Network Verification Challenge 3 - Challenge Rules

Network Verification Challenge 3 - Challenge Rules

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NETWORK VERIFICATION CHALLENGE 3 - RULES

Effective Date: July 1st 2017

These rules (the “Rules”) apply to your participation in the third scientific Network Verification Challenge (the “Challenge”), including your use of www.sbvimprover.com, all documents, Web pages (including causalbionet.sbvimprover.com and www.bionet.sbvimprover.com), and other content hosted thereon and thereunder (the “Site”).Philip Morris International (“PM”) will run the Challenge and is referred to herein as the “Challenge Organizers” (further information regarding the specific entities involved is available on the “About Us” links accessible on the Site).  Herein, “you” or “your” refers to you as a visitor to or user of the Site and/or Entrant (defined below) in the Challenge. “We”, “our”, or “us” refers to the Challenge Organizers.

YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE IS SUBJECT TO YOUR AGREEMENT TO THESE RULES, THE PRIVACY POLICY AND THE TERMS OF USE, WHICH ARE HEREBY INCORPORATED HEREIN BY REFERENCE.

This scientific Challenge is purely skill-based and is not in any way based on luck, chance or dependent on coincidence.

THIS CHALLENGE IS DEEMED TO TAKE PLACE IN SWITZERLAND AND IS SUBJECT TO ITS LAWS. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO ENSURE THAT YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE DOES NOT VIOLATE (1) ANY LOCAL LAWS, REGULATIONS OR POLICIES WHICH MAY BE APPLICABLE TO YOU; AND/OR (2) ANY POLICIES, REGULATIONS OR RULES OF YOUR EMPLOYER AND/OR AFFILIATED ENTITY, INCLUDING ANY THAT RELATE TO WORKING WITH, RECEIVING FUNDING FROM, OR OTHERWISE ENGAGING WITH A COMPANY ENGAGED IN THE MAKING, MARKETING AND/OR SELLING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS.

1.    The Challenge

A detailed description of the Challenge may be found on the Site.  This Challenge aims to verify and enhance previously built biological network models as described on the Site (the “Models”).  The Challenge utilizes an online display and review of the Models to identify areas of the Models under discussion in the scientific community and to identify members of the scientific community interested in participating.  The Models consist of the following three types of information:

i. Biological molecules, conditions or properties (each a “Node”).  An example of a Node would be the protein abundance of Tumor Necrosis Factor;

ii. Biological relationships between Nodes (each an “Edge”).  An example of an Edge would be where one Node activates the expression or activity of another Node; and

iii. Evidence in the form of a peer reviewed publication or portion thereof (each an “Evidence”).

 

Entrants (defined below) in the Challenge may make modifications to the Models and evaluate existing aspects of the Models.  To participate in the Challenge, participants must review the Models and take one of several possible actions (as further described in Section 7 “Scoring”) (each a “Submission”) via the Site.  Each Submission will be evaluated for its scientific merit by other Entrants and by passive and active moderation by the Challenge Organizers as described in these Rules and on the Site.  Subject to these Rules (in particular, as set forth in Section 12 “Incentives”), certain Entrants (defined below) will be awarded certain incentives based upon the number of points earned by their Submissions.  Further details regarding the Challenge, including all points referenced above, are described in detail on the Site (including on the homepage and under the various links and sub-pages, each of which is accessible from www.sbvimprover.com, and the contents of which are incorporated herein by reference).

 

2.    Eligibility

There is no purchase or payment necessary to enter the Challenge.  This Challenge is only open to individuals who are eighteen (18) years or older at the time they submitted a Submission and who, in the Challenge Organizers’ sole discretion, have a reasonably sufficient background and understanding of the scientific subject matter investigated in the Challenge.  Each such individual who has registered (as further described in Section 3 “Entry Procedures”) for the Challenge is referred to herein as an “Entrant.”  In addition, groups of Entrants may form teams.  In such a case, the Entrant would participate in the Challenge both as an individual and as part of a team.  Teams participate for reputational purposes only; only the individual Entrants are eligible to become a Best Performing Entrant (defined below) and to receive an incentive.  For a team to be valid, each Entrant on the team must individually register for the Challenge and formally accept these Rules, the Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use.  It is not permissible for an Entrant to be a member of multiple teams. 

If an Entrant is a student, employee or is otherwise affiliated with an academic, corporate or research institution or other organization (that Entrant’s “Organization”), it is solely that Entrant’s responsibility to review, understand and abide by its Organization’s policies, if any, regarding eligibility to participate in the Challenge and receive an incentive (if applicable).  If an Entrant is found to be in violation of its Organization’s policies, that Entrant may be disqualified from the Challenge.  The Challenge Organizers and their affiliates, subsidiaries, related companies, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers disclaim any liability or responsibility for disputes arising between a would-be Entrant and its Organization related to the Challenge.

This Challenge is void in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria and any other country embargoed or sanctioned in any manner from time-to-time by the United States, the European Union and/or Switzerland, and is void where prohibited by law.  Similarly, the Challenge is not open to any person, organization or company embargoed or sanctioned in any manner from time-to-time by the United States, the European Union and/or Switzerland.

The following persons (with respect to the Challenge Organizers, their affiliates and subsidiary companies, or their subcontractors directly involved in developing the Models or in creating, organizing or implementing the Challenge) are not eligible to be named a Best Performing Entrant (defined below) and are not eligible to receive an incentive, but may otherwise participate in the Challenge: (i) employees, (ii) officers, (iii) directors, (iv) agents, (v) representatives, or (vi) immediate family members (which means parents, spouses, children, siblings and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) or residents in the same household (whether legally related or not) of any of the foregoing.  If you believe you fit into any of these categories, it is your responsibility to identify such potential conflict in writing via the “Contact Us” link provided on the Site.  However, the Challenge Organizers are under no obligation to verify any such conflict. 

This Challenge is subject to all of the terms and conditions in these Rules, including any documents incorporated or referenced herein. Any Entrant who fails to comply with the foregoing will not be eligible to participate in the Challenge and/or receive the incentives and the Challenge Organizers may exclude any such Entrant.

Notwithstanding the above, the Challenge Organizers reserve the right to exclude or reject any Entrant that, in the Challenge Organizers’ sole suspicion and determination, is not a bona fide participant in the Challenge, for example because the Entrant has not accurately completed registration or is believed to be likely to have submitted or provided, or to submit or provide, automated Submissions or Submissions that are not scientifically valid, tamper with the entry process, violate these Rules or the Terms of Use, or act in an inappropriate, unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.

 

3.    Entry Procedures

To enter the Challenge, you must register with the Site and provide a Submission in accordance with these Rules.  No mechanically reproduced registrations or Submissions will be accepted.  Entrants who are members of a team may indicate such membership when registering with the Site.  Entrant and team information may be updated after the initial registration, but it must be included and finalized before the conclusion of the Qualification Period (defined below) for any Submission provided by that Entrant to be accepted.  Moreover, each member of any team must individually register on the Site as an Entrant to be eligible to participate in the Challenge.

Each Entrant acknowledges and agrees that (i) the Models and the Site are owned by PM or its licensors and that, save for the licenses expressly granted below, no Entrant is in any way granted any right, license or ownership of or to the same by virtue of entering into or participating in the Challenge; (ii) the downloading and use or execution of any software, data or information pursuant to the Challenge is undertaken at the Entrant’s sole risk; and (iii) the Challenge Organizers and their affiliates, subsidiaries, related companies, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers assume no responsibility for computer system, hardware, software, network, program, or other errors, failures, or malfunctions of any kind, whether human or technical in nature, in the transmission or receipt of Submissions or registrations.  

 

4.    License to Models; Restrictions

With respect to the Models, PM hereby grants to you, a personal, non-sub licensable, non-transferable, royalty-free license to the Models and to any software made available on the Site to view the Models, to (1) copy, distribute, transmit, display, create derivative works of, retain and use the Models solely for purposes of preparing a Submission to be sent to the Challenge Organizers via the Site and (2) to use, retain and create derivative works of the Models for your personal research and to publish the Models in peer-reviewed scientific or academic journals solely to the extent necessary to describe your research (in each such case, publication shall include appropriate attribution of the source of the Models).  For avoidance of doubt, any use of the Models for other purposes, including for any diagnostic, medical, or similar use, is strictly prohibited.  Moreover, any transfer of the Models to anyone, including between any members of a team, is prohibited.  Access to the Models may only be obtained through the Site by registering for the Challenge, agreeing to these Rules, the Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use.

 

5.    Qualification Period

The qualification period for the Challenge begins on July 1st, 2017 and continues until 23:59 (Pacific Daylight Time) on April 30th, 2018 (the “Qualification Period”).  For a Submission to be considered for the Challenge, you must deliver the Submission to us during the Qualification Period and in accordance with the instructions set forth herein, as may be further clarified on the Site.  Submissions received outside of the Qualification Period will not be considered.  However, in the event that the Challenge Organizers determine that not enough statistically significant and/or scientifically viable Submissions have been received for the Challenge, the Challenge Organizers may prolong the Qualification Period for the Challenge as long as needed to ensure that the Challenge process provides a scientifically valid outcome In the event that the Challenge Organizers determine that they are not likely to receive enough statistically significant and/or scientifically viable Submissions within a reasonable time for the Challenge, the Challenge Organizers may end the Challenge without identifying a Best Performing Entrant (as defined below) and without awarding the incentives.

 

6.    Submissions

To participate in the Challenge, an Entrant must supply a Submission.  To be eligible to earn an incentive an Entrant must provide multiple Submissions (as provided for in these Rules, in particular, as further described in Section 8 “Ranking / Notification of Best Performing Entrants”).  Each Submission must be in English and must include all details specified herein, on the Site (including in any menu or questionnaire that is presented to the Entrant during the Submission process) and/or in any form or template for Submissions provided via the Site. The Challenge Organizers will not accept any Submission that fails to comply with the above. The Challenge Organizers may, but are not obligated to, provide the Entrant with notification that it’s Submission is deficient and provide an opportunity to resolve the deficiency.  In addition, the Challenge Organizers will not accept any Submission that they determine or reasonably believe: (i) violates any law, ordinance, municipal ordinance, or other applicable regulation; (ii) includes any false or illegal statement; (iii) infringes any rights, including any person’s or entity’s intellectual property rights; (iv) violates the rules of the employer of the Entrant (or any individual team member) or the organization to which the Entrant (or any individual team member) belongs or is affiliated with; (v) offends public morals; (vi) has no reasonably discernible scientific basis or validity; or (vii) otherwise violates these Rules.  The Challenge Organizers may retroactively reject any Submission upon or at any time after it makes such a determination or belief.

All accepted Submissions shall be deemed collected exclusively in Switzerland.

In the event of a dispute relating to the Submission process, the Submission shall be deemed to be submitted by the “authorized account holder” of the email address used as the user name at the time of registration.  “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to the email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.

 

7.    Scoring

Entrants may earn points by providing Submissions of three types:

i. Network Edge Creation: Entrants may select a Node in a Model and identify a new Edge by clicking on the “New Edge” button.  To create the Edge, the Entrant must define the two Nodes which are linked by the Edge through use of a BEL statement and provide an Evidence of the relationship (additional information regarding the use of BEL statements is available on the Site).  The new Edge may be between (a) two existing Nodes in the Model, or (b) between an existing Node and a new Node added to the Model by the Entrant or (c) between two new Nodes added to the Model by the Entrant.  For avoidance of doubt, the provision of an Evidence here does not separately count as an Evidence Creation Submission.  

ii. Evidence Creation:  Entrants may select an Edge in a Model and, by clicking on the “New Evidence” button, add scientific evidence in the form of a peer-reviewed journal article (or portion thereof) to demonstrate the existence of a relationship between Nodes in the Model.  The Entrant must also indicate where in the Evidence the support for the Edge is found. 

iii. Peer Approval/Rejection: Entrants may approve or reject the scientific validity of an Evidence in the Model, including those added as a Submission by another Entrant, by clicking on the approve button or the reject button displayed when reviewing an Evidence on the Site, and selecting an appropriate reason for the approval/rejection and by answering the questions presented by the Site thereafter.

A more detailed description of each type of Submission may be found on the Site.  The total points the Entrant will earn for each Submission depends on the action taken and on the other Entrants’ responses to the Submission.  Entrants may respond to the Submission of another Entrant by providing their own Submission as a Peer Approval/Rejection (each approval/rejection a “Vote”).  The number of Votes and the overall outcome of the voting determine the total points an Entrant may earn for each Submission action. The table below describes the possible outcomes for each Submission type and shows the total points an Entrant would earn for each. 

Submission

Points earned for each Submission after Entrants provide Votes*

4 Votes approving

4 Votes rejecting

5 total Votes, but fewer than 4 approving/ rejecting

Less than 5 total Votes and fewer than 4 approving/ rejecting

Network Edge Creation

100 points

0 points

5 points

5 points

Evidence Creation

50 points

0 points

5 points

5 points

Peer Approval

11-13 points (10 points plus one additional point for each response provided by the Entrant in the response form (excluding the “comments” section))

0 points

1-3 points (one point for each response provided by the Entrant in the response form (excluding the “comments” section))

1-3 points (one point for each response provided by the Entrant in the response form (excluding the “comments” section))

Peer Rejection

0 points

11-13 points (10 points plus one additional point for each response provided by the Entrant in the response form (excluding the “comments” section))

1-3 points (one point for each response provided by the Entrant in the response form (excluding the “comments” section))

1-3 points (one point for each response provided by the Entrant in the response form (excluding the “comments” section))

 

*For Peer Approval/Rejection, the Vote counts refer to other Entrants’ votes with respect to the same reviewed Evidence that an Entrant voted upon.  Further details regarding Peer Approval/Rejection scoring are provided below.

 

The approval/rejection of any Submission is based upon the first five Votes by Entrants.  Four Votes approving or four Votes rejecting a Submission result in the approval or rejection, respectively, of the Submission.  If the Submission does not receive four Votes either way, the Submission is neither approved, nor rejected.  The approval/rejection of any Submission is locked once it receives five Votes, regardless of the composition of the Votes.  Entrants may not vote on their own Submissions.

In addition, with respect to the Peer Rejection and Peer Approval Submissions, points are earned, at least in part, based upon the completeness of the Submission.  For illustration purposes, below is an example of the form presented to the Entrant after rejecting an Evidence:

As illustrated by the example above, depending upon the Votes that the reviewed Submission ultimately receives from other Entrants, the rejecting Entrant would earn one point for selecting an appropriate basis for the rejection from among the options (depicted in bolded text above) and another point for answering any secondary question presented (those depicted in the grey box above).  No points are awarded for entering information in the “Comment” field.  Taking the example above, the Entrant would earn the following points:

  • 0 points in the case where the reviewed Submission receives 4 approving Votes from other Entrants;
  • 11 points (10 + 1 point for selecting an appropriate basis for the rejection from among the bolded options) in the case where the reviewed Submission receives 4 rejection Votes from other Entrants;
  • 1 point (for selecting an appropriate basis for the rejection from among the bolded options) in the case where the reviewed Submission receives fewer than 4 approving Votes and fewer than 4 rejecting Votes from other Entrants.

Teams earn points based upon the Submissions of the individual Entrants belonging to the team.  The team score is the sum of the points earned by all Entrants that are part of the team.  The score of a team of which an Entrant is a member has no effect on the Entrant’s eligibility for an incentive.

The goal of the scoring system is to award points only to those Submissions that have scientific merit.  In addition to the scientific verification of the Submissions by the Entrants through the voting process, the Challenge Organizers will moderate the Submissions in three general ways:  other feedback from the community of Entrants, automated moderation and active human moderation.  

Entrants may flag the Submissions of other Entrants as inappropriate (for example, as spam or for using offensive language) or as not reasonably based on valid science.  Such flagged Submissions will be reviewed by the Challenge Organizers through one or both of the automated or human moderation. 

The automated moderation includes algorithms and programs embedded in the Site, for example:

  • Submission limits – to protect against automated or random Submissions, the Site will limit the number of Submissions that an Entrant may make within a given period of time.  Each type of Submission has a different limit, with the more complex Submissions having a stricter limit on the number of such Submissions that may be made within the given time period;  
  • Generation of reports based upon suspicious activity filters, which shall monitor the Site and all Submissions for any inappropriate behavior, including any activities that may indicate that a Submission is not reasonably based upon scientific knowledge.  Such suspicious activities may include: spam, using the same reference as support for many actions, using Evidence which has no reasonable relevance to the Submission, and use of profanity;
  • Voting fraud analysis – looking for abnormal voting patterns (for example, an Entrant consistently voting against the community or a group of Entrants always voting on each other’s Submissions).
  • The active human moderation will be done by a group of three to five moderators (the “Moderators”), designated by the Challenge Organizers, who will both review the results of the automated moderation and also perform the following checks of the Submissions;
  • Review of the Site, including by random sampling of Submissions, for inappropriate behavior (for example, spam, using same reference as support for many actions, using evidence which is obviously not relevant to the action, or other behavioral patterns that may be detected during random sampling of the Submissions); and
  • Random sampling of point-earning actions, plus focused moderation based upon the results of the automated moderation.
  • In addition to the foregoing, prior to awarding any incentive to an Entrant, the Moderators will review all point-earning Submissions by that Entrant to ensure that all Submissions are scientifically valid.

Moderation may result in the removal of any Submission (and consequently, the removal of any points earned for that Submission) that, in the Challenge Organizers’ sole discretion, is not in accordance with these Rules.  Removal of any Submission by moderation results in the complete deletion of the Submission and, consequently, deletion of any Submissions responding to the deleted Submission.  As such, deletion of a Submission may also affect the number of points awarded to Entrants who had posted valid Submissions related to the deleted Submission (for example, an Evidence Creation Submission which had received four approval Votes would lose points in the case where one or more of the approval Votes is deleted by moderation).

If one or more Entrants have the same score after the final scoring process, each Entrant will retain the applicable rank and the incentives will be awarded according to the provisions of Section 12 of these Rules.

Information regarding the scoring process will be available on the Site during the Qualification Period, under the “Succeeding” section.  

 

8.    Ranking / Notification of Best Performing Entrants

The scoring of the Submissions will occur in two phases: the automated scoring by the Site and the final scoring which occurs after moderation and review.  The automated scoring will be displayed on the Site in the form of a leaderboard.  The results displayed on the leaderboard are only preliminary and subject always to review and confirmation.  The final scoring will occur only after the Challenge has closed. 

Following final scoring, each Entrant will be evaluated for its eligibility for an incentive.  To be eligible for an incentive, the Entrant must have taken, at a minimum, the following Submission actions, in each case in accordance with these Rules: (i) provided a total of 10 Evidence Creation and/or Network Edge Creation Submissions and (ii) made 20 Votes, in each case which also earn points (i.e., are not rejected by the community of Entrants).  “Best Performing Entrant” means each Entrant that has earned one of the three (3) highest scores among eligible Entrants for its Submissions in accordance with these Rules.  Each Best Performing Entrant will be notified by an email and the final ranking will be posted on the Site.  If a Best Performing Entrant does not respond to email notification within ten (10) days of its transmission, or should the email be returned as undeliverable after three (3) attempts, then, in the Challenge Organizers’ sole discretion, such Entrant may be given additional time to respond or such Entrant’s Best Performing Entrant title may be vacated.  If a Best Performing Entrant title is vacated, the Entrant which has achieved the next highest score for its Submissions will be selected as the replacement Best Performing Entrant.

The scoring and declaration of a Best Performing Entrant is final and not subject to appeal, challenge or review.  BY YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE AND PROVISION OF A SUBMISSION, YOU WAIVE, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ANY RIGHT TO CHALLENGE THE SCORING METHODOLOGY USED OR THE FINAL DECISION MADE.

 

9.    Grant of Rights for Integration of Submission Input into the Models

By entering the Challenge, and to the extent allowed by applicable law, each Entrant hereby grants a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub licensable and transferable license under each Entrant’s intellectual property, moral rights, rights of publicity, and other proprietary rights in and to each of its Submissions to the Challenge Organizers and their affiliates, subsidiaries, promotional partners, developers, representatives, assigns, agents and licensees to (i) use, import, sell, offer to sell, edit, modify, cut, rearrange, add to, delete from, reproduce, encode, store, modify, transmit, publish on the Entrant’s behalf and in its name, post, broadcast, display, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use the Entrant’s Submissions (with or without using the Entrant’s name) in any and all media, now existing or hereafter devised, in any language, as integrated into the Models, biological models based upon or including the Models, or any similar or related biological network models for all purposes, without further review, notice or approval by, or consideration or compensation to, any Entrant or any third party.

 

10.    Publication; Assignment of Copyright in the Submission

Each Entrant acknowledges and agrees that any Submissions it provides are published on the Site and therefore are disclosed to the public.  The Site, including all Submissions, may be viewed by other Entrants and any other person who visits the portion of the Site containing the Submissions.  As such, the Submissions may be re-published at any time by or at the behest of the Challenge Organizers (including on the Site, in an academic, scientific or trade journal, or on an academic or scientific website in the Entrant’s name).  By accepting these Rules and/or publishing a Submission, each Entrant consents to the publication of its Submission.

In accordance with this Section of these Rules and by entering the Challenge, and to the maximum extent allowed by applicable law, each Entrant acknowledges and agrees that (i) it hereby assigns and transfers to PM or PM’s nominee the right, under all copyrights in and to each of its Submissions, to publish such copyrighted works, in whole or in part, at any time (including, on the Site, in an academic, scientific or trade journal, or on an academic or scientific website) and (ii) it shall execute such documents as PM or its nominee may reasonably require to perfect the rights granted under this Section or under Section 9.  Except as expressly set forth herein, the Entrant shall retain the right to be credited as the author of any such published Submission in accordance with good scientific practice and may be invited to review and comment on the publication of its Submission.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that the Submission is used to create an improved or updated version of a Model, the Challenge Organizers shall have no obligation to acknowledge the Entrant’s contribution or invite the Entrant to review and comment on the updated Model prior to its publication.  Each Entrant expressly waives all rights of attribution, including under its moral rights, with respect to use of any of its Submissions in the Models (or for any other purposes permitted under Section 9 of these Rules).

 

11.    Rights of Publicity

By entering the Challenge, and to the extent allowed by applicable law, each Entrant hereby grants a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub licensable and transferable license under each Entrant’s intellectual property, moral rights, rights of publicity, and other proprietary rights in and to each of its Submissions to the Challenge Organizers and their affiliates, subsidiaries, promotional partners, developers, representatives, assigns, agents and licensees to use the Entrant’s (including its Organization) name(s), picture, voice, biographical data, image, and likenesses in any media now existing hereafter or hereafter devised, in any language, for advertising, promotional, educational purposes in connection with the Challenge (including the incentives) or any future Challenges run through the Site without further review, notice or approval by, or consideration or compensation to, any Entrant or any third party.

 

12.    Incentives

Subject to the provisions of these Rules, the Best Performing Entrants shall receive the following incentives:

  • Recognition in the form of publication of the identity of the Entrant and its performance in the Challenge in a scientific, academic or trade journal (preferably, a high impact journal);
  • A gift card of USD 150 if the Best Performing Entrant reached 3000 points, limited to the first 30 (thirty) participants reaching that amount of points;
  • A travel grant of up to two thousand United States Dollars (USD2,000) total in travel costs (limited to flight/train/bus, accommodation, meals, and conference registration fees) for the top 3 Best Performing Entrants on the leaderboard. See the Reimbursement guidelines for exact details about travel costs reimbursement; and

The gift card and the travel are cumulative.

Receipt of the incentives by a Best Performing Entrant is contingent on the Entrant’s compliance with these Rules and the Terms of Use, expressly including the following: the Entrant agreeing to the use of its name (including that of its Organization, if any) in any publication relating to any of its Submissions or the Challenge.  In addition, an Entrant (in some cases including its Organization) may, where the Challenge Organizers deem such to be reasonably necessary, be required to sign and return a release of liability, declaration of eligibility and, where lawful, a publicity consent agreement, as conditions of receiving an incentive.  

A Best Performing Entrant may not substitute its incentives for cash value or other incentives.  The Challenge Organizers may substitute incentives as necessary to meet any legal requirements.

In the event of a tie (as described in Section 7 of these Rules), there may be more than 3 Best Performing Entrants provided the other conditions in these Rules are satisfied.  Each Best Performing Entrant shall receive the incentives described above, subject to the provisions of these Rules. 

Reimbursement of travel expenses for Best Performing Entrants is subject to the Challenge Organizers’ receipt of valid receipts for expenses incurred in accordance with these Rules and in accordance with any subsequent written instructions which may be provided by the Challenge Organizers (the “Reimbursement guidelines”).  Travel expenses do not include incidental expenses associated with travel and any expenses other than accommodation, meals, conference registration fees, and bus/train/airplane travel.  The Best Performing Entrants shall be responsible for having all proper travel documentation (e.g., passport and visa and related expenses) and ensuring they are not subject to any impediment to enter the relevant country.   Travel via airplane shall be in economy or equivalent class only. 

BY ACCEPTING AN INCENTIVE, AN ENTRANT AGREES TO RELEASE THE CHALLENGE ORGANIZERS AND THEIR SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, RELATED COMPANIES, CONTRACTORS, SUBCONTRACTORS AND SUPPLIERS, AND EACH OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES AND AGENTS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THEIR RESPECTIVE LEGAL AND FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING ADVISORS, FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY, LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH SUCH ENTRANT’S PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE, OR WITH RESPECT TO AWARDING, RECEIPT, POSSESSION, USE AND/OR MISUSE OF ANY INCENTIVE, OR TO PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE OR IN INCENTIVE-RELATED ACTIVITIES.

 

13.    Taxes

ALL TAXES, IF ANY, IMPOSED ON INCENTIVES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE RECEIVING ENTRANT AND/OR ITS ORGANIZATION. THE ENTRANT ENTRANT RECEIVING AN INCENTIVE AND ITS ORGANIZATION ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THAT THEY COMPLY WITH ALL THE APPLICABLE TAX LAWS, INCOME REPORTING AND FILING REQUIREMENTS.

PAYMENTS TO ANY ENTRANT ARE SUBJECT TO THE EXPRESS REQUIREMENT THAT SUCH ENTRANT SUBMIT TO THE CHALLENGE ORGANIZERS ALL DOCUMENTATION REQUESTED BY THE CHALLENGE ORGANIZERS TO PERMIT THEM TO COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE STATE, FEDERAL, LOCAL AND FOREIGN (INCLUDING PROVINCIAL) TAX REPORTING AND WITHHOLDING REQUIREMENTS.

ALL INCENTIVES WILL BE NET OF ANY TAXES THAT PM IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO WITHHOLD, AND NO ENTRANT MAY DEMAND ANY ADDITIONAL PAYMENT OR COMPENSATION BY REASON OF ANY TAX THAT MAY BE DUE ON ANY INCENTIVE.

In order to receive an incentive, the receiving Entrant must submit any required tax documentation to the Challenge Organizers within fifteen (15) days of request by a Challenge Organizer or otherwise required by applicable law.  If a Best Performing Entrant fails to provide such documentation or comply with such laws, the Challenge Organizers may, in the Challenge Organizers’ sole discretion, vacate such Entrant’s Best Performing Entrant title or give the relevant Entrant additional time to respond.  If a Best Performing Entrant’s title is vacated, the Entrant that earned the next highest-scoring Submission will (if eligible) be selected as the replacement Best Performing Entrant.

 

14.    Handling of Personal Information

Personal information collected from any Entrant will be used in accordance with the Privacy Policy and as set out in these Rules for the purpose of administering the Challenge, including to record the Entrant’s access to the Challenge Data and to verify its identity, address and other contact details if the Entrant qualifies for an incentive and further might be disclosed to a third party in the cases provided in this Section.  By accepting these Challenge Rules and/or entering the Challenge, each Entrant expressly agrees to the use of its personal information for such purposes.

Notwithstanding the terms of our Privacy Policy, the Challenge Organizers may provide an Entrant’s personal information to a third party without the Entrant’s further permission in the following cases: (i) the personal information of the Entrant, including its name, is widely publicized as an entity that is an Entrant who provided a Submission, for the purpose of publicizing the Challenge or a future Challenge run through this Site (as described in these Rules); (ii) the personal information of the Entrant is disclosed to a subcontractor for the purpose of promoting the Challenge, a future Challenge run through this Site or maintaining and managing the Site; (iii) the name of the Entrant is announced as the name of a Best Performing Entrant on the Site and through other media, or it is otherwise necessary to disclose the name of the Entrant for the purpose of conducting or publicizing the Challenge or a future Challenge run through this Site; (iv) the Entrant otherwise gives consent for the disclosure, storage and transfer of their personal information for all such purposes above; or (v) the disclosure is required to comply with applicable law (including an order of any court or other governmental authority of competent jurisdiction).

 

15.    Warranty and Indemnity

Each Entrant hereby certifies that such Entrant is the sole and exclusive owner and right holder of the Submission and has the right to enter the Challenge and all parts of the Submission are either original, or are licensed for use by the Challenge Organizers (including their affiliates and subsidiaries, employees, agents, and contractors) and each Entrant in a way that does not: (i) infringe any intellectual property rights, including any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or obligations of confidentiality; or (ii) otherwise violate applicable laws and regulations. Each Entrant hereby further certifies that the information such Entrant submits in connection with any Submission (including in any required sign-up forms) is at all times accurate, and that it correctly represents such Entrant’s professional affiliation, experience, qualifications and ability to transact business.

To the maximum extent permitted by law, each Entrant indemnifies and agrees to keep indemnified the Challenge Organizers and their subsidiaries, affiliates, related companies, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers and any of their employees, officers, directors, shareholders and representatives, at all times from and against any liability, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs and expenses arising out of or accruing from: (i) any act, default or omission of the Entrant and/or a breach of any warranty set forth herein; (ii) any Submission or other material uploaded or otherwise provided by the Entrant that infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, obligation of confidentiality or other intellectual property right of any person or entity or defames any person or entity or violates their rights of publicity or privacy, (iii) any misrepresentation made by the Entrant in connection with the Challenge; (iv) any non-compliance by the Entrant with these Rules; (v) claims brought by persons or entities other than the parties to these Rules arising from or related to the Entrant’s involvement with the Challenge; (vi) acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any incentive or participation in any Challenge-related activity or participation in the Challenge; (vii) any malfunction or other problem with the Site; (viii) any error in the collection, processing, or retention of Submission information; or (ix) any stealing or plagiarism, destruction, unauthorized access, or falsification of any Submission.

 

16.    Limitation of Liability

EACH ENTRANT ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT NONE OF THE CHALLENGE ORGANIZERS, THEIR AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, RELATED COMPANIES, CONTRACTORS, SUBCONTRACTORS AND SUPPLIERS AND ANY OF THEIR EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, SHAREHOLDERS, AGENTS, AND REPRESENTATIVES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR, AND THAT NONE OF THE FOREGOING SHALL BE LIABLE FOR: (I) LATE, LOST, DELAYED, DAMAGED, MISDIRECTED, INCOMPLETE, ILLEGIBLE, OR UNINTELLIGIBLE SUBMISSIONS; (II) TELEPHONE, ELECTRONIC, HARDWARE, OR SOFTWARE PROGRAM, NETWORK, INTERNET, OR COMPUTER MALFUNCTIONS, FAILURES, OR DIFFICULTIES; (III) ERRORS IN TRANSMISSION; (IV) ANY CONDITION CAUSED BY EVENTS BEYOND THE CONTROL OF THE CHALLENGE ORGANIZERS, THEIR AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, RELATED COMPANIES, CONTRACTORS, SUBCONTRACTORS AND SUPPLIERS AND ANY OF THEIR EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, SHAREHOLDERS, AGENTS, AND REPRESENTATIVES THAT MAY CAUSE THE CHALLENGE TO BE DISRUPTED OR CORRUPTED; (V) ANY INJURIES, LOSSES, OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND CAUSED BY AN INCENTIVE OR RESULTING FROM ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, OR USE OF AN INCENTIVE, OR FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE; OR (VI) ANY PRINTING OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS IN ANY MATERIALS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CHALLENGE.

EACH ENTRANT ACCEPTS THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS STATED IN THESE RULES, AGREES TO BE BOUND BY THE DECISIONS OF THE CHALLENGE ORGANIZERS, WITHOUT PREJUDICE TO ANY CLAIM THAT COULD BE FILED BEFORE THE COURTS, WARRANTS THAT S/HE IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CHALLENGE, AND AGREES, EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT THAT ANY PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH IS CAUSED BY THE CHALLENGE ORGANIZERS’ NEGLIGENCE, AND TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, THAT THE CHALLENGE ORGANIZERS, THEIR AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, RELATED COMPANIES, CONTRACTORS, SUBCONTRACTORS AND SUPPLIERS SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CLAIMS, LOSSES, LIABILITY, AND DAMAGES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES AND EXPENSES) ASSERTED AGAINST THEM, INCURRED, SUSTAINED, OR ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE, ACCEPTANCE, OR MISUSE OF ANY SUBMISSION MATERIAL, OR WHILE PREPARING FOR, PARTICIPATING IN, AND/OR TRAVELING TO OR FROM ANY CHALLENGE-RELATED ACTIVITY, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY INJURY, DAMAGE, DEATH, LOSS, OR ACCIDENT TO PERSON OR PROPERTY, OR FROM THE RESPECTIVE ENTRANT’S BREACH OF ANY AGREEMENT OR WARRANTY ASSOCIATED WITH THE CHALLENGE, INCLUDING THESE RULES.

ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE, INCLUDING THE SITE, OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CHALLENGE IS A VIOLATION OF THE LAW AND, SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, PM RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES OR OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY SUCH ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.  NOTWITHSTANDING THE REVIEW OF ANY SUBMISSION BY THE CHALLENGE ORGANIZERS OR THEIR NOMINEE, EACH ENTRANT UNDERSTANDS AND AGREES TO BEAR SOLE LIABILITY FOR THE CONTENTS OF ITS SUBMISSION.

 

17.    Scientific Review and Validity

EACH ENTRANT ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT (i) THE CHALLENGE ORGANIZERS AND THEIR AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, RELATED COMPANIES, CONTRACTORS, SUBCONTRACTORS AND SUPPLIERS DO NOT GUARANTEE IN ANY WAY THE SCIENTIFIC ACCURACY, PRECISION, SUFFICIENCY, OR THE LIKE OF THE RESULTS OF THE EXPERIMENTAL REVIEW THAT MAY BE CONDUCTED IN THE CONTEXT OF THIS CHALLENGE OR THE ACCURACY OF THE MODELS; AND (ii) THE CHALLENGE ORGANIZERS AND THEIR AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, RELATED COMPANIES, CONTRACTORS, SUBCONTRACTORS AND SUPPLIERS WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY ERRORS, AMBIGUITIES OR OTHER INACCURACIES CAUSED BY THE CHALLENGE ORGANIZERS OR THEIR AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, RELATED COMPANIES, CONTRACTORS, SUBCONTRACTORS OR SUPPLIERS IN THE DESIGN, EXECUTION, SCORING OR OTHER ASPECTS OF THE CHALLENGE.

 

18.    Violation of Challenge Rules

The Challenge Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any Entrant who, in the Challenge Organizers’ sole suspicion and determination, tampers with the entry process, violates these Rules or the Terms of Use, or acts in an inappropriate, unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.

 

19.    Assignment of Rights under these Rules

PM may assign any or all of its rights or obligations under these Rules.  No Entrant may assign, novate, or subcontract any of its rights or obligations under these Rules without PM’s express prior written consent, which PM may deny or condition in its sole discretion.  Any purported assignment, novation or subcontract in violation of this Section 19 shall be null and void.

 

20.    Governing Law; No Recourse to Judicial or Other Procedures

Each Entrant agrees that these Rules are governed by the laws of Switzerland. To the extent permitted by law, each Entrant expressly waives any and all rights to litigate or to make any other recourse to judicial or any similar procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with the Challenge.  If such exclusion or waiver is not permitted by applicable law, each Entrant agrees to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located in Lausanne, Canton of Vaud, Switzerland to resolve any legal matter arising from the dispute or claims. Each Entrant hereby waives, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any objection that it may now or hereafter have to the laying of venue of any such proceedings in such a court and any claim that any such proceedings brought in such a court have been brought in an inconvenient forum.

 

21.    Country Specific Notices

If any provision of these Rules is invalid under the applicable laws, rules or regulations of a particular country or jurisdiction, it will only apply to the extent permitted and all other provisions will remain valid and enforceable. In addition to the tax liability disclosures in these rules, Best Performing Entrants are subject to abide by the income reporting requirements of and, if applicable, the payment of any taxes due per, the laws, rules and regulations of the Best Performing Entrant’s country of residence.

 

22.    Conflicts with Other Documents

Any perceived or actual conflict between these Rules and a summary of these Rules or any content on the Site, shall be resolved in favor of these Rules.  Moreover, to the extent there are any direct conflicts between these Rules and the Privacy Policy or the Terms of Use with respect to the participation, scoring and incentives for the Challenge, these Rules shall govern.

 

23.    Interpretation

The words “hereof”, “herein” and “hereunder” and words of like import used in these Rules shall refer to these Rules as a whole and not to any particular provision of these Rules.  Whenever the words “include”, “includes” or “including” are used in these Rules, they shall be deemed to be followed by the words “without limitation”, whether or not they are in fact followed by those words or words of like import.  “Writing”, “written” and comparable terms refer to printing, typing and other means of reproducing words (including electronic media) in a visible form.  References to any agreement, contract or document (including the Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use) are to that agreement, contract or document as amended, modified or supplemented from time to time in accordance with the terms thereof.  References to any person or entity include the successors and permitted assigns of that person or entity.  References from or through any date mean, unless otherwise specified, from and including or through and including, respectively.

 

24.    Inquiries or Questions

All media inquiries should be directed through the contact provided under the “Media” link available on the homepage of the Site. All other inquiries or questions regarding the Challenge may be sent to the Challenge Organizers using the “Contact Us” link accessible on the homepage of the Site.

 

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