Official Rules

  1. Definitions and Interpretation

    “BAE Systems”
    means BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Limited (company number 1337451) whose registered address is Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7YP.
    “Data Challenge”
    means a data challenge competition held on the Website.
    “Challenge Materials”
    means the images and data provided to Competitors as part of a Data Challenge as updated from time to time.
    “Competitor”
    means the party uploading an Entry to a Data Challenge via the Website.
    “COTS IPR”
    means Intellectual Property Rights that are commonly used and provided in a standard form and generally made commercially available on standard licence terms which are not typically negotiated by the licensor.
    “COTS Software”
    means software (including open source software) that is commonly used and provided in a standard form and generally made commercially available on standard licence terms which are not typically negotiated by the licensor.
    “Entry”
    means data uploaded to the Website by a Competitor describing that Competitor's response to a Data Challenge.
    “Intellectual Property Rights”
    means (a) copyright, rights related to or affording protection similar to copyright, rights in databases, patents and rights in inventions, semi-conductor topography rights, trade marks, rights in internet domain names and website addresses and other rights in trade names, designs, know-how, trade secrets and other rights in confidential information; (b) applications for registration, and the right to apply for registration, for any of the rights listed at (a) that are capable of being registered in any country or jurisdiction; and (c) all other rights having equivalent or similar effect in any country or jurisdiction.
    “Non-COTS IPR”
    means Intellectual Property Rights that are not COTS IPR.
    “Non-COTS Software”
    means software that it not COTS Software.
    “Solution”
    means the software used to create an Entry.
    “Sponsoring Agencies”
    means the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the Government Office for Science, MI5 and SIS.
    “UK Government”
    means the government of the United Kingdom acting through the Sponsoring Agencies.
    “Website”
    means the website found at www.datasciencechallenge.org
    1. Data Challenges are hosted, run and judged by BAE Systems as a supplier of services to UK Government. BAE Systems shall be UK Government's authorised representative for these purposes.

    2. These Official Rules govern the relationship between UK Government and each Competitor and are applicable to all Data Challenges.

    3. Additional, specific terms and rules of participation will apply to individual Data Challenges. Competitors should ensure that they are familiar with all of the terms and rules of participation that apply to a particular Data Challenge.

    4. Failure to adhere to these Official Rules and any specific terms and rules of participation applicable to a particular Data Challenge may result in disqualification.

  2. Eligibility to take part in Data Challenges

    1. Data Challenges are open to individuals aged 18 and over. Entries made by or on behalf of corporate entities will not be accepted.

    2. Officers, directors, employees and their immediate families of the Sponsoring Agencies, BAE Systems, Capgemini UK PLC, Roke Manor Research Limited and their respective group companies, contractors and agents may not participate in Data Challenges.

    3. No payment shall be made (whether directly or via a third party/country) to:

      1. any bank account registered and maintained in any country with a score of 37 or less according to Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index 2014; or

      2. an individual who is a national and/or resident of, or located in, any country with a score of 37 or less according to Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index 2014, or

      3. an individual who UK Government knows or has reason to suspect (or UK Government's authorised representative knows or has reason to suspect) appears on:

        1. the sanctions list maintained by the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office (as amended from time to time); or

        2. the Consolidated List of persons, groups and entities subject to EU financial sanctions, as maintained by the European External Action Service (as amended from time to time); or

        3. the Consolidated Screening List as maintained by the United States Government (as amended from to time).

    4. If UK Government is not (or its authorised representative is not) reasonably satisfied as to the potential recipient's identity, no payment shall be made to that person.

  3. Challenge Materials

    UK Government reserves the right (with or without notice) to update Data Challenges and Challenge Materials during their running. Competitors should regularly check the Website for such updates in order to ensure that they remain familiar with the Data Challenge and are using the latest Challenge Materials. UK Government accepts no liability for any failure on the part of a Competitor in this regard.

  4. Assessment of Entries and Solutions

    1. A maximum of 3 Entries per day per Competitor will be assessed; any Entries in excess of this limit will be disregarded. Entries will be assessed in the order in which they are submitted.

    2. Entries shall be assessed electronically against UK Government's model response (referred to as the “ground truth”) for the relevant Data Challenge.

    3. A Competitor whose Entry is selected as a potential winning Entry shall at its own expense install, configure and make available the Solution in a non-internet facing environment (such that the Solution runs without access to online resources) on an Amazon Web Services Inc. cloud platform (or such other PaaS as UK Government or its authorised representative may approve) for evaluation by UK Government or its authorised representative.

    4. Solutions shall be assessed by, inter alia, their ability to automatically respond to previously unseen data sets and the proximity of their responses to the UK Government's ground truth for the relevant data set.

    5. The winning Competitor will be notified within four weeks of the closing date of the relevant Data Challenge. The judges' decision shall be final and no correspondence shall be entered into with regard to it.

  5. Delivery of Winning Solution

    1. Following successful evaluation of a Solution pursuant to Clause 4.1 above, and to the extent that the same does not comprise COTS Software, the winning Competitor shall deliver a copy of the winning Solution in source code and object code form to UK Government or its authorised representative, together with a description of the resources required and the instructions necessary to build and run the Solution successfully.

    2. As a condition of the award of a prize, the delivered Solution must be capable of being built and run by UK Government or its authorised representative in a non-internet facing environment and generating the winning Entry.

  6. Ownership of and IP in Entries and Solutions

    1. Entries to Data Challenges shall comprise CSV files describing the Competitor's response to the relevant Data Challenge. Once uploaded to the Website, Entries shall become the property of UK Government.

    2. Competitors warrant that their Entries and Solutions are their own original work, or where third party material is incorporated this is used with the necessary permissions, licences or consents, in which case the relevant material and third parties shall be clearly identified.

    3. In respect of any COTS Software and COTS IPR used by a Competitor in a Solution:

      1. the Competitor warrants that it has title to the same or the licences necessary to lawfully use the same for that purpose; and

      2. in respect of a winning Entry, the Competitor shall provide UK Government or its authorised representative with a list of all such COTS Software and COTS IPR together with evidence of its title to or rights to lawfully use the same for that purpose.

    4. In respect of any Non-COTS Software and Non-COTS IPR used by a Competitor in a Solution:

      1. the Competitor warrants that it has title to the same or the licences necessary to lawfully use the same for that purpose; and

      2. in respect of a winning Entry:

        1. the Competitor shall provide UK Government or its authorised representative with a list of all such Non-COTS Software and Non-COTS IPR; and

        2. the Competitor shall make all such Non-COTS Software and Non-COTS IPR available either generally on an MIT open source licence or by granting UK Government a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub-licensable licence to use, modify, adapt, enhance, create derivative works of and exploit all such Non-COTS Software and Non-COTS IPR for any purpose relating to the exercise of UK Government's (or any central UK Government body's) business or function.

  7. Intellectual Property in Data Challenges and Challenge Materials

    1. Intellectual property rights in Data Challenges and Challenge Materials belong to UK Government, its contractors and their respective licensors. Competitors are hereby authorised to download and use the Data Challenge Materials for the purposes of taking part in Data Challenges only.

    2. Competitors shall not reproduce, publish, resell or distribute the Challenge Materials and shall delete the same at the end of the Data Challenge.

    3. Competitors shall not use any Challenge Materials in a defamatory or deceptive context, or in a manner that could be considered libellous, obscene or illegal, or give rise to a claim for unfair competition.

    4. Competitors shall use suitable measures to prevent persons who have not agreed to these Official Rules from gaining access to the Challenge Materials.

    5. Aside from the limited rights described in Clause 7.1 above, participation in a Data Challenge shall not be construed as granting or conferring on the Competitor any title, rights or interests in the Challenge Materials.

  8. Third Party IPR Indemnity

    A Competitor shall at all times on written demand indemnify UK Government and BAE Systems (each an “Indemnified Person”) and keep them indemnified against all losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including legal fees) incurred by or awarded against them arising from any claim or action by a third party that:

    1. the relevant Indemnified Person’s possession and/or use of an Entry or a Solution originating from the Competitor infringes the intellectual property rights of a third party; or

    2. the Competitor’s use of the Challenge Materials is contrary to Clause 7 of these Official Rules.

  9. Exclusion of Warranties and Liability

    1. Subject always to Clauses 9.2:

      1. The Website, the Data Challenges and the Challenge Materials are provided “as is” and without warranty as to accuracy, completeness, availability, suitability, or fitness for any particular purpose. All implied conditions, warranties and representations in relation to the provision of the Website, the Data Challenges and the Challenge Materials are hereby excluded.

      2. UK Government excludes all liability, whether in contract, tort (including negligence) breach of statutory duty or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with use of, inability to use, or reliance on, the Website or any of its content, one or more Data Challenges, or any Challenge Materials.

    2. Nothing in these Official Rules excludes or limits UK Government’s liability:

      1. for death or personal injury caused by its negligence or the negligence of its employees, agents or subcontractors;

      2. for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; or

      3. where it would be unlawful to do so.

  10. Third Party Rights

    The indemnity at Clause 8 shall be enforceable against a Competitor by BAE Systems. Apart from that, a person who is not a party to this agreement shall not have any rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce any term of this agreement, but this does not affect any right or remedy of a third party which exists, or is available, apart from that Act.

  11. Governing law and jurisdiction

    These Official Rules shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction in respect of any dispute or claim that arises out of or in connection with them, provided always that where a Competitor is a consumer (that is, an individual acting for purposes which are wholly or mainly outside their trade, business, craft or profession) resident in Northern Ireland, Scotland or another EU Member State they may also bring proceedings in their home jurisdiction.