Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds and i.am FIRST present "Wouldn't It Be Cool If..." Call for Submissions
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. ELIGIBLE ENTRANTS MUST HAVE PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN PERMISSION TO ENTER. MANY WILL ENTER FEW WILL WIN.
FINALISTS, including a parent/legal guardian must be available to travel to st. louis, mo to attend the finalist pitch event on April 25, 2012.
1. CONTEST DESCRIPTION:
The "Wouldn't It Be Cool If..." Call for Submissions (the "Contest") provides children, ages 10 – 15, with the opportunity to come up with a cool idea powered by math or science to make the world "more awesome" and to submit the idea for consideration, as described below. Judges and the general public will choose the winning entries, and prizes will be awarded in accordance with these Official Rules. Entrants will compete in one (1) of two (2) age groups, either 10 – 12 or 13 – 15 (each, an " Age Group "). For purposes of these Official Rules, you will be entered into the Age Group corresponding to your actual age on the date that you create a Contest account. Entrants may work as individuals (each, an " Individual " and collectively, " Individuals ") or teams of up to three (3) members (each, a " Team " and collectively, " Teams "). Teams must be composed only of individuals in one (1) of the two (2) Age Groups as of the date that a Contest account is created. Teams composed of individuals whose ages are not consistent with the requirements of one of the two Age Groups will be disqualified and their Submissions will be void. For purposes of these Official Rules, Individuals and Teams shall collectively be known as "Entrants.".
The Sponsor of the Contest is Time Warner Cable Inc., 60 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023 (" Sponsor "). By participating in the Contest, each Entrant (and his/her parent or legal guardian) unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects.
The Contest will flow as follows:
- Contest "Submission Period": The contest Submission Period begins on February 21, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (" ET ") and ends on March 28, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. ET.
- "Public Voting Period": The Public Voting Period will begin on February 21, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. ET and end on April 3, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. ET.
- Contest Judging: Throughout the Submission Period and continuing through April 6, 2012 eligible "Submissions" (as that term is defined below) will be judged according to the criteria in Section 8 of the Official Rules.
- Finalist Notification: On or about April 9, 2012 the four (4) Finalists will be contacted to confirm eligibility and obtain releases, according to Section 8 of the Official Rules.
- Finalist Pitch Event: On April 25, 2012, the confirmed Finalists will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges at the FIRST Robotics Championships.
- Winner Announcement: The Grand Prize winner will be announced following the Finalist Pitch Event
Contest is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or Washington D.C. who are between the ages of 10 – 15 at the time of entry.
ELIGIBLE ENTRANTS MUST GET THEIR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN'S PERMISSION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST. EACH ENTRANT WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PARENTAL CONSENT IN A FORM SATISFACTORY TO THE SPONSOR BEFORE HE OR SHE CAN BE DECLARED A FINALIST OR THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER AND ANY PRIZE ASSOCIATED THEREWITH CAN BE AWARDED.
Employees, officers and directors of Sponsor, i.am FIRST, US FIRST, Boys and Girls Club, Fahrenheit 212, Marden Kane, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, and affiliated companies, advertising, promotion, or production agencies, and web masters/suppliers (collectively, the " Contest Entities "), and each of their IRS dependents and immediate family members (spouse, parents, children, siblings) and individuals residing in the same household of each (whether or not related), are not eligible to participate. By participating, Entrants (and their parents or legal guardians) agree to these Official Rules. Void outside of the fifty (50) United States and Washington D.C. and where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.
3. HOW TO ENTER:
Each entry must consist of the following:
- a completed Contest registration form;
- an essay of no more than fifteen hundred (1500) characters describing your idea powered by math or science to make the world "more awesome" including what it does, who you want to use it, and how you thought of it (" Essay #1 ");
- an original drawing showing your idea (" Drawing "); and
- an essay of no more than fifteen hundred (1500) characters describing what math and science tools you need to make your idea work (" Essay #2 ").
Essay #1, Essay #2 and Drawing shall collectively be known as the "Submission." Additionally, each Submission must be given a unique name and Entrants must determine at least one (1) category from a list provided into which the idea falls.
During the Submission Period, you may enter the Contest online or via mail (only available to entrants who are 10 – 12 years of age) as follows:
- ONLINE: To enter the Contest online, visit the website at www.wouldntitbecoolif.com (the " Website ") and follow the instructions to: a) create a Contest account and complete the Contest registration form in its entirety; b) enter Essay #1 directly into the field provided; c) either use the drawing tool to create your Drawing or upload your Drawing directly to the Website; and d) enter Essay #2 directly into the field provided. If you are entering as a Team, you must provide registration information as requested for each member of your Team. Entrants who are under thirteen (13) years of age must provide parental consent as described on the Website in order to participate in the Contest. Submissions for Entrants who are under thirteen (13) will not be posted on the Website until satisfactory parental consent is provided, as determined at Sponsor's sole discretion. For Teams entering in the 10 – 12 Age Group, parental consent must be provided for each individual member of the Team by each Team member's parent/legal guardian. All Submissions will be screened by representatives of Sponsor in order to determine compliance with these Official Rules. Submissions that are not in compliance with these Official Rules will be ineligible to participate in the Contest and will not be posted on the Website. Entrants providing Submissions that are not in compliance with these Official Rules will receive notice advising of same. Ineligible Submissions may not be resubmitted. It may take up to seventy-two (72) hours after entry for a Submission to be made available on the Website. Once a Submission has been posted to the Website, Entrants may share their Submission via e-mail, social networking sites and other online distribution mechanisms for viewing by the general public. All online Submissions (including entry information and parental consent) must be received by March 28, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. ET to be eligible for the Contest.
- BY MAIL: ELIGIBLE ENTRANTS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 10 – 12 ONLY MAY ALTERNATELY ENTER THE CONTEST BY MAIL. To enter the Contest by mail, you must go to the Website and download a "Contest Entry Packet." The Contest Entry Packet includes a Contest entry form, a parental consent form, and instructions for completing your Submission. If you are entering as a Team, download or make a copy of the parental consent form for each member of your Team. A parental consent form must be completed by the parent/legal guardian of each Team member. Complete the Contest entry form and the parental consent form in their entirety. You must type Essay #1 and Essay #2 on an 8 ½ x 11" piece of paper, double spaced, in no less than 12 point font. Make sure to include page numbers on all pages. Each essay must be on a separate piece of paper and each essay must include the full name of the Individual or all Team members in the upper right hand corner of the first page along with a designation that it is Essay #1 or Essay #2 and a character count for the total number of characters included in each Essay. In the event either or both Essays exceed 1500 characters, only the first 1500 characters of an Essay will be considered for the Contest. The Drawing can be in color or black and white, but must be on paper no larger than 8 ½ x 11" and must include the full name of the Individual or all Team members on the back of the Drawing. Mail your complete entry in an envelope with proper first class postage affixed to: WIBCI Entry, Time Warner Cable, 60 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023 Attn: Public Affairs, Online Manager. Limit one (1) entry per outer envelope. All mail-in entries must be received by March 28, 2012 to be eligible for the Contest. Sponsor will scan and upload Submissions received by mail to the Website for public comments and voting. Entrants submitting by mail will receive an assigned username and password for accessing their Submission on the Website.
Each Submission that is submitted into the Contest must meet the following "Submission Requirements" (any Submission that, in Sponsor's sole and absolute discretion, violates the following criteria will be disqualified):
- Drawings may be in color or black and white and uploaded Drawings may be no larger than 2MB is size and must be either a .jpeg, .png or .gif file;
- Submissions must be in English;
- Submissions must NOT contain material which is (or promoting activities which are) sexually explicit, obscene, pornographic, violent, self-mutilating (e.g., relating to murder, the sales of weapons, cruelty, abuse, etc.), discriminatory (based on race, sex, religion, natural origin, physical disability, sexual orientation or age), illegal (e.g. underage drinking, substance abuse, computer hacking, etc.), offensive, threatening, profane, or harassing; or material that contains any derogatory references to any Contest Entity;
- Submissions must not contain the last name, phone number(s), address, or email address of any person, including the Entrant(s);
- Submissions must not contain or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, "commercial pitch," promotional materials, junk mail, spam, pyramid schemes, or any other form of solicitation;
- Submissions must not contain or transmit any materials that contain software viruses or other computer code, files or programs designed to impair, limit, interfere with or cause harm to any communications network operated by any of the Contest Entities or the computers of any individual or entity participating in or otherwise associated with the Contest;
- Submissions must be entirely original to the Entrant and the Entrant must have the necessary rights to share the Submission (and/or any ideas, inventions, subject matter, works and/or other proprietary rights or properties included in or related thereto) and must NOT include mention of any copyrighted materials including but not limited to, films, books, music, television programming, etc., or identifying descriptions of any media property;
- Submissions must NOT contain materials embodying the names, likenesses, voices, or other indicia identifying any person, including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures, living or dead;
- Submissions must NOT contain look-alikes of celebrities or other public or private figures, living or dead;
- Submissions must NOT have been previously submitted to another contest or submitted to any entity that would conflict with this Contest, as determined in the Contest Entities' sole discretion;
- Submissions must NOT include third party trademarks, logos, insignia, location signage, photographs, artwork, or sculpture;
4. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES/INDEMNIFICATION:
Each Entrant (and such Entrant's parent/legal guardian) who enters this Contest represents and warrants as follows: (i) the Submission is the Entrant's own original, previously unpublished, and previously unproduced work; (ii) the Submission does not contain any computer virus, is otherwise uncorrupted, and as of the date of submission, is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim; (iii) the Submission does not and will not violate or infringe upon the intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or entity; and (iv) the Submission does not and will not violate any applicable laws, and is not and will not be defamatory or libelous. Each Entrant (and such Entrant's parent/legal guardian) hereby agrees to indemnify and hold the Contest Entities harmless from and against any and all third party claims, actions or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs and expenses relating to or arising out of any breach or alleged breach of any of the warranties, representations or agreements of Entrant hereunder.
5. GRANT OF RIGHTS:
Each Entrant (and his/her parent/legal guardian on his/her behalf) into the Contest hereby irrevocably grants Sponsor, its designees, successors and assigns, a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, fully paid-up transferable license in perpetuity to publish, broadcast, exploit, assign, license, sublicense and otherwise use the Submission, in whole or in part, unaltered, altered, alone or combined with other materials, worldwide, (i) on the Website and/or any other website owned or operated by Sponsor or any of the Contest Entities or any successor website, and (ii) in any and all other media now known or hereafter created for any legal purpose, including without limitation for purposes of promoting Sponsor, the Contest, and other promotions. Without in any way limiting the foregoing, each Entrant (and his/her parent/legal guardian on his/her behalf) acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to edit, composite, morph, scan, duplicate or alter the Submission for any purpose which Sponsor deems necessary or desirable. Sponsor shall use good faith efforts to identify Entrant as the creator of such Submission whenever it is used as permitted herein (it being understood and agreed that the casual or inadvertent failure to provide such identification shall not constitute a breach of any obligation or affect Sponsor's rights in the Submission).
6. PUBLICITY RELEASE:
By participating in the Contest, in addition to any other grants which may be granted in any other agreement entered into between Sponsor and/or any Contest Entity and any Entrant or winner of the Contest, unless prohibited by law, each Entrant (and his/her parent/legal guardian on his/her behalf) irrevocably grants the Sponsor, Sponsor's designees and their successors, assigns and licensees, the right to use such Entrant's name, likeness, and biographical information in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide in perpetuity, for any purpose, including without limitation, advertising and/or promotional purposes as well as in, on or in connection with the Website or the Contest or other promotions, and hereby release the Sponsor and its designees from any liability with respect thereto.
7. PUBLIC VOTING PERIOD:
Throughout the Public Voting Period, visitors to the website will be invited to vote on their favorite Submission by selecting the "This is Awesome" button accompanying each Submission. Entrants will be disqualified if automatic voting software or vote brokering websites or other practices are used in their favor, as determined at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. There is a limit of two hundred (200) votes per Submission per IP address per day. There is a limit of one (1) vote per visitor session. In the interest of fairness, we ask that visitors limit voting to one (1) vote per person per day. Entrants are prohibited from obtaining votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Representatives of Sponsor will monitor public voting and reserve the right to disqualify any votes based on abuse and/or manipulation of the voting mechanism, at the sole discretion of Sponsor. The results of the Public Voting Period will count for 10% of each Submission's overall score as described in #8 below.
8. CONTEST JUDGING/FINALIST NOTIFICATION:
Throughout the Submission Period and continuing until April 6, 2012, representatives of the Sponsor will review the eligible Submissions for each Age Group separately and will select four (4) "Finalists" (two (2) from each Age Group) from among all eligible Submissions received. The Finalists will be selected based on the following judging criteria: a) Creativity (measure of idea's originality and measure of whether it takes on a problem that hasn't been solved before, or approaches a familiar problem in a fresh, imaginative new way) – 30%; b) Feasibility (likelihood that the science, technology, engineering and math tools the user has selected to "power" his or her idea can actually make it work) – 30%; c) Usefulness (likelihood that there is a need for the idea, or that a person/professional field would find it helpful and valuable) – 30%; and d) Awesomeness (the results of the Public Voting Period (as described in #7 above measuring the public interest, or the number of "Awesome" votes that an idea receives from users of the website) - 10% of the total score for each Submission. The "Awesome" vote score will be tabulated based on a formula devised by the judges to assign a score based on the number of votes received by a Submission measured against votes received by all other Submissions. The judging of Submissions will be conducted by a field of experts in the areas of math, science, engineering and innovation. The judging panel will act under the supervision of Sponsor whose decisions are final and binding in all respects relating to Finalist selection. In the event of a tie for any Age Group, the tied Entrants will be re-judged by representatives from Time Warner Cable who will serve as a tie-breaker using the same criteria as outlined herein. Sponsor reserves the right to select fewer than two (2) Finalists for any Age Group if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Submissions.
Each of the four (4) potential Finalists (and each such potential Finalist's parent/legal guardian), as determined by the judging criteria indicated above, will be notified by telephone and/or email on or about April 9, 2012 by Marden Kane and will be required to respond (as directed) to the notification attempt within three (3) days of date of notification (or a shorter time if required by exigencies). The failure to respond timely to the notification may result in disqualification of the Finalist (including his/her Team, if applicable) from participation in the Contest and, in such case; Contest Entities may select an alternate Finalist for the Age Group at issue according to the aforementioned judging criteria. Potential Finalists (and the parent/legal guardian of each) will be required to execute and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release and, unless prohibited by law, a publicity release and other related documents required by the Contest Entities (the " Finalist Documents "), within a reasonable amount of time, as determined by the Contest Entities in their sole discretion. Potential Finalists cannot proceed to the "Finalist Pitch Event" until all such properly executed and notarized Finalist Documents are returned. Once the Finalist Documents have been received by the Contest Entities in accordance with these Official Rules, the confirmed Finalists will be contacted with details on the Finalist Pitch Event. Sponsor shall have no liability for any Finalist notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by a potential Finalist for any reason. If any potential Finalist does not respond within the time required by Sponsor, or if the Finalist notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to any potential Finalist, such potential Finalist (and his/her Team, if applicable) will forfeit his or her status as a Finalist and an alternate Finalist may be selected for the Age Group at issue. If any potential Finalist is found to be ineligible, or if he or she has not complied with these Official Rules or declines his/her status as a Finalist for any reason (including, without limitation, the inability to attend the Finalist Pitch Event), such potential Finalist (and his/her Team, if applicable) will be disqualified and an alternate Finalist will be selected for the Age Group at issue using the results of the judging criteria as described herein.
9. FINALIST PITCH EVENT AND GRAND PRIZE WINNER SELECTION:
At the Finalist Pitch Event, the four (4) confirmed Finalists will each have no more than five (5) minutes to pitch their ideas live to a panel of judges selected by the Sponsor. Details and requirements for the "pitch" will be provided to each Finalist (including all Team members, if any) once all Finalists have been confirmed. The judges will judge each pitch based on the following equally weighted judging criteria: a) creativity; b) feasibility; and c) usefulness. At the conclusion of the Finalist Pitch Event, the one (1) Finalist with the highest score will be deemed the Grand Prize winner. Sponsor's decisions are final and binding on all matters related to the Finalist Pitch Event. In the event a confirmed Finalist cannot attend the Finalist Pitch Event for any reason, Sponsor reserves the right to proceed with the Finalist Pitch Event with fewer than four (4) Finalists, or select an alternate Finalist for the Age Group at issue to participate. The Finalist Pitch Event is currently scheduled to take place on April 25, 2012 at the FIRST Championships in St. Louis, MO. The Finalist Pitch Event date and location are subject to change at Sponsor's sole discretion. The Finalist Pitch Event will be subject to the instructions and guidelines provided by Sponsor and each Finalist will be required to comply with such instructions and guidelines. Each Finalist (including each of his/her Team members, if any) MUST be accompanied to the Finalist Pitch Event by a parent/legal guardian.
One (1) Grand Prize is available. The Grand Prize consists of the opportunity for the Grand Prize winner to work with Fahrenheit 212 to develop their idea. The extent to which the idea will be "developed" will depend upon the nature of the idea and is at the sole discretion of Fahrenheit 212. Development can include turning the Drawing into a real product design, creating a virtual or physical prototype, creating a business plan, identifying the best customer for an idea, etc. At a minimum, the Grand Prize winner (including all Team members, if such Grand Prize winner is a Team) will have the opportunity to travel to New York, NY for two (2) in person meetings with Fahrenheit 212. For each meeting, Sponsor will provide: a) round-trip economy class air transportation from the major U.S. gateway airport nearest Finalist's home to New York, NY for the Grand Prize winner and his/her parent/legal guardian (and, in the case of a Team, all members of such Team and one (1) parent/legal guardian of each Team member); b) two (2) nights hotel accommodations (one (1) room, double occupancy); c) $200 spending money for each Finalist and parent/legal guardian combination. The timing of such in-person meetings shall be determined between the Grand Prize winner and Fahrenheit 212. Any other necessary meetings shall take place electronically in such form as determined between the Grand Prize winner and Fahrenheit 212. The Grand Prize winner (including all Team members, if such Grand Prize winner is a Team and the parent/legal guardian of each on behalf of the Grand Prize winner) must enter into a separate agreement directly with Fahrenheit 212 memorializing the exact terms of the relationship between the Grand Prize Winner and Fahrenheit 212. The approximate retail value (" ARV ") of the travel associated with the Grand Prize is $4,000 (in the case of a Team, the ARV is $4,000 per Team member).
Four (4) Finalist Prizes are available. Each Finalist Prize consists of the opportunity for each Finalist to attend the FIRST Robotics Championships in St. Louis, MO from April 24, 2012 – April 26, 2012 and participate in the Finalist Pitch Event on April 25, 2012. Each Finalist Prize includes: a) round-trip economy class air transportation from the major U.S. gateway airport nearest Finalist's home to St. Louis, MO for each Finalist and each Finalist's parent/legal guardian; b) two (2) nights hotel accommodations (one (1) room, double occupancy); c) $200 spending money for each Finalist and his/her parent/legal guardian; and d) a goody bag containing a variety of items from the Contest Entities (to be determined by the Contest Entities). Only Finalist, and not his/her parent or legal guardian, will participate in the Finalist Pitch Event. In the event a Team is selected as a Finalist, each member of the Team will receive the entire Finalist Prize, including air transportation for the parent/legal guardian of each member of the Team. Each individual Finalist MUST be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian. The ARV of each Finalist Prize is $1,700 (in the case of a Team, the ARV is $1,700 per person)
The parent/legal guardian accompanying each confirmed Finalist/Grand Prize winner must sign a Liability/Publicity Release on his/her own behalf prior to travel. Each Finalist/Grand Prize winner and his or her parent/legal guardian must travel together on the same itinerary and possess all required travel documents, including a valid photo ID. Air transportation tickets are non-refundable/non-transferable and may not be valid for upgrades and/or frequent flyer miles. All air transportation tickets are subject to the vagaries of flight variation, work stoppages and schedule or route changes. ARV for each Finalist Prize or the travel portion of the Grand Prize may vary depending upon points of departure and destination and fare fluctuations. If the closest airport to a Finalist's/Grand Prize winner's home is in close enough proximity to destination city so that, as Sponsor may determine in its sole discretion, a flight is unnecessary, such Finalist/Grand Prize winner will receive alternate transportation from the Sponsor with no further obligation to the winner. Finalists/Grand Prize winner will not receive cash or any other form of compensation if actual travel costs are less than the ARV in these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right to structure the travel route and select hotels in its sole discretion. Travel must be made through Sponsor's agent, on a carrier of Sponsor's choice. Certain travel restrictions may apply. Each Finalist/Grand Prize winner and his/her parent/legal guardian must comply with all venue rules and regulations. In the event a Finalist/Grand Prize winner and/or his/her parent/legal guardian engages in behavior that (as determined by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion) is obnoxious or threatening, illegal or that is intended to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the trip or other applicable experience early, in whole or in part, and send Finalist/Grand Prize winner and/or his or her parent/legal guardian home with no further compensation.
11. PRIZE CONDITIONS:
No cash alternative, transfers, or prize substitutions will be allowed, except Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize(s) with items of comparable or greater value if a prize listed or any portion thereof is unavailable for any reason. Finalists/Grand Prize winner are solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes on any prize and any costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided, including, without limitation, luggage fees, ground transportation, meals, gratuities and souvenirs. All prize details are at Sponsor's sole discretion.
The Grand Prize winner(s) (and his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s)) may be required to complete, sign and return a "Prize Acceptance Form" within seven (7) days of receipt of notification. If documents are not returned timely, or if any prize notification is returned as non-deliverable, or if no response is received when attempting to notify a winner, or if winner is found to be ineligible or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules, prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner determined.
Entrants (and the parent/legal guardian of each on each Entrant's behalf) agree that the Contest Entities (a) shall not be responsible or liable for any losses, damages or injuries of any kind resulting from participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity, or from Entrants' acceptance, receipt, possession and/or use or misuse of any prize (including any travel or activity related thereto), and (b) have not made any warranty, representation or guarantee express or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to the prize(s), including, without limitation, to such prize's quality or fitness for a particular purpose. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any damage to an Entrant's computer system which is occasioned by accessing the Website or participating in the Contest, or for any computer system, phone line, hardware, software or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures, delayed computer transmissions or network connections that are human or technical in nature. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Contest Entities are not responsible for incomplete, illegible, garbled, misdirected, misprinted, late, lost, delayed, damaged, stolen, or postage-due Submissions, mail or prize notifications; or for lost, interrupted, inaccessible or unavailable networks, servers, cable, satellites, Internet Service Providers, websites, or other connections; or for miscommunications, failed, jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone or cable transmissions; or for any technical malfunctions, failures, difficulties or other errors of any kind or nature; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual (including Team members, if any) who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or the Website, to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, or to be acting in an unsportsman like or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest, or to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, and Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies (including attorneys' fees) from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. In the event continuing with the Contest as contemplated herein by any event, including virus, bugs, worms, or any other cause that affects the proper play of the Contest, Sponsor shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Contest. If the Contest is terminated for any reason before the designated end date, Sponsor will (if possible) select the potential Finalists and winner from all eligible, non-suspect Submissions received as of the date of the event giving rise to the termination. These Official Rules cannot be modified or amended in any way except in a written document issued in accordance with the law by a duly authorized representative of Sponsor. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.
13. NATURE OF RELATIONSHIP/WAIVER OF EQUITABLE RELIEF:
Each Entrant (and his/her parent/legal guardian on his/her behalf) hereby acknowledges and agrees that the relationship between the Entrant and the Contest Entities is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship, and that the Entrant's decision to provide the Entrant's Submission to Sponsor for purposes of the Contest does not place the Contest Entities in a position that is any different from the position held by members of the general public with regard to elements of the Entrant's Submission. Each Entrant (and his/her parent/legal guardian on his/her behalf) understands and acknowledges that the Contest Entities have wide access to ideas, stories, designs, and other materials, and that new ideas are constantly being submitted to it or being developed by their own employees. Each Entrant (and his/her parent/legal guardian on his/her behalf) also acknowledges that many ideas or stories may be competitive with, similar or identical to the Submission and/or each other in theme, idea, format or other respects. Each Entrant (and his/her parent/legal guardian on his/her behalf) acknowledges and agrees that such Entrant will not be entitled to any compensation as a result of any Contest Entity's use of any such similar or identical material. Each Entrant (and his/her parent/legal guardian on his/her behalf) acknowledges and agrees that the Contest Entities do not now and shall not have in the future any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of the copyright (or other intellectual property rights) in and to the Submission.
14. IMPACT ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS:
Each Entrant (and his/her parent/legal guardian on his/her behalf) hereby acknowledges and agrees that (a) the Entrant is submitting the Submission voluntarily and the Contest Entities have no obligation to keep any Submission confidential and may in fact publicly disclose, exhibit and distribute any Submission and/or information relating to any Submission; (b) any Submission made available on the Website is accessible by the public; (c) any Submission made available on the Website and/or any information relating to any Submission that is otherwise disclosed, exhibited or distributed by the Contest Entities may be deemed a public disclosure under patent, trade secret and other intellectual property laws of the United States and/or one or more foreign territories; (d) any Submission made available on the Website and/or any information relating to any Submission that is otherwise disclosed, exhibited or distributed by the Contest Entities may trigger one or more required filings or deadlines file to protect or perfect intellectual property rights in the Submission (and/or any ideas, inventions, subject matter, works and/or other proprietary rights or properties included in or related thereto) and/or may be deemed to release, waive or forfeit intellectual property rights in or related to the Submission that the Entrant may otherwise have retained if such submission were not made; (e) the Contest Entities are not legal advisors and have no obligation to protect or provide any guidance or advice relating to securing intellectual property rights or other protections in any Submission (and/or any ideas, inventions, subject matter, works and/or other proprietary rights or properties included in, or related thereto); and (f) the Entrant is solely responsible for seeking whatever intellectual property rights protections the Entrant deems appropriate with respect to any Submission (and/or any ideas, inventions, subject matter, works and/or other proprietary rights or properties included in, or related thereto) and hereby releases the Contest Entities from any and all claims and liability with respect thereto.
15. NO OBLIGATION TO USE:
Sponsor shall have no obligation (express or implied) to use any Submission, or to otherwise exploit any Submission or, if commenced, to continue the distribution or exploitation thereof, and Sponsor may at any time abandon the use of any Submission for any reason, with or without legal justification or excuse, and Entrants shall not be entitled to any damages or other relief by reason thereof.
16. FURTHER DOCUMENTATION:
If Sponsor shall desire to secure additional assignments or certificates of engagement for a Submission or other documents as Sponsor may reasonably require in order to effectuate the purposes and intents of these Official Rules, then each Entrant (and his/her parent/legal guardian on his/her behalf) agrees to sign the same upon Sponsor's request therefore.
17. GOVERNING LAW/JURISDICTION:
ALL ISSUES AND QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE CONSTRUCTION, VALIDITY, INTERPRETATION AND ENFORCEABILITY OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES OR THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF ENTRANTS OR SPONSOR IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEST SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INTERNAL LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK WITHOUT GIVING EFFECT TO ANY CHOICE OF LAW OR CONFLICT OF LAW RULES OR PROVISIONS THAT WOULD CAUSE THE APPLICATION OF ANY OTHER STATE'S LAWS.
18. WINNERS LIST:
For the names of the Finalists/Grand Prize winner, write your name and complete address on a 3"x 5" card and mail in a first-class stamped envelope to: WIBCI Winners, Time Warner Cable 60 Columbus Circle New York, NY 10025 Attn: Public Affairs, Online Manager for receipt by April 30, 2012.