SURGICAL SPECIALTIES INNOVATION CHALLENGE

The Surgical Specialties Innovation Challenge (the “Challenge”) is a competition in which entrants are asked to come up with an original idea for an innovative web-based tool which enriches the online article to benefit the academic and clinical surgical communities. Ideas for innovations (“Innovation Ideas”) could support, but are not limited to:

Please read these rules (the “Official Rules”) before entering the Challenge. By entering the Challenge, you agree to be bound by the Official Rules, and all the decisions of the Sponsor, and represent that you satisfy all of the eligibility requirements set forth herein.

OFFICIAL RULES

ELIGIBILITY

  • No Elsevier subscription or other purchase is necessary to enter or win.
  • The Challenge is open to all individuals aged twenty-one (21) years or older at the time of entry.
  • The individual listed on the entry form will be the only person eligible to receive a prize, even if more than one person has contributed to the submitted Innovation Idea.
  • Entrants may be subject to rules imposed by their employer/institution relative to their participation in competitions or promotions and should check with their employer/institution for any relevant policies.
  • Entrants are responsible for determining if the Challenge is legal in their jurisdiction of residence. The entry will be void where prohibited or restricted by law.
  • Directors, officers and employees of Elsevier Inc. (the “Sponsor”), its parents, subsidiaries and affiliates, web design, advertising and promotional agencies, the Challenge judges, and the immediate families and those living in the same household of the foregoing are not eligible.
  • Any Innovation Ideas, entry form, or other participation that violates these Official Rules, applicable laws or regulations, or entrant’s employer’s/institution’s policies, will be deemed ineligible.

INNOVATION IDEA ENTRY PERIOD

  • The Innovation Idea entry period begins at 00:00:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) on August 31, 2015 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on October 31, 2015 (the “Innovation Idea Entry Period”). Sponsor’s servers and clock shall serve as the official clock for the Challenge.

HOW TO ENTER AN INNOVATION IDEA

  • To enter, visit the Challenge site at elsevier-ssic.com (the “Challenge Site”), then complete and submit the online entry form during the Innovation Idea Entry Period.
  • The description of the Innovation Idea in the entry form must be sufficiently clear and detailed to allow the Sponsor to readily assess the purpose, content, and utility of the proposed application.
  • Each entrant shall be entitled to submit one (1) Innovation Idea. If multiple Innovation Ideas are submitted by an entrant, Sponsor shall deem only the last entry as eligible.
  • Entries will be disqualified that are:
    (i) submitted in any manner other than as specified;
    (ii) submitted before or after the Innovation Idea Entry Period;
    (iii) incomplete;
    (iv) ineligible; or
    (v) in any way not in compliance with these Official Rules.
  • Entrant’s proof of submission does not constitute proof of receipt by Sponsor.
  • Innovation Ideas and entry materials submitted through the Challenge Site become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned.

JUDGING CRITERIA/SELECTION OF WINNERS

  • All Innovation Idea entries will be screened with regard to obvious intellectual property conflicts or any legal issues and whether they fall outside the target area of interest for the Challenge.
  • All remaining eligible Innovation Idea entries will be evaluated by a panel of qualified judges based on the following criteria:
  • Relevance and value of the Innovation Idea to the surgical community: 55%
  • Novelty/innovation of the Innovation Idea: 25%
  • Ease and practicality of potentially developing the Innovation Idea on the ScienceDirect platform: 20%
  • The judges will select one (1) winner from all eligible entries based on these judging criteria.
  • Sponsor reserves the right not to award the prize if, in its sole discretion, Sponsor does not receive any eligible or qualified entries.
  • All decisions of the judges are final and binding in all respects.

PRIZES AND FULFILLMENT

  • One (1) winner will receive a cash prize of USD $5,000 issued in the form of a check made payable to the winner.
  • Upon request, Sponsor will issue the check in an equivalent amount in the winner’s home currency, based on the exchange rate at the time the check is issued as defined by the Sponsor. 
  • Potential winner will be notified via e-mail at the e-mail address provided in the entry on or about November 15.
  • Potential winner must sign and return to Sponsor a Declaration of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (“Declaration and Release”) within 10 days of notification in order to claim the prize.
  • If a winner:
    (i) is determined to be ineligible;
    (ii) cannot be contacted (for example, if the notice is returned as undeliverable);
    (iii) fails to return the completed Declaration and Release within 10 days of notification; or
    (iv) declines or waives the prize, or cannot or fails to accept the prize for any reason, then the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected based upon the judging criteria from among remaining eligible entries. 
  • The prize will be awarded via mail to the name and address provided in the Declaration and Release within 6 to 8 weeks following confirmation.
  • The winner is responsible for payment of any local, state, or federal taxes applicable with receipt and/or use of the prize . Winners will be issued an IRS Form 1099 for the value of the prize.
  • No substitution of prize but Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in its sole discretion.
  • Prize is non-transferrable.
  • The winning Innovation Idea entry, , will be posted on the Challenge Site on or about November 15, 2015, or as soon as the winning and shortlisted Innovation Ideas have been confirmed according to the process herein. 

ORIGINAL WORK

  • Innovation Ideas and entries submitted must be the original work of the entrant submitting them.
  • Winner agrees to transfer all rights and ownership of the winning Innovation Idea to the Sponsor, including the specific authority to make derivative works relating to the winning Innovation Idea. 
  • Innovation Ideas and entries submitted shall not:
    (i) violate the intellectual property rights (copyright, patent, trademark, etc.) of any third party;
    (ii) defame or invade the publicity or privacy rights of any person, living or deceased;
    (iii) be the subject of a patent or pending patent application; or
    (iv) otherwise infringe upon any person’s or entity’s personal or proprietary rights.
  • Entrants are responsible for ensuring that Sponsor may use, develop, build, or otherwise publish their Innovation Ideas without the permission of any third party.
  • Any entries found to be in violation of these provisions will be disqualified.
  • Entries must not be obscene, profane, or unsuitable for publication in Sponsor’s sole discretion.

RIGHT TO USE ENTRIES AND PERSONAL INFORMATION

  • All entries: By entering the Challenge, the entrant grants the Sponsor an exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide right and license to reproduce, publish, display, edit and otherwise use, online and in print or any other media, for purposes of editorials, exhibition, advertising, publicity and promotion of the Challenge and Sponsor’s publications and products, and without additional compensation or permission, unless prohibited by law:
  • The description of the Innovation Idea, as outlined in the entry submitted to the Challenge, and
  • the participant’s full name, city and state/province/country of residence, photograph, likeness, and voice.
  • Winning entry: By entering the Challenge and accepting the prize, the winning entrant further grants the Sponsor an exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide right and license to use the winning Innovation Idea in the Sponsor’s name, and to reproduce, publish, display, edit, create derivative works and otherwise use the winning Innovation Idea without attribution, compensation, permission or further notification to the winner unless prohibited by law. 
  • By ticking the box on the entry form “I wish to allow my idea to be shared with the Elsevier Content Innovation Team for further development”, entrants agree and understand that Sponsor may make such eligible Innovation Ideas available to the Elsevier Content Innovation Team at large, so that others may use the Innovation Ideas in building applications in future projects without restriction by or further obligation to entrants. Entrants further agree and understand that Sponsor and Elsevier Content Innovation Team may choose to build, or not to build, and allow others to build, applications based on such Innovation Ideas.
  • If an entrant has agreed to make their Innovation Idea available to the Elsevier Content Innovation Team, then the entrant agrees not to instigate, support, maintain or authorize any action or lawsuit against Sponsor and/or its affiliates, or any of their employees, officers, directors, or agents, on the ground that any use or development of their Innovation Ideas or entries infringes any of their rights as creators of such Innovation Ideas or entries. 
  • By entering the Challenge and by submitting Innovation Ideas on the Challenge Site, entrants grant Sponsor and its affiliates, the rights, without limitation or further permission or compensation, to use, display and publish their name and country, with or without their Innovation Ideas or other entry materials, on the Challenge Site and in connection with any references to or discussions of the Challenge in any media.
  • Winner’s full name and country, as well as his or her Innovation Idea and entry, may be featured on the Challenge Site and websites of the Sponsor and its affiliates and in printed and online publications.

DISCLAIMER/LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

  • Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in these Official Rules or elsewhere, Sponsor makes available the Challenge, the Challenge Site, and any prizes on an “as is” basis. 
  • Sponsor and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, professional advisors, advertising and promotional agencies, and directors, officers, and employees thereof, shall not have any obligation, liability or responsibility for:
    (i) lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, damaged, garbled, or misdirected entries, prize claims, notifications, or other communications;
    (ii) inaccurate entry information, whether caused by the entrant or by any of the equipment or programming associated with the Challenge;
    (iii) any errors or malfunctions that may occur;
    (iv) any condition caused by events beyond Sponsor’s control that may cause the Challenge to be delayed, disrupted or corrupted;
    (v) any error in any materials associated with the Challenge; and
    (vi) any damages or losses of any kind resulting from participation in the Challenge, accessing, transmitting, uploading or downloading data in connection with the Challenge, or acceptance, possession or use of any prize.
  • Any use of robotic, automatic, macro, programmed or like entry methods is strictly prohibited and will result in the disqualification of any entrant using such methods, in Sponsor’s sole discretion.

RELEASE

BY ENTERING THE CHALLENGE, ENTRANTS RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS SPONSOR AND ITS PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, AGENTS, PROFESSIONAL ADVISORS, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL AGENCIES, AND DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, AND EMPLOYEES THEREOF, FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, INJURIES, LOSS, DAMAGE, EXPENSES, OR LIABILITIES OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE CHALLENGE, PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE, OR DELIVERY, MISDELIVERY, ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, AND USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, ANY PRIZE, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. IN NO EVENT WILL SPONSOR BE LIABLE TO AN ENTRANT FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF, OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE CHALLENGE, WHETHER OR NOT SPONSOR HAS BEEN ADVISED, HAD REASON TO KNOW, OR IN FACT KNEW OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

GOVERNING LAW AND VENUE

The laws of the Netherlands govern the Challenge and these Official Rules. Entrants irrevocably consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of The Netherlands with respect to any action or suit arising out of or pertaining to the Challenge and these Official Rules (except where local law requires).

RESERVATION OF RIGHTS

  • If for any reason, the Challenge is not capable of being run as planned, the Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to change these Official Rules, disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process or operation of the Challenge Site, and to modify, suspend, cancel or terminate the Challenge.
  • If for any reason, Challenge cannot be completed as planned because of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort, the Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion. The Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel, terminate, suspend or modify the Challenge.
  • If the Challenge is terminated early, the Sponsor may select a winner based on the Innovation Ideas received prior to the termination date or take any other action in its sole discretion to carry out the letter and spirit of these Official Rules.

RULES

  • Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor in regards to the Challenge.
  • Any entrant found to be acting in violation of these Official Rules may be disqualified in Sponsor’s sole discretion.
  • In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of a winner, the winner will be the individual entrant named in the entry form through which the Innovation Idea was submitted.

SPONSOR

The Challenge is sponsored by Elsevier Inc., 360 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010, USA.