METRO DEVELOPER CHALLENGE OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER

Introduction

The Apps for Metro Challenge (the “Challenge”) is an effort to enable greater public use of Los Angeles County transit planning information and to spur transit ridership countywide. Since Metro released route, schedule, bike, bus arrival and trip planning data, a number of tools and applications have been created by developers and made available to the public. Metro wishes to keep this momentum going by challenging developers to create even more useful tools with Metro data. The Challenge is intended to provide reward and recognition to individuals, teams of individuals, small businesses and organizations (collectively, “Contestants”) for developing innovative software applications that use Metro transit data. Metro transit data available is at developer.metro.net. The goal of the Challenge is to motivate American entrepreneurs, software developers, the public and students to use released Metro transit data to create innovative, fun, inspiring and engaging applications to enable greater public use of transit data and to stimulate ridership.

1. Eligibility

The Challenge is open only to legal residents of the United States who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry (or teams of eligible individuals); (2) and small businesses and organizations that are domiciled in the United States. Individuals submitting on behalf of small businesses or organizations must meet the eligibility requirements for individual contestants. Only one (1) prize per contestant will be awarded. Contestants can be an individual or a team of individuals, however, only one (1) prize will be awarded for each team. All team members will be featured on http://www.metro.net/ with the winners receiving special recognition on or about June 20, 2011. Employees of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“Metro”), contractors, judges, or any individual involved with the design, production, execution, or distribution of the Challenge and their immediate family (spouse, domestic partner, parents and step-parents, siblings and step-siblings, and children and step-children) and household members (people who share the same residence at least three (3) months out the year) are not eligible. This Challenge is void wherever prohibited by law and is subject to all applicable federal, state, local and municipal laws and regulations. Participation constitutes Contestant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Metro’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Challenge. Eligibility for a prize award is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth in these official rules.

2. Sponsor and Administrator of the Challenge

The Sponsor and Administrator of the Challenge is the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“Metro”), One Gateway Plaza, MS 99-19-7, Los Angeles, California 90012.
Metro makes all decisions related to the development, management and implementation of the Challenge.

3. Challenge Submission Period

The Challenge submission period begins on April 1, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (“PDT”) and ends on May 20, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (“PDT”) (the “Challenge Submission Period”). Metro’s computer, set to Pacific Time, is the official time-keeping device for this Challenge. Contestants will receive an email from Metro within five (5) business days, confirming their entry. Contestants may enter as many applications as they like and each application is eligible for a prize according to these rules.

4. How To Enter

During the Challenge Submission Period, visit www.metro.net/challenge and register. Registration is free. To register, you must visit www.metro.net/challenge and complete the online form. After you register you must verify your email address via the registration email sent to the email entered in the registration form. Registered Contestants will then be able to enter a submission (“Submission”). A Contestant will be required to fill out the submission form on www.metro.net/challenge and must provide the Submission title, a link or picture of the Submission, the Metro data used, and a text description of the Submission (“Text Description”). Contestants will also need to specify whether the Submission is being entered into Mobile Application; Mobile Application –College; Web Mashup; Web Mashup—Mapping; and NextBus Mobile Application. Upon submitting, Contestants must self-identify into the appropriate category based on the definitions set forth by Metro. Metro will have the ability to switch a Submission’s category from one category to another, if in its sole discretion it does not believe it was correctly categorized. A screenshot of the Submission is optional.

Submission Requirements

  1. Submissions must be software applications that use Metro released route and schedule
    data found at developer.metro.net.
  2. Submissions must be accessible to the public. The applications and mashup may be
    designed for the web, mobile devices, desktop computers, or any software platform
    broadly available to the public.
  3. Submissions must be made available free of charge to the public throughout the
    Challenge and for one (1) year after the announcement of winners.
  4. If the application is not accessible by Metro for review purposes via the web with a URL,
    Contestants may send a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM, or a link to a video of all application
    features. In such case, Metro has the right to request access to the Submission in person
    or via any reasonable manner to verify any criteria about the application.
  5. A Submission may be disqualified if it does not function as expressed in the Text
    Description.
  6. All Submissions must be available for evaluation by May 20, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. PDT.
  7. Once a Submission is submitted, the Contestant cannot make any changes or alterations
    to the Submission until the judging is complete.
  8. Submissions must be entered into one of the five (5) categories:
    (1) Mobile Application;(2) Mobile Application – College; (3) Web Mashup; (4) Web Mash-up—Mapping; (5) NextBus Mobile Application. 

    Upon submitting, Contestants must self- identify into the appropriate category based on the definitions set forth by Metro.

Additional Restrictions
Submissions which in Metro’s sole discretion are determined to be substantially similar to a prior entry will be disqualified. Contestants retain rights and ownership of submitted applications, tools, and visualization. All applications submitted to the Challenge remain the intellectual property of the individuals or the organization that developed them. Metro reserves the right to use apps, tools, and mashups in future public relations/marketing campaigns and programs until one year after the announcement of winners. Metro reserves the right to extend or terminate the Challenge at any time. Submissions must be original, be the work of the Contestant, and must not violate the rights of other parties. Submissions containing any matter which in the sole discretion of Metro is indecent, defamatory, in obvious bad taste, which demonstrates a lack of respect for public morals or conduct, which contains messaging that is inconsistent with the mission of Metro or which adversely affects the reputation of Metro will not be accepted. If Metro, in its sole discretion finds any Submission to be unacceptable, then such Submission shall be deemed disqualified. If any functionality or text of a Submission is in a language other than English, the Submission must be accompanied by an English translation of that text. Each Contestant represents and warrants that he or she is the sole author and owner of the Submission, that the Submission is wholly original with the Contestant, that it does not infringe any copyright or any other rights of any third party of which Contestant is aware, and is free of malware.

Additional Considerations:
Contestants are encouraged to develop apps, tools, mashups and visualizations that target culturally diverse audiences, including the disabled and underserved populations, with consideration for access to the software platform used and Submission messaging/content.

Submission Rights:
Each Contestant grants to Metro a royalty-free, non-exclusive worldwide license to use, copy for use, perform publicly, display publicly for the purpose of the Challenge until one year after the announcement of winners. This license includes posting or linking to the Submission on Metro’s website, making it available for use by the public, and for use in future public relations/marketing campaigns and programs.

5. Winner Selection

The Submissions will be screened by a panel of judges selected by Metro. Decision of the judging panel is final. All finalists will be notified by email and/or phone one week before the award date. The finalists will be required to sign and return to Metro within three (3) days of the date notice is sent, an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (except where prohibited) in order to claim his/her prize. If a finalist of any prize cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release within the required time period, or if notification is returned as undeliverable, the finalist forfeits the award. In the event that a finalist of a Challenge award is disqualified for any reason, Metro may award the applicable prize to an alternate winner selected by the panel.

6. Judging Criteria

Submissions must be accessible to the public. The applications and mashups must be designed for the web, mobile devices, desktop computers, or any software platform broadly available to the public. Metro will select winning entries based on:

  • Utilization of Metro transit data and other public data
  • Usefulness to Los Angeles citizens, visitors, and college students
  • Quality of design
  • Openness, accessibility, and price
  • Originality

7. Prizes

Mobile Application. An application functional on a mobile device utilizing Metro transit. Developers are encouraged to incorporate recreational themes such as nightlife, food & dining, landmarks, etc., and can include GIS data.

Prize Quantity
$2,000 1

Mobile Application – College. An application functional on a mobile device utilizing Metro transit data and information from one or more colleges.

Prize Quantity
$2,000 1

Web Mashup. A website or webpage utilizing Metro transit and/or GIS data displaying data in a visual manner: charts, graphs and interactives. Other data sets, including public data, collected data, etc., can also be incorporated.

Prize Quantity
$2,000 1

Web Mashup – Mapping. A website or webpage utilizing Metro transit data and/or GIS data displaying a map.

Prize Quantity
$2,000 1

Next Bus Mobile Application. An application functional on a mobile device utilizing bus arrival data from NextBus; Metro transit data or other data sets can be incorporated as well.

Prize Quantity
$1,500 1

Winners will be recognized on www.metro.net/ on or about June 20, 2011.

8. Entry Conditions and Release

By entering, each Contestant agrees to: (a) comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Metro which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Challenge; (b) release and hold harmless Metro and all of its past and present officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Release Parties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a Contestant’s entry, creation of an entry or submission of an entry or submission of an entry, participation in the Challenge, acceptance or use or misuse of prize (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, transmission, performance, exploitation or use of entry; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless Metro from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or relating to a Contestant’s participation in the Challenge and/or Contestant’s acceptance, use or misuse of prize.

9. Publicity

Except where prohibited, participation in the Challenge constitutes winners’ consent to Metro and its agents’ use of the winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.

10. General Conditions

Metro reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Challenge, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Metro’s control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Challenge, as determined by Metro in its sole discretion. Metro reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual or Contestant it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Challenge or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Challenge may be a violation of criminal or civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Metro reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Metro’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

11. Limitations of Liability

The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Contestants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or used in the Challenge; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Challenge; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Challenge or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damages to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Contestant’s participation in the Challenge or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. If for any reason a Contestant’s entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, Contestant’s sole remedy is another entry in the Challenge. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded.

12. Disputes

Contestant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Challenge, or any prizes awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (2) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Challenge, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved exclusively in an appropriate judicial or administrative forum of the State of California; and (3) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Challenge, but in no event attorneys’ fees. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Contestant and Metro in connection with the Challenge, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of California.

13. Privacy

Should a Contestant choose to provide Metro with personal information by registering or filling out the submission entry form through Metro’s website, that information is used to respond to Contestants in matters regarding their submissions and/or the Challenge only—unless the Contestant chooses to receive updates or notifications about other competitions from Metro on an opt-in basis. Information is not collected for commercial marketing.

14. Official Rules Request/Winners List

To request the Official Rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by May 2, 2011 to: “Metro Developer Challenge” Official Rules, One Gateway Plaza, MS 99-19-7, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Official rules are also posted online at www.metro.net/challenge. Winning entries will be announced at 9:00 a.m. PDT June 20, 2011, and receive special recognition on www.metro.net.