Stride Innovation Challenge: My Planet, My Neighborhood Terms and Conditions
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
BY PARTICIPATING IN THE STRIDE, INC. INNOVATION CHALLENGE (“CONTEST”), EACH PARTICIPANT REPRESENTS AND WARRANTS THAT THEY MEET THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS DETAILED WITHIN THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND ACKNOWLEDGES THAT FAILURE TO MEET ALL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION. ENTRY CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES. ALL ENTRIES (INCLUDING ALL SUBMITTED AND WINNING PROPOSALS) AND REQUESTS BECOME THE PROPERTY OF STRIDE, INC. (THE “SPONSOR”).
Registration for the Stride Innovation Challenge begins at 9 AM Eastern Time (ET) on September 1, 2021 and will close at 11:59 PM (ET) on November 30, 2021. Accompanying Innovation Challenge proposals must be received at [email protected] by 11:59 PM (ET) on November 30, 2021, in order to be eligible for the Contest.
ELIGIBILITY: Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Contestants must be enrolled in grades 9–12 at time of entry (“Entrant Team” or “You”) to be eligible for the Contest. Parents or guardians of students must submit entries on behalf of their student(s). Employees of Sponsor and its respective parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, retailers, distributors (collectively, “Contest Entities”), and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to enter or win. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding on all matters.
By submitting a Challenge Proposal, Entrant Team understands and grants permission for the Challenge Proposal to be posted on Website for viewing by visitors to the Website. Sponsor and Contest Entities are not responsible for any unauthorized third-party use of any Challenge Proposal.
Except where prohibited by law, entry team submission grants the Sponsor the right in perpetuity to reproduce, publish, use, edit, adjust, modify, abridge, condense, sublicense, and excerpt such Challenge Proposal and/or comments in any way, in any and all media, without limitation and without compensation to Entrant Team. Submission of Challenge Proposal in the Contest further constitutes Entrant Team’s consent to irrevocably assign and transfer to Sponsor any and all rights, title, and interest in and to the Challenge Proposal, including, without limitation, all copyrights. The Sponsor may publish and/or promote a Challenge Proposal, or a portion of Challenge Proposal. If a Challenge Proposal, or a portion of Challenge Proposal, is selected for publication and/or promotional purposes, it does not imply that it is a winning Challenge Proposal in this Contest, nor does it create a confidential relationship between you and the Sponsor or any of its respective affiliates or subsidiaries.
Challenge Proposals must be in English and must be the original work of the Entrant Team, may not have been previously published, may not have won previous awards, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property, or other rights of any person or entity. If the Challenge Proposal contains any material or elements that are not owned by the Entrant Team and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the Entrant Team is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the Challenge Proposal, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Challenge Proposal by Sponsor in the manner set forth in these Official Rules, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the Challenge Proposal. Sponsor reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to Sponsor from any Entrant Team at any time. Entrant Team agrees to fully indemnify and defend Sponsor and the Contest Entities from any and all third-party infringement claims that may arise out of its breach of these representations and warranties.
Entries must comply with the following content guidelines to be eligible:
- Challenge Proposals cannot be sexually explicit or suggestive, unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional, or age group, profane or pornographic, or contain nudity;
- Challenge Proposals cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing), any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, or any particular political agenda or message;
- Challenge Proposals cannot be obscene or offensive, endorse any form of hate or hate group;
- Challenge Proposals cannot defame, misrepresent, or contain disparaging remarks about other people or companies;
- Excepting that of the Sponsor, Challenge Proposals cannot contain trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as distinctive packaging or building exteriors/interiors) owned by others, or advertise or promote any brand or product of any kind, without permission, or contain any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, email addresses, or street addresses;
- Excepting that of the Sponsor, Challenge Proposals cannot contain copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings, and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies, or other media) without permission;
- Challenge Proposals cannot contain materials embodying the names, likenesses, photographs, or other indicia identifying any person, living or dead, without permission;
- Challenge Proposals cannot communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which Sponsor wishes to associate; and
- Challenge Proposals cannot depict and cannot itself be in violation of any law or otherwise.
- Plagiarism will result in disqualification.
All entries must be received no later than 11:59 PM (ET) on 11/30/21. Entries received after the deadline will not be part of the Contest and not be eligible to win.
Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry for any reason, in its sole and absolute discretion.
JUDGING: At the conclusion of the Contest registration, there will be three rounds of judging: selection of semi-finalist, national finalist, and national challenge winners.
Teams will consist of 9th–10th grade teams and 11th–12th grade teams. There will be up to twelve (12) semi-finalist Stride teams per grade band and up to twelve (12) non-Stride semi-finalist teams per grade band. From the semi-finalist round there will be up to three (3) Stride teams per grade band and up to three (3) non-Stride teams per grade band that move on to the national finalist round.
A “Stride team” is a team consisting only of entrants who were enrolled in a Stride-powered program at the time of entry. A “non-Stride team” is a team consisting only of entrants who were not enrolled in a Stride-powered program at the time of entry. A team with one or more students from a Stride-powered school will be considered a “Stride Team” (this team could have 1 Stride student and 2 non-stride students, etc. and it will be placed in the “Stride Team” group for purposes of this contest).
CRITERIA: A panel of judges consisting of Stride Inc. personnel and non-Stride personnel (“Judges”) will determine the Contest winning team per grade band (9th–10th grade Stride winner; 9th–10th grade non-Stride winner; utilizing the following judging criteria: (a) Idea: Did the team look at the Challenge and create a new, innovative idea to help solve for this issue; (b) Implementation: How realistic would the implementation of this idea be? What would the financial impact be? What would next steps be for the idea? (c) Creativity: How original and creative is the idea in solving the issue that has been posed; (d) Reach: Is the idea something that could be implemented anywhere? Would it successfully impact others?
TIES: In the event of a tie, the entry from among the tied entries with the highest score in most creative interpretation of the theme will be declared the winner. In the event of a further tie, the entry from among the tied entries with the highest score received for best implementation will be declared the winner. In the event of further ties, the Judges will make the final determination as to which entry will win.
CONTEST PRIZES & CORRESPONDING APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUES (“ARV”): Semi-finalist winners will receive: a $100 Amazon e-gift card (each member of the team). Winners from the semi-finalist round, that move on to the national finalists round, will receive an all-expense paid trip to Stride Headquarters to present their proposal in-person before a panel of Stride Executives and non-Stride Executives. National winners will receive a $1,000 Amazon e-gift card and choose an environment group/charity that Stride will donate $1,000 to on their behalf; 2nd place National winners will receive a $200 Amazon e-gift card; 3rd place National winners will receive a $100 Amazon e-gift card. Amazon is not, in any way, associated with Sponsor or this Contest. Gift cards will not be replaced if lost, stolen, or mis-used. IRS form 1099 may be issued and filed for winners are required to provide all information necessary for the form 1099 prior to receiving the award.
WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winners will be notified by email, or telephone, and/or U.S. mail within 14 calendar days of the End of Contest Entry Period and may be required to complete and return a notarized Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and where permissible, a Publicity Release (“Affidavit/Release”), within seven days of date specified on notification, or an alternate winner may be determined. If an Affidavit/Release and/or if any required document(s) is not returned within such time period, or if a selected winner cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason, or if they are not in compliance with these Official Rules, the prize will be forfeited, and an alternate winner may be determined. If a winner is otherwise eligible under these Official Rules but is nevertheless deemed a minor in their state of primary residence, the prize will be awarded in the name of winner’s parent or legal guardian who will be required to execute Affidavit/Release (or any required document) on minor’s behalf. Prizes are awarded within 30 days after winner verification. Prizes are not redeemable for cash and are non-assignable or transferable except to a surviving spouse. No substitutions are permitted except the Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize, or portion of any prize, with one of equal or greater value in case of unavailability. Winners acknowledge that the Sponsor and all other businesses concerned with this Contest and their agents do not make, nor are in any manner responsible for any warranty, representations, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relative the quality, conditions, fitness, or merchantability of any aspect of any prize. Each winner will be responsible for all federal, state, local, and income taxes associated with winning their prize. Incidental expenses on any prize not specified herein are each winner’s sole responsibility. Except where prohibited by law, entry and acceptance of prize constitute permission for Sponsor and its agents to use each winner’s name, prize won, hometown, likeness, Challenge Proposal, and statements for purposes of advertising, trade, promotion, and publicity (including online posting) in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, or permission.
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY: Entrant Team agree to these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges and the Sponsor, and on their behalf, and on behalf of their respective heirs, executors, administrators, legal representatives, successors, and assigns (“Releasing Parties”), release, defend, and hold harmless the Contest Entities, as well as the employees, officers, directors, and agents of each (“Released Parties”), from any and all actions, causes of action, suits, debts, dues, sums of money, accounts, reckonings, bonds, bills, specialties, covenants, contracts, controversies, agreements, promises, variances, trespasses, lost profits, indirect or direct damages, consequential damages, incidental damages, punitive or exemplary damages, judgments, extent, executions, claims and demands whatsoever, in law, admiralty or equity, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, against Released Parties which any one or more of the Releasing Parties ever had, now have or hereafter can, shall or may have which in any way arise out of or result from Entrant Team’s participation, acceptance and use or misuse of any prize.
In the event Sponsor is prevented from continuing with the Contest as planned herein by any event beyond its control, including but not limited to fire, flood, hurricane, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared), or any federal, state, or local government law, order, or regulation, or order of any court or other cause not within Sponsor’s control or concerns regarding the safety of any winner or guest, Sponsor shall have the right to modify, suspend, extend, or terminate the Contest. Entrant Teams assume all liability for any injury, including death or damage caused or claimed to be caused, by participation in this Contest or use or redemption of any prize.
This Contest shall be governed by and interpreted under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, U.S. without regard to its conflicts of laws provisions. Entrant Teams hereby agree that any and all disputes, claims, causes of action, or controversies (“Claims”) arising out of, or in connection with, this Contest shall be resolved, upon the election by Entrant Team or Sponsor, by arbitration pursuant to this provision and the code of procedures of either the National Arbitration Forum (“NAF”) or the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), as selected by the Entrant Team. IF ARBITRATION IS CHOSEN BY ANY PARTY WITH RESPECT TO A CLAIM, NEITHER PARTY WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO LITIGATE THAT CLAIM IN COURT OR HAVE A JURY TRIAL ON THAT CLAIM. FURTHER, NEITHER SPONSOR NOR ENTRANT TEAM WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN A REPRESENTATIVE CAPACITY ON BEHALF OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC OR OTHER PERSONS SIMILARLY SITUATED, OR AS A MEMBER OF ANY CLASS OF CLAIMANTS PERTAINING TO ANY CLAIM SUBJECT TO ARBITRATION. EXCEPT AS SET FORTH BELOW, THE ARBITRATOR’S DECISION WILL BE FINAL AND BINDING. NOTE THAT OTHER RIGHTS THAT ENTRANT TEAM WOULD HAVE IF ENTRANT TEAM WENT TO COURT ALSO MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN ARBITRATION. The arbitrator’s authority to resolve Claims is limited to Claims between Sponsor and Entrant Team alone, and the arbitrator’s authority to make awards is limited to awards to Sponsor and Entrant Team alone. Furthermore, Claims brought by either party against the other may not be joined or consolidated in arbitration with Claims brought by or against any third party, unless agreed to in writing by all parties. No arbitration award or decision will have any preclusive effect as to issues or claims in any dispute with anyone who is not a named party to the arbitration. Notwithstanding any other provision in this Agreement, and without waiving either party’s right to appeal such decision, should any portion of this provision be deemed invalid or unenforceable, then the entire provision (other than this sentence) shall not apply. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Contest, or in the announcement of any prize.
LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY FOR WEB ACCESS: The Sponsor is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Website users, or tampering or hacking, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest, and assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction, or unauthorized access to the Website. The Sponsor is not responsible for injury or damage to an Entrant Team’s or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading and/or uploading materials from or use of the Website. If for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned by reason of infection by computer virus, worms, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor could corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest and determine winners from all eligible entries received prior to that action taken.
Entry Team materials/data that have been tampered with or altered, or mass entries or entries generated by a script, macro, or use of automated devices are void. Entries made with multiple email addresses, under multiple identities, or through the use of any automated other device or artifice to enter multiple times will be deemed invalid. Mechanically reproduced, illegible, incomplete, or inaccurate entries are void. In the event of a dispute, entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the Authorized Account Holder of the email address provided at the time of entry. “Authorized Account Holder” means the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. Mechanically reproduced entries are not eligible. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, damaged, or misdirected entries.
WINNERS LIST: For the names of the winners (available 14 calendar days after end of contest), please visit https://www.smore.com/y9d23-national-contest-challenge-winners.