TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The 2019 WWF-Canada Generation Water Tech Challenge (the “Challenge”) is organized by WWF-Canada (the “Organizer”). By entering the Challenge, Participants agree to these Terms and Conditions and all decisions of the Organizer and the Challenge judges, as further defined below. Participants also agree to comply with all applicable federal and provincial laws where the Challenge takes place.
The WWF-Canada Generation Water Tech Challenge supports research and development of new conservation technologies pursuant to the objectives outlined in the Challenge section of the Living Planet Technology Hub. The funds and ongoing support awarded through the Challenge are provided to assist the successful participants in bringing the technologies and ideas to scale.
Each of the top five projects (the “Challenge Award Recipients”) will receive a $15,000 grant and a spot in the Center for Social Innovation’s (“CSI”) Accelerator Program Climate Ventures: Earth Tech (“CSI Accelerator Program”), which runs from January 2020 to July 2020. Challenge Award Recipients must enter into a funding agreement with WWF-Canada in keeping with CRA rules for registered charities, and complete the CSI Accelerator Program to receive the grant funds. A portion of the funds will be distributed up front, with the remainder being distributed pending adequate progress and completion of the CSI Accelerator Program.
The Challenge is open to residents of Canada. Participants must be the local age of majority where they live. The Organizers’, and CSI’s employees and their immediate families (i.e. their spouses, siblings, children, parents, spouses’ parents and the spouses of any of those individuals) and their household members (related or not) are not eligible to participate in the Challenge. Participants must create a profile on the Living Planet Technology Hub, which includes their full name, birthday, location and an email address, in order to gain access to the Challenge Submission form. Participants are subject to verification in the sole and absolute discretion of the Organizer. The Organizer reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to require proof of identity and/or eligibility (in a form acceptable to the Organizer – including but not limited to government issued photo identification) to participate in this Challenge. Failure to provide such proof to the satisfaction of the Organizer in a timely manner may result in disqualification. Challenge Award Recipients must be available to participate in the CSI Accelerator Program from January 2020 – July 2020. Organizations/individuals including unincorporated persons, registered non-profits, registered charities, cooperative - non-profits, for-profit entities, public sector, collaboratives (project of more than one organization with the same legal form), multi-sectoral (project of more than one organization with different legal forms), or sole proprietors registered are eligible to participate. Any individual or organization who is eligible to participate in the Challenge (whether as an individual or as part of a team – see below) will hereinafter be referred to as an “Eligible Participant”.
Eligible Participants will retain ownership of all rights, including intellectual property rights, in and to the Challenge Submission. While Eligible Participants retain ownership of their IP, it is important to note that the intention of this challenge is to create widely accessible, real-world solutions to Canada’s water issues. As such, the open-source and accessible nature of the solution will be considered when evaluating proposals.
Each Eligible Participant agrees to provide WWF-Canada, its affiliates, subsidiaries, agents, and advertising partners, a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, adapt, modify, publish, distribute, publicly perform, create a derivative work from, and publicly display, for non-commercial purposes, in any and all media (now known or later developed), submissions (including, without limitation, videos) (1) for the purposes of reviewing, assessing, testing, and evaluating the submission in connection with the Challenge; and (2) for the purpose of promoting or communicating about the Challenge. Eligible Participant agrees to sign any additional waivers, licenses or releases that WWF-Canada reasonably requests in order to make use of these Licenses rights.
Each Eligible Participant understands that, excluding the award described in the grant award agreement, no compensation will be received from the Organizer in connection with participation in the Challenge and CSI Accelerator program, and the Eligible Participant is solely responsible for any costs or expenses arising from such participation.
The submission period for the Challenge will open September 18, 2019 and submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. PT on November 15, 2019. Following a thorough review process by the Initial Review Committee, ten finalists will be selected and invited to present their solution to the Expert Review Committee via video conference the week of December 9th, 2019. Finalists will be notified if they are invited to present by November 29th, 2019. The five Challenge Award Recipients will be selected by December 13th, 2019. All Eligible Participants will be notified of the status of their Submission via email by or before December 13th, 2019.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Required for all submissions.
- Create User Profile. Create a personal profile on The Living Planet Technology Hub, completing all required fields and following all instructions (required of at least one member of a team making a submission to the Challenge).
- Complete Submission Form. Fill in the Submission Form on the Living Planet Technology Hub completing all fields and prompts in the project application (including those marked as optional) and following all instructions.
- Enter the Challenge. Agree to the Official Terms and Conditions (check the box) and submit the project to the Challenge.
- The Organizer will organize an Initial Review Committee and an Expert Review Committee consisting of experts in Canadian freshwater issues, innovation, technological applications in conservation and entrepreneurialism.
- All projects will be evaluated by the Review Committees in accordance with the following criteria:
- Alignment with WWF-Canada’s goals
- Ecological and social responsibility
- Impact on freshwater health and or data
- Scalability of the solution
- Feasibility of implementing the solution
- Innovative and novel technology or approach
- Openness and accessibility of the solution, including sharing knowledge and key learnings
- Finalists will be given additional instructions to inform their preparations for presenting their solution to the Expert Review Committee.
- Each of the five Award Recipients will be sent a grant agreement for their review and acceptance prior to the commencement of the CSI Accelerator Program. Should there be fewer than five submissions deemed worthy of an Award by the Review Committees, the Organizer reserves the right to select fewer Award Recipients.
Where possible, the Challenge materials are offered in French, however the User Profile registration process and Submission Form are only available in English. Eligible Participants who wish to complete a Submission Form in French are invited to contact the Organizers to receive a French template. If selected as a finalist, the presentation to the Expert Review Committee must be completed in English.
The CSI Accelerator Program is conducted in English. Some French services may be provided to our Award Recipients during the program, but the ability to speak and write in English is required for participation.
Each eligible Participant must represent and warrant to the Organizer that they are the sole author and copyright owner of the developed solution and projects and that the projects are the original work of the Eligible Participant, that the Eligible Participant has acquired sufficient rights to use the work; and that the project does not infringe upon any copyright or upon any other third party rights of which the Eligible Participant is aware, and that the submission is free of malware. Each Eligible Participant will indemnify and hold the Organizer and their affiliates, harmless from and against any and all loss, damage, costs and other expense arising out of claims, whatever their nature, resulting directly or indirectly from breach of this warranty.
Challenge Award Recipients must render appropriate progress reports to the Organizer during the CSI Accelerator Program, to be defined through the funding agreement. Failure to provide adequate reports or to complete the CSI Accelerator Program will require that the Challenge Award Recipient return the grant funding to the Organizer.
GENERAL CONDITIONS AND PRIVACY
Consistent with the agile and collaborative nature of developing tech-enabled conservation solutions, the Organizer may decide that reasonable modifications to submission, judging, or other criteria (for example, additional clarification or detail for submission requirements) are appropriate for the Challenge to run smoothly and to help the Eligible Participants make their best contributions to the conservation technology community. The Organizer reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, and without prior notice, to modify or supplement these Terms and Conditions, and to adjust any of the Challenge dates and/or timeframes , to the extent necessary, for purposes of verifying compliance by any Eligible Participant or Submission with these Terms and Conditions, or as a result of technical problems, or in light of any other circumstances which, in the opinion of the Organizer, in its sole and absolute discretion, affects the proper administration of the Challenge as contemplated in these Terms and Conditions and to communicate such modifications or supplements to Eligible Participants, as the Organizer deems reasonable.
The Organizer reserves the right to disqualify any participant if there exists reasonable doubt that the participant has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of the Challenge by cheating, deception, failure to follow the rules or other unfair practices. The same applies for all threats or harassment of other Eligible Participants, Organizer employees, or Review Committee member.
The Organizer is not responsible for lost or stolen items, or damages or injuries (collectively, “Damages”) that may result, directly or indirectly, from participation in the Challenge. Eligible Participants are encouraged to check with their insurance company or employer for coverage in case of Damages.
The Organizer will not be liable for: (i) any failure of the website before, during or after the Challenge; (ii) for any technical malfunction or other problems relating to the telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment or software; (iii) the failure of any project entry to be received for any reason, including, but not limited to, technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website or for any entry to be deemed inadmissible; (iv) any injury or damage to a participant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading any material in the Challenge; (v) any illness, injury, sleep deprivation, stress related illness/injury or any other illness/injury of any kind claimed to be caused by or related to an Eligible Participant’s entry or participation in this Challenge; and/or (vi) any combination of the above.
Projects previewed on website: The Organizer may, in its sole and absolute discretion, choose to display certain projects or parts thereof on the Challenge website once submitted. For greater certainty, the fact that a project has (or has not) been displayed on these or other websites will NOT impact the project evaluation process.