthy.

10. Each individual agrees to follow applicable local, State, and Federal laws and regulations.

11. Each individual participating in this Challenge must comply with all terms and conditions of these rules, and participation in this Challenge constitutes each such participant’s full and unconditional agreement to abide by these rules. Winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements herein.