Competition Rules

Please read carefully these Competition Rules and the INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY POLICY before submitting A REGISTRATION FORM OR an entry TO the CONTEST.

1.         PRESENTERS:

The Reto 2.0 Technology Innovation Contest (the “Contest”) is presented by by El Día, Inc. (“El Nuevo Día”) and Apex Technologies, Inc., (collectively, the “Presenters”) with sponsorship of Hewlett Packard Inc. and Microsoft Inc. (collectively, the “Sponsors”) and the collaboration of Centro de Inovación Técnologica and Colegio de Ingenieria of University of Puertp Rico at Mayaguez (collectively, the “Collaborators”)

2.         GENERAL CONDITIONS:
Please read carefully these Competition Rules (the “Rules”) and the Intellectual Property Policy before registering in or submitting any entries, proposals, disclosures, solutions, concepts, materials, documentation and/or ideas, including but not limited to any software (including its object code and source code), algorithms, techniques, concepts, methods, processes, and ideas contained therein (collectively, “Work” or “Works”).  The Rules and the Intellectual Property Policy constitute a binding legal agreement between you and the Presenters with respect to the Contest. You may not register or participate in the Contest and will not be eligible to receive the prizes described in the Rules unless you agree to be bound by the Rules, the Intellectual Property Policy and the particular guidelines issued by the Presenters. If you meet the eligibility criteria established hereunder, but are under 21 years of age you could be considered a minor under the laws of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (“Minor” or “Minors”) and you should obtain your parent’s or legal guardian’s express written consent to Work in the Contest.

If you do not agree to abide by the Rules and the Intellectual Property Policy please do not submit an entry to the Contest. in the case of minors, You will need to obtain your parents’ or legal guardian express written consent,.

If you provide any false information (including, but not limited to, information related to your identity, mailing address, telephone number, email address, ownership of right or your eligibility status), the Presenters will have (at their sole option) the right to disqualify you from the Contest.
The Presenters reserve the right to, in their sole and entire discretion, disqualify any participant and/or team that they believe: (i) do not comply with the Rules and/or the Intellectual Property Policy; (ii) infringes or allegedly infringes the proprietary rights of third parties; (iii) and/or violates any applicable laws, regulations, court orders, ordinances and/or rulings.  If you and/or your teammates in any manner affect the integrity or the legitimate operation of the Contest by hacking or by cheating or committing fraud, the Presenters reserve the right to seek to recover from you any damages suffered by them to the fullest extent permitted by law. 

3.         DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTEST:

Your mission in the Contest is to write an original consumer Web application that integrates at least three of the Web 2.0 API Categories which are Photo, News, Tagging, Shopping, Video, Advertising, Community and Recommendations with content areas of www.elnuevodia.com in an original mash-up that creates a compelling user experience. A working demo of the solution needs to be installed in a beta environment in the ElNuevoDia.com site; this is the essence of the work that will be judged. The key to your job is to convince us of why your program is interesting and why it will be a hit with web and/or mobile consumers.  Feel free to propose creative and effective solutions that are technologically innovative, appealing to consumers, and have commercial potential.

4.         ELIGIBILITY:
The Contest is open to individual, full-time students who are currently officially enrolled in an accredited and bona fide university in Puerto Rico, and who have agreed and accepted to these Rules. If you are a Minor, you must provide the express written consent of a parent or legal guardian in order to be eligible to participate in the Contest and to receive any prizes, and you also must submit written proof of age and proof of enrollment in a bona fide university in Puerto Rico.

The Contest is open to individuals or teams of up to 3 persons (corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and other juridical persons are not eligible to participate in the Contest). Limit of one (1) Entry per team. 

Teams may include a bona fide professor from their institution as a mentor (THE MENTOR WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE ANY OF THE PRIZES TO BE AWARDED TO THE WINNER OF THE CONTEST) limited to provide general guidance to the other participants.  The mentor must not contribute any original work of authorship to the solution to be submitted by the other participants.  

Employees, directors, officers, interns and contractors of El Nuevo Día and APEX Technologies and members of their immediate families (including, but not limited to, spouses, children and siblings) are not eligible to participate in the Contest.

If there is a change in your eligibility status during the Contest you must notify the Presenters immediately.  Any failure to notify the Presenters of any change in eligibility status will provoke the disqualification of the participant and/or the team of the participant from the Contest.  The Presenters expressly reserve the right to disqualify any participants and/or teams for any change in the eligibility status.  Disqualified participants and/or teams will not be eligible to win any prizes. 

5.         KEY DATES:

  • Registration starts December 10, 2008 and ends on 11:59 PM (EDT) February 4, 2009.
  • Solution Proposals must be submitted via e-mail no later than 11:59 PM (EDT) February 4, 2009.
  • All proposals will be reviewed.  By Feb. 9, 2009 those proposals approved to continue in the challenge will be selected and the corresponding teams notified.
  • The final solution based on the accepted proposal must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EDT) April 30, 2009.
  • Judges evaluation process by May 19, 2009.
  • Award ceremony by Jun 11, 2009.

6.         THE PROCESS

All Entries AND WORKS must be submitted in English. The Presenters assume no responsibility for lost, misdirected, illegible or late Entries or for failed computer transmissions or any technical failures.

Stage 1: Registration

To enter the Contests, you must register on-line at http://www.apex.pr/reto/registration.

Fill out the information requested in said form including your and your parents’ or legal guardian’s (if applicable) name, address, daytime telephone number, email address, mailing address, physical address, date of birth, name of university in which you are enrolled and your status, and the parental or legal guardian’s consent (if applicable), (collectively, “Entry” or “Entries”). 

Following the registration process, you will receive a confirmation notice via e-mail and additional information regarding the challenge to help you get started.

Registration starts on December 20, 2008 and ends at 11:59 PM (EDT) February 4, 2009 (the “Registration due date”). No registrations will be accepted after the Registration due date.

Stage 2: Solution Proposal

The second stage of the contest requires that the participating team submit a written description of their proposed solution to the challenge set forth in the first stage.  The proposals will be evaluated and approved by the Presenters using the criteria described on Section 7 of the Rules.  ONLY the proposals that are approved qualify to continue on to the third and final stage of the contest. 

You must complete and submit the following:
1.     One Proposal Template Form per Team.
2.     One Exhibit-A(TEAM ENTRY FORM) per team/individual.

Visit the following link http://www.apex.pr/reto/guidelines.html to view the guidelines and the proposal form template.  You must complete the form according to the instructions provided. 

Teams will be notified if their proposal is approved by Feb. 9, 2009. Selected teams or individuals members need to submit the following:
1.     A signed copy of the Requirements Form. One per team or individual member.

This document need to be submitted before the end of Stage 3.
By electronic mail(scanned): [email protected]
By postmail:
Reto 2.0
El Nuevo Día
Att: Relaciones Corporativas
PO Box 9067512
San Juan, PR 00906-7512
By fax: 787-782-8845

Stage 3: Final Solution

The third and final stage requires the participating team to implement the solution proposed and approved in Stage 2.

The final solution must include an explanation of the design, convincing arguments that it will scale to full-scale production environment with reasonable runtime, as well as source code for the implementation.  It must include all evidence and data needed to support all claims, such as sample output from the program.  Clear instructions and an easy to use demo program that allows experimentation with the system is required for judging.   All information must be provided in English.
The code should be written and developed utilizing one or more of the following technologies, Microsoft .NET (VB, J#, C#, ASP), AJAX, XAML or utilizing any of the following suites, Expression Studio, Visual Studio 2008. If your code depends on third-party packages, you must include a complete list of all packages, including exact version information and download URLs. 

A working demo of the solution needs to be installed in a beta environment in the ElNuevoDia.com site.

The key to your job is to convince us of why your program is interesting and why it will be a hit with web and/or mobile consumers.  Feel free to propose creative and effective solutions that are technologically innovative, appealing to consumers, and have commercial potential.

You must complete and electronically submit the final solution no later than 11:59 PM (EDT) April 30, 2009. Visit the following link http://www.apex.pr/reto/guidelines.html to view detailed guidelines and instructions for submitting your final solution.

7.         JUDGING:

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges selected by the Presenters using the criteria described below.

The judges will grade entries using the following criteria:
•           Technical Innovation – use of state-of-the art  tools and techniques
•           User Experience – effective and innovative design
•           Commercial Potential – secure, portable, scalable and profitable
•           Overall Quality – clear, effective, efficient and robust solution

The judges shall have the sole authority and discretion to select the solutions that will advance to Stage 3 and the winners of the Contest. Their decision will be final and binding.

8.         NOTIFICATION

All participants from stage 3 are expected to attend the Award Ceremony on June 11, 2009. The Presenters will announce Winner(s) during the Award Ceremony.  Subsequently the results of the Contest will be published by El Nuevo Día and the winning team’s institution.

9.         PRIZES:

  • A cash prize of $3,000 per Team member (a maximum of $9,000 per Team) will be awarded to the winning entry.
  • Showcase of the winning entry at elnuevodia.com
  • Microsoft Products per Team member (a maximum of 3 members) including in Polo-Shirt, Optical Mouse, MS Keyboard, Microsoft Camera, Backpack, Microsoft Encarta, Office Ultimate 2007, Microsoft Pen and Microsoft Mug (with an approximate value of $989.96).
  • One CPQ5W254 - HP Compaq Business Notebook 6530b - Core 2 Duo P8400 / 2.26 GHz - Centrino 2 - RAM 2 GB - HDD 120 GB - DVD±RW – GMA 4500MHD - Gigabit Ethernet - WLAN : 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) - TPM – Vista Business / XP Pro downgrade, 1 year warranty P/N KR97(with an approximate value of $1095.00) Per Team member(a maximum of 3 members) .
  • One-year subscription of the electronic version of El Nuevo Día newspaper.
  • El Nuevo Día and APEX Technologies shall provide each member of the winning team (a maximum of 3 members) a pass to the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference on November 17-20, 2009 in Los Angeles CA, USA with a round trip coach ticket for a commercial carrier flight to Los Angeles CA, USA (with an approximate value of $1000.00), and standard hotel accommodations and meals (up to $1000.00 per trip).

If the travel-prize described above becomes unavailable, the Presenters reserve the right to substitute it for an alternate prize of equal or greater value.

Winners of the Contest must agree to the publication, reproduction, depiction, and display of their personal information, voice, appearance, likeness and the description of the winning Work for any and all purposes, including but not limited to the commercial, advertising and promotional purposes. Except for the prizes described herein, the Presenters shall not be obligated to provide compensation for said purposes of personal information, voice, appearance, likeness and the description of the winning Work of the winners of the Contest.

The prizes to be awarded to the winner(s) of the Contests are nontransferable and, as such, winner(s) may not designate someone else as the winner.  If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prizes, the Presenters expressly reserve the right to select a new winner from the other participants using the judging criteria described in Section 7 of the Rules. 

If you are selected as a winner, as a condition to receive the prizes, you and/your parents/legal guardians (in the case of Minors) will be required to sign the Waiver and Release form that will be provided by the Presenters .  If you are selected as a winner of the Contests and you are a Minor, the Presenters will award the cash-prize to your parents or legal guardian on your behalf.  In the case of travel-prize, Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  The person who will be accompanying the Minor must pay for his/her own travel-lodging-food expenses and must sign a Release in the form to be provided by the Presenters. 

10.       USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION:
By submitting an Entry to the Contest, you agree that your personal information (including, but not limited to, name, mailing address, phone number, and email address) will be collected, processed, stored and used by the Presenters for conducting and administering the Contest (i.e. notifying winners, contacting participants, verifying participant information for eligibility purposes, etc) and for contacting you in the future to provide you information about other competitions.
In addition, by submitting an Entry to the Contest, you grant to the Presenters a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive and irrevocable license to make use of, copy, reproduce, modify, adapt, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, exhibit, project, and to otherwise exploit in any manner now known or hereafter to become know, your name, (including any nicknames and aliases), and any or all renderings of your voice, image and likeness in connection with the creation, development, production, marketing, promotion, distribution and sale of any of the products and services of the Presenters.  
 
11.       USE OF THE WORKS: 
By submitting an Entry to the contest, as more fully explained in the Intellectual Property Policy, you grant to the sponsor a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive and irrevocable license to copy, distribute, modify, adapt, incorporate into collective works, publicly display, publicly perform, create derivative works and generally use in any manner now known or hereafter to become know, all or any portion, alteration or derivation of the Work(s).   

12.       WARRANTIES:
you hereby warrant and represent that you have or will have full and sufficient right and authorization to grant the indemnities, consents, authorizations, licenses, releases and waivers CONTEMPLATED HEREIN OR UNDER THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY POLICY; that you have made no agreements, grants, assignments, or commitments which will conflict with or impair the complete enjoyment of the rights and privileges granted to the Presenters; that any or all works, are or will be wholly original, and they do not and shall not infringe upon or violate any copyright, or any other right, and that there is, to the best of YOUR knowledge, no claim or action pending, outstanding or threatened which might in any way prejudice the rights granted or to be granted to the Presenters.

13.       LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:
By submitting an entry to the Contest you EXPRESSLY RELEASE THE PRESENTERS, ITS SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, SUCCESORS AND ASSIGNS FROM ANY LIABILITY WHATSOEVER, AND WAIVE ANY AND ALL CAUSES OF ACTION, FOR ANY CLAIMS, COSTS, INJURIES, LOSSES, OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND (DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY) ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEST OR ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, OR USE OF ANY PRIZE (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, CLAIMS, COSTS, INJURIES, LOSSES, AND DAMAGES RELATED TO PERSONAL INJURIES, DEATH, DAMAGE TO OR DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, RIGHTS OF PUBLICITY OR PRIVACY, DEFAMATION OR PORTRAYAL IN A FALSE LIGHT, WHETHER INTENTIONAL OR UNINTENTIONAL), WHETHER UNDER A THEORY OF CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, WHETHER ACTIVE, PASSIVE, OR IMPUTED), STRICT LIABILITY, PRODUCT LIABILITY, CONTRIBUTION, OR ANY OTHER THEORY, FOR expenditures, investments or other obligations or commitments incurred or made by YOU in connection with thE CONTEST, or on account of any other thing or cause whatsoever.

14.       INDEMNITY:
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Presenters for and against any damage, civil or criminal liability, fine, charge, expense or loss imposed on the Presenters through a judgment or any other legal or administrative procedure, or in any other manner, as a result of: (1) any breach of the Rules and/or the Intellectual Property Policy directly or indirectly attributable to you; (2) negligent or intentional acts or omissions by you, your teammates, and/or any other person acting on your behalf; (3) the infringement of any patents, copyrights, trademark, trade name or other intellectual property rights (including trade secrets), privacy rights, right of publicity or similar rights of any person or entity; (4)  any misrepresentation made by you in connection with the Contest (including, but not limited, to misrepresentations regarding your compliance with the eligibility requirements); and/or (5) for failure to comply with any law, rule or regulation applicable to, or that has to be complied with by you, your teammates and/or any other person acting on your behalf.
In the event that attorney’s fees or other costs are incurred to secure performance of any of the obligations herein provided for, or to establish damages for the breach thereof or to obtain any other appropriate relief, whether by way of prosecution or defense, the Presenters shall be entitled to recover reasonable attorney’s fees and costs incurred therein from you.

15.       NO EMPLOYMENT/AGENCY:
Nothing in the Rules and/or the Intellectual Property Policy (including, but not limited to, the submission of an entry into the Contest) will be interpreted as the creation of an employer/employee, joint venture or principal/agent relationship between the Presenters and the participants of the Contest.

16.       ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS:
If, pursuant to the intellectual and industrial property policies of  the academic institution in which you are currently enrolled said institution retains or is entitled to any rights over the Works, you shall be solely responsible to obtain prior written consent (in the form provided by the Sponsors) whereby the academic institution accepts and agrees:
(i)         to be bound by the Competition Rules and this Intellectual Property Policy;
(ii)        to grant to the Presenters and to their respective shareholders, directors, officers, employees, licensees, parent companies, subsidiaries, and affiliates a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, perpetual and irrevocable license to copy, reproduce, publish, distribute, modify, adapt, incorporate into collective works, publicly display, publicly perform, sublicense, technologically manipulate, disseminate, broadcast, create derivative works and generally use in any manner now known or hereafter to become know, all or any portion, alteration or derivation of the Works;
(iii)       to warrant and represent that it  has or will have full and sufficient rights and authorization to grant the indemnities, consents, authorizations, licenses, releases and waivers required under this Rules or under the Intellectual Property Policy; that it has made no agreements, grants, assignments, or commitments which will conflict with or impair the complete enjoyment of the rights and privileges granted to the Presenters, and to their respective shareholders, directors, officers, employees, licensees, parent companies, subsidiaries, and affiliates; that any or all Works are or will be wholly original, and they do not and shall not infringe upon or violate any copyright, or any other right, and that there is, to the best of the its knowledge, no claim or action pending, outstanding or threatened which might in any way prejudice the rights granted or to be granted to the Presenters, and to their respective shareholders, directors, officers, employees, licensees, parent companies, subsidiaries, and affiliates; and/or
(iv)       to indemnify and hold harmless the Presenters, and to their respective shareholders, directors, officers, employees, licensees, parent companies, subsidiaries, and affiliates, for and against any damage, civil or criminal liability, fine, charge, expense or loss imposed on the Presenters through a judgment or any other legal or administrative procedure, or in any other manner, as a result of: (1) any breach of the Rules and/or the Intellectual Property Policy directly or indirectly attributable to the Participant or his/her teammates; (2) negligent or intentional acts or omissions by the Academic Institution, its officers, faculty, employees, agents, contractors, students and/or any other person acting on its behalf; (3) the infringement of any patents, copyrights, trademark, trade name or other intellectual property rights (including trade secrets), privacy rights, right of publicity or similar rights of any person or entity; and/or (4) for failure to comply with any law, rule or regulation applicable to, or that has to be complied with by the academic institution and/or any other person acting on its behalf.         

17.       MISCELLANEOUS:
The Contests, as well as the terms and provisions of the Rules and the Intellectual Property Policy, will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Only the courts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico shall have jurisdiction over any dispute that may arise between the Presenters and you with regard to the Contests, the Rules and the Intellectual Property Policy.

Any provision of the Contests, the Rules and the Intellectual Property Policy that is declared invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction shall be ineffective to the extent of such invalidity or unenforceability without invalidating or rendering unenforceable the remaining provisions hereof.  The headings or titles of the sections of the Rules and the Intellectual Property Policy are used for purposes of reference and they should not affect the construction, interpretation, validity and/or enforceability of the Rules and the Intellectual Property Policy. 

18.       MORE INFORMATION:
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