Get BIRT-y With Flash and Flex Contest
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- DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTEST: The Get BIRT-y With Flash and Flex Contest ("Contest") is designed to encourage developers to create new and exciting combinations of BIRT and Adobe technology for the BIRT Exchange Open Marketplace ("Marketplace"). The Contest is comprised of two stages. During the first stage of the Contest, Entrants submit a software programming idea (the "Proposal"). A panel of judges will select up to five (5) of the best Proposals for each of two Categories of applications. The first Category requires the use of Adobe technology and Eclipse BIRT, and the second Category requires the use of Adobe technology, and commercial BIRT-based software from Actuate. Judges will choose Proposals, in accordance with the criteria set forth below, as Finalists. During the second stage of the Contest, the Finalists are asked to build a software implementation of the Proposal (the "Project") and successfully submit it to the Marketplace within the timeframe of the Contest. Each Finalist who successfully completes these requirements, as determined by the Judges in accordance with the criteria set forth below, will receive an equal share of the Prize as described herein. Rules and regulations of the Contest are provided herein.
- ELIGIBILITY: This Contest is open only to individuals or teams of individuals all of whom are, at the time of entry, of the legal age of majority in their country, province or state of legal residence and residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia except where prohibited by law. Residents of other countries and US territories are also welcome to participate, however, Proposals received from jurisdictions that, by the exclusive judgment of the Sponsor, have laws or rules which are prohibitive in cost or administration for this Contest will be rejected. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to modify the list of eligible resident countries at any time during the Contest Period. Employees of Sponsor and Actuate Corporation ("Actuate"), and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies (and members of their immediate family, defined as parents, children, siblings and spouse, regardless of where they reside, and/or those living in the same household) are not eligible. You must also have access to the Internet, be a registered member of BIRT Exchange and have a valid e-mail address in order to enter. Proposals may be submitted by a single individual or by a team of up to five (5) individuals. Individuals may enter as many Proposals as they wish, however, each individual may only participate in one Finalist Project, whether as a single individual or as a member of a team. If a Proposal is submitted by a team, each individual member of the team must meet the eligibility requirements set forth above. Teams must appoint a team leader who will be the team's official contact person for administrative issues. Once identified in the Proposal, team members cannot be dropped or added during the Project Phase. An organization or corporation may not itself enter, however individuals employed by an organization or corporation may enter, according to the eligibility requirements set forth above. The term "Entrant" as used in these Official Rules refers to each eligible individual and/or team that submits a Proposal.
ALL DEADLINES SET FORTH IN THESE OFFICIAL RULES ARE STATED IN PACIFIC STANDARD TIME. ENTRANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DETERMINING THE CORRESPONDING TIME ZONE IN THEIR RESPECTIVE JURISDICTIONS.
- HOW TO ENTER: In order to participate, you must agree to the terms of the BIRT Exchange Terms and Conditions. If you have not registered for BIRT Exchange please go to http://www.birt-exchange.org/ and follow the instructions there to register and review the BIRT Exchange Terms and Conditions. If a Proposal is submitted by a team, each individual member of the team must register for BIRT Exchange. To enter, you must develop and submit an original idea (i.e., the Proposal) that meets the goals for the Contest as set forth in Rule 1 of these Official Rules and that complies with the Submission Guidelines and other requirements of these Official Rules. The Proposal must meet each of the following requirements:
To submit your Proposal, send the requested information to email@example.com. Your Proposal must also include your full name, current country of residence and e-mail address. Team Proposals must include the name, current country of residence and e-mail address of each participant plus one member must be identified as the team leader for contact purposes. All Proposals must be received between January 11, 2010 at 12:00 A.M. (PST) and March 10, 2010 at 11:59 P.M. (PST) (the "Proposal Stage"). The Sponsor's clock is the official clock of the Contest. Proof of submission does not constitute proof of receipt.
- It must describe the concept definition of an original idea that can be listed in the Marketplace with the potential to be sold or offered at no cost. This definition should include:
- The specific BIRT and Adobe products/technologies that will be integrated
- Platform and software dependencies
- What the software does
- How the software uses BIRT and Adobe features/interfaces (expected interfaces or functionality
- Benefits the software will provide to developers and/or application users
- The Proposal must be a new and original work.
- It must be carried out in accordance with the BIRT Exchange Terms and Conditions (http://www.birt-exchange.org/html/terms/terms.php), and the procedures for Marketplace submissions (http://www.birt-exchange.com/be/marketplace/submit-your-app/).
- It must be written in English and not exceed 1,000 words.
- It must specifically describe what will constitute a complete implementation of the Proposal (the "Completeness Criteria"). This description will be used by the Judges to determine whether a particular Finalist Project is complete and meets the requirements to be awarded a Prize at the conclusion of the Contest.
- While no prior knowledge of BIRT or Adobe technology is required, you must provide a description of your technical qualifications and background in software development. This will be used by the Judges to determine your ability to complete the Project within the time period allowed.
- SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: In addition to the requirements set forth, each Proposal or Project must also comply with the following Submission Guidelines:
- The Proposal or Project may not contain any content or material that is lewd, obscene, sexually explicit, pornographic, disparaging, defamatory, libelous, obscene, or otherwise inappropriate or objectionable, as determined by the Judges and/or Sponsor in their sole and absolute discretion.
- The Proposal or Project must be the Entrant's original work and must not infringe the copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other intellectual rights of any person or entity.
- By making a submission Entrants certify they have proper software licenses for any Actuate, Adobe, or any other third party software that they have used for this Contest.
- The Judges and/or Sponsor, reserve the right to disqualify at any time, any Proposal or Project that they determine, in their sole and absolute discretion does not meet the requirements of the Official Rules or these Submission Guidelines.
- JUDGING OF PROPOSALS: At the conclusion of the Proposal Stage, a panel of expert judges (the "Judges") will select no more than five (5) Proposals from each of the two Categories as the "Finalists" based on the following equally weighted criteria:
The Finalists will be announced on or about March 29, 2010. The number of Finalists to be selected will be determined by the Judges in their sole and absolute discretion. The Judges/Sponsor reserve the right to terminate the Contest and not to award any Prizes, if in their sole and absolute discretion they do not receive a sufficient number of eligible or qualified entries for the Contest. A total of two (2) or more Finalists must be selected from either or both Categories by the Judges, otherwise the Contest will be declared null and void by the Sponsor, the Project Stage will not commence and no prizes will be awarded. Finalists will be notified by e-mail, telephone or postal mail, within Sponsor's discretion. Decisions of Judges are final and binding.
- Originality: Uniqueness and creativity of idea and design ("coolness").
- Relevance: Technical merit of the Project implementation as a showcase for the use of BIRT and Adobe technology features.
- Usefulness: Value of the completed Project deliverables to others in the BIRT Community.
- Qualifications and prior experience of Entrants, including project management expertise, demonstrated technical knowledge, and proven job experience or a recommendation from a qualified individual such as a university professor or researcher for working on software development projects.
- THE PROJECT STAGE: The Project Stage of the Contest will begin on March 30, 2010 at 12:00AM PST, and end on May 19, 2010 at 11:59PM PST (the "Project Stage"). During the Project Stage the selected Finalists will be asked to implement their Proposal to meet the Completeness Criteria that is a part of the accepted Proposal. Entrants must have or obtain proper software licenses for any Actuate, Adobe, or any other third party software utilized that is in any way related to this contest. Projects must be submitted to the Marketplace using the App Submission process. Completed Projects must be submitted no later than May 19, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. All materials constituting the Project implementation of a particular Proposal must be uploaded or referenced as specified on the Marketplace App Submission forms. It is the Entrant's responsibility to identify all required Marketplace materials prior to submission. Projects that are missing required Marketplace materials at the close of the Project Stage may be disqualified. Each Project must comply with the requirements and Submission Guidelines set forth in these Official Rules. Projects must be fully completed according to the Proposal's Completeness Criteria as determined within the sole discretion of the Judges. The Judges and/or Sponsor reserve the right to disqualify any Project that they determine in their sole and absolute discretion does not meet the requirements of the Official Rules or comply with the Submission Guidelines.
- WINNER SELECTION: All completed Projects submitted will be judged by the Judges to verify the final Project implementation meets the completion specifications of the Proposal. In addition, each final Project will be judged in accordance with the following weighted criteria:
The Projects will be ranked (for marketing purposes) by the Judges based on the application of the judging criteria. The highest ranking Project will be deemed the First Prize Winner, the second highest ranking Project will be deemed the Second Prize Winner and so forth in descending order, up to a maximum of ten Prize Winners. In the event of a tie, the project with the highest score in Technical merit will be ranked higher. Finalists will be notified of their prize ranking on or about June 4, 2010, by e-mail, telephone or postal mail, within Sponsor's discretion. Prize Winners and rankings will be announced on or about June 22, 2010. All decisions of judges are final and binding.
- (30%) Quality and robustness of the Project implementation.
- (30%) Relevance. Technical merit of the Project implementation as a showcase for the use of BIRT and Adobe technology features.
- (20%) Usefulness. Value of the completed Project deliverables to others in the BIRT Community.
- (20%) Originality. Uniqueness and creativity of idea and design ("coolness").
- PRIZES: A total prize package of $5,000 will be awarded. The $5,000 prize package will be divided equally among all Winners in accordance with the chart as set forth below. The exact amount of each Prize will depend on the total number of eligible Projects completed and successfully submitted to the Marketplace by the close of the Project Stage. For example, if three eligible Projects are completed and submitted, each Prize Winner will receive one third of $5,000 or $1,667. Each Prize amount, depending on the number of eligible Projects is provided in the chart below. All other expenses not specified herein are the responsibility of the winners. All costs associated with currency exchange are the sole responsibility of the winners. ALL TAXES AND ANY APPLICABLE WITHHOLDING AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNERS. In the event that a winning Project was submitted by a team, the Prize will be divided equally among all team members.
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The only prize for winning the Contest will be a cash award. Finalist Proposals and Winning Projects will not, as a consequence of being selected as Finalists or Prize Winners in the Contest, become a part of BIRT or any Actuate product.
- CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION: All federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations apply. Submission of a Proposal into this Contest constitutes Entrant's agreement to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of the Judges and/or Sponsor, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Contest. Return of any Finalist/Prize Winner notification may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate Finalist/Prize Winner. Any potential Finalist or Prize Winner who cannot be contacted within 15 days of first attempted notification will be disqualified and forfeit any prize to which he/she may be entitled. Potential prize winners may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability and where legally permissible, a Publicity Release within 30 days following the date of first attempted notification. Failure to comply within this time period may result in disqualification. If an individual team member fails to comply, that team member will be disqualified. If a team leader is disqualified, the team must immediately appoint a new team leader. Entrants acknowledge and agree that the intellectual and industrial property rights to their Proposals and Projects, if any, are subject to the terms of the BIRT Exchange Terms and Conditions (http://www.birt-exchange.org/html/terms/terms.php). Acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for, and Prize Winner's consent to Sponsor, Actuate and its agencies to use the Prize Winner's name, likeness and/or information pertaining to the Project, in whole or in part for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. To the extent permitted by law, entrants agree to hold Sponsor, Actuate and each of its parent, subsidiaries, agents, directors, officers, employees, representatives, and assigns harmless from any injury or damage caused or claimed to be caused by participation in the Contest and/or use or acceptance of any prize won. Sponsor and Actuate are not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Contest or in the announcement of the prize. An Entrant may be prohibited from participating in this Contest if, in the Sponsor's sole discretion, it reasonably believes that the Entrant has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest by cheating, deception, or other unfair playing practices or annoys, abuses, threatens or harasses any other Entrants, the Sponsor or associated agencies. Due to the unique nature and scope of this Contest, Sponsor reserves the right to alter or modify the rules at any time.
- NO RECOURSE TO JUDICIAL OR OTHER PROCEDURES: To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Contest are hereby excluded, and any Entrant expressly waives any and all such rights. In the event that a court of competent jurisdiction finds the foregoing waiver unenforceable, Entrants hereby consent to the jurisdiction and venue residing exclusively within the federal or state courts in the state of California, United States and agree that any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action. Entrants agree that these Official Rules are governed by the laws of California.
- WARRANTY AND INDEMNITY: Entrants certify that their Proposals and Project is original, complies with the BIRT Exchange Terms and Conditions and that they have the right to submit the Proposals and Project in the Contest. Each Entrant agrees not to submit any Proposal or Project that (1) infringes any 3rd party proprietary, intellectual property, industrial property, personal rights or other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or confidentiality obligation; (2) includes any personally identifiable information or (3) otherwise violates applicable law in any countries in the world. To the maximum extent permitted by law, each Entrant indemnifies and agrees to keep indemnified the Sponsor and Actuate at all times from and against any liability, actions, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs and expenses for or in respect of which the Sponsor or Actuate will or may become liable by reason of or related or incidental to any act, default or omission by an Entrant under these Official Rules including without limitation resulting from or in relation to any breach, non-observance, act or omission whether negligent or otherwise, pursuant to these official rules by an Entrant.
- ELIMINATION: Any false information provided within the context of the Contest by any Entrant concerning identity, postal address, telephone number, ownership of right or noncompliance with these rules or the like may result in the immediate elimination of the Entrant from the Contest. If an individual team member is eliminated, that team member will be disqualified however the remaining team members may continue to participate. If a team leader is eliminated, the team must immediately appoint a new team leader. Sponsor further reserves the right at any time, including after announcement of Finalists and/or Prize Winners to disqualify any Proposal or Project that it believes in its sole and unfettered discretion infringes upon or violates the rights of any third party or otherwise does not comply with these Official Rules.
- INTERNET: Sponsor is not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission. Sponsor is not responsible for theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of Proposal or Project materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind. Sponsor is not responsible for inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive Proposal or Project information by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site or any combination thereofIf for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, disruption or termination of the Contest site for any reason or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to immediately cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to select winners from eligible entries received as of the termination date. Sponsor further reserves the right to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process. Caution: Any attempt by an Entrant to deliberately damage any Web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such Entrant to the fullest extent of the law.
- SEVERABILITY: If any provision(s) of these Official Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.
- WINNER'S LIST: For Winner's name, log onto http://www.birt-exchange.org/ on or about June 22, 2010, available for a period of up to 60 days.
- SPONSOR: The Sponsor of this Contest is the BIRT Exchange, at http://www.birt-exchange.org/. Actuate Corporation, however, is funding all of the prize awards. The Contest is not affiliated with any other entity. The official postal mail address of the sponsor is:
Get BIRT-y With Flash and Flex Contest
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