WATSON “DEVELOPER CLOUD ONLINE CHALLENGE: CONVERSATIONAL APPLICATIONS
CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Internet access is required to enter.

DESCRIPTION: This IBM Watson “Developer Cloud Online Challenge: Conversational Applications” is a skill-based online hackathon designed to build applications with a Conversational Interface (the “Contest”). Eligible entrants who elect to and are eligible to participate in this Contest must be technology developers, including enterprise developers, with interest in Watson APIs and a desire to integrate the Watson Developer Cloud (“WDC”) into their apps (“participants,” “you” or “entrants”). The app “entry” will be considered and judged pursuant to the criteria established herein, and winner(s) selected as stated herein. The Rules, specific details and limitations, and submission of entries available at http:/ watson-dev-challenge.devpost.com (the “Website”).

SPONSOR: The Contest is sponsored by International Business Machines (“IBM” or “Sponsor”), with its principal place of business at: 1 New Orchard Road, Armonk, N.Y. 10504. 

AGREEMENT: By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and all Contest related instructions, communications and information from the Sponsor in any and all media/medium (including its authorized representatives) (collectively the “Rules”), and the decisions of the Sponsor (including its authorized representatives) and Judges which are final and binding in all respects. In order to participate, each entrant must check the “I, and all of my team members, have read and agree to be bound by the official rules and the Devpost terms of service.” box on the Contest Submission Form on the Website. Once the entry is submitted the Rules form a binding legal agreement between each entrant and Sponsor with respect to this Contest and the submitted entry (referred to herein as an “entry”, the “app” and/or “submission”). You may not enter and are not eligible to receive a prize unless you agree to be bound to the Rules and are determined to be eligible and compliant therewith. By agreeing, entrants accept the Rules on his/her own behalf and on behalf of his/her successors, assignees, subrogors, heirs, next of kin, legal and personal representatives, and anyone who obtains any rights by, from or through entrant (“interested parties”).

Participate in the Contest only if you are an eligible individual, team of individuals (comprised of up to 5 people only), or a small organization (comprised of up to a max. of fifty (50) employees) which may participate with one (1) or up to five (5) employees, all with full rights to do so (each is referred to herein as a “Participant” or “entrant”).  Limit up to five (5) prizes (one (1) per registered team member) per entry regardless of the number of individuals involved in creating the entry. By submitting an app worked on by a team, entrants affirmatively agree that they have been asked to do-so on behalf of all applicable individuals or small organization (as applicable). Prize award to a winning team will either be provided to one (1) designated team member in a lump sum to be disbursed among all team members, or will be provided to each of the participating team members as designated at time of entry when submitting the app. The same submission cannot be entered into this Contest more than one time, or by more than one participant, and in such event, one or all participants and entries may be disqualified. Promotion Entities disclaim all responsibility and liability relating to all of the above; by entering participants agree to release, indemnify, defend and hold them harmless in all respects relating thereto.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Participants have the responsibility to review and understand their employer’s policies, laws, rules and/or regulations, tax implications, and any other limitations (collectively “policies”) regarding eligibility to participate in promotions and/or receive prizes in connection therewith.  Furthermore, if a participant enters without obtaining the appropriate approvals, or if an individual is participating in violation of any such policies, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, disqualify the participant and forfeit their prize, if applicable. Promotion Entities disclaim all responsibility and liability relating to the above; by entering Participants agree to release, indemnify, defend and hold them harmless in all respects thereto.

ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to individuals and small organizations (such as start-ups) with fifty (50) or fewer total employees (full and/or part-time) who have authority to and who agree to be bound to these Rules, are under no conflicting employment, contractual or legal restriction to enter, and who are 18 years of age or older and legal residents of or incorporated in the fifty United States, including the District of Columbia.

Employees, officers and directors of: (i) IBM, (ii) Judges, (iii) any advertising and promotion agencies, prize suppliers, and those individuals and entities involved in the preparation of materials for, administration and/or execution of the Contest (all collectively the “Promotion Entities”), and (iv) the immediate family members (defined as parents, children, siblings and spouse, including step and foster relations) regardless of where they reside, and/or individuals living in the same household (whether or not related) of any of the Promotion Entities, and (v) mid-size/large corporations, organizations or business entities with more than fifty (50) total employees (full and/or part-time), and/or government or government owned entities (as defined herein) are not eligible to participate in the Contest.

A “Government Owned Entity” (“GOE”) is defined as an organization/individual who meets any of the following criteria: Governmental bodies and employees - national, state, provincial, local, municipal government - and any department, agency, public enterprise or instrumentality of a government; State owned hospitals, schools, utilities; State owned enterprises (whether wholly or partly owned); Public international organizations; Private companies controlled fully or partly by or under common control with any of the above; a political party or party official, or any candidate for political office.  GOE also includes GOE customers who may consist of: public schools, utilities and organizations licensed to provide public services; public international organizations, such as the United Nations or World Health Organization; entities subject to public procurement laws and regulations; other entities, even those that are privately held and those that are publicly traded, if a government, a public international organization, an entity subject to public procurement laws or a government official, owns or has the ability to exercise control over such entity; and U.S. Federal Clients, including: (i) executive, legislative and judicial branches of the U.S. Federal government, (ii) U.S. Government-affiliated corporations (e.g., Tennessee Valley Authority), (iii) quasi-governmental organizations (e.g., The Smithsonian Institution), (iv) commercial business enterprises operating under a U.S. Federal government power of attorney, or with Management Operating Contractor (MOC) status.

Furthermore, “sourced apps” developed at the request of, hired by (in whatever capacity), funded or compensated, partially or fully, supported, or under contract at any time with or by IBM or any Promotion Entity are not eligible for submission into this Contest. Any such application will be disqualified.

PROMOTION AND JUDGING PERIODS: The Contest begins on or about 8:00 am Pacific Time (“PT”) on or about February 29, 2016 and ends at 11:45 pm PT on April 15, 2016 (“Promotion Period”). All times are Pacific Time. The Website’s server shall be the official time keeping device for the Contest, unless otherwise stated. Sponsor reserves the absolute right to modify, cancel or terminate the Contest or any element thereof due to exigencies of the circumstances without liability. PARTICIPANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DETERMINING THE CORRESPONDING TIME ZONE IN THEIR RESPECTIVE JURISDICTIONS. Judging of eligible entries will be conducted on or within about approx. ten (10) working days following the end of the Promotion Period, unless shortened or extended as deemed necessary by Sponsor.

HOW TO ENTER: Register for the Challenge on the Devpost site (http:// watson-dev-challenge.devpost.com) during the Promotion Period. Register for the Challenge on the Devpost site by clicking the “Register for this Hackathon” button. To complete registration, sign up to create a Devpost account, or log in with an existing Devpost account. There is no charge for creating a Devpost account. Registration will enable you to receive important updates and access the “Enter a Submission” page.

To submit an app, complete and enter all of the required fields on the “Enter a Submission” page of the Devpost Challenge site prior to the end of the Promotion Period.

In addition, entry/entrants must:

  • Create a Bluemix account (if entrant doesn’t already have one) to access all Watson Developer Cloud services;
  • Create an eligible working web app in English, in compliance with the Rules herein, that uses two or more WDC APIs (see below for details) and converses with users;
  • Host the app on a hosting service, such as Bluemix;
  • Make app code publicly available on a site, such as GitHub; and
  • Submit the app on or by the end of the Promotion Period and include a link to the app, a description of the app and the technology it uses.

ENTRY CONDITIONS:  In order to be eligible for this Contest, the submitted entry, in whole and in part (and its entrant) must comply with all terms stated in the Rules. In addition and without limitation to any other entry requirements stated herein, the submitted app must:

  • Use two or more of the following Watson Developer Cloud APIs: Dialog, Retrieve and Rank, Natural Language Classifier and Document Conversion.
  • Be able to interact with users using natural language sentences and doesn't rely solely on multiple-choice or yes/no questions.
  • Uses voice and/or text input. Use of additional Watson services, such as Speech to Text and Text to Speech, will be looked upon favorably in the judging process.
  • Meets all guidelines for Contest submission as stated in the Rules, including using only publicly-available code and training materials, along with a working demo and description (which will be hosted after the Contest).
  • Be capable of being posted in the App Gallery and comply with its requirements (entrants must work with the IBM Watson team to enable this)

Further, by entering this Contest, participants hereby represent, warrant and covenant (as applicable), and agree to produce written evidence of such if requested, that:

(i)              The entry, in whole and in part, does not violate or infringe upon any laws, rules or regulation, nor violate or infringe upon any proprietary or intellectual property rights, including copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights, or any other rights whatsoever of any person and/or entity;

(ii)             The entry, in whole and in part, is submitted to the Contest by or with the permission of all persons (living or deceased), venues and/or entities who worked on, were engaged to work on, or contributed in any respect to the entry or any part thereof, who are depicted (directly or indirectly) in the entry by name, likeness, voice, image or any other information or indicia of persona, or who otherwise have any right, title and interest in and to the entry or any part thereof (including but not limited to rights arising from a work for hire relationship), and all such persons, venues, and/or entities have provided their written consent to submission of the entry and its use pursuant to the Rules; 

(iii)        The entry is the original creation of the Participant and/or Participant has all title, rights, licenses, permissions and consents necessary to the entry and to submit it into this Contest and to grant all of the rights granted to the Promotion Entities in these Rules (and in any written Agreement signed by participant), and the exercise thereof by the Promotion Entities and/or the use by them of the rights granted by participant, in whole or in part, does not and will not give rise to any alleged or actual claims, disputes, actions, damages or liabilities, including but not limited to those for disputes or payment of any kind, including without limitation infringement of intellectual property rights, royalties, residuals, attribution, credit, dues, approval or consultation rights, or any rights of participation, attribution, or any other fees, costs, or expenses, arising out of the submission, use, exhibition and/or any other use or exploitation of the entry, in whole and in part, the use thereof by Sponsor, and the exercise by Promotion Entities of any of the rights granted in these Official Rules;

(iv)            The entry in whole or in part contains no malware, including viruses, trojans, worms, spyware or any other harmful software, code or other malicious devices; and

(v)             The entry in whole or in part contains no pornographic, sexually explicit (including nudity), defamatory, offensive, violent, harmful, discriminatory, cruel, abusive, highly political, religious or sensitive contest, or illegal content (including but not limited to gambling (in China), and/or technology or other content that is prohibited from export), content of an obscene or menacing character, and does not otherwise offend against reasonable standards of taste and decency (as solely determined by Sponsor in its absolute discretion).

By submitting an entry, without limiting any other provision herein, Participants agree the Promotion Entities are not responsible for, and shall be indemnified, defended, released and held harmless for/from any claims, actions, disputes, damages or liabilities between a Participant and any other Participant and/or third party or entity relating to the entry, in whole or in part. Proof that an entry is submitted or uploaded, or otherwise created is not proof or evidence that the app and/or entrant is eligible for the Contest.

Limit one (1) entry per person/team/small organization. For purposes of the Contest and pursuant to these Rules, unless otherwise specified, the app and any and all materials and information submitted by an eligible Participant in any and all formats/media/medium will collectively constitute the “entry”. Once submitted an entry may not be cancelled or deleted, and will not be returned. The entry as a whole will be considered and judged, but may be posted, viewed and used by the Promotion Entities in whole or in part, as provided herein and by others interested in, involved with, or administering the Contest. Participants assume all risk of ineligible, non-compliant, damaged, lost, late, incomplete, invalid, incorrect, incompatible, non-functioning, untimely, or misdirected entries, in whole or in part. SPONSOR MAKES NO WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION OR GUARANTEE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN CONNECTION WITH ITS ABILITY TO IN ANY WAY ENABLE, DEVELOP, MARKET OR PROMOTE THE ENTRANT, THE ENTRY, NOR THE IDEAS OR TECHNOLOGY EMBODIED OR SET FORTH IN THE ENTRY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART.  

Without limitation, Sponsor reserves the right to immediately disqualify and/or remove at any time (before, during or after the Contest) any entry and/or entrant for any reason in its absolute discretion. Without limiting the foregoing, if at any time an entrant and/or winner is found to have breached, violated or failed to comply with these Rules (or any subsequent Agreement), in whole or in part, at any time, or is or found at any time to have been ineligible, they will be immediately disqualified and agree to immediately return in full any and all prizes to Sponsor (if applicable).

Participants understand, recognize and accept that, without fault of the Promotion Entities, other persons may have provided one or more of the Promotion Entities, or others, or made public, or may in the future submit, or make public, materials that are the same or similar to participant’s entry. Further, participants have independent access to, may create or have created technologies, methods, materials and ideas which may be similar or identical in whole or in part to another entry in concept, code, theme, idea, format or other respects. In the event that an entry is identical or similar to the entry of another Participant, the Sponsor and Judges reserve the right to score one entry higher than the other, subject to the judging criteria set forth herein, in the discretion of Sponsor and Judges. Entries may not be acknowledged and will not be received or held “in confidence” or “in trust” and by submitting an entry it does not create a confidential relationship or obligation of secrecy between participant and any of the Promotion Entities. Participants will not now or in the future be entitled to any approval, rights of compensation, or any other payment; unless adjudged and verified a winner pursuant to these Rules, and in such event, only to the extent of the prize award. Further, Participants and winners agree that by submitting an entry and/or receiving a prize in the Contest does NOT give rise to or in any way create, either express or implied, any employer/employee, joint or co-venture, principle/agent, or any other employment, fiduciary, or other relationship, between them and any one or more of the Promotion Entities, or any other person or entity. The Promotion Entities disclaim all responsibility and liability relating to all of the above; by entering Participants agree to release, indemnify, defend and hold them harmless in all respects thereto.

JUDGING CRITERIA/WINNER SELECTION: Eligible entries will be judged by a panel of subject matter experts selected by Sponsor using the following Judging Criteria. Scores will not be made public at any time.

Use of Watson Services – The judges will be looking at how well the participant used a combination of Watson Developer Cloud services to enhance their application.

Relevance to the Challenge - Each qualified submission will be judged based on the extent to which the application solves a real-world problem using a conversational interface.

Quality of the Code – The perceived ability of future developers to build upon what you create, and the ease of code readability and reuse.

Overall Appeal - From a user standpoint, how easy is the application to use, how well could the application function when applied in a real-world setting.

 

Winner Selection: Assuming sufficient eligible entries are received, it is anticipated that potential prize winners will be selected based on their highest combined score in accordance with the above equally weighted Judging Criteria. Sponsor may, but without obligation, select more than the stated number of winners if found to be of exceptional quality in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to select fewer than the stated number of IBM prize winners due to insufficient eligible and qualified IBM entries/entrants. By way of example only, Sponsor reserves the absolute right in its sole discretion to disqualify as ineligible entries that do not provide (in Sponsor sole determination) a credible or feasible use of WDC services, appear not to have been submitted in good faith, or are otherwise lacking or non-compliant. All IBM prize awards are subject to Sponsor’s verification of entrant/entry’s eligibility and compliance.

In the case of a tie, the tie will be broken (among the tied entries) by the highest combined score(s) in the Use of Watson Services category, and if a tie still remains the tie will be broken (among the remaining tied entries) by the entry with the highest score in the Relevance to the Challenge category. In the event any potential winner is disqualified, forfeits the opportunity to continue/receive a prize in the Contest, or is otherwise unable or unwilling to participate, an alternate potential winner may be selected (in Sponsor’s sole discretion) based on score.

PRIZES: Subject to receiving sufficient eligible entries, the following prize(s) are available to be awarded:

Grand Prize (1): Each entrant of the Grand Prize winning team shall receive a ticket to World of Watson hackathon and the opportunity to showcase the app, an Apple Watch, and a Watson swag package. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) $1,145.

First Prize (1): Each entrant of the First Prize winning team shall receive an Apple iPad Air 2 (16GB, WiFi), and a Watson swag package. ARV $599.

Second Prize (1): Each entrant of the Second Prize winning team shall receive a GoPro + Action Camera, and a Watson swag package. ARV $400.

Limit one (1) prize per entrant on winning team, up to 5 maximum registered team members (regardless of how many worked on the winning entry). Winners may be promoted on the Watson Blog and through IBM social media channels. All prize awards are contingent upon verification of potential winner and entry, confirmation of their eligibility to receive a prize, and compliance with the Rules.

Prize winners must be able to accept the prize in its entirety or not at all, or else prize may be forfeited (in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion). All potential winners of prizes will be notified by e-mail or telephone (in Sponsor’s absolute discretion) using the information provided in the entry. Potential winners may be required to sign and return a Declaration of Eligibility, Release of Liability, and where legal, Publicity Release for receipt by Sponsor within the time/date specified by Sponsor, or else prize will be forfeited in its entirety and an alternate winner will be selected in accordance with their score assuming sufficient eligible entries are received. In the event a potential winner cannot be reached using the contact information provided on the entry on or within two (2) separate attempts, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate potential winner may be selected. In the event of disqualification of a selected potential winner for noncompliance, ineligibility, if a potential winner refuses or fails to complete and return release documents as directed on or within the time stated, or for any other reason, that prize will be forfeited in its entirety and Sponsor will not award that respective prize. Returned, undelivered, unclaimed, forfeited or otherwise un-awarded prizes will not be (re)awarded. Sponsor shall have the right, where necessary, to undertake all action and/or require further information as is reasonable to protect itself, or any of the Promotion Entities against fraudulent or invalid claims, potential public scandal, ridicule, or disrepute in awarding the prize to any Participant.

Prizes are not assignable or transferable in whole or in part. No cash or prize substitutions allowed, in whole or in part; except Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of comparable value. In no event will Sponsor or Promotion Partners be responsible for awarding more than the stated value/number of prizes.

TAXES: All winners are solely responsible for any local, state, federal or any other applicable taxes, compliance with (governmental) reporting, filing and documentation requirements, and for any other costs, expenses and fees connected with their acceptance and use of the Prize. Prizes will be awarded to and in the name of the individual Participant, or to and in the name of the business or small organization if applicable.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: THESE OFFICIAL RULES SHALL GOVERN THE EVENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ENTRY, PARTICIPATION, ELIGIBILITY TO RECEIVE A PRIZE, VERIFICATION OF ENTRY, AND PARTICIPANTS AND OUR RESPECTIVE OBLIGATIONS WITH RESPECT THERETO. USE OF THE SITE, INFORMATION PRACTICES, AND ALL OTHER GENERAL TERMS ARE GOVERNED BY SPONSOR’S TERMS OF USE FOR THE WEBSITE AND/OR PRIVACY POLICY AS APPLICABLE. IN THE EVENT OF A DISCREPANCY BETWEEN ANY INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION, AND/OR TRANSLATION RELATED TO OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEST, THESE RULES (IN THEIR ENGLISH VERSION) SHALL GOVERN TO ADDRESS ISSUES RELATING TO THE CONTEST. If any item or provision contained in these Official Rules or any part thereof is declared or becomes unenforceable, invalid or illegal for any reason, all other terms and provisions of these Official Rules shall remain in full force and effect as if these Rules had been executed without the offending provision appearing therein. 

Without limiting any other right or term herein, a Participant may be disqualified from the Contest immediately if, in Sponsor’s (or its authorized representative’s) absolute discretion, it reasonably believes the participant has, is suspected of, appears to, or has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of the event, is suspected at any time of engaging in artifice, cheating, deception, fraud, using multiple identities, engaging in illegal, harmful, dangerous, unsportsmanlike activities or obnoxious behaviour, or other unfair practices, or has or attempts to annoy, abuse, threaten, harass, or intimidate or cause harm to any other participant, any of the Promotion Entities, or any other person or cause damage, destruction or loss of property.

Participants acknowledge that entries may be subject to United States export laws, regardless of location or nationality. Participants agree to comply with all applicable export controls, including, but not limited to, the United States Department of Commerce's Export Administration Regulations, sanctions programs administered by the United States Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, and any export laws applicable in Participant’s country of residence.  Participant further warrants that their entries are authorized for export from the United States under these laws.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS: As between Promotion Entities and the Participant, the Participant has and retains all intellectual and proprietary rights in and to the entry that Participant had at time of submission of the entry. As a condition of entry, Participant grants Promotion Entities a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, publicly perform, publicly display and create a derivative work from any entry in whole or in part that Participant submits to this Contest for the purposes of allowing Promotion Entities to test and evaluate the entry for purposes of this Contest, to administer the technical and other requirements of the entry including distribution of the entry to the Promotion Entities, and for prize award verification. Nothing in these Rules, the participation by participants in the Contest, or Contest materials or related communications preclude IBM from using the ideas, concepts and know-how which are developed in the course of entrant’s participation in the Contest, at any time, or be deemed to limit IBM’s rights to provide similar IBM technology, services, products or any other offerings (“IBM Offerings”) to other customers. Entrants agree that IBM may use any feedback provided by entrant at any time related to IBM and/or any IBM Offerings for any IBM business purpose, without requiring consent including reproduction and preparation of derivative works based upon such feedback, as well as distribution of such derivative works. Furthermore, Participants also agree that Sponsor is free to use any of the ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques submitted as part of or in connection with the entry for any purpose. 

PRIVACY AND PUBLICITY: Participants agree that personal data entered during the registration and submission may be processed, stored, and otherwise used for the purposes and within the context of the Contest and as permitted by and in accordance with the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy found at http://www.ibm.com/privacy/us/en/. This data will be collected and maintained within the United States. By entering, Participants expressly agree to the transmission, processing, and storage of this personal data in the United States. By accepting a prize, participant agrees and consents to Promotion Entities (and its authorized representatives’) use of Participant's name, image and/or likeness, hometown/country, biographical information, in any and all media now known or hereinafter developed (including but not limited to the world wide web, wireless an digital platforms, and the Internet) for promotional, marketing and advertising purposes without additional approval or compensation, unless prohibited by U.S. law.  Participants also understand this data may be used by Sponsor to verify a Participant's identity and eligibility to receive a Prize.  Participants have the right to access, review, rectify or cancel any personal data held by Sponsor in connection with the Contest by writing to Sponsor at the address listed herein.

RELEASE AND INDEMNIFICATION: To the maximum extent permitted by law, Participants and winners agree to release, indemnify, defend and hold harmless (“release”) Sponsor, and all other Promotion Entities, their parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and divisions, and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents (“Released Parties”) from and against any and all threatened or actual actions, liabilities, claims, demands, losses, settlements, fines, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorney fees) whether or not litigation is commenced (“disputes”) arising at any time from participation in the Contest, the entry (in whole or in part), any Contest and/or prize-related activity or inability to participate in or parts thereof, the delivery, acceptance, use, mis-use of a prize or any failure with respect thereto, personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light (whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory, any act, default, omission, non-compliance, and/or a violation or breach of any agreement, representation, warranty or covenant made herein, or any other agreements by/with Participant, the Promotion Entities, and/or any other party or entity. Further, to the maximum extent permitted by law, and without limiting the foregoing, Participants and winners agrees to release the Released Parties from and against any and all threatened or actual disputes arising at any time directly or indirectly  from  any dispute brought by any persons or entities (who may be other than a party to the Rules) arising from or related to an entry, participation and/or involvement in any other respect with an event and/or the Event, and/or the delivery, acceptance, use, mis-use of a prize or any failure with respect thereto.  To the maximum extent permitted by law, Participants and winners covenant not to sue any Released Party or cause them to be sued regarding any matter released above; and further covenant not to disaffirm, limit or rescind this release to the fullest extent permitted by law. A waiver by one or more of the Promotion Entities of any term in these Official Rules does not constitute a waiver of any other provision.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: IN NO EVENT WILL THE RELEASED PARTIES BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THIS CONTEST, PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST OR PRIZE ACTIVITIES OR ELEMENTS THEREOF, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE SUBMISSION OF AN ENTRY, PARTICIPANT’S ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE PROMOTIONAL WEBSITE OR THE UPLOADING OF MATERIALS TO THE WEBSITE, AND/OR THE DELIVERY, ACCEPTANCE AND/OR USE/MISUSE OF A PRIZE.

NETWORKS AND CANCELLATION: Promotion Entities are not responsible for typographical error; technical, network, computer, digital, telephone, cable, electronic, or hardware or software malfunctions, failures, connections, problems; incompatibility; unavailable, garbled, corrupt, or jumbled transmissions; service provider, Internet, web site, blog site, user net accessibility, availability or congestion; unauthorized human intervention or security breach; the unauthorized access to, alteration of entries in whole or in part, the incorrect or inaccurate capture or processing of entries, or other information, nor for the failure to process, collect or communicate any such information; electronic errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, and/or delays; or loss, theft or destruction of any entry, or other Contest related materials or information, in whole or in part.  If for any reason the Contest or any part thereof, is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, cheating, technical failures, a force majeure event, or any other causes similar or dissimilar which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest, or any element thereof, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to select only potential winners in each category/prize level from eligible, non-suspect entries received (prior to the intervening event or otherwise), but only if doing so is deemed commercially practicable/feasible, fair and equitable in Sponsor’s determination under the circumstances. Any attempt by a Participant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest is a violation of U.S. criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify Participant and seek damages from any such Participant to the fullest extent of the law.

FORUM AND RECOURSE TO JUDICIAL PROCEDURES: These Rules shall be governed by, subject to, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, United States of America, without regard to conflict of law rules. If any provision(s) of these Official Rules is/are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect. To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, seek injunctive relief, or make any other recourse to judicial proceedings in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Contest are hereby excluded, and all Participants expressly waive any and all such rights.

WINNER'S LIST: Winners of Prizes will be posted on the Website, anticipated to be available on or within ten (10) days of winner verification and confirmation.

For a copy of these Official Rules, go to http://watson-dev-challenge.devpost.com/rules. Sponsor reserves the right, without notice or prior approval, to modify or supersede these Official Rules in its sole reasonable discretion and in such event will post revised Rules on the Website, which will continue to govern all aspects of the Contest.