RULES - Copernicus Masters 2016

Copernicus Masters 2016

The Copernicus Masters is organised under an ESA contract by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen ("the Organiser") and supported by various prize-awarding partners ("the Partners").

The Copernicus Masters is designed to support the development of Copernicus-related entrepreneurship by eliciting and rewarding projects and business ideas that make use of Earth observation data primarily generated under the Copernicus programme. The Copernicus Masters 2016 is calling for proposals between 15 April and 25 18 July 2016 in different categories ("the Challenges").

Enterprises, scientific institutions, and individuals of legal adult age are entitled to participate in the Copernicus Masters 2016. Applications will be accepted from anywhere in the world.

Descriptions of all of the Challenges in the Copernicus Masters 2016 are available at They include the respective prizes to be awarded in each Challenge and the evaluation criteria that will determine the winning proposal. One winner will be selected by the expert panel of each Challenge. In addition, one overall winner of the competition - the Copernicus Master - will be selected from the winners of all Challenge The Copernicus Master will receive an additional grant of EUR 10,000 and a substantial satellite data quota made possible by financial support from the European Commission. Moreover, the 40 best entrants in the competition will then be selected for the Copernicus Accelerator Programme by an international panel of experts by September 2016. Participants of the Copernicus Accelerator must be either citizens of one of the Copernicus Participating countries or have established their company in the territory of one of the participating countries.

Interested participants are requested to submit their ideas electronically between 15 April 2016 and 09:00 a.m. CET on 25 18 July 2016 (please refer to the procedure described below).

The competition will be organised and carried out exclusively in English via a secure online idea database accessible at Registration at this site is required to create a user account, which may then be used to submit innovative business ideas to any of the Copernicus Masters Challenges. When creating an account, participants will be asked to provide contact details, which the Organiser will use to inform them of all matters related to the Copernicus Masters and any other issues the Organiser deems relevant to participants in the competition. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation link they can use to log in. Participants will be asked to choose an account password that will allow them to edit and save temporary content before submitting their final idea to the server. Upon logging in, participants will be required to choose the Challenge to which they would like to submit a proposal and answer all of the mandatory questions in an online questionnaire. It is possible to enter more than one idea using the same personal account, but participants may not enter the same idea for different Challenges.

New Challenges may be added while the competition is underway. Any additional Challenges will be announced on the competition website, which will always reflect the most current status.

A different questionnaire must be completed for each Challenge.

Participants must submit their idea and complete the mandatory sections of the database no later than 10:00 hrs. CET on 25 18 July 2016. Only those ideas that contain all the mandatory information will be considered for evaluation. Ideas will automatically enter the evaluation phase once they reach a submission status of 100% in the database. However, you can still edit your entry at any time until the closing of the database. They will then be submitted to a dedicated panel of experts appointed to the chosen Challenge. Each of the experts tasked with evaluating the ideas submitted will be required to commit to a non-disclosure agreement with the Organiser before the ideas are put forward for evaluation.

The evaluation of the ideas is an anonymous process. Each idea will receive its own identification number. During the evaluation process, the experts will only be able to see this ID. In each Challenge, however, a small number of finalists may be invited to deliver a personal pitch or participate in a phone interview. This will, of course, require disclosure of the participant's name, but he or she will already have been nominated as a finalist at this stage.

By participating, participants acknowledge that their contact details will be passed on to the respective Challenge sponsor after the database has been closed and the winners chosen. This partner may then contact participants to determine whether they are interested in moving forward with the ideas submitted.

The Organiser and the Partners shall assume no liability whatsoever for the outcome of the selection process.

Measures have been taken to ensure the confidentiality of the ideas submitted in the Copernicus Masters 2016. The transmitted ideas will be protected against any access by unauthorised third parties. The experts and all other personnel assigned to organise the competition and evaluate the submissions will also be required by contract to treat all matters as confidential.

During the awards ceremony, the awarded ideas will be made public along with the names and contact details of the prize winners.

By participating in this competition and accepting any of the prizes awarded, all participants acknowledge that the Organiser and initiators may use their names, addresses, comments, likenesses, photos (incl. photos taken of the winners at the Awards Ceremony), and descriptions of their ideas in publicity or advertising concerning the competition or otherwise in any medium now known or hereafter devised (including the Internet or other interactive networks) at any place or time without further compensation or right of review, and agree to waive their rights with respect to any such publicity and advertising.

Once an idea has been publicly recognised, the Organiser and the Partners shall take no further responsibility regarding the further cooperation of the respective winner with any of the Partners or members of the expert panels. This also includes cases in which no cooperation between a winner and the respective partner materialises despite the award in question.

Participants shall retain the rights to their respective ideas. Whether participants realise their ideas themselves or with a Partner of their choice is left to their discretion. Participating in the Copernicus Masters 2016 will not grant participants any additional rights to their respective ideas.

Prior to entering the competition, participants are advised to notify their employers (if applicable) of their ideas in case they were developed in connection with said employment. If chosen as the winner of any Challenge, an idea will be made public; any intellectual protection (if the idea was not previously protected by a patent) may thus be rendered void or otherwise lost. As a result, the idea may become common property. Participants are therefore strongly advised to protect their ideas adequately, such as by applying for a patent, utility model, or another form of intellectual property protection.

Despite all of the efforts made to keep the participants' ideas and information confidential prior to their publication, participants hereby understand and acknowledge that neither the Organiser nor the Partners shall assume any liability for any damages resulting from their ideas or information becoming public.

By entering the competition, participants affirm that they are the sole owners of all rights pertaining to the ideas they submit and that their participation will not violate the rights of any third party. Should any third-party rights nonetheless come to light, participants further affirm that neither the Organiser nor the Partners shall be held liable for any amount of resulting damages or claims. The Organiser and Partners shall thus be exempt from any third-party claims.

Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen takes no responsibility regarding the provision of the prizes offered by any of the partners. This also includes the payment of cash awards or the conduction of in-kind services. The fulfilment of the services offered is the sole responsibility of the respective challenge partner.

The decisions made concerning the competition's awards shall not be subject to dispute in a court of law. The decisions rendered by the experts involved in the different Challenges shall be final and binding for all participants in all aspects of the competition. Participants shall have no right to be provided with any justification for the experts' decisions.

Each winner shall be responsible for rendering any and all federal, state, local, provisional, and other taxes.

Winners who are to be awarded a cash prize must submit to the Organiser an official document (signed by their employer) stating that they (and not their company) are to receive said prize.

The Organiser reserves the right to modify the present terms, including any of the deadlines set forth herein, at any time.

Participation in this competition shall be subject to German law. Place of jurisdiction shall be Munich, Germany.

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