During the proposal submission period, a review panel will initially screen submissions for eligibility and compliance with the rules of this challenge. A submission that fails to meet the eligibility and compliance criteria will be disqualified and will be ineligible for prizes. To be eligible to win Phase 1 of this Challenge, an individual or team:
Must have entered a submission on www.ProofChallenge.com/Submit
Must be an individual or team comprised of members each of whom are 18 years of age or over.
Must not be on the Excluded Parties List System located at www.sam.gov
May not be a Government employee acting within the scope of their employment. Any government employees should include information on the circumstances under which the idea was developed for clear evaluation.
The applicant shall not be deemed ineligible solely because the applicant used Federal facilities or consulted with Federal employees during a competition if the facilities and employees are made equitably available to all applicants participating in the competition.
Federal grantees may not use Federal funds to develop challenge applications unless consistent with the purpose of their grant award. Federal contractors may not use Federal funds from a contract to develop challenge applications or to fund efforts in support of a challenge submission.
Employees of JPEO-CBD, and/or any other individual or entity associated with the development, evaluation, or administration of the Challenge as well as members of such persons’ immediate families (spouses, children, siblings, parents), and persons living in the same household as such persons, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in the Challenge.
Applicants must agree to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Federal Government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from their participation in a competition, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise.
Applicants must also agree to indemnify the Federal Government against third party claims for damages arising from or related to competition activities.
No JPEO-CBD logo – The product/idea/submission must not use JPEO-CBD logos or official Government, DoD, or Army seals and must not claim endorsement by any Federal entity.
A solution may be disqualified if it fails to function as expressed in the description provided by the user, or if it provides inaccurate or incomplete information.
JPEO-CBD reserves the right to disqualify participants from the Challenge Facebook page, and potentially for the Challenge and any sub-challenge entirely, for inappropriate, derogatory, defamatory, or threatening comments or communication. JPEO-CBD may disqualify the entry if, in JPEO-CBD’s sole judgment, participants have engaged in inappropriate, derogatory, defamatory, or threatening comments or communication on the Challenge Facebook page.
Submissions must be free of security threats and/or malware. Applicants/Contestants agree that JPEO-CBD may conduct testing on the product/submission to determine whether malware or other security threats may be present. JPEO-CBD may disqualify the product if, in JPEO-CBD’s judgment, the app may damage government or others’ equipment or operating environment.
Applicants are not required to obtain liability insurance or demonstrate financial responsibility in order to participate in the Challenge.
By participating in the Challenge, each Applicant agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules, Terms & Conditions and the decisions of the Federal Agency sponsors and/or the individual judges, which shall be final and binding in all respects.