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Note: New requests for non-competition use of the data are no longer being fielded.
Dated: May 4, 2011
More than 71 million individuals in the United States visit a hospital each year, according to the latest survey from the American Hospital Association. Studies have concluded that in 2006 well over $30 billion was spent on unnecessary hospital admissions. Is there a better way? Can we identify earlier those most at risk and ensure they get the treatment they need? The Heritage Provider Network (HPN) believes that the answer is "yes".
To achieve its goal of developing a breakthrough algorithm that uses available patient data to predict and prevent unnecessary hospitalizations, HPN is sponsoring the Heritage Health Prize Competition (the "Competition"). HPN believes that incentivized competition is the best way to achieve the radical breakthroughs necessary to begin fixing America's health care system.
The winning team will create an algorithm that predicts how many days a patient will spend in the hospital in the next year. Once known, health care providers can develop new care plans and strategies to reach patients before emergencies occur, thereby reducing the number of unnecessary hospitalizations. This will result in increasing the health of patients while decreasing the cost of care. In short, a winning solution will change health care delivery as we know it from an emphasis on caring for the individual after they get sick to a true health care system.
The Competition runs for two years and offers a US $3 million Grand Prize, as well as six Milestone Prizes totaling $230,000, which are awarded in varying amounts at three designated intervals during the Competition. If you would like to participate, please read the following Official Rules for complete details and entry instructions. By entering the Competition, you acknowledge that you have read, understand and agree to be bound by these Official Rules.
A. HOW TO ENTER
The Competition begins on April 4, 2011 at 19:00 UTC (or such later times as posted on the Website) and ends at 06:59:59 UTC on April 4, 2013 (the "Competition Period"). If you meet the eligibility requirements and would like to participate, then you must first complete the registration process at http://www.heritagehealthprize.com (the "Website") or http://www.kaggle.com by 06:59:59 UTC on October 4, 2012. After you complete the registration process, you will receive access to the Data Sets (described in Rule 5 below) that will enable you to develop and submit one or more Entries (as defined in Rule 8 below). All Entries must be received during the Competition Period.
The Competition is open to individuals who are the age of majority or older in their places of residence as of time of registration. You are not eligible to participate in the Competition if you are a resident of Cuba, Sudan, Iran, North Korea, Syria or any other country designated by the United States Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (see http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/SDN-List/Pages/default.aspx for additional information). Officers, directors, employees and advisory board members (and their immediate families and members of the same household) of Heritage Provider Network, Inc. ("Sponsor"), Kaggle Pty Ltd, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Inc., University of Ottawa, University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Privacy Analytics Inc. and their respective affiliates, agents, judges and advertising and promotion agencies (collectively, the "Competition Entities") also are not eligible to participate in the Competition.</>
To register, visit the Website and follow the onscreen instructions to complete and submit your registration. You may register at any time prior to 06:59:59 UTC on October 4, 2012.
To register, you must provide your full legal name, a display name (which may be the same as or different from your legal name), a username (to log in to the Website), your email address and a password. Only your display name will be visible on the Website. You may (but are not required to) provide additional information about yourself as part of the registration process, all of which information will be visible on the Website. All of the registration information that you provide is collectively referred to as your "Account". (If you have already created an Account at www.kaggle.com, enter your user name and password and follow the on-screen instructions. If you have previously registered at www.kaggle.com but have not yet provided your full legal name, you will be required to do so to complete the registration process.)
By registering, you agree that (a) your Account is complete, correct and accurate and (b) your registration may be rejected or terminated and all Entries submitted by you and/or your Team may be disqualified if any of the information in your Account is (or Sponsor has reasonable grounds to believe is) incomplete, incorrect or inaccurate. You are solely responsible for your Account. All registration information is deemed collected in the United States.
After you register individually, you may join a team (a "Team"), as described in Rule 4 below, but you may register only once. If you register for the Competition more than once, you will be, and the remainder of your Team may be, disqualified in Sponsor's sole discretion.
You acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for abiding by your employer's policies regarding participation in the Competition. Sponsor disclaims any and all liability or responsibility for disputes arising between an employee and employer related to this Competition.
Once you have completed the registration process, you or your Team will be provided with access to the Data Sets that you use to develop your Entries.
You may participate in the Competition individually or as a member of a Team. A Team may be comprised of up to eight (8) members, each of whom must register individually. Multiple Teams from the same institution/organization are allowed, provided that no individual serves on more than one Team. You may not participate in the Competition individually if you are a member of a Team.
One Team member must serve as the Team leader. Initially, the Team leader will be the Team member who first completes the "Team Wizard" on the Website. You will not be considered a member of a Team unless and until you confirm your Team membership by responding to the Team notification message available through your Account.
To change the Team leader, please use the Website's "Contact Us" form.
In Sponsor's discretion, Teams may be permitted to merge. Team merger requests must be made via the Website's "Contact Us" form no later than 06:59:59 UTC on October 4, 2012. Each registered individual or Team is referred to as an "Entrant" in these Official Rules.
Entrants must use only the data described in Rules 5 - 7 below to develop their Entries. In using such data, Entrants must observe customary and prudent medical data security and privacy practices (including but not limited to data confidentiality, storage and encryption practices with respect to any and all data used in connection with the Competition. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify Entries and/or prohibit use of other data (as described in Rule 7) by Entrants that it determines, in its discretion, do not comply with such security and privacy practices.
5. DATA SETS
Sponsor will provide Entrants with certain deidentified member data collected during a thirty-six month period. Sponsor reserves the right to modify or add data upon notice to Entrants through their Accounts, via email using the email address associated with their Accounts and/or by such other reasonable means as Sponsor may determine. The member data will be allocated among three data sets (collectively, the "Data Sets"). Entrants must use the Data Sets provided to them solely for purposes of the Competition, including but not limited to preparing their Entries, developing and testing their Prediction Algorithms (as defined below) for accurately predicting the number of days that the members will spend in a hospital (inpatient or emergency room visit) during the 12-month period following the Data Set cut-off date and participating in the forum discussions on the Website. A "Prediction Algorithm" is the algorithm used to produce the data in an Entry taken as a whole (i.e., its particular total configuration) but does not include individual components of the Prediction Algorithm or tools used for analysis or development of the Prediction Algorithm. Except as otherwise provided in Rule 21, promptly after the Competition ends Entrants must cease all use of the Data Sets provided by Sponsor and erase or otherwise destroy all waste paper, fax paper, photocopy paper and other physical media and computer entries or other electronic media that contain the Data Sets.
The Data Sets are:
- - the "Training and Validation Data Set", which is to be used by Entrants to develop the algorithms that generate their Entries and evaluate the efficacy of their algorithms;
- - the "Feedback Data Set" which will be used to calculate standings on the Leaderboard (described in Rule 11 below); and
- - the "Scoring Data Set" which will be used to determine the winners of the Milestone Prizes and Grand Prize.
Each of the Data Sets will be comprised of tables as follows:
- a. Members Table, which will include:
- i. MemberID (a unique member ID)
- ii. AgeAtFirstClaim (member's age when first claim was made in the Data Set period)
- iii. Sex
- b. Claims Table, which will contain certain details of claims related to members.
- c. Labs Table, which will contain certain details of lab tests provided to members. The Labs Table will be made available to Entrants on the Website on or about June 4, 2011.
- d. RX Table, which will contain certain details of prescriptions filled by members. The RX Table will be made available to Entrants on the Website on or about June 4, 2011.
- e. DaysInHospital Tables - Y2 and Y3, which will contain the number of days of hospitalization for each eligible member during Y2 and Y3 and will include:
- i. MemberID; and
- ii. DaysInHospital (the number of days in hospital Y2 or Y3, as applicable). These two Tables are intended for use by Entrants to train and validate their Prediction Algorithms.
- f. DaysInHospitalTable - Y4, which will contain only MemberID. DaysInHospital data for Y4 are the missing values in the file labeled "Target.csv" which are to be filled in by Entrants to produce Entries.
The Data Sets will be made available to Entrants on the Website as follows:
|April 4, 2011||Claims Table - Y1 and DaysInHospital Table - Y2|
|May 4, 2011||All other Data Sets except Labs Table and Rx Table|
|June 4, 2011||Labs Table and Rx Table|
7. USE OF OTHER DATA
Entrants may use data other than the Data Sets to develop and test their Prediction Algorithms and Entries provided that (i) such data are freely available to all other Entrants and (ii) the data and/or a link to the data are published in the "External Data" topic in the Forums section of the Website within one (1) week of the date on which an Entry that uses such data is submitted to the Website. Entrants may not use new external data in connection with the development of their Entries after 11:59:59 UTC on April 4, 2012 without the prior written permission of Sponsor. Any third-party service provider, consultant or contractor of Sponsor that received or receives data or other information in connection with work performed for or on behalf of Sponsor may not use such data or other information in connection with the Competition.
You may not, however, link the Data Sets to records in other external databases such that new demographic, socioeconomic or clinical information about the members in the Data Sets is gained. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any Entrant who Sponsor discovers has undertaken or attempted to undertake such linking of the Data Sets.
8. ENTRY SUBMISSIONS
Each Entry must be uploaded to the Website in the manner and format specified on the Website. All Entries must be received during the Competition Period, no earlier than 19:00:00 UTC on May 4, 2011. An “Entry” is the data submitted in the manner and format specified on the Website via the Website on Entry form.
Entrants may submit one (1) Entry during each calendar day (UTC) of the Competition Period, beginning on May 4, 2011. Team Entries must be submitted by the Team leader.
Sponsor reserves the right to request that an Entrant submit the Prediction Algorithm associated with an Entry to Sponsor.
9. MILESTONE PRIZE ENTRIES
Each Entrant may (but is not required to) designate one of his/her/its Entries for consideration for each Milestone Prize Round (each, a "Milestone Prize Entry") by following the designation instructions on the Website. All designations for Milestone Prizes Entries must be made by 06:59:59 (UTC) on the following dates ("Milestone Prize Deadlines"):
|Round 1 Milestone Prizes||06:59:59 UTC on August 31, 2011|
|Round 2 Milestone Prizes||06:59:59 UTC on February 13, 2012|
|Round 3 Milestone Prizes||06:59:59 UTC on September 4, 2012|
NOTE: Any Milestone Prize Deadline may be adjusted to a date later than set forth above upon written notice to all Entrants through their Accounts, via email using the email address associated with their Accounts and/or by such other reasonable means as Sponsor may determine. Any revised Milestone Prize Deadline also will be posted on the Website.
A Team's designation of a Milestone Prize Entry must be made by the Team leader. If an Entrant does not designate one Milestone Prize Entry by the applicable Milestone Prize Deadline, his/her/its Entry with the lowest prediction score on the Leaderboard will be automatically designated for judging. Designation of a Milestone Prize Entry may be changed at any time prior to the applicable Milestone Prize Deadline.
10. GRAND PRIZE ENTRIES
Each Entrant may (but is not required to) designate up to five of his/her/its Entries for consideration for the Grand Prize (each, a "Grand Prize Entry") by following the designation instructions on the Website. All Grand Prize Entry designations must be made by 06:59:59 UTC on April 4, 2013 ("Grand Prize Deadline"). A Team's designation of a Grand Prize Entry must be made by the Team leader. Designation of a Grand Prize Entry may be changed at any time prior to the Grand Prize Deadline. If an Entrant does not designate five Grand Prize Entries by the Grand Prize Deadline, his/her/its five Entries with the lowest prediction score on the Leaderboard will be automatically designated for judging.
A public leader board ("Leaderboard") will be displayed on the Website throughout the Competition beginning on May 4, 2011. The Leaderboard scores will be determined using the Feedback Data Set and are for informational purposes only and will not be used to determine prize winners, except as described in Rule 10 above. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant who attempts (or who Sponsor suspects of attempting) to reverse engineer, "crack", "hack", manipulate or gain unauthorized access to the Leaderboard or Data Sets.
12. JUDGING PROCESS
Judging will be conducted by a panel of independent qualified judges. The decisions of the judges are final in all matters related to the Competition.
Entries will be judged based on the degree of accuracy of their Prediction Algorithm’s predictions of DaysInHospital for Y4 (or if applicable Y5), carried to six (6) decimal places. The predictive accuracy of the Prediction Algorithm used to produce an Entry will be judged by comparing (i) the predicted number of days a member will spend in the hospital reflected in the Entry and (ii) the actual number of days a member spent in the hospital as reflected in the Scoring Data Set. Prediction accuracy will be evaluated by determining the Entry’s error percentage based on the following metric (the "Prediction Error Rate"):
- i is a member;
- n is the total number of members;
- p is the predicted number of days spent in hospital for member i in the test period;
- a is the actual number of days spent in hospital for member i in the test period.
- log is the natural logarithm function.
Sponsor selected this metric because it favors algorithms that accurately predict members who have fewer days of hospitalization based on the assumption that those members who spend fewer days in a hospital are more likely to have hospitalizations that are preventable.
Once an Entry is selected as eligible for a prize, the conditional winner must deliver the Prediction Algorithm’s code and documentation to Sponsor for verification within 21 days. Documentation must be written in English and must be written so that individuals trained in computer science can replicate the winning results. Source code must contain a description of resources required to build and run the method. Conditional winners must be available to provide assistance to the judges verifying their Entries. Sponsor may require conditional winners to submit computer hardware or a virtual machine instance that runs the Prediction Algorithm’s code. If the judges cannot verify an Entry using the Prediction Algorithm after two attempts, Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify the Entry. Sponsor also reserves the right to test winning Entries on additional data sets. If a Prediction Algorithm fails to produce similar accuracy on any such additional data set, Sponsor may in its sole discretion disqualify the Entry.
13. MILESTONE PRIZE ENTRIES
Milestone Prizes will be conditionally awarded to the eligible Milestone Prize Entries with the two lowest prediction scores as of the applicable Milestone Prize Deadline determined as described in Rule 12.
Selection of conditional Milestones Prize winners by the judges will occur on or about the following dates:
|Round 1 Milestone Prizes||on or about September 1, 2011|
|Round 2 Milestone Prizes||on or about February 14, 2012|
|Round 3 Milestone Prizes||on or about September 3, 2012|
NOTE: The dates on which judging of Milestone Prizes will occur may be adjusted to dates later than the dates set forth above upon written notice to all Entrants through their Accounts, via email using the email address associated with their Accounts and/or by such other reasonable means as Sponsor may determine. The revised Milestone Prize judging date also will be posted on the Website.
The judges will identify the two conditional winning Milestone Prize Entries for each Round and Sponsor will notify the conditional winners. Once Sponsor has completed notification of conditional winners:
- 1. conditional winners will have 21 days from receipt of notification to document their methodology as described in Rule 12 above. Sponsor will deliver the Prediction Algorithm and documentation to the judges and also post the information on the Website for review and testing by other Entrants.;
- 2. other Entrants will have the opportunity to submit comments/complaints relating to conditional winners' methodologies for 30 days after such conditional winners' methodologies are published on the Website.;
- 3. if the judges determine in their sole discretion that any complaints are valid, conditional winners will have seven (7) days to address them and resubmit their methodologies.; and
- 4. following the 30-day review period (and any subsequent resubmissions), the judges will award the Milestone Prizes.
Milestone Prize winners will be announced as follows:
|Round 1 Milestone Prizes||Conditional winners will be announced at the O'Reilly's Strata Conference currently scheduled to begin on September 19, 2011 in New York, New York.|
|Round 2 Milestone Prizes||Conditional winners will be announced at the O'Reilly's Strata Conference currently scheduled to begin on February 28, 2012 in Santa Clara, California.|
|Round 3 Milestone Prizes||Conditional winners will be announced at the O'Reilly's Strata Conference scheduled to be held during Q3 2012 on a date and in a location to be announced by the Conference organizers.|
If for any reason the conditional Milestone Prize winners cannot be announced as set forth above due to cancellation or postponement of the applicable Strata Conference or otherwise, then the applicable conditional Milestone Prize winners will be announced within 30 days of the scheduled start date of the applicable Conference described above. The schedule for the announcement of the Round 3 conditional Milestone Prizes winners will be posted on the Website no later than September 4, 2012.
If a conditional Milestone First Prize winner wishes to attend the applicable Strata Conference, Sponsor will provide coach-class air transportation from a major commercial airport near conditional winner's residence within the continental United States to a major commercial airport near the Strata Conference (airports/air carrier(s) determined by Sponsor), two-nights' accommodations (hotel determined by Sponsor) and conference registration fee. If the conditional winner resides within 250 miles of the conference location, Sponsor reserves the right to provide ground transportation in lieu of air transportation. All other expenses (including, but not limited to taxes, fees or meals, gratuities, insurance, personal and hotel incidentals, transfers and ground transportation) are responsibility solely of conditional winner. If a conference is postponed or cancelled for any reason, Sponsor has no obligation to provide substitute compensation. Conditional winner must travel on the itinerary specified by Sponsor. Travel is subject to availability, blackout dates and other restrictions. Sponsor is not responsible for any cancellation, delay, diversion or substitution, or any act or omission whatsoever by the air carriers or other transportation companies or any other person or entity providing any of these services, including but not limited to any change in services or accommodations necessitated by same. Additional restrictions may apply. If conditional winner is a Team, then Team members must designate in writing one (1) Team member to receive the travel/accommodations described above.
Winners of Milestone Prizes are eligible to win subsequent Milestone Prizes, as well as the Grand Prize.
14. GRAND PRIZE ENTRIES
The Grand Prize will be conditionally awarded to the Entrant whose eligible Grand Prize Entry, as of 06:59:59 UTC on April 4, 2013, produces the lowest Prediction Error Rate determined as described in Rule 12 above. The winning Grand Prize Entry must have a Prediction Error Rate that is at least as low as the threshold Prediction Error Rate to be published on the Website on May 4, 2011 ("Prediction Error Threshold").
The judges will identify the conditional winning Grand Prize Entry and Sponsor will notify the conditional Grand Prize winner. Once Sponsor has completed notification of the conditional Grand Prize winner:
- conditional Grand Prize winner will have 30 days from receipt of notification to document his/her/its methodology as described in Rule 12 above. Sponsor will deliver the Prediction Algorithm’s code and documentation to the judges.;
- the judges will review the Prediction Algorithm’s code and documentation;
- if the judges determine, in their sole discretion, that there are any inconsistencies or problems in the Entrant's Entry and the Prediction Algorithm’s code and/or documentation, the conditional Grand Prize winner will have seven (7) days from receipt of notification of such determination to address them and resubmit his/her/its methodology; and
- the judges will then further review the Entrant's submissions (including any additional resubmissions) and if they determine that all inconsistencies or problems have been properly addressed or resolved the judges will award the Grand Prize to the conditional Grand Prize winner.
If the judges determine, in their sole discretion, that an Entry’s issues are not adequately addressed, then steps 1. through 4. above will be repeated with the Entry that produces the next lowest Prediction Error Rate. This process will continue until the Grand Prize is awarded or there are no further qualifying Entries.
15. CONSOLATION PRIZE
If after judging is completed, no Entrant's Grand Prize Entry produces a Prediction Error Rate that is lower than the Prediction Error Threshold, Sponsor will award a Consolation Prize of US $500,000 to the Entrant that submitted the Entry with the best prediction score determined as described in Rule 12 above. The Consolation Prize will be awarded on or about June 1, 2013.
If any two or more eligible and verified Entries produce the same lowest prediction score as determined by the judges, then the Entry submitted first (as measured by the time on the Website's servers) will be deemed the winner of the applicable prize.
17. DESCRIPTION OF PRIZES
One (1) Grand Prize: US $3,000,000 (awarded as a check made payable to Entrant).
Six (6) Milestone Prizes (each awarded as a check made payable to Entrant):
|Round 1 Milestone Prizes||First Prize: U$30,000
Second Prize: US $20,000
|Round 2 Milestone Prizes||First Prize: US $50,000
Second Prize: US $30,000
|Round 3 Milestone Prizes||First Prize: US $60,000
Second Prize: US $40,000
One (1) Consolation Prize: US $500,000 (awarded as a check made payable to Entrant).
Total ARV of All Prizes: US $3,230,000. (Total ARV if Consolation Prize is awarded in lieu of Grand Prize: $730,000.)
Sponsor is responsible only for prize delivery and is not responsible for prize utility or otherwise. No substitution or transfer of prizes is permitted. All taxes, fees and expenses associated with participation in the Competition or receipt and use of a prize are the sole responsibility of winners.
18. PRIZE AWARD
As a condition of receipt of a prize, winner (and if winner is a Team, each individual Entrant on the winning Team) will be required to complete, sign and return the following documents: (i) an agreement provided by Sponsor evidencing the License described in Rule 21 below, (ii) an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release and where lawful, a Publicity Release and (iii) all applicable U.S. tax withholding-related documentation and, if necessary, provide proof of foreign status, as beneficiaries of U.S.-sourced funds. Any prize may be awarded to an alternate winner if all required documentation is not returned within thirty (30) days after mailing to winner, if prize notification letter/email or prize is returned as undeliverable or if winner does not respond to an email or other communication from Sponsor or judges within ten (10) days of the date sent. Allow 6-8 weeks for prize delivery. By accepting any prize, each winner agrees to use of his/her name, address, likeness and/or prize information by the Competition entities for promotional purposes in any medium without additional compensation to the extent permitted by law.
19. TEAM PRIZE WINNERS
If a Team wins a prize, all Team members must submit a single written statement describing how the prize is to be allocated among the Team members. If the Team fails to submit such statement within 30 days after Sponsor requests it, then Sponsor will distribute the prize among Team members in equal shares and will have no further obligation to winning Team members.
F. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
20. ENTRANT REPRESENTATIONS
By submitting an Entry, each entrant represents that he/she/it has the unrestricted right to submit the Entry and that the Entry and Prediction Algorithm used to produce the Entry (i) were not previously published and have not won any other prize/award, (ii) are the exclusive original work of the entrant (and his/her/its Team, if applicable), true and verifiable, (iii) are not unlawful or plagiarized, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, (iv) do not violate or encourage others to violate any applicable law, statute, ordinance or regulation, (v) do not infringe, misappropriate or violate any third party's copyright, trademark, patent, literary, trade secret, privacy, publicity, proprietary, contractual or other right; and (vi) do not include any virus, worm, corrupt file, Trojan horse or other forms of corruptive code or content that may harm or compromise the Website and/or the proper conduct of the Competition.
By registering for the Competition, each Entrant (a) grants to Sponsor and its designees a worldwide, exclusive (except with respect to Entrant), sub-licensable (through multiple tiers), transferable, fully paid-up, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right to use, not use, reproduce, distribute (through multiple tiers), create derivative works of, publicly perform, publicly display, digitally perform, make, have made, sell, offer for sale and import each Entry and the Prediction Algorithm used to produce the Entry (collectively, the "Licensed Materials"), in any media now known or hereafter developed, for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise, without further approval by or payment to Entrant (the "License") and (b) represents that he/she/it has the unrestricted (except for ‘Open Source’ restrictions in OSI-approved licenses listed at http://www.opensource.org/licenses/alphabetical or when Sponsor, in its sole discretion, expressly waives such requirement in writing) right to grant the License. Entrant understands and agrees that the License is exclusive except with respect to Entrant: Entrant may use the Licensed Materials solely for his/her/its own patient management and other internal business purposes but may not grant or otherwise transfer to any third party any rights to or interests in the Licensed Materials whatsoever.
THE DATA SETS HAVE BEEN DEIDENTIFIED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE HIPAA PRIVACY RULE, AS WELL AS ACCEPTED HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY STANDARDS AND APPLICABLE LAW. EACH INDIVIDUAL ENTRANT WARRANTS THAT HE/SHE WILL NOT ATTEMPT THROUGH ANY MEANS TO DETERMINE THE IDENTITY OF THE INDIVIDUALS AND/OR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS REFLECTED IN ANY DATA USED OR OBTAINED IN CONNECTION WITH THE COMPETITION OR TO USE OR SHARE THE DATA SETS FOR ANY PURPOSE OTHER THAN PARTICIPATION IN THIS COMPETITION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE OFFICIAL RULES. SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK COMPENSATORY AND PUNITIVE DAMAGES AND OTHER LEGAL AND EQUITABLE RELIEF TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW FROM ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO USES OR ATTEMPTS TO USE THE DATA SETS IN ANY WAY INCONSISTENT WITH THESE OFFICIAL RULES OR UNDERMINES OR ATTEMPTS TO UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS COMPETITION.
The Data Sets may not be used for any purpose other than participation in the Competition without Sponsor's prior written approval. If you wish to use the Data Sets for research purposes, please contact Sponsor via the Website's "Contact Us" form, including a reasonably detailed description of the proposed research. All such requests will be given careful consideration.
23. EQUIPMENT AND COSTS OF PARTICIPATION
Each Entrant is solely responsible for all equipment, including a computer and modem, necessary to establish a connection to the World Wide Web, access to the World Wide Web and any telephone, data, hosting or other service fees associated with such access, as well as all costs incurred by or behalf of the Entrant in participating in the Competition.
24. DELIVERY AND RECEIPT OF ENTRIES
Sponsor is not responsible for (a) late, lost, stolen, damaged, garbled, incomplete, incorrect or misdirected Entries or other communications, (b) errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, or delays in operations or transmission of information, in each case whether arising by way of technical or other failures or malfunctions of computer hardware, software, communications devices, or transmission lines, or (c) data corruption, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to or alteration of Entry materials, loss or otherwise. Sponsor is not responsible for electronic communications or emails which are undeliverable as a result of any form of active or passive filtering of any kind, or insufficient space in any email account to receive email messages. Sponsor disclaims any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participation in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with, the Competition.
25. ADJUSTMENTS TO OFFICIAL RULES AND OTHER MATERIALS
Sponsor reserves the right to correct clerical or typographical errors in Competition materials. Sponsor reserves the right to amend these Official Rules during the Competition Period. Entrants will be notified of any amendment to the Official Rules via a notice posted on the Website and also may be notified via email using the email address provided at registration. By continuing participation in the Competition, an Entrant is deemed to have accepted any such amendment. If an Entrant does not wish to continue to participate in the Competition pursuant to the Official Rules, as amended, such Entrant may terminate his/her/its participation in the Competition by deleting his/her Account on the Website. All Entries remain the property of Sponsor. Entrants are urged to consult the Website regularly during the Competition Period.
Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any Entrant (and all individual or Team Entries submitted by or on behalf of Entrant) from this Competition or any other competition conducted now or in the future by Sponsor or any of its affiliates if her/his fraud or misconduct affects the integrity of this Competition.
27. RELEASE OF COMPETITION ENTITIES
By participating in the Competition, each Entrant agrees to release, defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Competition Entities from any and against any and all liability, claims, loss or damages (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising from or in connection with his/her participation in the Competition or the awarding, receipt and/or use or misuse of a prize or participation in any Competition-related activity.
28. OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
The official language for the Competition is English. All communications with Sponsor and the judges must be in the English language. These Official Rules and all other documents produced by or on behalf of the Sponsor in connection with the Competition are available only in English.
29. GEOGRAPHIC LIMITS
The Competition is void in Cuba, Sudan, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and any other countries designated by Sponsor and/or the United States Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control and where prohibited or restricted by law.
30. GOVERNING LAW
The Competition is subject to all applicable laws, rules and regulations. The Competition will be governed by the internal laws of the State of California (without reference to conflicts of laws principles) and, to the extent applicable, the United States of America. Any and all legal actions or proceedings arising in connection with the Competition must be instituted in a state or federal court in Los Angeles County, California. You agree to submit to the jurisdiction of, and agree that venue is proper in, such courts in any legal action or proceeding relating to the Competition.
32. WINNERS' NAMES
Winners' names will be available on the Website after selection and verification of winners.
Please see our FAQs on the Website or contact us through the Contact Us form.
Note: This competition is CLOSED TO NEW ENTRANTS.