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hearst business media
opengrounds challenge
health choices


OpenGrounds is hosting a series of workshops to bring together students and faculty who are working on related topics across the University grounds in diverse fields, joining community partners to build new networks, share knowledge and inspire collaboration. One topical forum initiated recently focuses on the use of complex systems models in a diverse range of disciplines,


1. Each entrant must be currently enrolled on either a full-time or part-time basis in an undergraduate or graduate course of study, or working as a post-doc at the University of Virginia ("University").

2. Submissions may be made by individual entrants or teams of entrants.

3. Entrants may make multiple submissions. An entrant may team up with different entrants (or no entrants) for each submission.

submissions requirements

1. The electronic submission form may be found here.

2. Submissions must be received no later than Friday, October 11, 11:59 pm Eastern Time to be eligible for judging.

3. All Submissions must involve an idea or invention (for example, games, biometric devices, clinical tools, and social networks that could drive people to be accountable for their own health and live disease-free) relating to health or health care - which may include, for example, concepts ranging from health awareness, monitoring and psychological factors, to life choices such as food, exercise, environment, and education.

4. Submissions must contain a written description of the idea or invention comprising no more than 500 words,

and (optionally) one image, diagram, or visual explanation (uploaded as a *.pdf or *.jpg file). Successful Submissions will be clear and concise, identifying the innovative aspect(s) of the idea or invention, describing its implementation (if applicable), and discussing its anticipated benefit and impact.

5. All Submissions, including any invention claimed therein, must be the original idea and work product of the entrant. In particular, eligible submissions may not be the product or result of collaboration with or substantial contribution from University faculty.

6. A Submission may not embody an invention or idea that was the basis of a previous award or prize in any other competition. Plagiarism or infringement of any kind is forbidden and will result in disqualification.

7. Submissions will not be held in confidence and entrants should avoid including information they wish to remain confidential.

evaluation of submissions and
selection of finalists

1. University faculty in conjunction with Hearst personnel will review and evaluate each eligible Submission meeting the requirements described above.

2. Submissions shall be evaluated on the basis of the idea’s potential to change behavior to improve health and decrease costs. Additional factors may be considered as well.

3. Based upon the number and quality of Submissions received, a number of entrants will be selected as finalists. Selection of the finalists is final and non-appealable. The University and Hearst reserve the right to select no finalists and/or not award all prizes if, in their discretion, there are an insufficient number of eligible and qualified submissions.

4. Finalists will be informed of their selection on or around October 25, 2013. Upon selection, finalists will be required to execute a finalist agreement and may be required to complete additional documentation confirming eligibility.

presentation by finalists and
awarding of prizes

1. Finalists will be required to present their invention or idea in a live presentation ("Finalist Presentation") before a Judging Panel comprising members of University faculty and industry experts, on or around November 18, 2013. At least one member of each team must be in attendance to compete. Details of presentation format, requirements, and timing will be provided to finalists upon notification of their selection.

2. Hearst and the University will use reasonable efforts to maintain the confidentiality of information disclosed during Finalist Presentations so as to enable a free exchange of ideas and to protect the intellectual property rights, if any, of the finalists.

3. Prizes will be awarded as follows: (1) $15,000 for first prize, (2) $7,000 for second prize, and (3) $3,000 for third prize. In the case of prizes awarded to teams, the prizes will be split amongst the team members in accordance with their stated percent contribution. Hearst will have the right, in consultation with the University, to change the prize structure by advance notice. All winners are responsible for reporting and paying taxes on prizes received.

4. All prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the Judging Panel based on criteria substantially similar to those used to evaluate the initial submissions. All decisions by the Judging Panel are final and non-appealable.

5. Awards will be announced at a ceremony at OpenGrounds on November 19, 2013, at 8:30 am.


1. Each entrant agrees to be bound by these Competition Rules and the decisions of Hearst, the University and the Judging Panel. Entrants whose actions are contrary to the fair and orderly administration of this competition or who otherwise fail to comply with any of these Competition Rules, as determined at the discretion of Hearst and the University, will be disqualified from the competition.

2. Entrants acknowledge that, by entering this competition, they are subject to the following additional conditions regarding confidentiality and intellectual property rights:

• Entrants will retain all right, title, and interest in and to all intellectual property rights contained in Submissions and Finalist Presentations, unless provisions of the UVA Patent Policy or UVA Copyright Policy apply.

• For clarification purposes, participation in the competition will not, in and of itself, constitute engagement in University Research as defined in the University's Patent Policy.

• If/When an entrant is selected as a finalist and elects to compete for the grand prize, each member of the entrant team will be required to execute a finalist agreement that includes confirmation of all prize levels (subject to change by Hearst and the University), consent for Hearst and the University to use the submission for non-commercial publicity, marketing and advertising purposes, and confirmation by all team members of percent contributions of each team member for award allocation.

3. Entrants acknowledge that Hearst may be interested in partnering for further development and/or commercialization of submissions and finalist presentations through one of its operating units or venture activities. Therefore, Hearst may attempt to engage further regarding such potential interest. Notwithstanding the foregoing,

neither Hearst nor the entrants will have any obligation to contract with the other regarding the submission or finalist presentation. Further, each entrant acknowledges that neither Hearst nor the University will have any obligation regarding the protection of any rights, including any intellectual property rights, the entrant may have in their submission.

4. Each entrant agrees that Hearst, the University and their respective designees may in perpetuity use the entrant's name, photograph, quote, likeness, or submission for publicity or promotional purposes.

4. Each entrant releases Hearst, the University, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, "Released Parties") from liability

for any losses or damages of any kind to person or property resulting from entrant's participation in, or the administration of, the competition or any competition-related activity.

5. Each entrant releases Hearst, the University, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, "Released Parties") from liability for any losses or damages of any kind to person or property resulting from entrant's participation in, or the administration of, the competition or any competition-related activity.

6. Released Parties will not be liable for errors or malfunctions in any network, equipment, software, online service or website, including to the extent they

may result in lost, delayed, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, delayed, misdirected, undelivered or garbled submissions, data, or transmissions.

7. In the event of any occurrence or cause that adversely affects the administration, security, fairness or normal operation of the competition, Hearst and the University may in their sole discretion terminate or suspend this competition.

8. Void where prohibited by law. Competition is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.

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