The Elsevier 2010 App Challenge (the “Challenge”) is a skill-based competition in which participants are asked to create a novel web-based application (“Application”) in a secured partition in ScienceDirect® platform accessible via a user name and password by the participant and Elsevier staff. All entries are to be submitted for consideration based on the criteria listed below. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

Please read these rules (the “Official Rules”) before entering the Challenge. By entering the Challenge, you agree to be bound by the Official Rules and represent that you satisfy all of the eligibility requirements set forth herein.

ELIGIBILITY

The Challenge is open to current students of an accredited post-secondary academic institution who are age eighteen (18) years or older at the time of entry. Entrants may be individuals or teams of up to three members, provided each member of the team meets the eligibility criteria. Entrants may be subject to rules imposed by their institution relative to their participation in competitions and should check with their institution for any relevant policies. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Directors, officers, and employees of Elsevier Inc. (the “Sponsor”), its parents, subsidiaries and affiliates, and any participating vendors, professional advisors, advertising and promotional agencies, the Challenge judges, and the immediate families and those living in the same household of the foregoing are not eligible to enter the Challenge. Any Application or Challenge entry that violates these Official Rules, applicable laws or regulations, or participant's employer's or affiliated institution's policies will be deemed ineligible.

HOW TO ENTER

Between 12:00:01 AM EDT on June 11, 2010 and 11:59:59 PM EST on July 2, 2010 (the “Challenge Period”) participants may submit entries into the Challenge. Participants must follow the instructions on the Elsevier 2010 App Challenge website on the ACM SIGIR 2010 website at http://www.sigir2010.org/doku.php?id=grants:elsevier (“Challenge Site”) and complete and submit the Challenge registration form and the Application submission form, both downloadable from the Challenge Site. The website URL for accessing the participant's Application must remain active for three (3) months following the end of the Challenge Period. LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER PERSON/TEAM. Entries that are (i) submitted in any manner other than as specified; (ii) submitted before or after the Challenge Period; or (iii) incomplete, defective, forged, or irregular in any way or not in compliance with these Official Rules will be disqualified. Sponsor's servers and clock shall serve as the official clock for the Challenge and participant's proof of submission does not constitute proof of receipt by Sponsor. Entry materials will not be acknowledged or returned.

ORIGINAL WORK

An Application submitted for consideration in the Challenge must be the original work of and created solely by the participant submitting such Application. Modifying, enhancing, or altering a third-party's pre-existing work does not constitute an original work. Applications submitted shall not: (i) violate the intellectual property rights (copyright, patent, trademark, etc.) of any third party; (ii) defame or invade the publicity or privacy rights of any person, living or deceased; or (iii) otherwise infringe upon any person's or entity's personal or proprietary rights. Each participant must have a non-restricted right to submit the Application for consideration. Any participant whose Application includes elements not owned by the participant (including, but not limited to, third-party APIs, trademarks and logos) must be able to provide legal releases for such use in a form satisfactory to the Sponsor. Applications must not be obscene, profane, or unsuitable for publication in Sponsor’s sole discretion.

API

Prior to entering the Challenge, participants will be required to complete and submit a Registration Form, downloadable from the Challenge Site, in order to receive an assigned “key” to be used to access the Elsevier alpha Application Protocol Interface (the “Elsevier alpha API”) and a username and password to access Elsevier content in the ScienceDirect feature integration framework (the “ScienceDirect framework”). The assigned Elsevier alpha API Key and ScienceDirect framework username and password are for use solely by the registered participant for purposes of the Challenge and shall not to be disclosed or shared with anyone else for any reason. Use of the Elsevier alpha API is subject to and shall comply with the Elsevier alpha API Terms of Use, and the content in the ScienceDirect framework retrieved via the use of the Elsevier alphaAPI shall be used solely for purposes of the Challenge.

USE OF INFORMATION

None of the entry materials and information submitted by participants will be treated as confidential, so please do not submit proprietary information. Participants further agree that personally identifiable information may be processed, stored, and otherwise used for the purposes of the Challenge, including, but not limited to, checking participant's identity, postal address, and telephone number, or to otherwise verify eligibility to participate.

JUDGING CRITERIA

All eligible entries will be evaluated and ranked by a panel of qualified judges based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Clarity
  • Value

The judges' decisions are final and binding.

Sponsor may request additional information from participants as may be necessary to judge the entries. Participants must respond to such requests within seven (7) calendar days from the time the request is made. Failure to respond may result in participant's entry being disqualified from consideration.

WINNER SELECTION/PRIZES

On or around July 9, 2010, two (2) winners will be selected based upon the judging criteria and notified via email. Each winner will be awarded a prize of a travel grant for the ACM SIGIR 2010 conference, July 19-23, 2010, Geneva, Switzerland (“Conference”) comprised of (i) one Conference student registration fee and (ii) up to US$900.00 for Conference travel/lodging costs, both awarded after the Conference. Winners may be required to sign and return to Sponsor an Affidavit of Eligibility/Publicity Release. If a winner: (i) is determined to be ineligible; (ii) cannot be contacted; (iii) fails to return the completed Affidavit of Eligibility/Publicity Release within fourteen (14) calendar days of delivery notification of their selection for a prize; or (iv) declines or cannot or fails to accept a prize for any reason, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected based upon the judging criteria. Winners will be sent a payment form to expense the Conference travel grant, to be completed and submitted after the Conference. The respective winners will be solely responsible for any applicable taxes, withholding, and reporting requirements on their acceptance and/or use of a prize.

The winners will also have the opportunity to present their applications during the poster/demo session of the Conference on July 20, 2010.

RIGHT TO USE ENTRIES

By entering the Challenge, participants grant Sponsor and its affiliates, the rights, without limitation or further permission or compensation, to: (i) use and publish their name and likeness; and (ii) use, reproduce, publish, display and distribute the website URL to the Applications. Winners’ full names, institutions, and city and state/province/country of residence and their Applications will be announced and, with their photograph, may be featured on the Challenge Site and websites of the Sponsor and its affiliates. By accepting a prize, winners grant Sponsor and its affiliates, the additional rights, without limitation or further permission or compensation, to use and publish their photograph in conjunction with their credited name. Rights granted by participants and winners are for advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in perpetuity and in any medium Sponsor sees fit, including, but not limited to, website, television, radio, or printed materials.

By submitting an entry, each participant grants Sponsor and the judges an unrestricted right to use, review, assess, test, and otherwise analyze the entries and all of their content in connection with the Challenge. Participants agree not to instigate, support, maintain or authorize any action, or lawsuit against Sponsor on the ground that any use of the entry materials infringes any of the participants’ rights as creators of the entry materials.

Participants acknowledge that Sponsor may currently, or in the future, be developing internally, or receiving from a third-party, information or applications similar to those submitted by participants. Nothing contained in these Official Rules will be construed as a representation or agreement that Sponsor will not develop or have developed products, concepts, systems, or techniques that are similar to or that compete with the products, concepts, systems, or techniques contemplated by or embodied in any of the entry materials. Further, Sponsor shall be free to use for any purpose the residuals resulting from access to work with entries. The term ”residuals” means information in intangible form, which is retained in memory by persons who have had access to the Applications, including ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained therein. Sponsor shall have no obligation to limit or restrict the assignment of such persons or to pay royalties for any work resulting from the use of residuals. Nothing in this paragraph shall not be deemed to grant Sponsor a license under the participants’ intellectual property rights.

DISCLAIMER/LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in these Official Rules or elsewhere, Sponsor makes available the Challenge and any prizes on an ”as is” basis and disclaims all warranties, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose in connection therewith. Sponsor, the Association for Computing Machinery, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, professional advisors, advertising and promotional agencies, and directors, officers, and employees thereof, shall not have any obligation, liability or responsibility for: (i) lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, damaged, garbled, or misdirected entries, prize claims or notifications; (ii) inaccurate entry information, whether caused by participant or by any of the equipment or programming associated with the Challenge; (iii) any errors or malfunctions that may occur; (iv) any condition caused by events beyond Sponsor’s control that may cause the Challenge to be delayed, disrupted or corrupted; (v) any error in any materials associated with the Challenge; and (vi) any damages or losses of any kind resulting from participation in the Challenge, accessing, transmitting, uploading or downloading data in connection with the Challenge, or acceptance, possession or use of any prize.

RELEASE

BY ENTERING THE CHALLENGE, PARTICIPANTS SHALL RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS SPONSOR, THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, AGENTS, PROFESSIONAL ADVISORS, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL AGENCIES, AND DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, AND EMPLOYEES THEREOF, FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, INJURIES, LOSS, DAMAGE, EXPENSES, OR LIABILITIES OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE CHALLENGE, PARTICIPANTS’ PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE, OR DELIVERY, MISDELIVERY, ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, AND USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, ANY PRIZE, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. IN NO EVENT WILL SPONSOR BE LIABLE TO A PARTICIPANT FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF, OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE CHALLENGE, WHETHER OR NOT SPONSOR HAS BEEN ADVISED, HAD REASON TO KNOW, OR IN FACT KNEW OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

GOVERNING LAW AND VENUE

The laws of the State of New York, USA, govern the Challenge and these Official Rules without reference to choice of law principles. The Challenge is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Participants hereby irrevocably waive any and all right to a trial by jury in any legal proceeding arising out of or relating to the Challenge. Participants further waive any objection to venue in New York, New York, USA whether such objection is based on lack of personal jurisdiction, improper venue, forum non conveniens, or the like.

RESERVATION OF RIGHTS

If for any reason, the Challenge is not capable of being run as planned, the Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to change these Official Rules, disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process or operation of the Challenge Site, and to modify, suspend, cancel or terminate the Challenge. If the Challenge is terminated early, the Sponsor may select winners based on the entries received prior to the termination date.

RULES

Participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor in regards to the Challenge. Any participant found to be acting in violation of these Official Rules may be disqualified in Sponsor’s sole discretion. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of a winner, the winning entry will be declared made by the license holder of the Application submitted.

WINNERS LIST

A list of winners will be posted on the Challenge winners’ page of the Challenge Site after July 9, 2010. A list of winners may also be obtained after July 9, 2010 by sending a request and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Winner List, Elsevier 2010 App Challenge, Marketing Director – A&G Products, Elsevier Inc., 360 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010, USA.

The Challenge is sponsored by Elsevier Inc., 360 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010, USA.


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