Terms and Conditions of the BICS Challenge
PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY PRIOR TO ENTRY. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER THE CHALLENGE OR WIN. OPEN ONLY TO INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ENROLLED IN THE LAST TWO GRADES OF THE HIGH SCHOOL AT THE DEPOSIT DATE OF THEIR SUBMISSION.
The annual BICS Challenge: High School Category (the BICS Challenge) is organized by the University of Luxembourg. By entering the BICS Challenge you agree that your participation will be governed by, and you shall abide by, all of the following terms and conditions (the Terms and Conditions) outlined herein below:
The BICS Challenge denotes all events during which high school students have the opportunity to win prizes. It includes but is not limited to the following events:
The BiCS Challenge Competition
The BiCS Challenge Quiz
The BICS Challenge Competition aims to engage high school students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (student/teacher) try to answer to a challenge in the fields of science and information technologies, the challenge can be presented in French, English or German. An answer to the different proposed challenges will be evaluated by a programme committee according to the following criteria:
The BICS Challenge Competition challenger should submit a multimedia presentation together with a short summary.
A BiCS Challenge Quiz is a game that can be organized at several times during the year either for promotion or for the animation of the BiCS Challenge Ceremony.
Applicant Eligibility to a BiCS Challenge Quiz
The BICS Challenge Quiz are games organized freely and for which the rules, if any, are explained at the beginning of the BiCS Challenge Quiz game session. Participation constraints are also communicated at beginning of the Quiz sessions. By default, the quiz are limited to high school students.
Applicant Eligibility to the BiCS Challenge Competition
The BICS Challenge Competition is open to any individual who: (a) is a legal citizen of one of UNESCO member state; (b) is enrolled in a high school institution at any grade up to grade 4 according to the ISCED scales; and (c) have his parents’/legal guardians’ permission to participate in the BICS Challenge, if applicable.
Applicants may, in organisers’ discretion, be required to provide any information useful to verify his eligibility.
Is not eligible to enter the BICS Challenge Competition any individual who:
- already won a BICS Challenge Competition prize in a previous edition
- is a member of the immediate family (i.e., spouse, parent, grandparent, child or grandchild) or household of any individual that:
- is a member of the BICS Challenge Competition committees.
- or, is a direct employee of a sponsor of the BICS Challenge
Applicants may submit ONE submission ONLY to the BICS Challenge Competition in any category or for any prize stream.
Applicants who submit more than one submission, either as an individual or as a member of a Team, will be subject to disqualification.
In case of submission by a team, all team members must belong to the same high school institution.
The entry period for the BICS Challenge Competition starts on September 1st of the current school year and ends on February 5th of the current school year (the Entry Period).
To enter, visit http://bics.uni.lu (the Site) during the Entry Period and follow the entry instructions. All submissions (as defined below) must be completed and received in full by the organiser via the Site during the Entry Period to be eligible. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt. Organiser reserve the right not to acknowledge or to return any submission.
The submission is a multimedia presentation answering to a challenge in the fields of science and information technologies. The competition challenges will be available on the Challenge website http://bics.uni.lu.
Each Applicant must comply with all of the following Entry Guidelines:
All submissions must comply with the following Content Restrictions:
A fully-completed online Application Form including:
high school information (including name, address, class reference, referring professor),
the chosen challenge among the ones available for the competition,
a short written document presenting the submission and satisfying the templates and constraints available on the submission website, and
a movie electronic file limited to 10 minutes presenting the submission and satisfying the templates and constraints available at the submission website
If the application form is not fully-completed before the end of the Entry Period, it will be subject to disqualification.
The submission must not contain material that violates or infringes rights of any third person, including but not limited to privacy, publicity, copyright, trademark, patent, or intellectual property- or property-related rights;
The submission must not contain footage, images or artwork not created by the Applicant unless such footage images or artwork have obtained all rights necessary to include as part of a submission to the BICS Challenge Competition;
The submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libellous;
The submission must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; and
The submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where the Submission is created or submitted.
Each Applicant must retain a copy of the Applicant’s submission. Each Applicant releases the organisers from any claims or liability relating to, any loss or damage to the Applicant’s submission to the BICS Challenge Competition.
Evaluation and Prizes:
The judging of the BICS Challenge Competition is under the complete responsibility of the organisers. The criteria used are subjective and cannot be argued or discussed.
The applicants will be notified of the results of the BICS Challenge Competition. In case of success, applicants are free to accept or not to receive the prize attributed to him.
Acceptance to receive a prize by the applicant implies that all rights concerning the submission are freely granted to the organisers.
All eligible submissions will be considered for all the prize categories which will be freely determined each year by the organisers.
Some prize categories can be attached to specific sponsors. For those categories, sponsors are free to determine, in their sole discretion, the evaluation rules and the winners.
All decisions are final and binding in all respects.
Each month of June of the current school year, an official award ceremony will be held at the University of Luxembourg where the name of the winners and their submissions will be revealed and the prizes will be given.
Prize winners MUST be present or represented at the award ceremony to be eligible to receive their prizes.
The prize awarded to each of the winners (including each member of a winning Team) of each categories could be of many forms including: money, IT equipment (computers, tablets...), telephony prizes (smartphone), University registration fees (3 years), student job (work in a laboratory), medals or goodies. The exact prizes will be defined freely by the organisers depending on the available budget.
Any costs or expenses associated to the acceptance or use of any prize are the responsibility of the recipient. No substitution, cash redemption or transfer of rights to receive any BICS Challenge Competition prize will be allowed.
In the case of a prize attributed in the sponsors category, if specific acceptance rules were to be defined, they will be communicated to the winner for acceptance.
Grant of Rights:
By entering the BICS Challenge Competition, each Applicant grants to organisers and their designees the irrevocable, royalty-free right to publish, disseminate and use the Applicant’s name, likeness and biographical information without further notice or consideration, in all media and formats now known or hereafter invented, in connection with the execution and promotion of the BICS Challenge Competition and the promotion of Sponsors and their activities.
Disputes: Applicants hereby agree that any and all dispute claims, causes of action or controversies arising out of or in connection with the BICS Challenge Competition or these Terms and Conditions shall be resolved individually, and without resort to class action exclusively by a Luxembourg, European or other court.
Representations & Warranties:
Applicants represent and warrant that they:
Have the right to make a Submission to the BICS Challenge Competition as contemplated hereunder without the need of any consent of any third party if the student is major in age or if the student is minor in age but has a certificate of emancipation delivered by a judge of by a Luxembourg, European or other court.
Will abide by these Terms and Conditions and all applicable laws and regulations; and
Applicants are under no obligation or disability, created by law or otherwise, which would in any manner or to any extent prevent or restrict making a submission or becoming a prize winner as outlined herein.
Organisers reserve the right at their sole discretion to disqualify any individual who violates these Terms and Conditions, tampers with the entry process and/or acts in any way that would, in any way, discredit or harm the reputation of any legal entity related to the BiCS Challenge, and/or to cancel, modify or suspend this BICS Challenge should Applicants fraud or misconduct or other causes beyond the control of sponsors corrupt the administration, integrity, security or proper operation of the BICS Challenge Competition. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, at any future time to terminate, modify or suspend the BICS Challenge Competition for any reason, in organisers sole discretion.
These Terms and Conditions set forth the entire agreement and understanding between organisers and the Applicants concerning the subject matter hereof and merges and supersedes all prior discussions, agreements and understandings of any kind between them.
In order to validate his/her submission, the applicant have the obligation to read and accept the terms and conditions.