Innovating for Everyone: The Colorectal Cancer Early Detection Challenge

In partnership with Canadian Cancer Society

Submission Deadline March 4, 2023
$150,000

Challenge description

People in Canada continue to die from colorectal cancer even though survival rates for those diagnosed early is very promising. While organized colorectal cancer screening programs for early detection are in place in most provinces and territories, there are gaps in these programs, and some population groups experience barriers and inequities to accessing them. 

MaRS and the Canadian Cancer Society are challenging you to develop solutions that will meaningfully engage underserved populations and address barriers that prevent or hinder the early detection of colorectal cancer.

Who should participate

  • Practitioners in the healthcare and cancer sectors
  • National, regional or community based non-profit organizations 
  • Innovators in the private/public sector, including healthcare organizations 
  • Researchers in post-secondary/academic institutions
  • People or groups with lived experience of cancer
  • Health system designers 
  • General public

Prizing

Participants will compete for a total prize amount of $150,000, including:

  • One Grand Prize Award of $100,000 
  • One Runner-up Prize Award of $50,000

What’s happening now

The competition is now open and receiving applications.

Consult our Challenge Rules for further information.

Register for the upcoming English and French informational webinars to learn more about the challenge and ask your questions.

Colorectal cancer in Canada

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in Canada. In 2022, approximately 24,300 new cases of colorectal cancer are expected to be diagnosed in Canada [1]. The human, societal and financial costs that this disease carries are real and significant.

The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated this situation tremendously by causing national disruptions to organized colorectal cancer screening programs for early detection. For example, colorectal cancer screening rates fell by 65% in Nova Scotia, 56% in Ontario, and 35% in Alberta in the first year of the pandemic [2]. Nationally, a six-month screening delay could result in an additional 1,320 late stage diagnoses and 960 deaths [3]

Despite these statistics, colorectal cancer deaths are highly preventable if diagnosed in a timely manner. The five year survival rate of colorectal cancer is 67%. With a stage one diagnosis, that number jumps to over 90% [4].

The solution, therefore, seems quite simple: improve access to screening for early detection of colorectal cancer.

Unfortunately, it is not that straightforward. 

 

Access to organized colorectal cancer screening in Canada

Access to organized colorectal cancer programs is not the same for everyone living in Canada. While organized screening programs are in place in most provinces and territories, there are gaps in these programs, and some population groups experience barriers and inequities in accessing them. 

These population groups, collectively termed as “underserved populations” for the purpose of this challenge, include [5]:

  • People with lower income: increasing screening availability to lower income people in Canada could have an immense impact on colorectal cancer rates. For example, increasing screening rates across all income quintiles will have the greatest impact on the two lowest income groups in terms of colorectal cancer cases averted and deaths avoided.
  • New immigrants: recent immigrants to Canada and persons from racialized communities face systemic challenges in accessing timely colorectal screening due to barriers such as: 1) inaccessibility of educational and health promotion materials (two-thirds of recent immigrants said they had not been tested because they did not know the test existed or was needed), and 2) fluency in one of Canada’s official languages (people who speak primarily English and/or French at home have higher screening rates than those who speak other languages because healthcare services are predominantly delivered in English or French).
  • People living in rural and remote areas: colorectal cancer incidence rates are 13% higher amongst people living in rural and remote areas. This disparity signals a need to provide targeted strategies towards increasing screening for rural and remote populations to address issues such as access to healthcare resources and expertise (e.g., access to a family physician), as well as long travel times and financial costs to access preventive care.
  • Racialized and marginalized communities: there are numerous accounts of how the healthcare system, generally, and the colorectal cancer screening system, specifically, has not met the needs of racialized and marginalized communities across Canada (including Black communities and other racialized groups, First Nations, Inuit and Métis, persons with disabilities, those experiencing mental illnesses, LGBTQ2+ individuals, etc.). Issues such as systemic racism, stigma, trust in healthcare providers, or lack of research and data related to these communities, need to be addressed in order to have a meaningful impact on colorectal cancer screening.

 

The problem, summarized 

People in Canada continue to die from colorectal cancer even though survival rates for those diagnosed early is very promising. 

Underserved populations are more likely to experience barriers to timely, appropriate and quality care before and after diagnosis.

To help address this problem, we need greater access to, and engagement with, personally meaningful information and solutions to help initiate screening for early detection of colorectal cancer, and continue along the diagnostic path, if required.

 

 

[1] Projected estimates of cancer in Canada in 2022, by D Brenner et. al; Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) 2022.
[2] Living at the Crossroads of COVID-19 and Cancer, published by the Canadian Cancer Society 2022
[3]  Yong, JH et al. (2020). The impact of episodic screening interruption: COVID-19 and population-based cancer screening in Canada. Journal of Medical Screening
[4]  Statistics sourced from the Canadian Cancer Society website
[5] Adapted from Equity-Focused Interventions to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening: Program Pack; published by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, 2021

Challenge statement

MaRS and the Canadian Cancer Society are challenging you to develop solutions that will meaningfully engage underserved populations and address barriers that prevent or hinder early detection of colorectal cancer.

You have the flexibility to consider a wide range of approaches, such as process improvements to existing organized colorectal cancer screening programs, system enhancements that have worked in other sectors, or incorporation of new partnership models, novel impact measurement tools, and re-imagined educational and health promotion strategies, to name a few.

Winning solutions will need to demonstrate the potential to:

  • Address one or more key barriers preventing greater uptake of colorectal cancer screening for early detection;
  • Meet the needs of at least one underserved group(s);
  • Be easily adopted or spread widely; and
  • Be feasible and impactful.

 

What do we mean by “early detection”?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), early detection of cancer [1] is comprised of:

  1. Screening, which consists of testing healthy individuals to identify those having cancers before any symptoms appear; and 
  2. Early diagnosis, which focuses on detecting symptomatic patients as early as possible.

Through the Colorectal Cancer Early Detection Challenge, we seek innovative solutions to address barriers to early detection of colorectal cancer screening for underserved populations. We are particularly interested in solutions like process improvements to existing organized colorectal cancer screening programs, system enhancements that have worked in other sectors, incorporation of new partnership models, novel impact measurement tools, and re-imagined educational and health promotion strategies, and other creative interventions that facilitate an individual completing a colorectal cancer screening test.

Solutions that are out of scope for the Colorectal Cancer Early Detection Challenge include new things that aim to replace or improve upon current diagnostic testing services and technologies to detect and diagnose colorectal cancer, such as:

  • Home testing kits outside of an organized screening program (e.g., Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), Immunochemical Fecal Occult Blood Test (iFOBT))
  • Laboratory tests (e.g., blood or urine tests), 
  • Imaging tests (e.g., computerized tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) scan, ultrasound, etc.), and 
  • Biopsies 
  • Endoscopy tests as primary colorectal cancer screening tests (e.g., flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy).  

 

[1] World Health Organization Fact Sheet, Cancer – Screening and early detection, May 16, 2021

Assessment criteria

The best solutions will build upon and leverage previously successful interventions within or outside the colorectal cancer screening domain; apply new insights, methods or approaches into the intervention design in order to increase early detection of colorectal cancer through screening; and generate evidence of impact in addressing barriers to early detection of colorectal cancer screening.

The assessment of solutions will be based on the following criteria:

 

Need and target (10%)

This criterion will assess what barrier, problem, gap or inefficiency the solution will address, as well as the underserved group that will be targeted

  • The solution clearly identifies (drawing on evidence) a barrier, problem, gap or inefficiency in the current system of colorectal cancer screening and early detection
  • The solution clearly identifies at least one underserved group in Canada

 

Innovation (20%)

This criterion will test whether the solution is designed to deliver impact in a manner consistent with challenge statement

  • The solution does something substantially different or better than existing approaches to address a barrier to early detection of colorectal cancer 
  • The solution draws on research, evidence and/or insights that demonstrate its applicability towards colorectal cancer screening for early detection 

 

Adoption (20%)

This criterion will assess whether the solution is designed for replication and wider adoption should it be successful in implementation 

  • The solution will either be co-created with an underserved group(s) and/or will have a high likelihood of adoption by an underserved group(s) due to the solution’s process of engagement
  • All or part of the solution could be adapted or spread widely to other underserved groups and/or other health or social policy domains

 

Feasibility (25%)

This criterion will assess the practicality of the solution in terms of expected value creation and cost-effectiveness  

  • The solution is designed with clear, attainable objectives, and includes an implementation approach that is realistic and achievable 
  • The solution is deemed to generate a high potential for success/return on investment based on how it will help address an early detection barrier(s) and facilitate the completion of colorectal cancer screening tests 
  • The solution can be easily adapted while still creating value should it receive the Runner-up prize award

 

Impact (25%)

This criterion will assess the approach taken to measure the results of the intervention through quantitative and/or qualitative data collection and analysis

  • The solution identifies key outputs and outcomes important to achieving impact
  • The solution assesses and accounts for potential downstream system impact (positive and negative)
  • The solution includes an existing or well-developed approach/methodology to data collection and impact measurement

 

Timeline

Challenge Launch (25/11/2022)

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Information Webinar #1 (11/01/2023)

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1:30 – 2:30 pm ET

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Information Webinar #2 (12/01/2023)

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Information Webinar #3 (01/02/2023)

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Submission Deadline (04/03/2023)

Remember to submit your solution by 11:59pm ET

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Winners Announcement (19/04/2023)

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Participants will compete for a total prize amount of $150,000, including

 

 

∗ One Grand Prize Award of $100,000 

∗ One Runner-up Prize Award of $50,000

Eligibility

Eligible applicants to the Colorectal Cancer Early Detection Challenge include individuals, groups, and organizations in the non-profit, public or private sectors in Canada.

This includes: 

  • Practitioners in the healthcare and cancer sectors
  • National, regional or community based non-profit organizations 
  • Innovators in the private/public sector, including healthcare organizations 
  • Researchers in post-secondary/academic institutions
  • People or groups with lived experience of cancer
  • Health system designers 
  • General public 

 

Application process

Participants must submit their application using one of the following three options by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on March 4, 2023:

  1. Submit your written application online via our challenge portal: Innovating for Everyone: Colorectal Cancer Early Detection Challenge
  2. Send an email to challenges@marsdd.com with an attached audio or video file answering the submission question
  3. Mail your answers to the submission questions to:

MaRS Discovery District  – 101 College Street Suite 100 – Toronto ON M5G 1L7

ATTN: Shilpa Sharma – Innovating for Everyone: Colorectal Cancer Early Detection Challenge

Contact us at challenges@marsdd.com or (647) 255-1452 if you have questions or require another submission format.

Challenge rules

In addition to the resources and information available to you on this website, please consult our official Challenge Rules to learn more about the Colorectal Cancer Early Detection Challenge.

FAQ

For individuals:

  • You are a legal resident of Canada, and
  • You are at least the age of majority in your resident province or territory.

For groups: 

Each member of the team, at the time of entry, is:

  • a legal resident of Canada, and 
  • at least the age of majority in their resident province or territory.

For companies or organizations: 

At the time of entry, the company or organization is either 

  • incorporated under the laws of Canada, or 
  • operating in Canada.

You are ineligible to participate in the challenge if:

  • You are an employee of MaRS or the Canadian Cancer Society; or
  • You are an immediate family member of a MaRS or Canadian Cancer Society employee.

Winners will be selected by a panel of expert judges based on the Challenge Evaluation Criteria. Please see the Challenge Rules to find out about the Evaluation Criteria. 

No. All submissions are kept private and no details are shared with other competitors.

The entrant(s) (individual, team, company, or organization, as applicable) will retain all intellectual property rights to their proposed solution. For more details on intellectual property rights, please see the Challenge Rules.

Website Submission 

  • You or your team leader must create a profile on our MaRS Challenge Platform 
  • Review the Challenge Rules and ensure you meet all the eligibility requirements.
  • Click “Accept Challenge” on the Innovating for Everyone: Colorectal Cancer Early Detection Challenge webpage.
  • Complete the Submission Form, following word limits, and save in Microsoft Word or PDF format with your team/applicant name and date listed in the file name (e.g. Team-MaRS_Mar012023_Submission-Form.pdf).
  • Click “Submit Application” on the Innovating for Everyone: Colorectal Cancer Early Detection Challenge webpage and upload your saved Submission Form.

Please contact the MaRS Team if you require a different submission format.

You may submit a maximum of one entry per individual, team, or organization

Please contact the MaRS Team, we are happy to help!

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MaRS Discovery District (“MaRS”) is pleased to present the below-described Challenge, which is governed by the Challenge Terms and Challenge Rules found below (collectively, the Challenge Terms and Challenge Rules are the “Official Rules”). By entering the Challenge, you agree to abide by the Official Rules and decisions of MaRS and any judges that it may appoint, as described below. You also agree to comply with the applicable laws. This Challenge is void to the extent it is prohibited or restricted by law.

 

Challenge Terms

Challenge: Innovating for Everyone: The Colorectal Cancer Early Detection Challenge

Challenge Purpose: MaRS and the Canadian Cancer Society are challenging you to develop solutions that will meaningfully engage underserved populations and address barriers that prevent or hinder early detection of colorectal cancer.

You have the flexibility to consider a wide range of approaches, such as process improvements to existing organized colorectal cancer screening programs, system enhancements that have worked in other sectors, or incorporation of new partnership models, novel impact measurement tools, and re-imagined educational and health promotion strategies, to name a few.

Winning solutions will need to demonstrate the potential to:

  • Address one or more key barriers preventing greater uptake of colorectal cancer screening for early detection;
  • Meet the needs of at least one underserved group(s);
  • Be easily adopted or spread widely; and
  • Be feasible and impactful.

Start Date: November 25, 2022

End Date: March 4, 2023

Sponsor: Canadian Cancer Society

Administrator: MaRS Discovery District 

Eligibility Criteria: You may only enter the Challenge if:

  • You are an individual and, at the time of entry: (a) you are a legal resident of Canada, and (b) you are at least the age of majority in your resident province.
  • You are a group of individuals entering the Challenge as a team and: (a) each of you, at the time of entry, is (i) a legal resident of Canada, and (ii) at least the age of majority in your resident province; and (b) you designate one (1) member of your team as your eligible Authorized Representative (defined below) to enter the Challenge and signify your agreement to be legally bound by these Official Rules on your behalf; or
  • You are a company or organization which: (a) at the time of entry, is either (i) incorporated under the laws of Canada; or (ii) operating in Canada; and (b) you designate one (1) eligible Authorized Representative (defined below) to enter the Challenge and agree to be legally bound by these Official Rules on your behalf.

Quebec: This Challenge is open to residents of the Province of Quebec.

Entry Method: To enter, prospective entrants must perform one of the following during the Entry Window: 

  • Entry via Contest Website: To enter via the Contest Website, you must visit https://challenges.marsdd.com/challenge/innovating-for-everyone-colorectal-cancer-early-detection-challenge/ (the “Contest Website”) and complete the entry requirements described there; 
  • Entry via Email: To enter via email, you must send an email to challenges@marsdd.com with the subject line of “Colorectal Cancer Early Detection Challenge Submission” that includes a video file or audio file with the answers to the questions contained in the Submission Form;
  • Mail: To enter via mail, you must send a written letter to MaRS Discovery District that includes all of the answers to the question contained in the Submission Form. The Submission must be mailed to the physical address and ATTN coordinates listed in the Administrator Contact Information (defined below). The letter must be received before close of the Entry Window (defined below).  

*** If an alternate format for submission is required for accessibility purposes, please contact the Administrator at the Administrator Contact Information (defined below) to discuss specific details. 

Entry Specifications: 

  • Maximum Length / File Size for Audio or Video Files: 
    • Maximum Length: 10 minutes long
    • Maximum File Size: 1GB
  • Acceptable Formats for Audio or Video Files: 
    • YouTube link, Vimeo link, link to video/audio file on another video hosting platform, .mp4, .mov, .wav, .mp3.
  • Content Requirements for all entry formats (i.e., written files, audio files, video files): 
    • Responses to all questions contained in the Submission Form 
  • Alternate method of entry for accessibility: 
    • Substantially equivalent to the above requirements as determined by MaRS***

Evaluation Criteria: 

In relation to the Challenge Purpose, evaluation will occur as follows:

  • Need and target (10%): This criterion will assess what barrier, problem, gap or inefficiency the solution will address, as well as the underserved group that will be targeted
    • The solution clearly identifies (drawing on evidence) a barrier, problem, gap or inefficiency in the current system of colorectal cancer screening and early detection
    • The solution clearly identifies at least one underserved group in Canada
  • Innovation (20%): This criterion will test whether the solution is designed to deliver impact in a manner consistent with challenge statement
    • The solution does something substantially different or better than existing approaches to address a barrier to early detection of colorectal cancer 
    • The solution draws on research, evidence and/or insights that demonstrate its applicability towards colorectal cancer screening for early detection
  • Adoption (20%): This criterion will assess whether the solution is designed for replication and wider adoption should it be successful in implementation
    • The solution will either be co-created with an underserved group(s) and/or will have a high likelihood of adoption by an underserved group(s) due to the solution’s process of engagement
    • All or part of the solution could be adapted or spread widely to other underserved groups and/or other health or social policy domains
  • Feasibility (25%): This criterion will assess the practicality of the solution in terms of expected value creation and cost-effectiveness   
    • The solution is designed with clear, attainable objectives, and includes an implementation approach that is realistic and achievable 
    • The solution is deemed to generate a high potential for success/return on investment based on how it will help address an early detection barrier(s) and facilitate the completion of colorectal cancer screening tests 
    • The solution can be easily adapted while still creating value should it receive the Runner-up prize award
  • Impact (25%): This criterion will assess the approach taken to measure the results of the intervention through quantitative and/or qualitative data collection and analysis
    • The solution identifies key outputs and outcomes important to achieving impact
    • The solution assesses and accounts for potential downstream system impact (positive and negative)
    • The solution includes an existing or well-developed approach/methodology to data collection and impact measurement

Total Score: 100

Price(z): 

  • One (1) grand prize of $100,000 CAD for the first place winner
  • One (1) second place prize of $50,000 CAD 

Approximate Retail Value of Prize(s): $150,000 CAD

Travel Costs: N/A

Prize Delivery Method: Electronic Funds Transfer

Entrant Selection Date: April 19, 2023

Selected Entrant Notification Method: Entrants who have been selected as potential prize winners will be sent notifications by the Contest Administrator or their designated representative by email.

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Administrator Contact Information: 

MaRS Discovery District

101 College Street, Suite 100

Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1L7

ATTN: Shilpa Sharma – The Colorectal Cancer Early Detection Challenge

AND/OR challenges@marsdd.com

Sponsor Privacy Policy: https://cancer.ca/en/privacy-policy

 

Challenge Rules

1. Entry Window. The Challenge will open for entries at 12:01 a.m. (Eastern Time) on the Start Date and close for entries at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the End Date (the “Entry Window”).

2. How to Enter. You may enter the Challenge by satisfying the Eligibility Criteria and submitting an entry in accordance with the Entry Method during the Entry Window. You must provide the required information accurately, and (as applicable) accept the terms and conditions displayed as part of the registration process.

3. Non-Eligible Individuals. As it relates to the Administrator, the Sponsor, and anyone else involved with sponsoring or administering the Challenge (e.g. judges), the following associated individuals are not eligible to enter the Challenge: employees and their immediate families (i.e. spouses, siblings, children, spouses’ parents, and the spouses of any of those individuals) and their household members (related or not), and anyone otherwise connected with sponsoring or administering the Challenge.

4. Your Responsibility. It is solely your responsibility to ensure that you are properly entered. Administrator will not be responsible for any lost, delayed, misdirected, illegible, incomplete, damaged, or undeliverable entries, or any delay or failure to transmit, process, receive or consider entries.

5. Non-Compliant Entries. Administrator may at any time in its sole discretion disqualify any entrant who: does not meet the Eligibility Criteria, fails to comply with these Official Rules, attempts to enter the Challenge in any manner or through any means other than as described in the Official Rules, attempts to disrupt the Challenge or attempts to circumvent any of these Official Rules.

6. Chances. Chances of winning depend on the number of entrants.

7. Submissions. To the extent required by the Entry Method, any materials provided by the entrant as part of the Challenge (we will call that the “Submission”) must meet the following criteria (as determined by Administrator in its sole discretion):

a) It must contain answers to all questions required by the Entry Method while respecting the word-count limits indicated (as applicable);

b) It must not contain, depict or refer to any crude, vulgar, obscene, sexually explicit, disparaging, discriminatory, offensive, illegal or otherwise unsuitable language, activity or other content;

c) It must not contain, depict or refer to any content which disparages or refers negatively to Administrator, the Challenge, the Sponsor, or any other Challenge Party;

d) It must not conflict with any of Administrator’s or Sponsor’s core values, or otherwise be objectionable to Administrator or Sponsor (as determined in the Administrator or Sponsor in its sole discretion, as applicable);

e) It must not contain any content that violates any law or any third party’s rights (including privacy, personality and intellectual property rights);

f) It must not have been submitted to any other website or challenge;

g) It must not have been selected previously as a winner of any Sponsor or Administrator-run challenge or contest; and

h) It must comply with all conditions stated in these Official Rules including without limitation all other guidelines and criteria required by the Eligibility Criteria and submission during the Entry Window.

THE SPONSOR AND ADMINISTRATOR (COLLECTIVELY THE “CHALLENGE PARTIES”) WILL BEAR NO LEGAL LIABILITY REGARDING THE USE OF YOUR ENTRY (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION USE OF YOUR SUBMISSION). THE CHALLENGE PARTIES SHALL BE HELD HARMLESS BY YOU IN THE EVENT IT IS SUBSEQUENTLY DISCOVERED THAT YOU HAVE DEPARTED FROM OR NOT FULLY COMPLIED WITH ANY OF THESE RULES.

8. Original Materials. By submitting a Submission to Administrator as part of this Challenge, you represent and warrant that:

a) you (or in the case of team, the entrants) are the original creator of the entry (including without limitation, the Submission);

b) you (or in the case of team, the entrants) are the sole owner of the copyright and all other intellectual property rights in the entry (including without limitation, the Submission);

c) the entry (including without limitation, the Submission) does not contain any reference to or likeness of any identifiable third parties, unless consent has been obtained from all such individuals and their parent/legal guardian if they are under the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence;

d) the entry (including without limitation, the Submission) does not violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation, and Administrator and/or Sponsor will not infringe or violate any third party’s intellectual property, privacy, personality or other rights by using the Submission, including without limitation if Administrator and/or Sponsors copies, displays, edits, modifies, transmits or otherwise uses that Submission in connection with the Challenge or the publication of the Challenge or, for Administrator, in relation to any future Administrator event; and,

e) the Submission meets all of the eligibility requirements set out in these Official Rules.

9. Submission License. Each individual, team, company or organization entrant will retain intellectual property rights in his/her/its entry (including without limitation, any associated Submission). However, each entrant (and the entrant’s Authorized Representative, as applicable) hereby grants the unrestricted, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, sublicensable, assignable, licence (but not the obligation) to reproduce, communicate, publish, modify, display, transmit, publicly perform, make derivative works from, and otherwise use the entry (in whole or in part – including without limitation, any associated Submission) without any fee or other form of compensation, and without further notification or permission:

a) to Administrator, for the purposes of: (i) administering the Challenge; (ii) identifying the entrant by name as the creator of the entry; (iii) displaying the winning entries in the Challenge; and, (iv) advertising in any media, including to advertise the Challenge, future Challenge and/or events, and Administrator’s products and services; and,

b) to the Sponsor and/or any of its representatives, agents, affiliates, or subsidiaries, solely for the purposes of advertising and marketing the Challenge, and displaying the winning entries in the Challenge, in any media.

Further, each entrant (and the entrant’s Authorized Representative, as applicable) hereby waives all moral rights in and to his/her/its entry (and each component thereof – including without limitation, any associated Submission) in favour of the Administrator and the Sponsor (and anyone authorized by such parties to use such Submission); and agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless the Challenge Parties from and against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses arising from disclosure or use of the entry (or any component thereof – including without limitation, any associated Submission), including, without limitation, any claim based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trade-mark infringement or any other intellectual property related or other cause of action whatsoever.

10. Authorized Representatives. Entrants who are required in the Eligibility Criteria to designate an authorized representative to enter and participate in the Challenge must designate one (1) authorized representative (an “Authorized Representative”) to register for the Challenge and submit a Submission on behalf of the entrant(s), and such Authorized Representative must be a legal resident of Canada who has reached the legal age of majority in their resident province. For greater certainty, the Authorized Representative must have the verifiable authority and be authorized at the time of registration and submitting a Submission (and must remain authorized during and after the Challenge) by the entrant(s) to: (i) provide to the Administrator and Sponsor any and all required information that relates to the entrant(s) for the purposes of administering the Challenge in accordance with these Official Rules; (ii) register and submit an entry for the Challenge on behalf of the entrant(s); and (iii) agree to be legally bound by these Official Rules on behalf of the entrant(s). For the avoidance of any doubt, with respect to a company or organization, the entrant in the Challenge shall be the eligible company or organization, not the Authorized Representative, and with respect to a team (as applicable), the entrants in the Challenge shall be each member of the team and not solely the Authorized Representative. By participating in the Challenge as a team (as applicable), each member confirms that he/she (or their parent/guardian if a minor) has read, understood and agrees to be legally bound by these Official Rules.

11. Winners. Entrants who have been selected as potential prize winners will be sent (or their Authorized Representative will be sent, as applicable) notifications by the Administrator (or its designated representative) by the Selected Entrant Notification Method. The Administrator (or its designated representative) will make a minimum of three (3) attempts to contact each potential winner (or their Authorized Representative, as applicable) within five (5) business days of the Selection Date. In order for an entrant to be declared a Challenge winner and be eligible for a Prize, the entrant (and/or a corporate entrant’s Authorized Representative, as applicable) must:

a) have complied with, and remain in compliance with, these Official Rules; and

b) sign and deliver to Administrator, within the timeline communicated by Administrator by email a standard declaration and release form (“Winner Release Form”), which will include: a declaration of the entrant’s (and Authorized Representative’s, and his/her team member’s, as applicable) compliance with these Official Rules, an acceptance of the Prize as awarded, a publicity release, a liability release, and any other components or documentation that Administrator may require.

Administrator may request valid proof of identity, residency, age and other relevant documentation, and Administrator may disqualify any entrant (and the entrant’s corresponding Submission) if Administrator determines (in its sole discretion) that the provided proof is not sufficient.

If a selected entrant does not comply with all of the above requirements within the above time frames, or does not otherwise comply with these Official Rules, Administrator may disqualify the entrant (and the entrant’s corresponding Submission), and select the next best Submission based on Score as a replacement potential winner of the applicable prize. In that case, the above process will be repeated.

Administrator expects to announce the name of the winners on or before the Selection Date. As applicable, the Authorized Representative of a winner or winning team will be required to accept the applicable Prize on such winner’s or winning team’s behalf (and, for greater certainty and the avoidance of any doubt, with respect to a company or organization winner, the applicable Prize will be awarded to the eligible company or organization and not the Authorized Representative, and with respect to a winning team, the applicable Prize will be awarded to the Authorized Representative to accept the Prize on his/her team’s behalf (and not to each individual member of the team)). Once the Prizes have been awarded and distributed to the winners (or their Authorized Representative, as applicable), the Challenge Parties will not involve themselves in, and the Challenge Parties accept no obligation or liability in respect of, any decision regarding the subsequent distribution, allocation, use or misuse of a Prize.

12. Judging Process. Administrator will appoint a panel of judges to evaluate entries based on the Evaluation Criteria. Decisions of the judges will be final and binding. Should the selected entrant not accept the Prize in accordance with these Official Rules, Administrator reserves the right to have the panel of judges select an alternative entrant to receive the Prize, on the same conditions as those provided herein. Should no selected entrant accept the Prize in accordance with these Official Rules within 6 months from the Selection Date, Administrator may choose not to award any Prize. In the event of a tie between two or more Submissions based on Score, the entrant (or in the case of a team, the entrants) associated with the Submission – from amongst all such Submissions that are tied – with the highest score on the feasibility criterion listed above will be deemed to have obtained the highest Score. Judging is scheduled to be completed on or before the Selection Date.

13. Prizes. Prizes will be sent via the Prize Delivery Method. All Prize(s) must be accepted as awarded (with no substitutions), and may not be sold, transferred, assigned, or converted into cash. The winner(s) will be solely responsible for all travel and other costs associated with obtaining or redeeming the Prize(s). Administrator will make reasonable efforts to deliver Prize(s) to the addresses/accounts provided by selected entrants. However, Administrator cannot guarantee that any Prize(s) returned to Administrator due to non-delivery at the provided address will be re-sent to the Prize winner. Travel Costs will be dealt with as described in the Challenge Terms.

14. Cancellation.

a) If for any reason Administrator cannot run the Challenge as planned (including as a result of technical bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, infection by computer virus or any other cause that corrupts, impairs or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Challenge), as determined by the Administrator in its sole and absolute discretion, Administrator in collaboration with the Sponsor may cancel, modify, extend or suspend the Challenge. In that event, Administrator in collaboration with the Sponsor may award Prizes from among the eligible Submissions received up to the time of the impairment, in accordance with the voting and judging criteria set out above (with necessary amendment, as applicable), or award no Prizes.

b) Administrator may also disqualify any individual who tampers with or in any way corrupts the entry or voting process, or who attempts to undermine the legitimate operation of the Challenge by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair practices, or by attempting to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or Administrator or Sponsor representatives.

15. Publicity. Except where otherwise prohibited by law, participation in the Challenge constitutes a winner’s consent to Administrator and Sponsor’s use of the winner’s name, hometown, photograph or other likeness for promotional purposes without further notification, permission, payment or consideration, in any manner or medium whatsoever, including print, broadcast or the internet, worldwide and in perpetuity.

16. Personal Information Consent. By participating in this Challenge, you expressly consent to the Challenge Parties storing, using and disclosing your personal information  (or if you are an Authorized Representative, you consent on your own behalf and on behalf of your corporation, organization, or team members, as applicable, and all individuals whose personal information is included in the entry) for the purposes of administering the Challenge; advertising the Challenge and any future Administrator Challenges and any of Administrator’s products and services; and for the other purposes described in these Official Rules and in accordance with the Administrator Privacy Policy and the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, as applicable. This section does not limit any other consent(s) that an individual may provide the Sponsors or others in relation to the collection, use and/or disclosure of their personal information.

17. Disclaimers, Liability and Indemnification

a) The Challenge Parties will not be responsible for any lost, delayed, misdirected, illegible, incomplete, damaged or undeliverable entries or Submissions (all of which are void), or any delay or failure to transmit, process, receive or consider entries or Submissions. An entry may be rejected if, in the sole and absolute discretion of the Administrator, the entry is not submitted and received in accordance with these Official Rules.

b) THE CHALLENGE PARTIES DO NOT ACCEPT LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY SUBMISSION OR FOR ANY OTHER LOSS OR DAMAGE RESULTING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM AN ENTRANT’S (OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE’S)  PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE OR AN ENTRANT’S RECEIPT, USE OR REDEMPTION OF ANY PRIZE(S), OR AN ENTRANT’S (OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE’S) INABILITY TO RECEIVE, USE OR REDEEM ANY PRIZE(S).

c) THE CHALLENGE PARTIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR: (1) INCORRECT OR INACCURATE TRANSCRIPTION OF SUBMISSION INFORMATION OR LATE, LOST, INCOMPLETE, MISDIRECTED SUBMISSIONS, SUBMISSION MATERIALS OR SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED THROUGH IMPERMISSIBLE OR ILLEGITIMATE CHANNELS; (2) TECHNICAL FAILURES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING THE MALFUNCTIONING OF ANY TELEPHONE, COMPUTER, NETWORK, HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE; (3) THE UNAVAILABILITY OR INACCESSIBILITY OF ANY SERVICE; (4) UNAUTHORIZED HUMAN INTERVENTION IN ANY PART OF THE SUBMISSION PROCESS OR THE CHALLENGE; (5) ELECTRONIC OR HUMAN ERROR WHICH MAY OCCUR IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE CHALLENGE OR THE PROCESSING OF SUBMISSIONS; OR (6) ANY INJURY OR DAMAGE TO PERSONS OR PROPERTY, INCLUDING AN ENTRANT’S (OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE’S) COMPUTER, WHICH MAY BE CAUSED, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, FROM THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE OR FROM DOWNLOADING OR USING ANY MATERIAL PROVIDED BY ADMINISTRATOR.

d) THE CHALLENGE PARTIES WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO AN ENTRANT (OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE) FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE CHALLENGE OR THESE RULES.

e) EACH ENTRANT AND AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE, AS APPLICABLE) HEREBY RELEASES AND AGREES TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE CHALLENGE PARTIES FROM ANY AND ALL DAMAGES, INJURIES, CLAIMS, CAUSES OF ACTIONS, LIABILITY OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING ACTUAL LEGAL FEES AND EXPENSES), KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, ABSOLUTE OR CONTINGENT, NOW OR IN THE FUTURE ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO: (A) THEIR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH ANY OF THESE RULES; (B) ANY MISREPRESENTATION HE/SHE/IT MAKES UNDER THESE RULES OR OTHERWISE TO ADMINISTRATOR OR ANY OTHER RELEASED PARTY; (C) THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE; OR (D) THEIR RECEIPT, USE OR REDEMPTION OF ANY PRIZE, OR THEIR INABILITY TO RECEIVE, USE OR REDEEM ANY PRIZE.

18. Laws. The Official Rules will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario, Canada, and the federal laws of Canada applicable in Ontario.

19. Disputes. All disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Challenge, Prizes or these Official Rules will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court of the Province of Ontario, Canada.

20. Further information. There is a limit of one (1) Submission per entrant. If it is discovered by the Administrator (using any evidence or other information made available to or otherwise discovered by the Administrator) that any person has attempted to exceed any of the limits stated in these Official Rules and/or disrupt or participate in the Challenge in any other fraudulent or misleading way, then he/she may be disqualified from the Challenge in the sole and absolute discretion of the Administrator or Sponsor.

All registrations, entries, Submissions, Authorized Representatives and entrants are subject to verification at any time and for any reason. The Administrator reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to require proof of identity and/or eligibility (in a form acceptable to the Administrator – including, without limitation, government issued photo identification): (i) for the purposes of verifying an entrant’s eligibility to participate in this Challenge; (ii) for the purposes of verifying the eligibility and/or legitimacy of any entry, Submission, and/or other information entered (or purportedly entered) for the purposes of this Challenge; and/or (iii) for any other reason the Administrator deems necessary, in its sole and absolute discretion, for the purposes of administering this Challenge in accordance with the letter and spirit of these Official Rules. Failure to provide such proof to the complete satisfaction of the Administrator within the timeline specified by the Administrator may result in disqualification in the sole and absolute discretion of the Administrator. The sole determinant of the time for the purposes of the Challenge will be the official time-keeping device(s) used by the Administrator.

For more information please contact the Administrator at the Administrator Contact Information.

WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING OFFICIAL RULES, BY CLICKING ON THE FOLLOWING “I AGREE” BUTTON, I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I (AND AS APPLICABLE, EACH MEMBER OF MY TEAM) HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD THE OFFICIAL RULES AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM. FURTHER, IF I AM THE AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF AN ELIGIBLE CORPORATION, ORGANIZATION, OR TEAM OF INDIVIDUALS, I ALSO REPRESENT THAT BY CLICKING “I AGREE” I HAVE THE LEGAL AUTHORIZATION TO BIND BOTH MYSELF AND THE CORPORATION/ORGANIZATION/TEAM TO THE OFFICIAL RULES.

 

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MaRS Discovery District (“MaRS”) is pleased to present the below-described Challenge, which is governed by the Challenge Terms and Challenge Rules found below (collectively, the Challenge Terms and Challenge Rules are the “Official Rules”). By entering the Challenge, you agree to abide by the Official Rules and decisions of MaRS and any judges that it may appoint, as described below. You also agree to comply with the applicable laws. This Challenge is void to the extent it is prohibited or restricted by law.

 

Challenge Terms

Challenge: Innovating for Everyone: The Colorectal Cancer Early Detection Challenge

Challenge Purpose: MaRS and the Canadian Cancer Society are challenging you to develop solutions that will meaningfully engage underserved populations and address barriers that prevent or hinder early detection of colorectal cancer.

You have the flexibility to consider a wide range of approaches, such as process improvements to existing organized colorectal cancer screening programs, system enhancements that have worked in other sectors, or incorporation of new partnership models, novel impact measurement tools, and re-imagined educational and health promotion strategies, to name a few.

Winning solutions will need to demonstrate the potential to:

  • Address one or more key barriers preventing greater uptake of colorectal cancer screening for early detection;
  • Meet the needs of at least one underserved group(s);
  • Be easily adopted or spread widely; and
  • Be feasible and impactful.

Start Date: November 25, 2022

End Date: March 4, 2023

Sponsor: Canadian Cancer Society

Administrator: MaRS Discovery District 

Eligibility Criteria: You may only enter the Challenge if:

  • You are an individual and, at the time of entry: (a) you are a legal resident of Canada, and (b) you are at least the age of majority in your resident province.
  • You are a group of individuals entering the Challenge as a team and: (a) each of you, at the time of entry, is (i) a legal resident of Canada, and (ii) at least the age of majority in your resident province; and (b) you designate one (1) member of your team as your eligible Authorized Representative (defined below) to enter the Challenge and signify your agreement to be legally bound by these Official Rules on your behalf; or
  • You are a company or organization which: (a) at the time of entry, is either (i) incorporated under the laws of Canada; or (ii) operating in Canada; and (b) you designate one (1) eligible Authorized Representative (defined below) to enter the Challenge and agree to be legally bound by these Official Rules on your behalf.

Quebec: This Challenge is open to residents of the Province of Quebec.

Entry Method: To enter, prospective entrants must perform one of the following during the Entry Window: 

  • Entry via Contest Website: To enter via the Contest Website, you must visit https://challenges.marsdd.com/challenge/innovating-for-everyone-colorectal-cancer-early-detection-challenge/ (the “Contest Website”) and complete the entry requirements described there; 
  • Entry via Email: To enter via email, you must send an email to challenges@marsdd.com with the subject line of “Colorectal Cancer Early Detection Challenge Submission” that includes a video file or audio file with the answers to the questions contained in the Submission Form;
  • Mail: To enter via mail, you must send a written letter to MaRS Discovery District that includes all of the answers to the question contained in the Submission Form. The Submission must be mailed to the physical address and ATTN coordinates listed in the Administrator Contact Information (defined below). The letter must be received before close of the Entry Window (defined below).  

*** If an alternate format for submission is required for accessibility purposes, please contact the Administrator at the Administrator Contact Information (defined below) to discuss specific details. 

Entry Specifications: 

  • Maximum Length / File Size for Audio or Video Files: 
    • Maximum Length: 10 minutes long
    • Maximum File Size: 1GB
  • Acceptable Formats for Audio or Video Files: 
    • YouTube link, Vimeo link, link to video/audio file on another video hosting platform, .mp4, .mov, .wav, .mp3.
  • Content Requirements for all entry formats (i.e., written files, audio files, video files): 
    • Responses to all questions contained in the Submission Form 
  • Alternate method of entry for accessibility: 
    • Substantially equivalent to the above requirements as determined by MaRS***

Evaluation Criteria: 

In relation to the Challenge Purpose, evaluation will occur as follows:

  • Need and target (10%): This criterion will assess what barrier, problem, gap or inefficiency the solution will address, as well as the underserved group that will be targeted
    • The solution clearly identifies (drawing on evidence) a barrier, problem, gap or inefficiency in the current system of colorectal cancer screening and early detection
    • The solution clearly identifies at least one underserved group in Canada
  • Innovation (20%): This criterion will test whether the solution is designed to deliver impact in a manner consistent with challenge statement
    • The solution does something substantially different or better than existing approaches to address a barrier to early detection of colorectal cancer 
    • The solution draws on research, evidence and/or insights that demonstrate its applicability towards colorectal cancer screening for early detection
  • Adoption (20%): This criterion will assess whether the solution is designed for replication and wider adoption should it be successful in implementation
    • The solution will either be co-created with an underserved group(s) and/or will have a high likelihood of adoption by an underserved group(s) due to the solution’s process of engagement
    • All or part of the solution could be adapted or spread widely to other underserved groups and/or other health or social policy domains
  • Feasibility (25%): This criterion will assess the practicality of the solution in terms of expected value creation and cost-effectiveness   
    • The solution is designed with clear, attainable objectives, and includes an implementation approach that is realistic and achievable 
    • The solution is deemed to generate a high potential for success/return on investment based on how it will help address an early detection barrier(s) and facilitate the completion of colorectal cancer screening tests 
    • The solution can be easily adapted while still creating value should it receive the Runner-up prize award
  • Impact (25%): This criterion will assess the approach taken to measure the results of the intervention through quantitative and/or qualitative data collection and analysis
    • The solution identifies key outputs and outcomes important to achieving impact
    • The solution assesses and accounts for potential downstream system impact (positive and negative)
    • The solution includes an existing or well-developed approach/methodology to data collection and impact measurement

Total Score: 100

Price(z): 

  • One (1) grand prize of $100,000 CAD for the first place winner
  • One (1) second place prize of $50,000 CAD 

Approximate Retail Value of Prize(s): $150,000 CAD

Travel Costs: N/A

Prize Delivery Method: Electronic Funds Transfer

Entrant Selection Date: April 19, 2023

Selected Entrant Notification Method: Entrants who have been selected as potential prize winners will be sent notifications by the Contest Administrator or their designated representative by email.

Administrator Privacy Policy: https://www.marsdd.com/privacy/

Administrator Contact Information: 

MaRS Discovery District

101 College Street, Suite 100

Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1L7

ATTN: Shilpa Sharma – The Colorectal Cancer Early Detection Challenge

AND/OR challenges@marsdd.com

Sponsor Privacy Policy: https://cancer.ca/en/privacy-policy

 

Challenge Rules

1. Entry Window. The Challenge will open for entries at 12:01 a.m. (Eastern Time) on the Start Date and close for entries at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the End Date (the “Entry Window”).

2. How to Enter. You may enter the Challenge by satisfying the Eligibility Criteria and submitting an entry in accordance with the Entry Method during the Entry Window. You must provide the required information accurately, and (as applicable) accept the terms and conditions displayed as part of the registration process.

3. Non-Eligible Individuals. As it relates to the Administrator, the Sponsor, and anyone else involved with sponsoring or administering the Challenge (e.g. judges), the following associated individuals are not eligible to enter the Challenge: employees and their immediate families (i.e. spouses, siblings, children, spouses’ parents, and the spouses of any of those individuals) and their household members (related or not), and anyone otherwise connected with sponsoring or administering the Challenge.

4. Your Responsibility. It is solely your responsibility to ensure that you are properly entered. Administrator will not be responsible for any lost, delayed, misdirected, illegible, incomplete, damaged, or undeliverable entries, or any delay or failure to transmit, process, receive or consider entries.

5. Non-Compliant Entries. Administrator may at any time in its sole discretion disqualify any entrant who: does not meet the Eligibility Criteria, fails to comply with these Official Rules, attempts to enter the Challenge in any manner or through any means other than as described in the Official Rules, attempts to disrupt the Challenge or attempts to circumvent any of these Official Rules.

6. Chances. Chances of winning depend on the number of entrants.

7. Submissions. To the extent required by the Entry Method, any materials provided by the entrant as part of the Challenge (we will call that the “Submission”) must meet the following criteria (as determined by Administrator in its sole discretion):

a) It must contain answers to all questions required by the Entry Method while respecting the word-count limits indicated (as applicable);

b) It must not contain, depict or refer to any crude, vulgar, obscene, sexually explicit, disparaging, discriminatory, offensive, illegal or otherwise unsuitable language, activity or other content;

c) It must not contain, depict or refer to any content which disparages or refers negatively to Administrator, the Challenge, the Sponsor, or any other Challenge Party;

d) It must not conflict with any of Administrator’s or Sponsor’s core values, or otherwise be objectionable to Administrator or Sponsor (as determined in the Administrator or Sponsor in its sole discretion, as applicable);

e) It must not contain any content that violates any law or any third party’s rights (including privacy, personality and intellectual property rights);

f) It must not have been submitted to any other website or challenge;

g) It must not have been selected previously as a winner of any Sponsor or Administrator-run challenge or contest; and

h) It must comply with all conditions stated in these Official Rules including without limitation all other guidelines and criteria required by the Eligibility Criteria and submission during the Entry Window.

THE SPONSOR AND ADMINISTRATOR (COLLECTIVELY THE “CHALLENGE PARTIES”) WILL BEAR NO LEGAL LIABILITY REGARDING THE USE OF YOUR ENTRY (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION USE OF YOUR SUBMISSION). THE CHALLENGE PARTIES SHALL BE HELD HARMLESS BY YOU IN THE EVENT IT IS SUBSEQUENTLY DISCOVERED THAT YOU HAVE DEPARTED FROM OR NOT FULLY COMPLIED WITH ANY OF THESE RULES.

8. Original Materials. By submitting a Submission to Administrator as part of this Challenge, you represent and warrant that:

a) you (or in the case of team, the entrants) are the original creator of the entry (including without limitation, the Submission);

b) you (or in the case of team, the entrants) are the sole owner of the copyright and all other intellectual property rights in the entry (including without limitation, the Submission);

c) the entry (including without limitation, the Submission) does not contain any reference to or likeness of any identifiable third parties, unless consent has been obtained from all such individuals and their parent/legal guardian if they are under the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence;

d) the entry (including without limitation, the Submission) does not violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation, and Administrator and/or Sponsor will not infringe or violate any third party’s intellectual property, privacy, personality or other rights by using the Submission, including without limitation if Administrator and/or Sponsors copies, displays, edits, modifies, transmits or otherwise uses that Submission in connection with the Challenge or the publication of the Challenge or, for Administrator, in relation to any future Administrator event; and,

e) the Submission meets all of the eligibility requirements set out in these Official Rules.

9. Submission License. Each individual, team, company or organization entrant will retain intellectual property rights in his/her/its entry (including without limitation, any associated Submission). However, each entrant (and the entrant’s Authorized Representative, as applicable) hereby grants the unrestricted, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, sublicensable, assignable, licence (but not the obligation) to reproduce, communicate, publish, modify, display, transmit, publicly perform, make derivative works from, and otherwise use the entry (in whole or in part – including without limitation, any associated Submission) without any fee or other form of compensation, and without further notification or permission:

a) to Administrator, for the purposes of: (i) administering the Challenge; (ii) identifying the entrant by name as the creator of the entry; (iii) displaying the winning entries in the Challenge; and, (iv) advertising in any media, including to advertise the Challenge, future Challenge and/or events, and Administrator’s products and services; and,

b) to the Sponsor and/or any of its representatives, agents, affiliates, or subsidiaries, solely for the purposes of advertising and marketing the Challenge, and displaying the winning entries in the Challenge, in any media.

Further, each entrant (and the entrant’s Authorized Representative, as applicable) hereby waives all moral rights in and to his/her/its entry (and each component thereof – including without limitation, any associated Submission) in favour of the Administrator and the Sponsor (and anyone authorized by such parties to use such Submission); and agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless the Challenge Parties from and against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses arising from disclosure or use of the entry (or any component thereof – including without limitation, any associated Submission), including, without limitation, any claim based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trade-mark infringement or any other intellectual property related or other cause of action whatsoever.

10. Authorized Representatives. Entrants who are required in the Eligibility Criteria to designate an authorized representative to enter and participate in the Challenge must designate one (1) authorized representative (an “Authorized Representative”) to register for the Challenge and submit a Submission on behalf of the entrant(s), and such Authorized Representative must be a legal resident of Canada who has reached the legal age of majority in their resident province. For greater certainty, the Authorized Representative must have the verifiable authority and be authorized at the time of registration and submitting a Submission (and must remain authorized during and after the Challenge) by the entrant(s) to: (i) provide to the Administrator and Sponsor any and all required information that relates to the entrant(s) for the purposes of administering the Challenge in accordance with these Official Rules; (ii) register and submit an entry for the Challenge on behalf of the entrant(s); and (iii) agree to be legally bound by these Official Rules on behalf of the entrant(s). For the avoidance of any doubt, with respect to a company or organization, the entrant in the Challenge shall be the eligible company or organization, not the Authorized Representative, and with respect to a team (as applicable), the entrants in the Challenge shall be each member of the team and not solely the Authorized Representative. By participating in the Challenge as a team (as applicable), each member confirms that he/she (or their parent/guardian if a minor) has read, understood and agrees to be legally bound by these Official Rules.

11. Winners. Entrants who have been selected as potential prize winners will be sent (or their Authorized Representative will be sent, as applicable) notifications by the Administrator (or its designated representative) by the Selected Entrant Notification Method. The Administrator (or its designated representative) will make a minimum of three (3) attempts to contact each potential winner (or their Authorized Representative, as applicable) within five (5) business days of the Selection Date. In order for an entrant to be declared a Challenge winner and be eligible for a Prize, the entrant (and/or a corporate entrant’s Authorized Representative, as applicable) must:

a) have complied with, and remain in compliance with, these Official Rules; and

b) sign and deliver to Administrator, within the timeline communicated by Administrator by email a standard declaration and release form (“Winner Release Form”), which will include: a declaration of the entrant’s (and Authorized Representative’s, and his/her team member’s, as applicable) compliance with these Official Rules, an acceptance of the Prize as awarded, a publicity release, a liability release, and any other components or documentation that Administrator may require.

Administrator may request valid proof of identity, residency, age and other relevant documentation, and Administrator may disqualify any entrant (and the entrant’s corresponding Submission) if Administrator determines (in its sole discretion) that the provided proof is not sufficient.

If a selected entrant does not comply with all of the above requirements within the above time frames, or does not otherwise comply with these Official Rules, Administrator may disqualify the entrant (and the entrant’s corresponding Submission), and select the next best Submission based on Score as a replacement potential winner of the applicable prize. In that case, the above process will be repeated.

Administrator expects to announce the name of the winners on or before the Selection Date. As applicable, the Authorized Representative of a winner or winning team will be required to accept the applicable Prize on such winner’s or winning team’s behalf (and, for greater certainty and the avoidance of any doubt, with respect to a company or organization winner, the applicable Prize will be awarded to the eligible company or organization and not the Authorized Representative, and with respect to a winning team, the applicable Prize will be awarded to the Authorized Representative to accept the Prize on his/her team’s behalf (and not to each individual member of the team)). Once the Prizes have been awarded and distributed to the winners (or their Authorized Representative, as applicable), the Challenge Parties will not involve themselves in, and the Challenge Parties accept no obligation or liability in respect of, any decision regarding the subsequent distribution, allocation, use or misuse of a Prize.

12. Judging Process. Administrator will appoint a panel of judges to evaluate entries based on the Evaluation Criteria. Decisions of the judges will be final and binding. Should the selected entrant not accept the Prize in accordance with these Official Rules, Administrator reserves the right to have the panel of judges select an alternative entrant to receive the Prize, on the same conditions as those provided herein. Should no selected entrant accept the Prize in accordance with these Official Rules within 6 months from the Selection Date, Administrator may choose not to award any Prize. In the event of a tie between two or more Submissions based on Score, the entrant (or in the case of a team, the entrants) associated with the Submission – from amongst all such Submissions that are tied – with the highest score on the feasibility criterion listed above will be deemed to have obtained the highest Score. Judging is scheduled to be completed on or before the Selection Date.

13. Prizes. Prizes will be sent via the Prize Delivery Method. All Prize(s) must be accepted as awarded (with no substitutions), and may not be sold, transferred, assigned, or converted into cash. The winner(s) will be solely responsible for all travel and other costs associated with obtaining or redeeming the Prize(s). Administrator will make reasonable efforts to deliver Prize(s) to the addresses/accounts provided by selected entrants. However, Administrator cannot guarantee that any Prize(s) returned to Administrator due to non-delivery at the provided address will be re-sent to the Prize winner. Travel Costs will be dealt with as described in the Challenge Terms.

14. Cancellation.

a) If for any reason Administrator cannot run the Challenge as planned (including as a result of technical bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, infection by computer virus or any other cause that corrupts, impairs or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Challenge), as determined by the Administrator in its sole and absolute discretion, Administrator in collaboration with the Sponsor may cancel, modify, extend or suspend the Challenge. In that event, Administrator in collaboration with the Sponsor may award Prizes from among the eligible Submissions received up to the time of the impairment, in accordance with the voting and judging criteria set out above (with necessary amendment, as applicable), or award no Prizes.

b) Administrator may also disqualify any individual who tampers with or in any way corrupts the entry or voting process, or who attempts to undermine the legitimate operation of the Challenge by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair practices, or by attempting to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or Administrator or Sponsor representatives.

15. Publicity. Except where otherwise prohibited by law, participation in the Challenge constitutes a winner’s consent to Administrator and Sponsor’s use of the winner’s name, hometown, photograph or other likeness for promotional purposes without further notification, permission, payment or consideration, in any manner or medium whatsoever, including print, broadcast or the internet, worldwide and in perpetuity.

16. Personal Information Consent. By participating in this Challenge, you expressly consent to the Challenge Parties storing, using and disclosing your personal information  (or if you are an Authorized Representative, you consent on your own behalf and on behalf of your corporation, organization, or team members, as applicable, and all individuals whose personal information is included in the entry) for the purposes of administering the Challenge; advertising the Challenge and any future Administrator Challenges and any of Administrator’s products and services; and for the other purposes described in these Official Rules and in accordance with the Administrator Privacy Policy and the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, as applicable. This section does not limit any other consent(s) that an individual may provide the Sponsors or others in relation to the collection, use and/or disclosure of their personal information.

17. Disclaimers, Liability and Indemnification

a) The Challenge Parties will not be responsible for any lost, delayed, misdirected, illegible, incomplete, damaged or undeliverable entries or Submissions (all of which are void), or any delay or failure to transmit, process, receive or consider entries or Submissions. An entry may be rejected if, in the sole and absolute discretion of the Administrator, the entry is not submitted and received in accordance with these Official Rules.

b) THE CHALLENGE PARTIES DO NOT ACCEPT LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY SUBMISSION OR FOR ANY OTHER LOSS OR DAMAGE RESULTING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM AN ENTRANT’S (OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE’S)  PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE OR AN ENTRANT’S RECEIPT, USE OR REDEMPTION OF ANY PRIZE(S), OR AN ENTRANT’S (OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE’S) INABILITY TO RECEIVE, USE OR REDEEM ANY PRIZE(S).

c) THE CHALLENGE PARTIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR: (1) INCORRECT OR INACCURATE TRANSCRIPTION OF SUBMISSION INFORMATION OR LATE, LOST, INCOMPLETE, MISDIRECTED SUBMISSIONS, SUBMISSION MATERIALS OR SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED THROUGH IMPERMISSIBLE OR ILLEGITIMATE CHANNELS; (2) TECHNICAL FAILURES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING THE MALFUNCTIONING OF ANY TELEPHONE, COMPUTER, NETWORK, HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE; (3) THE UNAVAILABILITY OR INACCESSIBILITY OF ANY SERVICE; (4) UNAUTHORIZED HUMAN INTERVENTION IN ANY PART OF THE SUBMISSION PROCESS OR THE CHALLENGE; (5) ELECTRONIC OR HUMAN ERROR WHICH MAY OCCUR IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE CHALLENGE OR THE PROCESSING OF SUBMISSIONS; OR (6) ANY INJURY OR DAMAGE TO PERSONS OR PROPERTY, INCLUDING AN ENTRANT’S (OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE’S) COMPUTER, WHICH MAY BE CAUSED, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, FROM THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE OR FROM DOWNLOADING OR USING ANY MATERIAL PROVIDED BY ADMINISTRATOR.

d) THE CHALLENGE PARTIES WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO AN ENTRANT (OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE) FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE CHALLENGE OR THESE RULES.

e) EACH ENTRANT AND AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE, AS APPLICABLE) HEREBY RELEASES AND AGREES TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE CHALLENGE PARTIES FROM ANY AND ALL DAMAGES, INJURIES, CLAIMS, CAUSES OF ACTIONS, LIABILITY OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING ACTUAL LEGAL FEES AND EXPENSES), KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, ABSOLUTE OR CONTINGENT, NOW OR IN THE FUTURE ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO: (A) THEIR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH ANY OF THESE RULES; (B) ANY MISREPRESENTATION HE/SHE/IT MAKES UNDER THESE RULES OR OTHERWISE TO ADMINISTRATOR OR ANY OTHER RELEASED PARTY; (C) THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE; OR (D) THEIR RECEIPT, USE OR REDEMPTION OF ANY PRIZE, OR THEIR INABILITY TO RECEIVE, USE OR REDEEM ANY PRIZE.

18. Laws. The Official Rules will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario, Canada, and the federal laws of Canada applicable in Ontario.

19. Disputes. All disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Challenge, Prizes or these Official Rules will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court of the Province of Ontario, Canada.

20. Further information. There is a limit of one (1) Submission per entrant. If it is discovered by the Administrator (using any evidence or other information made available to or otherwise discovered by the Administrator) that any person has attempted to exceed any of the limits stated in these Official Rules and/or disrupt or participate in the Challenge in any other fraudulent or misleading way, then he/she may be disqualified from the Challenge in the sole and absolute discretion of the Administrator or Sponsor.

All registrations, entries, Submissions, Authorized Representatives and entrants are subject to verification at any time and for any reason. The Administrator reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to require proof of identity and/or eligibility (in a form acceptable to the Administrator – including, without limitation, government issued photo identification): (i) for the purposes of verifying an entrant’s eligibility to participate in this Challenge; (ii) for the purposes of verifying the eligibility and/or legitimacy of any entry, Submission, and/or other information entered (or purportedly entered) for the purposes of this Challenge; and/or (iii) for any other reason the Administrator deems necessary, in its sole and absolute discretion, for the purposes of administering this Challenge in accordance with the letter and spirit of these Official Rules. Failure to provide such proof to the complete satisfaction of the Administrator within the timeline specified by the Administrator may result in disqualification in the sole and absolute discretion of the Administrator. The sole determinant of the time for the purposes of the Challenge will be the official time-keeping device(s) used by the Administrator.

For more information please contact the Administrator at the Administrator Contact Information.

WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING OFFICIAL RULES, BY CLICKING ON THE FOLLOWING “I AGREE” BUTTON, I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I (AND AS APPLICABLE, EACH MEMBER OF MY TEAM) HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD THE OFFICIAL RULES AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM. FURTHER, IF I AM THE AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF AN ELIGIBLE CORPORATION, ORGANIZATION, OR TEAM OF INDIVIDUALS, I ALSO REPRESENT THAT BY CLICKING “I AGREE” I HAVE THE LEGAL AUTHORIZATION TO BIND BOTH MYSELF AND THE CORPORATION/ORGANIZATION/TEAM TO THE OFFICIAL RULES.

 

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