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Microsoft AI for Good Schools Challenge (Challenge) Terms and Conditions

1. Instructions on how to enter this Challenge form part of the terms and conditions of

entry. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

2. The promoter is Microsoft Pty Limited (ACN 002 589 460) of 1 Epping Road, North

Ryde, New South Wales, 2113 (Promoter).

3. Entry is open to Australian residents currently enrolled in Year 7 – 12 of an Australian

secondary school (Eligible Entrant). Eligible Entrants under 18 years old must have

parental/guardian approval to enter and further, the parent/guardian of the Eligible

Entrant must read and consent to all terms and conditions. Parents/guardians may be

required by the Promoter to enter into a further agreement as evidence of consent to

this Challenge. Eligible Entrants must also comply with clauses 6 and 7 of these terms

and conditions.

4. Employees, and their immediate families, of the Promoter, its retailers, suppliers and

associated companies and agencies are not eligible to enter.

5. For the purpose of the Challenge, Eligible Entrants will be split into various regions

based on the location of their secondary school and into various divisions based on

their age. The regions are Victoria, New South Wales and Australian Capital

Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territory, Western Australia and

Tasmania (each a Region and collectively, Regions). Division 1 is for Eligible Entrants

in years 7 – 9 inclusive and division 2 is for Eligible Entrants in year 10 – 12 inclusive

(each a Division and collectively, Divisions).

6. Entry is open to teams of two or three Eligible Entrants (Team). Each Team can submit a

maximum of one (1) entry. Multiple entries are not permitted. Each Team member is

referred to individually in these terms and conditions as a contributor (Contributor).

Each Contributor to a Team must be an Eligible Entrant to enter this Challenge. Each

Contributor to a Team must be part of the same Region and in the same Division as the

other Contributors to the Team. Each Contributor is only eligible to be a part of one

Team.

7. All entries must be submitted by a sponsoring adult (e.g. a parent, guardian or

teacher of a Contributor) (Sponsoring Adult). Entries submitted by a Contributor will

be deemed invalid and will not be reviewed. Entries submitted other than in

accordance with these terms and conditions will not be eligible for entry into the

Challenge.

8. The Promoter reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any

Eligible Entrant and Team whom the Promoter believes has either tampered with the

entry process or has submitted an entry that is not in accordance with these terms

and conditions of entry.

9. The Challenge commences at [9:00am (Sydney time) on [Monday 3 Feb 2020] and

closes at [5pm] (Sydney time) on [Friday 15 May 2020] (“Challenge Period”).

10. To enter the Challenge, Teams must, during the Challenge Period:

a. access the website www.aiforgood.com.au (Challenge Site);

b. design an original design thinking prototype that uses artificial intelligence to

address a global challenge as outlined on the Challenge Site;

c. ensure that the design conforms with the submission requirements outlined on

the Challenge Site and these terms and conditions; and

d. have a Sponsoring Adult submit the design online via the Challenge Site

submission page in the accepted format.

11. Each Team is only eligible to make one (1) submission.

12. Submissions may be lodged at any time during the Challenge Period.

Submissions may not be changed, edited or altered once submitted.

Submissions received after the Challenge Period will not be eligible for entry

into the Challenge.

13. All valid entries received during the Challenge Period will be reviewed by the judging

panel. This is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winners.

Each entry will be individually judged based on innovation, alignment with the

Microsoft cognitive services, potential for impact, presentation, ethics, fairness,

inclusiveness, reliability and safety, transparency, privacy and security and

accountability (Judging Criteria). The Judging Criteria is set out in full on the Challenge

Site.

14. Following the conclusion of the Challenge Period the judging of the Challenge will

proceed in three (3) stages:

a. Stage 1: Submissions

i. Representatives of the Promoter will judge each submission in accordance with

the Judging Criteria.

ii. The Promoter will select Teams that submit the best submissions from each

Region and Division to proceed to the state final. For each Region, the total

number of Teams which proceed to the state final will be no less than four (4)

Teams per Division. Shortlisted Teams will be determined in the Promoter's sole

discretion based on the quantity and quality of submissions received.

b. Stage 2: State final

i. The Teams that are chosen to proceed to the state final will be notified by 31

May 2020. The chosen Teams will be contacted via the contact details provided

to the Promoter at the time of entry.

ii. The Promoter will allocate each successful team to a designated location for the

state final based on the Team's Region. The location of the state finals will be

determined in the Sponsor's sole discretion.

iii. The state finals will be held from the 20 July 2020 – 24 July 2020.

iv. Teams that have advanced through to the state finals will present their design

developed in stage 1 to a panel of judges. These teams may bring in any

device(s) that may assist them in the presentation (e.g. laptops, mobile phones,

documents).

v. The Teams (and their individual Contributor members) who advance through to

the state final will be responsible for making their own way to the relevant

location in order to participate in the state final. The Promoter will supply

catering at the state final but all other costs associated with attending the state

final (which include but are not limited to travel, accommodation and other

meals) will be at the expense of the individual Contributor members of those

Teams.

vi. If the Contributor is under 18 years old, any cost of parent or guardian

accompaniment to the state final is at the Contributor's own cost unless

expressly stated otherwise.

vii. Although attendance at the state final is compulsory for a Team to be

considered for progression through to the national final, if two or more

Contributors in a Team cannot travel to the state final due to an unexpected

emergency, the Team may choose to conduct their Presentation via an

alternative method as determined in the sole discretion of the Promoter.

viii. The state final judging panel will choose the Team with the best presentation in

each Division based on the state final judging criteria (which will be provided to

all state final Teams) to advance to the national final.

c. Stage 3: National final

i. The Teams that are chosen to proceed to the national final will be notified on

the day of the relevant state final. The chosen Teams will also be contacted via

the contact details provided to the Promoter.

ii. The national final will be held on 21st August 2019 in Sydney, New South Wales.

iii. Teams that have advanced through to the national final will present their design

developed in stage 1 to a panel of judges. These Teams may bring in any

device(s) or documents that may assist them in the presentation (e.g. laptops,

mobile phones, presentation documents).

iv. For Teams that advance to the national final, the Promoter will make travel

arrangements for each Contributor in the Team and for one accompanying adult

per Team. These arrangements include two (2) economy return flights from each

Contributor and/or accompanying adult's (as appropriate) nearest Australian

capital city airport to Sydney and ground transport to the national final location

in Sydney. The Promoter will provide one night's accommodation at a hotel of

the Promoter's choice for each Team and the accompanying adult from Western

Australia and Northern Territory. The Promoter will supply catering at the

national final but all other meals, beverages, extra activities, spending money

and all other ancillary costs (including travel insurance) not expressly provided,

as well as the responsibility to obtain any of these, are the responsibility of the

individual Contributors and accompanying adults. Travel arrangements are at

the Promoter's discretion.

v. Contributors and any accompanying adults are responsible for travel

arrangements to their nearest Australian capital city airport from home (prior to

the national final) and travel arrangements from their nearest Australian capital

city airport to home (after the national final).

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vi. If the Contributor is under 18 years old, any cost of parent or guardian

accompaniment to the national final is at the Contributor's own cost unless

expressly stated otherwise.

vii. Although attendance at the national final is compulsory, if two or more

Contributors in a Team cannot travel to the national final due to an unexpected

emergency, the Team may choose to conduct their Presentation via an

alternative method as determined in the sole discretion of the Promoter.

viii. The national final judging panel will choose one (1) Team from each Division

with the best presentation determined in the judging panel's sole discretion

based on the national final judging criteria (which will be provided to all national

final Teams) as the winners.

ix. For the purposes of clarity there will be one (1) division 1 national winner

and one (1) division 2 national winner.

15. The Promoter will award prizes as follows:

a. State final:

i. Second and third place: Each Contributor in a Team that is judged to be

the second best Team in its Division at a state final will receive a

commemorative medal and a merchandise pack from the Promoter

valued at AU $50.00; and

ii. First place: Each Contributor in a Team that is judged to be the best

Team in its Division at a state final will receive a commemorative medal

and a merchandise pack from Promoter valued at AU $100.00; and

b. National final:

i. Third place: Each Contributor in a Team that is judged to be the third

best Team in its Division at the national final will receive a

commemorative trophy and an Xbox One S Bundle (1TB) valued at AU

$349.00;

ii. Second place: Each Contributor in a Team that is judged to be the

second best Team in its Division at the national final will receive a

commemorative trophy and an Xbox One S Bundle (1TB) valued at AU

$349.00; and

iii. First place: Each Contributor in a Team that is judged to be the best

Team in its Division at the national final will receive a commemorative

trophy and a Surface Pro i5/8GB/256GB with type cover pen valued at

AU $2337.00.

16. Winners of all prizes will be notified via email using the contact details provided to

the Promoter.

17. If any winning Team Contributor is under the age of 18 years, that Contributor's prize will

be awarded to the Contributor's nominated parent or guardian on their behalf.

18. Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable. The Promoter accepts no responsibility

for any variation in prize value. If the Promoter is unable to supply the nominated

prize, the Promoter reserves the right to supply another prize of greater or equal

value.

19. The Promoter reserves the right to withdraw the prizes in the event of an Eligible Entrant

being unable to satisfy these terms and conditions.

20. The judges reserve the right not to award the prizes if they deem no entry is of sufficient

merit to win the Challenge.

21. All entries become the property of the Promoter. The Promoter’s decision is final and

no correspondence will be entered into. No responsibility is accepted for entries not

received by the Promoter. Entries will be deemed invalid if stolen, forged, mutilated

or tampered with in any way.

22. Eligible Entrants warrant that their entry in the Challenge does not infringe the

intellectual property rights of any third party. The Eligible Entrant indemnifies and

will keep the Promoter and its associated agencies indemnified against any loss, costs

(including legal costs), expenses or liability the Promoter and its associated agencies

may suffer arising out of a breach by the Eligible Entrant of this clause.

23. The stated prize value is the recommended retail value (including GST) in Australia as

provided by the supplier and is correct at the time of printing. The Promoter accepts

no responsibility for any variation in the value of the prize. The Promoter and its

associated agencies and companies accept no responsibility for prizes damaged or lost

in transit.

24. Any costs associated with entering the Challenge and accessing the website are the

responsibility of the Eligible Entrant.

25. Entrants agree, at the Promoter’s request, to participate in any promotional activity

(such as photography, social media, blog post, media) surrounding this Challenge or

the winning of any prize. Eligible Entrants agree that they will not be remunerated

for this participation. Eligible Entrants consent to the Promoter and its associated

agencies’ using their name and image in any media in perpetuity, without limitation

and without compensation to the Eligible Entrant.

26. These terms and conditions do not, nor do they purport to, limit, exclude or modify

any non-excludable statutory guarantees as provided under the Competition and

Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), or any other warranties (whether express or implied) under

any state or federal legislation which cannot be excluded.

27. Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, the Promoter (including its

respective officers, employees and agents) excludes all liability (including negligence),

for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether

direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of the Challenge.

28. The Promoter assumes no responsibility, and the Teams, Contributors and Sponsoring

Adults and each of them release the Promoter from all responsibility and liability for

any injury, damage to persons or property, occurring as a result of or during the

Contributor or Sponsoring Adult's travel to and from, and attendance at, the state

final and the national final.

29. To the fullest extent permitted by law and without limiting any other conditions of

entry, the Promoter may, in its discretion, terminate, modify or suspend the

Challenge. All Eligible Entrants participating in the Challenge at the point of

termination, modification or suspension of the Challenge will be notified by the

Promoter in writing. In the event of modification or suspension of the Challenge, the

Eligible Entrant may choose to terminate their participation in the Challenge at no

cost.

30. The Promoter is not responsible for any electronic transmission errors resulting in

the omission, interruption, deletion, defect or delay in operations or transmission of

entries.

31. The Promoter assumes no responsibility, and the Eligible Entrant releases the

Promoter from responsibility, for any failure to receive an entry or for inaccurate

information or for any loss, claim, damage or injury to person or property (including

computer systems and servers) as a result of the Eligible Entrant’s participation in this

Challenge or the conduct of the Challenge generally or as a direct or indirect result of

an Eligible Entrant’s error, any technical problem (including communications or

network failure, unauthorised access to, transferral of, or theft of, data), whether

caused by the Eligible Entrant, or associated with the equipment or programming

used in the conduct of this Challenge. If, because of any such problem, this Challenge

is not able to be conducted as planned and/or the Challenge’s administration,

security, fairness or integrity are compromised or affected, the Promoter may cancel,

terminate, modify or suspend the Challenge and/or disqualify any Eligible Entrant

involved in interfering or tampering with the conduct of this Challenge in any way.

32. Details from all entries will be collected and used for the purposes of conducting this

Challenge (which may include disclosure to third parties for the purpose of processing

and conducting the Challenge) and for publicity purposes surrounding this Challenge.

By entering this Challenge Eligible Entrants consent to the use of their information as

described. Eligible Entrants may access and/or change their data by following the

procedures in the Promoter’s privacy policy which is available at

www.microsoft.com/privacystatement. The Promoter will only use Eligible Entrants’

personal details for marketing purposes outside those described above if an Eligible

Entrant “opts in” to join the mailing list when prompted.

33. Failure by the Promoter to exercise any of its rights contained within these terms and

conditions at any time does not constitute a waiver of those rights.

34. This Challenge is governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State

of New South Wales and by entering the Challenge, Eligible Entrants consent to the

exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the State of New South Wales.