RootsTech Innovator Showdown Official Rules – (the “Official Rules”)



Challenge Name: RootsTech Innovator Showdown (the “Challenge”)

Challenge Website: (the “Challenge Website”)



Poster (the “Poster”): FamilySearch International, 50 East North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150. The Poster is the sponsor and entity responsible for the Challenge.



Challenge Submission Period: September 5, 2016 to December 1, 2016 (11:45pm Mountain Standard Time) (the “Challenge Submission Period”)

Online Judging Period: December 1, 2016 (10:00 am Mountain Standard Time) – December 20, 2016 (5:00pm Mountain Standard Time) (the “Online Judging Period”)

Semi-Finalist Judging: To be held in-person at RootsTech ( on February 8, 2017

Finalist Judging and Voting:

NOTE: Semi-finalists and finalists will be required to attend RootsTech in Salt Lake City, Utah in order to be eligible to win a prize. Attendance to RootsTech is free (excluding travel) for Challenge semi-finalists and finalists. Attendance at RootsTech is not required to enter the Challenge. See Section 6 below for additional details.

Winners Announced: On or around February 10, 2017 ChallengePost, Inc. will be the official timekeeper for the Challenge Submission Period and Online Judging Period.



The Challenge IS open to:

  • individuals who are at least the age of majority where they reside as of the time of entry;
  • teams of eligible individuals; and
  • organizations (including corporations, not-for-profit corporations and other nonprofit organizations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and other legal entities) that exist and have been organized or incorporated at the time of entry, and employ no more than 50 people (“Organization(s)”)

(the above are collectively, “Makers”)

An individual may join more than one team or Organization and an individual who is part of a team or Organization may also enter the Challenge on an individual basis.  

If a team or Organization is entering the Challenge, they must appoint and authorize one individual (the “Representative”) to represent, act, and enter a Submission, on their behalf. The Representative must meet the eligibility requirements above. By entering a Submission on the Site on behalf of a team or Organization, you represent and warrant that you are the Representative authorized to act on behalf of your team or Organization.

The Challenge IS NOT open to:

  • individuals who are residents of, or Organizations domiciled in, a country, state, province or territory where the laws of the United States or applicable local law prohibits participating or receiving a prize in the Challenge (including, but not limited to, Brazil, Quebec, Italy, and Cuba, Sudan, Iran, North Korea, Syria and any other country designated by the United States Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control);
  • organizations involved with the design, production, paid promotion, execution, or distribution of the Challenge, including FamilySearch International and ChallengePost, Inc. (“Promotion Entities”);
  • employees of Promotion Entities, and representatives and agents** of Promotion Entities that are involved with the design, production, paid promotion, execution, or distribution of the Challenge, or with maintaining data provided for use in the Challenge, and all members of any such individual’s family or household* (FamilySearch volunteers may participate, provided they are not involved with the design, production, paid promotion, execution, or distribution of the Challenge, or with maintaining data provided for use in the Challenge);
  • any other individual involved with the design, production, promotion, execution, or distribution of the Challenge, and each member of their immediate family or household*;
  • any Judge (defined below), or company or individual that employs a Judge;
  • any parent company, subsidiary, or other affiliate*** of any organization described above; or
  • any other individual or organization whose participation in the Challenge would create, in the sole discretion of the Poster, a real or apparent conflict of interest

*The members of an individual’s immediate family include the individual’s spouse, children and stepchildren, parents and stepparents, and siblings and stepsiblings. The members of an individual’s household include any other person that shares the same residence as the individual for at least three (3) months out of the year.

**Agents include individuals or organizations acting on behalf of, and at the direction of, a Promotion Entity through a contractual or other relationship.

***An affiliate is: (a) an organization that is under common control, sharing a common majority or controlling owner, or common management; or (b) an organization that owns equity in, or is partially owned by the other organization.



Makers must do the following to participate in the Challenge:

  • Register for the Challenge on the Challenge Website by clicking the “Register” button. To complete registration, sign up to create a ChallengePost account, or log in with an existing ChallengePost account. There is no charge for creating a ChallengePost account. This will enable you to receive important updates and access the “Enter a Submission” page;
  • Visit the Challenge Resources page at to learn about potential problem areas in the family history industry and available data and APIs;
  • Create a software application or service that solves a real world problem you’ve identified in the family history industry, or in another industry vertical, using family history data or services. Hardware applications are also acceptable provided there is a software component to it; and
  • Complete and enter all of the required fields on the “Enter a Submission” page of the Challenge Website (each a “Submission”) during the Challenge Submission Period, and follow the requirements below.


Language Requirements

All Submission materials must be in English or, if not in English, the Maker must provide an English translation of the demonstration video, text description, and testing instructions as well as all other materials submitted.


Application Requirements

What to Create: Makers must create a working software application that solves a problem they’ve identified in any industry vertical, with features either directly or indirectly related to family history (each an “Application”). The application should at least be a working prototype.

Functionality: The Application must be capable of being successfully installed and running consistently on the platform for which it is intended, and must function as depicted in the video and/or expressed in the text description.

Platforms: A submitted Application must run on at least one of the following:

  • Android device (such as a smartphone, tablet, Google Glass, etc.)
  • iOS device (such as a smartphone, tablet, etc.)
  • Windows Phone device (such as a smartphone, tablet, etc.)
  • Blackberry device
  • Web or mobile web
  • Windows desktop computer
  • Mac desktop computer
  • Kindle
  • software running on other hardware (including, but not exclusive to, wearable technology, open source hardware, etc.)
  • custom hardware which includes a software component (wearable technology, etc.)

New & Existing: Applications may be either newly created by the Maker, or created prior to the Challenge Submission Period.

Testing: The Maker must make the Application available free of charge and without any restriction, for testing, evaluation and use by the Poster and Judges during the Challenge and until the winners are announced. If the Application includes software that runs on proprietary or third party hardware that is not widely available to the public, including software running on devices or wearable technology other than smartphones, tablets, or desktop computers, the Sponsor and/or Administrator reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to require the Maker to provide physical access to the Application hardware upon request.

You can make your Application available using one of the following methods:

  • Android Applications: Upload an .apk file on the Enter a Submission form or provide a link for downloading the Application in the “Testing Instructions” field on the Enter a Submission form.


  • iOS Applications:


    • If your Application is available on the iTunes App Store provide a link in the “Testing Instructions” field on the Enter a Submission form. If you charge a fee for downloading your Application, you must provide a promo code.
    • If your Application is not yet publicly available on the iTunes App Store, you must send it to the Poster via
  • Windows Phone applications:Upload an .xap file in the Enter a Submission form or provide a link for downloading your Application in the “Testing Instructions” field on the Enter a Submission form.
  • Windows PC:Upload the appropriate installation files (.exe) on the Enter a Submission form or provide a link for downloading your .exe file in the “Testing Instructions” field on the Enter a Submission form.
  • BlackBerry:Upload the appropriate installation files on the Enter a Submission form or provide a link for downloading your installation file in the “Testing Instructions” field on the Enter a Submission form.
  • Mac OS:Upload the appropriate installation files on the Enter a Submission form or provide a link for downloading your installation file in the “Testing Instructions” field on the Enter a Submission form.
  • Web/Mobile Web:Provide a link for accessing your Application on the “Testing Instructions” field on the Enter a Submission form.
  • Public Distribution: The Maker may make the Application available to the public via a website or online store, but is not required to do so.
  • Multiple Submissions:A Maker may submit more than one Submission, however, each Submission must be unique, as determined by the Poster.
  • SDKs, APIs, & Data: Applications may integrate SDKs, APIs and data, provided the Maker is authorized to use them.
  • Intellectual Property: Your Submission must: (a) be your (or your team or Organization’s) original work product; (b) be solely owned by you, your team, or your Organization with no other person or entity having any right or interest in it; and (c) not violate the intellectual property rights or other rights including but not limited to copyright, trademark, patent, contract, and/or privacy rights, of any other person or entity. A Maker may contract with a third party for technical assistance to create the Submission provided the Submission components are solely the Maker’s work product and the result of the Maker’s ideas and creativity, and the Maker owns all rights to them. A Maker may submit a Submission that includes the use of open source software or hardware, provided the Maker complies with applicable open source licenses and, as part of the Submission, creates software that enhances and builds upon the features and functionality included in the underlying open source product. By entering the Challenge you represent, warrant, and agree that your Submission meets these requirements.
  • Financial or Preferential Support:An Application must not have been developed, or derived from an Application developed, with financial or preferential support from the Poster. Such Applications include, but are not limited to, those that received funding or investment for their development, were developed under contract, or received a commercial license, from the Poster any time prior to the end of Challenge Submission Period. The Poster, at their sole discretion, may disqualify an Application, if awarding a prize to the Application would create a real or apparent conflict of interest.


Text Description, Image, and Video Requirements

Text Description: The text description should explain the features and functionality of your Application.

Images: The image(s) should be photographs or screenshots of your working Application.

Video: The video portion of the Submission:

  • must be 60 to 90 seconds in length;
  • must include footage that clearly explains the value of the Application and an overview of its capabilities;
  • must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo, and a link to the video must be provided on the submission form on the Challenge Website;
  • must mention that the purpose of the video is for the 2017 RootsTech Innovator Showdown, either in the video itself or in the description of the video on YouTube or Vimeo (REMOVE); and
  • must not include third party trademarks, or copyrighted music or other material unless the Maker has permission to use such material.



Maker Rights: Subject to the licenses described below, any applicable intellectual property rights to a Submission will remain with the Maker.

Poster Rights: By entering the Challenge, you grant to the Poster, ChallengePost, and any other third parties acting on the Poster’s behalf, a royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide perpetual license to display publicly and use for promotional purposes the Submission, in perpetuity. This license includes, but is not limited to, posting or linking to the Submission on Poster’s, Challenge Post’s, and partners’ websites and applications, including the Challenge Website,, and, and display and promotion of the Submission in any other media, worldwide.

Submission Display: The following Submission components must be displayed to the public: name, description, images, video URL, website, URL, team members (username only), the Submission category and platform, and submitter type. Other Submission materials may be viewed by the Poster, ChallengePost, and Judges for screening and evaluation.

Makers represent and warrant that the Poster, ChallengePost, and Challenge partners are free to use Makers’ Submission in the manner described above, as provided or as modified by ChallengePost, without obtaining permission or license from any third party and without any compensation to Makers.



  • Criteria: Eligible Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges selected by the Poster (the “Judges”), and scored using the following criteria (the “Judging Criteria”)
  • Family History: Submissions must be directly or indirectly related to family history. (For example: Facebook is indirectly the largest repository of family history images and content today);
  • Quality of Idea: Includes creativity and originality;
  • Implementation of Idea: Includes how well the idea was executed by the developer;
  • Potential Impact: Will users get excited about this, is it applicable, does it solve a genuine problem?;

Preference will be given to solutions that apply across generations and include “the rising generation” (ages 13-30) in addition to older audiences. This may include gamification, games, community building, sharing, or other relevant capabilities. “Likes” on facebook or similar indications of user interest may be influential for judges.

The Judging Criteria above may not apply to every Prize. See section 7 below for the Judging Criteria that apply for each Prize. The Maker(s) that are eligible for a Prize, and whose Submissions earn the highest overall scores based on the applicable Judging Criteria, will become potential winners of that Prize.

  • Submission Review:JUDGES are not required to test the Application and may choose to judge based solely on the text description, IMAGES and video provided in the Submission.
  • Tie Breaker:For each Prize listed in Section 7 below, if two or more Submissions are tied, the tied Submission with the highest score in the first applicable criterion listed above will be considered the higher scoring Submission. In the event any ties remain, this process will be repeated, as needed, by comparing the tied Submissions’ scores on the next applicable criterion. If two or more Submissions are tied on all applicable criteria, the panel of Judges will vote on the tied Submissions.



  • Semi-Finalists: The Judges will select ten (10) potential winners of the Semi-Finalist Awards during the Online Judging Period using the Judging Criteria described above in Section 6. To be designated a Semi-Finalist Award winner, a potential winner will be required to send a team member (though not necessarily the “Representative” as defined above) to attend RootsTech in Salt Lake City, Utah (, February 8-11, 2017. Attendance at RootsTech is free for Semi-Finalists, but travel costs may apply, if such costs exceed the travel reimbursement amount described below in Section 8. If a potential Semi-Finalist Award winner is not able to send a team member to RootsTech, they will not be designated a Semi-Finalist Award winner and the Poster shall select the next highest scoring Submission to replace that potential winner as a Semi-Finalist Award winner.
  • Finalists: The ten (10) Semi-Finalist Award winners will present their Applications in person to the Judges at RootsTech on February 8, 2017. Semi-Finalists will be given two (2) minutes each to demonstrate their Application and describe the business model for sustaining their Applications. Judges will evaluate each Semi-Finalist Submission again based on the Judging Criteria in Section 6. The five (5) Submissions receiving the highest scores from the Judges following the presentations will be Finalist Award winners and eligible to present again for a chance to win the Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice Awards.
  • Judge’s Choice Awards: The five (5) finalists will have the opportunity to present their Submissions again to the Judges and a live audience of RootsTech attendees on February 10, 2017. Finalists will have two (2) minutes to demonstrate their Applications and describe the business model for sustaining their Applications. The Judges will score the Finalist Submissions again based on the Judging Criteria in Section 6 and the highest scoring Submission will become the potential winner of the First Place Judge’s Choice Award, the second highest scoring Submission will become the potential winner of the Second Place Judge’s Choice Award and the third highest scoring Submission will become the potential winner of the Third Place Judge’s Choice Award.
  • People’s Choice Award: Each of the five (5) Finalists will also be eligible for the People’s Choice Award regardless of whether they win one of the Judge’s Choice Awards. Following the Finalist presentations, RootsTech attendees will be able to vote for their favorite Submissions by sending a text message via their mobile phone. The phone number(s) and texting instructions required to vote for a Finalist will be provided to RootsTech attendees viewing the Finalist presentations. The Finalist receiving the most verified votes during the voting period will become the potential winner of the People’s Choice Award.

Voting will take place during a voting period specified by the Poster on the Challenge Website and at RootsTech. The Poster has the right to extend the voting period at any time for any reason.

Verified vote counts will be determined by the Poster. If there is a tie between two or more Submissions, the People’s Choice Award will be given to the Submission with the highest score from Judges following the Finalist presentations.

Voters will be limited to one vote per mobile phone number. Makers may not directly or indirectly offer or pay any monetary or other form of consideration in exchange for a vote.

You may not use any manual or automated vote process or methods to circumvent the one-vote limit per mobile phone. Doing so will subject all of your votes to disqualification. The Poster may also disqualify a Maker, if the Maker receives multiple or irregular votes from the same user or users, receives votes in a manner that indicates manual, automated or other vote manipulation, or attempts to compensate voters.

If the voting process fails to operate properly or appears to be tampered with or tainted with errors, fraud or unfair practices, the Poster has the right to determine the People’s Choice winner by using non-suspect votes, or by any other means it deems appropriate. If no alternative means of determining the People’s Choice is available or selected, the Poster may terminate the prize without designating a winner.

The Poster is not responsible for, and is not required to count any vote which, in its judgment, is incomplete, late, misdirected, damaged, unlawful or illicit. This includes votes secured in breach of the voting rules above, as well as those lost for technical reasons, or otherwise in violation these Official Rules.





Eligible Makers

Applicable Judging Criteria


Invitation and two (2) free passes to attend RootsTech and present Application in-person to the Judges

All semi-finalists can receive travel assistance of up to $1,500 domestic and $3,500 international. The final of amount of the stipend will be determined by distance from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, and semi-finalist demonstrated need. Once selected, semi-finalists will need to coordinate travel and accommodations with the RootsTech event team. Applicants will arrange for their own travel, and RootsTech will arrange 1 hotel room. Stipend funds will be provided at RootsTech.


All Makers; however, attendance at RootsTech is required to be designated a Semi-Finalist Award winner.

i, ii, iii, iv

Finalist Award

Invitation to present Application to Judges and a live audience of attendees at RootsTech


i, ii, iii, iv

Judge’s 1st Choice

US $20,000 cash and USD $25,000 In-kind


i, ii, iii, iv

Judge’s 2nd   Choice

US $14,000 cash and USD $15,000 In-kind


i, ii, iii, iv

Judge’s 3rd   Choice

US $6,000 cash and USD $10,000 In-Kind


i, ii, iii, iv

People’s Choice

US $10,000


Determined by live public voting conducted during finalist presentations




  • Required Forms: Potential Semi-Finalist Award winners will be notified using the email address associated with the ChallengePost account used to enter the Submission (the submitter is the “Representative” in the case of a team or Organization). In order to receive any Prizes, the potential Semi-Finalist Award winner (including all participating team members in the case of a team or Organization) will be required to sign and return to the Poster, affidavit(s) of eligibility (or a similar verification document) and liability/publicity release(s), and any applicable tax forms (“Required Forms”). Potential Finalist Award, Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice winners will be notified in person at RootsTech, with a follow-up notice using the email address associated with the ChallengePost account used to enter the Submission (the submitter is the “Representative” in the case of a team or Organization).


Deadline for Returning Required Forms: ten (10) business days after the Required Forms are sent.


Disqualification: The Poster may deem a potential winner (or participating team members) ineligible to win if:

  • the potential winner’s Representative or any participating member does not respond to multiple emails or fails to sign and return the Required Forms by the deadline listed above, or responds and rejects the Prize;  


  • the Prize or Prize notification is returned as undeliverable; or  


  • the Submission or the potential winner, or any member of a potential winner’s team, Organization, is disqualified for any other reason.


In the event of a disqualification, the Poster may award the applicable Prize to an alternate potential winner.



  • Substitutions & Changes: The Poster has the right to make a Prize substitution of equivalent or greater value. The Poster will not award a Prize if there are no eligible Submissions entered in the Challenge, or if there are no eligible Makers or Submissions for a specific Prize.


  • Prize Delivery: A monetary Prize will be mailed to the winning Maker’s address (if an individual) or the Representative’s address (if a team or Organization) after receipt of the Required Forms. Prizes will be payable to the Maker, if an individual, to the Maker’s Representative, if a team, or to the Organization, if the Maker is an Organization. It will be the responsibility of the winning Maker’s Representative to allocate the Prize among their team or Organization’s participating members, as the Representative deems appropriate.


  • Prize Delivery Timeframe: Within 45 days of Feb. 10th 2016, and the Poster’s receipt of the Required Forms (whichever comes later).


  • Taxes: Winners (and in the case of team or Organization, all participating members) are responsible for reporting and paying any/all applicable taxes related to any prize, including, without limitation, any/all applicable taxes in their jurisdiction of residence (federal, state/provincial/territorial and local). Winners may be required to provide certain information to facilitate receipt of the award, including completing and submitting any tax or other forms necessary for compliance with applicable withholding and reporting requirements. United States residents are required to provide a completed form W-9 and residents of other countries are required to provide a completed W-8BEN form. Winners are also responsible for complying with all applicable foreign exchange and banking regulations in their respective jurisdictions and reporting the receipt of the Prize to relevant government departments/agencies, if necessary. The Poster, and/or Prize provider, reserve the right to withhold a portion of the prize amount to comply with the tax laws of the United States or other Poster jurisdiction, or those of a winner’s jurisdiction.



By entering the Challenge, you (and, if you are entering on behalf of a team or Organization, each participating members) agree(s) to the following:


  • The relationship between you, the Maker, and the Poster and ChallengePost, is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship;


  • You will be bound by and comply with these Official Rules and the decisions of the Poster, ChallengePost, and/or the Challenge Judges which are binding and final in all matters relating to the Challenge;  and


  • You release, indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Poster, ChallengePost, Promotion Entities, and their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, the Prize suppliers and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Challenge, and all of their respective past and present officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (hereafter the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys’ fees), including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a Maker’s entry, creation of Submission or entry of a Submission, participation in the Challenge, acceptance or use or misuse of the Prize (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, transmission, performance, exploitation or use of the Submission as authorized or licensed by these Official Rules.


Without limiting the foregoing, the Released Parties shall have no liability in connection with:

  • any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by the Poster or ChallengePost’s electronic or printing error, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Challenge;


  • technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines, internet connectivity or electronic transmission errors, or network hardware or software or failure of the Challenge Website;


  • unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Challenge;


  • technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Challenge or the processing of Submissions; or


  • any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from the Maker’s participation in the Challenge or receipt or use or misuse of any Prize.

The Released Parties are not responsible for incomplete, late, misdirected, damaged, lost, illegible, or incomprehensible Submissions or for address or email address changes of the Makers. Proof of sending or submitting will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by the Poster or ChallengePost.

If for any reason any Maker’s Submission is determined to have not been received or been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, the Maker’s sole remedy is to request the opportunity to resubmit its Submission. Such request must be made promptly after the Maker knows or should have known there was a problem, and will be determined at the sole discretion of the Poster.



By participating in the Challenge you consent to the use of personal information about you, if you are a winner, by the Poster, ChallengePost, and third parties acting on their behalf. Such personal information includes, but is not limited to, your name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, comments and hometown and country of residence. It may be used in any existing or newly created media, worldwide without further payment or consideration or right of review, unless prohibited by law. Authorized use includes advertising and promotional purposes.


The duration of your consent is for a period of three years following the conclusion of the Challenge. This consent applies, as applicable, to all members a Maker’s team or Organization that participated in the winning Submission.



  • Poster and ChallengePost reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Challenge, or any part of it, in the event of a technical failure, fraud, or any other factor or event that was not anticipated or is not within their control.


  • Poster and ChallengePost reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual or Maker they find to be actually or presenting the appearance of tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Challenge or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in a manner that is inappropriate, unsportsmanlike, not in the best interests of this Challenge, or a violation of any applicable law or regulation.


  • Any attempt by any person to undermine the proper conduct of the Challenge may be a violation of criminal and civil law.  Should Poster or ChallengePost suspect that such an attempt has been made or is threatened, they reserve the right to take appropriate action including but not limited to requiring a Maker to cooperate with an investigation and referral to criminal and civil law enforcement authorities.


  • If there is any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of the Official Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Challenge materials, including but not limited to the Challenge Submission form, Challenge Website, advertising (including but not limited to television, print, radio or online ads), the terms and conditions of the Official Rules shall prevail.


  • The terms and conditions of the Official Rules are subject to change at any time, including the rights or obligations of the Maker, the Poster and the ChallengePost. In the event of any such change, the Poster and ChallengePost will post the terms and conditions of the amended Official Rules on the Challenge Website.  To the fullest extent permitted by law, any amendment will become effective at the time specified in the posting of the amended Official Rules or, if no time is specified, the time of posting.


  • If at any time prior to the deadline, a Maker or prospective Maker believes that any Official Rule is or may be unclear or ambiguous, they must submit a written request for clarification.   


  • The Poster or ChallengePost’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Should any provision of these Official Rules be or become illegal or unenforceable in any jurisdiction whose laws or regulations may apply to a Maker, such illegality or unenforceability shall leave the remainder of these Official Rules, including the Rule affected, to the fullest extent permitted by law, unaffected and valid. The illegal or unenforceable provision shall be replaced by a valid and enforceable provision that comes closest and best reflects the Poster’s intention in a legal and enforceable manner with respect to the invalid or unenforceable provision.


  • Excluding Submissions, all intellectual property related to this Challenge, including but not limited to copyrighted material, trademarks, trade-names, logos, designs, promotional materials, web pages, source codes, drawings, illustrations, slogans and representations are owned or used under license by the Poster and/or ChallengePost. All rights are reserved. Unauthorized copying or use of any copyrighted material or intellectual property without the express written consent of its owners is strictly prohibited. Any use in a Submission of Poster or ChallengePost intellectual property shall be solely to the extent provided for in these Official Rules.



By entering, all Makers (including, in the case of a team or Organization, all participating members) agree to be bound by the Official Rules and hereby release the Released Parties from any and all liability in connection with the Prizes or Maker’s participation in the Challenge. Provided, however, that any liability limitation regarding gross negligence or intentional acts, or events of death or body injury shall not be applicable in jurisdictions where such limitation is not legal.



Makers agree that, to the fullest extent permitted by law:

  • any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Challenge, or any Prizes awarded, other than those concerning the administration of the Challenge or the determination of winners, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action;  


  • any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Challenge or any Prizes awarded, shall be resolved exclusively by the United States District Court of Utah or the appropriate Utah State Court and Makers consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of such courts; and   


  • under no circumstances will Makers be entitled to, and Makers hereby waives all rights to claim, any punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.


All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Makers and the Poster in connection with the Challenge, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Utah, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Utah or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Utah.


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Participation in the Challenge constitutes Maker’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules. By entering, a Maker agrees that all decisions related to the Challenge that are made pursuant to these Official Rules are final and binding, and that all such decisions are at the sole discretion of the Poster and/or ChallengePost.

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