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Understand the legal rules governing the Challenge.

Thank you for your interest in the Reconstruct Challenge (the “Competition”). The Competition is sponsored by Access Ventures with platform support provided by RAMPIT. Please know that by participating in this Competition and in accordance with these Rules you are eligible to receive various forms of recognition and a possible award from Access Ventures of up to $300,000 as a Winner. The Rules governing this Competition ("RULES") are stated here as an extension of the  Terms & Conditions ("TERMS") for use of this website. The full TERMS are available for your review by accessing them on this website. The RULES constitute "Competition Terms and Conditions" under Clause 2.3 of the Terms. Capitalized words used but not defined in the RULES have meanings given to them in the TERMS.

Please read these RULES and the TERMS carefully, as they describe the conditions under which you are allowed to participate. As you participate, you may periodically be asked to recognize your acceptance of these RULES and the Terms by clicking "accept" at various pages on this website, but by continuing any use of this website you expressly consent to all of these RULES and the TERMS.



1. Eligibility

Access Ventures welcomes applications from organizations or entities that have a recognized legal existence and structure under applicable law (State, Federal or Country) and that are in good standing in the jurisdiction under which they are organized. The legal form of an eligible organization may include a “c” corporation, benefit or flexible purpose corporation (or similar “hybrid” corporation permitted under State law), limited liability company, LC3 entity, or limited partnership. Organizations must be based in the United States or its territories and must serve communities in the United States or its territories. Organizations in the following categories are eligible organizations and may submit proposals:

  1. An organization recognized as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service under the United States Tax Code.
  2. An organization recognized as a 501(c)(4) social welfare corporation by the Internal Revenue Service under the United States Internal Revenue Code.
  3. An organization recognized as a 501(c)(6) business league, or associated fiscal sponsor, by the Internal Revenue Service under the United States Internal Revenue Code.
  4. An organization that is not a charitable organization (including for profit organizations) but whose proposal has as its primary purpose the accomplishment of a charitable purpose under the law or regulations of the United States Code and with respect to which no private interests will receive more than an incidental private benefit.
  5. Local organizations associated with national networks may apply so long as any award fund will go to the local affiliate.
  6. Post-secondary educational institutions.

2. Ineligible persons or entities

2.1 Individuals are not eligible to apply.

2.2  Organizations that are not based in the United States or the United States Territories are not eligible to apply.

2.3  Federal entities or Federal employees acting within the scope of their employment are not eligible to win an award.

2.4  Employees of Access Ventures, RAMPIT, The Common Pool, LLC, and any of their subsidiaries and affiliates, and immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such employees, are not eligible.

3. Guidance Related to Non-Charitable Applicants  

Organizations applying to the Challenge that are not recognized as charitable organizations or their equivalent under United States law must ensure that any Award funds will be used solely for charitable purposes and will not result in private benefit to other people, organizations, or entities other than incidental benefit that is a necessary byproduct of the accomplishment of the charitable purpose.

4. Treatment and Use of Intellectual Property

Each application should reflect the anticipated ownership, use, and licensing of any intellectual property. You represent and warrant that your Entry is an original work created solely by You, that You own all Intellectual Property in and to the Entry, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the Entry, except as expressly identified by You to us in writing in Your application. You retain all right, title and interest in any inventions, software or work of authorship You invent or create. The ownership and use of intellectual property arising from this competition remains with You, subject the license granted by You to the Competition Sponsor pursuant to Section 6.4 of the Terms and Conditions. Competition Sponsor may choose to negotiate for an additional license to use the solutions developed as a result of this competition.

5. Grant Agreement

The successful applicant or Winner(s) will be expected to enter into a grant agreement with Access Ventures, containing key terms and conditions which are separate from these RULES and TERMS posted on this Website for this Challenge. To ensure that you are prepared to enter into such a separate agreement, we have a provided a sample Grant Agreement. NOTE: Each grant agreement governing the use of Awards may vary, depending on the nature of the project and the organization receiving the Award.

6. Other Rules

6.1 Your application must be in English. Your submission video may be in another language, however must have English subtitles.

6.2  You must complete registration to participate in the Competition. Individuals must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry to participate by representing an applicant organization. You cannot reside in nor be governed by countries that are prohibited by law, regulation (including United States or other applicable export laws and regulations), treaty or administrative act from entering into trade relations (including export of technology) with the United States of America or its citizens.

6.3  Your Entry should meet the application requirements stipulated on this website. You are required to register in advance of any deadlines for the submission of an Entry, and You must comply with all other deadlines posted on this website. Your Entry may not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of Access Ventures and/or RAMPIT, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. Access Ventures reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend Competition in whole or in part without liability to You. Access Ventures and/or RAMPIT also reserves the right to disqualify You from participating.

6.4  By participating in the Reconstruct Challenge, You represent, warrant, and agree that:

  1. You are the sole author, creator, and owner of the Entry;
  2. the Entry is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim;
  3. the Entry does not and will not violate or infringe upon the intellectual property rights, privacy rights, publicity rights, or other legal rights of any third party;
  4. the Entry does not and will not contain any harmful computer code (sometimes referred to as "malware," "viruses" or "worms"); and
  5. the Entry, and Your use of the Entry, does not and will not violate any applicable laws or regulations, including, without limitation, applicable export control laws and regulations of the United States and other jurisdictions. If the Entry includes any third party works (such as third party content or open source code), You must provide the Competition Sponsor with all appropriate licenses and releases for such third party works. In the event You cannot provide all such required licenses and releases, the Competition Sponsor reserves the right, in the Competition Sponsor's sole discretion, to disqualify the applicable Entry.

6.5  You may participate by registering, but You may not register more than one true and uniform identity; multiple registrations for a participant using multiple identities are not allowed. Access Ventures and/or RAMPIT reserve the right to disqualify any Entry made by a participant violating this limitation, regardless of whether all of the respective parties had knowledge of such violation. You may only submit one Entry.

6.6  The application requirements for your Entry are clearly described on this website. Your Entry will be assessed initially by five reviewers, who will be assigned to score your Entry either randomly or after considering any potential conflicts of interest, using the scoring rubric and any other judging criteria that are also described on this website. In cases where a Judge indicates any potential conflict of interest, the Entry will be assigned to another Judge. Those Judges, each of whom is named on this website, will be responsible for scoring your Entry. The Selection Committee judges are permitted to communicate with Participants solely for the purposes of carrying out due diligence for evaluating your Entry and assigning a score during the review process, but those Judges are not required to contact directly any individual. The judging criteria are to be applied in the sole discretion of the Judges. By participating in the Reconstruct Challenge, You acknowledge and agree to be bound by the final decision of the Judges.

6.7  Once a rank order of Entries has been calculated, the top Competitors will be named as Finalists. The Finalists will be asked to attend a Pitch Event in Fall 2019. Finalists may be asked to prepare additional materials in advance or upon the date of the event or shortly thereafter. If a Finalist is unable to attend the Pitch Event, then they may forfeit their designation as a Finalist, and the next Competitor in the rank order of Entries may be named a Finalist in their place.   

6.8  The Selection Committee will be present during the Pitch Event and will determine the Winner(s) using judging criteria that may not incorporate the same scoring rubric employed by the previous assessment.

6.9  While RAMPIT, LLC (“RAMPIT”) is providing an online platform for your participation, RAMPIT is not responsible for the payment of any Award(s). Payment of any Award(s) is the sole responsibility of Access Ventures and its designees, and under the Terms each participant has agreed to look solely to Access Ventures, as the Competition Sponsor, for the payment of any Award, which will be paid pursuant to the terms set forth in the Grant Agreements between each Winner and Access Ventures.

6.10  By submitting your Entry, you agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Access Ventures, The Common Pool, LLC, and RAMPIT and their partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors and representatives from any Loss arising out of your participation in Competition and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any Award(s). Neither Access Ventures, The Common Pool, LLC, nor RAMPIT assume responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Competition entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. Neither Access Ventures, The Common Pool, LLC, nor RAMPIT are responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to competitors’ or any other persons’ computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to this Competition. In the event of a dispute about the identity of any Competitor, an online registration will be declared as if made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry.

6.11  THIS COMPETITION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Competitors agree that this Competition shall be subject to and governed by the laws of the United States of America and the forum of any dispute shall be in the courts of the United States of America.

6.12  If for any reason Competition is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, Trojan horses, denial of service, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of RAMPIT that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Competition, RAMPIT reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Competition. If Access Ventures and/or RAMPIT terminates the Competition, it will not retain any rights in the submitted Entries.

6.13  The Competition Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any Competitor who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Reconstruct Challenge, to be acting in violation of these Rules, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Reconstruct Challenge, or to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person.

6.14  Entry into the Reconstruct Challenge does not constitute entry into any other Access Ventures competition, RAMPIT competition, or promotion that may be offered by the Competition Sponsor and/or its affiliates.

6.15  Access Ventures and/or RAMPIT reserves the right to disqualify any participant who violates these RULES, the Terms and any standards of behavior expressed or implied in them.

6.16  The names of the Finalists and Winner(s) will be posted on this website for such period of time as the Competition Sponsor deems reasonable.

Contact Information:

You may contact us with any questions or comments about these RULES. Please enter Reconstruct Challenge in the subject line of your email. You may reach us at: [email protected].