Cisco Meraki Global Hackathon 2022 (the “Hackathon”)

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

SUBMISSION OF ANY ENTRY CONSTITUTES AGREEMENT TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES AS A CONTRACT BETWEEN ENTRANT (AND EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER OF ENTRANT), THE HACKATHON SPONSOR, AND DEVPOST, INC. (“DEVPOST”). 

 

1. Dates and Timing

Submission Period: October 25, 2022 (11:00 am Eastern Time) – October 27, 2022 (11:00 am Eastern Time) (“Submission Period”).

Voting/Judging Period: October 27, 2022 (11:00 am Eastern Time) – November 3, 2022 (8:00 pm Eastern Time) (“Judging Period” and “Public Voting Period”).

Winners Announced: On or around November 7, 2022 (11:00 am Eastern Time).

 

2. Sponsor and Administrator

Meraki LLC (“Cisco Meraki”) (500 Terry A Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94158, United States)

 

3. Eligibility

A. The Hackathon IS open to: 

      Individuals who, as of the time of entry: (i) are employed by and representing an authorized Cisco Meraki reseller (“Reseller”),  (ii) are at least the age of majority where they reside, (iii) have the permission of the applicable Reseller to participate in the Hackathon and accept the prizes described below if awarded to such individual and (iv) and are domiciled in a country, state, province or territory where the laws of the United States or local law does not prohibit participating, or receiving a prize, in the Hackathon (“Eligible Individuals”);

      Teams of Eligible Individuals (“Teams”); and

      Organizations (including corporations, not-for-profit corporations and other nonprofit organizations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and other legal entities) that exist and have been organized or incorporated at the time of entry and are Resellers.

(the above are collectively, “Entrants”)

Eligible Individuals and each member of a Team are solely responsible for informing the applicable Reseller of their participation in the Hackathon, and compliance with any applicable laws, contractual limitations and procedures established by the Reseller related to their participation.  An Eligible Individual may join more than one Team or Organization and an Eligible Individual who is part of a Team or Organization may also enter the Hackathon on an individual basis. If a Team or Organization is entering the Hackathon, they must appoint and authorize one Eligible Individual (the “Representative”) to represent, act, and enter a Submission, on their behalf. By entering a Submission on behalf of a Team or Organization you represent and warrant that you are the Representative authorized to act on behalf of your Team or Organization.

 

B. The Hackathon IS NOT open to: 

      Individuals who are residents of, Teams made up of residents of, or Organizations domiciled in, a country, state, province or territory where the laws of the United States or local law prohibits or restricts participating, or receiving a prize, in the Hackathon (including, but not limited to, Brazil, Quebec, Russia, Crimea, Belarus, Donetsk People's Republic, Luhansk People's Republic, Cuba, Sudan, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Myanmar (Burma), Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and any other country or jurisdiction designated by the United States Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control)

      Organizations involved with the design, production, paid promotion, execution, or distribution of the Hackathon, including the Sponsor (“Promotion Entities”).

      Employees, contractors, representatives and agents** of such Promotion Entities, and all members of their immediate family or household*

      Any other individual involved with the design, production, promotion, execution, or distribution of the Hackathon, and each member of their immediate family or household*

      Any Judge (defined below), or company or individual that employs a Judge

      Any parent company, subsidiary, or other affiliate*** of any organization described above

      Employees or internally contracted vendors of governments and government-affiliated companies or organizations

 

      Any employee whose employer’s guidelines or regulations do not allow entry into the Hackathon or acceptance of the prize(s)

      Any other individual or organization whose participation in the Hackathon would create, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor, a real or apparent conflict of interest

*The members of an individual’s immediate family include the individual’s spouse, children and stepchildren, parents and stepparents, and siblings and stepsiblings. The members of an individual’s household include any other person that shares the same residence as the individual for at least three (3) months out of the year.

**Agents include individuals or organizations that in creating a Submission to the Hackathon, are acting on behalf of, and at the direction of, a Promotion Entity through a contractual or similar relationship.

***An affiliate is: (a) an organization that is under common control, sharing a common majority or controlling owner, or common management; or (b) an organization that has a substantial ownership in, or is substantially owned by the other organization.

C. The Hackathon is void where prohibited or restricted by law.

 

4. How To Enter

Entrants may enter the Hackathon by visiting http://cisco-meraki-hackathon-2022.devpost.com/ (“Hackathon Website”) and following the below steps:

      Register for the Hackathon on the Hackathon Website by clicking the “Join Hackathon” button. To complete registration, sign up to create a free Devpost account, or log in with an existing Devpost account. This will enable you to receive important updates and to create your Submission and access the “Enter a Submission” page.

      Entrants will obtain access to the Required Developer Tools and to complete a Project described below in Project Requirements. Use of the developer tools will be subject to the license agreement related thereto. Entry in the Hackathon constitutes consent for the Sponsor and Devpost to collect and maintain an entrant’s personal information for the purpose of operating and publicizing the Hackathon.

      Access to the Meraki API(s) is available here: https://developer.cisco.com/meraki/api-latest/

      Complete and enter all of the required fields on the “Enter a Submission” page of the Hackathon Website (each a “Submission”) during the Submission Period and follow the requirements below.

Project Requirements

(i) What to Create: Entrants must create a working software application that uses at least one Meraki API (the “Required Developer Tools”) and fits into one of the following categories (the “Categories”):

      Define Your Own Challenge

      Automate Everything

      Hybrid Work

      Smart Spaces

(each a “Project”). At any time, and in its sole discretion, the Sponsor will have the ability to re-assign a submitted Submission from one Category to another.

(ii) Functionality: The Project must be capable of being successfully installed and running consistently on the platform for which it is intended and must function as depicted in the video and/or expressed in the text description.

(iii) Platforms: A submitted Project must run on the platform for which it is intended and which is specified below in these Project Requirements.

(iv) New & Existing: Projects must be either newly created by the Entrant or, if the Entrant’s Project existed prior to the Hackathon Submission Period, must have been significantly updated after the start of the Hackathon Submission Period.

(v) Third Party Integrations: If a Project integrates any third-party SDK, APIs and/or data, Entrant must be authorized to use them.

(vi) Testing: The Entrant must make the Project available free of charge and without any restriction, for testing, evaluation and use by the Sponsor and Judges until the Judging Period ends.

If the Project includes software that runs on proprietary or third party hardware that is not widely available to the public, including software running on devices or wearable technology other than smartphones, tablets, or desktop computers, the Sponsor reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to require the Entrant to provide physical access to the Project hardware upon request.  For Projects running on widely available smartphones, tablets, or desktop computers, Entrants may make their Project available using one of the following methods:

      a smartphone or tablet (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, or Kindle)

      a web browser (mobile or desktop)

      a desktop computer (Windows PC, Mac Desktop)

      a Meraki MT30 smart automation button (available by request for participating teams based out of the United States).

      other hardware (including, but not limited to, wearable technology, open source hardware, or proprietary hardware)

Public Distribution: The Entrant may make the Project available to the public via a website or online store but is not required to do so.

Submission Requirements. Submissions to the Hackathon must meet the following requirements:

      Include a Project built with the Required Developer Tools and meets the above Project Requirements.

      Include a text description that should clearly and concisely explain the features and functionality of your Project.

      Include a demonstration video of your Project. The video portion of the Submission:

      should be less than three (3) minutes

      should include footage that shows the Project functioning on the device for which it was built and an explanation of how it was built

      must be uploaded to and made publicly visible on YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook Video, or Youku, and a link to the video must be provided on the Submission form on the Hackathon Website; and

      must not include third party trademarks, or copyrighted music or other material unless the Entrant has permission to use such material.

      Be the original work of the submitter, be solely owned by the submitter, and not violate the IP rights of any other person or entity.

      Access must be provided to an Entrant’s working Project for judging and testing by providing a link to a website, functioning demo, or a test build. If Entrant’s website is private, Entrant must include login credentials in its testing instructions.

      Multiple Submissions: An Entrant may submit more than one Submission, however, each Submission must be unique and substantially different from each of the Entrant’s other Submissions, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion.

Language Requirements

All Submission materials must be in English or, if not in English, the Entrant must provide an English translation of the demonstration video, text description, and testing instructions as well as all other materials submitted.

Intellectual Property: Your Submission must: (a) be your (or your Team, or Organization’s) original work product; (b) be solely owned Entrant or by you, your Team, or your Organization (as applicable) with no other person or entity having any right or interest in it; (c) not violate the intellectual property rights or other rights, including but not limited to copyright, trademark, patent, contract, and/or privacy rights, of any other person or entity and (d) not include any commercial content that (i) promotes any product or service other than one integrated into the submitted Project which is owned or branded by Sponsor, or (ii) disparages Sponsor, its affiliates, partners, customers, competitors or any third party, including without limitation any Cisco Meraki authorized reseller, Cisco Meraki Ecosystem Partner, in any way. An Entrant may contract with a third party for technical assistance to create the Submission provided the Submission components are solely the Entrant’s work product and the result of the Entrant’s ideas and creativity, and the Entrant owns all rights to them. An Entrant may submit a Submission that includes the use of open source software or hardware, provided the Entrant complies with applicable open source licenses and, as part of the Submission, creates software that enhances and builds upon the features and functionality included in the underlying open source product. By entering the Hackathon, you represent, warrant, and agree that your Submission meets these requirements.

Financial or Preferential Support: A Project must not have been developed, or derived from a Project developed with financial or preferential support from the Sponsor or any of the Promotion Entities. Such Projects include, but are not limited to, those that received funding or investment for their development, were developed under contract, or received a commercial license, from the Sponsor or any of the Promotion Entities any time prior to the end of Hackathon Submission Period. The Sponsor, at their sole discretion, may disqualify a Project, if awarding a prize to the Project would create a real or apparent conflict of interest.

 

5. Submission Modifications; Sponsor Rights; Submission Display.

A. Draft Submissions: Prior to the end of the Submission Period, you may save draft versions of your Submission on the Hackathon Website to your portfolio before submitting the Submission materials to the Hackathon for evaluation. Once the Submission Period has ended, you may not make any changes or alterations to your Submission, but you may continue to update the project in your Devpost portfolio.

B. Modifications After the Submission Period. The Sponsor  may permit you to modify part of your Submission after the Submission Period for the purpose of adding, removing or replacing material that potentially infringes a third party mark or right, discloses personally identifiable information, or is otherwise inappropriate. The modified Submission must remain substantively the same as the original Submission with the only modification being what the Sponsor permits.

C. Sponsor Rights: By entering the Hackathon, each Entrant (including the Team or Organization it represents and its individual Team members) grants to the Sponsor, and any other third parties acting on the Sponsor’s behalf, a fully-paid, royalty-free, non-exclusive, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual license to reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, exhibit and use for promotional purposes the Submission, in perpetuity. This license includes, but is not limited to, posting or linking to the Submission on Sponsor’s, and partners’ websites and applications, including the Hackathon Website, and display and promotion of the Submission in any other media, worldwide. Sponsor will be the exclusive owner of and each Entrant (including the Team or Organization it represents and its individual Team members) hereby assigns and agrees to assign all right, title, and interest in and to all intellectual property rights to feedback provided to Sponsor in association with the Hackathon regarding any of Sponsor’s or its affiliates’ products, services, and solutions. Entrant (including the Team or Organization they represent and its individual Team members) each represent and warrant that the Sponsor, and Hackathon partners are free to use the Entrant’s Submissions in the manner described above, as provided or as modified by the Sponsor, without obtaining permission or license from any third party and without any compensation to the Entrant (including the Team or Organization they represent and/or any of its individual Team members).

D. Submission Display: The following Submission components may be displayed to the public: name of Entrant (including the Team or Organization they represent and/or any of its individual Team members), solution description, images and video of Project and the Entrant and/or any of its Team members), Project video URL, website URL, Entrant (including the Team or Organization they represent and/or any of its individual Team members), the Submission category and platform, and submitter type. Other Submission materials may be viewed by the Sponsor, Devpost, and Judges for screening and evaluation and as otherwise permitted in these Official Rules.

6. Judges & Criteria.

Eligible Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges selected by the Sponsor (the “Judges”). Judges may be employees of the Sponsor or third parties, may or may not be listed individually on the Hackathon Website, and may change before or during the Judging Period. Judging may take place in one or more rounds with one or more panels of Judges, at the discretion of the Sponsor.

Stage One) The first stage will determine via pass/fail whether the ideas meet a baseline level of viability, in that the Project reasonably fits the theme of the applicable category into which it is entered and reasonably applies the required APIs featured in the Hackathon.

Stage Two) All Submissions that pass Stage One will be voted on in Stage Two by a panel of Judges.

Entries will be judged on the following equally weighted criteria, and according to the sole and absolute discretion of the Judges:

      Quality of the Idea: Is this a viable solution based on the challenge?

      APIs Used: Did the solution use at least (1) Meraki API? Participants are required to use at least (1) Meraki API and recommended to use at least (1) Ecosystem Partner or Alternate Cisco Technology API.

      Potential Business Impact: Does the idea address an industry business problem? Are there advantages in their solution? Are there measurable or tangible benefits for the stakeholder(s) in this area of the business?

      Complexity: The solution presented is something more than sample code previously created. Does it seem feasible for the team to have built this solution in 48 hours?

      Implementation: Would this solution be viable in the market? Is this a real value-added benefit for the Cisco Partners?

 

The scores from the Judges will determine the potential winners of the applicable prizes. The Entrant(s) that are eligible for a Prize, and whose Submissions earn the highest overall scores based on the applicable Judging Criteria, will become potential winners of that Prize.

Tie Breaking. For each Prize listed in Section 8 below, if two or more Submissions are tied, the tied Submission with the highest score in the first applicable criterion listed above will be considered the higher scoring Submission. In the event any ties remain, this process will be repeated, as needed, by comparing the tied Submissions’ scores on the next applicable criterion. If two or more Submissions are tied on all applicable criteria, the panel of Judges will vote on the tied Submissions.

 

7. Intellectual Property Rights.

Subject to the licenses and rights to feedback described above and/or elsewhere in these Official Rules, all Submissions remain the intellectual property of the individuals or organizations that developed them. By submitting an entry, Entrants agree that the sponsor will have a fully paid, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use such entry for judging the entry. Entrants agree that the Sponsor and Devpost shall have the right to promote the Submission and use the name, likeness, voice and image of all individuals contributing to a Submission, in any materials promoting or publicizing the Hackathon and its results, during the Hackathon Period and for three years thereafter.  Some Submission components may be displayed to the public. Other Submission materials may be viewed by the Sponsor, Devpost, and judges for screening and evaluation. By submitting an entry or accepting any Prize, Entrants represent and warrant that (a) submitted content is not copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless Entrant is the owner of such rights or has permission from their rightful owner to post the content; and (b) the content submitted does not contain any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, spyware or other disabling devices or harmful or malicious code.

 

8. Prizes.

Winner

Prize

Qty

Eligible Submissions

Best Overall Project

      Winners and project featured on the Meraki Blog

      Winners and project featured on the Meraki Unboxed Podcast

      Winners and project promoted in the Meraki Community

      Meraki swag kit (up to 6 kits per team)

      Meraki MT sensor with accompanying 3 year license (up to 6 sensors and licenses per team)

1

All Eligible Entries

Community Choice

      Winners and project featured on the Meraki Blog

      Winners and project featured on the Meraki Unboxed Podcast

      Winners and project promoted in the Meraki Community

      Meraki swag kit (up to 6 kits per team)

      Meraki MT sensor with accompanying 3 year license (up to 6 sensors and licenses per team)

1

Determined by Public Voting on Hackathon Website*

Best Ecosystem Integration Project

      Winners and project featured on the Meraki Blog

      Winners and project featured on the Meraki Unboxed Podcast

      Winners and project promoted in the Meraki Community

      Meraki swag kit (up to 6 kits per team)

      Meraki MT sensor with accompanying 3 year license (up to 6 sensors and licenses per team)

1

All Eligible Entries that integrate at least one ecosystem partner API

Best MT30 Integration Project

      Winners and project featured on the Meraki Blog

      Winners and project featured on the Meraki Unboxed Podcast

      Winners and project promoted in the Meraki Community

      Meraki swag kit (up to 6 kits per team)

      Meraki MT sensor with accompanying 3 year license (up to 6 sensors and licenses per team)

1

All Eligible Entries that integrate MT30 sensors

Best Define Your Own Challenge Project

      Winners and project featured on the Meraki Blog

      Winners and project featured on the Meraki Unboxed Podcast

      Winners and project promoted in the Meraki Community

      Meraki swag kit (up to 6 kits per team)

      Meraki MT sensor with accompanying 3 year license (up to 6 sensors and licenses per team)

1

All Eligible Entries in the Define Your Own Challenge Project category

Best Automate Everything Project

      Winners and project featured on the Meraki Blog

      Winners and project featured on the Meraki Unboxed Podcast

      Winners and project promoted in the Meraki Community

      Meraki swag kit (up to 6 kits per team)

      Meraki MT sensor with accompanying 3 year license (up to 6 sensors and licenses per team)

1

All Eligible Entries in the Best Automate Everything category

Best Smart Spaces Project

      Winners and project featured on the Meraki Blog

      Winners and project featured on the Meraki Unboxed Podcast

      Winners and project promoted in the Meraki Community

      Meraki swag kit (up to 6 kits per team)

      Meraki MT sensor with accompanying 3 year license (up to 6 sensors and licenses per team)

1

All Eligible Entries in the Smart Spaces Category

 

Best Hybrid Work Project

      Winners and project featured on the Meraki Blog

      Winners and project featured on the Meraki Unboxed Podcast

      Winners and project promoted in the Meraki Community

      Meraki swag kit (up to 6 kits per team)

      Meraki MT sensor with accompanying 3 year license (up to 6 sensors and licenses per team)

1

All Eligible Entries in the Hybrid Work Category

 

Important: Entries are only eligible to win a maximum of one prize.

*Public Voting

Public voting for a Hackathon will take place during a voting period specified in Section 1. The Sponsor has the right to extend the voting period at any time for any reason.

Public voting is open to any person with a verified Devpost account. Each such person is limited to one vote and may only vote using one account. Entrants of a Submission may not directly or indirectly offer or pay any monetary or other form of consideration in exchange for a person to vote for their Submission.

You may not use any manual or automated vote process or methods, or multiple e-mail addresses, to circumvent the one-vote limit per person. Doing so will subject your vote(s) to disqualification. The Sponsor may also disqualify an Entrant and its Submission, if the Submission of such Entrant receives multiple or irregular votes from the same user or users, receives votes in a manner that indicates manual, automated or other vote manipulation, or attempts to compensate voters.

If the voting process fails to operate properly or appears to be tampered with or tainted with errors, fraud or unfair practices, the Sponsor has the right to determine any public voting prize winners by using non-suspect votes, or by any other means they deem appropriate. If no alternative means of determining a public voting winner prize is available or selected, the Sponsor may terminate any prize related to public voting without designating a winner or may determine the winner from judging scores alone.

The Sponsor and Devpost are not responsible for, and are not required to count any vote which, in their judgment, is incomplete, late, misdirected, damaged, unlawful or illicit. This includes votes secured in breach of the voting rules above, as well as those lost for technical reasons, or otherwise in violation of the Official Rules.

A. Substitutions & Changes: The Prize has no retail value. No substitution, assignment, transfer or cash redemption of any Prize is allowed.  Prizes are non-transferable by the winner. Sponsor in its sole discretion has the right to make a Prize substitution of equivalent or greater value. Sponsor will not award a prize if there are no eligible Submissions entered in the Hackathon, or if there are no eligible Entrants or Submissions for a specific prize.

B. Verification of Potential Winners

i.      Verification Requirement: THE AWARD OF A PRIZE TO A POTENTIAL WINNER IS SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION OF THE IDENTITY, QUALIFICATIONS AND ROLE OF THE POTENTIAL WINNER IN THE CREATION OF THE SUBMISSION. No Submission or submitter shall be deemed a winningSubmission or winner until their post-competition prize affidavits have been completed and verified, even if prospective winners have been announced verbally or on the competition website. The final decision to designate a winner shall be made by the Sponsor.

ii.     Required Forms: Potential winners will be notified using the email address associated with the registration form and Devpost account used to enter the Submission. In order to receive a Prize, the potential winner (including all participating team members may be required to sign and return to the Sponsor, affidavit(s) of eligibility (or a similar verification document) and liability/publicity release(s), and any applicable tax forms (“Required Forms”).

ii.     Deadline for Returning Required Forms: Ten (10) business days after the Required Forms are sent, or as otherwise stated in the Required Forms.

iii. Disqualification: The Sponsor may deem a potential winner (or participating team members) ineligible to win if:

(a) the potential winner’s Representative or any participating member does not respond to multiple emails or fails to sign and return the Required Forms by the deadline listed above, or responds and rejects the Prize; 

(b) the Prize or Prize notification is returned as undeliverable; or 

(c) the Submission or the potential winner, or any member of a potential winner’s Team, is disqualified for any other reason in the discretion of the Sponsor.

In the event of a disqualification, the Sponsor may award the applicable Prize to an alternate potential winner.

C. Prize Delivery: Prizes will be awarded and (where applicable, delivered) to the Entrant, if an individual; to the Entrant’s Representative, if a Team; or to the Organization, if the Entrant is an Organization. It will be the responsibility of the winning Entrant’s Representative to (i) coordinate with Sponsor to receive and/or take advantage of the Prize as appropriate, and (ii) to allocate any portions of the Prize which are tangible items among their Team or Organization’s participating members, as the Representative deems appropriate. There are no monetary Prizes. Any portion(s) of the Prize which are tangible items will be mailed to the winning Entrant’s address (if an individual) or the Representative’s address (if a Team or Organization)only after receipt of the completed winner affidavit and other Required Forms, if applicable. Failure to provide correct information on the Required Forms, or other correct information required for the delivery of a Prize, may result in delayed Prize delivery, disqualification or the Entrant, or forfeiture of a Prize. If a potential winner is unable to participate in or accept the Prize or any portion of the Prize for any reason, Sponsor shall have no further obligation to such potential winner.   In no event will Sponsor be responsible for awarding more than or substitutions of the stated Prizes.  Sponsor will notify winners within 60 days of the Sponsor or its designated representative’s receipt of the completed Required Forms confirming that they have competed all requirements to qualify for collecting their Prize.

D. Fees & Taxes: Winners (and in the case of Team or Organization, all participating members) are responsible for any fees associated with receiving or using a prize, including but not limited to, wiring fees or currency exchange fees. Winners (and in the case of Team or Organization, all participating members) are responsible for reporting and paying all applicable taxes (if any) in their jurisdiction of residence (federal, state/provincial/territorial and local). Winners may be required to provide certain information to facilitate receipt of the Prize, including completing and submitting any tax or other forms necessary for compliance with applicable withholding and reporting requirements. United States residents may be required to provide a completed form W-9 and residents of other countries may be required to provide a completed W-8BEN form. Winners are also responsible for complying with foreign exchange and banking regulations in their respective jurisdictions and reporting the receipt of the Prize to relevant government departments/agencies, if necessary. The Sponsor and/or Prize provider(s) reserve(s) the right to withhold a portion of the Prize to comply with the tax laws of the United States or other Sponsor jurisdiction, or those of a winner’s jurisdiction. If any Prize involves travel, all potential winners are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents, including valid passports, visas and travel insurance, and complying with all health or other government regulations.

Entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor has neither made, nor is in any manner responsible or liable for, any warranty, representation or guarantee, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any Prize or the Hackathon.  All warranties are hereby disclaimed; and each potential winner will accept the Prize "AS IS." All costs and expenses, including support services, not specifically listed above as part of the Prize, are solely the winner’s responsibility.

 

9. Entry Conditions and Release.

A. By entering the Hackathon, you (and, if you are entering on behalf of a Team or Organization, the Team or Organization represented by the Entrant and each of its participating member(s)) agree(s) to the following:

(i) The relationship between you, the Entrant, the Team and/or Organization, on the one hand, and the Sponsor , on the other, is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship.

(ii) You, the Entrant, (and, if Entrant is entering on behalf of a Team or Organization, the Team or Organization represented by the Entrant and each of its participating member(s)) will be bound by and comply with these Official Rules, as they may be amended or modified from time to time, and the decisions of the Sponsor,  and/or the Hackathon Judges which are binding and final in all matters relating to the Hackathon, and that all such decisions are at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.

(iii) You, the Entrant, the Team or Organization represented by the Entrant and each of its participating member(s) release, indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Sponsor, other Promotion Entities, and their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, the Prize suppliers and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Hackathon, and all of their respective past and present officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (hereafter the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys’ fees), including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity or privacy, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a Entrant’s entry, creation of Submission or entry of a Submission, participation in the Hackathon, acceptance or use or misuse of the Prize (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, transmission, performance, exploitation or use of the Submission as authorized or licensed by these Official Rules. The foregoing release applies to all claims, expenses, and liabilities whether known or unknown or suspected to exist.

B. Without limiting the foregoing, the Released Parties shall have no liability in connection with: 

(i) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by the Sponsor’s electronic or printing error, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Hackathon; 

(ii) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines, internet connectivity or electronic transmission errors, or network hardware or software or failure of the Hackathon Website;

(iii) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Hackathon; 

(iv) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Hackathon or the processing of Submissions; or 

(v) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from the Entrant’s participation in the Hackathon or receipt or use or misuse of any Prize.

The Released Parties are not responsible for incomplete, late, misdirected, damaged, lost, illegible, or incomprehensible Submissions or for address or email address changes of the Entrants. Proof of sending or submitting the aforementioned will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by the Sponsor. If for any reason any Entrant’s Submission is determined to have not been received or been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, the Entrant’s (and the Team or Organization represented by the Entrant’s and each of its participating member(s)’s) sole remedy is to request the opportunity to resubmit its Submission. Such a request must be made promptly after the Entrant knows or should have known there was a problem and will be determined at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.

 

10. Publicity.

By participating in the Hackathon, Entrant (and, if Entrant is entering on behalf of a Team or Organization, the Team or Organization represented by the Entrant and each of its participating member(s)) consents to the promotion and display of the Entrant’s Submission, and to the use of personal information about themselves for promotional purposes, by the Sponsor, and third parties acting on itsbehalf. Such personal information includes, but is not limited to, your and/or any participating member(s) name, likeness, photograph, video, voice, opinions, comments and hometown and country of residence and business email address. It may be used in any existing or newly created media, worldwide without further payment or consideration or right of review, unless prohibited by law. Authorized use includes but is not limited to advertising and promotional purposes, such as use on Cisco Meraki’s website at https://meraki.cisco.com/. Entrant (and, if Entrant is entering on behalf of a Team or Organization, the Team or Organization represented by the Entrant and each of its participating member(s)) further represents that they understand their participation and acceptance of these Official Rules is voluntary and that they are not obligated to permit Sponsor or their affiliates or other representatives to use the submitted content.

 

11. General Conditions.

A. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Hackathon, or any part of it, in the event of a technical failure, fraud, or any other factor or event that was not anticipated or is not within their control.

B. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual or Entrant it finds to be actually or presenting the appearance of tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Hackathon or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in a manner that is inappropriate, unsportsmanlike, not in the best interests of this Hackathon, or a violation of any applicable law or regulation.

C. Any attempt by any person to undermine the proper conduct of the Hackathon may be a violation of criminal and civil law. Should the Sponsor suspect that such an attempt has been made or is threatened, it reserves the right to take appropriate action including but not limited to requiring an Entrant (and, if Entrant is entering on behalf of a Team or Organization, the Team or Organization represented by the Entrant and each of its participating member(s)) to cooperate with an investigation and referral to criminal and civil law enforcement authorities.

D. If there is any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of the Official Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Hackathon materials, including but not limited to the Hackathon Submission form, Hackathon Website, or advertising, the terms and conditions of the Official Rules shall prevail.

E. The terms and conditions of the Official Rules are subject to change at any time, including the rights or obligations of the Entrant (and, if Entrant is entering on behalf of a Team or Organization, the Team or Organization represented by the Entrant and each of its participating member(s)), and the Sponsor. The Sponsor will post the terms and conditions of the amended Official Rules on the Hackathon Website. To the fullest extent permitted by law, any amendment will become effective at the time specified in the posting of the amended Official Rules or, if no time is specified, the time of posting. 

F. If at any time prior to the deadline, an Entrant or prospective Entrant believes that any term in the Official Rules is or may be unclear or ambiguous, they must submit a written request for clarification.

G. The Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Should any provision of these Official Rules be or become illegal or unenforceable in any jurisdiction whose laws or regulations may apply to an Entrant (and/or, if Entrant is entering on behalf of a Team or Organization, the Team or Organization represented by the Entrant and/or any of its participating member(s)), such illegality or unenforceability shall leave the remainder of these Official Rules, including the Rule affected, to the fullest extent permitted by law, unaffected and valid. The illegal or unenforceable provision shall be replaced by a valid and enforceable provision that comes closest and best reflects the Sponsor’s intention in a legal and enforceable manner with respect to the invalid or unenforceable provision.

H. Excluding Submissions, all intellectual property related to this Hackathon, including but not limited to copyrighted material, trademarks, trade-names, logos, designs, promotional materials, web pages, source codes, drawings, illustrations, slogans and representations are owned or used under license by the Sponsor and/or its licensor. All rights are reserved. Unauthorized copying or use of any copyrighted material or intellectual property without the express written consent of its owners is strictly prohibited. Any use in a Submission of Sponsor or any of its licensor’s intellectual property shall be solely to the extent provided for in these Official Rules.

 

12. Limitations of Liability.

By entering, all Entrants (including, in the case Entrant is entering on behalf of a Team or Organization, the Team or Organization represented by the Entrant and all participating members) agree to be bound by these Official Rules and hereby release and discharge the Released Parties from any and all liability in connection with the Prizes or Entrant’s participation in the Hackathon. Provided, however, that any liability limitation regarding gross negligence or intentional acts, or events of death or body injury shall not be applicable in jurisdictions where such limitation is not legal.

 

13. Disputes.

A. Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Hackathon, Entrant (and, if Entrant is entering on behalf of a Team or Organization, the Team or Organization represented by the Entrant and each of its participating member(s)) agrees that:

  1. any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Hackathon, or any Prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action lawsuit, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at the AAA regional office nearest the contestant;
  2. the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and
  3. judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction.

B. Under no circumstances will Entrant (or, if Entrant is entering on behalf of a Team or Organization, the Team or Organization represented by the Entrant and/or any of its participating member(s)) be permitted to obtain awards for, and Entrant (and, if Entrant is entering on behalf of a Team or Organization, the Team or Organization represented by the Entrant and each of its participating member(s)) hereby waive(s) all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than Entrant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with entering this Hackathon), and Entrant (and, if Entrant is entering on behalf of a Team or Organization, the Team or Organization represented by the Entrant and each of its participating member(s)) further waive(s) all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

C. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Entrant (and, if Entrant is entering on behalf of a Team or Organization, the Team or Organization represented by the Entrant and each of its participating member(s)) and Sponsor and its representatives and agents in connection with this Hackathon, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of California, USA without regard to California choice of law rules.

SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS AND/OR EXCLUSIONS OF LIABILITY MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

 

14. Additional Terms that are Part of these Official Rules.

Please review the Devpost Terms of Service at https://info.devpost.com/terms for additional rules that apply to your participation in the Hackathon and more generally your use of the Hackathon Website. Such Terms of Service are incorporated by reference into these Official Rules, including that the term "Poster" in the Terms of Service shall mean the same as "Sponsor" in these Official rules." If there is a conflict between the Terms of Service and these Official Rules, these Official Rules shall control with respect to this Hackathon only.

 

 

15. Entrant’s Personal Information.

All personal information collected by Sponsor will be used for the administration of the Hackathon and in accordance with Sponsor's privacy policy, including (without limitation) for general marketing and business purposes. Please refer to Sponsor's privacy policy located at https://meraki.cisco.com/support/#policies:privacy for important information regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by Sponsor.

Personal information collected from Entrants (and, if Entrant is entering on behalf of a Team or Organization, the Team or Organization represented by the Entrant and/or any of its participating member(s))  is also subject to the Devpost’s Privacy Policy, which is available at https://info.devpost.com/privacy.

 

16.  Contact.

For questions about problems with or use of the Hackathon Website, send an email to support@devpost.com.  Devpost’s address is 222 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10038.

For questions or to make comments or send any notice regarding this Hackathon, send an email to meraki-hackathon@cisco.com.