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TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016 Hackathon Rules



TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016 Hackathon!



No Purchase or payment Necessary to Enter or Win. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.




This Hackathon is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with TechCrunch. You are providing your information to SoftBank Robotics America, Inc. (“Sponsor”). and not to TechCrunch. The information you provide will only be used in accordance with the Sponsor privacy policy which may be viewed at https://developer.softbankrobotics.com/us-en/privacy-policy  


1.         HACKATHON DESCRIPTION: The TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016  Hackathon (the “Hackathon”) begins on September 10, 2016 at 12.30 p.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) and ends on September 11, 2016 at 12.30 p.m. PT (the “Hackathon Period”). During the Hackathon Period participants will have to work in teams to leverage available SDK's and the appropriate scripts for Sponsor’s Pepper, the humanoid robot, to create compelling, interactive applications that could be used in real world environments (“Apps”). There will be Three (3) winning teams selected by Sponsor based on the pre-determined judging criteria listed below and ranked for First Prize, Second Prize and Third Prize. LIMIT: One Prize per winning team (irrespective of the number of participants in each team). Entry in the Hackathon does not constitute entry into any other promotion, contest or sweepstakes. By participating to the Hackathon, each participant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, whose decisions shall be final and legally binding in all respects. 


2.         ELIGIBILITY: This Hackathon is open to adults who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry and authorized and able to lawfully attend the TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco event taking place on September 10 and September 11, 2016 at Pier 48, San Francisco, CA 94158. Employees, officers, and directors of Sponsor, and each of their affiliated companies, subsidiaries, licensees, franchisees, distributors, dealers, sales representatives, their advertising and promotion agencies, and any and all other companies associated with the Hackathon (collectively, the “Promotion Entities”), and each of their immediate families (i.e., parents, spouse, siblings, children, grandparents, step parents, stepchildren and step siblings, and their respective spouses, and those living in the same household, whether or not related) are not eligible to participate. All eligibility is subject to all federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations.


3.         HOW TO ENTER:


To enter the Hackathon, please follow all steps below:


(1) Starting on August 30 at 9.00 a.m. PT, and no later than September 9 at 6pm p.m. PT, Hackathon ticket holders must email hugh.hydepage@softbankrobotics.com to be allocated a team or individual spot within an open team. Number of teams is strictly limited to 10 and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. There is no maximum number for team members but teams must contain 3 or more people.


No other methods of entry will be accepted.


All completed entries must be received by 6 p.m. PT on September 9, 2016.


(2) Before the start of the Hackathon Period, review the following API information and download and review the relevant documentation and SDK:


API Overview: 

Choregraphe is a visual IDE used to create, test, and deploy applications to both virtual Peppers and physical Peppers. Available for Mac, PC, and Linux.


Pepper SDK's allow developers to integrate the robot features and functionality found in Pepper with their applications. Developers can choose from Python, C++, Java, and just recently announced, Android. Please note the Android SDK is new and not as mature as the other SDKs.


Android SDK: https://developer.softbankrobotics.com/us-en/downloads/pepper

Python, C++, Java SDKs: https://community.ald.softbankrobotics.com/en/resources/software/robot/pepper-3


URL to API Documentation, signup forms or informational landing webpage:



Sponsor is not responsible for problems downloading or uploading of any Hackathon-related information to or from the website or for any other technical malfunctions of electronic equipment, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer hardware or software failures, phone lines, failure of any electronic mail entry to be received by Sponsor on account of technical problems, traffic, congestion on the internet or the web site, or any other technical problems related to web site entries including telecommunication miscommunication or failure, and failed, lost, delayed, incomplete, garbled or misdirected communications which may limit an participant’s ability to participate in this Hackathon.


(3) Present yourself together with your complete team at Pier 48, San Francisco, CA 94158, USA (the “Hackathon Location”) on September 10, 2016 no later than 12.30pm


(4) Work with your team to create, complete, and submit to Sponsor your App at the Hackathon Location during the Hackathon Period.


Entry Requirements: All participants must be proficient with Python, C++ and/or Java and must bring all their materials need to complete the Hackathon.


Entries made on another’s behalf by any other individuals or any other entity, including but not limited to commercial contest/sweepstakes subscription notification and/or entering services, will be declared invalid and disqualified for this Hackathon. Tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Hackathon is prohibited and any entries deemed by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, to have been submitted in this manner will be void. In the event a dispute regarding the identity of the individual who actually submitted an entry cannot be resolved to Sponsor’s satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible.  BY ENTERING, ALL PARTICIPANTS AND/OR PARTICIPANTS RELEASE THE SPONSOR FROM AND AGAINST ALL CLAIMS AND DAMAGES ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH EACH PARTICIPANT'S PARTICIPATION AND/OR ENTRY IN THE HACKATHON AND/OR HIS/HER


All entries are subject to verification by the Sponsor. entries that do not meet the requirements specified below or otherwise do not comply with the Official Rules herein may be disqualified. Any attempted form of entry other than as described herein is void. Sponsor, in accordance with the Hackathon rules and regulations, will determine in its sole discretion, what constitutes a valid entry.


Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify the Hackathon if fraud or technical failures destroy the integrity of the Hackathon as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, and to award the Prizes based on eligible SDK entries received prior to the cancellation. 


App Requirements:  All Apps must be submitted to Sponsor prior to the end of the Hackathon Period. Once an App is submitted participants cannot access/revise it in any way.  No App, or title or description thereof may be obscene, pornographic, violent, cruel, mean spirited, offensive in any manner including depicting dangerous activity, or in any other way not suitable to be published. If an App falls into this category it may become void and thus, ineligible and the team who submitted said App may be disqualified at Sponsor’s discretion.    


Participant’s Representations: By submitting your participation to the Hackathon you represent and warrant that your App will not infringe the rights of any third party.




Upon completion of the Hackathon, Sponsor will select and rank three (3) winning teams into First Place, Second Place and Third Place among all eligible participating teams based on review of their Apps under the following criteria:


  • Be creative! We're looking for imaginative applications that delight users.
  • The application must interact with people by leveraging at minimum the following API's: Animation, Dialog, and Tablet. 
  • Preference will be given to additional API usage in clever and imaginative ways. 
  • Declare an interesting use-case and show how your application solves it.
  • We're are interested but not limited to the following areas where Pepper might be used: Retail, Hospitality, Entertainment, Education, Travel, and Health Care.


The list of Winners will be announced on or about September 11, 2016 at 12.30 p.m. PT.


5.         PRIZES:


Only the Prizes listed below will be awarded in this Hackathon.


A total of Three (3) Prizes will be distributed as follows:


First Prize: Three Thousand US Dollars ($3,000) for the First Place Winning Team.


Second Prize: One Thousand Five Hundred US Dollars ($1,500) for the Second Place Winning Team.


Third Prize: Five Hundred US Dollars ($500) for the Third Place Winning Team.


Each of the three (3) winning teams will also be offered the opportunity to take advantage of the Sponsor workshop in San Francisco to finish their App. Out of pocket costs for team will be considered on a case by case basis at Sponsor’s discretion depending on where the team are based. 


Only the Prizes listed above will be awarded in this Hackathon. ONLY ONE PRIZE PER WINNER TEAM, IRRESPECTIVE OF THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS IN EACH TEAM.


All taxes on the Prizes are the Winners’ sole responsibility. Odds of winning a Prize depend on the total number of eligible entries received. Winners may not transfer Prize to a third party. The Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen Prize.


Prizes are provided “as is”. Participants acknowledge that Promotion Entities have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the Prizes.


By participating in the Hackathon, the Winners acknowledges that Promotion Entities have not and will not obtain or provide insurance of any kind relating to the Hackathon or the Prizes and that each Winner will be responsible for obtaining and paying for any life, travel, car, accident, property or other form of insurance relating to their participation to the Hackathon and to the Prizes.


6.         WINNER NOTIFICATION:  Notification of Winners:  The Winners will be announced on the final day of the Hackthon and notified by e-mail sent to the e-mail address provided to Hugh Hyde Page within five (5) business days of the Winner Selection.


Winners must provide a valid U.S. shipping address to claim Prize. If within fourteen (14) days of notification of the Prize, a selected Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a Prize and/or where applicable an affidavit of eligibility is not timely received, is incomplete or modified, or if the Prize notification or Prize is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to such Winner, such Winner will forfeit his or her Prize and an alternate winner may be selected. Alternate winner will be defined as the next runner-up according to the same process as detailed in 5 above.   Sponsor shall have no liability for any potential Prize winner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by any potential Prize winner for any reason.


7.         PUBLICITY RELEASE/ASSIGNMENT OF RIGHTS: Acceptance of any Prize constitutes Prize Winners’ permission for the Promotion Entities to exploit and use Prize Winners’ video, name, photograph, likeness, voice, biographical information, and statements (collectively, the "Attributes"), for advertising and/or publicity purposes worldwide and in all forms of media now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity, without further compensation or authorization, (except where prohibited by law), and releases the Promotion Entities from all claims arising out of the use of such Attributes.


8.         PRIVACY POLICY: Any personal information supplied by you to Sponsor will be subject to Sponsor's privacy policy posted at https://developer.softbankrobotics.com/us-en/privacy-policy. Any personal information supplied by you in connection with the Hackathon will also be subject to the Sponsor's terms of use posted at https://developer.softbankrobotics.com/us-en/terms


9.         DISQUALIFICATION: Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Hackathon, to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, or to be acting in an unfair or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Hackathon, or to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, and Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. No incomplete or forged entries will be accepted. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.


10.       LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: Sponsor, TechCrunch, and the Promotion Entities are not responsible for, and participant hereby releases Sponsor, TechCrunch, and the Promotion Entities from any claims arising from: (i) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunctioning of any computer, cable, network, hardware or software; (ii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions or telephone or Internet service; (iii) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (iv) electronic or human error which may occur in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries; (v) any injury or damage to persons or property, including but not limited to participant's computer, hardware or software, which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from participant's participation in the Hackathon and (vi) use of any Prize.


11.       DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, participant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes,  claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Hackathon or any Prize  awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and  exclusively by the appropriate federal or state court of the state of California; (2) any  and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs  incurred, including costs associated with entering this Promotion, but in no event  attorneys' fees; and (3) unless otherwise prohibited, under no circumstances will participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and participant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the participant and Sponsor in connection with the Promotion shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the United States and the state of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the state of    California or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the state of California.


12.       OFFICIAL RULES, WINNER’S LIST: A copy of the Official Rules may be downloaded from https://developer.softbankrobotics.com/us-en/forum for the duration of the Hackathon.  A Winners list link will be available at https://developer.softbankrobotics.com/us-en/forum and posted approximately on September 12, 2016.  In addition, the “Winners list” and these Official Rules are also available by sending a stamped (Washington State residents may omit postage), self-addressed envelope marked " TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016 Hackathon" to SoftBank Robotics America, Inc., 150 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94111.


13.       SPONSOR’S ADDRESS: SoftBank Robotics America, Inc. is located at 150 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 


© 2016 SoftBank Robotics. Pepper, NAO, NAOqi, Aldebaran and SoftBank Robotics are trademarks of SoftBank Robotics in the US and other countries.


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Thanks for the update.