GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPANTS in the odyssey program

Dutch Blockchain Hackathon B.V., a private company with limited liability (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid), organised under Dutch Law, with its statutory seat in Groningen and its principal office at Westerhaven 13-7, 9718 AW Groningen, The Netherlands and registered in the Dutch Chamber of Commerce under number 66693640 (‘DBH’), is the organiser of the Odyssey Innovation Program 2019-2020 (the Odyssey Program).

 The Odyssey Program is a full year program and enables e.g. developers, creatives and entrepreneurs from all over the world to co-create solutions for challenges contributed by selected partners by using blockchain-, AI- or other technology.

 DBH has selected several partners and sponsors (the ‘Partner‘) to contribute to the organisation of the Odyssey Program. The Odyssey Program consist of multiple, individual events, including the hackathon as well as several pre-hack meetups, deep dives and a post-hack incubation program (each: an ‘Event‘).

Pre-hack meetups and deep dives

Prior to the Hackathon several Pre-hack meetups and deep dives will take place where Partners can present themselves and/or the selected challenge which they think could be (partly) solved by using Blockchain technology or a theme (the ‘Track’). Participants and Partners will meet each other and discuss and share developments regarding Blockchain, AI- or other technology.

Post-hack incubation program

During 3 months after the Hackathon, the winning Team(s) shall decide jointly and in consultation with the respective Partner who introduced the Track whether it is possible to actually apply the solution or whether it is possible to scale it up.

More and/or up to date information on Odyssey Program Events is published at www.odyssey.org (the ‘Website‘). 

 

  1. Participants

1.1.       By participating in an Event each individual participant (the ‘Participant‘) is bound by (i) these general conditions for participants in the Odyssey Program (the ‘Participants Conditions’) and (ii) any specific instructions, rules and additional conditions applicable to an Event and published on the Website. In the  event of a discrepancy between these Participants Conditions and the rules set out in (ii), the rules set out in (ii) shall prevail. DBH reserves the right, at all times, to amend and/or supplement the Participants Conditions and/or the rules set out in (ii). The most up-to-date version can be found on the Website.

1.2.      In order to submit a request to participate in an Event, a request needs to be submitted in the applicable online form. Unless otherwise indicated on the Website, each person has to submit a separate request for each Event through the Website. A request does not constitute a right to participate in an Event until participation is confirmed in writing by DBH.

1.3. In order to submit a request to participate in the Hackathon, a personal account must be created on the Website https://odysseyprogram.mobilize.io/network-groups. A request does not constitute a right to participate in the Hackathon until participation is confirmed in writing by DBH.

1.4.   The Participant cannot assign, sub-contract or otherwise transfer his/her right to participate in an Event nor any rights under these Participants Conditions.

1.5. Participants must:

(a) be at least 18 years old;

(b) have, at the time of the respective Event, an account at
https://odysseyprogram.mobilize.io/network-groups on the Website;

(c)   ensure that all information provided to DBH and/or its Partners is correct and complete;

(d) behave in a professional manner, and treat all persons participating in an Event with respect and dignity;

(e) not engage in any behaviour which is inappropriate, or make any racist, sexist or ageist remarks or other statements which may cause offence; and

(f) not engage in any unlawful conduct.

1.6.   DBH is allowed to exclude Participants from (further) participation when a Participant, according to DBH, does not act in accordance with these Participants Conditions and/or the conditions referred to in these conditions.

1.7 The Participant is solely responsible for all costs and expenses incurred by him/her in relation to an Event, including but not limited to travel costs and accommodation.

1.8 DBH reserves the right to cancel or postpone an Event for any reason without liability.

1.9. The Participant is solely responsible for any damage to his/her own property or any property, facilities and equipment provided by or on behalf of DBH and its Partners.

 

  1. The Hackathon

2.1. DBH organises a hackathon from 2 April until 6 April 2020 (the ‘Hackathon’). During the Hackathon each team of Participants (a ‘Team‘) will develop an innovative solution for one of the Tracks by using Blockchain, A.I.- and/or other technology (the ‘Solution‘). 

2.2. A Solution must be conceptually original, non-existent and new and functional. Each Participant represents and warrants that the Team or a member rightfully owns the intellectual property rights in relation content used and /or submitted or is entitled to use these intellectual property rights in accordance with the applicable licence terms.  Each Participant will fully indemnify DBH and its directors, employees and partners against any and all third parties claims for infringement of any intellectual property rights in relation to content that is used or submitted by its Team and/or itself.  

2.3. The Hackathon is a competition. The submitted Solutions shall be judged by the Jury. The Jury will unilaterally decide which Team(s) provided the best Solution.

2.4. The Hackathon is a closed meeting. No other persons or organisations than the Participants and Partners may join or visit the Hackathon, unless DBH explicitly gives permission thereto. It is therefore not allowed for Participants to invite third parties to the Hackathon.

 

  1. The Teams

3.1. The Hackathon is a team competition. Enrolment in the Hackathon is only possible through the Website and as a Team of at least three (3) and maximum five (5) Participants. Participants cannot be a member of more than one team or switch teams.

3.2. The deadline of applying for the Hackathon is 24-02-2020.

3.4. DBH will at its sole discretion select and invite the teams for the Hackathon. DBH will inform the selected teams by e-mail and/or the Website. The selection is not open to objection or appeal. DBH is entitled to publish the selection criteria at the Website.

3.5. A Team shall be appointed to one Track by DBH. By registration for the Hackathon each Team can indicate their preferred Track.

3.6. After being selected for participation, each team member (Participant) has to register and confirm their attendance at the Hackathon via the Website.  

3.7. Participants need to bring their own devices and chargers.

 

  1. The Jury

4.1. The jury consists of employees of the Partners, complemented by experts in the field of Blockchain-, AI-, and/or other technology (the ‘Jury’). DBH will take care of the secretary of the Jury.

4.2. Each Team shall submit the Solution on GITHub (source code) and the canvas as described on the Website and on the prescribed date and time. Submissions after that date, time  or contrary to these Participants Conditions will be disqualified. DBH is not responsible for any lost, delayed, misdirected, incomplete, damaged or undeliverable submissions.

4.3 The selection of the winning Teams will be at the sole discretion of the Jury and is irrevocable and not open to objection or appeal.

 

  1. Prizes

5.1. The prizes will be published at: www.Odyssey.org. Payment of any prize money awarded will be paid within 1 month after the Hackathon on the bank account  as indicated by the leader/representative of the respective Team. DBH has no responsibility for how prize money or other prizes are distributed between the members of a team or for any other disagreement between team members.

5.2. Each Participant of a winning Team is jointly and severally responsible for any taxes payable in connection with the awarded prizes.

 

  1. Intellectual property

6.1.   All Participants acknowledge and agree that the development of the Solution is a Team effort and all intellectual property rights vested in the submitted Solution shall stay with the Team (insofar there are no third party rights), unless:

 

  1. a)           all the Participants in a Team agree or agreed otherwise; or

 

  1. b)           the intellectual property rights are owned by another party/parties under applicable law.

 

6.2. For some Tracks open-source is prescribed. All Teams (the Participants) competing in these Tracks are obliged to publish the submitted (source) code and canvas (with the idea and business models) and make them publicly available according to the respective open-source licence as indicated in the description of the respective Track on the Website.

6.3.   By submitting their Solution – e.g. the (source) code and canvas – on GIThub each Team and individual Participant  agrees and accept that the Solution and all intellectual property rights therein will be released under GNU AGPL license by the Team and (therefore) made available to the general public, unless (opt-out) the Team removes the submitted Solution within 1 month after the Hackathon from GIThub. This clause 6.3. is not applicable for the Tracks mentioned in clause 6.2.

6.4.   DBH is not obliged to protect Participant’s ideas, works and results disclosed or generated during the Odyssey Program (including the Hackathon).

6.5.   By submitting the Solution, the Team (all Participants in the team combined) hereby grant DBH an everlasting, irrevocable (worldwide) right and royalty-free licence to: (i) use, review, asses, test and/or otherwise analyse the Solution and all its content in connection with the Hackathon; and (ii) feature and use the Solution and all its content for promotional purposes, in any way and in all media (including, but not limited to, in advertisements, press releases, presentations and trade shows).

 

  1. Use of datasets and software by Participants

7.1. Participants are given access to software and datasets (from Partners), including API’s (‘Application Programming Interfaces’ or ‘API’, technology, which may include object codes, software libraries, software tools, sample source codes, published specifications and documentation) of the relevant Partners (the Software’). The Partners may grant Participants the non-assignable, non-sub licensable and non-exclusive right to use the Software and/or the datasets, exclusively and only for the purpose and duration of the Hackathon. Partners may have individual general conditions for the use of the Software and/or datasets. Partners are allowed to impose those and other (additional) conditions for the use of the Software and/or datasets, which conditions will prevail over these Participants Conditions in case of contradiction.

7.2. The intellectual property rights of the Software or datasets from Partners belongs to the respective Partners or their licensors at all times. Access to the Software or datasets shall not grant a Participant any intellectual property right regarding the Software or dataset.

7.3. The (individual) Partners and/or DBH remain the owners of the intellectual property rights of the Software and – if applicable – information contributed by them regarding the content of the Track.

7.4.        The Software and dataset shall only be used by Participant(s) for the development of a Solution during the Hackathon and shall not be shared with or provided to any third party. After the Hackathon, Participants are prohibited to use, copy, open, or share – in any way – the Software and/or dataset with third parties, unless this third party has signed a separate written agreement in which the Partner who is the owner or licensor of the respective Software that the Participants gives permission to the Participant to use the Software. Contents in cache or stand-alone copies of Software should be destroyed within two weeks after the Hackathon.

7.5. Each Participant is individually responsible for the safety and confidentiality of the Software and datasets it used during the Hackathon.

7.6. Participant will inform, without any delay, the relevant Partner and DBH of any loss or unauthorized use of the Software or datasets, including any breach of these Participants Conditions. 

7.7. It is not allowed to combine provided anonymous data with other software and or datasets in such a way that it may lead – directly or indirectly – to identification of  individual persons/organisations.

 

  1. Personal data

8.1.   DBH will process and share personal data of the Participant received by DBH in relation to the Odyssey Program. For more information see  https://www.odyssey.org/privacy-policy/.

 

  1. Image rights

9.1.   Each participant acknowledges and understands that by attending any Event he or she may be photographed, videotaped and/or otherwise be recorded by (or on behalf of) DBH . Each Participant agrees that all footage, including any and all copyrights and other rights vested therein and thereto, will be owned by DBH. Each Participant acknowledges that DBH and/or its affiliates will use this footage to report on the Odyssey Program on (e.g.) its Website and (social) media.

 

  1. Liability

10.1. In no event shall DBH, its affiliates or any of its directors, employees, Partners or contractors be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential damages arising out of or in connection with the participation of a Participant in an Event, unless such liability arises from gross negligence (in Dutch: grove schuld) or intentional acts (in Dutch: opzet) of DBH.

10.2. The maximum liability of DBH for an Event shall not exceed € 500,-.

 

  1. Variation

11.1. Elements and details of Odyssey Program are subject to modification, suspension, and/or cancellation without notice and at DBH’s sole discretion.

 

  1. Severability

12.1. In case one or more of the provisions contained in these Participants Conditions should be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the enforceability of the remaining provisions contained herein shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby. Any provision of these Participants Conditions which is invalid, illegal or unenforceable shall, to the extent permitted by law, be deemed substituted by a provision that is valid, legal or enforceable, and of which the operation and effect is as similar as possible to the provision that it substitutes. 

 

  1. Disputes

13.1. These Participants Conditions, and clause 13.2 below, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with Dutch Law.

13.2. Regarding any dispute arising out of or in connection with these Participants Conditions, parties shall try to reach agreement through amicable settlements. In case parties do not reach an agreement on the dispute, the dispute shall be exclusively settled by the competent court of Noord-Nederland, location Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, subject to appeal and cassation.