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© 2006 DC Appleseed

 
Solving DC Problems Solving DC Problems

School Contest Rules

Official Contest Rules -- D.C. Schools Version
(effective as of April 27, 2006)

The purpose of the "Solving DC Problems Campaign 2006 -- D.C. Schools" is to:

  • Solicit and gather ideas from K-12 students in schools located in the District of Columbia 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;
  • Stimulate constructive dialogue between K-12 students in the District of Columbia and the public officials who govern the jurisdiction where they attend school; and
  • Infuse the local 2006 elections with the most pressing concerns of K-12 students in the District of Columbia to help 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 -- D.C. Schools" skill contest (the "School 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 School Contest.  The School Contest is open to K-12 students currently attending a school located in the District of Columbia at the time the School Contest commences.  For the purposes of the School Contest, a school located in the District of Columbia is defined as one of the K-12 schools listed in the "School Listing" on the District of Columbia government's website, available at http://dcschoolsearch.dc.gov/schools/school_listing.asp.

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:

  • 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 -- 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:

  • 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.  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.

Dates

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.

Cost

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

Prizes

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.

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 mail 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 School Contest and if so, the Sponsor reserves the right to select another Entrant as a winner.  

If winning Entrants and D.C. school do not return the forms and documents requested by the Sponsor within five (5) business days of receipt, the Entrants and D.C. school may be disqualified from the School Contest (the Sponsor will provide winning Entrants and D.C. school with an envelope for return of forms and documents by overnight courier).  In such case, the Sponsor reserves the right to select another Entrant or D.C. school as the winner.  If the Sponsor determines for any reason that an Entrant does not meet the eligibility or other requirements of the School Contest, or if an Entrant (or D.C. school) has failed to comply with the terms and conditions set forth in these official rules, the Entrant (or D.C. school) will be disqualified from the School Contest, and the Sponsor reserves the right to select another Entrant (or D.C. school) as a winner. 

Delivery of Prizes

The Sponsor will award prizes to the Entrants via overnight mail to the addresses provided; shipping costs are included with the prizes. 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.  Sponsor shall contact an authorized representative of the D.C. school of the winning Entrant to coordinate with respect to the School Prize.

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 School 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 School Contest. 

Announcement of Recipients

The Sponsor will announce the prize winners and post their names on the Website following (i) the completion of the School Contest and (ii) the Sponsor's satisfactory determination of the winning Entrants' eligibility to participate in the School Contest. 

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 (or D.C. school) that it determines, in its sole discretion, to be ineligible to participate in the School Contest.  Failure to comply with these rules may result in an Entrant's (or D.C. school's) disqualification.

Limitation of Liability

If for any reason the School 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 School Contest, the Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any Entrant (or D.C. school) who (or which) tampers with the School Contest, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the School 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 School Contest.

Limitation of Remedies

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, SHALL THE SPONSOR OR AFFILIATED 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 SCHOOL 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 ENTITIES, 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 School Contest (including without limitation these official rules) without advance notice, and thereafter to re-commence the School 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 School Contest.  For a copy of the winners list, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Solving DC Problems -- School Contest, 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 School Contest consents to the personal jurisdiction and venue thereof.

 

 

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