THE MICROSOFT ENTER ISLAND CONTEST - OFFICIAL RULES

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PHOTO CONTEST

Common terms used in these rules:

These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft Enter Island Contest promotion will operate.  This promotion will be simply referred to as the “Contest” throughout the rest of these rules. 

In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft Gulf,
the sponsor of the Contest. “You,” “yourself” refers to an eligible Contest entrant.
 
1. CONTEST DESCRIPTION
2. WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?
3. CAN YOU ENTER?
4. WHAT CONSTITUTES AN ELIGIBLE ENTRY?
5. HOW WILL MY ENTRY BE POTENTIALLY USED?
6. HOW DO YOU SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY?
7. HOW WILL ENTRIES BE JUDGED?
8. WHAT IS/ARE THE PRIZE(S)?
9. HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE A WINNER?
10. WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS ARE YOU ARE AGREEING TO BY ENTERING THIS CONTEST?
11. WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE CONTEST CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED?
12. HOW CAN YOU FIND OUT WHO WON?
13. WHO IS SPONSORING THIS CONTEST?
14. PRIVACY


1. CONTEST DESCRIPTION:

This is a skill-based Contest and chance plays no part in the determination of the winner(s).  The object of this Contest is to get IT professionals/developers to prove their true IT skills and dedication to the profession. For purpose of this Contest, each photo or short video or project you create and submit in the Contest will be called an “entry.”  All eligible entries received will be judged using the criteria described below to determine winners.  

2. WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?

This Contest starts at 12:00 AM [Greenwich Mean Time (“GMT”)] on [01/04/2010] and ends at 11:59 PM [GMT] on [30/04/2010] (“Entry Period”). Entries must be received within the Entry Period to be eligible.

3. CAN YOU ENTER?

You are eligible to enter this Contest if you meet the following requirements: 

  • You are a legal resident of Jordan, Egypt, Algeria, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Kenia, Angola, Western Sahara, Pakistan, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Egypt,  Turkey, and you are 16 years or older at the time of entry; and
  • You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and
  • You are NOT involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Contest; and
  • You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Contest.
This Contest is void outside the geographic area identified above and wherever else prohibited by law.



4. WHAT CONSTITUTES AN ELIGIBLE ENTRY?

  • To enter an eligible entry in the Contest, you must meet the following content/technical requirements:

You must:

  • Download Visual Studio 2010 RC or Windows Server 2008 R2 trial from TechNet or MSDN or simply register for it (at http://technet.microsoft.com/evalcenter/ or http://msdn.microsoft.com/evalcenter/
  • Publish a photo or a short video of your IT workspace on the contest’s Facebook page. 
  • In addition, by submitting your entry into this Contest you confirm that, to the best of your knowledge:  

your entry is your own original work; and
your entry only includes material (including music, video or images) that you own, or that you have permission from the copyright / trademark owner to use; and
you have obtained permission from any recognizable person (parent/guardian, if a minor) that appears in your entry to submit your entry in this Contest and to use their personal data in the entry for the purposes of the Contest (if applicable); and
your entry has not been selected as a prize winner in any other contest; and your entry complies with terms of use.
In the event of a conflict between the terms of use and these Official Rules, these Official Rules will govern.

5. HOW WILL MY ENTRY BE POTENTIALLY USED?

Other than what is set forth below, we are not claiming any ownership rights to your entry.  However, by submitting your entry, you:

  • are granting us an irrevocable, worldwide right and license, for which you have received a sufficient remuneration, for the duration of the protection of the copyrights to: (i) reproduce, copy, modify or alter your entry with all known all later developed means; (ii) use, review, assess, test and otherwise analyze your entry and all its content in connection with this Contest; and (ii) feature your entry and all its content in connection with the promotion of this Contest in all media (now known or later developed); 
  • except where prohibited, hereby waive any and all so-called “moral rights” or any similar right that you may have or hereinafter acquire in the entry and all its content, and to the extent that you can not, you hereby consent to us doing or omitting to do any act that would otherwise infringe such “moral rights” or any such similar rights;
  • agree to sign any necessary documentation that may be required for us and our designees to make use of the rights you granted above;
  • understand and acknowledge that Microsoft and other entrants  may have developed or commissioned materials similar or identical to your submission and you waive any claims you may have resulting from any similarities to your entry; 
  • understand that we cannot control the incoming information you will disclose to our representatives in the course of entering, or what our representatives will remember about your entry. You also understand that we will not restrict work assignments of representatives who have had access to your entry.  By entering this Contest, you agree that use of information in our representatives’ unaided memories in the development or deployment of our products or services does not create liability for us under this agreement or copyright or trade secret law; 
  • understand that you will not receive any compensation or credit for use of your entry, other than what is described in these Official Rules.

Please note that following the end of this Contest your entry may be posted on a website selected by us for viewing by visitors to that website.  We are not responsible for any unauthorized use of your entry by visitors to this website.  While we reserve these rights, we are not obligated to use your entry for any purpose, even if it has been selected as a winning entry.   

If you do not want to grant us these rights to your entry, please do not enter this Contest. 



6. HOW DO YOU SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY?

To submit your entry you must download VS2010 or WS2008R2 from TechNet or MSDN or simply register for it on TechNet website (http://technet.microsoft.com/evalcenter) or MSDN website (http://msdn.microsoft.com/evalcenter/

And do the following:

  • Publish a photo or a short video of your IT workspace on the contest’s Facebook page. 
  • We will only accept a maximum of 3  entries per person and e-mail address.  In other words, two people may not enter using the same email address – you each must enter using a unique email address.   We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason.

We will automatically disqualify:

  • Incomplete or illegible entries; and
  • Entries that we receive in excess of the entry limit described above.

7. HOW WILL ENTRIES BE JUDGED?

A panel of qualified in IT and software development judges (whose names will be available on request), which will include at least one independent judge, will review all eligible entries received and select  2 winners based on the following criteria:

    1. 50% -popularity of photo or video entry on the Contest’s webpage: [PLEASE ADD THE URL here} (measured in number of votes of visitors);
    2. 50%– by creativity and originality (judged by the jury)

The decisions of these judges are final and binding. The decision will be made on or around May 2 2010and will take place at Dubai, Internet City Bld 8, Microsoft Office at approximately 12:00 pm.  If we do not receive a sufficient number of entries meeting the entry requirements, we may, at our discretion based on the above criteria, select fewer than 2 winners.  In the event of a tie between any eligible entries, the tie will be broken by an additional judge who will the judge the tied entries based on the criteria listed above.

8. WHAT IS/ARE THE PRIZE(S)?

• Free ticket from a country of Middle East and Africa and back (all taxes excluded)
• Free hotel accommodation
• Free entry to the Seminar

The odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received and the level of skill of each entrant.

If for any reason the advertised prize is unavailable, unless to do so would be prohibited by law, we reserve the right to substitute a prize(s) of equal or greater value, as permitted.  We will only award one (1) prize per person.  If you are selected as a potential winner of this Contest:

  1. You may not exchange your prize for cash or any other merchandise or services.
  2. You may not designate someone else as the winner.  If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we will award it to an alternate potential winner.
  3. If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize.
  4. If you are a minor in your place of residence, we may award the prize to your parent/legal guardian on your behalf and your parent/legal guardian shall be designated as the winner.

9. HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE A WINNER?

If you are a potential winner, you will be notified by Microsoft Gulf via e-mail and official web page of the contest. If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award the prize to an alternate winner. 

If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter the Contest.

If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign a declaration of eligibility, use, indemnity and liability/publicity release. If you are a potential winner and are a minor in your place of residence, and we require that your parent or legal guardian shall be designated as the winner pursuant to clause 8(4) above, we may require that they sign a declaration of eligibility, use, indemnity and liability/publicity release on your behalf.  If you, (or your parent/legal guardian if applicable), do not sign and return these required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you (or the designated parent/legal guardian) and select an alternate selected winner.



10. WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS ARE YOU ARE AGREEING TO BY ENTERING THIS CONTEST?

By entering this Contest you agree: 
(1.)   To abide by these Official Rules;
(2.)   To the extent allowable under applicable law, to release and hold harmless Microsoft, their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss, damage, right, claim or action of any kind arising from or in connection with this Contest or any prize won in respect of any implied condition or warranty the exclusion of which from these Official Rules would contravene any statute or cause any part of these Official Rules to be void;
(3.)   That Microsoft’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Contest; and
(4.)   That by accepting a prize, Microsoft may use your name and place of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Contest, without payment or compensation to you. The declaration of eligibility, use, indemnity and liability/publicity release provided to the potential winner (pursuant to clause 9 above) will make reference to obtaining his/her free consent to use his/her name and place of residence. In any case, the lack of such consent does not prevent the winner from receiving the prize.

This Contest will be governed by the laws of Microsoft Corporation, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction    and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Contest. 



11. WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE CONTEST CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED?

If someone cheats, or a virus, bug, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Contest, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Contest.  This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Contest, we reserve the right to select winners based on the criteria specified above from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Contest subject to obtaining the approval from the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux with respect to the province of Quebec.

Computer “hacking” is unlawful.  If you attempt to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Contest by hacking or by cheating or committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Further, we may ban you from participating in any of our future Contests, so please play fairly.



12. HOW CAN YOU FIND OUT WHO WON?

We will post the names of confirmed winners online after May 3 2010 at [URL]. This list will remain posted until June 30, 2010.


13. WHO IS SPONSORING THIS CONTEST?

Microsoft Gulf is the sponsor of this Contest.

Microsoft Gulf FZ LLC, Dubai Internet City, P.O. Box 52244, Dubai, UAE, +971 (4) 3917434

14. PRIVACY

Microsoft’s Privacy Policy will apply to this Contest and to all information that we receive from your entry. Please read the Privacy Policy on the Contest entry page before accepting the Official Rules and submitting your entry. Please note that by accepting the Official Rules you are also accepting the terms of the Privacy Policy.