Official Rules, Terms & Conditions
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- Prizes subject to change based on availability.
- Review these terms before submitting each Entry.
THIS CONTEST IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IF YOU LIVE IN A COUNTRY THAT PROHIBITS YOU FROM ENTERING INTO CONTESTS OR OTHER PROMOTIONS, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST. These Official Rules describe the terms and conditions for the Engineering Challenge described herein (the “Contest”). This Contest is sponsored by Programming Research Ltd, Ashley Park House, 42-50 Hersham Road, Walton on Thames, Surrey, KT12 1RZ, UK (“PRQA”). This Contest is administered by Circuit Cellar, Inc., located at 111 Founders Plaza, Suite 904, East Hartford, CT, 06108, USA.
Electrical Engineering Challenge Contest Overview
Participants are challenged to analyze either the schematics or source code provided and identify the error within. 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. A “Participant” is the individual identified on the Electrical Engineering Challenge Submission Form, either acting individually or as the designated person to submit for the group of people. These Official Rules will control over any conflicting provisions in any policies, advertising or other materials. The term “Entry” refers to a description of the correct answer and personal contact information submitted through the Electrical Engineering Challenge Submission Form. The Contest begins on July 1, 2016, with new contest challenges each month until September 20, 2016. Three Contest challenge questions will be posted during that period, each challenge question will be open until 2 PM EST on the 20th day of each month. The Contest challenge winners will be posted at https://circuitcellar.com/engineering-challenge-prqa/answers-winners/.
By submitting an Entry into the Contest, 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 submitting an Entry for the monthly challenge question either individually as the Participant or part of as the designated person to submit for the group that is of people who are collectively 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 he or she is bound, including any confidentiality, employment, consulting, intellectual property assignment or license agreement;
- the Entry is unpublished and consists entirely of the Participant’s (the individual’s own work or if a group submission, the 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 (including all group members) are over the age of eighteen (18).
Who May Enter Contest
Any individual or group of individuals, age 18 and over as of the date of entry, may submit an Entry. Participants 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 PRQA 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. PRQA 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. PRQA AND CIRCUIT CELLAR RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REJECT OR DISQUALIFY ANY PERSON IF, IN THE SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION OF PRQA AND CIRCUIT CELLAR, (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. PRQA AND CIRCUIT CELLAR RESERVE 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, PRQA AND CIRCUIT CELLAR MAY, BUT IS NOT REQUIRED TO, SELECT AN ALTERNATE WINNING ENTRY FROM THE REMAINING ENTRIES.
How to Enter
The term “Entry” refers to each Participant’s submission to a monthly Contest challenge, and includes a description of the error—within a schematic or a snippet of source code—as well as the Participant’s personal contact information. To be eligible for Prizes, the Participant must submit an Entry. Entries must be submitted through the Electrical Engineering Challenge submission portal found at https://circuitcellar.com/engineering-challenge-prqa/. Announcements of Electrical Engineering Challenge will be promoted through various social media, e-newsletters, and websites including but not limited to Twitter, Facebook, GooglePlus, and circuitcellar.com.
For an Entry to be deemed acceptable, and submitted, the Participant must identify the error within a schematic or a snippet of source code for the monthly challenge and submit the Entry as required herein using the Engineering Challenge submission form. Participants may only submit one entry per monthly challenge during the contest. If more than one Entry is received for a Participant for the same monthly challenge, then only the first Entry will be valid. Monthly challenges will be announced on or around the first day of each month during the Contest period. All entries must be submitted by the 20th day of the month before 2:00 PM EST. Entries for a weekly challenge received after this deadline are ineligible. Proof of transmission of an Entry to the Contest Administrator will not constitute proof of receipt of said Entry. The Contest Administrator and the Contest Sponsor assume no responsibility for lost, late, or misdirected entries.
In the event of a dispute regarding who submitted a particular Entry, the entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address shown on the Entry, that is, the natural person who is assigned an email address, by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization that is responsible for assigning e-mail address or the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.
How to Win the Contest
Participants in this Contest, eligible for PRQA and Circuit Cellar Grand Prizes, must review the presented schematic or a snippet of source code that contains one error. The participant must be able to correctly identify the error and submit an Entry as required in these Rules for a chance to win. The Entry must contain a description of the incorrect aspect of the schematic or portion of source code, as well as contact information. All correct Entries for that monthly challenge will be collected and a winner of that Engineering Challenge draw at random. To be deemed a winner, the Participant must not have won a previous Engineering Challenge within 30 days of winners’ announcement. Ineligibility expires after 30 days of winning and a Participant with a correct Entry is eligible to win a monthly drawing of correct Entries again.
Judging for Engineering Challenge Prize
The incorrect schematic or source code, as well as correct answers, will be provided by engineers on Circuit Cellar’s editorial team. All Entries will be reviewed and judged by an Engineering Contest Administrator. 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 weekly prize winners, available after they are announced, visit https://circuitcellar.com/engineering-challenge-prqa/answers-winners/.
Rights in Materials; Release
By completing the Engineering Challenge Submission Form, Participants agree that they have read and understand the complete rules of the Contest and abide by them. By entering the Contest, Participants agree to have their contact information released to PRQA. Participants agree that if they win, their name and location will be made available at https://circuitcellar.com/engineering-challenge-prqa/answers-winners/.
By entering the Contest, each Participant releases and holds harmless PRQA, 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 PRQA or Circuit Cellar; (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 PRQA or Circuit Cellar; (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, PRQA and Circuit Cellar 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 PRQA and Circuit Cellar 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 PRQA or Circuit Cellar in connection with such claim.
Acceptance of Prizes
ALL POTENTIAL CONTEST WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY PRQA, 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 PRQA or Circuit Cellar or otherwise arising out of the Contest are the sole responsibility of the applicable Participant. Each Participant must take possession of any prizes or materials in the manner directed by PRQA or Circuit Cellar, as applicable. Failure to respond to any notification by PRQA or Circuit Cellar that a Participant is eligible to win a prize, or failure to provide any information or documents requested by PRQA or Circuit Cellar in the timeframe specified by PRQA or Circuit Cellar may result in disqualification and possible selection of alternate winners.
ALL PRIZES AND COMPONENTS WILL BE GIVEN AWAY BY PRQA AND CIRCUIT CELLAR “AS IS.” PRQA AND CIRCUIT CELLAR DO NOT MAKE, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM, ANY WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY, REGARDING ANY PRIZES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY IMPLIED OR STATUTORY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. PRQA AND CIRCUIT CELLAR DISCLAIM ALL EQUITABLE INDEMNITIES.
Prizes will be awarded to 2 winning Participants each month during the Contest period. Prizes include but are not limited to: gift cards, engineering modules, t-shirts, complimentary subscriptions, books, webshop discounts, and more. Each monthly prize is valued at under $300 per item. Dollar amounts are expressed in U.S. currency. Prizes are non-transferable and no prize substitutions or cash redemptions are allowed except by Sponsor or Company, in its sole discretion. All Prizes will be awarded and distributed no later than thirty (30) days after the drawing. Visit https://circuitcellar.com/engineering-challenge-prqa/ for monthly updates on prize offerings. The prize for each week shall be selected by PRQA and/or Circuit Cellar at random. The odds of winning the random weekly drawing depend upon the total number of correct Entries received.
By accepting a Prize, Participants consent to the use of their name, location, and Entry, 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 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, Circuit Cellar will post notice at the Contest Website and will implement an alternate means for awarding all prizes.
Contest Sponsor and Contest Administrator
PRQA is the Contest Sponsor. Circuit Cellar, Inc. is the Contest Administrator.
Nothing contained in these Official Rules or any other Contest-related materials is or shall be construed as an endorsement by PRQA or Circuit Cellar of the Prizes, or any other third party, product, or service.
If any part of these Official Terms and Conditions 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 PRQA, 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 Connecticut 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 East Hartford, CT, and PRQA 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. The list of winners will be posted at https://circuitcellar.com/engineering-challenge-prqa/answers-winners/ during or after the conclusion of the Contest, or you can send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Contest Administrator: List of Winners, c/o Circuit Cellar, 111 Founders Plaza, Suite 904, East Hartford, CT 06108, USA.
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.
Circuit Cellar makes no warranties and assumes no responsibility or liability of any kind for errors in these programs or schematics or for the consequences of any such errors. Furthermore, because of possible variation in the quality and condition of materials and workmanship of reader-assembled projects, Circuit Cellar disclaims any responsibility for the safe and proper function of reader-assembled projects based upon or from plans, descriptions, or information published by Circuit Cellar. The information provided by Circuit Cellar for this competition is for entertainment purposes. The reader assumes any risk of infringement liability for constructing or operating devices.
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