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Hack the Electron - B

Talk with our smart meters and develop innovative solutions for the electricity grid stakeholders

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Rules of “Hack the Electron” Challenge – Stream A

Before reading the Rules of this Challenge, we kindly advise you to check our General User Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy of the Taikai Platform.

1. Organization of the Challenge

EDP Distribuição - Energia, S.A., has its registered office at Rua Camilo Castelo Branco, 43 - 6º 1050-044, Lisboa, Portugal EDP Inovação, S.A., registered with the Commercial Registry Office under the sole company and tax number 507 988 760, with head office located at Avenida 24 de Julho, 12, 1249-300 Lisbon, Portugal (together referred to as the “Organization”),

Taikai, Lda., a company registered with the Portuguese Companies Registry under no. 515012718, having its registered office at Rua Álvaro Ferreira Alves, nº 29, r/c dto, 4100-038 Porto and with a share capital of € 101,00 (hereinafter referred to as the “Taikai”), with the organization of a Challenge as set out below; the Challenge shall take place from 15th of May to 4 of July of 2019 via the website available here (hereinafter referred to as the “Challenge”).

Taikai shall act in the name and on behalf of the Organization as part of their assignment. The Organization and Taikai shall be considered as the joint organizers of the Challenge (hereinafter jointly referred to as the “Organizers”).

2. Definitions

In this document,

“Prizes”: refers to the prizes awarded to the Winners at the end of the Challenge.

“Overview”: refers to the specifications determined by the Organization, which may include the deadlines, the prizes, the guidelines and themes to be complied with by all Innovators contributions.

“Challenge”: refers to the challenge that is the subject of the Rules, as organized by the Organizers.

“Demo Day”: refers to the final event to take place in Lisbon on the 4th of July 2019

“Intellectual Property Rights” means all the following ownership legal rights, worldwide, whether registrable or unregistrable, and whether registered or unregistered, with respect to any designs, trade secrets, copyrights, works of authorship, neighboring rights, mask works, Know-how, Software and all the industrial rights, such as trademarks, industrial designs or patents;

“General User Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy”: designate the general terms of use of the Taikai’s website and its Privacy Policy, accepted by every Innovator during the creation of a Taikai user account and readable on taikai.network

“Projects”: refers to the Team and to all submissions, original ideas, documents or other materials (such as presentations, videos, etc.) uploaded to the Website by Innovators in response and as a solution to this Challenge;

“Backers”: refers to the jury responsible for selecting the winning Projects.

“Innovator”: refers to any person registered in accordance with the Rules who takes part in the Challenge.

“Registration”: refers to the registration of an Innovator in accordance with the Rules.

“Rules”: refers to these terms, which apply to the Challenge.

“Team”: refers to the team of innovators (2 to 5 per team), created on the platform in order to take part in the Challenge.

“Winner” or “Winners”: refers to the members of the three (3) Projects that reach the final stage of the Challenge and are ranked by the Backers as winning teams.

3. Purpose of the Rules

3.1. Rules are intended to define the terms and rules of participation in the Challenge organized by the Organization in association with Taikai. Rules are destined to complete the General User Terms & Conditions and the Privacy Policy of the Taikai Platform, which can be downloaded through the links provided previously. In the event of inconsistency between these rules and regulations and those of the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy, these Rules will prevail.

3.2. The Innovator should be aware and agrees to the fact that the proposed Challenge calls on his/her wisdom, skill, and cleverness during extremely difficult trials. The Challenge shall not depend, even partially, on chance and luck under any circumstances, and can therefore not be considered as, or resemble a lottery.

4. Conditions for Entering the Challenge

4.1. Participation in this Challenge is free

4.2. The Innovator must read these Rules, and fully accept their terms in their entirety without reservation before its Registration and participation in the Challenge.

4.3. Participation to the Challenge is under the conditions of:

  • being any person on legal age and able to justify it with an Identification card
  • not being an employee from a company within the EDP Group
  • confirmation of availability to attend the Demo Day in case of being preselected or to do a video conference pitch in case you are a team non-resident in Portugal

4.4. The Innovator guarantees that he/she will abide to the rules mentioned above. The delivery of the Prize will be conditional upon the capacity of the Innovator to meet the conditions stated.

4.5. There is only one entry per person in the Challenge

4.6. Innovators must form teams of 2 to 5 members.

4.7. Any Innovator and/or Team who doesn’t abide by the terms of the Rules during his/her Registration and at any time during the Challenge will be automatically and without previous notification, disqualified from the Challenge and shall not be awarded any Prize. In the case where a Prize would have been given to an Innovator and/or Team who doesn’t or didn’t comply with the Rules at the time of his/her Registration or during the Challenge, the Organizers have the discretionary right to demand the return of the Prize received.

5. Registration and Access to the Challenge

5.1. For his/her Registration to the Challenge, each Innovator must open a user account on taikai.network and must indicate the following:

  • A valid username
  • A valid email address
  • A valid password To validate his Registration, the Innovator must accept the General Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy provided by Taikai.

To complete his/her Registration in the Challenge, the Innovator must opt-in on the box indicating that he/she accepts the Challenge Regulations.

A confirmation email containing a confirming link is sent to the Innovator’s listed email address. Once his/her account is confirmed, the Innovator can freely participate and complete their profiles.

5.2. Any Registration containing wrong, dubious, or incomplete information shall not be taken into account and disqualifies the Innovator and/or the Innovator’s Team from the Challenge.

5.3. By registering, the Innovator accepts being contacted through email by Organizers, for the duration of his/her participation in the Challenge.

5.4. Organizers will identify up to 20 eligible Teams that will receive the Smart Meter KIT, at no cost, to participate in the Challenge.

5.5. Organizers will send the Smart Meter KIT to the address made available by each eligible Team.

5.6. Eligible teams will return the Smart Meter KIT, after the Demo Day, to EDP Distribuição Rua Camilo Castelo Branco, 43 - 6º 1050-044, Lisboa, Portugal. For this purpose, Teams shall use the prepaid package sent by the Organizers.

6. Duration of the Challenge

6.1. The Challenge shall take place from the 15th May to the 4th of July 2019.

  • Smart Meters KITs will be available to eligible Teams on the 31st of May
  • The Challenge will be revealed on the 1st of June
  • Registration for Challenge B will close on the 15th of June at 23:59
  • Project submission will take place from the 1st of June to the 25th of June
  • Pre-selection for Demo Day will occur between the 25th of June and the 1st of July
  • Demo Day will take place on the 4th of July

6.2. Every date clearly defined in these Rules and the Challenge is in the Lisbon time zone (GMT+1), and refers to the year 2019.

6.3. Where necessary, due to operational requirements, the Organizers reserve the right to alter the duration of the Challenge by a reasonable amount of time, which will be conveyed to Innovators.

7. Principle of the Challenge

7.1. The Challenge consists of making contributions formed by two (2) deliverables which are in accordance with the requirements listed in point 8 and 9, during the two steps of preselecting and selecting.

7.2. The deliverable must absolutely respond to the Challenge definition and rules described in this document. The deliverable must be written in English; no other language will be accepted.

The Organizers will not accept nor review any other documents submitted by the Innovators.

8. Pre-Selection for Demo Day

8.1. The Pre-Selection is scheduled from the 25th of June to the 1st of July

8.2. Between the 1st of June and the 25th of June, the Innovators will have to publish on the platform, their Project, comprised of:

  • An overview of the Project developed up to that date (in the Project Page)
  • A presentation of the Project in the form of document, video or image

8.3. The preselection of the Projects occurs once the Project is submitted, in accordance with point 12.

9. Demo Day and Winners Selection

9.1. The Demo Day is scheduled for the 4th of July.

9.2. Only up to 8 pre-selected Projects will be able to participate in the Demo Day.

9.3. Teams pre-selected for Demo Day should send the Organizers the following information before their Final deliverable:

  • 5 slides describing their project and relevant information such as the problem being tackled, the proposed solution, its impact and business model; and
  • An optional presentation video (2 minutes maximum) explaining the project.

9.4. Participation on Demo Day consists of a 2 minute pitch performed by the Innovators on their project proposals at a public event at MAAT, in Lisbon on the 4th of July 2019, where finalists will be invited by the Organization.

9.5. Only 3 Projects from the final stage will be selected and awarded, these will be ranked according to their Project and pitch.

10. Characteristic Features of the Projects Deliverables

10.1. The Project Deliverables must absolutely respond to the Challenge definition and rules described in the tab “Rules” on the Challenge page.

10.2. Deliverables must be sent in a common digital format such as: DOC / DOCX / PDF / PPT / PPTX / KEY / ODT / MP3 / MPEG / MOV / MP4 and be written in English.

10.3. In the case of difficulty or failure to read the deliverable, Innovators from these Projects will be notified and are responsible for re-submitting before the step’s end date. If the deadline is passed, the Project at hand will be disqualified from the Challenge.

10.4. Innovators guarantee that the content of the Project consists only of their Team’s contributions and none others. If there are suspicions that contributions are from a third party, all Innovators from that Team may be disqualified.

11. Image Copyright

The use of photos or images must be free from copyright. In any case, the Organizers will not be held responsible for the use of Intellectual Property for which third parties have rights.

12. Selection Process

12.1. The Challenge is divided into two selection processes:

  • Pre-Selection: this stage ends with the preselection of Projects;
  • Selection: this stage ends with finalist Projects selection at Demo Day;

12.2. Selection uses the following set of criteria: innovativeness, feasibility, presentation quality and impact on sustainability. Factors relating to a person's appearance, religious or trade union, political opinions or sexual orientation are under no circumstances considered for selection. Selection by way of chance or luck will not result in any way, whether that be directly or indirectly.

12.3. A qualified Pre-Selection team will be composed by the Organization. The jury will be responsible for selecting up to 8 submitted Projects.

12.4. A qualified Selection Jury will be composed by the Organization. The Jury will be responsible for selecting and ranking up to 3 presented Projects out of a maximum of 8 pre-selected Projects during the Demo Day.

12.5. The Ranking made by the Selection Jury will be announced on the Demo Day.

13. Prizes

13.1. Prizes referred to in this section are given to Innovators if the following rules are met:

  • The delivery of Projects is in line with the quality standards of the different Jurys;
  • Innovators accept and abide by section 14 on Intellectual Property for each Winner;
  • Innovators accept and abide by the rules regarding the disclosure of information regarding Winners on section 15.

No Prize can be delivered to the Winners if they do not meet these three conditions, as well as entirely comply with these Rules.

13.2. The deliverance of a Prize at the end of the Challenge is subject to, and is performed only when subjected to:

  • The full abidance to the Rules determined for the Challenge;
  • The presentation of documents from each Winner justifying that he/she respects the conditions stated on section 3.

13.3. Only Project Teams on the taikai.network website will be eligible for Winners and receive Prizes.

13.4. Every Innovator acknowledges that the Prize cannot be exchanged for money, replaced and/or exchanged for another Prize. It cannot be transferable, and Innovators are hereby informed that the sale or the exchange of the Prize is forbidden.

13.5. In event that the Prize is unavailable, the Organization has the right to substitute the Prize for one of a similar value, of the same or different brand, or even exchange its value in cash.

13.6. Every Innovator recognizes and accepts that the Organization will not be held responsible, in any scenario, for the malfunction of the Prize or for any harmful consequences caused to the Winner or a third party because of the Prize. The Organization will not provide any partner warranty service or assistance.

13.7. Every Innovator recognizes and accepts that the Organization’s responsibility with regards to the Reward is its deliverance to Winners only. All extra costs related to Prizes will, unless otherwise stipulated in the Rules, be charged to the Winners. Neither coverage nor refund will be owed as such.

13.8. Winners will be informed by the Organization about their Prize via email, at the latest, 15 days after the demo-day, to their accounts communicated upon Registration on the taikai.network. The Innovator commits to respect and follow the directions indicated in this email. However, in the event where a Winner does not take possession of the Prize, for reasons unaffected by the Organization, if there is a 2-month delay since the reception of the email, the Organization has the right to expire the Prize from the Winner.

13.8. Winners of the 3 Projects will be awarded with the following prizes, according to their ranking:

  • Prizes for Project ranking 1st place: Sierra or Amazon Gift Card of 4.000 EUR
  • Prizes for Project ranking 2nd place: Sierra or Amazon Gift Card of 2.000 EUR
  • Prizes for Project ranking 3rd place: Sierra or Amazon Gift Card of 1.000 EUR
  • Prizes for the other up to 5 Teams pre-selected and attending the Demo Day: Sierra or Amazon Gift Card of 100 EUR per Team

As a team, you'll be able to select if you prefer Sierra or Amazon as the provider of your Gift Cards.

14. Intellectual Property

14.1. Definition

"Intellectual property rights" refers to any Invention, any copyright or other rights over a brand or model and, more generally, any element that may be protected by international laws or conventions on intellectual property.

14.2. Any Project involving several Innovators constitutes a collaborative work.

14.3. As such, the Organizers are free to reproduce the Projects, to distribute them, to inform the public about them and to modify them. If the Projects are modified, altered or adapted, the Organization may distribute the resulting derived work only in accordance with the terms agreed on these Rules.

14.4. Each Innovator guarantees that he/she is the co-owner and co-holder of the Intellectual Property Rights regarding all or part of the deliverables submitted as part of the Challenge for the Project of which he/she is a member, and that he/she has obtained all rights and permissions regarding all pre-existing elements and any elements for which he/she does not hold the rights if these elements are to be included in the deliverables of all voting phases. Each member of a Participating Team guarantees that his/her application is original and unprecedented, that it does not infringe upon the copyright of any third party, and that all the elements of which it is formed, as well as all pieces of information communicated in the application presentation document, are accurate, reliable and complete. It is compulsory for Innovators to indicate the source of any pre-existing elements (music, text, images, etc.) that are included in the deliverables. Each Innovator ensures a good use of the deliverables provided by the Organizers, and as such ensures:

  • that the deliverables submitted by the Team of which he/she is a member is original,
  • that it does not infringe on or imitate any copyright, patent, brand or any other intellectual property belonging to a third party,
  • that it does not constitute an act of unfair competition or parasitical competition of any kind,
  • that all the elements of which it is formed, as well as all pieces of information communicated in the deliverables, are accurate, reliable and complete.

Each Innovator indemnifies the Organizers and any present and future subsidiaries against any disturbance, action, claim, opposition, demand or eviction attempt from any third party.

14.5. During and after the end of the Challenge, the Innovators have the right to use and register the Intellectual Property resulted from the Projects created (e.g. code, algorithms, etc.) for their own personal and commercial use. However, the Organization is completely entitled to use the idea and solution that resulted from those Projects for their own activity, agreeing that the idea and description of the solution by its own doesn’t constitute any Intellectual Property created by the Innovator.

15. Communication

15.1. Every Innovator authorizes the Organizers, in the case where he/she would be appointed Winner of the Challenge to use his/her last name, his/her first name, his/her twitter address, his/her city and region of residence, the name of his/her University/Startup or former University and his/her photograph, name in any promotional demonstration (except with the purchase of advertising space), including on the web sites of Taikai and the Organization and any site or affiliated support, without that this use can legally give rise to any remuneration for 2 years maximum after the end of the Challenge.

16. Liability

16.1. The responsibility of the Organizers cannot be engaged in case of breakdown or dysfunction of the used telecommunications network, whatever the cause is, which would have the effect of damaging or preventing the identification or the access of the Innovator on taikai.network or any other useful web site for the participation in the Challenge.

16.2. The participation in the Challenge implies knowledge and acceptance of the characteristics, limitations and risks of the internet network and the technologies which are linked to it, particularly in consideration of the performances, in response time, in the security of the software and the computer hardware towards diverse potential attacks such as viruses, logic bomb or Trojan horses and in the loss or diversion of data. Therefore, the Organizers cannot be held responsible for the damages caused to the Innovator because of these accepted characteristics, limitations and risks.

16.3. The Organizers cannot, in any case, be held responsible for any damage caused by the defect or the delay of delivery of the Projects, in particular for the refusal to consider late submissions, or for any damage caused by the impossibility to connect to the relevant websites or to upload/download correctly any delivery, the defect or the delivery time of any email sent during the Challenge, or for any damage caused by any hurdle preventing the Innovator attending or participating in the whole or part of the Challenge.

16.4. The Organizers cannot be held responsible in case of total or partial modification, suspension, interruption, adjournment or cancellation of the whole or part of the Challenge for reasons beyond their control. In such case, the Organization will inform as soon as possible the Innovators via the taikai.network or by any means it sees fit.

16.5. The Organizers cannot be held responsible for the consequences of a disqualification of an Innovator, and/or a Team, due to a violation of the Rules, and/or in case of rejection of a Project due to noncompliance with the Rules.

16.6. The Organizers shall not be liable for any trouble, action, claim, objection, claim related to the use of the Projects of the Organization not foreseen by the Rules or in connection with the negotiation, execution or performance of contracts that the Organization would sign with the Innovators.

16.7. In any case, the Organizers will not be held responsible for the delivery of the Prizes nor in case of impossibility for a Winner to benefit from his/her Prize for circumstances beyond Organizers’ control. The responsibility of the Organizers cannot be engaged in case of loss and/or deterioration of the Prize by post or any third similar service provider and more generally if the Winner does not receive his/her Prize. The responsibility of the Organizers cannot be engaged in case of incidents or of damages of all kinds, which could arise because of the enjoyment of the awarded Prize and/or because of its use.

17. Confidential Information

17.1. “Confidential Information” is defined in this present Rules, is all the material or immaterial information of whatever nature, in particular administrative, commercial, scientific, technical, financial, fiscal, which was, is or will be communicated by the Organization to the Innovator, directly or indirectly, and in a non-exhaustive way, orally, in writing, by delivery of paper or electronic documents. Information that is not confidential is:

  • The currently accessible information or becoming accessible to the public without breach of the Rules from the Innovator,
  • The information legally held by the Innovator before their disclosure by the Organization,
  • The information not resulting either directly or indirectly from the use of all or part of the Confidential Information,
  • The information validly obtained close to a third party authorized to transfer or to reveal the information mentioned above.

17.2. For the duration of the Challenge and during a period of five (5) years after the end of the Challenge stated on section 6, the Innovator, under penalty of civil and / or criminal liability, commits to:

  • Not using the Confidential Information for any other purposes than the participation in the Challenge in the conditions of the Regulations;
  • Taking any necessary, useful and reasonable precaution to protect the Confidential Information;
  • Not Revealing the Confidential Information to whomever, by any means whatsoever, except to the other members of his/her Team;

17.3. At the end of the Challenge, because of the emergence of their term indicated to Point 6 or of their cancellation, the Innovator will immediately have to put back to the Organization all the Confidential Information, whatever their support is, obtained during the Challenge, under penalty of civil and / or criminal liability. The Innovator forbids himself from keeping copy in any form whatsoever, except with an on purpose, preliminary and written agreement by the Organization.

18. Rules

18.1. The participation in the Challenge and the awarding of the Prize requires the acceptance purely and simply and the full respect for the Rules in all its terms. The Organizers reserve the right to disqualify, immediately and without compensation, every Innovator and/or Project not satisfying in full with the Rules.

18.2. The Organizers reserve the right to modify at any time the terms of the Rules, and during the Challenge without the requirement of notification to the Innovator, concerning the application and the validity of these modifications. The Innovator is invited to consult regularly the Rules. The Innovator gives up expressly any complaint or contesting linked to any modification brought to the Rules by the Organizers.

19. Cancellation and Suspension of the Challenge

19.1. The Organization and Taikai reserve the right to cancel, shorten, suspend the Challenge without prior notice:

  • In cases of greater force;
  • If it appears that fraud has occurred in any form whatsoever;

19.2. The Organizers cannot be held responsible for cancellation or suspension of the Challenge according to the present Point and no allowance nor compensation will be due to the Innovator.

20. Independence

20.1. The Registration and participation in the Challenge are not, in any way, for effect to create a link of subordination between the Organizers and the Innovator.

21. Claims

21.1. Any claim of the Innovator must be sent in writing during the last 30 days after ending date of the Challenge.

21.2. Claims linked to the functioning of the website taikai.network must be formulated in writing at the following address:

Taikai, Lda. Reactor Innovation Hub - Rua Lionesa C25, Leça do Balio 4465-671 Porto, Portugal

21.3. Claims linked to the progress of the Challenge and to the sending of the Prize must be formulated in writing at the following address:

Taikai, Lda. Reactor Innovation Hub - Rua Lionesa C25, Leça do Balio 4465-671 Porto, Portugal

21.4. At the risk of being rejected, any claim has to contain:

  • Full contact details of the Innovator (name, first name, address, zip code, city, taikai login and e-mail);
  • The identification of the concerned Challenge;
  • The clear and elaborate presentation of the motives for the claim.

22. Preliminary Reconciliation

22.1. In case of persistent dispute after the Innovator has made a complaint in accordance with Point 21, the Organizers and Innovators agree to submit their dispute to an amicable settlement before any court proceedings.

22.2. The party eager to initiate conciliation must inform the other party through a registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt in which it will make him know his intentions and it will specify the cause.

22.3. If no agreement is reached between the parties within 30 days of the registered letter reception, parties regain their freedom of action.

23. Applicable Law

The Regulations and the Challenge are under the Portuguese law. You accept that any litigation related to the Challenge will be submitted exclusively to the Courts of Lisbon.