Submission of an entry in this challenge constitutes full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these rules. No purchase or payment is necessary to enter or to win. All applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. The challenge is void where otherwise prohibited by law.
1. Submission Period and Other Submission Requirements: Contestants must submit their video game between 11/06/2013, 5:00pm ET and 03/03/2014, 11:59pm ET. Contestants may be individuals, groups, or organizations (including but not limited to universities and media development companies). Only one game may be submitted per contestant. Contestants must submit the required information on gameon.challengepost.com for each video game entry. Groups must submit a contest entry through a single designated individual or entity within the group.
2. Intellectual Property Rights: All games submitted to the Game On! HIV/STD Prevention Mobile Application (App) Video Game Challenge remain the intellectual property of the entities that developed them. However, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) will have a nonexclusive, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, publish, distribute, and exhibit the submission/winning game in any and all formats or manner for educational, training, and other public health purposes consistent with HHS and/or CDC/ATSDR’s mission.
Winners will need to transfer a nonexclusive, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, and distribute the app source code to CDC and/or release the source code under an open source license that allows the CDC to make future modifications and releases of the app for education, training, and other public health purposes consistent with HHS and/or CDC/ATSDR's mission.
3. Judges and Winner Selection: Submissions will be judged by a panel of external partners and internal CDC staff. The panel will judge submissions based on the challenge judging criteria. Judges will select one (1) first place winner, one (1) second place winner, and up to five (5) honorable mentions. In the event of a tie, winners will be determined based on judges’ discretion. CDC reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the contest.
The names of the expert judging panel will be identified on Challenge.gov. The CDC reserves the right to substitute or modify the judging panel at any time for any reason. Judges do have the right to withdrawal without advance notice in the event of extenuating circumstances beyond their control. Judges will be fair and impartial. A judge may elect to recuse him or herself from judging a submission, if in the judge’s sole discretion it is not appropriate for him or her to judge that particular submission because of a past or current relationship with that particular contestant. A submission will not be at a disadvantage if one or more judges recuses himself or herself.
4. Winners and Recognition: The winner will be announced on or about 06/01/2014 on gameon.challengepost.com.
5. Publicity: Except where prohibited, participation in the contest constitutes the first and second place winners’ consent to use of the winners’ name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state information by the contest’s sponsors and/or agents for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, in perpetuity, without further payment or consideration.
6. Copyright: The contestant warrants that he or she is the sole author and owner of the contest submission, and that the contest submission completely originates with the contestant, that it does not infringe upon any copyright or any other rights of any third party of which the contestant is aware, and is free of malware.
7. Liability: The contestant/submitter agrees to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the federal government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property (including any damage that may result from a virus, malware, etc., to CDC systems utilized to play the video), revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from their participation in the competition, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise. The contestant/submitter shall be liable for, and shall indemnify and hold harmless the government against all actions or claims for any claim, demand, judgment, or other allegation arising from alleged violation of an individual’s trademark, copyright, or other legally protected interest in video games submitted to CDC.
8. Insurance: Participants shall be responsible for obtaining their own insurance to cover claims by any third party for death, bodily injury, property damage, or loss resulting from an activity carried out in connection with or participation in the competition.