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Terms & Conditions

Terms and conditions for the ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge – India 2022 (ICT4IC India 2022)

  • This ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge India 2022 (the “Challenge“) is sponsored by Atos and GIZ as a partnership of Make-IT Alliance (the “Sponsors”). Atos in this context refers to the entities sponsoring resources and money prizes for the ICT4IC India 2022, namely Atos Germany (AIT), Atos International UK and Atos International France. The ICT 4 Challenge is supported by other organizations, namely Zero Project and Ability Foundation (“the Collaboration partners”). 

The aim of these terms and conditions is to set the Rules governing your participation in the Challenge. By registering for this Challenge, you fully and unconditionally agree to comply with the content of these Terms and Conditions.  If you do not agree with any of its Rules, do not register for this Challenge and do not submit an entry. 

  1. Terms

This Challenge begins on June 24th, 2022 at 12 PM CET and ends on December 2nd, 2022 with the Awards ceremony. The Acceleration phase for best solutions will start in September or October 2022 and goes on until the award ceremony (2nd of December 2022) and beyond for a few solutions. The Challenge will be accessible 24 hours a day on the dedicated Challenge websites operated by Atos at www.ict4inclusionchallenge.org (“the Challenge website”), subject to possible IT maintenance operations and malfunctions. Dates and times in these Rules refer to Central European Time (CET). 

  1. Agreeing to the Terms and Conditions

Any eligible person who is registered on the Challenge website and enrolls to participate in the Challenge (“Participant” or “You”), is required to review and accept these Rules. 

By accessing and accepting these Rules, You: 

  • enter into a valid and enforceable contractual relationship with the Sponsor regarding participation in the Challenge. The registration and enrolment in the Challenge do not set up any subordination relationship between the Sponsor and the Participant, and 
  • fully and unconditionally agree to comply with these Rules. Participants express their agreement by checking an online box while enrolling for the Challenge. 

In the case of non-respect of these Rules, the Participant will be immediately disqualified from the Challenge and no prize will be awarded. 

  1. Registration and participation in the challenge

To take part in the Challenge, your completed registration must have been received by August 22nd, 2022 – 23:59 (CET). 

To register, the Participant must have truthfully and accurately completed required information, such as full name, email address, etc. asked in the registration form.  Any registration based on inaccurate, false or incomplete information will result in the Participant’s disqualification.  

Refusing collection, recording and use of their personal data that is strictly necessary to performing the Challenge will result in the Participant’s disqualification. 

The participant is solely responsible for the information he/she provides while its registration. Any intentional or non-intentional mistake, anomaly or inconsistency, regarding this information, may result in the Participant’s disqualification. Sponsors reserves the right to proceed all necessary verifications regarding the Participant’s identity, postal and/or email address. 

The request of deletion of a Participant’s personal data as in accordance with the Privacy Policy during the ongoing Challenge will be deemed as a withdrawal from the Challenge. In this case, the Participant, will not participate in the Challenge, and will not obtain any compensation. You must also have accepted these Rules of the Terms and Conditions as well the Privacy Policy, during your registration to the Challenge. 

Registration for and participation in the Challenge is free, with no purchase or payment obligation. 

If any accessibility issue would not allow to fill the registration form, people with disabilities are welcome to describe the obstacles they experience and reach out to the Challenge Sponsors via email (ICT4InclusionChallenge@atos.net) And ask for an alternative way to receive the questions and submit the answers in case no solution for the faced issues can be identified for Challenge stage one. 

  1. Eligibility criteria

Eligible to participate in this challenge are organizations with at least two mandated and max five mandated participants identified during anonymization by a solution name given for the purpose of participation in the challenge.  

The team of the organization must be composed of: 

  • at least one team leader and one additional team member with at least one of them being a permanent resident in India. 
  • The organization must be based in India (ideally identified via…) and  if not based in India, it must partner up with a partner organization in India that needs to be registered as well, indicating a contact person aware of the participation to the ICT4IC India Edition challenge. 
  • In addition, to be eligible:  
  • Each registered team participant is over 18 years old. 
  • None of the participants is Atos, GIZ, Zero Project or Ability Foundation employee as this Challenge is not open to employees and representatives of the Sponsors or Collaboration partners.  
  • To be accepted as an entry, the applicant must provide the organizers at least with evidence for a working prototype of the solution proposed (see definition). 
  • The proposed solution must be a digital and/or technological solution focusing on  
  • disability inclusion or the inclusion of elderly people (>60 years old) in the context of: 
  • climate change adaptation, 
  • climate change risk mitigation, or  
  • disaster risk reduction. 
  • Focused on India or a geographical region of India. 
  • Your proposed solution can be a product that you are already selling on the market. To be eligible the company (if it is a company) with which the applicant is applying should be a start-up according to the definition of the European Start-up Network or a Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) according to the definition of the EU recommendation 2003/36. 
  • If your solution is not disability inclusive yet but could be a great resource for persons with disabilities and/or elderly people, you are encouraged to apply. If selected, support will be provided to make your solution inclusive. 

All the documents that may confirm the Participant’s eligibility can be required prior to awarding any prizes at a later stage of the Challenge (e.g., identity document, registration, etc.). 

If participating on behalf of an organization or business entity, regardless of its business area, the organization, entity or Startups may be required, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, to provide proof of (i) company registration by submitting a registration certificate issued within the last three (3) months, or ongoing company registration, or any trade registry and proof ensuring the registration of the entity in the relevant country, and (ii) a valid professional insurance policy subscription during the Challenge.  

Participants enter the Challenge as individuals on behalf of their legal business organizations. During the registration process, the Participant designated “Team lead” must designate if being part of a company/organization for contact purposes with the Sponsor. This person will be responsible for registering the organization’s team with max 4 other team members at the Challenge who’ll participate in the Challenge on behalf of the organization. If the team has the nature of a Company, Startup, SME, NGO, or other, this nature must be declared during the registration process. 

As an Organisation participating in this Challenge, you warrant to the Sponsor that Participants (i) are authorized representatives of the Organisation and are participating in the Challenge on behalf of it, and that (ii) they have obtained all necessary approvals to enter the Challenge.  

This Challenge is void in countries where it is prohibited or restricted by law. 

  1. Purpose of the Challenge and Participation

The goal of the Challenge is for Participants to submit contributions (at least evidence of a working prototype) meeting the requirements determined by the Sponsor in the Challenge description and rules of the Challenge webpage, and that are formalized by deliverables, namely the registration form content in the preselection phase and the pitch deliverables for the final selection. 

The information provided by the Sponsors include all necessary information regarding various deadlines, details of the prizes, requirements etc. , all accessible through the Challenge website. 

  1. Deliverables

During the Challenge, Participants  

  1. may upload during the submission stage any content, document or other material(such as texts, presentations, videos, etc.) relating to their prototype or ready solution to the Challenge website in response and as a proposed solution to the Sponsor’s Challenge (the “Initial Deliverable”). 
  2. may upload and share live any required content during the final selection for the pitch stage as a solution to the Sponsor’s Challenge (the “Final Deliverable”). 
  3. The Initial Deliverable needs to be at least a working prototype (see definition).  
  4. To be eligible, all Deliverables must 
  5. address the specific issue set out in the Challenge description and questions the Deliverable (answer) is responding to, 
  6. be in English, 
  7. for the file of prototype or solution evidence, they can be submitted via URL for consultation or download or it can be uploaded in a common digital format with a size limit of 25 MB, such as 
  8. PDF 
  9. image file format (for example, .jpg, jpeg, .png, .gif, .svg) 
  10. video file formats (for example, .mp4, .mov, .avi, .wmv) 
  11. Microsoft Office file formats (for example, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx) 
  12. and in general, terms must comply with these Rules presented on this page. 
  13. If a Deliverable cannot be downloaded, is not in the right format or is incompatible, illegible, or unintelligible, the Deliverable will be disqualified.  

By submitting a Deliverable, Participants represent and warrant that: 

  • The Deliverable includes exclusive contributions from the registered team. 
  • Otherwise, if the content from a third party has been used in the development of the Deliverable, all rights, authorizations and agreements necessary to submit the Deliverable and grant the rights mentioned herein have been obtained. The existence of uncredited third-party contributions in the Deliverable will result in the disqualification of the Deliverable and the related Participants; 
  • No other individual and/or entity is entitled to claim any rights from the use of the Deliverable; and 
  • The content of the Deliverable does not and will not infringe or violate any rights of any third party or entity, including, without limitation, intellectual property rights, privacy, competition law, confidentiality, or any contractual or extracontractual right. All deliverables suspected of any law(s) and/or any third party’s right will be ineligible. 

Participants are responsible for and shall bear any costs or expenses associated with preparing and submitting Deliverables. Participants assume all risk of damaged, lost, late, incomplete, invalid, incorrect or misdirected Deliverables. 

  1. Process of the Challenge

7.1 Challenge Stages 

The Challenge consists of several stages: 

Stage One:  Registration 

Registration form submission containing initial deliverables describing the innovative solution (at least its working prototype) will be accepted from June 27th, 2022 – 12 PM (CET) to August 22nd, 2022– 11:59 PM (CET). 

Stage Two: Pre-Selection 

Inclusion experts will evaluate the submissions from August 23rd, 2022 to September 6th, 2022. 12 teams will be invited for stage 3, selection interviews. All teams having successfully submitted a solution will get feedback via e-mail, latest by the start of the stage 3. 

Stage Three: Selection Interviews 

In depth interviews will be held from 13th to 23rd September, 2022 for 12 selected teams. All the solutions will be rated according to pre-defined criteria.  8 teams will be selected for stage 4, pitch. These teams will be invited to join the ICT4IC India 2022 Accelerator Program organized by or on behalf of the sponsors. 

Stage Four: Pitch  

8 selected teams must present in form of a 3 minute pitch + Q&A prototype of their innovative solution in English to a panel of top-notch jury members coming from the Sponsors and from independent Organizations. This mandatory event will take place October 19th, 2022. The exact time and procedure will be announced by the Sponsors later during Challenge Stage 3. 

Stage Five: Awards 

Awards to the 4 winning teams will be presented during a public live event held at the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December  2nd, 2022. The exact agenda will be announced by the Sponsors later during the Challenge on the webpage. 

ICT4IC India Accelerator Program 

8 selected teams from stage 3 will receive tailored mentoring and advise to support the further development of their solutions.  

7.2 Withdrawal from the Challenge & Deliverables 

If a Team/Participant does not provide the registration form content as required before the deadline or is not confirming presence for the mentoring or does not pitch their prototype, this will be considered as a withdrawal from the Challenge. The Participant may not join the Challenge, and may not obtain any compensation from the Sponsor. 

Deliverables must be provided in English, deliverables in other languages are not eligible to the Challenge. 

7.3 Outline of the required content for Stage One  

Here is a list of questions participants are asked to provide in the registration form.  

1)    Do you understand and give consent to the eligibility
criteria?

 

I understand and consent that:

      
Each
team member is over the legal working age in their country of residence
(minimum 18 years old)

      
The
organisation is either based in India, or the organisation is teaming up with
an Indian organisation.

      
In
addition at least one participant is a permanent resident of India.

      
The
participants in the challenge should not be employees of Atos nor GIZ

 

2)   
You are registering as a(n):

·       Startup

·       Medium sized small Medium Enterprise (SME)

·       Small-sized Small Medium Enterprise (SME)

·       Micro-sized Small Medium
Enterprise (SME)

·       Organisation of persons with
disabilities (OPD)

·       Other Non governmental
Organisation (NGO)

·       Large-scale enterprise

·       Other (please specify your
organisation type – this will be subject to eligibility, on an individual case
by case decision)

 

2. I. Your
organisation details

2. II. Your
team details

 

3)    Details of the solution

4)    Please outline a brief description of your solution
including a specific problem and / or barrier(s) your solution is addressing?

5)    How does your solution mitigate the impact of climate
change on persons with disabilities and/or elderly people in India? Note: If
your solution is not yet targeted towards persons with disabilities or elderly
people, but could be advantageous for these groups, please outline how your
solution addresses the theme and what advantage it could provide to the
above-mentioned groups.

6)    What are the technical aspects of your solution?

7)    What is the target geography for your solution?

·      
India
(whole country)

·      
North India

·      
West India

·      
South India

·      
East & Northeast

·      
Central India

·      
Other

 

8)    Please provide a short description of your growth
and/or scale model.

9)    What kind of support are you looking for in the ICT4IC
and its associated accelerator program(s)?

10) Please provide a prototype of your solution in form of
a website link, video, or other deliverable.

11) Do you have any needs of accommodation in your team
(e.g. sign language interpretation)? This helps us to provide the necessary
accessibility support for participation. Please provide details.

 

12) How did you find out about the ICT 4 Inclusion
Challenge India Edition 2022?

·      
Linkedin

·      
Twitter

·      
Facebook

·      
Friends
& Colleagues

·      
Other
Media

·      
E-Mail

 

13) Other
Suggestions / comments

 

7.4 Evaluation criteria 

You agree and acknowledge that the Challenge relies on your creativity, capacity, ability, and ingenuity to solve difficult problems. The Challenge does not depend, even partially, on chance or luck, and therefore should not be considered as a lottery. Under no circumstances are factors such as appearance, religion, membership in a trade union, political opinion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability considered. This is as such enhanced by the fact that the evaluation of the submitted ideas, mock-ups, and proof of concept by the judges is not linked to your personal data as Deliverables are shared anonymized only using the Team’s name as an identifier with the selection jury after eligibility check. 

7.4.1 Evaluation criteria for stage Two: Selection 

Judges may evaluate and select the Deliverables based on their content and the following evaluation criteria: 

  

Impact (1/3 weighting)/ 

The solution shall have measurable success in improving climate change mitigation or disaster risk reduction for children, youth, and/or adults with disabilities or elderly people (>60 years old) in India and be affordable, accessible, and realisable. If your solution is not targeted towards persons with disabilities (PWD) or elderly persons yet, you will have to outline why your solution would be especially beneficial for them. The participation of people with disabilities in the design, creation, development, or testing of the solution is highly encouraged. 

Innovation (1/3 weighting) 

The solution shall be creative in how to reach the goals of mitigating climate change and reducing disaster risks for PWD and elderly people and should provide novel benefits to the target group in the respective context. These benefits could be improved access to climate change or disaster risk reduction related information, e.g., through inclusive early warning systems, but also improved access to infrastructure, which allows for inclusive evacuation in the case of disasters. It is expected that participants research if there are already similar solutions on the market and identify their unique selling points. Innovation can also mean that a solution which is already existent in high-income countries is adapted to the Indian specific context.  

Scalability (1/3 weighting) 

Your solution is at least in prototype stage and has the potential to be scaled to an economically sustainable solution and business model. If technical, financial, or other barriers prevent scaling of the solution to other regions and contexts, the application will be discarded. 

Code of Conduct 

Applications which do not respect the Articles of the UN CRPD or other basic human rights principles (e.g., discriminating against any minorities because of their ethnicity, religion, language etc.) will be discarded. 

7.5 Notifications to and Confirmations by Participants 

The registration form and sponsor do not provide automated email feedback for successful submission. Participants have to ensure their submission is done. 

Once the selection has been completed, Participants will be notified by the Sponsors by email of the results of each stage. 

Participants will be notified by email to the address they used to register about the results of Stage One approximately two weeks before the announced starting date of the Selection Interviews. 

In the case a Participant does not confirm his/her attendance in the time period defined in the notification email, the Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify this Participant. This disqualification shall not entitle the Participant to claim any kind of compensation from the Sponsor and will allow qualifying a team and their Participant(s) following right after in the ranking to the disqualified team. 

Thus, later notice may happen if a selected team gets disqualified and stage three has not yet started. The latest notice may happen 4 days prior to the start date of the mentoring. Non-selected teams will be notified at the end of the process when all teams going to the mentoring have been identified.  

The Sponsor will be free to alter the dates on which results are released should this become necessary due to the number of projects to be assessed or other project constraints. Changes will be communicated transparently to the participants on the Challenge webpage. 

The 4 winning teams decided by the final jury will be announced before the Awards ceremony and will identify the Participants that are finalists to allow their preparation to attend the Awards Ceremony. The final ranking will be announced during the Awards Ceremony latest.10 

  1. Prizes

The prizes to be awarded to Challenge winners are subject to all of the following. Prizes are awarded to the winners of the Challenge and are subject to compliance with the following cumulative conditions: 

  • The Deliverables comply with Section 6 (“Deliverables”); 
  • Each Participant of a winning project, complies with Sections 9 (“Communications”) and 11 (“Intellectual property”); 
  • It can be proven that the winning Participants fulfil the conditions of eligibility of Section 4. 
  • The participants were participating to the selection interviews and not disqualified by the Sponsors for reasons specified in Section 7. 

Subject to these Terms and Conditions, once confirmed by Sponsor, the winner(s) will receive the following:  

  • First Place Prize of EUR 3,500 money in 2 categories (Mainstreaming and Specific Scaling solution), prize to be used for further developing the Prototype 
  • Second Place Prize of 1,500€ money in 2 categories (Mainstreaming and Specific Scaling solution), prize to be used for further developing the Prototype 

The winner or monetary prize is the organization, not the individuals representing the organization. 

In addition, the 4 winning teams (the registered participants representing the organization) will get tailored mentorship.  

No prize will be awarded to winners who do not fulfil the above. 

No assignment or transfer of prizes is allowed by a winner. If a potential winner cannot be reached, is unable to accept the prize or any portion of the prize for any reason, the Sponsor shall have no further obligation to such a potential winner. Sponsors will not replace any lost or stolen prizes after being awarded to winners. Winners will accept the prize “as it is”. The sponsor disclaims any warranty regarding the Prizes. 

In the event a Participant (a winner) cannot be reached, by email or by phone, for more than three (3) months after the first attempt to reach them was made, he/she will be deemed as having waived their right to claim the prize and will not be entitled to any prize or any kind of compensation.  

If the prize as initially planned is unavailable, Sponsor will be free to substitute another prize of similar value. Any such decision is at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. 

Any Participant who does not fulfil the conditions of Participation as provided in the Rules during their registration and/or at any time during the Challenge will be summarily disqualified from the Challenge without prior notice and will not be entitled to any prize. In the event that a prize is awarded to a Participant who does not meet the conditions of Participation when registering or throughout the duration of the Challenge, the Sponsor reserves the right to require the Participant to return the awarded prize. 

  1. Communication

The Participant acknowledges and consents that Sponsors may, throughout and for the duration of the Challenge and for a non-defined period and for a minimum of 5 years following the Award ceremony, use the Challenge and the photos, recordings or other content produced during public events like the award ceremony  for publicity, including for Sponsor’s advertising or other marketing purposes, (by any means and through any format (website, advertising banners, social networks, newsletter, press release) now known or unknown to date, free of charge or for a consideration. 

In particular, you consent (if you are a team participant in the mentoring or a winner organisation) the using, by Sponsors, of your organization’s name and logo, participant’s name and surname, their residence country, the name of the organization in which participants have obtained their diplomas and other biographical information provided, their expertise and role in the team, your image, the information regarding the Prize, the name of the solution and/or company and its distinctive signs and any other personal data that participants do submit with their Deliverables as well as the content of their Deliverables relating to the Challenge for Communication about the Challenge.  

As an example, each Participant invited to participate to the mentoring, Pitch and Award Ceremony authorizes the Sponsors using the recordings and photographs taken during these events to disseminate them via any communication medium. 

Such use does not entitle the winner to any other payment than the Prize he/she/they received. 

The Sponsors agree to cease using of the aforementioned elements in connection with the Participant using his rights i.e. for the deletion of these data at any moment as explained in the Privacy Policy  

  1. Confidentiality

Sponsors have no obligation to keep the information contained in the Deliverables confidential. In general terms, when submitting any Deliverables, the Participants understand, agree and accept that any information contained therein may be publicly disclosed by the Sponsors. 

If you are a prize winner, Sponsors may approach you to encourage you to execute a confidentiality/non-disclosure agreement for the purpose of entering into negotiations regarding the further development of your solution, as described in your Deliverable.  Such confidentiality/non-disclosure agreement will be directed to your Deliverable and all intellectual property that it may contain. There is no obligation to enter in such negotiations. 

Furthermore, Participants acknowledge that Sponsors may currently or in the future be developing information internally, or receiving information from other parties, that is similar to the information contained in any of the projects. Accordingly, nothing herein shall prohibit Sponsors from independently acquiring, developing, or having developed for it, products, concepts, systems, services, or techniques that are similar to or compete with the products, concepts, systems or techniques contemplated by or embodied in any Deliverable. 

The Participants recognize that other Participants, individuals or entities may have provided Sponsors or others, or made public, or may in the future submit, or make public, content that is the same or similar to any piece of information contained in any of the proposed solutions. Hence, the Participants acknowledge, agree and accept that Sponsors shall have the right to use such same or similar materials, and that the Participants will not be entitled to any compensation arising from Sponsors’ use of such materials. 

  1. Intellectual property

11.1 Definitions  

 For the purposes of the readability of this section here some definitions: 

  • “Intellectual Property Rights” refers to any copyright or other rights over a brand, a design or a model, a patent and, more generally, any element, (including trade secrets and know how), that may be protected by national and/or international laws or conventions on intellectual property (“Intellectual Property Rights”) 
  • “Previous Rights” refer to any Intellectual Property Rights and/or any associated know-how held by the Participants before the start date of the Challenge (“Previous Rights”) 
  • “Creations” refer to any software (including source and object code software), database, technical specifications, text, design, model, information, knowledge, method, process or product, as well as any resulting elements and/or processes likely or otherwise to be protected according to national and/or international laws or conventions on intellectual property developed by any Participant as a part of any submitted deliverable throughout the ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge (“Creations”). 

11.2 Warranty of non-infringement 

When submitting any Deliverable, at any stage of the Challenge, each Participant guarantees to Sponsor that he/she is the co/owner and/or co/holder of the Intellectual Property Rights regarding all or part of the Creations contained in the Deliverables submitted at any stage of the Challenge, and that he/she has obtained all rights and permissions regarding all pre-existing Creations and any elements of the Deliverables for which he/she does not hold the relevant rights. 

Each Participant guarantees (i) that his/her contribution is original and unprecedented; (ii) that it do not infringe upon the copyright or any Intellectual Property Rights of any third party; (iii) that all the elements of which his/her submissions are formed, as well as all pieces of contributions and information communicated in the submission presentation documents are accurate, reliable and complete; and (iv) that the submission of the relevant Deliverables does not constitute an act of unfair competition of any kind. 

It is compulsory for Participants to indicate the source of any pre-existing Creations of whichever nature and on whichever support that are included in any submitted deliverable. Any Deliverable involving several Participants constitutes a collaborative work and it should be treated as such in accordance with the applicable regulation in force. 

11.3 Liability  

Sponsors cannot be held liable for any infringement of the above provisions by Participants. Each Participant shall indemnify Sponsors against any disturbance, action, claim, opposition and demand or eviction attempt from any third party in connection with any Creation in the Deliverables (Intellectual Property Rights included). 

11.4 Participant owner of Intellectual Property rights 

By submitting a Deliverable and participating in this Challenge, you are not granting Sponsors any rights to any intellectual property supporting all of part of the Deliverable and Sponsors makes no claim to ownership of your Deliverable or any intellectual property that it may contain. 

A separate agreement is required to be set up for the successful idea marketing by Sponsors outside the scope of the challenge. 

  1. Modification of rules, suspension and cancellation of the challenge

12.1 Update of the Rules 

The Sponsors reserve the right to amend these Rules of the Terms and Conditions at any time, including the Challenge duration in case of operational imperatives, without prior notice to Participants regarding the enforcement or the validity of these amendments.  Participants are encouraged to consult these Rules regularly. Participants expressly waive all claims or disputes related to any amendment to these Rules by the Sponsors. 

Should any paragraph of these Rules be declared or judged illegal, unenforceable or void by a court decision, the paragraph in question will be considered null and void, but all other unaffected paragraphs will be enforced within the limits of the law. 

12.2 Challenge Cancellation or Suspension 

The Sponsor reserves the right in its discretion, to 

  • cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Challenge and these Rules, for any reason, at any time and without any liability, and 
  • to limit or restrict participation in the Challenge, i.e. due to operational constraints in case of too many incoming submissions to handle selection. 
  • The Sponsors will not be held liable for the modification, cancellation or suspension of the Challenge and no compensation or remuneration will be due to the Participants 
 
  1. Limitation of liability

The Sponsors will in no way be held liable in the event of breakdown or failure, regardless of the cause, of any telecommunications network used that causes Participants difficulty in or prevents Participants from gaining access to the Challenge website. 

Without limiting the foregoing, everything on the challenge website and in connection with the challenge is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement.  Some jurisdictions may not allow the limitations or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages or exclusion of implied warranties, in which case such limitation or exclusion shall apply only to the extent permitted by the law in the relevant jurisdiction. 

Participation in the Challenge implies acknowledgment and acceptance of the characteristics, limits and risks of the internet and related technologies, particularly with regards to performance, response time, the security of software and computer equipment against various potential attacks, such as viruses, logic bombs or Trojans, and loss or misuse of data. As a result, the Sponsors will not be held liable in any way for any damage incurred by Participants arising from these characteristics, limits and risks, which Participants accept by registering and taking part in the Challenge. 

The Sponsors will not in any case be held liable for damages resulting from faults with or delays in the submission of deliverables by Participants, including refusal to accept these deliverables as a consequence of their submission outside the deadlines set out in the Rules, from faults with or delays to the sending of any emails by the Participant sent as part of the Challenge, or from any alterations made to the deliverables independently of the Sponsors. 

This website has been compiled with the utmost care. Nevertheless, the Sponsors give no guarantee that the information provided is accurate, complete or error-free. The sponsors accept no liability for damage or loss arising directly or indirectly from the use of this website, provided it has not been caused intentionally or by gross negligence. 

Atos expressly reserves the right to modify, append and delete the website in part or in whole without prior notice, or to halt publication completely or for a limited period. 

This Challenge website contains links to external sites. Responsibility for the content of the external sites linked to this website always lies with their respective publishers.  

The Sponsor will not in any case be held liable for damages resulting from services provided by a third-party relating to the prizes, i.e. during the Mentoring stage. 

The Sponsors will not be held liable for the consequences of a Participant’s disqualification from the Challenge as a result of their violation of these Rules. 

  1. Personal data protection

Participation in the Challenge requires the communication of the Participant’s personal data (“Personal Data”). 

Participant’s personal data is subject to processing within the meaning of the regulations on the protection of personal data (GDPR) for which the Sponsors define the purposes and means and are, as such, “Data controller” within the meaning of the GDPR. 

Sole data controller of the Challenge webpage and the stage one idea submission registration form is Atos until end of the Challenge phase two. 

In accordance with these Terms and conditions, all sponsors need to have access to the data of the Participants invited to be present to Challenge stage three : selection interviews. 

In accordance with the provisions of the GDPR, the Sponsors undertake to implement organizational and technical security measures in order to protect all Participant’s Personal Data. The Sponsors all undertake to allow the exercise of their rights from GDPR. 

Go to the Challenge Website Privacy Policy to be accepted for the Challenge registration. 

In addition, if you wish to consult the Sponsors websites and privacy policies: 

 
  1. Claims

Any Participant’s claims arising from the Challenge, should be addressed no later than thirty (30) days following the Challenge Award Ceremony to ICT4InclusionChallenge@atos.net. 

All claims must include: (i) the Participant’s complete contact details (name, address, email address and phone); (ii) the name of the Challenge; and (iii) a clear and detailed explanation for the claim. 

  1. Applicable law and disputes resolution

The Challenge and any action related thereto shall be governed by the law applicable in Germany.