Egypt Imagine Cup 2017
Official Rules & Regulations
COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES
These are the Official Rules that govern how the Microsoft Imagine Cup Competitions operate (the "Competition"). In these rules, "we," "our," and "us" refer to Microsoft Egypt, the sponsor of this Competition. “You” and “Yourself” refer to an eligible entrant.
The Imagine Cup is a skill-based competition. The object of this competition is to create innovative and original software applications. Open to students around the world, the competition spans one year, beginning with national and online competitions, and culminating at the World Finals.
We encourage you to carefully review the details for the Competition before registering or submitting an entry.
All Competitions offered as part of Imagine Cup are governed by these Official Rules. If there are any inconsistencies between the clauses in these Official Rules, and the similar companion clause in Specific Competition Rules, these Official Rules will govern.
These Official Rules govern specifically the Imagine Cup Egypt National Finals.
CAN I ENTER?
Unless otherwise indicated in the specific Competition Rules, you are eligible to enter if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:
- You are at least 16 years of age as of July 31 2016 and are actively enrolled as a student at an accredited Egyptian educational institution that grants high-school or college/university (or equivalent) degrees (including home schools) at any time between 1 January 2016 and
31 May 2017; and If you are considered a minor in Egypt (under 21 years), then you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Competition.
- You are a current resident of Egypt
- You are NOT a resident of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria; and o U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore, residents of these countries/regions are not eligible to participate.
- You are not an employee or intern of Microsoft Corporation, or an employee of a
Microsoft subsidiary, at any time between 1 January 2017 and 31 July 2017; and
- You are not involved in any part of the execution or administration of this Competition; and
- You are not an immediate family member of (parent, sibling, spouse/domestic partner, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Competition between 1 January 2017 and 31 July 2017.
If you are a Microsoft campus representative (e.g. a Microsoft Student Partner https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftstudentpartners.aspx) and you meet the eligibility criteria set forth above, you may enter the Competition, but you are prohibited from using Microsoft property or resources, including without limitation: Microsoft networks, hardware tools and technology resources and/or the counsel of Microsoft employees, in connection with the creation or execution of an entry. Very simply, you cannot use any resources which are not also broadly available to all other students.
If you have previously competed in an Imagine Cup World Finals event as a World Finalist, you are eligible to enter but any entry submitted must be substantially new, unique, and different from anything you’ve brought to World Finals before. You need to declare the details of your previous submission(s) to Imagine Cup World Finals.
This Competition is void outside the geographic area described above and wherever else prohibited by law.
TEAMS AND MENTORS
Up to three (3) eligible students may submit a single entry as a team. It is recommended that each team (or individual if competing alone) enlist the services of a mentor. Mentors may be from academic institutions, not-for-profit organizations, or private companies.
- You may have assistance with your project from additional students beyond the three who are your official team. Such assistance is typically in the area of specific disciplines such as graphic design or business plan development. Any such additional students are not considered members of your team for purposes of these rules and they will not be eligible for any prizes, they will not be included in the award ceremony, nor will they be recognized in official communications such as press releases. Only the three team members you officially register with us are eligible for prizes, award ceremony inclusion, and official communications.
- Team members may come from different academic institutions and from different countries .
- Each team is allowed only one mentor.
- Each competitor may belong to only one team within the competition.
- To compete, each team member should create an account at https://compete.imagine.microsoft.com/ and register for the competition. Once registered, any one of the team members can create a new team and invite the remaining team members to join. The remaining team members must accept the invitations by 31 May 2017 to be recognized as qualified members of the team.
- If your Team is invited to participate in the World Finals, Microsoft Egypt will provide travel and accommodations for each registered member, and your Team must send at least one member to compete at the World Finals. If your Team is unable to send at least one member for any reason, then we may disqualify your entire Team and invite the next highest scoring Team to participate.
- Each Team is solely responsible for its own cooperation and teamwork. In no event will Sponsor officiate in any dispute regarding the conduct or cooperation of any Team or its members.
HOW DO I ENTER?
To participate in Imagine Cup 2017, you must first create an account at https://compete.imagine.microsoft.com/. Once you have registered you can sign up for the competition and start building your team.
HOW MANY ENTRIES CAN I SUBMIT?
You may only submit one entry to the Competition.
If you make multiple submissions to the same Competition or Challenge, we will only use the last one you submitted and earlier ones will be disqualified. This does allow you to throw out and replace your project, for example, if you decide your initial approach isn’t working.
We will disqualify any incomplete or illegible entries that we receive. We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason.
GENERAL STANDARDS FOR ENTRIES
The intent and spirit of the Competition is to test the skills and creativity of the student entrants. Anyone acting as a team Mentor, or in any mentorship role, where allowed (for example, local, regional, or global sponsors), must limit the level of support provided to student entrants to general guidance and must not contribute in any way that may be considered original authorship, or in a way that may enable claims of rights or ownership to the submitted entries. In no event will work-on-behalf of teams or individuals be allowed.
In addition to the competition rules and requirements, to be eligible for judging, all entries must meet the following general standards:
- All entry materials must be presented and/or submitted in the English language unless otherwise specified.
- If you are required to make an oral presentation or provide supporting materials, these presentations and materials must be presented and/or submitted in the English language unless otherwise specified.
- You are responsible for providing your own translator if you need one. Microsoft staff cannot serve as translators for your team. It is acceptable for mentors to serve as translators but they must only translate the spoken words of team members and not make a presentation on behalf of the team.
- The content of your entry and any supporting materials must be acceptable for all viewing audiences. We will automatically disqualify any entrant that submits any entry or supporting materials that contain text, sound or images that we, in our sole opinion and
for any reason, find vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate for public viewing, in breach of the applicable laws and regulations, or that presents us in a negative light.
By submitting an entry in this Competition, you confirm that, to the best of your knowledge:
- Your entry meets the requirements set forth above and in any applicable specific Competition Rules; and
- The entirety of the entry is your/your teams original work; and for Competitions which require a video entry, please note the video must be solely the work of the team and any students assisting the team, including but not limited to, the actual filming, editing, graphic design, etc. of the video.
- You/your teams have obtained any and all consents, approvals, or licenses required for you to submit your entry.
Important note about Copyright: Your team’s entire entry must only include material (including source code – both open source and third party sourced, user interface, music, video or images) that you own or that you have permission from the copyright/trademark owner to use. Your team’s entry may not include copyrighted materials (such as source code, user interface, background music, images or video) unless you own or have permission to use the materials. Ownership is not defined as purchasing a CD at a music store for replay, playing a copyright recording on your guitar or repurposing an application’s user interface - your team’s entry will be disqualified if copyrighted materials, including but not limited to these examples, are a part of your entry without appropriate licensing or permissions. If you do use permissible copyrighted materials, you must include the permissions information by citing the artist/creator and license information as per the respective Competition Rules. Note that even material released under sites such as Creative Commons, common open source code licenses, and other similar licensing may need permission or acknowledgement as per the specific license. Note: your team’s entry will be disqualified if permissions information is not included as per the requirements in the specific Competition Rules.
Important note about Hardware: If your project includes a hardware component, you are not expected to provide that hardware for judging unless you are making an in-person presentation or hands-on demo, at which point your solution must be complete and functional for evaluation by the judges. For any stage of the judging process that does not include an in-person presentation, you may explain your complete solution through your submission documentation. Any submitted software, however, should simulate hardware-related data and functionality so that your software can at least be evaluated for user experience design, platform compatibility, and so forth. If elements of your solution cannot reasonably be simulated, describe those omissions in your submission and work around those areas as best you can to enable the judges to evaluate as much of your project as is possible.
Important note about Connectivity/Authentication Requirements: If your project incorporates some form of remote connectivity requiring authentication that our judges cannot perform then attempt to simulate as much of your functionality as is reasonable to enable the judges in early rounds to evaluate your software. You should also describe any simulations and omissions in your submission so the judges understand and can evaluate accordingly. If you compete in the World Finals, however, it is imperative that the judges on site be able to evaluate your solution hands-on so please make arrangements and preparations as necessary to support that evaluation should your team become a world finalist. Internet connectivity will be provided at World Finals for all teams.
We reserve the right to disqualify or reject any entry that we, in our sole and absolute discretion, determine does not meet the above criteria. If, in any Competition, we do not receive a sufficient number of entries meeting the entry requirements, we may, at our discretion, select fewer than the designated number of winners. The decisions of the judges are final and binding in all matters related to the Competition.
Competition phases for Egypt National Finals:
|Proposal Submission start date||27th of Jan 2017|
|Final Date for proposals submission||30th of March 2017|
|National Semifinals Round #1||8th of April 2017|
|National Semifinals Round #2||15th of April 2017|
|Egypt National Finals||20th of April 2017|
For any inquiries regarding Egypt National Finals, please reach out to ICEgypt2017@microsoft.com
HOW WILL ENTRIES BE JUDGED?
In every round, each entry will receive a score of 1-100, based on the following criteria. Entries are re-evaluated at each round on the basis of the latest version of the software, so your continued development progress may raise your next score.
|Technology||• Does the project make effective and appropriate use of the major features of its chosen platform(s)? Were there significant platform features or even platforms the project could have benefitted from but failed to utilize? (20 points)
• Does the project include innovations in technical design and/or implementation? (10 points)
• Does the project include innovations in user experience? (10 points)
• Does the project have a professional degree of production in terms of performance, user interface, visuals, and audio? (10 points)
|Innovation||• Does the project create a new category of product or service? (10 points)
• Does the project clearly and meaningfully innovate beyond existing products or services? (10 points)
|Concept|| Does the project have a clear target market or audience? (5 points)||15%|
|||Does the project address a clear need, problem, or opportunity and is the solution clearly explained? (5 points)|
|||Is the project’s purpose and basic functionality easily understood? (5 points)|
|Feasibility||||Does the team have a credible plan for getting their project to market in terms of business model, any required partnerships, or other factors? (5 points)|
|||Does the team have any form of external validation for their project such as customer surveys, focus group|
|||tests, an active beta-test program, recommendations from subject-matter experts, or potential investors? (5 points)
Does the project have a reasonable chance of success in its appropriate market given the team’s existing plan?
Prize will be specified soon
If you are confirmed as a winner:
- You may not exchange non-cash prizes for cash or any other merchandise or services. However, if for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value; and
- You may not designate someone else as the winner. If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we may award it to the next highest scoring Team/entrant; and
- If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize; and
- If you are otherwise eligible, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, then we may award the prize to your parent/legal guardian on your behalf; and
- Unless otherwise noted, all prizes are subject to their manufacturer’s warranty and/or terms and conditions; and
- Mentors of winning teams are not awarded any cash prizes in association with their participation in Imagine Cup.
Important note about cash prizes: All cash or bank checks must be deposited within 90 days of the validity date printed on the check. If the check expires, you will not be reissued a new one.
We are not responsible for any dispute regarding prize dispersal.
All notifications we attempt to make to you/your Team are subject to the following conditions:
- If you/your Team is selected to advance in any Competition, we may notify you by sending a message to the e-mail address or mailing address (if any) you provided at time of sign up within the timelines designated in the specific Competition rules.
- If we require that you affirmatively accept an invitation to further compete in any Competition, and the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable, we may disqualify your Team and extend an invitation to the next highest scoring Team/entrant.
- If there is a dispute as to the identity of a particular entrant, we will consider the entrant to be the authorized account holder of the e-mail provided at time of sign up.
- If you are a minor in your place of residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf.
- If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select the next highest scoring Team/entrant.
HOW WILL MY ENTRY POTENTIALLY BE USED?
Other than what is set forth below, we are not claiming any ownership rights to your entry. However, by submitting your entry, you:
- Are granting us an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to: (i) use, review, assess, test, and otherwise analyze your entry and all its content in connection with this Competition; and (ii) feature your entry and all its content in connection with the marketing, sale, or promotion of this Competition (including but not limited to internal and external presentations, tradeshows, and screen shots of the competition entry process in press releases) in all media (now known or later developed);
- Agree to sign any necessary documentation that may be required for us and our designees to make use of the rights you granted above;
- Agree to assist us and the Sponsors in the creation of case studies or white papers (together "Studies") detailing your entry or entries. Studies will not include any confidential participant information. Upon your approval of the Studies’ accuracy, you agree to give us and the Sponsors permission to display the Studies including trademarks, logos, and other identifying information contained therein, on our and the Sponsors websites and in other documentation. This documentation may take various forms, including printed materials, online articles, video, audio, and other digital recordings;
- Understand and acknowledge that the Sponsor may have developed or commissioned materials similar or identical to your submission and you waive any claims you may have resulting from any similarities to your entry;
- Understand that we cannot control the incoming information you will disclose to our representatives in the course of entering, or what our representatives will remember about your entry. You also understand that we will not restrict work assignments of representatives who have had access to your entry. By entering this Competition, you agree that use of information in our representatives unaided memories in the development or deployment of our products or services does not create liability for us under this agreement or copyright or trade secret law;
- Understand that you will not receive any compensation or credit for use of your entry, other than what is described in these Official Rules.
Please note that during and after this Competition your entry may be posted on a website selected by us for viewing by visitors to that website. We are not responsible for any unauthorized use of your entry by visitors to this website.
While we reserve these rights, we are not obligated to use your entry for any purpose, even if it has been selected as a winning entry.
If you do not want to grant us these rights to your entry, please do not enter this Competition.
WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS AM I AGREEING TO BY ENTERING?
By entering this Competition you agree:
- To abide by the Official Rules; and
- To release and hold harmless Microsoft, and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Competition or any prize won; and
- That Microsoft’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Competition; and
- That, by accepting a prize, Microsoft may use your proper name and state, country, or region of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this
Competition, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.
WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE WAY THIS COMPETITION IS EXECUTED AND ADMINISTERED?
This Competition will be governed by the laws of Egypt, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the competent courts of Egypt for any disputes arising out of this Competition.
WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE COMPETITION CAN'T RUN AS IT WAS PLANNED?
If someone cheats, or a virus, bug, bot, catastrophic event, natural disaster, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and/or integrity of this Competition, we reserve the right to cancel, change, or suspend this Competition, without liability. This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Competition, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Competition.
If you or your Team attempts to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Competition, or if we have reason to believe that you or your Team have compromised the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Competition by cheating, hacking, creating a bot or other automated program, or by committing fraud in any way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law. Further, we may disqualify you, and ban you from participating in any of our future Competitions, so please play fairly.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHO WON?
- Winners who will qualify to semifinals rounds and national final will be notified through email
- A full list of all winners will be published on Microsoft Developers Facebook page