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How might we restore vibrancy in cities and regions facing economic decline? - Challenge Rules


In these Challenge Rules we use the same definitions as the OpenIDEO Terms of Use (the “Terms of Use”). You have viewed a brief 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 Steelcase 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.

Stages and Timescale

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


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

The winning concept(s) and key Contribution(s) will be featured on the Site, sites of the Challenge Host and other sites of any supporter(s) of the Challenge. You have granted the right to reproduce, distribute, publish, perform, display and create derivative works of the winning concept(s) and key Contribution(s) in the Terms of Use, such as a publication recording and celebrating the Challenge.

Selection Process

A key principle in evaluating the Contributions (concepts) for a Challenge is that these are rated by the community of Entrants in the Evaluation stage.

A judging panel has been appointed by Steelcase comprising personnel from Steelcase and IDEO and their purpose is to define the challenge themes, select concepts for evaluation and review the final rated Contributions (by the community of Entrants) to select the winning Contributions.

The judging panel 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 Steelcase nor the judging panel is obligated to give reasons for rejecting your Contribution, or for your Contribution not featuring in the winning Contributions, or to reveal their activities that are related to the subject matter of your Contribution.

The decision of the judging panel is final and an Entrant has no right of appeal.

Intellectual Property

Due to the provisions of the Terms of Use, IDEO and Steelcase advise against you posting a Contribution if you have made, or anticipate making, an application for a patent or other form of registered or unregistered intellectual property for the Contribution, or part thereof. IDEO and Steelcase accept no liability if an Entrant breaches this advice.



Steelcase and 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, Steelcase and IDEO do 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, IDEO and Steelcase 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

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