Terms & Conditions
Earth Observation Challenge
Thank you for participating in the Earth Observation Challenge hosted by DigitalGlobe, Inc. and European Space Agency (together, the “Sponsor”). These terms and conditions (“Participation Agreement”) constitute a binding legal agreement between you (the “Participant”) and DigitalGlobe with respect to the Earth Observation Challenge (“Competition”). In this agreement, the term “we”, “us” or “our” refers to DigitalGlobe and/or BeMyApp, as applicable, and the term “you” refers to you, the entrant, both as an individual and as part of your team.
By registering for this Competition or participating in any way, you fully and unconditionally 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 and participate in this competition and do not submit an entry. This competition is aimed at spreading scientific and technological works as well as developing information technology by giving awards to the winner/s as consideration of his/her/their works.
THIS COMPETITION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW
The Competition is designed to encourage the development of prototype algorithms within the geospace industry that can be deployed on the DigitalGlobe Geospatial Big Data Platform (“GBDX Platform”) to process, analyze, and/or extract meaningful insights from DigitalGlobe and European Space Agency (ESA) satellite imagery and related data (“Licensed Content”). The Competition will be conducted in the English language.
The Competition will take place online from April 10, 2018, to July 26, 2018.
Interested persons and teams must register online via the Competition website during Step 1 (described below).
Applicants must provide, at a minimum, their name, contact information, and other information to support his/her application to qualify for the Competition.
The Competition is open to both individuals and teams who are residents of countries located in Europe.
Applicants must be at least 18, or the age of majority in the jurisdiction where they reside, whichever is older.
The following people are not eligible to participate:
Applicants will need access to the Internet and a valid email address to obtain an account on the BMA Platform.
4. COMPETITION PHASES AND REQUIREMENTS
4.1 PHASE ONE – QUALIFICATION
Step 1 will begin on April 10, 2018 and end on May 22, 2018.
During Step 1, interested persons (“Applicants”) will register at the registration site identified in Section 2 above.
During this Step, Applicants will submit a short description of their proposed project for the Competition. Working models or prototypes are not required at this stage.
DigitalGlobe will review the applications submitted during Step 1 and select thirty Applicants to advance to Step 2
4.2 PHASE TWO – DEVELOPMENT
Step 2 will begin on May 29, 2018 and end on July 3, 2018.
At the start of Step 2, the thirty selected Participants will be invited to create an account on the Bemyapp Platform (“BMA Platform”), available at projects-eochallenge.bemyapp.com, where they will register their project and teammates.
Registered Participants will be provided with a free subscription to access the DigitalGlobe’s GBDX Platform and the Licensed Content, subject to a subscription license agreement that will be provided to Participants at the beginning of Step 2.
Over the course of two months, Participants will use the GBDX Platform to create, develop, test, and finalize their submission for the Competition. Participants will receive instructions, guidance, and coaching sessions though the BMA Platform.
Participants must submit via the BMA Platform a semi-final Entry on July 3, 2018, at 6:00 PM CET. Late Entries will not be accepted and incomplete Entries will be disqualified at a minimum. Specific submission instructions will be provided to Participants in advance of the submission deadline.
Each semi-final Entry must consist of:
Optional materials may include: images/photos, a publicly-accessible link to the source code, additional videos, presentation slides, or any other materials Participants feel would be appropriate for the judges to review. While judges may reference these supplemental materials, they will not be a part of the submission scoring criteria.
Please ensure that your Entry is suitable for disclosure to a broad audience as your Entry materials will not be kept confidential.
4.3 PHASE THREE – FINAL DEMO AND AWARD
From the semi-final Entries, five Participants will be selected to do a final demonstration between July 6 and July 25, 2018, to a final jury. Each final demonstration will be conducted as an online live 20-minute interview between the Participant’s team and the jury. Each team will have five minutes to demonstrate their prototype and pitch the benefits to the jury online, which will then be followed by 10-15 minutes of Q&A with the jury.
Following the final demonstrations, the jury will then review the Entries and select the three winning projects to be rewarded.
4.4 STEP FOUR – WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The top three winning projects will be disclosed on July 26, 2018.
5. GENERAL SOLUTION REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible for an award, you must create an innovative, demonstrable prototype that garners the most judging
points at the conclusion of the Competition.
We reserve the right to assess your eligibility and compliance with this Agreement at any point during the Competition. If we require any assistance in order to assess your compliance, you must contact email@example.com to provide that assistance. If you do not provide the requested assistance, or if we have reason to believe that you are not complying with this agreement, you may be disqualified, in our sole discretion.
The judges will not be BeMyApp employees. If a Judge or participant has a conflict of interest, they must identify the conflict to us and that judge will be recused from judging the Entry with the conflict. An alternate judge will be identified as a substitution for the judge with the conflict.
The judges will evaluate your Entry according to the following Judging Criteria, each of which will be scored on a scale of 100. In the event of a tie, judges will deliberate to determine the winner.
Judges’ scores and feedback will be sent to each member who participated in the Competition by BeMyApp within 48 hours after the announcement of the winners.
Entries may be subject to a due diligence review for eligibility and compliance with this agreement or any other posted requirements. Determination of eligibility and compliance is at our sole discretion, and may result in your disqualification. All Judicial decisions are final.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three Entries submitted in the Competition across all topics. All three winning entries may be directed to the same or different topics. DigitalGlobe reserves the right not to award a prize in the Terms and Conditions for Earth Observation Challenge
event of an insufficient number of eligible entries meeting the minimum judging criteria as determined in DigitalGlobe’s sole discretion. DigitalGlobe reserves the right to award additional prizes or giveaways with little or no notice.
All Prize details will be determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion. Three prizes will be awarded:
- The first winning solution will be awarded 5,000 €.
- The second winning solution will be awarded 3,000 €.
- The third winning solution will be awarded 2,000 €.
The prize money will be sent to the winning team within two months of the receipt of all necessary forms and
identification and subject to compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Each recipient is solely responsible for
paying income taxes on the awarded prize.
8. HOW YOUR ENTRY MAY BE USED
By submitting an Entry, you hereby grant us an irrevocable, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide rights and license to:
(a) use, review, assess, test, and otherwise analyze your Entry and all its content in connection with the Competition; and (b) feature, display, or describe your Entry and its content for promotional purposes (including, but not limited to, in advertisements, press releases, presentations, and trade shows) in all media, now known or later developed. You also agree to sign any necessary documentation that may be required for us and our designees to make use of the rights you granted. By granting this license, you do not transfer ownership of your Entry (or any part of it that you create or own).
You acknowledge that we, other entrants or others may have developed or commissioned materials similar or identical to your Entry, and you waive any claims you may have resulting from any similarities to your Entry.
You understand that we cannot control the information you disclose to us or our representatives in the course of participating in the Competition, or what we or our representatives will remember about your Entry. You also understand that we will not restrict work assignments of representatives who have had access to your Entry. By participating in the Competition, you agree that we may use any information in our representatives’ unaided memories in the development or deployment of our products or services without liability or compensation to you.
You understand that you will not receive any compensation or credit from us for use (other than the award that you may receive according to these terms) of your Entry in connection with this Competition. This provision does not limit any compensation you may receive through us or third parties as a result of your use or marketing or profiting from the prototype beyond this Competition or as provided in this agreement. We are not responsible for any unauthorized use of your Entry by those accessing or viewing your Entry.
Please note that after the Competition you and/or your Entry may be publicized in advertisements related to the Competition. These advertisements may be distributed online and posted on our site or third-party websites.
While we reserve the rights set forth above, we are not obligated to use your Entry for any purpose, even if it has been selected as a winning Entry.
If you do not want to grant us these rights to your Entry, please do not enter this Competition.
9. PRIVACY AND PUBLICITY
You may be filmed or photographed while you are participating in the Competition. Except where prohibited, by participating in the Competition, you agree that we may use free-of-charge your name, likeness, photographs, audio-visual footage, comments, and any other record of your participation in the Competition for promotional purposes at any time and in any media.
10. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES
By registering for or by submitting materials to this Competition, you represent and warrant that:
11. OTHER GENERAL TERMS
12. DISQUALIFICATION & SUSPENSION
DigitalGlobe may, in its sole discretion, immediately disqualify any applicant or participant that:
DigitalGlobe has the right to cancel or suspend the Competition with or without notice and for any or no reason.
DigitalGlobe is not responsible for any damage or inconvenience caused by a cancellation or suspension of the Competition.
13. LICENSING AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
DigitalGlobe does not claim or receive any other license or intellectual property right in anything you own prior to the Competition, or anything that you develop and submit as part of the Competition. To the extent that your Entry includes or relies upon the DigitalGlobe GBDX Platform, or the Licensed Content, DigitalGlobe and ESA retain all title and rights to the GBDX Platform and Licensed Content, as applicable, and you do not receive any license or ownership rights in any of the Licensed Content or the GBDX Platform except as specifically set forth in the GBDX
Subscription Agreement that will be provided to eligible Participants.
Nothing in this agreement shall be interpreted as granting you permission to use or display any of the Sponsor trademarks (including any logo or brand) or rights in any DigitalGlobe technologies, Licensed Content, or other intellectual property owned by DigitalGlobe or European Space Agency.
You agree to contact us for approval prior to promoting or publicizing your participation in and, if applicable, your winning the Competition, if such promotion or publication references or uses DigitalGlobe, ESA, Bemyapp, or other trademarks associated with this Competition.
14. DISPUTES & THIRD PARTY RIGHTS
If you are an employee of a corporation, government agency, or an academic institution, you are responsible for ensuring that your participation in the Competition complies with any policies your corporation, agency, or institution may have regarding participation in contests of this type. If we have reason to believe that you violate any of those policies, we reserve the right to prohibit you from participating in the Competition or receiving a prize at any time. We are not responsible for any disputes arising between you and your employer.
15. LIABILITY RELEASE AND INDEMNITY
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL DIGITALGLOBE, ITS AFFILIATES, OR EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY, BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING IN ANY WAY TO THE COMPETITION AND/OR THIS AGREEMENT EXCEPT FOR FRAUD.
16. GOVERNING LAW AND DISPUTES
All disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the Competition, prizes or the Agreement shall be resolved individually, in accordance with the laws of England & Wales.
All claims or actions will be referred to and finally resolved by arbitration administered by the London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”) under the LCIA Rules in force when the notice of arbitration is submitted. The seat of arbitration will be London. Each party irrevocably submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the applicable court set forth above. However, each party will have the right at any time to seek a temporary or permanent injunction or other equitable remedy or relief in any court having subject matter jurisdiction anywhere in the world. With respect to
arbitration, there will be one arbitrator and the proceedings will be conducted in English.
We are not responsible for, and will not assist in resolving, any disputes between teammates. We are not responsible for any dispute among teams or team Participants related to prizes or the allocation of prizes among team members.
If for any reason any provision of this Agreement is adjudicated to be unenforceable, that provision of the Agreement will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to effect the intent of the parties, and the remainder of this Agreement will continue in full force and effect.
18. SPONSOR AND ADMINISTRATOR
The Competition is sponsored by DigitalGlobe, Inc., 1300 W. 120th Avenue, Westminster, Colorado 80023, and by the European Space Agency, located at European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications, Fermi Avenue, Harwell Science & Innovation Campus, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 0FD, United Kingdom.
The Competition is administered by BeMyApp France, 86 rue de charonne, 75011 Paris.
19. QUESTIONS AND COMPLAINTS
For any feedback, questions or complaints regarding the Competition or the prizes you can contact Samantha Hart by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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