Anyone, regardless of age, place of residence, citizenship, or affiliation may submit ideas for the campaign; however, eligibility to participate in the School Contest is restricted based on and subject to the terms and conditions set forth in these official rules. Submissions not eligible for the School Contest (e.g., submissions from persons who are not K-12 school students) must be submitted anonymously (i.e., without personally-identifying data). Further, anyone otherwise eligible to participate in the School Contest may choose to submit an idea anonymously; however, any idea submitted anonymously will not be considered part of the School 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 School 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 School Contest.
For a copy of these official rules send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Solving DC Problems, Attn: Rules -- School Contest, 1111 14th Street NW, Suite 510, Washington, DC 20005-5603. These official rules also will be available www.solvingDCproblems.com.
School Contest Procedure and Rules
How to enter the School Contest: Commencing on April 27, 2006, participants can visit www.solvingDCproblems.com (the "Website"). Participants will be asked to register for the School Contest by providing certain biographical information and the name of their D.C. school. The participant will then be given the opportunity to submit an entry in the School 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 School 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:
Participants also can mail submissions to: Solving DC Problems -- School Contest, 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 the name of their D.C. school. Participants who enter by mail also will be deemed Entrants, but they must be able to demonstrate that they meet the School 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 26, 2006, at 11:59 pm EST. Submissions tendered by mail must be received at the address listed above no later than May 26, 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 School Contest. If a title exceeds 25 words, the submission will be disqualified and will not be considered for review as part of the School 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 School 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 School Contest.
Each participant who enters the School Contest via the Website must provide the name of their D.C. school as part of the registration process. By entering the School 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 School Contest or the activities of the Sponsor.
Process/Selection of Winners
After the deadline for submissions, the Sponsor will select the best idea from each grade level--elementary (K-4), middle (5-8), and high school (9-12)--from all eligible submissions. The Sponsor also will select the best overall idea.
All ideas submitted will be posted to the Website with the name of the Entrant's D.C. school; the Website will not publicize any other personally identifying information about an Entrant (except as otherwise permitted by these official rules).
Ideas 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 winning submissions. 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 or a particular D.C. public school 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:
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. Submissions that are identical or substantially similar to ideas already received by the Sponsor will be disqualified from the School Contest. The Sponsor will determine, in its sole discretion, when two (or more) ideas are identical or substantially similar.
The School Contest will commence on April 27, 2006. Submissions will be accepted until May 26, 2006, at 11:59 pm EST. Submissions tendered by mail must be received by the Sponsor no later than May 26, 2006, at 11:59 pm EST. The winning submissions 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 26, 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.
There is no cost to participate in the School Contest. No purchase is necessary.
The Sponsor will award prizes as follows: the Entrants that submit the winning submissions as selected by the Sponsor shall each win a non-monetary prize (the "Individual School Prize"), which shall be determined at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. The D.C. school with the highest participation, as measured by percentage of total student enrollment that participates in the School Contest, shall win certain landscape design and installation services, the value of which shall be determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion (the "School Prize"). The Sponsor will make reasonable efforts to collaborate with the D.C. school with respect to the choice of landscaping services to be provided and the timing for any installation of landscaping products. Decisions with respect to the selection and value of any products and services, the selection of the provider of such services, and the timing of any installation, ultimately shall remain in the Sponsor's sole discretion. Prize winners will be publicly announced on June 5, 2006.
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 School 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. Any Entrant that is not at least 18 years old at the time the School Contest commences will be required to obtain the signature of a parent or legal guardian before becoming eligible to win any prize. An authorized representative of the winning D.C. school also will be required to submit a Release and such other forms as the Sponsor may require before becoming eligible to win the School Prize.
Entrants (and D.C. schools) will be notified via mail 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.