Organisers: The Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity (GDCSPA) is organised by UCC Sport (University College Cork), Sport Ireland, Cork Local Sports Partnership, Cappanlea National Centre for Outdoor Education and Training, Federation of Irish Sport, International Sport and Culture Organisation (ISCA), The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA), TACTHUB, APO Group, The Rugby Site, Sport for Life Canada, PHE Canada, EUPEA, CEREPS, AIESEP, UNESCO Chair for Physical Activity and Health in Educational Settings (University of Basel, Switzerland), and UNESCO Chair in Inclusive Sport, (IT Tralee, Ireland). Other participating bodies may be added to this list.

In this document these organisations are collectively referred to as “the Organisers”.   

Event Date: The GDCSPA begins at 9:00 AM GMT on 26th June 2020 and ends at 9:00 AM GMT on 29th June 2020.

Eligibility: There are no restrictions on eligibility to participate in the GDCSPA with the exception that the team member registering must be aged 18 or over. Individuals may register and use the Devpost site to link with potential partners to form a team. Participation in the GDCSPA constitutes each team member’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Terms of Participation (“Terms”).

Team Event: The GDCSPA is a team event and team members make their own arrangements in forming and operating as a Team.

Registration: Registration and entry to the GDCSPA is hosted on Devpost.

GDCSPA Stages:

  1. Team Entries: The event will take place over the weekend of 26th – 28th June 2020. Teams will work together to develop their ideas and submit them online to Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity on Devpost.
  2. Judging: An international panel of judges will filter the entries to select the top 50 and then carry out a refined selection of the 15 best entries.
  3. Scoring: Entries will be scored under the following criteria:
    1. originality/creativity (20%);
    2. innovation (20%);
    3. analytical skills (10%);
    4. strategic thinking (20%)
    5. practical implementation (20%)
    6. alignment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (10%).
  4. Pitching: The 15 winning teams will be invited to “pitch” their ideas to a group of sports organisations, investors, and other experts who will assess how to turn the ideas into reality.
  5. Incubation: Teams that are successful at pitching stage will be provided with an opportunity to incubate and develop their idea.
  6. Matching: All the entries submitted will be visible to the Organisers, who may at their discretion initiate further interaction with any team to explore the possibility of developing their idea.

Originality: Each entry must be the original work of the team and not the recipient of any form of award in any previous competition of the same type as the GDCSPA. Each team and its members assert that the entry is its own original work and does not and will not infringe the intellectual property or proprietary rights of any third party, including, without limitation, any third-party patents, copyrights or trademarks.

Ownership: Each team and its members assert that the entry submitted does not violate any agreement or obligation to any invention assignment, proprietary information, confidentiality, non-solicitation, noncompetition or similar agreement with any employer or other person.

Disputes: The Organisers are not responsible for, and will not assist in resolving, any disputes between team members.

Intellectual Property: All right and title to any Intellectual Property contained in an entry rests with the submitting team.

Conflict of Interest: If a judge, team or team member identifies to the Organisers that a judge has a conflict of interest and this is accepted by the Organisers, then that judge will be recused from judging the entry where the conflict is perceived to exist and an alternate judge will be appointed.

Laws and Jurisdiction: The GDCSPA is subject to the laws and jurisdiction of the Republic of Ireland.

Data Protection: Personal data collected in the course of the registration process shall be used solely for the purpose of the GDCSPA and in accordance with these Terms, in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR).

Confidentiality: During the GDCSPA it is understood that those participating may provide certain information that must be kept confidential. Confidential information may include the description of tools and content, technical and business information, ideas, trade secrets, literary works, computer programs, and technical specifications, among other information and ideas that may be used to develop entries. Team members and the Organisers agree not to disclose any such confidential information to any third party unless required to do so by law.

Publicity: Except where expressly prohibited, teams and team members consent to the use, without compensation, of names, photos, biographical information, team entries and other information provided by the team, for advertising and promotional purposes including inclusion in the Organisers’ newsletters, websites and social media channels.

Indemnity: Each team and its members release, indemnify, defend and hold the Organisers and their parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, directors, officers, employees, sponsors and agents, including advertising and promotion agencies, and other organisations related to the GDCSPA, harmless from any and all claims, injuries, damages, expenses or losses to person or property and/or liabilities of any nature that in any way arise from participation in the GDCSPA or acceptance or use of a prize or parts thereof, including without limitation (i) any condition caused by events beyond the Organisers’ control that may cause the GDCSPA to be disrupted or corrupted; (ii) any claim that an entry infringes third party intellectual property or proprietary rights; (iii) disputes among team members, (iv) injuries, losses, or damages (compensatory, direct, incidental, consequential or otherwise) of any kind arising in connection with or as a result of a prize, or acceptance, possession, or use of the prize, or from participation in the GDCSPA; (v) printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the GDCSPA; (vi) technical errors that may impair a team’s ability to participate in the GDCSPA; (vii) errors in the administration of the GDCSPA; or (vii) breach of confidentiality.

The Organisers are not responsible for (i) late, lost, damaged, incomplete, or misdirected entries, responses, or other correspondence, whether by email or postal mail or otherwise; (ii) theft, destruction, unauthorised access to, or alterations of, entries; or (iii) phone, electrical, network, computer, hardware, software program or transmission malfunctions, failures or difficulties. The Organisers reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend the GDCSPA in whole or in part, in the event of fraud, technical or other difficulties or if the integrity of the GDCSPA is compromised, without liability to the teams or team members. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify any team or team member, as determined by Organisers, in their sole discretion.

These Terms are governed by the law of the Republic of Ireland, without reference to rules governing choice of laws. Any action, suit or case arising out of, or in connection with, this GDCSPA or its Terms of Participation must be brought in Ireland. Failure by the Organisers to enforce any term of these Terms shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

Due Diligence: Entries may be subject to a due diligence review at any time for eligibility and compliance with these Terms. Determination of eligibility and compliance is at the sole discretion of the Organisers who reserve the right to disqualify any entry if the entry, team or team member does not comply with these Terms.

Disclaimer: The GDCSPA is void where prohibited by law. In no event will the Organisers be liable to any team or team member for any direct, special, incidental, exemplary, punitive or consequential damages (including loss of use, data, business or profit) arising from or in connection with the team or team member’s participation in the GDCSPA, whether such liability arises from any claim based on contract, warranty, tort (including negligence), strict liability, or otherwise, and whether or not the Organisers have been advised of the possibility of such loss or damage.