Terms and Conditions

Code Your Art Out

1. To be eligible to participate in the Competition, you must be a resident of Canada and of the age of majority in your province of residence.  Any employee of Microsoft Corporation or Microsoft Canada Inc. (“Microsoft”), advertising agencies, prize suppliers or members of their respective immediate families of such employees or anyone with whom such employees are domiciled are ineligible to participate in the Competition. “Immediate family” is defined as parents, siblings, children or spouse.

2. The first round of the Competition begins on March 1st 2011 and ends on June 1st 2011 at 5pm EST.

3. To enter the competition, you must create an application, written in the language of your preference, that can deployed to Windows Azure running on one or more web and/or worker and/or Virtual Machine roles. Alternatively, if you do not wish to deploy your application to Windows Azure, your application must be deployed to a Windows Server-based environment running IIS (Internet Information Services).

4. Each entrant must register using the competition registration form.

5. Each entrant must complete an application submission form. Each submission must be submitted electronically no later than June 1st 2011 at 5pm EST via the “Code Your Art Out” application submission form. The application’s submission form must be completed in its entirety and must include a valid URL address where the application can be located. You can enter either as a student representing yourself, a student representing a team of students, as an individual developer, or as a developer representing an organization. If representing an organization, you must have management approval to enter the Competition. Multiple entries per individual or organizations can be submitted. Only one application represented by a single URL address may be submitted in a single entry.

6. The competition registration form and application submission form must be completed in English. The application could have been developed and implemented in any language; however, the entry form (answers to all questions) must be in English. No source code or application code provision is required.

7. The entrant must be the rightful owner of the application and its source code and/or services solution or have a legal right to develop or add software code to an application if the entry leverages existing code under an appropriate license.

8. A panel of judges made up of one Microsoft employee and six industry representatives will evaluate the submissions in a review process commencing on June 1st 2011 and ending on June 10th 2011 at 5pm. Criteria for review will be based on Creativity, Interoperability and Usability.

9. Two (2) finalists will be announced on June 10th 2011 and will be contacted by e-mail and telephone to arrange for a final presentation on June 24th 2011 at THE COMPETITION FINALS taking place in Toronto, Ontario (exact location still to be determined). If no one is available after three (3) contact attempts on separate days or is unable to commit to participating in the presentation (in person or in form of a video), the next runner-up will be notified and given an opportunity to be a finalist.

10. If representing a team of students or an organization, no more than two (2) individuals representing each finalist entry can participate in THE COMPETITION FINALS.

11. The finalists will compete at THE COMPETITION FINALS on June 24th 2011.

12. If a finalist cannot make the presentation on June 24th, 2011, Microsoft will ask for a link to a 15 minute video presentation for a presentation at the special event. The format specifications will be sent to the finalists on June 10th, 2011. The video presentation will be given by a person designated by the finalist.

13. If the first or second place finalist doesn’t live in Toronto or within a 4 hour radius, Microsoft will pay up to $1000 per representative (up to a maximum of two representatives) for teams’ travel expenses (flight, food, hotel accommodation, taxi). The expenses can only be used for travel and expenses related to the event. Expenses must be pre-approved by Microsoft. Expense reimbursement will happen within three (3) weeks after submission of expenses.

14. Finalists must accept and sign Microsoft’s standard release form to qualify.

15. One (1) winning entry will be selected for a Grand Prize of $10,000.

16. One (1) entry will be selected for a Second Prize of $5,000.

17. Only the two finalists will be eligible for the bonus prize of $5,000. To be eligible for the bonus prize, the application must have been selected from this list provided and managed by TechSoup Canada. TechSoup Canada will be responsible for judging the applications eligibility. The application must be deployed to qualify. If neither first nor second place qualify, the $5,000 will be put into a program run by TechSoup Canada that develops solutions for non-profits using Microsoft technology. This program will be defined and outlined by June 1st, 2011. If both qualify, the $5,000 will be shared equally.

18. The winners of the Competition may be asked to provide additional promotional materials such as photos or participate in video interviews about the Competition.

19. The entrant grants Microsoft a worldwide perpetual license to use, display, distribute, etc. their entry for promotional purposes

20. Participation in the Competition shall be construed as an acceptance of the Terms and Conditions stipulated herein. Any breach or default by a Participant of any of the Terms and Conditions herein shall result in disqualification without notice.

21. Microsoft reserves the right to contact third parties for validation of submissions to the “Code Your Art out Competition”

22. Microsoft reserves the right to change the rules and regulations of the Competition without notice.

23. The Microsoft officials engaged in the organization and management of the Competition, including its directors, officers, partners, employees, consultants and agents are under no obligation to render any advice or service to Participant(s) in respect of the Competition.

24. All warranties and conditions of any kind whatsoever, whether express or implied, are hereby expressly disclaimed by Microsoft including, but not limited to, meeting of the Participant(s) requirements or aspirations, timeliness, security, the results or reliability of any Competition, or the delivery, quality, or non infringement in respect of any services, benefits or awards acquired or obtained through the Competition or any transactions effected through the Competition;

25. Any performance tuning, troubleshooting or benchmarking of the application will not be undertaken by Microsoft.
26. No advice or information whether by representations, oral, written or pictorial derived from the website or through the Competition shall be construed to mean the giving of any warranty or condition of any kind by Microsoft.

27. Participation or selection in the Competition or selection as the Finalist shall not be construed as an offer of employment with Microsoft.

28. Nothing in the Competition shall affect any intellectual property rights of Microsoft in any product or service, which may be the subject matter of the Competition.

29. The Competition shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Canada.

30. The Participant(s) of the Competition undertake to indemnify and keep Microsoft harmless and indemnified against any loss, damage, claims, costs and expenses which may be incurred or suffered by Microsoft due to breach of any Terms and Conditions contained herein by the Participant(s) and, or, arising from the participation of the Participant(s) in the Competition including any third party claims for infringement of intellectual property rights.