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Official Rules of the 2017 Hubway Data Challenge

Please Read Before Entering the Contest

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS CONTEST. VALID IN THE 50 UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA OF THE UNITED STATES, EXCEPT WHERE PROHIBITED. “HUBWAY” as used in this document means the Hubway public bike share system, operating in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville, Massachusetts. “MOTIVATE” refers to Motivate International, Inc. the operator of the Hubway public bike share system.

ENTRY IN THIS CONTEST CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES.

The 2017 Hubway Data Challenge (the “Contest”) is a contest where Individuals are invited to submit their original “Entry,” which can be defined as a web page, graphic, illustration, map, or other content reflecting analysis and/or presentation of non-individually identified ride data from the Hubway system. An “Individual” is a natural person a) residing in the United States, b) who is at least 18 years of age. “Participant,” “You,” and “Your” means any Individual who enters this Contest in accordance with the Rules set forth below. The Entries will be evaluated using the criteria outlined below by a panel of Judges. “Judges” are individuals, selected by MOTIVATE in its sole discretion. One “Best Data Narrative” winner, one “Best Data Exploration Tool” winner, one “Most Insightful (or Inciteful)” winner, one “Most Artistic” winner, one “Best Overall Student” winner, and one “People’s Choice” winner will be selected. The winners will be chosen by a panel of Judges based on how well the Entries meet the judging criteria. Prize(s) will be awarded to Participants whose entries best meet the criteria in the Judges’ sole discretion.

  1. Binding Agreement: In order to enter the Contest, You must agree to these Official Rules (“Rules”). Therefore, please read these Rules prior to entry to ensure You understand and agree. You agree that submission of an Entry in the Contest constitutes agreement to these Rules. You may not submit an Entry to the Contest and are not eligible to receive the prizes described in these Rules unless You agree to these Rules. These Rules form a binding legal agreement between You and MOTIVATE with respect to the Contest.

  2. Final Decision: All decisions regarding the Contest will be made by MOTIVATE in its sole discretion, and are final.

  3. Eligibility: There are six categories in this year’s Contest. These are summarized below. Detailed information about submission requirements and judging criteria are provided below.

    1. Best Data Narrative: This category will be determined by the Judges based on which Entry they think tells the most compelling story using the data. One Entry will be chosen as the winner for this category.

    2. Best Data Exploration Tool: This category will be determined by the Judges based on which Entry they think best allows the user to interact with the data and uncover new insights and results. One Entry will be chosen as the winner for this category.

    3. Most Insightful (or Inciteful): This category will be determined by the Judges based on which Entry they think most shakes up the current thinking about Hubway and bike share, or which provides the most intelligent and surprising learnings.

    4. Most Artistic: This category will be determined by the Judges based on which Entry they think communicates the data in the most creative, different, and innovative way. One Entry will be chosen as the winner for this category.

    5. Best Overall Student: This category will be determined by the Judges based on which Entry they think is the most engaging one submitted by a student of a high school or undergraduate college program, required that the entrant is at least 18 years old by the Challenge entry deadline. One Entry will be chosen as the winner for this category.

    6. People’s Choice: This category will be determined by public voting. One Entry will be chosen as the winner for this category.

      Participants may submit up to three (3) Entries. Entries may not be selected as the winner for more than one category. Participants must be 18 years old by the Entry deadline stated below. Not valid where prohibited. Employees, contractors, subcontractors, vendors, officers or directors of MOTIVATE are not eligible to compete.

  4. Originality and Rights: By submitting Your Entry, You are promising and representing that You own all rights or have the express written permission to use all material, including the music, images, script, and rights to include all persons, places or organizations included or depicted. MOTIVATE will have unrestricted distribution rights for commercial and non-commercial use of all entries, and Individual participants will have co-distribution rights for use of their Entry for non-commercial purposes. You also agree to allow MOTIVATE to use Your name and likeness to use, promote or publicize Your Entry in any manner, without limitation, and without further compensation. You agree to indemnify and to defend MOTIVATE and HUBWAY against any challenges or claims to the originality, ownership, use of, or rights to any material in Your Entry, including legal or any other related costs.
  5. What Your Entry May Contain: Entry content must be original and based solely on the de-identified ride data for Hubway; provided that you may incorporate weather, event, traffic, demographic and other similar data from metro-Boston into your analysis. MOTIVATE intends to use these entries to show how riders use Hubway, what usage patterns mean for the system, the value of open data, and to garner publicity surrounding Hubway’s ridership and usage.

  6. Content Limitations and Restrictions: Entries that are lewd, obscene, pornographic, disparaging of MOTIVATE or of another person or organization, or otherwise contain objectionable material may be disqualified in MOTIVATE’s and/or the Judges’ sole discretion, which decision shall be final.

  7. Submission Criteria & Selection of Winners: winning Entries will be selected by the Judges on or about April 24, 2017. Judges will evaluate entries based on the criteria outlined in the category descriptions. The Judges will make final decisions regarding winners and prizes in their sole discretion. MOTIVATE may change the rules, criteria or prizes related to the contest at any time.

    MOTIVATE may contact any or all of the potential winners via the email addresses and phone numbers associated with the Participant’s submission in order to confirm the eligibility of those potential winners and their compliance with the Contest Rules.

  8. To Enter the Contest: The timeframe to submit entries (“Submission Period”) starts February 20, 2017 at 12:01 AM Eastern and ends at 11:59 PM Eastern on April 10, 2017. Entries must be submitted to the Contest via the procedure provided at thehubway.com/datachallenge with personal contact information. The submission of one or more entries in this Contest constitutes your acceptance of the Contest Rules.

    At the close of the Submission Period, the entry in each category that best fulfills the criteria listed above as determined by the Judges in their sole discretion will be declared the winner. At the discretion of MOTIVATE, all winners are subject to verification, including without limitation, verification of eligibility, verification of compliance with these Official Rules. Participants agree that MOTIVATE has the sole right to decide all matters and disputes arising from this Contest and that all decisions of MOTIVATE are final and binding.

  9. Prizes: MOTIVATE will award up to six (6) total premiums (the "Prizes") in the Contest. The Participant who submitted each winning Entry will receive the following set of Prizes upon verification of eligibility, verification of compliance with these Official Rules.

    Best Data Narrative: The winning Participant as determined by the Judges will receive a prize package as indicated at thehubway.com/datachallenge/categories-prizes. The gift certificates for Hubway shall include the pass fee only, and shall not include any usage, overtime or loss fees or other charges, for which charges the redeemer of the certificate shall be solely responsible. Passes opened using the gift certificates shall be subject to all terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement (also referred to as the User Agreement) on the Hubway website, and to the terms and conditions of the privacy policy also found on the Hubway website.

    Best Data Exploration Tool: The winning Participant as determined by the Judges will receive a prize package as indicated at thehubway.com/datachallenge/categories-prizes. The gift certificates for Hubway shall include the pass fee only, and shall not include any usage, overtime or loss fees or other charges, for which charges the redeemer of the certificate shall be solely responsible. Passes opened using the gift certificates shall be subject to all terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement (also referred to as the User Agreement) on the Hubway website, and to the terms and conditions of the privacy policy also found on the Hubway website.

    Most Insightful (or Inciteful): The winning Participant as determined by the Judges will receive a prize package as indicated at thehubway.com/datachallenge/categories-prizes. The gift certificates for Hubway shall include the pass fee only, and shall not include any usage, overtime or loss fees or other charges, for which charges the redeemer of the certificate shall be solely responsible. Passes opened using the gift certificates shall be subject to all terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement (also referred to as the User Agreement) on the Hubway website, and to the terms and conditions of the privacy policy also found on the Hubway website.

    Most Artistic: The winning Participant as determined by the Judges will receive a prize package as indicated at thehubway.com/datachallenge/categories-prizes. The gift certificates for Hubway shall include the pass fee only, and shall not include any usage, overtime or loss fees or other charges, for which charges the redeemer of the certificate shall be solely responsible. Passes opened using the gift certificates shall be subject to all terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement (also referred to as the User Agreement) on the Hubway website, and to the terms and conditions of the privacy policy also found on the Hubway website.

    Best Overall Student: The winning Participant as determined by the Judges will receive a prize package as indicated at thehubway.com/datachallenge/categories-prizes. The gift certificates for Hubway shall include the pass fee only, and shall not include any usage, overtime or loss fees or other charges, for which charges the redeemer of the certificate shall be solely responsible. Passes opened using the gift certificates shall be subject to all terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement (also referred to as the User Agreement) on the Hubway website, and to the terms and conditions of the privacy policy also found on the Hubway website.

    People’s Choice: The winning Participant as determined by a public vote held at thehubway.com/datachallenge that begins April 12, 2017 at 12:01 AM Eastern and ends at 11:59 PM Eastern on April 18, 2017. will receive a prize package as indicated at thehubway.com/datachallenge/categories-prizes. The gift certificates for Hubway shall include the pass fee only, and shall not include any usage, overtime or loss fees or other charges, for which charges the redeemer of the certificate shall be solely responsible. Passes opened using the gift certificates shall be subject to all terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement (also referred to as the User Agreement) on the Hubway website, and to the terms and conditions of the privacy policy also found on the Hubway website.

    Winners will be announced on or around April 28, 2017.

  10. Choice of Law and Recourse to Judicial Procedures: These Rules shall be governed by, subject to, and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States of America, excluding all conflict of law rules. If any provision(s) of these Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect. To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, seek injunctive relief or make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Contest are hereby excluded, and all Participants expressly waive any and all such rights.

  11. Additional Conditions and Terms: As a condition for entry, You agree to release, waive, indemnify, and otherwise hold harmless and defend MOTIVATE, HUBWAY, and all Participating Entities, from any liability associated with, related to, or arising out of Your Entry and this Contest to the fullest extent of applicable state or local laws. “Participating Entities” shall mean any entity that provides funding for Hubway or owns or controls property on which Hubway components are located, including, but not limited to, (i) MOTIVATE and HUBWAY and each of their owners, managers, affiliates, employees, agents, representatives, successors, and assigns; (ii) every sponsor of Hubway, and all of the sponsors’ owners, officers, directors, affiliates, employees, agents, representatives, successors, and assigns; and (iii) the Hubway participating municipalities of Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville, Massachusetts.

    1. All taxes arising from prizes or this Contest are the responsibility of the Individual winners.

    2. You agree to comply with all government laws and regulations.

    3. ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS PROMOTION OR CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD ANY SUCH ATTEMPT BE MADE, MOTIVATE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

    4. MOTIVATE is not responsible for errors of any kind, technical hardware or software failures of any kind, including any injury or damage to any person's computer, related to or resulting from participating in or experiencing any materials in connection with this promotion or Contest, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission that may limit any person’s ability to participate in the promotion or Contest. MOTIVATE is not liable for any injury or damage incurred during the process of creating, submitting, filming or editing a Contest entry. BY SUBMITTING AN ENTRY, ALL PARTICIPANTS ACCEPT ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY INJURY OR DAMAGES, PHYSICAL OR OTHERWISE, THAT ARE INCURRED AT ANY POINT DURING OR RELATED TO THE CONTEST.

    5. MOTIVATE reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest if fraud, misconduct or technical failures harm the integrity of the Hubway website or program; or if a computer virus, bug, or other technical problem corrupts the administration or security of the Hubway website or its related operations as determined by MOTIVATE in its sole discretion. In the event of termination of the Contest, a notice will be posted online on the Hubway website. If insufficient entries are received, or if no entry submitted meets minimum reasonable criteria for a prize, in MOTIVATE’s sole and final discretion, a winner may not be selected in one or more categories.

    6. Responses to inquiries will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by MOTIVATE of Contest entries.

    7. Any use of robotic, automatic, programmed or like methods of participation will void all such submissions by the Participant.

    8. MOTIVATE reserves the right to prohibit the participation of any Individual if fraud or tampering is suspected or if the Individual fails to comply with any requirement of participation as stated herein or with any provision in these Official Rules.

    9. MOTIVATE may use any and all information obtained from Participant for its internal activities, including contacting a Participant. MOTIVATE may share this information with others in connection with the Data Challenge as described above, but will not sell this information to others.

    10. This Contest is offered only in the United State and is governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. All claims relating in any manner to this Contest or to any submission must be resolved in the federal or state courts of Massachusetts, United States. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of participants and MOTIVATE in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

    11. MOTIVATE is not responsible for any typographical errors in the announcement of prizes or these Official Rules, or any inaccurate or incorrect data concerning this Contest or the Official Rules contained on the Hubway website. Use of the Hubway website is at user's own risk.

For more information or questions regarding the Hubway Data Challenge, please contact data@thehubway.com