Contest Terms and Conditions



CONTEST SUMMARY: The Cisco IoT World Forum Young Women’s Innovation Grand Challenge is a competition for young women between the ages 13-18, living in most countries. See below for eligibility details. The Cisco IoT World Forum Young Women’s Innovation Grand Challenge is a skill contest dedicated to women in STEM, and is designed to raise interest in IT in young women. Entrants will be asked to submit original ideas based on new opportunities and technologies that better people’s lives or increase efficiencies in the area of education, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, retail, transportation, or smart cities.

TERM: The Cisco IOT WORLD FORUM YOUNG WOMEN’S INNOVATION GRAND CHALLENGE (the “Contest”) begins 15 November, 2014, and ends on or about 30 July 2015 (the “Contest Period”).  Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion, to terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and these Terms and Conditions, for any reason, at any time and without any liability.

ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc (“Sponsor” or “Cisco”) and is open and offered only to (1) young women born between 16 November 1996 and 18 May 2002 (inclusive) (“Individual Participant”). No Entrants can sign up for the contest until they turn 13. If an Entrant turns 19 during the submission period they will not be disqualified. All Entrants under the legal age of majority in her jurisdiction of residence must have her parent’s or legal guardian’s permission to enter this Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to verify an individual’s eligibility to participate in the Contest.

Note: No Entrants from Spain, South Korea, and Israel can sign up for the Contest until they turn 14. No Entrants from the Netherlands can sign up for the Contest until they turn 16.

MINORS – PARENTS AND GUARDIANS: The parent or legal guardian of an Entrant under the legal age of majority in her jurisdiction of residence: (a) will ensure that the Entrant in respect of whom they agree to these Terms and Conditions will comply with these Terms and Conditions; and (b) warrants that the Entrant is capable of agreeing to these Terms and Conditions and giving the consent contained herein. Your parent or legal guardian must agree to indemnify Sponsor for and against: (a) any claims made by you or your family against Sponsor in connection with the Contest; and (b) any losses (including any liability caused by any of your conduct which is inconsistent with these Terms and Conditions.

INELIGIBILITY: The Contest is not open to: (1) employees or internally contracted vendors of Cisco; (2) the immediate family members or members of the same household of any such employee or vendor (3) anyone professionally involved in the development or administration of this Contest; ( (4) any employee whose employer’s guidelines or regulations do not allow entry in the Contest or acceptance of the prize(s).   The contest is not open to individuals in the province of Quebec in Canada. In addition, residents of Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Sudan are not eligible to participate. This Contest is void in these countries and where otherwise prohibited or restricted by law.  Cisco reserves the right to limit, or restrict upon notice, participation in the Contest to any person who fails to comply with these terms and conditions.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter the Contest, visit (the “Site”) during the Contest Period, accurately and truthfully complete the online registration form, accept these Terms and Conditions and follow the instructions for submitting an Entry as described on the Site and below.  An “Entry” must be an original idea based around new opportunities and/or technology ideas that better peoples’ lives or increase efficiencies in the area of education, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, retail, transportation, or smart cities. The party accepting these Terms and Conditions and submitting an Entry (e.g., an Individual Participant acting as an individual or as part of a Team) is referred to as an “Entrant” or “you.” In addition, Individual Participants may also enter in the form of Teams, as described below.  As used herein, “Entry” means all submissions, original ideas, documents or other materials submitted to Sponsor in connection with the Contest.  Each Entry must be the original creation of the Entrant.  Entries may not be cancelled, removed or revoked by Entrant.  Sponsor is in no way obligated to use or continue to use any Entry. 


Individuals:  Individual Participants must enter the Contest in their individual capacities. 

Teams:  As an alternative to participating as a single individual, Individual Participants may elect to form a team (“Team”) of multiple people to submit a single Entry.  Each member of the Team that contributes in any way to an Entry (each a “Team Member”) must separately accept these Terms and Conditions.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Team (and all Team Members) if any one Team Member has not accepted these Terms and Conditions.

An Entry submitted by a Team must designate one Team Member as the “Team Leader” for contact and Contest administrative purposes.  The Team Leader will be responsible for submitting the Entry on behalf of the Team.  An Individual Participant may only be a member of one Team; however each Team may submit multiple Entries.  For purposes of this Contest, a Team, once registered with a Team Leader, will own all Entries made by any Individual Participant on the Team.  In the event an Individual Participant on a Team is disqualified, the Team that individual belongs to and all Entries submitted by the Team will be disqualified. However, the individual Team Members who have not been disqualified can form a new Team and re-submit appropriate Entries.

Entrants may submit more than one Entry.  Entrants are responsible for any costs or expenses associated with preparing and submitting an Entry.  All Entries suspected of violating intellectual property rights, or any local or country law(s) will be ineligible. 

All Entries must be submitted in English.  Entrants assume all risk of damaged, lost, late, incomplete, invalid, incorrect or misdirected Entries.  All Entries (and related information) shall be deemed collected and judged in the United States

Each Entrant agrees that Sponsor will have the right, but not the obligation, in its sole discretion to contact any Entrant regarding a possible transaction or other business relationship with Sponsor to commercially pursue a submitted Entry.

Below is a general description of the Contest process: 

Qualification Round

All Initial Submissions must be received by Sponsor on or before May 18, 2015  

Each “Initial Submission”, along with the relevant Entrant’s statements regarding place of residence, citizenship, and eligibility may be reviewed by Sponsor and/or one or more judges selected by Sponsor and its agents and affiliates (collectively, the “Judging Panel”), to determine if the Initial Submission meets the eligibility criteria for the Contest as described in these Terms and Conditions.  In Sponsor’s discretion, Sponsor may engage third-party subject matter experts and judges to serve on the Judging Panel and/or assist with the review of Entries and selection of Contest winners. 

All Initial Submissions determined by the Sponsor and/or the Judging Panel as meeting the eligibility criteria (based on a preliminary review) will advance to Round One.  [NOTE:  During this qualification process, the Sponsor will perform a preliminary review of Entries only.  In the event an Entry proceeds to the Semi-Final Round, Sponsor reserves the right to conduct more detailed reviews of the Entry/Entrants to definitively determine eligibility for the Contest — which eligibility decision will be made in Sponsor’s sole discretion.] In the event that Sponsor (with input from the Judging Panel, as appropriate) determines that any Initial Submission does not or may not meet the eligibility criteria for the Contest (e.g., if the submission is not in one of the Contest Categories), Sponsor may (a) disqualify the Entry, or (b) request that the Entrant submit a revised, clarified description of the Entry, for further consideration by Sponsor. 

All Initial Submissions that are determined to be initially eligible for the Contest per the process described above will advance to Round One (described below).

Round One

All Round One Submissions must be received by Sponsor on or before May 18, 2015.  

After an Entry has been qualified per the process described above, it is deemed to be in Round One; and the Initial Submission is deemed “final” and can no longer be modified by an Entrant (except as described in the Semi-Final Round and Final Round sections below). 

As part of Round One, the Initial Submission may be made generally available to the public on the Site (including to persons who have not registered for the Contest).  In addition, the Entrant will be required to complete a questionnaire (to be provided by Sponsor), which includes more detail about the Idea.  The Questionnaire will ask for information about the following, among other things:

- Description of the problem the Entrant is trying to solve

– Description of their idea, including uniqueness of the idea and applicability for particular vertical or industry- Their experience and future goals in the fields of Science, Technology, Math and Engineering

Entrant agrees that the information and materials provided to Sponsor on the questionnaire, and any other information, ideas or other materials otherwise provided to Sponsor in connection with the Contest, may be publicly disclosed by Sponsor or its agents, and used for Sponsor’s marketing and public relations activities, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. 

From all the Entries in Round One, the Judging Panel will select up to twenty (20) Entries to proceed to the Final Round. The Judging Panel will make their selections based on the content of the Entries using the judging criteria as outlined in the Judging Criteria in these Terms and Conditions.    

Final Round

Sponsor will attempt to notify the individual Entrants who submitted the Entries selected to proceed to the Final Round (the ” Finalists”) by mail, email or telephone (at Sponsor’s discretion and using the information provided in the registration), regarding the opportunity to proceed to the Final Round. Such notified Finalists must then (a) confirm to Sponsor their willingness to proceed in the Contest, within five (5) calendar days of Sponsor initiating contact, and (b) provide to Sponsor any other information or documents, as may be determined by the Sponsor, to confirm eligibility.  If a Finalist does not timely consent to proceeding to the Final Round and promptly provide any necessary information or documents to confirm eligibility, an alternate -Finalist may be selected in Sponsor’s discretion.

Each Finalist will have thirty (30) calendar days to prepare, in English, -, a detailed presentation of their idea. The goals of such presentation will be to clearly articulate at a high level (1) the problem, the opportunity, the idea and underlying technology; (2) its potential for long term success, and (3) the team’s ability to execute and succeed in successful development of the idea.  

The presentation must be delivered by Entrant in the form of a document in Powerpoint, Word or pdf. format under the following guidelines:

· The document must be limited to five pages of text and one or two pages for documentation of feasibility and/or financials.  In total, the document should not exceed 7 pages.

· 1 inch top, bottom, left and right margins and 12 pt. font requirement applies to the textual content of the document and not to titles and descriptions accompanying references and/or worksheet. Please, no Papyrus or Comic Sans.

Additionally each Finalist will be required to record and produce a video in .mp4 format of not more than three (3) minutes in length introducing viewers to: (1) the Entrant; (2) the Entry; (3) and the use case.

This Judging Panel will select up to three (3) Contest (“Winners”), using the judging criteria described in the “Judging Criteria” section below.  Winners are expected to be announced on or about July 30, 2015, subject in part to timely return by the potential winners of all appropriate documents required by Sponsor.  (See the “Affidavits and Releases” section below.)  All decisions of the Judging Panels are final, non-appealable and binding.  Potential winners must comply with all Terms and Conditions; winning is contingent upon verification of eligibility and compliance with all requirements herein.  Sponsor may announce the Finalists on the Site and attempt to notify them by mail, email or telephone (at Sponsor’s discretion and using the information provided in the registration).

Entrant agrees that the information, ideas and materials provided to Sponsor in connection with the Final Round, and any other information, ideas or other materials otherwise provided to Sponsor in connection with the Contest, may be publicly disclosed by Sponsor or its agents, and used for Sponsor’s marketing and public relations activities, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. 


For the Qualification Round, all Initial Submissions that are within one of the Contest Categories and do not otherwise violate any terms and conditions of the Contest, as solely determined by Sponsor, will advance to Round One.

For Round One and the Final Round, the Judging Panel will make their selection based on the content of the Entries and using the following criteria:   (1) creativity, including perceived differentiation from competition, (2) likelihood of long-term success and scalability.

CONTENT TERMS OF SUBMISSION:  Proof of an uploaded Entry does not constitute proof or evidence that Sponsor received the Entry within the Contest Period or that it is otherwise eligible for the Contest.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify and/or remove any Entry or Entrant for any reason or no reason within its sole and absolute discretion. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall require Cisco to monitor or edit the Site or any Entries for offensive or otherwise objectionable content.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, Cisco may reject or remove from the Site or Contest any Entry which might be considered, offensive, defamatory, obscene, illegal, harmful, in violation of Sponsor’s website use or privacy policies, or that otherwise falls short of Sponsor’s (or its customers’) standards.  All Entrants shall use the Site according to these Terms and Conditions and any applicable website use policy posted on the Site.


By submitting an Entry, Entrant represents and warrants as follows:

· All registration information is complete, accurate and truthful.
· For Individual Participants only:  No person or entity (including your employer or academic institution) other than you has any right, title or interest in any part of your Entry.

· No other party is entitled to claim royalties from the use of the Entry.

· Each Entry does not and will not infringe or violate any rights of any third party or entity, including, without limitation Intellectual Property Rights (as defined below), defamation, privacy, publicity, false light, misappropriation, confidentiality, or any contractual or other rights.

· Your entire Entry is an original work by you, and you have all the rights, licenses, permissions and consents necessary to submit the Entry and to grant all of the rights that you have granted hereunder.

· Your Entry does not contain content that is inconsistent with the permissible uses outlined by these Terms and Conditions, including, but not limited to, content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, vulgar, profane, sexually explicit, obscene, racially or ethnically offensive or otherwise objectionable. 

· You will not upload, post or otherwise transmit any Entry or content that contains software viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots or any other computer code or files that are designed to disrupt, damage, or limit the functioning of any software or hardware. 

· You are not submitting any confidential, proprietary, or trade secret information.

“Intellectual Property Rights” means any and all tangible and intangible: (i) copyrights and other rights associated with works of authorship throughout the world, including but not limited to copyrights, neighboring rights, moral rights, and mask works, and all derivative works thereof; (ii) trademark and trade name rights and similar rights; (iii) trade secret rights; (iv) patents, designs, algorithms, utility models, and other industrial property rights, and all improvements thereto; (v) all other intellectual and industrial property rights (of every kind and nature throughout the world and however designated) whether arising by operation of law, contract, license, or otherwise; and (vi) all registrations, applications, renewals, extensions, continuations, divisions, or reissues thereof now or hereafter in force (including any rights in any of the foregoing) ; and (vii) any licenses, permissions and consents associated with (i) through (vi) above.


We are not claiming ownership rights to your Entry.  However, by submitting an Entry, you understand, acknowledge and agree to the following:

· The intent of the Contest is to encourage young women to discuss ideas and innovations with Cisco.  But participating in this Contest does not create an obligation on either your part or Cisco’s part to enter into any business relationship or to sign any commercial agreement.  These Terms and Conditions do not require you to negotiate or do business with Sponsor.  You remain free to discuss your Entry and the ideas or technologies that it contains with other parties, and to contract with other third parties regarding the subject matter of your Entry. 

· You grant to Sponsor and its affiliates an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to: (a) use, review, assess, test, evaluate, analyze or otherwise consider your Entry and all its content in connection with the Contest, and (b) feature your Entry and all its content in connection with the marketing or promotion of the Contest, in all media now known or later developed.  You understand that visitors to Sponsor’s websites and the Contest Site will have the right to access information and content of your Entry. 

· Sponsor or its affiliates may have developed or commissioned (or may currently be in the process of developing or commissioning, or may in the future develop or commission), products, services or solutions similar (or even identical) to your Entry. 

Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall prohibit Sponsor from independently acquiring, developing, or having developed for it, products, concepts, systems, services, or techniques that are similar to or compete with the products, concepts, systems or techniques contemplated by or embodied in any Entry. You recognize that other persons or entities may have provided Sponsor or others, or made public, or may in the future submit, or make public, materials that are the same or similar to your Entry. You acknowledge and agree that Sponsor shall have the right to use such same or similar materials, and that you will not be entitled to any compensation arising from Sponsor’s use of such materials.  You hereby waive all claims resulting from any similarities between your Entry and any current or future Cisco product or solution. Sponsor cannot control the information that Entrants will disclose to Cisco representatives in the course of the Contest, or what Cisco representatives will remember about your Entry.  You understand that Cisco will not restrict work assignments of any Cisco employees, including those who have had access to your Entry.  By entering the Contest, you understand and agree that use of information about your Entry in our representatives’ and employees’ unaided memories in the development or deployment of Cisco products, services or solutions does not and will not create liability for Cisco under these Contest Terms and Conditions, or copyright or trade secret law. 

· You understand that you will not receive any compensation or credit for use of your Entry, other than as described in these Terms and Conditions. 

· You agree that nothing in these Terms and Conditions grants you a right or license to use the Cisco name or any Cisco trademark or service mark.

· No Entry will be received or held “in confidence” and under no circumstance will your Entry create a confidential relationship or obligation of secrecy between you and Sponsor or between you and any other party. Entrants should be guided by their own attorneys as to the desirability of seeking patents or other protection for Entries, which guidance should be obtain before submission of any Entry. 


Subject to these Terms and Conditions, once confirmed by Sponsor, the winner(s) will receive the following:

1. Grand Prize – one winning entry of $20k each

2. Second Place – 4 winning entries of $10k each

3. Third Place – 5 winning entries of $5k

For Teams, the prize amount will shared and delivered equally among the Team Members.

The total value of all prizes is $85,000.   All amounts are in United States dollars.  No assignment or transfer is allowed by any winner.  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. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prizes after being awarded to winners.  In no event will Sponsor be responsible for awarding more than the stated number of prizes. 

TAX CONSIDERATIONS:  Each winner will be solely responsible for any local, provincial, country or any other applicable taxes, and any other costs, expenses and fees in connection with the prize. If any winner is a minor in her jurisdiction of residence, the prize will be awarded in the name of her parent or legal guardian, who will be responsible for fulfilling all requirements imposed on winners set forth herein.

AFFIDAVITS AND RELEASES: All Semi-Finalists or Finalists, including all Team Members, will be required to sign and return an Affidavit/Declaration/Certificate of Eligibility, Confirmation of License Grant and Release of Liability (“Affidavit”), in the form provided by Sponsor, for receipt by Sponsor within five (5) calendar days of the date such Affidavit and Release are dated. 

If the potential Finalist is a minor in her jurisdiction of residence, the Affidavit must be filled out and signed by Entrant’s parent or legal guardian, who will be responsible for fulfilling all requirements imposed on minor Finalists stated in these Terms and Conditions (and, in addition, if the potential Finalist is a minor in Spain, the Entrant’s parent or legal guardian will need to notify Public Prosecutor (“ministerior Fiscal”) of the content of the Affidavit). If applicable, such documents may include a requirement that the Semi-Finalist or Finalist obtain written consent from her employer (in a form provided by Sponsor) that such employer has no rights or other interest in the idea submitted by the Entrant, or that such employer grants the license contemplated herein.  In the event of noncompliance with these Terms and Conditions, if a Finalist or potential winner cannot be reached using the contact information provided on the Entry on or within two attempts, if the prize-winner notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable, or if the potential winner is unable to provide the documents described above (e.g., employer declaration) in the time period designated by Sponsor, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate potential winner may be selected, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Prizes are not assignable or transferable in whole or in part.  No prize substitutions allowed, in whole or in part.

VERIFICATION/AUDIT: Entrant understands and agrees that Cisco may (but is not required to) verify, audit or otherwise confirm Entrant’s identity, registration information, eligibility or other information relating to any Entrant or Entry that may aid Sponsor in selecting Contest winner(s). Entrant hereby consents to such verification efforts and shall reasonably cooperate fully and in good faith with Cisco throughout the duration of the Contest. Cisco, in its sole and absolute discretion, may suspend, remove or otherwise eject any Entrant suspected of providing false, misleading or other information that may fail to comply with these Terms and Conditions, any applicable Site acceptable use policy or any other Contest rules or regulations. 

GENERAL CONDITIONS: Entrant grants permission to Sponsor and its authorized representatives to use her name, address (city and state/province/territory/country), photograph, voice, and/or other likeness for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without further compensation, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, and on the Internet and world wide web, in perpetuity, without notice, consideration, review or approval. Entrants shall at all times comply with any Authorized Usage Policy on and for the Site. 

Personal data will be processed in accordance with Cisco’s Privacy Policy that can be found at Following the Contest Period, Cisco shall not be required to retain records of any Entries. Entrants should direct any request to access, update, or correct information to Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for human error, theft, destruction, or damage to Entries, or other factors beyond its reasonable control. Sponsor reserves the immediate right to disqualify any Entrant who, in Sponsor’s sole discretion: (i) is not in compliance with these Terms and Conditions, (ii) tampers with the Entry process, the Contest, or the Site; or (iii) is acting in an uncooperative, unsportsmanlike, disruptive, abusive, or threatening manner. Sponsor shall not be liable to a winner or any other person for failure to supply the prize or any part thereof, by reason of the prize becoming for reasons beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor unavailable or impracticable to award, or for any force majeure event, technical or equipment failure, terrorist acts, labor dispute, or act/omission of any kind (whether legal or illegal), transportation interruption, civil disturbance, or any other cause similar or dissimilar beyond Sponsors’ control. Neither Sponsor, nor its employees, officers, directors, agents, contractors, representatives, affiliates, divisions, subsidiaries, resellers, dealers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies (“Released Parties”) shall assume any responsibility whatsoever for delayed, failed, partial or garbled computer transmissions; technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines or technical failures or difficulties; the incorrect or inaccurate capture or failure to capture information whether caused by Site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest, Entry, or other information; the failure to capture any such information; or errors of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, network or otherwise arising out of or relating to the Contest, theft, loss, destruction or damage to Entries, in whole or in part, or other factors beyond their reasonable control. Once submitted, an Entry cannot be deleted or cancelled Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to Entrants’ or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Contest or downloading materials from or use of the Site.

Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Contest or Site, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE PROMOTION IS A VIOLATION OF APPLICABLE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW.  SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW (AND TO DISQUALIFY SUCH PERSON FROM THE PROMOTION, IF APPLICABLE).  Any Entrant Cisco suspects of attempting to circumvent the Terms and Conditions of this Contest, including but not limited to using false email and/or addresses, multiple identities or other fraudulent or deceptive Entry methods, may be disqualified. In the event of a dispute as to the source of any Entry, the authorized account holder of the email address used to enter will be deemed to be the person making the Entry. The authorized “account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address.


CHOICE OF LAW: This Contest and any action related thereto shall be governed, controlled, interpreted and defined by and under the laws of the State of California and the United States of America, without regard to the conflicts of laws provisions thereof. The exclusive jurisdiction and venue of any action with respect to the subject matter of these Terms and Conditions shall be the state courts of the State of California for the County of Santa Clara or the United States District Court for the Northern District of California; and each of the parties hereto submits itself to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of such courts for the purpose of any such action. The parties specifically disclaim the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. Any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with participating in this Contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees.  Entrants hereby waive all rights to (i) claim or be awarded any punitive, direct, indirect, incidental, and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and (ii) to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased, including for willful patent infringement.

WINNERS LIST: For a list of winners, contact Sponsor by mail at the address below addressed to attention:  Or, please check the Site for a list of winner’s names.

SPONSOR:  Cisco Systems, Inc., 170 West Tasman Drive, San Jose, California, USA, 95134