Challenge Rules, Terms, and Conditions


The University of Notre Dame (the “University,” “Notre Dame” or “we/us”) is conducting a challenge study (the “Competition”) that involves developing a conceptual design for housing in underdeveloped, poor regions of the world that can withstand severe environmental conditions including earthquakes, high winds (hurricanes), and torrential rain for the purposes of University-sponsored research and ultimately, possible public dissemination. The conduct of the Competition is based on principles of open-source and uses “crowd-sourcing” procedures. The purpose of this research is to examine the different ways in which people organize themselves and their work when involved in crowd-sourcing initiatives, and the effects these differences may have on the ideas generated and the quality of their submissions. The Competition Study Team, as used in this document, consists of Professors Kijewski-Correa, Hachen and Madey from the University of Notre Dame.

This document serves as a legally enforceable agreement between the Participants who elect to submit (“Participants” or “you”) under the terms below, and becomes effective upon your acceptance of these terms by clicking the “I Agree to the Competition Rules, Terms and Conditions” box on the “Create an Account” registration page at Checking the “I Agree to the Competition Rules, Terms and Conditions” box indicates that you agree to the rules, terms and conditions of the Competition.

Conduct of the Challenge

Participation is open to anyone who is over 18 years old, and is voluntary. However, individuals cannot be employed/supervised by any of the faculty associated with this project (Professors Kijewski-Correa, Hachen, Madey, Kareem, and Thain of the University of Notre Dame). The Competition is being advertised through numerous outlets.

Participants decide how to work: as individuals OR as part of a team that either already exists or which they put together for the purposes of this Competition.

The “crowd” submitting proposals to the Competition will produce solutions as part of two different participation models:

1. Individuals. People (unique users) who work separately from one another. One submission from each person in this submission class will be allowed.

2. Teams. All participating members from a team must create a separate username and register for the study. One submission per team will be allowed.

Participants must register at the website. Registration will be considered complete when a Participant has (1) selected a user name and password for future access to the website, (2) provided us with an email address that is verified by an email being sent to that address with a link that the Participant must click on and which will take them to the login page of our website, and (3) agreed to the Competition Rules, Terms and Conditions. Registration must be completed by the submission deadline, January 15, 2012

In order to be eligible for any of the prizes related to the Competition and for their submission to count as a valid submission, participants must (1) complete the registration steps discussed above, (2) complete an online entry survey, (3) submit a proposal either as an individual or as a member of a team using the web form available through this website, (4) complete an online exit survey after submitting the proposal, and (5) peer-review at least two other submissions. Only participants who complete all of the above five (5) items are eligible for prizes and awards. A team submission will be considered a valid submission only if all members of the team at the time of the submission have completed all of the above requirements.

The website will be used for referring colleagues to join the challenge, submitting proposals, publishing proposals for the peer review process, submitting evaluations of proposals, taking surveys and archiving the submissions in a public archive. Participants will have up to two months to develop proposals. The deadline for submission of proposals is January 15, 2012. Participants can submit only one proposal as either an individual or as a member of team, but not both.

The Competition Study Team reserves the right to extend the submission deadline or to cancel the Competition if there are fewer that 150 valid submissions by January 15, 2012. In the event of cancellation of the Competition, no prizes described herein will be awarded.

Rules for Challenge Participation

You agree to use these services associated with the Competition in accordance with this Agreement, that you shall be responsible for any information, data, text, music, photographs, etc. contained in your submission ('Content') that you post, email, or otherwise transmit through use of the website, and you additionally agree that in your use of this website or participation in the Competition you will not:

(i) post or transmit any Content that is unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, tortious, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, harassing, profane, invasive of another's privacy or indecent, or bigoted, hateful or racially, ethnically, sexually or otherwise offensive;

(ii) impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your professional or other affiliation with any person or entity;

(iii) post or transmit any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other proprietary rights of any party;

(iv) disrupt others' normal use of the website;

(v) post or transmit any information, software or other material which contains a virus or other harmful component;

(vi) post, transmit, or in any way exploit any information, software or other material for commercial or political purposes or which contains advertising; (viii) use the website to collect or store personal data about other Users;

(ix) attempt to access or access another user's account or attempt to access areas for which you are not authorized;

(x) interfere with or disrupt the website or servers or networks connected to the website, and/or the use of other service providers, or not adhere to or abide by any policies, procedures, or regulations of networks connected to the website or the Competition; or

(xi) violate any applicable law, regulation, or governmental order in your participation in the Competition. The University reserves the right to exclude or remove you from participation in the Competition at any time for a violation of these rules, and the University’s decision in such regard shall be in its sole discretion and final.

Competition Prizes

The winning entries to the Competition, as selected by Notre Dame through its selected referees in their sole discretion, will be eligible for the certain prizes and/or recognition, which, in the case of money prizes, will be distributed among the winning submissions. In the case of participating teams, the prize will be distributed evenly among the winning team’s members. The Competition prizes and awards include:

(1) The grand prize will be $10,000 (USD).

(2) The second prize will be $3,000 (USD).

(3) The third prize will be $1,000 (USD).

(4) A “popular vote” award will be made, based on peer evaluation by the Participants. A prize of $1,000 (USD) will be awarded to the submission that obtains the highest score in peer evaluation.

(5) $600 (USD) in prizes will be distributed to the three (3) individuals whose referrals result in the most submissions [$300 (USD) for first place, $200 (USD) for second place, and $100 (USD) for third place].

In addition to the monetary prizes, we will feature the winners (1-4 above) in press releases. We will also invite the winners to a special award ceremony. If you prefer not to have your name released in conjunction with an award, we will respect your choice to remain anonymous.

You agree and acknowledge that the determination of successful submissions and the awarding of prizes under the Competition as set forth herein shall be in the University’s sole discretion, and all decisions are final and unappealable. In awarding submissions under the Competition, the University in no way endorses the submission nor does it otherwise constitute a professional validation of the content of the submission for practical execution.

Use of Data and Privacy

During the Competition, we will collect data from participants, primarily through evaluation forms and online surveys. Information gathered will be used to evaluate the submissions as well as to evaluate the Competition methodology itself.

Each participant will select a unique identifier logged in a secure relational database so any user contributions, logged information about their use of the website, ratings or aggregations of results cannot be tied to a specific individual but rather to this identifier. The website itself, and all supporting servers, will be managed with appropriate security procedures, including firewalls and secure computing practices. You have the choice of also including your name in the submission or at other times throughout the Competition. The nondescript submitter IDs will also be used to identify submissions for evaluation by the Competition study team and other participants.

Participants can submit a proposal either as an individual or as a member of a team. Participants can create a new team at any time prior to the submission deadline by using the Team tool available through the website. When a team is created a unique Team Code is generated. Members of the team have access to the code through the Team tool and can share it with other Participants. After a Team has been created, other Participants can join the team by clicking on the “Join Existing Team” in the Team tool panel. They will then be asked to enter the Team Code for the team that they want to join. After an individual has chosen to be a member of a team, all other members of the team can see the individual’s unique identifier when using the Team tool.

A team member may request at any time a change in the composition of the team (due to their desire to leave a team or the desire by a team member to remove another team member from the team because of a conflict or lack of participation) by clicking the “Request a Change in Your Team's Composition” button. The initiator will be asked to complete a web form with an explanation for the request. This information will be relayed to the Competition Study Team overseeing the Competition and a notification email will automatically be generated to the other members of the team to inform them that a request to change their team composition has been received. The Competition Study Team overseeing the Competition may solicit additional information from team members and will issue a decision and notify all members of the team. This decision shall be at the sole discretion of the Competition Study Team and final.

Participants may expect to receive automated emails throughout the course of the Competition process, reminding Participants of the next steps in the study or other relevant details.

Participants will be encouraged to refer other people to join the Competition through a referral tool on the website. Prizes will be awarded to the three Participants whose recruitment efforts generate the most submissions.

Any information that is obtained in connection with this study and that can be identified with you will remain confidential. The names of the submitters or any other identifying information will be not be publically reported nor used in reports or publications.

The Competition Study Team will create a submission repository. All submissions will be placed in this repository and will be publicly available and accessible online for a period of 12 months after the final decisions on prizes have been made (February 15, 2012). All participants who submit proposals will be informed prior to placing their submission in the repository and given the option of opting out if they prefer. No identifying information will be used on the submissions included in the repository. We will also provide a “Contact Proposal Submitter” button so that interested parties visiting the repository can send an email to the submission author(s) without revealing the submitter’s identity. This way we will provide a means through which interested parties can contact proposal authors to pursue possibly using or licensing their ideas, and leave open to the participants whether they want to pursue such request and reveal their identities. We will also give authors the option to have us post identification information next to their proposal in our repository (name and email address) if they so choose.

For a period of one month after the submission deadline date of January 15, 2011, all submissions will be published on the website for participants and our team of experts to evaluate. Only the experts, members of the Competition Study Team, and registered participants will have access to this portion of the website during this time period. This will be done through a secure login procedure. To ensure a blind peer-review process, proposals will be linked to the unique identifier but never to the name or other identifying information of the Participant. Each submitter is required to peer-review at least two other submissions in order to be eligible for any of the Competition prizes and awards. Although submitting proposals on our website may provide access to the submissions of others, such access does not constitute a license for Participants to use the ideas in any of the proposals that they view that are not their own. By agreeing to these Rules, Terms and Conditions you agree not to use any of the ideas or information contained in any of the other proposals that you access as part of the peer review process unless you receive explicit permission for the submitters of that proposal.

You also agree and understand that Notre Dame may preserve and disclose submissions if in Notre Dame's sole discretion such is necessary to:

(a) comply with law or governmental order;

(b) enforce the terms of this agreement;

(c) respond to claims that a User has violated the rights of third-parties,

(d) demonstrate or validate the Competition to funding agencies or other appropriate parties, or

(e) protect the interests, property, safety of Notre Dame, its users, or others.

Intellectual Property Rights

The intent of the Competition is to serve as a conduit for ideas—facilitating idea creation, rather than attempting to commercialize these ideas. As such, the winning ideas that participants generate and as determined by the expert review panel of the study will be made available for public use, including the use of the team conducting the Competition and Notre Dame.

In participating in the Competition, you continue to maintain your ownership, if any, of intellectual property rights in your submission, However, as a condition of your participation in the Competition, by submitting an entry to the Competition you grant to the University and the Competition Study Team a non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual license to make, use, reproduce, distribute copies, create derivative works, publicly display or perform, the intellectual property contained within your submission, including but not limited to patent and copyright rights, for non-commercial purposes.

Informed Consent

By checking the “I Agree” box below, you are consenting to participate in this Challenge and the research project. You participation involves completing the registration steps including taking the brief entry survey, submitting a proposal, and completing an exit survey after submitting the proposal, and peer-reviewing at least two other submissions. Your participating in this study is completely voluntary and may be discontinued at any time without penalty.

There are no known risks involved in your participation in this study. The major benefit of the study is the valuable information we will obtain both on the Challenge and on how people organize their work in this competition. With this information we hope to (1) facilitate the actual design of housing in underdeveloped, poor regions of the world and (2) assess the pros and cons of different ways of organizing crowd-sourcing work.

Indemnification and Release

By entering the Competition, each Participant agrees to comply with and be bound by all applicable laws and regulations, as well as these rules, terms, and conditions, and the decisions of the Study team, the Competition judges, and the University which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Competition.

You, individually, and on behalf of your heirs, successors, assigns and personal representatives hereby release, acquit and forever discharge the University and its employees, students, agents, servants, officers, trustees and representatives (in their official and individual capacities), and indemnify same, from any and all responsibility, for any and all liability whatsoever, for any and all damages, losses or injuries (including death) to persons or property (specifically your submission) or both, including but not limited to any claims, demands, actions, causes of action, damages, costs, expenses and/or attorneys’ fees, which rise out of, occur during, or result from your contribution and participation in the Competition including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, including those resulting from the University’s own negligence, except for any gross negligence or willful and wanton misconduct on the part of the University.

Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability



General Provisions

These rules, terms and conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and Notre Dame regarding the performance of this Competition, superseding any prior agreements or communications between Notre Dame and you. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Indiana and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the State and Federal Courts of the State of Indiana, to which you and Notre Dame irrevocably submit. The failure of Notre Dame to exercise or enforce any right set forth herein shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

By clicking “I Agree to the Competition Rules, Terms and Conditions” box on the “Create an Account” registration page at , I signify and represent that I have read and understand the terms of use herein and agree to abide by these provisions, that I am over the age of 18 and have the legal capacity to enter into this agreement, and that I have entered into it knowingly and voluntarily. In the event that all members of a team do not agree to the terms of this Agreement, the submission shall be ineligible for consideration in the Competition