Plastics Data Challenge
1. Sponsors and Organizers
3. Agreeing to the Rules
4. Registration and Participation in the Challenge
To take part in the challenge, Agorize must receive a completed registration through https://www.agorize.com/en/challenges/plastics-data-challenge (the "challenge website") no later than March 15th, 11:59 PM EST.
To register, the participant must first have created a user account on the challenge website, and must have truthfully and accurately completed required information, such as first and last name, email address and password.
For successful registrations, a confirmation email containing an activation link will be sent to the email address listed in the registration forms. Incomplete registration forms cannot be submitted and such applicants will not be registered for the challenge.
Any registration based on inaccurate, false or incomplete information or refuse collection, recording and use of personal data that is strictly necessary to performing the challenge will result in the participant’s disqualification. Participant is solely responsible for the information he/she provides while registering.
Any intentional or non-intentional mistake, anomaly or inconsistency, regarding this information, may result in the participant’s disqualification. Sponsor reserves the right to proceed with all necessary verifications regarding the participant’s identity, postal and/or email address.
Deletion of a participant’s user account on the challenge website will be deemed as a withdrawal from the challenge. In this case, the participant, regardless of whether the deletion results from the participant’s personal act or not, will not participate in the challenge.
Registration for and participation in the Challenge is free, with no purchase or payment obligation.
- Must be over 18 years old
- Applicants may submit more than one solution or prototype, but solutions must not be substantially similar to other submission(s) by the same applicant.
- Submissions must be in English. If in a language other than English, the submission must be accompanied by an English translation of the full text.
- Each submission must be at minimum a working prototype that leverages or creates some type of data.
- Solutions - have been tested or validated at a basic level and be able to demonstrate this
- Prototypes - functional prototypes that are yet to be validated; Must be able to justify value of concept through written documentation, supporting data, videos, or other relevant media.
- Combination of traditional and new or unconventional data sources is acceptable. Submissions may be any kind of data-driven solution including, but not limited to, web, desktop, mobile device, console, SMS or any software platform broadly available to the public
- APIs, methodologies, and algorithms will be accepted
- Submissions may incorporate open source or proprietary technology
6. Duration of the Challenge
7. Purpose of the Challenge and Participation
8. Challenge Process
- Address the specific problem statements set out in section 7 above
- Be in PDF, PPT or PPTX digital format
- Be in English
- Comply with these rules
- Each participant grants that the content of the deliverable is only his/her contribution to their team. If it appeared that contribution is from a third party, all participants from the concerned team may be disqualified
- The use of images, music, videos, etc. must be free copyright. In any case, the organizers will not be held responsible for the use of work on which third parties have rights.
- In case of difficulties or failure to read the deliverable, participants will be notified and have the responsibility to resubmit it before the phase’s deadline.
- If the participant is unable to resubmit the application, the idea (or project) in question will be disqualified from the challenge. If a Participant does not upload a deliverable on the challenge website before the deadline, this will be considered as a withdrawal from the challenge. The participant may not join the challenge, and may not obtain any compensation from the sponsor.
- If a deliverable cannot be downloaded, is not in the correct format or is incompatible, illegible, or unintelligible, the deliverable will be disqualified
10. Selection Criteria
- Relevance to challenge areas and region (35%)
- Team background & capabilities (25%)
- Technical feasibility (25%)
- Potential to scale (15%)
- The deliverables comply with section 9 (“Deliverables”)
- Each participant of the winning idea (or project), complies with sections 12 and 13
- It can be proven that the winning participants fulfill the conditions of eligibility of section 5.
- Will not be held responsible, in any case, for the malfunction of the prize or for any harmful consequence undergone by the winner or any third party due to the prize
- Will not provide any prize warranty or assistance
- Is only committed to the delivery of the prize awarded to the winners. As a consequence, all the extra costs relative to the prize(s) or any overhead linked to the accession to ownership of the prize will stay, unless otherwise stipulated on the rules, chargeable to the winners. Neither coverage nor refund will be owed as such
13. Intellectual Property
Definitions: For the purposes of this section,
- "Intellectual Property Rights" refers to any copyright or other rights over a brand, a design or a model, a patent and, more generally, any element, (including trade secrets and know how), that may be protected by national and/or international laws or conventions on intellectual property (“Intellectual Property Rights”)
- “Previous Rights” refer to any Intellectual Property Rights and/or any associated know-how held by the participants before the start date of the challenge (“Previous Rights”)
- “Creations” refer to any software (including source and object code software), database, technical specifications, text, design, model, information, knowledge, method, process or product, as well as any resulting elements and/or processes likely or otherwise to be protected according to national and/or international laws or conventions on intellectual property developed by any participant as a part of any submitted deliverable throughout the challenge (“Creations”).
Warranty of non-infringement: When submitting any deliverable, at any stage of the challenge, each participant guarantees to sponsor that s/he is the co/owner and/or co/holder of the Intellectual Property Rights regarding all or part of the creations contained in the deliverables submitted at any stage of the challenge, and that s/he has obtained all rights and permissions regarding all pre-existing creations and any elements of the deliverables for which s/he does not hold the relevant rights.
Each participant guarantees that
- His/her contribution is original and unprecedented
- It does not infringe upon the copyright or any Intellectual Property Rights of any third party
- All the elements of which his/her submissions are formed, as well as all pieces of contributions and information communicated in the submission presentation documents are accurate, reliable and complete
- The submission of the relevant deliverables does not constitute an act of unfair competition of any kind
Sponsor cannot be held liable for any infringement of the above provisions by participants. Each participant shall indemnify sponsor against any disturbance, action, claim, opposition and demand or eviction attempt from any third party in connection with any creation in the deliverables (Intellectual Property Rights included).
It is compulsory for participants to indicate the source of any pre-existing creations of whichever nature and on whichever support that are included in any submitted deliverable. Any deliverable involving several participants constitutes a collaborative work and it should be treated as such in accordance with the applicable regulations in force.
14. Modification of Rules, Suspension and Cancellation of the Challenge
Update of the Rules: the sponsor reserves the right to amend these rules or challenge timelines at any time, including the challenge duration in case of operational imperatives, which will be conveyed to participants.
Participants are encouraged to consult these rules regularly. Participants expressly waive all claims or disputes related to any amendments to these rules by the sponsor.
Should any paragraph of these rules be declared or judged illegal, unenforceable or void by a court decision, the paragraph in question will be considered null and void, but all other unaffected paragraphs will be enforced within the limits of the law.
15. Limitation of Liability
The sponsor will in no way be held liable in the event of breakdown or failure, regardless of the cause, of any telecommunications network used that causes participants difficulty in or prevents participants from identifying themselves on or gaining access to the challenge website.
Participants agree that sponsor, its affiliates 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 participants 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 challenge website and in connection with the challenge is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranty 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.
Participation in the challenge implies acknowledgement and acceptance of the characteristics, limits and risks of the internet and related technologies, particularly with regards to performance, response time, security of software and computer equipment against various potential attacks, such as viruses, logic bombs or Trojans, and loss or misuse of data. As a result, the sponsor will not be held liable in any way for any damage incurred by participants arising from these characteristics, limits and risks, which participants accept by registering and taking part in the challenge.
The sponsor will not in any case be held liable for damages resulting from faults with or delays in the submission of deliverables by participants, including refusal to accept these deliverables as a consequence of their submission outside the deadlines set out in the rules, from faults with or delays to the sending of any emails by the participant sent as part of the challenge, or from any alterations made to the deliverables independently of the sponsor.
The sponsor will not in any case be held liable for damages resulting from the services provided by a third-party relating to the prizes.
The sponsor will not be held liable for the consequences of a participant’s disqualification from the challenge as a result of their violation of these rules.
16. Personal Data Protection
Purpose: The participant agrees that the Sponsor and Agorize may collect personal information or personal data from the participant for the purpose of administering and hosting the challenge in accordance with these rules.
Personal Data: Personal data collected and used by the sponsor or Agorize may include the participant’s name, age, nationally, contact details (address, email, address, phone numbers), photographs, images and other personal data reasonably necessary for administering or hosting the challenge.
Personal Data collected by the sponsor or Agorize shall not be used for any purpose except those reasonably related to the challenge as set out in these rules.
Participant’s personal data is subject to processing within the meaning of the regulations on the protection of personal data (The EU 2016/679 General Data Protection Regulation and the Council of 27 April 2016, known as GDPR) for which the sponsor defines the purposes and means and is, as such, “Data controller” within the meaning of the GDPR.
In accordance with the provisions of the GDPR, the organizer undertakes to implement organizational and technical security measures in order to protect all participant’s Personal Data. The organizer undertakes to allow the exercise of their rights from GDPR.
Any participant’s claims arising from the challenge should be addressed no later than thirty (30) days following the challenge end date to email@example.com
All claims must include:
- The participant’s complete contact details (name, address, email address and phone number)
- The name of the challenge
- A clear and detailed explanation for the claim
18. Applicable Law and Disputes Resolution
The challenge and any action related thereto shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Hong Kong.
In case of persistent litigation beyond a period of fifteen (15) days after the participant has filed a claim, the sponsor and the participant undertake to submit their dispute to an amicable conciliation prior to any legal proceedings.
The party wishing to initiate conciliation shall inform the other party by means of a registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt in which it will inform of its intentions and will explain the cause. If no agreement is reached between the parties within thirty (30) days after receipt of the registered letter, the parties regain their freedom of action.