Rules and Terms
Data Natives (Dataconomy Media GmbH), a company with the VAT ID DE295010805 registered in Berlin, will organize a Challenge as set out below; the Challenge shall take place from August 8 to September 2, 2022, via the website available here (hereinafter referred to as the “Challenge”). Data Natives shall be considered as the organizer of the Challenge (hereinafter referred to as the “Organizer”).
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 Organizer, 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 Organizer.
“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;
“Projects”: refers to the Team and to all submissions, original ideas, documents, or other materials (such as presentations, videos, code, websites, etc.) uploaded to the Website by Innovators in response and as a solution to this Challenge;
“Jury”: refers to the experts 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 Jury as winning teams.
3.2. The Innovator should be aware and agrees with 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.
4.1. 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 in the Challenge is under the conditions of being any person of legal age
4.4. The Innovator guarantees that he/she will abide by 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 can be up to 3 entries per person/team in the Challenge
4.6. Innovators can form teams of 2 to 5 members.
4.7 If selected to pitch on Demo Day, at least one person per team will attend the DN22 Conference in Berlin to pitch on behalf of his/her team on September 2.
4.8. 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 Organizer has the discretionary right to demand the return of the Prize received.
5.1. For his/her Registration to the Challenge, each Innovator must open a user account on taikai.network and must indicate the following:
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 the Organizer, for the duration of his/her participation in the Challenge.
6.1. The Challenge shall take place from August 8 to September 2, 2022.
6.2. Every date clearly defined in these Rules and the Challenge is in the Berlin time zone (CET), and refers to the year 2022.
6.3. Where necessary, due to operational requirements, the Organizer reserves the right to alter the duration of the Challenge by a reasonable amount of time, which will be conveyed to Innovators.
7.1. The Challenge consists of a series of six different challenges implemented by Astar Network and KILT Protocol, the Innovator/team is free to choose which one(s) they will apply to, and an Innovator/team of innovators can present a maximum of 3 projects. The Challenges can be found under the "Categories" tab on the TAIKAI Challenge page, and are the following,
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.
8.1. The Project Deliverables must absolutely respond to the Challenge definition and rules described in the tab “Rules” on the Challenge page.
8.2. Before August 29 at 12:00 pm CET, the Innovators will have to submit their projects on TAIKAI.
8.3. All the attachments, video, and resources with more than 15Mb might be uploaded to external websites like (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) and provided as links in the project description.
8.4. 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 challenge's end date. If the deadline has passed, the Project at hand will be disqualified from the Challenge.
8.5. Innovators guarantee that the content of the Project consists only of their Team’s contributions and no others. If there are suspicions that contributions are from a third party, all Innovators from that Team may be disqualified.
9.1. The Project Selection is scheduled from August 29 to August 31
9.2. Selection uses the following set of criteria: Contribution to the ecosystem (40%), User Experience (40%), and Creativity and Innovation. (20%). Factors related 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.
9.3. A qualified Jury will choose the best projects to pitch on Demo Day during the DN22 Conference.
9.4. The voting process is transparent and auditable as we use a token-based voting mechanism to select the best projects, using an EOS.IO public blockchain, available at any time during the competition.
9.5. A maximum of 4 Projects from each challenge will be selected to pitch on Demo Day, the winners will be announced later on that same day (September 2) via the same voting mechanism mentioned above.
The use of photos or images must be free from copyright. In any case, the Organizer will not be held responsible for the use of Intellectual Property for which third parties have rights.
11.1. 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 Jury;
Innovators accept and abide by section 12 on Intellectual Property for each Winner;
Innovators accept and abide by the rules regarding the disclosure of information regarding Winners in section 13.
No Prize can be delivered to the Winners if they do not meet these three conditions, as well as entirely comply with these Rules.
11.2. The deliverance of a Prize at the end of the Challenge is subject to, and is performed only when subjected to:
11.3. Only Project Teams on the taikai.network website will be eligible for Winners and receive Prizes.
11.4. Every Innovator acknowledges that the Prize cannot be replaced and/or exchanged. It is not transferable, and Innovators are hereby informed that the sale or the exchange of the Prize is forbidden.
11.5. In the event that the Prize is unavailable, the Organizer has the right to substitute the Prize for one of a similar value.
11.6. Every Innovator recognizes and accepts that the Organizer 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 Organizer will not provide any partner warranty service or assistance.
11.7. Every Innovator recognizes and accepts that the Organizer’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.
11.8. Winners will be informed by the Organizer about their Prize via email, on September 2, to their accounts submitted upon Registration on the taikai.network. The Innovator commits to respect and follow the directions indicated in this email. However, in the event that a Winner does not take possession of the Prize, for reasons unrelated to the Organizer, if there is a 2-month delay since the reception of the email, the Organizer has the right to expire the Prize from the Winner.
11.9. Winners are eligible to receive the following prizes:
12.1. 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.
12.2. Any Project involving several Innovators constitutes a collaborative work.
12.3. As such, the Organizer is free to reproduce the Projects, distribute them, inform the public about them, and modify them. If the Projects are modified, altered, or adapted, the Organizer may distribute the resulting derived work only in accordance with the terms agreed on by these Rules.
12.4. 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 Organizer, and as such ensures:
Each Innovator indemnifies the Organizer and any present and future subsidiaries against any disturbance, action, claim, opposition, demand, or eviction attempt from any third party.
12.5. During and after the end of the Challenge, the Innovators have the right to use and register the Intellectual Property resulting from the Projects created (e.g. code, algorithms, etc.) for their own personal and commercial use, as long as it may continue to be displayed as a project on the TAIKAI platform.
13.1. Every Innovator authorizes the Organizer, 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 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.
14.1. The responsibility of the Organizer 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.
14.2. 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 performance, response time, 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 Organizer cannot be held responsible for the damages caused to the Innovator because of these accepted characteristics, limitations, and risks.
14.3. The Organizer cannot, in any case, be held responsible for any damage caused by the defect or the delay of the 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.
14.4. The Organizer 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 a case, the Organizer will inform the Innovators as soon as possible via the taikai.network or by any means it sees fit.
14.5. The Organizer cannot be held responsible for the consequences of 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 non-compliance with the Rules.
14.6. The Organizer shall not be liable for any trouble, action, claim, objection, or claim related to the use of the Projects of the Organizer not foreseen by the Rules or in connection with the negotiation, execution, or performance of contracts that the Organizer would sign with the Innovators.
14.7. In any case, the Organizer 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 the Organizer’s control. The responsibility of the Organizer 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 Organizer 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.
15.1. “Confidential Information” is defined in this present Rules, as all the material or immaterial information of whatever nature, in particular administrative, commercial, scientific, technical, financial, or fiscal, which was, is, or will be communicated by the Organizer 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:
15.2. For the duration of the Challenge and during a period of five (5) years after the end of the Challenge stated in section 6, the Innovator, under penalty of civil and/or criminal liability, commits to:
15.3. At the end of the Challenge, because of the emergence of their term indicated in Point 6 or of their cancellation, the Innovator will immediately have to put back to the Organizer 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 a copy in any form whatsoever, except with an on-purpose, preliminary, and written agreement by the Organizer.
16.1. Participation in the Challenge and the awarding of the Prize requires the acceptance purely and simply and full respect for the Rules in all its terms. The Organizer reserves the right to disqualify, immediately and without compensation, every Innovator and/or Project not satisfying in full with the Rules.
18.2. The Organizer reserves 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 on the Rules. The Innovator gives up expressly any complaint or contesting linked to any modification brought to the Rules by the Organizer.
17.1. The Organizer reserves the right to cancel, shorten, suspend, or extend the Challenge without prior notice:
17.2. The Organizer 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.
18.1. The Registration and participation in the Challenge are not, in any way, for effect to create a link of subordination between the Organizer and the Innovator.
19.1. Any claim of the Innovator must be sent in writing during the last 30 days after the ending date of the Challenge.
19.2. Claims linked to the functioning of the website taikai.network must be formulated in writing at the following address: TAIKAI Building Connections, Av. Serpa Pinto 311, 4450-718 Matosinhos, Portugal
19.3. Claims linked to the progress of the Challenge and to the sending of the Prize must be formulated in writing at the following address: Data Natives (Dataconomy Media GmbH) Lohmühlenstraße 65, 12435, Berlin, Germany.
19.4. 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 ogin, and e-mail); The identification of the concerned Challenge; The clear and elaborate presentation of the motives for the claim.
20.1. In case of persistent dispute after the Innovator has made a complaint in accordance with Point 19, the Organizer and Innovators agree to submit their dispute to an amicable settlement before any court proceedings.
20.2. The party eager to initiate conciliation must inform the other party through a registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt which will make him/her know his/her intentions and it will specify the cause.
20.3. If no agreement is reached between the parties within 30 days of the registered letter reception, parties regain their freedom of action.
The Regulations and the Challenge are under Portuguese law. You accept that any litigation related to the Challenge will be submitted exclusively to the Courts of Porto.