Legal

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Competition is open to residents of the United States and worldwide, except for residents of Crimea, Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, or for persons who are subject to U.S. export controls or sanctions. Other local rules and regulations may apply to you, so please check your local laws to ensure that you are eligible to participate in skills-based competitions. The Competition organizing committee, partners, and sponsors reserve the right to award alternative prizes when needed to comply with local and U.S. laws.


COMPETITION PERIOD

The Competition will run from the Start Date and time to the End Date and time, as set forth on the Competition Website. The Competition Period and Submission deadlines are subject to change, and Competition Sponsor may introduce additional hurdle deadlines during the Competition. Any updated or additional deadlines will be publicized on the Competition Website. It is your responsibility to check the Competition Website regularly to stay informed of any deadline changes. You are responsible for determining the corresponding time zone in your location.


RIGHT TO CANCEL, MODIFY OR DISQUALIFY

If for any reason the Competition is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Competition, Competition Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Competition. Competition Sponsor further reserves the right to disqualify any participant who tampers with the submission process or any other part of the Competition or Competition Website. Any attempt by a participant to deliberately damage any website, including the Competition Website, or undermine the legitimate operation of the Competition is a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, Competition Sponsors reserve the right to seek damages from any such participant to the fullest extent of the applicable law.


WARRANTY, INDEMNITY, AND RELEASE

You warrant that your Submission is your own original work and, as such, you are the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of the Submission, and you have the right to make the Submission and grant all required licenses. You agree not to make any Submission that: (i) infringes any third-party proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, privacy, publicity or confidentiality obligations, or defames any person; or (ii) otherwise violates any applicable U.S. or foreign state or federal law.

To the maximum extent permitted by law, you indemnify and agree to keep indemnified Competition Entities at all times from and against any liability, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, and expenses resulting from any of your acts, defaults, or omissions and/or a breach of any warranty set forth herein. To the maximum extent permitted by law, you agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Competition Entities from and against any and all claims, actions, suits or proceedings, as well as any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorney fees) arising out of or accruing from: (a) your Submission or other material uploaded or otherwise provided by you that infringes any third party proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, privacy, publicity or confidentiality obligations, or defames any person; (b) any misrepresentation made by you in connection with the Competition; (c) any non-compliance by you with these Rules or any applicable U.S. or foreign state or federal law; (d) claims brought by persons or entities other than the parties to these Rules arising from or related to your involvement with the Competition; and (e) your acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any Prize, or your participation in the Competition and any Competition-related activity.


NOT AN OFFER OR CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT

Unless otherwise specifically provided under the Competition Website, under no circumstances will the entry of a Submission, the awarding of a Prize, or anything in these Rules be construed as an offer or contract of employment with Competition Sponsor or any of the Competition Entities. You acknowledge that you have submitted your Submission voluntarily and not in confidence or in trust. You acknowledge that no confidential, fiduciary, agency, or other relationship or implied-in-fact contract now exists between you and Competition Sponsor or any of the Competition Entities and that no such relationship is established by the entry of your Submission.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

You are permitted to publicly share Competition Data, provided that such public sharing does not violate the intellectual property rights of any third party.

"Competition Data" means the data or datasets, videos, or  presentations available from the Competition Website for the purpose of use in the Competition, including any related appendix.

Each team member consents that their Application Data, may be posted in the Competition newsletters, website, social media, and similars, and shared with third parties that might deem the presentations beneficial, including without limitation, government officials, thought leaders, and organizations. Email addresses will solely be used for the purposes of this Competition.

"Application Data" means personal information such as name, photo, university affiliation, major/discipline, email, and presentation submitted to the Competition.


DETERMINING WINNERS

Each Submission will be scored and ranked by the evaluation criteria defined by the organizing committee according to the evaluation performed by the selected judges at the different stages of the Competition. In the event a potential final qualifier or potential winner is disqualified for any reason, the Submission that received the next highest score will be chosen as a replacement.

Final qualifying teams will be officially announced through the Competition website and also via social networks. The Competition winner(s) will be notified publicly during the live final event. If for major causes the public life announcement is not possible, the Competition website will be the only official reference for such announcement.

The Competition organizing committee reserves the right to disqualify any participant from the Competition if there is a reasonable certainty that the participant team has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of the Competition by cheating, deception, or other unfair playing practices or abuses, threatens or harasses any other participants, or Competition committee, partner and sponsor.

WINNERS OBLIGATIONS

As a condition to being awarded a Prize, a Prize winner will be called to fulfill the following obligations:

(a) remain available in the following four weeks after the competition final event so prize distribution can be arranged.

(b) sign and return all Prize acceptance documents as may be required by the Competition organizing committee, partners, and sponsor, including without limitation: (i) eligibility certifications; and (ii) if required, U.S. tax forms (such as IRS Form W-9 if U.S. resident, IRS Form W-8BEN if foreign resident, or future equivalents).


TAXES

ALL TAXES IMPOSED ON PRIZES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNERS. Payments to potential winners are subject to the express requirement that they submit all documentation requested by Competition Sponsors for compliance with applicable state, federal, local, and foreign (including provincial) tax reporting and withholding requirements. Prizes will be net of any taxes that the Competition Sponsor is required by law to withhold. If a potential winner fails to provide any required documentation or comply with applicable laws, the Prize may be forfeited, and Competition Sponsor may select an alternative potential winner. Any winners who are U.S. residents will receive an IRS Form-1099 in the amount of their Prize.


PRIVACY POLICY

Venezuela – Energy Solutions for the Future Competition operates the www.venezuelaenergy.org website and organizes the competition, referred to as the "service".


The website of the competition is solely www.venezuelaenergy.org and it is not related in any way to any similar domain with different endings (for example www.venezuelaenergy.com) nor to any other site forwarded from those differing but similar domains.


This page is used to inform website visitors regarding our policies with the collection, use, and disclosure of Personal Information if anyone decided to use this website or participate in the competition Venezuela – Energy Solutions for the Future website.


If you choose to participate in the competition, then you agree to the collection and use of information in relation to this policy. The Personal Information that we collect is used for providing and improving the Service. We will not use or share your information with anyone except as described in this Privacy Policy.

The terms used in this Privacy Policy have the same meanings as in our Terms and Conditions, which is accessible at www.venezuelaenergy.org unless otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy.


INFORMATION COLLECTION AND USE

While participating in the competition, we may require you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information, including but not limited to your name, phone number, and postal address. Unless you opt out, the information that we collect will be used to contact or identify you and for practical purposes related to the running of the competition and may be shared with partners, sponsors, competition officials and other entities or persons as required during the period of the competition. By joining the competition, you agree that your data can be shared with our partners and sponsors for future communications related to events and competitions.

To opt out from sharing your contact details, you should contact the organizing committee. Opting out might hinder your participation in the competition.


LOG DATA

We want to inform you that whenever you visit our Service, we collect information that your browser sends to us which is called Log Data. This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol ("IP") address, browser version, pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, and other statistics.


COOKIES

Cookies are files with a small amount of data that is commonly used as an anonymous unique identifier. These are sent to your browser from the website that you visit and are stored on your computer’s hard drive.

Our website uses these "cookies" to collect information and to improve our Service. You have the option to either accept or refuse these cookies and know when a cookie is being sent to your computer. If you choose to refuse our cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service.

For more general information on cookies, please read "What Are Cookies".


SERVICE PROVIDERS

We may employ third-party companies and individuals due to the following reasons:

  • To facilitate our Service;

  • To provide the Service on our behalf;

  • To perform Service-related services; or

  • To assist us in analyzing how our Service is used.

We want to inform our Service users that these third parties have access to your Personal Information. The reason is to perform the tasks assigned to them on our behalf. However, they are obligated not to disclose or use the information for any other purpose.


SECURITY

We value your trust in providing us your Personal Information, thus we are striving to use commercially acceptable means of protecting it. But remember that no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure and reliable, and we cannot guarantee its absolute security.


LINKS TO OTHER SITES

Our Service may contain links to other sites. If you click on a third-party link, you will be directed to that site. Note that these external sites are not operated by us. Therefore, we strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of these websites. We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third-party sites or services.


CHILDREN'S PRIVACY

Our Services do not address anyone under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personal identifiable information from children under 13. In the case we discover that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we immediately delete this from our servers. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your child has provided us with personal information, please contact us so that we will be able to do the necessary actions.


CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. Thus, we advise you to review this page periodically for any changes. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page. These changes are effective immediately after they are posted on this page.


CONTACT US

If you have any questions or suggestions about our Privacy Policy, do not hesitate to contact us at info@venezuelaenergy.org