RULES AND CONDITIONS FOR THE FIRST UOC&PLUGGED CHALLENGE COMPETITION


The aim of this competition is to throw down a challenge (UOC Challenge) to the community and to society that allows creators, the rethinkers of our everyday attitudes, to have the necessary knowledge to provoke or contribute in a collaborative and coordinated way to transformation, which has already begun on the web and which must inevitably be transferred to every sphere of society.

The UOC invites everyone who has an idea that falls within the scope of this call to submit it and help us produce the first co-created festival of knowledge.

Aim of the competition

1. The aim of the UOC Challenge competition is to:
 
a) Launch a public challenge that generates a movement and positions the UOC’s social mission within the current context.

b) Dynamise the network and region with a great annual event for all, the UOC&PLUGGED co-created festival of knowledge.

c) Identify base talent, UOC talent.

d) Generate a creative process with results.

e) Incentivise the country’s creativity.

f) Promote entrepreneurship as a turning point for the recession.

2. The UOC Challenge competition is international and open in character: ideas and projects from all over the world can be submitted.
Participants

1. Any organisation or individual over the age of 18 may take part in the UOC Challenge competition, irrespective of their home address or place of residence.

2. Applicants may take part in the UOC Challenge competition individually or as a group. Participation as a group or through an organisation will require the designation of a representative.

3. To be able to take part in the UOC Challenge competition, you must register as a user on the UOC&PLUGGED Challenge website and upload an idea.

Rules for participation

1. All participants in the UOC&PLUGGED Challenge competition must comply with the following rules for participation:
 
a) All details provided must be correct, truthful and complete.

b) The content of the proposals submitted by participants must be original.

c) Any content that is published on the UOC&PLUGGED Challenge website must respect the intellectual property rights derived from it.

d) No illegal, defamatory or offensive content or content that is contrary to the values and dignity of the person may be transmitted or disseminated.

e) Respect the opinions and statements of the other website users.

f) Adopt a respectful attitude and language with the other website users.

g) Use the website in accordance with its aim and under no circumstances for illegal, commercial, promotional and/or advertising aims.

h) Not make personal data obtained through distribution lists or via the website available to third parties, for whatever purpose.

i) Not use the e-mail address or details of website users to send unauthorised commercial communications.

2. The organisers of the UOC&PLUGGED Challenge website reserve the right to exclude any participant from the competition who fails to comply with the rules for participation set out herein, without prejudice to other legal measures.

How the competition works

1. The proposals (hereafter “ideas”) submitted by participants must be within one of the eight subject areas into which the UOC Challenge competition is organised: Social Learning, Urban Planning, Health, Finances, Resources, Wiki-economy, Governance and Communication.

2. Ideas MUST be submitted using the form provided on the UOC&PLUGGED Challenge website. Any idea submitted in another format or via any other channel will not be accepted as an idea and, consequently, will not enter the selection process and voting channels of the UOC
Challenge competition.

3. Ideas will be submitted to a selection and elimination process in each of the phases comprising the UOC Challenge competition. In each phase, the idea must adapt to the appropriate form. In the event that a selected idea does not complete the relevant form within the established timetable, that idea will be understood to have ceased to take part in the competition.

4. The following are the phases in the Challenge UOC competition:

1) Phase One: Gathering of ideas

Participants must register using the form provided on the UOC&PLUGGED Challenge website. Participants must include the following mandatory details on this form: name and surname and, if taking part as a group, names and surnames of the group members and of the representative who will be acting on behalf of the group, photograph (individual or group), tax number, address, town, province, country, telephone, email address, subject area in which they are taking part and summary of the proposal (1.000 characters).

 The 10 ideas that score the highest points in each of the subject areas in the competition will be pre-selected and go into phase two.

2) Phase Two: Draft project

The participants of the ideas that have been pre-selected in phase one in each of the subject areas must draw up the draft project for the idea and complete the details on the form that will be provided for this phase on the UOC&PLUGGED Challenge website. Participants MUST include all of the following information on this form: resources , proposed implementation , applications , actors .

Participants who detect in this first phase that their idea is very similar to another participant’s idea may set up a group using the form that will be provided on the UOC&PLUGGED Challenge website, naming one person as representative.

The 5 ideas that score the highest points in each of the subject areas in the competition will be selected and progress to phase three.

3) Phase Three: Project

The participants of the ideas that have been selected in phase two in each of the subject areas must specify the details of their project with the help of a mentor, who will be a UOC lecturer, and complete the details on the form that will be provided for this phase on the UOC&PLUGGED Challenge website. Participants MUST include all of the following information on this form: festival contents specific proposal , training content proposal , specific application development .

The idea in each of the subject areas of the competition that scores the highest points will be the winner of the UOC Challenge competition.

Judges

1. Four judges will be named for each subject area of the UOC Challenge competition, two external experts and two expert UOC lecturers. These judges will be selected for their professional career and personal merits in the relevant subject area.

2. The names of the judges in each of the subject areas of the competition will be published on the UOC&PLUGGED Challenge website.

3. These judges will assess the quality of the ideas according to the following four variables: Utility, Social Impact, Feasibility and Innovation, and they will award them a qualitative vote.

4. The qualitative vote of the judges will only be applied in the first two phases of the UOC Challenge competition.

Voting system

1. During phase one of the competition, the scoring for each idea will be determined by three variables:
 
a) Popular vote: which will be calculated on the basis of the sum of the number of votes awarded via the UOC&PLUGGED Challenge website.

b) Qualitative vote: the popular voters will also have the option of giving a qualitative vote according to four criteria or tags: Utility, Social Impact, Feasibility and Innovation. This type of qualitative vote, which will be optional during this phase and have a 30% weighting, will be given using a tab where voters can mark the tags they see fit, as the case may be. The score of an idea in this variable will be calculated by dividing the total number of tags received by four and multiplying them by their weighting (30%).

c) Judges’ vote: the judges will assess all the ideas in their subject area, giving a qualitative vote according to four criteria or tags: Utility, Social Impact, Feasibility and Innovation. The judges’ vote, which will have a 50% weighting on the popular votes, will be given using a tab where the judges can select the tags they see fit, as the case may be. The score awarded in this variable will be calculated by multiplying the total number of tags received by the judges by the value of a judge’s tag and their level of weighting (50%). The value of a judge’s tag will be calculated by dividing the absolute number of popular votes in the category by the total amount of tags given by the judges in that category.

2. During phase two of the competition, the scoring for each idea will be determined by three variables:
 
a) Popular vote: which will be calculated on the basis of the sum of the number of votes awarded via the UOC&PLUGGED Challenge website.

b) Qualitative vote: popular voters will have the option of giving a qualitative vote according to four criteria or tags: Utility, Social Impact, Feasibility and Innovation. This type of qualitative vote, which will be optional during this phase and which will have a 40% weighting, will be given using a tab where voters can mark the tags they see fit, as the case may be. The score of an idea in this variable will be calculated by dividing the total number of tags received by four and multiplying them by their level of weighting (40%).

c) Judges’ vote: the judges will assess all the ideas in their subject area, giving a qualitative vote according to four criteria or tags: Utility, Social Impact, Feasibility and Innovation. The judges’ vote, which will have a 30% weighting on the popular votes, will be given using a tab where the judges can select the tags they see fit, as the case may be. The score awarded in this variable will be calculated by multiplying the total number of tags received by the judges by the value of a judge’s tag and their level of weighting (30%). The value of a judge’s tag will be calculated by dividing the absolute number of popular votes in the category by the total amount of tags given by the judges in that category.

3. During phase three of the competition, the scoring for each idea will be determined by two variables:
 
a) Popular vote: which will be calculated on the basis of the sum of the number of votes awarded via the UOC&PLUGGED Challenge website.

b) Qualitative vote: popular voters will have the option of giving a qualitative vote according to four criteria or tags: Utility, Social Impact, Feasibility and Innovation. This type of qualitative vote, which will have a 60% weighting, will be given using a tab where voters can mark the tags they see fit, as the case may be. The score of an idea in this variable will be calculated by dividing the total number of tags received by four and multiplying them by their level of weighting (60%).

4. The results of the popular votes in each of the subject areas will not have any influence on the judges’ voting.

5. If during phase one and phase two of the competition, the judges’ votes coincide with the qualitative popular votes, the judges’ vote will be increased by 25%. Coincidence will be considered to occur in the event that the qualitative popular votes and those of the judges are above the average per tag and per category.

6. Popular voters may vote as many ideas as they want once a day. The daily vote of the popular voters will be controlled by IP address.

7. Any automatic voting system is prohibited. The Open Minds organisers reserve the right to exclude any participant from the UOC Challenge competition if they detect that they have used automated voting systems.

8. Votes for an idea must be free. The Open Minds organisers reserve the right to exclude any participant from the UOC Challenge competition if they detect that their idea has obtained votes awarded under coercion.

Results

1. The votes awarded for each idea and their final score in each of the phases will be made public via the UOC&PLUGGED Challenge website and by express e-mail communication to all the participants in each of the phases, whether they have been selected or not.

2. The idea that comes first in its subject area as a result of the final score awarded in phase three will be the winner of the UOC Challenge competition.

Competition schedule

1. Phase one of the UOC Challenge competition will be conducted according to the following timetable:
 
1) Gathering of ideas: between 23 April and 23 May 2012, both inclusive.

2) Popular vote: between 3 May and 30 May 2012, both inclusive.

3) Judges’ vote: between 24 May and 31 May 2012, both inclusive.

4) Publication of phase one winners: 3 June 2012.

2. Phase two of the UOC Challenge competition will be conducted according to the following timetable:
 
1) Submission of draft projects: between 4 June and 25 June 2012, both inclusive.

2) Popular vote: between 18 June and 28 June 2012, both inclusive.

3) Judges’ vote: between 25 June and 30 June 2012, both inclusive.

4) Publication of phase two winners: 2 July 2012.

3. Phase three of the UOC Challenge competition will be conducted according to the following timetable:
 
1) Submission of projects: between 3 July and 29 July 2012, both inclusive.

2) Popular vote: between 19 July and 29 July 2012, both inclusive.

3) Publication of phase three winners: 30 July 2012.
 
Prizes

1. Participants who have progressed to phases two and three of the UOC Challenge competition will become part of the UOC Talent incubator and will be rewarded with the UOC Specialisation Course of their choice from the training catalogue that will be presented according to the needs of each project.

Similarly, participants who have progressed to phase three of the UOC Challenge competition will receive support for creation and knowledge through a specific ACC1Ó programme.

2. The winners in each of the subject areas of the UOC Challenge competition will be rewarded with:
 
a) Specific training to conduct their project on a UOC Master’s programme of their choice from the training catalogue that will be presented according to the needs of each project.

b) Specific training on entrepreneurship over 28 days on the Corkscrew programme in Exeter, United Kingdom.

c) Brand strategy training.

Similarly, the winning projects will be presented at the Festival of Knowledge and Culture and to companies and institutions interested in fostering them.

3. In the event that the winner of a subject area waives the prize, the Open Minds organisers will award it to the runner-up in that subject area.

4. However, in the event that the idea is part of a group, the members making up this group will have to name who will study the Specialisation Course, in the case of having progressed to phases two and three of the competition, or the specific training, in the case of being the winners in their subject area.

5. Participating and winning projects will receive publicity in the media, free access to the workshops and lectures that are given in each of the categories of the Challenge UOC and free access to the Festival of Knowledge and Culture.

6. The rewards will be presented during the Festival of Knowledge and Culture at a public ceremony organised by Open Minds.

Intellectual property

1. The intellectual property of the content of the proposals belongs to the participants in the UOC Challenge competition as the creators.

2. All the content that is submitted to the UOC Challenge competition will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (BY-SA) licence.

Data protection

1. The UOC&PLUGGED Challenge competition and website are governed by the confidentiality and personal data protection policy of the Fundació per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (hereafter, “FUOC”).

2. In compliance with the Constitutional Personal Data Protection Act 15/1999, of 13 December, users of the UOC&PLUGGED Challenge website are informed that the personal data that are requested on our forms or that they may provide to us at our e-mail addresses will be included in our personal data files, of which the FUOC is the liable party and owner.

3. When a UOC&PLUGGED Challenge website user completes any of the forms with the personal data that are requested and accepts to send or sends an e-mail with personal data, they expressly authorise – and consent to – the FUOC handling and including in our files the personal data provided and all the data that are generated in relation to their participation in or use of the various products or services that are offered on this website, albeit revocable in nature and without retroactive effects, and accept the processing conditions set out below.

4. All of the data will be treated with the utmost confidentiality and in accordance with current regulations in terms of personal data protection and our files are legally registered in the General Registry of the Catalan Data Protection Agency.

5. The FUOC does not accept any liability for the handling of personal data by websites that users may access via the various links that there may be on the UOC&PLUGGED Challenge website.

6. Users will have the right to access the information that concerns them, rectifying it if it is incorrect, cancelling it or opposing its handlong, on the terms set out by the Constitutional Act, by addressing the FUOC Data Protection Manager, Av. Tibidado 45-47, 08035, Barcelona.

7. Without any right to any form of consideration, participants in the UOC Challenge competition authorise the FUOC to use their name and image in both the written and electronic advertising and communications that are carried out to publicise the competition.

Responsibility

1. The users of the UOC&PLUGGED Challenge website are solely responsible for the information and contents that they publish on it, for the ideas and opinions that they express on it, for their behaviour and for any lack of truthfulness of the data provided.

2. In the event that participation in the UOC Challenge competition is as a group, the member representing the group will be the one who assumes this responsibility.

3. The FUOC does not accept any liability for the information and the contents that users may publish on the UOC&PLUGGED Challenge website, and especially for any damages that are or may be derived, or for the ideas and opinions that they express on it, for their individual behaviour and for any lack of truthfulness of the data provided.

Acceptance of the rules

1. The fact of registering as a UOC&PLUGGED Challenge website user and uploading an idea entails the acceptance of these rules, the interpretation made of them by the Open Minds organisers and the vote of the Jury.

2. The partial or complete failure to comply with these rules will be cause for exclusion of the participant from the competition.

Jurisdiction

1. Participants accept that any dispute, disagreement or litigious question that is derived from the fulfilment or execution of the terms and conditions of these rules will be submitted to the institutional arbitration of the Barcelona Court of Arbitration, of the Catalan Arbitration Association, to which will be entrusted the appointment of the arbitrator or arbitrators and the administration of the arbitration.

2. Arbitration will be arbitration in law and the parties undertake to comply with the arbitration ruling.
 
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