Official Rules for the Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge



1. DESCRIPTION OF THE CHALLENGE:  The Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge (“Challenge”) invites members of the Oracle community to demonstrate how Oracle Social Network can be used and extended.  There will be one (1) winning entry.  The winning entry will be the entry that best meets the criteria discussed in Part 7 of these Official Rules. Oracle is the sponsor of the Challenge ("Sponsor").
2. ELIGIBILITY:  This Challenge is open to individuals or organizations.  The entry must be submitted by one entrant ("Entry Spokesperson") who is 18 years or older as of the time of entry, who will submit the entry on behalf of him/herself or his/her business team (Entry Spokesperson and his/her team are collectively referred to herein as "Entrant").  Residents of the province of Quebec in Canada, Cuba, Italy, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Sudan are not eligible to participate. In addition, persons in any of the following categories are not eligible to participate or win: (a) employees or agents of Sponsor and its parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies (collectively “Sponsor”), or of Sponsor's participating advertising and promotion agencies, and prize suppliers; (b) immediate family members (defined as parents, children, siblings and spouse, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in the same household as any person in (a) above; (c) residents or citizens of any country currently subject to United States embargo; (d) employees or officials of any government entity; and (e) employees whose employers have a policy which prohibits the awarding of a prize to an employee. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to modify the list of eligible resident countries at any time as necessary.
3. CHALLENGE PERIOD:  The Challenge begins on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 7:30:00 PM (all times are Pacific Time) and ends on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 4:00 PM (the “Challenge Period”).  Sponsor’s clock is the official time clock for the Challenge.  IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ENTRANTS: EACH ENTRANT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DETERMINING THE CORRESPONDING TIME ZONE IN HIS/HER RESPECTIVE GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION. 
Each submission will be considered one “Entry.”  Entries must be in English.  You may submit multiple Entries, so long as each Entry meets all requirements stated herein.  Subject to all of the other terms in these Official Rules, you may receive assistance from others in developing your Entries.  Sponsor intends to make personnel available to assist all Entrants in developing their submissions during the Challenge Period.  Entries may not contain:
Trade secrets or other information that is inappropriate to share with the general public.  
Copyrighted materials (whether registered or unregistered) that are owned by third-parties, without permission from the copyright owner(s).
Trademarks owned by parties other than Sponsor or the entrant submitting the Entry (whether registered or unregistered), without permission of the trademark owner(s)).
Information that defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about Sponsor, Sponsor’s products, any person, company or product.
Messages or images inconsistent with the Sponsor's brand and company.
Content that violates any country, federal or state law.
By participating in the Challenge, Entrant grants Sponsor a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, fully sub-licensable, and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, copy, adapt, publicly perform, communicate to the public, make available and publicly display any Entry on Sponsor's web sites and web pages and/or in other marketing promotions related to Sponsor, its products and services and /or this Challenge in any and all media, now or hereafter devised, worldwide in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law.  Illegible, incomplete or inaccurate Entries, Entries that do not comply with these Official Rules, and Entries that cannot be accessed by the Sponsor and judges.  All information collected from Entries shall be deemed collected and judged in the United States.
To enter this Challenge, go to ("Website") and (1) agree to the terms and conditions for the Oracle Social Network beta program, and (2) submit the information requested in the Challenge Entry Requirements form.   Alternative methods of entry are not accepted.  Duplicate entries will be deleted and incomplete Entries will not be considered.  An Entry will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry.  The authorized account holder of an email address is defined as 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 email addresses or the domain associated with the submitted email address. A potential prize winner may be required to provide proof (to Sponsor’s satisfaction) that he/she is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the potentially prize-receiving Entry.  
On or about Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 4 p.m. Pacific Time, in the Oracle Technology Network Lounge within the Oracle Open World event (“OTN Lounge”), a team of qualified judges selected by Sponsor will review all submitted Entries.  Entrant or a representative of Entrant must be present to win.  The judges will then select a set of Entries that qualify as Finalists.  The Entrants who submitted the selected Finalist Entries will have an opportunity to make a short presentation of their Entry to the judges and audience members present in the OTN Lounge.  Based on the total number of submitted Entries, the judges will select a number of Finalists and the time allotted for presentation in their sole discretion.  
To be considered as a Finalist, Entries must:
1. Use the Oracle Social Network Public API.
2. Be working code, i.e. the Entrant will demonstrate for the judges how his/her Entry uses the Oracle Social Network Public API.
The judges will score the Entries based on the following criteria:

Contest Judging Criteria


Novelty/Innovation of Entry

To what degree does the Entry illustrate new and innovative uses for the Oracle Social Network?


Execution of Entry

How fully developed and implemented is the Entrant’s concept in the submitted Entry? Does the Entry run successfully on the Oracle Social Network? How complete is it?


Utility of Entry


How useful is the Entry at solving business problems and meeting business needs with Oracle Social Network?


In the case of a tie, the Entry that receives the highest score in the Novelty/Innovation category will be deemed to be a potential winner.  Sponsor will notify the potential winner immediately following the conclusion of the Finalist presentations and judging.  The potential winner(s) will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability/Publicity Release ("Affidavit") within ten (10) business days following notification. If Sponsor is unable to reach a potential winner, the Affidavit is not properly completed and returned to Sponsor within ten (10) business days from the date it was mailed to a potential winner, if a prize or prize notification is returned as non-deliverable, or if a potential winner is found not to have complied with these Official Rules in any way, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected.  
8. PRIZES:  The winner will receive gift cards, with a total value of $500.00 USD.  All properly claimed prizes will be awarded provided a sufficient number of eligible Entries are received, but in no event will the Sponsor award more prizes than are provided for in these Official Rules. No prize substitutions allowed, in whole or in part, except Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of comparable value if a prize becomes unavailable. Winner is solely responsible for any local, provincial, state, federal or any other applicable taxes, and any other costs, expenses and fees connected with the prize. If a potential winner fails to provide such documentation or comply with such laws, the prize may be forfeited and Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, select an alternative potential winner. All other expenses not specified herein are the responsibility of the winners.
9. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION AND WINNING:  By entering this Challenge, Entrants agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor and the judges, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Challenge.  As between Sponsor and Entrant, the intellectual property rights to an Entry, if any, will remain with the Entrant, except that these Official Rules do not supersede any other assignment or grant of rights according to any other separate agreement between Entrant and other parties.  As a condition of entry, each Entrant agrees that Sponsor shall have the right to use, copy, modify and make available any Entry and any submitted application or code in connection with the operation, conduct, administration, advertising and promotion of Oracle, its products, and this Challenge, including, but not limited to the right to make use of the Entries to the public for promotional and publicity purposes.  Reasonable requests to anonymise certain aspects of an Entry will be honored should an Entrant otherwise not be permitted to participate in the Challenge.  Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for, and a winner's consent to, Sponsor and its agencies to use Entrant’s name and/or likeness and Entry for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law.  An Entrant may be prohibited from participating in this Challenge if, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, it reasonably believes that the Entrant has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of this Challenge by cheating, deception, or other unfair playing practices or annoys, abuses, threatens or harasses any other Entrants, Sponsor or Sponsor's associated agencies.  Any false information provided within the context of the Challenge by any Entrant concerning identity, email address, postal address, telephone number, ownership of right or non-compliance with these Official Rules or the like may result in the immediate elimination of the Entrant from the Challenge. Sponsor further reserves the right to disqualify any Entry that it believes, in its sole and unfettered discretion, infringes upon or violates the rights of any third party or otherwise does not comply with these Official Rules. Prizes are conditioned on verification that Sponsor's provision, and Entrant's acceptance, of a prize, complies with all applicable laws, regulations, and/or rules of Entrant's nation, state or province, locality and/or employer.
10. Release/Disclaimer of Liability:  Prizes are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind from Sponsor, express or implied, without limitation, except where this would be contrary to federal, state, provincial, or local law or regulation. To the extent permitted by law, Entrants agree to hold Sponsor, its parent, subsidiaries, agents, directors, officers, employees, representatives and assigns ("Released Parties") harmless from any injury or damage caused or claimed to be caused by participation in the Challenge and/or use or acceptance of any prize.  Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Challenge or in the announcement of a prize.  Each Entrant also waives and releases Released Parties from any and all claims that Entrant may now or hereafter have in any jurisdiction based on "moral rights" or "droit moral" (including without limitation any limitation any rights or claims under the Visual Artists Protection Act (17 USC section 106A)) or unfair competition with respect to Sponsor's exploitation of Entries without further notification or compensation to Entrants of any kind, and use of Entrant's likeness.  Released parties are not responsible for electronic transmission errors in the Challenge resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission. Released parties are not responsible for theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of Entries, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind. If for any reason the Challenge is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, disruption or termination of the public website for any reason or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Challenge, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to immediately cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Challenge. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process. CAUTION: Any attempt by an individual to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Challenge is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such individual to the fullest extent of the law.  
11. Dispute resolution/CHOICE OF LAW: To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Challenge are hereby excluded, and any Entrant expressly waives any and all such rights. Entrants agree that these Official Rules and the Challenge are governed by the laws of California, USA, without regard for conflicts of law doctrine of any jurisdiction. The parties specifically disclaim the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. Any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with participating in this Challenge, but in no event attorneys’ fees. Entrants hereby waive all rights to (i) claim or be awarded any punitive, direct, indirect, incidental, and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and (ii) to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased, including for willful patent infringement.
12. DATA PRIVACY:  Entrants agree that personal data, especially name and address, may be processed, stored and otherwise used for the purposes and within the context of the Challenge and any other purposes outlined in these Official Rules or in Oracle’s Privacy Policy, located at  Sponsor may use and share an Entrant’s personal data with third parties to the extent necessary to fulfill its obligation to administer and sponsor this Challenge.
13. INDEMNITY:  To the maximum extent permitted by law, each Entrant indemnifies and agrees to keep indemnified Released Parties harmless at all times from and against any liability, actions, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs and expenses for or in respect of which Sponsor will or may become liable by reason of or related or incidental to any act, default or omission by a participant under these Official Rules including without limitation resulting from or in relation to any breach, non-observance, act or omission, whether negligent or otherwise, pursuant to these Official Rules by an Entrant.
14. SEVERABILITY: If any provision(s) of these Official Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.
15. WINNERS LIST:  For the winners' names, log onto on or about October 4, 2012.  The results will also be available on The Winner List will be available for a period of up to ninety (90) days thereafter.
16. SPONSOR:  Oracle, 500 Oracle Pkwy., Redwood Shores, CA 94065.