These terms and conditions (hereinafter to as the “Terms and Conditions”) shall govern the participation in the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Hackathon and Tech Fair 2023 (hereinafter the “Hackathon”) which is having the Nigerian Space Agency (National Space Research and Development Agency) as the host and organizer. These Terms and Conditions shall have effect as of their publication on the Hackathon website (www.nasrdahackathon.tech).
By applying, the participants agree to the content and spirit of the Terms and Conditions.
- AIM OF THE HACKATON
The aim of the multi-dimensional hackathon is to showcase and promote Nigeria innovators’ ideas and inventions while encouraging collaboration between companies and innovators.
- OBJECTIVE OF HACKATHON
- Evaluate new and promising innovative research solutions that can be advanced to high performing business products solving critical problems in Nigeria.
- Highlight and facilitate operationalization of technological innovations in the fields of Artificial Intelligence/ Cybersecurity, Robotics, Nanotechnology and Disruptive Space Applications.
- Promote research, training, education, public awareness and capacity building related to Artificial intelligence/ Cybersecurity, Robotics, Nanotechnology and Geospatial data production, management and utilization.
The official website for the event will be: www.nasrdahackathon.tech
- DATE AND PLACE FOR THE EVENT
Unless expressly indicated otherwise on the website, the Hackathon is to be held from the 8th to the 12th of May, 2023 to be held at the various laboratories within the Space campus; National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Obasanjo Space Centre, Abuja. The organizers reserve the right to change the days and time of the event due to technical or organizational needs by announcing such changes on the event’s official website.
To participate in the Hackathon, participants shall register on the registration site; www.nasrdahackathon.tech.The registration process will be open from the 13th of March 2023.
Registration does not ensure participation in the Hackathon, for this reason all teams and individuals accepted will receive from 29th of April 2022 official confirmation of their acceptance to the Hackathon sent to the e-mail address provided at the time of registration. A participant’s registration is therefore only accepted once such participation is confirmed by the organisers via the confirmation e-mail.
Participation in the Hackathon is open to both individuals and teams (minimum of two and maximum of three participants). Participation in the Hackathon is free and open to students, entrepreneurs, start-ups and developers of Computer Science, Cartography and Survey, Geography, Design, Architecture/Urban Planning, Engineering and related areas.
There is no need to be a computer expert to participate in the Hackathon because multidisciplinary teams will be formed.
The Hackathon will provide an opportunity for participants to showcase their works, get technical assistance from mentors/experts who will be on hand throughout the event. It will also encourage collaboration with leading technology providers, business leaders, policy makers, professionals and enthusiasts from different fields.
- RULES OF PARTICIPATION
Registration for the Hackathon is entirely free of charge and is open to existing teams of 2 to 5 people and to individuals who will team up in a group with the help of the event organizers. Teams and individuals wishing to sign up for the hackathon must complete the online registration form on the website: www.nasrdahackathon.tech.
The members of each team are to ensure that the personal information provided upon registration online is true and accurate, and must unconditionally accept all decisions made by the Hackathon organizers with regard to event organization. Management and employees who are part of the organizing committee or sub-committee of the Organizing Agency (NASRDA) are prohibited from taking part in the Hackathon. The participants cannot switch teams after registration, no addition or deletion of the participants in the registered teams shall be allowed once the form is submitted.
Each application submission for the Hackathon will be prequalified based on the quality of entry at the discretion of the organizers.
Based on the four thematic areas of the Hackathon, a framework will be determined to guide the evaluation of entries for applicants. Based on the limit of required persons that will be needed to fill out the event slots, the screening framework will determine the competence, quality of participants and determine the relevance and innovative value of their ideas, products and services.
After the screening exercise, applicants will get an email informing them of their application outcome.
Prior to the Hackathon, all shortlisted applicants will undergo an online mentorship program. Teams can use libraries, frameworks, or open-source code in their projects.
By accepting these Terms and Conditions and participating in the Hackathon:
Each participant undertakes, for the entire duration of the competition, to make use of the facilities in which the competition is to be held and any materials and equipment provided by the organizers with the utmost care and diligence and to comply fully with the rules of conduct and safety established. Event participants will be held liable for any damage caused to people or property.
Each participant or team working on a project before the event and open-sourcing it for the sole purpose of using the code during the event may lead to investigation of the originality of the entries.
Each participant or team can be disqualified from the competition at the organizers’ discretion. Reasons include but are not limited to breaking the Competition Rules, behaving in a way that violates the code of conduct or other disreputable behavior.
A participant or team is not permitted to engage in activities which, in the opinion of the organizers, (i) cause damage to the Hackathon, or one or more participants, visitors, groups of visitors or third parties or (ii) create nuisance in any other form not expressly permitted by the organizers. Should the organizers consider that one or more participants violate these obligations, the organizers may, at their sole discretion exclude the participant(s) concerned or the team of which they form part, from the Hackathon.
- JUDGING CRITERIA
Change of judges is solely subject to the Organizer’s discretion.
A judge may choose to restrain himself or herself from evaluating a project, or the team may request a judge to restrain himself or herself from evaluating a project, if, in the Organizer’s discretion, it would not be appropriate for the judge to evaluate a participant’s submission because of a past or current relationship with the participant.
- WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT AND VERIFICATION:
Winners shall be announced on the last day of the event, following an assessment by the judging panel.
There shall be cash rewards for three winners (first, second and third) for each of the four thematic areas of the Hackathon. The first winners will receive N1, 000,000 (One Million Naira only) each. The second runners up will receive N750, 000 (Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only) each and the third runners up will receive N500, 000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira only) each.
- NOVELTY/ ORIGINALITY/ INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHT
Each submission should be novel and original work of the participants or teams. Any intellectual property designed or developed shall be owned by the solution providers.
However, where NASRDA adds ideas, innovations, information, materials or potential patent claims and evolves the idea/solution, the outcome shall be a jointly owned intellectual property (IP) between the provider and organizers.
The solution to be demonstrated shall be viewed by all those present at the Hackathon event and the participants shall be responsible for protecting their prototype and the IP relating to it. NASRDA teams shall be free to use, copy, share, the prototype or solution in whichever manner they deem fit.
Nothing in this agreement should be construed as giving authorization to use or display any of the sponsor’s trademarks (including any logos or brands), rights to any licensed content, or other intellectual property owned by the organizer in any way other than as expressly permitted in this agreement.
Where a participant(s) intends to use the name of the Hackathon organizers or any of their trademarks in any promotional materials for their participation in it or, if appropriate, their victory, the participant(s) must undertake to get the organizers’ permission beforehand.
Each participant hereby expressly authorizes and accepts that during the Hackathon, organizers directly or through third parties may carry out photographs, screenshots and/or video recordings containing your image, likeness or voice.
- DISPUTES AND THIRD-PARTY RIGHTS
Participants shall be responsible to ensure their participation in the Hackathon conforms to any rules that their company, agency, or institution may have governing participation in competitions of this nature, if they work for a business, a government agency, or an academic institution.
Organizers maintain the right to prevent participants from taking part in the Hackathon or winning a prize at any moment if there is cause to suspect that participants have broken any set rules. Any disagreements that develop between participants and their employer shall not be within the organizers responsibility.
In the event of disputes resulting from the Terms and Conditions or legal relationships arising from them, the parties will consult together in order to attempt to resolve this dispute by amicable means and subject to the Arbitration laws applicable in Nigeria.
- DAMAGES, WARRANTIES AND CONTRIBUTORY NEGLIGENCE
In no event will the organizer (NASRDA) be liable to any participant(s) for any direct, special, punitive or consequential damages arising out of or with their participation in the Hackathon.
Neither party is liable to the other party for consequential or incidental damages, or loss of profits, revenue, goodwill or opportunities in contract, tort, under any statute or otherwise (including negligence) arising from or in any way related to this Agreement or the Hackathon.
The participant agrees to hold in confidence any and all confidential information disclosed as part of the Hackathon. The participant further agrees to only use such confidential information for the sole purpose of the Hackathon and not to disclose such confidential information to any third parties without the prior written permission from an authorized officer of the organizers. Moreover, participant shall take all necessary measures to avoid access to confidential information by unauthorized third parties.
For the purpose hereof, Confidential Information is defined as any information, other than information that is generally available to the public, that becomes available in the course of the Hackathon or has been provided to the participant in relation to the Hackathon and of which it has been notified by the organizers that the information is confidential or that it should reasonably understand is confidential. For the avoidance of doubt, any data sets provided by the organizers, including but not limited to mobility services datasets from any institution or private company, constitutes confidential information.
The participant agrees to, at the organizer’s request, destroy or return all documentation delivered in relation to the Hackathon. Such return shall not disclaim the participant from any other obligation under this agreement and all disclosed confidential information will remain subject to these Terms and Conditions.
These Terms and Conditions do not imply nor shall they be construed as any transfer of intellectual property rights in confidential information. Likewise, the disclosure of confidential information under this Agreement does not imply any licence of a patent, trademark or any intellectual property rights, which, as the case might be, should be the subject to a specific agreement.
The organizers are not liable for any loss or damage suffered directly or indirectly by a participant, by his personnel or by persons working on the instructions of the participant unless in case of gross negligence of wilful intent on the part of organizer.
The participant indemnifies the organizers against any and all claims that third parties may bring against organizers in connection with its acts or omissions.
Unless expressly provided otherwise herein, the organizers shall not be obliged to intervene in any disputes to which it is not party, including but not limited to disputes between participants.