BIOME Innovation Challenge Rules
[BIOME Innovation Challenge]
This Challenge is sponsored by C2 International (the “Sponsor”).
The aim of these Rules is to set out the terms and conditions governing your participation in the Challenge. By participating in this Challenge, you fully and unconditionally agree to comply with these Rules. If you do not agree with any of these Rules, do not register for this Challenge and do not submit an entry.
This Challenge begins on August, 24 2021 and ends on November, 1 2021. The Challenge will be accessible 24 hours a day on the dedicated Challenge website operated by Agorize at [https://biomechallenge.agorize.com/en/challenges/innovation-challenge] (“the Challenge website”), subject to possible IT maintenance operations. Dates and times in these Rules refer to Eastern Standard Time (EST).
2. AGREEING TO THE RULES
Any eligible person who is registered on the Challenge website and enrolls to participate in the Challenge (“Participant” or “You”), is required to review and accept these Rules. By accessing and accepting these Rules, You:
1.) Enter into a valid and enforceable contractual relationship with C2 International regarding participation in the Challenge. The registration and enrolment in the Challenge does not set up any subordination relationship between C2 International and the Participant, and
2.) Fully and unconditionally agree to comply with these Rules. Participants express their agreement by checking an online box while enrolling for the Challenge.
In case of non-respect of these Rules, the Participant will be immediately disqualified from the Challenge and no prize will be awarded.
3. REGISTRATION AND PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE
To take part in the Challenge, we must receive your completed registration by September 12, 2021 at 11:59pm (EST).
To register, the Participant must first have created a user account on the Challenge website, and must have truthfully and accurately completed required information, such as full name, email address, etc.
Any registration based on inaccurate, false or incomplete information will result in the Participant’s disqualification. Refusing collection, recording and use of their personal data that is strictly necessary to performing the Challenge will result in the Participant’s disqualification. The Participant is solely responsible for the information he/she provides when registering. Any intentional or unintentional mistake, anomaly or inconsistency, regarding this information, may result in the Participant’s disqualification. C2 International reserves the right to proceed with all necessary verifications regarding the Participant’s identity, postal and/or email address.
Deletion of a Participant’s user account on the Challenge website will be deemed as a withdrawal from the Challenge. In this case, the Participant, regardless of whether the deletion results from the Participant’s personal action or not, will not participate in the Challenge, and will not obtain any compensation.
Registration for and participation in https://biomechallenge.agorize.com/en the Challenge is free, with no purchase or payment obligation.
This Challenge is open and offered solely to:
- Individual Participants. Individuals aged eighteen (18) years and/or with full legal capacity at the time of registration. Each Individual Participant may only participate once in each Challenge.
All the documents that may confirm the Participant’s eligibility may be required prior to awarding any prizes (e.g. identity document, student card etc.).
This Challenge is not open to: employees and representatives of C2 International and Agorize and the members of their families.
This Challenge is void in regions where it is prohibited or restricted by law.
5. PURPOSE OF THE CHALLENGE AND PARTICIPATION
Participation in the Challenge must be as teams of 3 to 5 Individuals.
- Individuals. Individual Participants must enter the Challenge in their individual capacities. After joining the challenge individuals can join Teams or create a Team.
- Teams. A complete Team consists of 3 to 5 team members.
The goal of the Challenge is for Participants to submit contributions (or projects) meeting the requirements determined by C2 International in the Challenge brief, and that are formalized by deliverables. The brief includes information regarding various deadlines, details of the prizes, C2 International requirements etc. (the “Brief”). The Brief is accessible through the Challenge website.
During the Challenge, Participants may upload any documents or other materials (such as texts, presentations, videos, etc.) relating to their project to the Challenge website in response and as a solution to C2 International’s Challenge (the “Deliverable”).
To be eligible, Deliverables must (i) address the specific issue set out in the Brief, (ii) be in a common digital format, such as, DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, KEY, ODT, MP3, MPEG, MOV, MP4, and (iii) be in English, and in general terms must comply with these Rules.
If a Deliverable cannot be downloaded, is not in the right format or is incompatible, illegible, or unintelligible, the Deliverable will be disqualified.
By submitting a Deliverable, the following needs must be respected:
- The Deliverable includes exclusive contributions from a Team
- Otherwise, if content from a third party has been used in the development of the Deliverable, all rights, authorizations and agreements necessary to submit the Deliverable and grant the rights mentioned herein have been obtained. The existence of uncredited third-party contributions in the Deliverable will result in the disqualification of the Deliverable and the related Participants;
- No other individual and/or entity is entitled to claim any rights from the use of the Deliverable; and
- The content of the Deliverable does not and will not infringe or violate any rights of any third party or entity, including, without limitation, intellectual property rights, privacy, competition law, confidentiality, or any contractual or extracontractual right. All deliverables suspected of any law(s) and/or any third party’s right will be ineligible.
Participants are responsible for and shall bear any costs or expenses associated with preparing and submitting Deliverables. Participants assume all risk for damaged, lost, late, incomplete, invalid, incorrect or misdirected Deliverables.
7. CHALLENGE PROCESS
Challenge Timeline. The Challenge consists of several phases:
- Application Phase Deliverables will be accepted from August 24, 2021 to September 12, 2021. The judges will select the top 8 teams on September 13, 2021 to present on September 14, 2021 during the Community Event. The judges will select the top 3 teams to go to the next round.
- Deepening phase The top 3 teams will be connected with mentors to further enhance their solutions from September 15, 2021 to October 21, 2021
- Final Event. The Final Event consists of a live presentation on November 1, 2021. Top 3 teams will present at the final event. At the end of this Round the winning Teams will be announced.
Deliverable. If a Participant does not upload a Deliverable on the Challenge website before the deadline, this will be considered as a withdrawal from the Challenge. The Participant may not join the Challenge, and may not obtain any compensation from C2 International.
Selection Criteria. Deliverables will be judged according to the Selection Criteria, described below. You agree and acknowledge that the Challenge relies on your creativity, capacity, ability, and ingenuity to solve difficult problems. The Challenge does not depend, even partially, on chance or luck, and therefore should not be considered as a lottery. Under no circumstances are factors such as appearance, religion, membership in a trade union, political opinions or sexual orientation considered.
Notification to Participants. Once selection has been completed, Participants will be notified by email, phone, or by other means of the results of each Round. C2 International will be free to alter the dates on which results are released should this become necessary due to the number of projects to be assessed. The ranking decided by the final jury will be announced on the day that presentations are made and will identify the Participants that are finalists.
1.) Application phase
All Application phase Deliverables must be submitted before September 12, 2021 at 11:59 (EST). Deliverables must meet the specifications set out in Section 6 and include:
- +/- 5 slide presentation to present the idea
Selection phase following Round One will proceed as follows:
Criteria based voting
“Criteria based” voting will take place on September 13, 2021 .
The voters (Novartis members) (the “Voters”) may evaluate and select the Deliverables based on their content and the following criteria:
Except as otherwise provided below, the (8) Teams with the highest score at the end of this vote will win this vote and proceed to the next round.
2.) Deepening Phase
Teams who have been selected to participate in the next round will be directly notified on the Challenge Website. In the event a Team does not confirm their attendance at the final event, C2 International reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify this Team. This disqualification shall not entitle the Team to claim any kind of compensation from C2 International.
All deepening phase Deliverables must be submitted before October 21, 2021. Deliverables must meet the specifications set out in Section 6, above, and include:
- +/- 10 slide slide deck to submit on the Challenge Website
- A 3 min pitch that will be used during the Final Event
3.) Final Event
Teams who have been selected to participate in the Final Event will be directly notified on the Challenge Website. In the event a Team does not confirm their attendance at the final event, C2 International reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify this Team. This disqualification shall not entitle the Team to claim any kind of compensation from C2 International.
Top 3 teams will present at the final event on November 1, 2021. The Teams will use the Deliverables from the deepening phase to present their project.
The prizes are awarded to the winners of the Challenge and are subject to compliance with the following cumulative conditions:
- The Deliverables comply with Section 6 (“Deliverables”);
- Each Participant of a winning project complies with Sections 9 and 11;
- It can be proven that the winning Participants fulfil the conditions of eligibility of Section 4.
No prize will be awarded to winners who do not fulfill the above conditions.
Subject to these Terms and Conditions, once confirmed by Novartis, the winner(s) will receive the following:
- Opportunity to meet with executives from the Biome Summit Community spanning from both Private and Public sectors.
- The three finalists will have the chance to present their solution in front of the entire Novartis Global Biome community, which includes hubs on major markets across the world including; Canada, USA, UK, Brazil, France, India, Germany, China & Singapore.
- Finalists will benefit from expert mentoring working closely with Novartis Biome leaders from different countries to help them shape their idea before the final pitch in Montreal.
No assignment or transfer of prizes is allowed by a winner. If a potential winner cannot be reached, is unable to accept the prize or any portion of the prize for any reason, C2 International shall have no further obligation to such potential winner. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prizes after being awarded to winners. Winners will accept the prize “as it is”. C2 International disclaims any warranty regarding the Prizes.
In the event a Participant (a winner) cannot be reached, by email or by phone, for more than three (3) months after the first attempt to reach them was made, he/she will be deemed as having waived their right to claim the prize and will not be entitled to any prize or any kind of compensation.
If the prize as initially planned is unavailable, C2 International will be free to substitute another prize of similar value. Any such decision is at C2 International’s sole discretion.
Any Participant who does not fulfil the conditions of Participation as provided in the Rules during their registration and/or at any time during the Challenge will be summarily disqualified from the Challenge without prior notice and will not be entitled to any prize. In the event that a prize is awarded to a Participant who does not meet the conditions of Participation when registering or throughout the duration of the Challenge, C2 International reserves the right to require the Participant to return the awarded prize.
The Participant acknowledges and consents that C2 International may, throughout Canada and for the duration of the Challenge and for a period of one (1) year following the Final Round use the Challenge for publicity, including for C2 International’s advertising or other marketing purposes, (by any means and through any format (website, advertising banners, social networks, newsletter, press release) now known or unknown to date, free of charge or for a consideration.
In particular, you consent to the use, by C2 International, of your name and surname, your city and region of residence, the name of the institution in which you studied or in which you obtained your diplomas and other biographical information, your image, the information regarding the Prize (if you are a winner), the name of your company and its distinctive signs (if you are a Startup) and any other personal data that you submit with your Deliverables as well as the content of your Deliverables relating to the Challenge.
As an example, each Participant authorizes C2 International to use the photographs taken during the Final to disseminate them via any communication medium.
Such use does not entitle the winner to any other payment than the Prize he/she received. C2 International agrees to cease use of the aforementioned elements in connection with the Participant at the end of the aforementioned period.
C2 International has no obligation to keep the information contained in the Deliverables confidential. In general terms, when submitting any Deliverables, the Participants understand, agree and accept that any information contained therein may be publicly disclosed by C2 International.
If you are a prize winner, C2 International may request that you execute a confidentiality/non-disclosure agreement for the purpose of entering into negotiations regarding the further development of your project, as described in your Deliverable. Such confidentiality/non-disclosure agreement will be directed to your Deliverable and all intellectual property that it may contain.
Furthermore, Participants acknowledge that C2 International may currently or in the future be developing information internally, or receiving information from other parties, that is similar to the information contained in any of the projects. Accordingly, nothing herein shall prohibit C2 International from independently acquiring, developing, or having developed for it, products, concepts, systems, services, or techniques that are similar to or compete with the products, concepts, systems or techniques contemplated by or embodied in any Deliverable.
The Participants recognize that other Participants, individuals or entities may have provided to C2 International or others, or made public, or may in the future submit, or make public, content that is the same or similar to any piece of information contained in any of the projects. Hence, the Participants acknowledge, agree and accept that C2 International shall have the right to use such same or similar materials, and that the Participants will not be entitled to any compensation arising from C2 International’s use of such materials.
11. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Definitions. For the purposes of this section,
- "Intellectual Property Rights" refer to any copyright or other rights over a brand, a design or a model, a patent and, more generally, any element, (including trade secrets and knowhow), that may be protected by national and/or international laws or conventions on intellectual property (“Intellectual Property Rights”)
- “Previous Rights” refer to any Intellectual Property Rights and/or any associated know-how held by the Participants before the start date of the Challenge (“Previous Rights”)
- “Creations” refer to any software (including source and object code software), database, technical specifications, text, design, model, information, knowledge, method, process or product, as well as any resulting elements and/or processes likely or otherwise to be protected according to national and/or international laws or conventions on intellectual property developed by any Participant as a part of any submitted deliverable throughout the Challenge (“Creations”).
Warranty of non-infringement. When submitting any Deliverable, at any stage of the Challenge, each Participant guarantees to C2 International that he/she is the co/owner and/or co/holder of the Intellectual Property Rights regarding all or part of the Creations contained in the Deliverables submitted at any stage of the Challenge, and that he/she has obtained all rights and permissions regarding all pre-existing Creations and any elements of the Deliverables for which he/she does not hold the relevant rights.
Each Participant guarantees (i) that their contribution is original and unprecedented; (ii) that it does not infringe upon the copyright or any Intellectual Property Rights of any third party; (iii) that all the elements of which their submissions are formed, as well as all pieces of contributions and information communicated in the submission presentation documents are accurate, reliable and complete; and (iv) that the submission of the relevant Deliverables does not constitute an act of unfair competition of any kind.
It is compulsory for Participants to indicate the source of any pre-existing Creations of whichever nature and on whichever support that are included in any submitted deliverable. Any Deliverable involving several Participants constitutes a collaborative work and it should be treated as such in accordance with the applicable regulation in force.
Liability. C2 International cannot be held liable for any infringement of the above provisions by Participants. Each Participant shall indemnify C2 International against any disturbance, action, claim, opposition and demand or eviction attempt from any third party in connection with any Creation in the Deliverables (Intellectual Property Rights included).
By taking part in the Challenge, Participants accept to grant C2 International a license regarding the Creations as components of the Deliverable and the Deliverable itself for a period of one (1) year following the Final Round of the Challenge.
The license is exclusive, limited to geographic scope, non-transferable within C2 International’s group of enterprises and royalty free.
This licence shall include the right to wholly reproduce, wholly display, analyse, adapt, modify, disseminate, translate and use (including commercial use) any elements which are part of the Creations, as well as any Previous Rights which reveals necessary for the appropriate enjoyment of the described licence.
12. MODIFICATION OF RULES, SUSPENSION AND CANCELLATION OF THE CHALLENGE
Update of the Rules. C2 International reserves the right to amend these Rules at any time, including the Challenge duration in case of operational imperatives, without prior notice to Participants regarding the enforcement or the validity of these amendments. Participants are encouraged to consult these Rules regularly. Participants expressly waive all claims or disputes related to any amendment to these Rules by C2 International.
Should any paragraph of these Rules be declared or judged illegal, unenforceable or void by a court decision, the paragraph in question will be considered null and void, but all other unaffected paragraphs will be enforced within the limits of the law.
Challenge Cancellation or Suspension. C2 International reserves the right in its discretion, to (i) cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Challenge and these Rules, for any reason, at any time and without any liability, and (ii) to limit or restrict participation in the Challenge. C2 International will not be held liable for the modification, cancellation or suspension of the Challenge and no compensation or remuneration will be due to the Participants.
13. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
C2 International will in no way be held liable in the event of breakdown or failure, regardless of the cause, of any telecommunications network used that causes Participants difficulty in or prevents Participants from identifying themselves on or gaining access to the Challenge website.
Participants agree that company, its affiliates and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, contractors, representatives and agents (“released parties”) will have no liability whatsoever for, and will be released and held harmless by participants for any claims, liabilities, or causes of action of any kind or nature for any injury, loss or damages of any kind including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages to persons, including without limitation disability or death. Without limiting the foregoing, everything on the challenge website and in connection with the challenge is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. Some jurisdiction may not allow the limitations or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages or exclusion of implied warranties, in which case such limitation or exclusion shall apply only to the extent permitted by the law in the relevant jurisdiction.
Participation in the Challenge implies acknowledgement and acceptance of the characteristics, limits and risks of the internet and related technologies, particularly with regards to performance, response time, security of software and computer equipment against various potential attacks, such as viruses, logic bombs or Trojans, and loss or misuse of data. As a result, C2 International will not be held liable in any way for any damage incurred by Participants arising from these characteristics, limits and risks, which Participants accept by registering and taking part in the Challenge.
C2 International will not in any case be held liable for damages resulting from faults with or delays in the submission of deliverables by Participants, including refusal to accept these deliverables as a consequence of their submission outside the deadlines set out in the Rules, from faults with or delays to the sending of any emails by the Participant sent as part of the Challenge, or from any alterations made to the deliverables independently of C2 International.
C2 International will not in any case be held liable for damages resulting from services provided by a third-party relating to the prizes.
C2 International will not be held liable for the consequences of a Participant’s disqualification from the Challenge as a result of their violation of these Rules.
14. PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION
Participation in the Challenge requires the communication of the Participant's personal data ("Personal Data").
Participant’s personal data is subject to processing within the meaning of the regulations on the protection of personal data (The EU 2016/679 General Data Protection Regulation and the Council of 27 April 2016, known as GDPR) for which C2 International defines the purposes and means and is, as such, “Data controller” within the meaning of the GDPR.
The purposes of the processing are:
- To meet the organization of the challenge needs
- To organize the intermediation between the Participant and C2 International, to ensure identification, communication and preservation of the exchanges with the Participant
In accordance with the provisions of the GDPR, C2 International undertakes to implement organizational and technical security measures in order to protect all Participant’s Personal Data. C2 International undertakes these measures? to allow the exercise of Participants’ rights from GDPR.
Any Participant’s claims arising from the Challenge, should be addressed no later than thirty (30) days following the Challenge end date to email@example.com. All claims must include: (i) the Participant’s complete contact details (name, address, email address and phone); (ii) the name of the Challenge; and (iii) a clear and detailed explanation for the claim.
16. APPLICABLE LAW AND DISPUTES RESOLUTION
The Challenge and any action related thereto shall be governed by the law applicable.
In case of persistent litigation beyond a period of fifteen (15) days after the Participant has filed a claim, C2 International and the Participant undertake to submit their dispute to an amicable conciliation prior to any legal proceedings. The party wishing to initiate conciliation shall inform the other party by means of a registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt in which it will inform of its intentions and will explain the cause. If no agreement is reached between the parties within thirty (30) days after receipt of the registered letter, the parties regain their freedom of action.
In case of persistent disagreement on the application or interpretation of the Rules, and in the absence of an amicable settlement, any dispute that may arise between the parties, will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the (Canadian) courts to which the parties expressly grant jurisdiction, even in the case of multiple defendants, in summary proceedings, appeal by guarantee or by motion. or any other jurisdiction.