Deadline: August 31, 2012

Official Rules & Regulations

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These Official Rules describe the terms and conditions for the Renesas RL78 Green Energy Challenge described herein (the “Contest”). This Contest is sponsored by Renesas Electronics America Inc., a California Corporation located at 2880 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95050 (“Renesas”). This contest is administered by Circuit Cellar, Inc., located at 4 Park Street, Vernon, CT, 06066.


Renesas RL78 Green Energy Challenge Contest Overview
Participants are challenged to design a unique application (“Project”) that must use the Renesas RL78 MCU, RL78/G13 Renesas Demonstration Kit (“RDK”) and IAR Toolchain for developing a unique, energy-efficient and eco-friendly device. In order to be eligible to compete in the Contest, each Participant must meet all qualifications set forth in these Official Rules and any related policies. These Official Rules will control over any conflicting provisions in any policies. Certain materials will be provided by Renesas as further described below. In the event that Participants elect to purchase additional materials, Renesas shall in no way be responsible for reimbursing Participants for that or any other costs. The Project must use commercially available components only. The object/executable code must be created with the IAR Toolchain, must be able to be re-created by a third party and must compile without error. All Participants must use the Renesas RL78 Green Energy Challenge ("Contest") Registration Form to register for this Contest and obtain an assigned Project Registration Number for labeling Entries (defined below).


The term “Entry” refers to the Project Abstract, Complete Documentation, and Source Code collectively (e.g., all together in one ZIP file). Each Entry must be clearly marked with the Project Registration Number. To submit an Entry, Participants must upload their Project files to the Contest Dropbox.

Incomplete, illegible, or defaced Entries will be rejected. If entering multiple Entries, there must be a separate Registration Form and individual Project Registration Number assigned for each Entry. Decisions of Circuit Cellar/Elektor ("Contest Administrator") are final. Submission deadline is 1:00 PM EST on August 31, 2012.


By virtue of participation, the Participant represents and warrants:


• such individual is, or group of individuals are, domiciled in a country that does not prohibit their Entry into this Contest or winning of the Contest
• the individual identified on the Contest registration form is the Participant or part of the group that is the Participant;
• the individual and the Entry fully comply with all eligibility requirements and all other provisions of these Official Rules and any related policies;
• in preparing the Entry and entering and participating in the Contest, the individual has complied and will comply in all respects with all applicable statutes, regulations, rules, orders, or other laws and has not violated, and will not violate, any agreement or understanding by which it is bound, including any confidentiality, employment, consulting, intellectual property assignment or license agreement;
• the Entry is unpublished and consists entirely of the individual’s or group’s own original work or of work to which such individual or group has all necessary rights; and
• neither the Entry nor the exploitation of the Entry as provided herein will infringe or misappropriate any intellectual property, rights of publicity, or other proprietary rights of any person or entity.
• that the Participant is not bound by any intellectual property agreement or any other agreement or obligation, with an employer, university, college, educational organization, or otherwise, that prohibits or limits in any way: the Participant's right to participate in the Contest and/or the Participant's right to submit material for the Contest, or that may limit the Contest Sponsor's and the Contest Administrator's rights in any way to such submission in the event the Entry is chosen as a winner; and
• that the Participant or Participants are over the age of eighteen (18); and

Who May Enter Contest
Any individual or group of individuals, age 18 and over as of the date of entry, may enter the Contest. Contestants must participate as individuals or groups of individuals, not as corporations, limited liability companies, or other entities. The Contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Officers, directors, and employees of Renesas or its affiliates, or any third party company participating in the administration or judging of the Contest or contributing prizes to the Contest (“Partners”), their respective parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates, and their respective advertising, promotion, and production agencies or other agents, as well as members of their immediate families (including spouse, parents, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, step-children, step-parents and in-laws) or those with whom they reside, are ineligible to enter the Contest.


Anyone who is a resident of a country, province or state where the Contest is prohibited, taxed, subject to registration or bonding, subject to disclosure requirements (including without limitation requirements that these Official Rules or other Contest materials be published in a language other than English) or otherwise restricted under national, federal, provincial, state or local statutes, rules, orders, regulations, or other laws, including without limitation residents of Puerto Rico and Quebec, Canada, is ineligible to enter the Contest. Renesas expressly disclaims any responsibility or liability for any Contestant who enters in violation of these Official Rules or any Policies. By entering this Contest, each Contestant agrees to waive any additional rights granted with respect to contests by the country, state, or province in which he or she is domiciled. RENESAS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REJECT OR DISQUALIFY ANY PERSON IF, IN THE SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION OF RENESAS, (I) THE PERSON’S PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST IS OR MAY BE PROHIBITED OR OTHERWISE RESTRICTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, (II) THE PERSON FAILS TO COMPLY WITH THESE OFFICIAL RULES, ANY POLICIES, OR ANY LAWS IN ANY RESPECT; OR (III) THE PERSON TAMPERS WITH THE ENTRY PROCESS, THE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST, THE CONTEST WEBSITE, OR OTHERWISE ACTS IN AN UNSPORTING OR DISRUPTIVE MANNER OR WITH INTENT TO ANNOY OR HARASS ANY PERSON. RENESAS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. IF AN ENTRY THAT WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE RECEIVED A PRIZE OR COMPONENT IS REJECTED OR DISQUALIFIED, RENESAS MAY, BUT IS NOT REQUIRED TO, SELECT AN ALTERNATE WINNING ENTRY FROM THE REMAINING ENTRIES.


Contest Kits
Interested parties will submit a request to receive an RDK. Request for RDKs will be serviced on a first come, first served basis as well as by the Participant’s abstracts that describe a Green Energy design. Complimentary RDKs will be available only while supplies last. Renesas shall pay for shipping, exclusive of any taxes, duties, tariffs, etc. that may apply. PARTICIPANTS OUTSIDE OF THE USA SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY AND ALL DUTIES, TARRIFFS, TAXES, OR CHARGES LEVIED against requested RDKs. When an RDK request is approved, a Participant will receive one RL78/G13 RDK. Existing RDK and RL78 MCU users are also encouraged to participate.


How to Enter
The term “Entry” refers to each Participant’s Project which includes an Abstract, Complete Documentation, and Source Code collectively (e.g., all together in one ZIP file). To be eligible for Renesas Grand Prizes, and select Partner Prizes, the Participant must submit an Entry. Each Project entered in the Contest must be the original work and sole and exclusive property of the person or team who submits it or the Participant must have written legal permission from the property owner. In the case of Projects owned in whole or in part by parties other than the Participant, the property owner’s written legal permission must be included with the Entry. Entries should be submitted in digital format and must be written in English. Entries may be submitted in hard copy format by prior arrangement. If a Participant cannot utilize the Contest Dropbox, the Participant may send Project files on a CD-ROM, DVD, or USB memory stick to the following address, taking care to label all items with Project Registration Number: Renesas RL78 Green Energy Challenge, Circuit Cellar/Elektor, 4 Park Street, Vernon, CT 06066, USA.


For an Entry to be deemed acceptable, the Participant must first submit a completed Registration Form to receive a Project Registration Number for labeling their Entry. Participants may enter more than one Project but must submit each with a separate Project Registration Number. All Entries must be received on or before 1:00 PM EST on August 31, 2012. Entries received or postmarked after 1:00 PM EST on August 31, 2012 are ineligible. Proof of transmission of an Entry to the Contest Administrator will not constitute proof of receipt of said Entry. To avoid additional shipping and organizational difficulties, copies of submitted Projects will not be returned.


The Contest Administrator and the Contest Sponsor assume no responsibility for lost, late, or misdirected entries. Proof of transmission of an Entry to the Contest Administrator will not constitute proof of receipt of said Entry.


Acceptable formats for Abstracts and Complete Documentation are:
Microsoft Word
ASCII text


Acceptable formats for graphics files are:


After the Participant receives a Project Registration Number, the following items (Abstract, Complete Documentation and Source Code) must be submitted for an Entry to be deemed acceptable:


The Abstract is a publishable synopsis of the Project (approx. 500 words), including a block diagram of the design, a project photograph, software code sample, and a schematic in a single document (the block diagram, project photograph, and schematic must also be supplied as separate files).


The Participant must include everything from the Abstract plus all other relevant flowcharts, photographs, videos, tables, graphs, etc. The text description should be more extensive than what the Participant included in the Abstract. The Complete Documentation should fully explain the development process and function of the Project. Each Participant’s Complete Documentation must include:
• Project Registration Number at the top of the first page or in a header/footer
• A detailed text description of the Participant’s Project and its operation (no page limit)
• At least one photograph of the complete assembly of the Participant’s Project
• At least one block diagram
• Complete schematic(s) (Note: If a Participant uses a demonstration/development board, then the schematic must show the connections to the board and any circuitry added by the Participant.)
• Any additional photographs, videos, diagrams, screen shots, tables, flowcharts, etc.
• Do NOT put the Participant’s name on any materials. Participants who leave their names in headers, footers, table of contents pages, schematics, etc. may be disqualified.


The Entry must include complete Source Code. The object/executable code must be able to be recreated by a third party. The Source Code for the Project must be developed using the IAR Toolchain and the Source Code must be packaged and presented as part of the complete Project folder. The entire Project must be included with all project and Source Code files. Source Code must compile without error.


Intellectual Property Rights
The design and Project remain the intellectual property of the Participant. All Participants who submit an Entry in the Contest agree to sign a separate agreement” granting the Contest Administrator and Contest Sponsor non-exclusive, assignable, full-publication rights of the Contest Project if they win. Software submitted with any Entry remains the property of the Participant; however, winning Participants agree to sign a separate agreement providing the Contest Administrator and Contest Sponsor a non-exclusive, assignable, right to copy, reproduce, display, publish, and disseminate this software in any media, without any territorial limitation, as part of any winning-Project presentation and to assign all rights, title and interest in the software to the Contest Sponsor. Prior publication or the prior Internet posting of essential components in an Entry are not grounds for disqualification.


The publication rights described herein refer only to the actual materials submitted as the Entry and not the entire Project. All winning Projects will be posted (electronic/Internet media) at the discretion of the Contest Administrator and Contest Sponsor. All Participants agree to sign a separate agreement granting to the Contest Sponsor and Contest Administrator the right to publish (in print or electronic/Internet media) the submitted or extracted abstract or documentation (including the block diagram, textual description, photograph, schematic, and software code sample) for use in a publishable abstract and in promotional materials unrelated to the Contest.


Registration Form
Registration for this Contest is required. All Participants must receive a Project Registration Number for labeling their Entries. A confirmation email will be sent with an assigned Project Registration Number. This number is used to identify the specific Project being submitted and must be included on/attached to all Entry documentation and to any correspondence.


Participants may enter more than one Project but must submit each with a separate Project Registration Number. Only the assigned Project Registration Number should be used as an ID for the Project materials. Participants who leave their names in headers, footers, table of contents pages, schematics, etc. may be disqualified.


How to Win the Contest
Judging shall fall into two distinct areas: judging for Renesas Grand Prizes and judging for Partner Prizes. Participants in this Contest, eligible for Renesas Grand Prizes, must use the RDK or RL78 MCU and IAR Toolchain to design an energy-efficient and eco-friendly device. Both hardware- and software-based applications are acceptable. The Entries will be judged equally on energy efficiency and design optimization, technical merit, originality, usefulness, and cost-effectiveness of the RDK and RL78 MCU. Participants in the Weekly Challenges, eligible for Partner Prizes, must submit their answers through Renesas’s Twitter and Facebook feeds. All correct answers will be pooled and winners of Weekly Challenges drawn at random.


Judging for Renesas Grand Prize:
All Entries will be judged by a panel of four (4) judges selected by the Contest Administrator, Circuit Cellar/Elektor. Each Entry shall be scored based on the criteria listed below with a maximum possible judge’s score of 100.
- Energy Efficiency and Design Optimization – 20%. The design helps to save energy, has been developed as a low-power application, or will help to improve the planet.
- Technical Merit – 20%. The design uses many of the capabilities of the RL78 MCU, supporting hardware and software to their highest value.
- Originality – 20%. The design has concepts or ideas which have either never been done before OR makes use of existing concepts and improves upon them using the capabilities of Renesas RL78 MCU.
- Cost Effectiveness – 20%. The design maximizes the Renesas RL78 MCU and requires a minimum of external devices and/or support electronics.
- Usefulness – 20%. The design is practical and useful in some form of product or demonstration of technology.
In the event of a tie, the Entry which the judges determine has the most unique project design will be the winner. In the event of a further tie, the Entry with the highest score in technical merit will be selected.


Contest judges have been chosen based on their familiarity with engineering design, Renesas component knowledge, and experience. Participants agree to abide by all decisions of the Contest Administrator, which shall be final and binding with respect to all issues relating to the Contest.


For the names of the prize winners, available after October 30, 2012, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:
RL78 Green Energy Challenge, 2880 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95050.


Judging for Partner Prizes:
Contest Partners shall judge based entirely on their own criteria, but may use the Renesas judging criteria at their own discretion. Scores awarded by Renesas judges for Renesas Grand Prizes shall not influence Partner judging or awarding of Partner prizes.


For details on Renesas Grand Prizes and Partner Prizes, click here to view the Prize Page. The odds of winning the Renesas Grand Prizes depend on the number of acceptable Entries received in the Contest and the decision of the Contest Administrator and judges. The odds of winning the Partner Prizes depend on the number of correct responses received each week. The Grand Prizes will be awarded and mailed to the winners. The Contest Sponsor is solely responsible for the payment of all Renesas Grand Prizes. Upon delivery to the winner's address, the Contest Sponsor will be deemed to have awarded the Renesas Grand Prize to the winner with the winner assuming full responsibility for the Renesas Grand Prize. There will be no substitution for prizes (“prizes” referring to Renesas Grand Prize and Partner Prizes) other than as offered. Each winner, and not the Contest Administrator or the Contest Sponsor, is solely responsible for all other arrangements, costs and expenses associated with receiving their prize, including without limitation, any taxes or other fees imposed by a government authority. All Participants and winners agree that signing the Contest Registration Form or otherwise registering online via e-mail constitutes agreement to the terms and conditions of the Entry rules. Renesas Grand Prize Winners will be required to sign an additional liability waiver and statement of eligibility before receiving any Renesas Grand Prize. Winners will be notified by mail, e-mail, and/or telephone. The Contest Administrator’s decision is final. If a winner fails to respond within seven (7) days of notification, an alternate winner will be selected. Prizes are not transferable.


In the event of a dispute, potential winners may be required to provide proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the potentially winning Entry.


Rights in Materials; Release
By completing the Registration Form, receiving a Project Registration Number and submitting an Entry, each Participant certifies that the Project entered in the Contest is their work, or that they have written legal permission from the property owner. Furthermore, they have read and understand the complete rules of the Contest and agree to abide by them.


By entering the Contest, each Participant releases and holds harmless Renesas, the Contest Administrator, Partners, the prize manufacturers, any other entities involved in the administration of the Contest, each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents (collectively, the “Sponsor Parties”), from any and all responsibility, damages (including without limitation direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, punitive, and statutory damages), penalties, costs, liabilities, and losses of any kind arising out of or relating to: (i) participation in the Contest; (ii) any violation by the Participant of these Official Rules, any policies, or any laws; (iii) any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, right of publicity, or other intellectual property misappropriation or infringement attributable to Participant, his, her or their Entry, or any other Contest materials submitted by Participant; (iv) the acceptance, possession, receipt, or use of any prizes or components, or any item purchased with any prizes, awarded or provided by Renesas or any of the Partners ; (v) any problems (including but not limited to errors, omissions, interruptions, defects, or delays in operation or transmission) of any computer, telephone, modem, cable, satellite, network, hardware, online system, server, software, or other equipment or provider); (vi) any Internet traffic congestion or website accessibility issues; (vii) delays, cancellations, or other problems with travel or accommodations resulting from any carriers, hotels, travel agents, weather, fires, strikes, bankruptcies, governmental actions, wars, terrorism, or any other causes beyond the reasonable control of Renesas or the Partners; (viii) printing or typographical errors in any Contest-related materials; or (ix) any other technical or human error that may occur in connection with the Contest (the “Causes”). Without limiting the foregoing, Renesas and Partners are not responsible for any injury or damage to Participants or any other person’s computer related to, or resulting from participation in, or downloading any material in connection with, the Contest. If anyone makes any claim against Renesas or any Partners arising out of or relating to any of the Causes attributable to a Participant, such Participant will pay for any damages, penalties, costs, liabilities, and losses, including without limitation attorneys’ and experts’ fees and costs, incurred by Renesas or any such Partners in connection with such claim.


Acceptance of Prizes
All monetary amounts in these Official Rules are indicated in United States dollars. ALL POTENTIAL CONTEST WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY RENESAS, AS CONTEST SPONSOR, WHOSE DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE CONTEST. Potential winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules. Winning the Contest is contingent upon Participant fulfilling all requirements.


All taxes, fees, duties, levies, withholdings, insurance, shipping, and other charges imposed by third parties, including but not limited to national, federal, state, provincial, and local income or VAT taxes, applicable to any prizes, Entries, Contest materials, or travel awarded or provided by Renesas or Partners or otherwise arising out of the Contest are the sole responsibility of the applicable Participant. Each Participant receiving any prizes or materials may be required to provide Renesas or Partner(s) with his or her social security number or taxpayer identification number for tax purposes. Participants must take possession of any prizes or materials in the manner directed by Renesas or Partner(s), as applicable. Failure to respond to any notification by Renesas or a Partner that a Participant is eligible to win a prize, or failure to provide any information or documents requested by Renesas or a Partner in the timeframe specified by Renesas or a Partner may result in disqualification and possible selection of alternate winners.


To the extent permitted by law, each Participant may be required to sign and return a declaration of eligibility and release of liability upon request by Renesas or a Partner. Each Participant will provide the declaration and release within seven (7) days of Renesas’ or the Partner’s request for such declaration and release. The declaration and release may include the Participant’s confirmation of permission (without further compensation) to use the Participant’s Entry, name, photograph, voice, likeness, logo (if any), state of residence, biographical material, for advertising, promotion, and marketing purposes, and for administration of the Contest, including but not limited to mention on Renesas or Partners’ websites, and to the exploitation of the Participant’s Entry and other Contest materials for any purpose.



Data Privacy
By accepting a Renesas Grand Prize and/or a Partner Prize, Participants consent to the use of their name, photograph and/or likeness, address, voice, and statements made by or attributed to them, in perpetuity, in any and all media now known or hereafter developed (including, without limitation, print, broadcast, and Internet), for all legitimate business purposes including advertising and promotional activities without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. The Contest Administrator and the Contest Sponsor are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry of information including, but not limited to, technical malfunctions, human error, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failures of any telephone network, computer equipment, software or any combination thereof, Entry materials that have been tampered with, or e-mail or mail-in Entries that are illegible, late, lost, damaged, postage due, or misdirected. The Contest Administrator and the Contest Sponsor are not responsible for any injury or damage to the Participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any material in this Contest. Entries that have been tampered with or altered are void.


The Contest Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend this Contest in its sole and absolute discretion if it becomes technically corrupted or if for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including but not limited to, as a result of infections by computer viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of the Contest Sponsor or the Contest Administrator that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest promotion. In such event, Renesas will post notice at the Contest Website and will implement an alternate means for awarding all prizes.


Contest Sponsor and Contest Administrator
Renesas Electronics America Inc. is the Contest Sponsor. Circuit Cellar, Inc. and Elektor International Media is the Contest Administrator.


No Endorsement
Nothing contained in these Official Rules or any other Contest-related materials is or shall be construed as an endorsement by Renesas or Partners of the Grand Prize and Partner Prize manufacturers, or any other third party, product, or service.


If any part of these Official Rules is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal or otherwise unenforceable, such part will be deemed modified or eliminated to the extent necessary, in the court’s opinion, to make it enforceable while preserving the original intent of Renesas, and the remaining parts of these Official Rules will remain in full force and effect. The Contest will be governed by, and these Official Rules will be interpreted by, and enforced in accordance with, and you hereby expressly consent to the application of and to be bound by the laws of the State of California and applicable United States federal law exclusively, without regard to any conflicts of laws principles. Any dispute arising out of or relating to these Official Rules, the Contest or any prize must be brought exclusively in the state or federal courts located in Santa Clara, CA, and Renesas and each Participant irrevocably consent to the jurisdiction of such courts and waive any objection to such courts on any basis, including but not limited to jurisdiction, venue, or inconvenience of the forum.


English Language Only
These Official Rules, all Contest materials, and all other Contest-related documents are and will be in the English language only, and all proceedings relating to the Contest will be conducted in the English language only. Each Participant hereby confirms his or her express wish that these documents be written in, and these proceedings be conducted in, the English language.


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