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© 2006 DC Appleseed

 
Solving DC Problems Solving DC Problems

Contest Rules

 
Official Contest Rules
(effective as of March 30, 2006)

The purpose of the "Solving DC Problems Campaign 2006" is to:

  • Solicit and gather ideas from District of Columbia residents and the city's large non-resident workforce on (a) what they believe to be the District's biggest problems and (b) how to solve them;
  • Compile collected wisdom in a clear, user-friendly format and distribute the information to the public, including government officials and candidates for elected office in the District's 2006 elections;
  • Facilitate voter registration and participation in the District;
  • Stimulate constructive dialogue between District residents, the District's large resident and non-resident workforce, and the public officials who govern the jurisdiction where they live and work; and
  • Infuse the local 2006 elections with the most pressing concerns of area residents and create a publicly-molded "platform" for the new leaders of the Nation's Capital.

To achieve these purposes, DC Appleseed (the "Sponsor") will administer the "Solving DC Problems Campaign 2006" skill contest (the "Contest"), seeking the most original, creative, and practical solutions to the District's biggest and most pressing problems.

These are the official rules for the Contest. The Contest is open to legal residents of the National Capital Area who are at least 18 years of age at the time the Contest commences. For the purposes of the Contest, the National Capital Area is defined as: the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.

Anyone, regardless of age, place of residence, citizenship, or affiliation may submit ideas for the campaign; however, eligibility to participate in the Contest is restricted based on and subject to the terms and conditions set forth in these official rules. Submissions not eligible for the Contest (e.g., submissions from persons either under 18 years of age or who do not live in the National Capital Area) must be submitted anonymously (i.e., without personally-identifying data). Further, anyone otherwise eligible to participate in the Contest may choose to submit an idea anonymously; however, any idea submitted anonymously will not be considered part of the Contest and will not be eligible to win any prize.

Employees, officers, directors, agents, representatives and independent contractors (and their immediate family members and members of the same households, whether related or not) of DC Appleseed are not eligible to participate.

The Contest is void outside of the United States and where prohibited by law; it is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations.

Participants agree to abide by the terms of these official rules and by the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to the Contest.

For a copy of these official rules send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Solving DC Problems, Attn: Rules, 1111 14th Street NW, Suite 510, Washington, DC 20005-5603. These official rules also will be available www.solvingDCproblems.com.

Contest Procedure and Rules

How to enter the contest: Commencing on March 30, 2006, participants can visit www.solvingDCproblems.com (the "Website"). Participants will be asked to register for the Contest by providing certain biographical information and their email address. The participant will then be given the opportunity to submit an entry in the Contest. The Website will direct registered participants to submit, in 250 words or less, a cutting-edge idea on how to solve DC problems. Each participant that submits an entry in the Contest shall become an entrant ("Entrant"). Each Entrant also will be required to submit a title for the entry in 25 words or less. Submissions should include:

  • What the problem is;
  • A proposal for fixing it; and
  • A description of how fixing the problem will benefit people who live and/or work in the District.

Participants also can mail submissions to: Solving DC Problems, 1111 14th Street NW, Suite 510, Washington, D.C. 20005-5603; any entry received by mail will be subject to the terms and conditions described herein. Participants who enter by mail must include their name, mailing address, and date of birth. Participants who enter by mail also will be deemed Entrants, but they must be able to demonstrate that they meet the Contest's eligibility criteria before they will be eligible to win a prize.

There is no limit on the number of times that any individual person can enter a submission, but no submissions will be accepted after May 5, 2006, at 11:59 pm EST. Submissions tendered by mail must be received at the address listed above no later than May 5, 2006, at 11:59 pm EST.

If a submission exceeds 250 words, the submission will be disqualified and will not be considered for review as part of the Contest. If a title exceeds 25 words, the submission will be disqualified and will not be considered for review as part of the Contest.

Entrants are welcome to work on ideas collaboratively, in groups and teams. However, each submission must be entered in the name of one, and only one, Entrant. The individual whose name is entered in connection with a submission will be the Entrant for all purposes related to that submission, including with respect to eligibility to participate in the Contest and to win any prizes. If a submission tendered via mail contains more than one name, it will be disqualified and will not be considered for review as part of the Contest.

Each participant who enters the Contest via the Website must provide an email and mailing address as part of the registration process. By entering the Contest, whether via the Website or via a mail submission, each Entrant grants the Sponsor the right to contact the Entrant regarding the submission as well as the right to publicize the submission or for any other purpose related to the Contest or the activities of the Sponsor.

Process/Number of Rounds

There will be two rounds in the Contest. In the first round, the Sponsor will select the best 20 ideas from all eligible submissions. In the second round, members of the public will have the opportunity to vote for their top three ideas.

All ideas submitted will be posted to the Website with the Entrant's initials and each posting will identify the jurisdiction where the Entrant lives, but the Website will not publicize any other personally identifying information about an Entrant (except as otherwise permitted by these official rules).

Ideas initially will be reviewed by the Sponsor--including such members of its staff and Board of Directors as it deems appropriate--which will in its sole discretion select the best 20 ideas for public online voting. The Sponsor will take reasonable steps to ensure that members of the review process do not have access to any information that would enable them to identify an Entrant when reviewing submissions. The Sponsor will be looking for ideas that are original, creative, and have a good chance of practical success. The Sponsor will also look for ideas that include three elements:

  • What the problem is;
  • A proposal for fixing it; and
  • A description of how fixing the problem will benefit people who live and/or work in the District.
In the event that the Sponsor receives two (or more) identical or substantially similar eligible submissions, only the first eligible submission received by the Sponsor will be considered for review as part of the Contest.

Once the Sponsor selects the best 20 ideas as finalists, those submissions will be posted on the Website. Members of the public who visit the Website will then have the opportunity to vote for their three top choices among the finalists. Individuals are permitted to vote online only one time, and the Sponsor reserves the right not to count multiple votes that it determines have been placed by one person. Eligible first place votes will receive five (5) points. Eligible second place votes will receive three (3) points. And eligible third place votes will receive one (1) point. The public voters will be expected to look for looking for ideas that are original, creative, and have a good chance of practical success.

Dates

The Contest will commence on March 30, 2006. Submissions will be accepted until May 5, 2006, at 11:59 pm EST. Submissions tendered by mail must be received by the Sponsor no later than May 5, 2006, at 11:59 pm EST. The 20 best submissions as selected by the Sponsor will be announced on May 18, 2006. Voting by members of the public on the Website will commence on May 18, 2006, and continue until June 2, 2006. Run-offs, if any, will follow immediately thereafter. Prize winners will be announced on June 5, 2006.

In the event that the Sponsor receives an extraordinary number of submissions, these dates may be extended. Notice of any such changes will be posted on the Website. In any case, the last date that submissions will be accepted will remain May 5, 2006.

Grant of Rights in Ideas Submitted; Originality of Idea

Submission of any material to the Sponsor constitutes the irrevocable grant to the Sponsor of all rights in the idea, including all rights to publish, use, adapt, edit, and/or modify such idea in any way and in any and all media (whether now known or hereafter developed), without limitation, and without consideration or acknowledgment to the Entrant. Without limiting the foregoing, Sponsor also shall have the unconditional right to use any material submitted to the Sponsor for advertising/publicity purposes without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law.

Each Entrant represents and warrants that his or her submission is original, that it does not infringe the rights or intellectual property claims of any other parties, and that the submission of the idea does not violate any enforceable agreements or understandings that an Entrant has with any other party.

Cost

There is no cost to participate in the Contest. No purchase is necessary.

Prizes

At the end of the voting period--June 2, 2006--the submission with the highest aggregate score will be the First Prize Idea, the submission with the second-highest aggregate score will be the Second Prize Idea, and the submission with the third-highest score will be the Third Prize Idea. The Sponsor will award prizes as follows: $5,000 grand prize for the First Prize Idea; $2,500 for the Second Prize Idea; and $1,000 for the Third Prize Idea. The Sponsor will make reasonable efforts to contact the prize winners at the end of the voting period, as set forth below. Prize winners will be publicly announced on June 5, 2006.

There will be no ties. If at the end of the voting period two or more of the submissions garnering the three highest number of votes have an equal number of votes, there will be a run-off vote between those submissions. Run-offs will last one day each and will continue daily following the end of the voting period until the submissions no longer have an equal number of votes. Run-offs will be conducted via the Website, and members of the public will be permitted to vote only for one idea during any run-offs.

Notification; Eligibility Confirmation

The Sponsor reserves the right to determine whether an Entrant meets the eligibility criteria to win a prize. All prize winners will be required to submit an Affidavit of Eligibility, in which they affirm that they meet the eligibility requirements for the Contest. In addition to the Affidavit of Eligibility, winners may also be required to submit an Affidavit of Compliance, a Release, and such other forms as the Sponsor may require.

Entrants will be notified via email or mail (where applicable) within approximately three (3) business days after a determination that they are eligible to receive a prize. Entrants will be asked to provide a phone number and mailing address so that the relevant affidavit(s) and forms may be sent to them. Click here to read our privacy policy. Entrants who do not provide a phone number and mailing address will be disqualified and will not be eligible to win a prize. If a winning Entrant cannot be reached by email or mail (where applicable) within seven business days of the first attempt to notify them, or if the Sponsor's forms and documents are returned as undeliverable, the Entrant may be disqualified from the Contest and if so, the Entrant whose submission received the next highest number of votes will receive the prize.

If a winning Entrant does not return the forms and documents requested by the Sponsor within five (5) business days of receipt, the Entrant may be disqualified from the Contest (the Sponsor will provide winning Entrants with an envelope for return of forms and documents by overnight courier). In such case, the Entrant whose submission received the next highest number of votes will receive the prize. If the Sponsor determines for any reason that an Entrant does not meet the eligibility or other requirements of the Contest, or if an Entrant has failed to comply with the terms and conditions set forth in these official rules, the Entrant will be disqualified from the Contest, and the Entrant whose submission received the next highest number of votes will receive the prize.

Delivery of Prizes

The Sponsor will award prizes to the winning Entrants via overnight mail to the addresses provided; shipping costs shall be paid by the Sponsor. The Sponsor shall not be responsible for misdelivery of any documents and/or prizes provided that the Sponsor addresses the documents and/or prizes to the address provided by the winners.

The Sponsor shall not be responsible for the collection, withholding or reporting of any federal, state or local taxes in connection with any prizes awarded as part of the Contest. An Entrant that wins a prize shall be solely responsible for the reporting and payment of any federal, state or local taxes that may be owed in connection with the Contest.

Announcement of Recipients

The Sponsor will announce the prize winners and post their names and jurisdictions of residence on the Website following (i) the completion of the Contest and (ii) the Sponsor's satisfactory determination of the winning Entrants' eligibility for prizes.

Use of Winners' Names and Likeness

Each winning Entrant that accepts any prize will be deemed to grant to the Sponsor the right, at any time and from time to time, to print, publish, broadcast and use, worldwide and in any media now known or hereafter developed, including but not limited to the Internet and world wide web, the name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness and biographical information of each such Entrant as news or information and for advertising and promotional purposes without additional consideration, except where prohibited by law.

Disqualification

The Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant that it determines, in its sole discretion, to be ineligible to participate in the Contest. Failure to comply with these rules may result in an Entrant's disqualification.

Limitation of Liability

If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest, the Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any Entrant who tampers with the Contest, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest as may be necessary (including without limitation the right to modify these official rules). The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, delay, misdelivery or other failure of mail, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. The Sponsor is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or electronic transmission to be received by the Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the Contest.

Limitation of Remedies

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, SHALL THE SPONSOR OR AFFIATED ENTITIES OR ITS SUCCESSORS OR ASSIGNS, OR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS AND REPRESENTATIVES, BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF PROFITS OR HARM TO BUSINESS OR REPUTATION ARISING OUT OF PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST, POSTING ON OR ACCESS AND/OR DOWNLOAD OF ANY MATERIALS OR INFORMATION FROM ANY WEBSITE OWNED, OPERATED OR CONTROLLED BY THE SPONSOR OR AFFILIATED ENTITIES, OR ACCEPTANCE OR USAGE OF A PAYMENT, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DAMAGE TO PROPERTY AND, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, DAMAGES FOR BODILY OR PERSONAL INJURY, EVEN IF THE SPONSOR OR ANY AFFILIATED ENTITES, THEIR SUCCESSORS OR ASSIGNS, OR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR REPRESENTATIVES, HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR LOSS. THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF SPONSOR ARISING OUT OF ANY KIND OF CLAIM (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE) SHALL NOT EXCEED $1.00. THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL BE ENFORCEABLE TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Amendments

The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, at any time (and from time to time) to suspend, cancel, terminate or modify the Contest (including without limitation these official rules) without advance notice, and thereafter to re-commence the Contest, if at all, only at such time(s) and upon such terms and conditions as the Sponsor shall deem reasonable under the circumstances.

Severability

In the event that one or more provisions of these official rules are held to be unenforceable under applicable law, such provisions shall automatically be replaced with one that incorporates the original intent of the Sponsor to the maximum extent permitted by law and the balance of these official rules shall be applicable in accordance with their terms.

Recipients List

A list of prize winners will be posted on the Website at the conclusion of the Contest. For a copy of the winners list, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Solving DC Problems, 1111 14th Street NW, Suite 510, Washington, DC 20005-5603.

Jurisdiction; Venue

Any dispute that may arise hereunder, if not settled by the parties directly or through alternate dispute resolution, shall be brought solely in the appropriate state or federal court sitting in Washington, D.C., and any individual tendering a submission in this Contest consents to the personal jurisdiction and venue thereof.

 

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