Rules

COMPETITION TERMS & DEFINITIONS

COMPETITION NAME (the ‘Competition’):  Multimodal Emotion Recognition Challenge

COMPETITION ORGANIZER (the ‘Organizer’): Neurodata Lab LLC, 3800 S Ocean Dr. STE 216, Hollywood, FL, 33019

COMPETITION WEBSITE: www.datacombats.com

СOMPETITION JURY (the ‘Jury’): Persons authorized by the Competition Organizer to judge the participants’ solutions (including submissions, code and documentation)

COMPETITION PARTICIPANT (the ‘Participant’): Individual or Team entering the competition. Each individual or team member must be registered at the Competition Website.

ACCOUNT PER INDIVIDUAL: You cannot sign up to Datacombats from multiple accounts and therefore you cannot submit from multiple accounts.

WINNER LICENSE TYPE: Non-Exclusive License

MAXIMUM TEAM SIZE: Five individuals

TEAM FORMATION: Allowed unless the individual submission is made.

TEAM MERGERS: Not allowed.

MAXIMUM SUBMISSIONS PER DAY: 5 submissions

FINAL SUBMISSION: 1 final submissions for judging

PRIZES:

Total prizes valued at $3,500 U.S. Dollars (“USD”)

  • First Prize: $2,000 USD
  • Second Prize: $1,000 USD
  • Third Prize: $ 500 USD

Additional prizes might be rewarded at the discretion of the Competition Jury.

Competition Timeline

  • Registration Start Date: 06/10/2017 2:00 PM UTC
  • Registration Deadline: 10/11/2017 18:00 AM UTC
  • Competition Start Date: 18/10/2017 14:00 PM UTC
  • Submission Deadline: 13/11/2017 05:59 AM UTC
  • Competition End Date (Final Submission Deadline): 16/11/2017 15:59 PM UTC
  • Final Submission Review: 16/11/2017 -27/11/2017
  • Winner Announcement: 28/11/2016
  • Competition End Date: 28/11/2016

 

GENERAL COMPETITION RULES

The Competition is administered and hosted by Neurodata Lab LLC.

BINDING AGREEMENT

In order to enter the Competition, you must agree to these Official Competition Rules which incorporate by reference the contents of the Competition Website listed above (collectively, the “Rules”). Please read these Rules carefully prior to entry to ensure you understand and agree. By entering this Competition as individual or Team, downloading a dataset linked from the Competition Website, or submitting an entry to this Competition you agree to be bound by these Competition Rules which constitute a binding agreement between you and the Organizer.

COMPETITION PERIOD

The Competition will run during the dates specified in the Competition Timeline. The Competition Period and Submission deadlines are subject to change, and the Organizer may introduce additional hurdle deadlines during the Competition. Any updated or additional deadlines will be publicized on the Competition Website. It is your responsibility to check the Competition Website regularly to stay informed of any deadline changes as well as determine the corresponding time zone in your location. The Organizer is not responsible for any Participant’s failure to do so.

COMPETITION ENTRY

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. To enter the Competition, you must register at the Competition Website during the Competition Period and follow the instructions for developing and entering your Submission through the Competition Website.

Participants may enter the Competition as individuals or teams and each Participant participating in the Competition (including individuals or Teams) must register with Datacombats, as set forth in the “Individuals and Teams” section of these Competition Rules below.

ENTRY IN THIS COMPETITION CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE OFFICIAL COMPETITION RULES.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to enter the Competition, you must be:

  1. a registered account holder at Datacombats.com;
  2. over the age of 18 at the time of entry or the age of majority in your jurisdiction of residence.

Employees, interns, contractors, officers and directors (and their immediate families and members of the same household) of the Organizer and its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, contractors, agents, judges are not eligible to participate in the Competition.

The Organizer reserves the right to verify eligibility and to adjudicate on any dispute at any time. If you provide any false information relating to the Competition concerning your identity, residency, mailing address, telephone number, email address, ownership of right, or information required for entering the Competition, you may be immediately disqualified from the Competition.

 

INDIVIDUALS AND TEAMS

INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNT
You may make Submissions only under one, unique Datacombats.com account. You will be disqualified if you make Submissions through more than one Datacombats.com account, or attempt to falsify an account to act as your proxy. You may submit up to the maximum number of Submissions per day as specified on the Competition Website.

TEAM FORMATION
Multiple individuals may collaborate as a team (a “Team”); however, you may join or form only one Team. Each Team member must be a single individual with a separate Datacombats account. You must register individually at the Competition Website before joining a Team. You must join a Team before making a submission as individual. You need to agree on the Team memebership outside the Competition Website and authorized one team member to register a Team. You must confirm your Team membership to make it official by responding to the Team Confirmation email. Team membership may not exceed the Maximum Team Size set forth on the Competition Website.

TEAM MERGER
Teams mergers are not allowed in this Competition.

 

SUBMISSIONS AND SUBMISSION CODE REQUIREMENTS

Your Submissions must be made and uploaded in the manner and format, and in compliance with all other requirements, set forth on the Competition Website (the “Requirements”). Submissions must be received prior to any Submission deadlines set forth on the Competition Website.

Submissions may not use or incorporate information from hand labeling or human prediction of the validation dataset or test data records.

Submissions are void if they are in whole or part illegible, incomplete, damaged, altered, counterfeit, obtained through fraud, or late. The Organizer reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant who makes a Submission that does not meet the Requirements.

CODE SHARING
Participants are prohibited from publicly or privately (outside of Teams) sharing source or executable code developed in connection with or based upon the Data during the Competition Period, and any such sharing is a breach of these Competition Rules and may result in disqualification.

OPEN-SOURCE CODE
If Open Source code is used in the model to generate the Submission, then you must only use Open Source code licensed under an Open Source Initiative-approved license (see >) that in no event limits commercial use of such code or model containing or depending on such code.

 

COMPETITION DATA

“Competition Data” means the data or datasets available from the Competition Website for the purpose of use in the Competition, including any prototype or executable code provided on the Competition Website.

DATA ACCESS AND USE
Unless otherwise set forth on the Competition Website, Participants must use the Data solely for the purpose and duration of the Competition, including but not limited to reading and learning from the Data, analyzing the Data, modifying the Data and generally preparing your Submission and any underlying models and participating in forum discussions on the Competition Website.

DATA SECURITY
You agree to use suitable measures to prevent persons who have not formally agreed to these Competition Rules from gaining access to the Data and agree not to transmit, duplicate, publish, redistribute or otherwise provide or make available the Data to any party not participating in the Competition. Participants agree to notify the Organizer immediately upon learning of any possible unauthorized transmission or unauthorized access of the Data and agree to work with the Organizer to rectify any unauthorized transmission. Participants agree that participation in the Competition shall not be construed as having or being granted a license (expressly, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise) under, or any right of ownership in, any of the Data.

EXTERNAL DATA
You may use data, other than the Competition Data, as long as it’s publicly available to develop and test your models and Submissions; provided, you have the right and authority to use such external data for the purposes of the Competition. For example, you may use pre-trained networks, tools and libraries.

 

WINNING

DETERMINING WINNERS

Each Submission will be scored and ranked by the evaluation metric set forth on the Competition Website, as determined by applying the predictions in the Submission to the ground truth of a validation dataset whose instances were a fixed set sampled from the Data. During the Competition, the current ranking will be visible on the Competition Website’s leaderboard. The potential winner(s) are determined by the leaderboard ranking on the private leaderboard or through the method(s) otherwise set forth on the Competition website (subject to compliance with these Competition Rules). The odds of winning depend on the nature and quality of the Submissions.

The winner’s list will be publicly displayed at Datacombats.com. Additional prizes might be awarded at the discretion of the jury. The determinations of the Competition Jury are final and binding.

Prize awards are subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the Competition Rules. The Organizer reserves the right to examine the Submission and any associated code or documentation for compliance with these Competition Rules. In the event that the Submission demonstrates a breach of these Competition Rules, the Organizer may at its discretion take either of the following actions:

* disqualify your Submission(s); or
* require that you remediate within 3 days all issues identified in your Submission(s) (including, without limitation, the resolution of license conflicts, the fulfillment of all obligations required by software licenses, and the removal of any software that violates the software restrictions).

RESOLVING TIES

A tie between two or more valid and identically ranked submissions will be resolved in favour of the tied submission that was submitted first.
In the event a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, the Submission that received the next highest score rank will be chosen as the potential winner.

DELIVERING PRIZES

WINNER NOTIFICATION
Datacombats will notify the potential winner(s) by email. If a potential winner does not respond to the notification attempt within three (3) days from the first notification attempt, then such potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate potential winner will be selected from among all eligible entries received based on the judging criteria described on the Competition Website.

PRIZE TRANSFER
After verification of eligibility, each prize winner will receive the prize in the form of a bank transfer made out to the prize winner (if an individual, or to the individual Team members). Allow 30 days from final confirmation for prize delivery.  All prizes are awarded “as is” and without any warranty of any kind.

DECLINING PRIZES
A Participant may decline to be nominated as a Winner by notifying the Organizer directly within three (3) days following the Competition deadline, in which case the declining Participant forgoes any prize or other features associated with winning the Competition. The Organizer reserves the right to disqualify a Participant who so declines at the Organizer’s sole discretion if the Organizer deems disqualification appropriate. A Participant who misses the deadline to decline to be nominated and accordingly declines to accept a prize shall be disqualified, and prizes shall be awarded to the next best competitor.

TEAM PRIZES
If a Team wins a monetary prize, the Organizer will allocate the prize money in even shares between the Team members unless the Team unanimously (each member of the Team) contacts Datacombats within three business days following the Final submission deadline to request an alternative prize distribution.

 

WINNERS’ OBLIGATIONS

DELIVERY & DOCUMENTATION
As a condition of entry into the Competition, Participants must deliver to the Organizer the final model’s software source code as used to generate the winning Submission and all associated documentation (consistent with the final report template). THE DELIVERED SOFTWARE CODE MUST BE CAPABLE OF GENERATING THE LAST SUBMISSION BASED ON A PUBLIC TEST SET AND THE FINAL (WINNING) SUBMISSION BASED ON A PRIVATE TEST SET and contain a description of resources required to build and/or run the executable code successfully.

Potential winners will be disqualified and the prize may be awarded to an alternate winner based on the next-ranked and qualified Participant if:

  • the final model’s software source code and/or the required documentation is not provided with the final submission;
  • the delivered code is not capable of producing the last submission on a public test set as well as the final submission on a private test set.
  • prize notification letter/email or prize is returned as undeliverable; or
  • potential winner or winning Team member is disqualified for any reason.

USE OF NAME AND LIKENESS
By entering the Competition, Participants agree to allow the Organizer and/or Organizer’s designee the perpetual right to use their name, biographical information, Submissions, photos and/or likeness, and statements for promotion, trade, commercial, advertising and publicity purposes, at any time or times, in all media now known or hereafter discovered including live television, worldwide, including but not limited to on the World Wide Web and Internet, without notice, review or approval and without additional compensation except where prohibited by law. By entering the Competition, Participants also agree to participate in media opportunities, which may include in-person and remote interviews, as arranged by the Organizer.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LICENSING: NON-EXCLUSIVE LICENSE
The Winner License Type for the Competition (see Winner License Type above) is a Non-Exclusive License. Each Winner by accepting a Prize thereby: grants to the Organizer and its designees a worldwide, non-exclusive, sub-licensable, transferable, fully paid-up, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right to use, not use, reproduce, distribute, create derivative works of, re-work, amend or change in any way, publicly perform, publicly display, digitally perform, make, have made, sell, offer for sale and import their winning Submission and the source code used to generate the Submission, in any media now known or hereafter developed, for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise, without further approval by or payment to Participant (including each member of a Team); and represents that he/she/it has the unrestricted right to grant that license.

ACCEPTANCE DOCUMENTS AND OTHER AGREEMENTS
As a condition to being awarded a Prize, a Prize winner must sign and return all Prize acceptance documents as may be required by the Organizer including without limitation: (i) the information necessary for prize transfer (Ii) eligibility certifications; (iiI) licenses, releases and other agreements required under the Rules; and (iv U.S, tax forms (such as IRS Form W-9 if U.S. resident, IRS Form W-8BEN if foreign resident, or future equivalents).

PARTICIPATION LIMITATION
Participating using more than one Datacombats account per individual is a breach of these Competition Rules and, if discovered, will result in disqualification from the Competition of any Individual (or Team including Individual) and may result in banning or deactivation of affected Datacombats accounts.

 

WARRANTIES AND OBLIGATIONS

PARTICIPANT WARRANTIES AND OBLIGATIONS

GENERAL
By participating in this Competition, Participants agree to abide by and accept these Official Rules throughout the Competition and the decisions of the Organizer, which shall be final and binding in all matters relating to this Competition. Participants waive any right to claim ambiguity in these Official Rules. Winning a Prize is contingent upon satisfying all the requirements set forth in these Official Rules.

ACCOUNT
By registering, You agree that (a) your Account is complete, correct and accurate and (b) your registration may be rejected or terminated and all Entries submitted by You may be disqualified if any of the information in your Account is (or the Organizer has reasonable grounds to believe it is) incomplete, incorrect or inaccurate. You are solely responsible for your Account.

EMPLOYER’S POLICIES
You are responsible for abiding by your employer’s policies regarding participation in the Competition. The Organizer disclaims any and all liability or responsibility for disputes arising between You and your employer related to this Competition.

EQUIPMENT
Each Participant is solely responsible for providing or obtaining all equipment, including but not limited to a computer and internet connection, necessary to access the Competition Website and to develop and upload any Submission, and any telephone, data, hosting or other service fees associated with such access, as well as all costs incurred by or behalf of the Entrant in participating in the Competition.

WARRANTY/ SUBMISSION WARRANTY
By entering a Submission, You represent and warrant to the Organizer that You have the right and authority to make the Submission (including any underlying code and model) on your own behalf or on behalf of the persons and entities that You specify within the Submission, and that your Submission:

* is your own original work, or is used by permission, in which case full and proper credit and identify is given and the third party contributions are clearly identified within your Submission;
* does not contain confidential information or trade secrets and is not the subject of a registered patent or pending patent application;
* does not violate or infringe upon the patent rights, industrial design rights, copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity;
* does not contain malicious code, such as viruses, timebombs, cancelbots, worms, Trojan horses or other potentially harmful programs or other material or information;
* does not and will not violate any applicable law, statute, ordinance, rule or regulation;
* does not trigger any reporting or royalty obligation to any third party; and
* was not previously published and has not won any other prize/award.

A breach of any of these warranties will result in the corresponding Submission being invalid.

LAWS
Participation is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. You are responsible for checking applicable laws and regulations in your jurisdiction before participating in the Competition to make sure that your participation is legal.

TAXES
You are responsible for all taxes and reporting related to any award that You may receive as part of the Competition.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

INDEMNITY AND RELEASE
By participating in the Competition, each Participant to the maximum extent permitted by law agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless the Organizer, their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotions agencies, as applicable, and each of their respective agents, representatives, officers, directors, shareholders, and employees from and against any injuries, losses, damages, claims, actions and any liability of any kind resulting from or arising out of the participation in or association with the Competition.

You hereby release the Organizer from any liability associated with: (a) any malfunction or other problem with the Competition Website; (b) any error in the collection, processing, or retention of any Submission; or (c) any typographical or other error in the printing, offering or announcement of any Prize or winners.

INTERNET AND COMPUTER
The Organizer is not responsible for: (a) late, lost, stolen, damaged, garbled, incomplete, incorrect or misdirected Submissions or other communications, (b) errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, or delays in operations or transmission of information, in each case whether arising by way of technical or other failures or malfunctions of computer hardware, software, communications devices, or transmission lines, or (c) data corruption, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to or alteration of Submission materials, loss or otherwise.

The Organizer is not responsible for electronic communications or emails which are undeliverable as a result of any form of active or passive filtering of any kind, or insufficient space in any email account to receive email messages.

The Organizer disclaims any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participation in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with, the Competition.

RESERVATION OF RIGHTS

CANCELATION AND MODIFICATION
The Organizer reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend the Competition and/or proceed with the Competition in a manner it deems fair and reasonable without prior notice should any computer virus, bug or other technical difficulty or other causes beyond the control of the Organizer corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Competition, and to determine winners from among Submission not affected by the corruption, if any, in its sole discretion.

DISQUALIFICATION
The Organizer reserves the right to disqualify any individual found, in its sole opinion, to be tampering with the submission process or any other part of the Competition or Competition Website. Any attempt by a Participant to deliberately damage any web site, including the Competition Website, is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, The Organizer reserves the right to seek damages from any such Participant to the fullest extent of the applicable law.

Any use of robotic, automatic, macro, programmed, third party, or like methods to participate in the Competition will void any attempted participation effected by such methods and the disqualification of the individual utilizing the same.

The Organizer further reserves the right to disqualify any Participant from the Competition if, in the Organizer’s sole discretion, it reasonably believes that such Participant has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of the Competition by cheating, deception, or other unfair playing practices or abuses, threatens or harasses any other entrants or the Organizer.

CHANGES TO THE COMPETITION TIMELINE
The Organizer reserves the right to modify the Start Date, End Date, and the right to modify, add or remove additional Competition deadlines for any reason. Any changes will be communicated through the Competition Website. Competition Sponsor also reserves the right to modify, remove or add Data to the Website upon notice via the Competition Website. The Organizer is not RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY FAILURE OF A PARTICIPANT TO RECEIVE DATA CHANGES.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

SEVERABILITY
The Organizer’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. In the event of any conflict with any Competition details contained in these Official Rules and Competition details contained in promotion material (including but not limited to point of sale, television, and print advertising, promotional packaging, and other promotion media), the details of the Competition as set forth in these Official Rules shall prevail.

GOVERNING LAW AND DISPUTES RESOLUTION
All claims arising out of or relating to these Rules will be governed by Florida law, excluding its conflict of laws rules, and will be litigated exclusively in the Federal or State courts of Florida, USA. The parties consent to personal jurisdiction in those courts. If any provision of these Rules is held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions of the Rules will remain in full force and effect.

PRIVACY POLICY
Any personally identifiable information collected during a Participant’s participation in this Competition will be collected by the Organizer and used by the Organizer, its affiliates, agents, and marketers for purposes of the proper administration and fulfillment of the Competition and the Rules, as well as any further promotion of the Competition and its results (including Submissions) or similar competitions.

Your information may also be transferred to countries outside the country of your residence, including the United States. Such other countries may not have privacy laws and regulations similar to those of the country of your residence.