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How might we increase the availability of affordable learning tools & services for students in the developing world? - Challenge Rules

In these Challenge Rules we use the same definitions as the OpenIDEO Terms of Use (the "Terms of Use"). You have viewed an outline of the Challenge on the Site ( and subject to agreement to these Challenge Rules and registration as a User, you (the "Entrant") will be able to submit Contributions to the Challenge.

By checking the "I agree" box you as an Entrant acknowledge and confirm that you have read, understand and agree to these Challenge Rules (and any amendments thereto), have no objection to them and agree to be bound by their obligations and conditions as set forth herein. As an Entrant you are entering into an agreement with IDEO as the Challenge Host. In the event of conflict the Challenge Rules shall take precedence over the Terms of Use that you have already agreed to.

If you do not agree to these conditions you will not be able to submit a posting or Contribution for the Challenge.

The winning contributor(s) will be fully recognized, as will other key contributor(s).

The winning concept(s) and key Contribution(s) will be featured on the Site,, and any other site of challenge supporter(s). This right shall include, without limitation, the right to reproduce, distribute, publish, perform, display and create derivative works of the Results as in the Terms of Use. IDEO agrees and acknowledges that it must complete this in connection with this Challenge, and in conformity with the selection process set forth in these Challenge Rules.

Stages and Timescale
Due to the nature of Challenges and that Contributions cannot be predicted or elicited at the outset of a Challenge, IDEO acting fairly reserves the right to amend the description of the stages and timescale on short notice.

Selection Process
A key principle of the Results of a Challenge is they are self selected by the community of Entrants in the Evaluation stage by rating Contributions. An Entrant has no right of appeal against the Results.

A judging panel has been appointed and their purpose could include defining challenge themes, short-listing concepts for evaluation and selecting or reviewing final Results.
The judging panel appointed by IDEO will give your Contribution such consideration as is warranted by its sole judgment. Its review of your Contribution shall not be construed as any recognition of the novelty or originality of your Contribution. Neither IDEO nor the judging panel is obligated to give reasons for rejecting your Contribution, or for your Contribution not featuring in the Results, or to reveal their activities that are related to the subject matter of your Contribution. The judging panel receives no remuneration for their participation in the Challenge.

The decision of the judging panel appointed by IDEO is final and there is no right of appeal.

Intellectual Property
Due to the provisions of the Terms of Use, IDEO advises against you posting a Contribution if you have a patent, patent application, or other form of registered or unregistered intellectual property for the Contribution, or part thereof. IDEO accepts no liability if an Entrant breaches this advice.


IDEO, in good faith, shall comply with local and national statutes, laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, court orders, and other governmental requirements governing the Challenge. Notwithstanding the foregoing, however, IDEO does not warrant or represent that the Challenge is in compliance with any and all laws applicable to each and every entrant or location in the world from which this Challenge may be accessed, viewed or entered, whether domestic or international.

In addition to, and in light of the foregoing, any Challenge is VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

The Challenge Rules shall terminate when the Challenge is closed unless stated otherwise here.

Jurisdiction and Compliance with Laws

Access to and use of this Site and the terms of these Challenge Rules are governed by the laws of the State of California, USA. You and IDEO agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in the Northern District of California, USA.

Questions on the Challenge Rules
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Modifications to the Challenge Rules
IDEO can revise these Challenge Rules at any time by modifying or updating this posting, except where other notice or consent is required by law. Your use of this Site on or after the effective date of any such modification or update will constitute your acceptance of these Challenge Rules as modified and/or updated. These Challenge Rules were last revised on 2 August 2010.