Official Rules 2017


ELIGIBILITY: The Sitecore Hackathon Contest (“Contest”) is open to legal residents of the United States and District of Columbia, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, 21 years of age or older at the time of entry, and legal residents of other countries; provided that the following persons are not eligible: legal residents of Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Sudan, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, the Philippines, Venezuela or Vietnam. Void where prohibited. All applicable federal, state and local laws apply. To participate, you must be on a team that has at least three eligible members who contribute code to the team’s submission (each, a “Team”). An otherwise eligible individual for the Contest may only be a member of one Team entered in the Contest. By participating on a Team and submitting an Entry in the Contest, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules (“Rules”).

CONTEST PERIOD: The Contest will start on Friday March 3rd 2017 at 8PM EST and will end Saturday March 4th 2017 at 8PM EST (the “Contest Period”). Teams will have the 24 hours of the Contest Period to complete and enter their submission. Teams must register to enter by 6 pm EST February 17th, 2017.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: An hour before the Contest Period begins, Teams will receive an email from Akshay Sura with the ideas for the Contest. Teams will then have 24 hours to develop a Sitecore module that best implements one of the ideas, as determined by the Contest judges (see Judging/Selection of Winner below). Eligible Teams will be given access to DropBox folders to submit the code to enter the Contest (the “Entry”). The date/time stamp on DropBox will be used as the official submission date/time of the Entry. For consideration in the Contest, a Team’s Entry must be uploaded on Dropbox no later than Saturday March 4th 2017 at 8PM EST. The Entry should include the code developed by the Team, the installable package and any documentation to explain the package. Entry requires access to DropBox, which is free. DropBox is not a sponsor of or affiliated in any way with this Contest. A Team’s submission must be based on the Team’s effort and created solely by the Team. Sponsor reserves the right to verify all facts. Failure to be able to validate the authenticity of your Team’s authorship/creation of the Entry when requested may result in disqualification. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt. DropBox’s date/time stamp is the official timekeeping device for the Contest. Entries will not be acknowledged or returned.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: All code and text and/or images must: (a) be compatible with the latest version of Sitecore 8, (b) be the exclusive original work of your Team; (c) be in keeping with one of the Contest idea, (d) not defame or invade publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any person or entity, including but not limited to copyright, trademark, privacy or publicity, (e) not contain any commercial/corporate advertising, including but not limited to corporate logos, brand names, and slogans other than the Sponsor’s, (f) not depict any conduct or content that is unsafe, immoral, obscene or otherwise inappropriate as determined by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion; and (g) not have been submitted for any other Team (in whole or in part), in any other contest, or won any prize. All written text must be in English. Failure to meet any of the requirements above, or to otherwise comply with these Official Rules, may result in disqualification. Sponsor reserves the right to delete any inappropriate content from a submission without disqualifying the entry where, in Sponsor’s determination, such change does not materially alter the submission and the entrant has otherwise attempted in good faith to comply with these Official Rules.

USAGE RIGHTS IN ENTRIES: Each Team will own the rights to its Entry. Sponsor and its designees, however, shall have the unrestricted and non-exclusive right to publish, copy, display, perform, or broadcast, any or all entry materials, alone or in combination with other material, including but not limited to photos and/or text, in any and all media, whether now known or later discovered, in perpetuity, without restriction of any kind whatsoever, without further compensation to the entrant or anyone else. Without limiting the foregoing, entries may be posted on Sponsor’s website or social media channels for public viewing as part of the Contest. A Team’s Entry constitutes permission for Sponsor and its designees to use the Team winner’s names, biographical information in any and all media, now or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity, for internal, advertising, Contest and other purposes without additional compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law.

JUDGING/SELECTION OF WINNER: Each Judging panel will use their own criteria based on the business unit they represent. The initial review will be performed by the Community Judges. The Community Judges will pick top 10 Teams and submit them to the other Judge panels. One of the Community judges or Akshay Sura will also run through the other entries which did not make the top 10 list. A winning team will be picked for each category, provided enough entries are submitted per category. The winners will be picked based on the overall scores from all Sitecore Judging panels. Judges’ decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to the Contest. Notification of the winner will be via email to the winning teams, this site will have text announcing the winners, mailing list and social media. The winner will be selected on or about Friday April 7th 2017 at 8PM EST, from among all eligible Teams’ Entries.

VERIFICATION OF WINNER: Each finalist and potential winner on a Team may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and liability release and, where permitted, a publicity release. Entry into this Contest constitutes agreement to sign such documents when requested. Finalist status and/or any prize eligibility may be forfeited if any requested document is not returned promptly when requested. Failure to cooperate may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate finalist or winner.
PRIZE: The winning Team will receive a $100 gift card for each Team member, up to a maximum of $300 per Team. The gift cards will be emailed to the email addresses on file no later than 10 days after the winning Team is announced. The prize is non-transferable and no substitution by the winning Team is allowed. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value in the Sponsor’s sole discretion in the event any advertised prize or prize component becomes unavailable. Individual Team members are responsible for all taxes due as a result of receipt of a prize.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY: By participating, you release Sponsor, Sitecore and their owners, parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, employees, directors, and agents, including advertising agencies (“Released Entities”), from any and against any and all injury, loss or damage caused or claimed to be caused by your participation in the Contest and/or the acceptance, awarding, receipt, use and/or misuse of the prize, and you agree that Released Entities are not responsible for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to the Contest and/or the awarding of any prize, except as expressly set forth in these Official Rules; you further agree that (i) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action; (ii) any claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Contest, but in no event attorney’s fees; (iii) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than damages for actual out-of-pocket expenses; and (iv) any dispute will be governed by Massachusetts law without regard to principles of conflicts of laws, will be heard in the state or federal courts located in Massachusetts, and the entrant hereby consents and waives any objection to the jurisdiction of such courts.

ADDITIONAL RULES: Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered are void. No responsibility is assumed for: (i) lost, late, misdirected, damaged, garbled, incomplete or illegible Entries, all of which are void; (ii) error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of Entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site or any combination thereof; or (iii) any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Contest.

By participating, you (i) agree to be bound by these official rules, including all eligibility requirements, and (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of the judges, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest. Failure to comply with these official rules may result in disqualification from the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to: (i) permanently disqualify from any contest it sponsors any person it believes has intentionally violated these official rules; and (ii) suspend, modify or terminate the Contest if Sponsor believes, in its sole discretion, that malfunction, error, disruption or damage is impairing or will impair the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest.

DATA COLLECTION/PRIVACY: Informtion stored is not used for commercial purposes and will not be shared with any other organization. The purpose of the information will be related to Sitecore Hackathon.

WINNER NAME: Winner will be announced on or about Friday April 7th 2017 at 8PM EST via  email to the winning team, this site will have text announcing the winner, mailing list and social media.