2019 rules – Canada
DURATION OF THE COOPERATHON
The Cooperathon is organized by Desjardins Group (“Desjardins” and the “Organizer”) and will be held from October 2 to November 20, 2019 in Canada (the “Cooperathon Period”).
The Cooperathon is open to anyone residing in Canada who is 18 or older at the time of registration (the “Eligible Participants”).
The following people are not eligible to participate: Desjardins officers, members of the jury and anyone residing with them; mentors and anyone residing with them; and members of the Desjardins Lab and of the Cooperathon team and anyone residing with them.
HOW TO ENTER
Between October 2 and November 20, 2019, Eligible Participants must:
- Visit the Cooperathon website (https://cooperathon.ca/) to register.
- Create a user profile to access the competition section of the project platform.
- Join a team (teams must have at least 2 members but no more than 7).
- Develop a prototype (design, code, business model, etc.) related to one of the themes and/or challenges.
- Registration will open on June 3, 2019 on the Cooperathon site (https://cooperathon.ca/). Each person registered for the Cooperathon will have to create a user profile for the project platform, which can be accessed through the website.
- The Cooperathon will kick off on October 2nd & 3rd, 2019. Registered participants and anyone wishing to register that day can use the event as an opportunity to connect with other participants to form or join a team. On this date, the prototypes developed must be in the concept stage (pre-prototyping), and projects must be in the pre-market stage at most.
- From October 2 to November 20, teams must develop their prototypes. Throughout the Cooperathon, optional workshops will be offered to help teams develop their prototype and obtain the specific skills they need from the experts leading the sessions.
- Documents must be submitted this way: prototype description must be submitted on October 27th at 11:59 p.m. (ET) at the latest; The PDF version of the semi-final presentation must be submitted on November 1st at 11:59 p.m. (ET) at the latest.
- On November 2, all of the members of the registered teams must be available to give a presentation of their prototype lasting 4 minutes and 30 seconds (3 minutes of pitch + 1 minute and 30 seconds for questions) at the regional semi-finals. Visual aids will be available. Pitches will be videotaped.
- Finalists will be selected by the semi-finals juries on November 2, 2019, based on the pitch and question period, and also documents submitted by the team (prototype description and pdf of the presentation).
- The finalists will be announced on November 6, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. (GMT+6) and broadcast live on Facebook (https://fr-ca.facebook.com/thecooperathon/).
- All or some of the finalist team members must be available to pitch their projects to the final jury in the afternoon of November 20, the day of the finals.
- The final jury will be asked to evaluate the finalist projects based on the description of the prototype and the team pitch.
- On November 20, the date of the finals, the Organizer will award prizes to the winning teams.
Descriptions of the prizes will be available on the Cooperathon website (https://cooperathon.ca) before competition starts.
The general evaluation criteria are the following. The detailed evaluation grid will be communicated prior to the beginning of the competition.
1- Definition and understanding of the issue
2- Magnitude and extent of the chosen issue
3- Relevance and pertinence of the value proposition
4- Integration of impact within the proposition
5- User validation and partnerships
6- Potential for scaling impact
7- Viability potential and feasibility
8- Composition of the team
- To be declared a winner, each member of the selected team must:
a) Have filled out the agreement for submitting prototypes (available on the participant page on the Cooperathon website).
b) Confirm that they meet the eligibility and other requirements contained herein.
c) Attend the finals.
Should the selected team fail to meet the above-mentioned terms or any other condition herein, the team will be disqualified, and, at the Organizer’s discretion, the prize will either be cancelled or awarded to another team in accordance with these rules. In such a case, the same terms and conditions will apply and be adapted as necessary.
- Awarding of the prize. Should the selected participant refuse the prize, Desjardins will be released from all obligations relating to the awarding of the prize and may, at its discretion, cancel the prize or hold a new draw in accordance with the procedure described in the previous paragraph. The prize will be awarded to the team through a mechanism agreed upon by the winners and the Cooperathon organization.
- All entries and declaration forms will be subject to verification by Desjardins. Any entry that is incomplete, inaccurate, illegible, mechanically reproduced, defaced, fraudulent, submitted or sent after the deadline, or that contains telephone numbers that are invalid or otherwise non-compliant may be refused and will not be eligible for the prize.
- Disqualification. Any person who enters or attempts to enter the Cooperathon by means that contravene these rules or are unfair to other participants (e.g., computer piracy, failure to declare prior intellectual property) will be automatically disqualified and may be brought before the appropriate legal authorities. Similarly, projects that exceed the maximum accepted starting status (pre-incubation or pre-market) will be disqualified.
- Intellectual property. The intellectual property of the prototype belongs to the entire team. Each team is responsible for ensuring that they have full rights to any pre-existing intellectual property before using any elements during the Cooperathon. In the event that any team member works for an institution that is a member of Services de Santé et de Services Sociaux du Québec (e.g., the CHUM or the CHU Ste-Justine), the team must accept for the intellectual property to be governed by the policies in effect at that institution. This team member must then inform their team members that this clause applies and that they are employed by an institution that is a member of Services de Santé et de Services Sociaux du Québec.
- Competition operation. Any attempt to undermine the legitimate operation of this competition constitutes a violation of civil and criminal law. If such attempts are discovered, Desjardins reserves the right to reject the participant’s entry and take legal action.
- Acceptance of prizes. Prizes must be accepted as described on the Cooperathon website and cannot, in any case, be transferred to another team, in whole or in part, or be substituted for another prize or redeemed for cash, subject to the discretion of the Organizers.
- Limitation of liability. If Desjardins is unable to award the prize as described on the Cooperathon website, it reserves the right to award a prize of the same type and equivalent value or, at its sole discretion, the cash value of the prize indicated herein.
- Limitation of liability: Use of the prize. Winners release Desjardins from any damages that may result from their entering the competition, and acceptance and use of the prize. Winners acknowledge that upon receipt of the prize or the letter confirming that they have won the prize, fulfillment of prize-related obligations becomes the sole and exclusive responsibility of the various product and service providers. Winners undertake to sign a declaration and release form to this effect. Winner acknowledge that the only applicable guarantee is the usual manufacturer’s warranty.
- Limitation of liability: Situations beyond Desjardins’s control. Desjardins will not be held liable in any way in the event their inability to act results from a fact or a situation beyond their control, or from a strike, lockout or any other labour conflict in the organizations or companies whose services are used to hold the competition.
Limitation of liability – Cooperathon participation. Desjardins shall not be held liable for any problems whatsoever, with the website during the competition, including any damage to a participant’s computer or mobile device.
- Competition changes. Desjardins reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this competition, in whole or in part, should human intervention or an event occur that could alter or affect the administration, security, impartiality or normal running of the competition as stipulated in these rules, and cannot be held liable under any circumstances.
- Termination of the competition. In the event that the competition must be terminated, in whole or in part, for any reason whatsoever, before the closing date stipulated in these rules, Desjardins may, at its sole discretion, award the prize from among all eligible entries received prior to termination of the competition.
- Limitation of liability: Competition entry. Persons who participate or attempt to participate in this Cooperathon release Desjardins from any and all liability for damages these persons may incur as a result of their participation or attempted participation in the competition.
- By accepting the prize, winners authorize Desjardins to use, if required, their name, photo, likeness, voice, place of residence and prize statement for publicity purposes, without any form of compensation.
- If a section of these rules is declared or deemed illegal, unenforceable or invalid by a competent court, then this section shall be considered invalid, but all other sections will be applied within the limits of the law.
- These rules are available online at cooperathon.com.
- In the event of a discrepancy between the English and French versions of these rules, the French version will prevail.
- This competition is subject to all applicable laws.
- Personal information. All personal information obtained from participants will be used solely for the purposes of administering the Cooperathon.
Decisions. Anyone who enters the Cooperathon agrees to be bound by these rules and to the final and binding decisions of the Organizers administering the Cooperathon.