(Effective Date: 20/5/2017)

 

1. LEGAL TERMS:

By submitting an Entry (as defined herein) to the “Silkroad 4.0 European IoT Challenge” (the “Competition“), you are agreeing to be bound by the following legal terms (“Official Rules“) which constitute a binding agreement between you, on one hand, and the Sponsors (defined below), on the other.

The Official Rules also incorporate by reference the additional terms specified at http://www.silkroad40.com/iot-challenge (the “Competition Website“).

THESE OFFICIAL RULES SUPERSEDE ANY OTHER RULES AND TERMS & CONDITIONS ON THE WEBSITE OF THE SPONSORS. THIS COMPETITION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW AND NO FEE OR PURCHASE IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE.

 

2. SPONSOR; ADMINISTRATOR:

The Competition is administered and sponsored by
Boteillier, Dr. Philipe Reinisch – Consultant (“Administrator“) and (“Main Sponsor”) ,
Billrothstrasse 8-10/10/3, AT-1190 Vienna, Austria / Europe
UID Number: ATU68406414
silkroad40@boteillier.com

Administrator and Main Sponsor are collectively referred to as “Competition Sponsors” or “Sponsors“.

 

3. COMPETITION DATES:

The Competition commences May 20th, 2017 and
the application deadline is July 23th, 2017, 23:59 (CET).

 

4. GENERAL INFORMATION:

Participation is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations in the applicable individual’s or entity’s country of residence, geographic location, or jurisdiction of charter or incorporation. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Multiple Entries are permitted. Each Entry (as defined herein) will be reviewed independently. Multiple individuals or entities may collaborate to submit a single Entry, but a single individual must be designated as an official representative for each Entry.

You are responsible for:
i) checking applicable laws and regulations in your jurisdiction before participating in the Competition to make sure that your participation is permitted under the law,
ii) for abiding by your employer’s policies regarding participation in the Competition,
iii) for all taxes due and all reporting responsibility related to any award you may receive as part of the Competition, and
iv) for complying with all third party Intellectual Property rights for the materials submitted.

Sponsors expressly disclaim any and all liability or responsibility for disputes arising between you and your employer related to this Competition, any violation of law due to your participation, and any tax liability related to your award.

Sponsors reserves the right to limit or exclude any person from participation in the Competition who fails to comply with the terms contained herein.
All registration information is deemed to be provided and collected in Austria.

 

5. ELIGIBILITY:

The Competition is open to all individuals from Europe over the age of 16 or the age of majority in said individual’s geographic location and to all validly formed legal entities in good standing which are permitted to participate by its charter or bylaws. Employees and family members of Sponsors and any of their respective affiliates and subsidiaries are not eligible to enter this Competition.

Responses from companies (small to large), academic researchers, other research institutes, entrepreneurs or inventors are welcome.

You are solely responsible for all hardware, software, and internet service connections and any service fees associated with such access necessary to submit file your submission as well as all costs incurred by you or on your behalf to participate in the Competition.

 

6. HOW TO ENTER:

To enter, you must first create an account on www.silkroad40.com (unless you already have such an account, in which case you need not create another account). All of the registration information that you provide is collectively referred to as your “Account“.

At the Competition Website you will find further instructions and the required Application Form: http://www.silkroad40.com/iot-challenge-form

You must submit your proposal (hereinafter your “Entry” and referenced interchangeably as your “proposal“, “submission“, “application” and/or “response” on the Competition Website and in Application Form) using the Application Form and follow the instructions provided on the Application Form. You will be able to continue an unfinished registration process and edit your submission afterwards if necessary.

By submitting your Entry, you formally accept these Official Rules for this Competition.

Each registrant is referred to as an “Entrant” in these Official Rules and as “Entrant“, “Applicant“, “Participator” or “Respondent” on the Competition Website.

All Entries must be in English and attachments may be submitted in .pdf, .xls, .xlsx, .doc, docx, ppt, or .pptx file formats.

Links to publicly available online videos (e.g., YouTube) or other sites can be included in your Entry.

There is a maximum limit of 10 MB for your complete Entry, including attachments.

By submitting an Entry, you agree that all required fields have been completed and all information in your Account is correct and accurate. Your registration may be rejected or terminated and all Entries submitted by you may be disqualified if any of the information in your Account is (or the Sponsors have reasonable grounds to believe it is) incomplete, incorrect or inaccurate. You are solely responsible for your Account.

Sponsors are not responsible for:
(a) late, lost, stolen, damaged, garbled, incomplete, incorrect or misdirected Entries or other communication;
(b) errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, or delays in the transmission of information, in each case whether arising by way of technical or other failures or malfunctions of hardware, software, communications devices, or transmission systems; or
(c) data corruption, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to or alteration of Entry materials. Sponsors are not responsible for electronic communications received on social media or for emails which are undeliverable as a result of any form of active or passive filtering or insufficient space in any account to receive the electronic communication.

Sponsors reserve the right to modify, remove or add data to the Competition Website. Sponsors also reserve the right to extend or modify the dates of the Competition and/or Entry submission dates. Entrants are urged to consult the Competition Website regularly during the Competition.

Sponsors shall have the right, in their sole discretion, to remove from the Competition Website any blog comment or social media posting related to the Competition, at any time and for any reason.

BY REGISTERING FOR THE COMPETITION, YOU ARE ACCEPTING THE CONDITIONS STATED IN THESE OFFICIAL RULES, AGREEING TO BE BOUND BY THE DECISIONS OF THE SPONSORS, AND WARRANTING THAT YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPETITION. IF YOU CAN NOT ACCEPT ALL OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES, PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT AN ENTRY TO THE COMPETITION. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU PRINT A COPY OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES FOR YOUR FUTURE REFERENCE.

 

7. COMPETITION OBJECTIVE:

The objective of the Competition is to identify, promote and showcase useful IoT solutions that that will help enhance the experience of a long distance motorcycle trip.

 

8. PARTICIPATION CRITERIA GUIDELINES:

Participants (entrants) will submit Entries per the instructions on the Competition Website. Entries will serve as an introduction to Entrant’s proposed technical approaches, or uses and their background and expertise in the area. Approaches at all stages of maturity are of interest.

Entries should broadly address the following (BUT MUST NOT INCLUDE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION):

  • Technical robustness regarding driving in extreme environments should be considered (but is not required), including:
    • desert terrain conditions, rain, low nocturnal temperatures in high altitudes,
    • dust-free environments for repairs not being available,
    • strong vibrations during the journey,
    • easiness of repair in case of a crash,
    • potential lack of connectivity,
    • electrical characteristics of a motorcycle,
    • lightweight construction
    • limited space availability
  • Technical overview of the proposed approach must include:
    • Description of proposed application and its use
    • Technical maturity of the approach
    • Potential energy consumption when implemented
    • Comparison of proposed solution against existing technologies (where applicable)
    • Novelty of the solution
    • Overall usefulness for the Silkroad 4.0 European Trip

Entries will be evaluated using Entry Evaluation Criteria (defined herein).

This technical and business development review panel (“The Jury“) will select at least 1 of the entries to receive the “Silkroad 4.0 IoT Challenge Award”.

 

9. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS:

We will use the Solution during the Silkroad 4.0 European Trip (“Trip”):
By submitting an entry and participating in this Challenge, you grant the Sponsors certain limited rights under any patents or pending patent applications related to the use of the submitted solution described in your Entry during the Silkroad 4.0 European Trip as set forth in these Official Rules. You further agree that the Sponsor using your device shall in no way be responsible for any damage to the device or loss of the device during the Silkroad 4.0 European trip.

Aside from the right of use during the Trip, every participant retains full intellectual property rights pertaining to their entry.

We can use your information to determine a winner:
Upon submission, you agree and thereby grant to the Sponsor a royalty free, non-exclusive, irrevocable license to use any information, concepts, inventions, approaches, technology, designs or drawings arising from or in your Entry materials, whether or not protected by patent or copyright or other intellectual property rights, for the purpose of review, testing and/or conducting experimental proof of concept tests as may be required in Sponsor’s sole opinion to determine the commercial and technical feasibility of the Entry in order to determine a Winner.

You allow us to publish and promote the information that you provide:
In order to raise awareness about proposed solutions, by submitting an Entry, you also consent to the use, by Sponsors and their affiliates, agents and representatives, of your name, likeness, image, biographical information, award and award information (if an Award winner), your company or institution name (if your Entry is from a company or institution), any personal data submitted with your Entry, and the contents in your Entry, including any created works, as well as entirety or parts of submitted video materials, in connection with the Competition, in any media or format, in any and all locations worldwide, and without any payment to you or further approval from you. You agree that this consent is perpetual and cannot be revoked. For uses beyond the consent that you grant herein, you agree that Sponsors use of your personal data will be governed by the Privacy Policy posted on the Competition Website.

You agree that nothing in the Official Rules grants you the right or license to use of any intellectual property of Sponsors, including without limitation the Sponsor’s trademarks or service marks. Your submission thereby grants to Sponsors the limited right to include your company name (if your Entry is from a company) as an Entrant on the Competition Website and in materials related to Sponsors promotion of the Competition. Other than for these uses, you are not granting Sponsors any rights to your trademarks.

 

10. BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP:

The intent of the Competition is to encourage people to suggest their uses and approaches to Sponsors. Participation in this Competition and acceptance of the award does not create an obligation on either your part or Sponsor’s part to enter into any business relationship or to sign any commercial agreement in the future.

Prior to acceptance of the award, you are free to discuss your Entry with other parties and you are free to contract with any third party provided you do not sign any agreement or undertake any obligations that conflict with any agreement that you have entered into or subsequently enter into with the Sponsor regarding your Entry.

 

11. PRIVACY:

By entering this Competition, you acknowledge and agree that Sponsors will have access to and use of any personal data provided in connection with your Entry for purposes as described in these Official Rules and as governed by the Silkroad 4.0 Privacy Statement posted on the bottom of Silkroad 4.0 Website http://www.silkroad40.com.

You further agree that Sponsors may share this data in connection with your Entry with designated third parties for purposes as described in these Official Rules.

 

12. CONFIDENTIALITY:

Since Sponsors do not wish to receive or hold any submitted materials “in confidence” it is agreed that, with respect to your Entry, no confidential relationship or obligation of secrecy is established between Sponsors and you, the company you represent or represented when submitting your Entry, or the owner of any part of your Entry or the subject matter thereof. Your Entry will not be considered confidential or have any restrictions on its use.

 

13. WARRANTIES:

By submitting an Entry, you represent and warrant that all information in your Entry and all information that you submit via the Competition Website is true and complete to the best of your knowledge, that you have the right and authority to submit the Entry and disclose the information therein on your own behalf or on behalf of the persons and entities that you specify within the Entry, and that your Entry (both the information and materials submitted in the Entry and the underlying approaches, information, technology and all materials contained in or described in the Entry):

(a) is your own original work and representative of your capability, or is submitted by permission with full and proper credit given within your Entry;

(b) does not contain confidential information or trade secrets (yours or anyone else’s);

(c) does not, to the best of your knowledge, violate or infringe upon the patent rights, industrial design rights, copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity;

(d) does not contain malicious code, such as viruses, malware, timebombs, cancelbots,
worms, Trojan horses or other potentially harmful programs;

(e) does not and will not violate any applicable law, statute, ordinance, rule, or regulation or
any agreement with a third party;

(f) does not trigger any obligation to any third party, and

(g) does not, to the best of your knowledge, contain any information falling within the import or export control laws and regulations of the European Union or any governmental agency relating to the import or export of technology.

A breach of any warranty set out above will result in the corresponding Entry being invalidated. In addition, you agree to indemnify Sponsors against all loss, damages and costs incurred by Sponsors arising from your breach of any such warranty.

 

14. EVALUATION:

Entries will be evaluated based on compliance with Entry Criteria Guidelines (as specified in Section 8).

ALL DECISIONS OF SPONSORS WILL BE FINAL AND BINDING ON ALL MATTERS RELATING TO THIS COMPETITION.

AWARDS: In August, 2017 the Jury will select the competition winners (“Winners” or “Award Winners“).

The selection of winners will be at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

Winners will be notified by the e-mail address provided in the Entry.

Return of any notification as “undeliverable” will result in disqualification. All Award Winners are subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules and Sponsors reserve the right to examine Entries for compliance with the Competition Rules.

Award Winners will be subject to all applicable laws and regulations and may be disqualified if found to be ineligible under any applicable law or regulation.
After verification of eligibility and receipt of the requisite documents, awards will be distributed to the official representative specified in the winning Entry.

Such official representative will have sole responsibility for further distribution of any award among participants in a group Entry or within a company or institution that has submitted an Entry.

No substitution or transfer of awards is permitted and Sponsor will only award the individual designated as the lead for each Entry.

This is a voluntary contest of skills and innovation and no fee is required to enter.

Whether or not your Entry is determined as a Winner depends on how your Entry compares to the other Entries submitted in the Competition when evaluated based on the Evaluation Criteria within the sole judgment of the Sponsors.

All awards are final and this is a one-time offer. There is no offer of a license, royalty, or other financial compensation implied beyond the award described above.

No costs or expenses of an Entrant will be paid.

Each Award Winner is responsible for all tax reporting obligations and all tax payments as applicable.

 

15. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:

By participating in the Competition, you agree to release, indemnify and hold harmless, Sponsors and their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotions agencies, and each of their respective agents, representatives, officers, directors, shareholders, and employees (collectively, “Sponsor Entities“) from and against any injuries, losses, damages, claims, actions and any liability of any kind (including attorneys’ fees) resulting from or arising out of your participation in, association with, or submission to the Competition (including any claims alleging that your Entry infringes, misappropriates, or violates any third party’s intellectual property rights).

Sponsor Entities are not responsible for any technical failures related to communication or submission failures, such as unavailable networks or server connections; other failures related to hardware, software, viruses, or incomplete, late or misdirected Entries. Any compromise to the fair, proper and legal conduct of this Competition may result in the disqualification of an Entry, the termination of the Competition, or other remedial or legal action at the sole discretion of Sponsors.

Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to extend or modify the dates of the Competition and to change the terms of the Official Rules governing any phase or portion thereof. By entering, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and acknowledge that all decisions of Sponsors, and their respective agents and representatives are final and binding in all respects.

 

16. NO OBLIGATION:

You acknowledge that multiple participants may submit Entries that contain designs, concepts, approaches, or technologies similar to your Entry and that the Sponsor, and/or its respective subsidiaries and business partners may already be investigating or developing technical solutions or have business activities that are related to or similar to those disclosed in your Entry.

You acknowledge and agree that Sponsor’s actions with respect to another Entry or one of its own solutions, investigations, or business activities, even if similar to your Entry, shall not create any liability, of any kind, by Sponsor to you or others. Further, Sponsor is not or shall not be restricted in any way from pursuing, developing, or commercializing, in any way that they see fit, independent of you and at its sole discretion, any activity or technology that is created independent of your Entry. For the avoidance of doubt, you acknowledge that Sponsor is not obligated to take any action whatsoever with regard to your Entry.

 

17. SEVERABILITY:

The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision was not contained herein.

 

18. WAIVER:

By entering the Competition, you thereby waive all rights to seek injunctive or equitable relief, or to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or attorneys’ fees against Sponsors or their affiliates, employees, agents or representatives.

 

19. APPLICABLE LAW:

You agree that these terms and the relationship between you and Sponsors shall be governed and construed under the laws of Vienna, AUSTRIA.

You acknowledge and agree that all aspects and content of your Entry, including all information, developments, inventions, and works of authorship, shall be treated as if made in Austria and Austrian laws relating to patents, inventions, assignments, and innovation compensation shall supersede the relevant laws of any country in which the Entry may have
been conceived, developed, or reduced to practice.

For Entrants living outside Austria, you expressly acknowledge that this competition is free and voluntary. By entering this Competition you accept Austrian law as governing law, the specific terms, conditions and policies outlined in the Official Rules, and consent to having your Entry data, including all provided personal information, transferred to, processed in, and stored in Austria pursuant to Silkroad 4.0 Privacy Statement.