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    Application Rules

    By applying to the ‘Reboot Health & Wellbeing: keeping young people safe’ innovation challenge (the Challenge), you are deemed to have read and consented to these rules in their entirety.

    Your application must comply with these rules and the ‘Terms and Conditions of Use’ of the United Nations Websites including ‘Unite Ideas’ found here: Unite Ideas @ United Nations . Together, they govern your submission and participation in the Challenge in all respects. In the event of any conflict between these rules and the Terms and Conditions of Use of the United Nations Websites, these rules control.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) may disqualify or reject, at any time, any submission that it deems not to be in line with these rules. In doing so, WHO is under no obligations to advise the applicant or provide any reasons of such a disqualification (though WHO may provide such information at its discretion).

    In these rules, ‘You’, refers to each applicant as an individual and as a group of applicants. In case You are a group, all names of the individuals of the group must be provided to WHO and you will be considered a single applicant for the winners.

    (1) WHO is the organizer of the Challenge

    a) The organizer of the Challenge is the WHO.

    b) WHO may amend these rules at any time, without prior notice to You.

    c) WHO may also decide at its own discretion to suspend, modify or cancel the Challenge, in whole or part, at any time.

    (2) Eligibility

    a) The Challenge is only open to individuals and groups of up to four (4) individuals, except for:

         i. WHO staff

         ii. Anyone with any direct ties (employment or otherwise) to the tobacco or arms industries.

    If You are considered a minor in Your country of residence, Your parent or guardian must consent to Your participation in the Challenge.

    b) You must enter in Your personal capacity and not as a representative of any organization.

    c) WHO may, at any time, reject, disqualify or not consider Your submission if it has reason to believe any of the following apply:

         i. Your ordinary activities or policies are negatively affecting human health and/or are not in line with WHO’s policies, norms and standards;

         ii. Your participation in the Challenge may compromise WHO’s integrity, independence, credibility or reputation;

        iii. Your submission has been produced with funds or any kind of support from military, tobacco or any other industry that WHO considers to negatively affect human health or otherwise not consistent with WHO’s policies, norms and standards;

         iv. You are listed on the United Nations Security Council Consolidated List,

         v. Your participation in the Challenge presents a conflict of interest to WHO;

         vi. You have engaged in cheating, fraudulent conduct, breach of any law or improper behavior;

         vii. Your submission violates third party’s rights, in particular intellectual rights;

         viii. Your submission violates 4 (f) of these rules.

    d) If we reject, disqualify or decide not to consider Your Submission, we will also remove Your submission from the Unite Ideas Platform so that it is no longer visible to the public.

    (3) Timeframe for entry into the Challenge

    a) Applications for the Challenge open at 10 AM, 4 March 2020 and close at 11:59 PM on 15 April 2020. All times are in New York, USA time zone.

    b) WHO will not accept any incomplete submissions, or accept responsibility for lost, damaged or misdirected submissions.

    (4) Your submission into the Challenge

    a) To submit Your proposal, You must first register on the Unites Ideas website and click on “Post Ideas”. Your submission must include:

         i. a short description of your idea, solutions or tool (max 400 words)

         ii. a video of yourself/yourselves explaining the solution (max 2 minutes)

         iii. an online working solution or prototype of your tool (preferred), or a video of it in action (max 2 minutes)

         iv. source code of the solution (this refers to the computer programmes, data files, and other electronic files to make your tool or solution work. These files should be hosted in a publicly accessible repository on the Internet (e.g. GitHub, bitbucket or similar)). Only original, open source work is accepted; however, your solution may also make use of other existing open source libraries

         v. for submissions which are policy reform proposals, an optional document may be uploaded. However, the short description (as set out in clause 4(a)(i)) must contain all the key aspects of the proposal.

    b) Our acceptance of Your submission is also contingent on receiving a completed WHO Declaration of Interest (DOI) form (applicable to each individual in the case of a group) (the DOI form is included in the online submission form for the main applicant, and will be sent to any listed co-authors, as applicable, for completion).

    c) WHO will not accept any submission that is emailed, mailed by post or presented to WHO in any other manner other than through the online platform on the Unite Ideas website.

    d) You are only permitted to make one (1) submission into the Challenge.

    e) You can submit your proposal in any one of the six official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish).

    f) WHO is not responsible for any late, incomplete, damaged or misdirected submissions.

    g) Your submission must be your own work. It must NOT:

         -be copied
         -contain any third-party materials and/or content (including background music) that You do not have permission to use
         -promote Your own or third-party goods or services or include any trade marks,
         -show inappropriate or dangerous behaviour, or otherwise be obscene, defamatory, distasteful or offensive,
         -be in breach of any applicable legislation or regulations,
         -be in breach of any confidentiality obligations owed by You to third parties.

    h) Entering the Challenge is not an endorsement by WHO, UNAIDS or UN-OICT of You or Your submission’s quality, suitability or merchantability. It does not oblige WHO, UNAIDS or UN-OICT to provide further support (financial or otherwise) to develop the proposal or enter into any employment, partnership or other relationship with You. Entering the Challenge does not guarantee that You will win a prize or derive any other benefit.

    i) The purpose of the Challenge is to encourage individuals or group of individuals to develop and leverage innovations, including technology, toward a public health objective. You shall refrain from using the Challenge for commercial purposes, including, without limitation, advertising products or services.

    (5) Evaluation of Submissions

    a) A maximum of 20 submissions will be shortlisted having regard to public feedback on the Unite ideas platform and the extent to which they meet the criteria set out in 5(d) below. Submissions may also be shortlisted where WHO determines, in its sole discretion, that it is of outstanding technical competence.

    b) Shortlisted submissions will be judged by a panel, comprising of representatives from WHO, UNAIDS and UN-OICT.

    c) The panel will select up to three (3) winners from the shortlisted submissions. Winners will be announced on a WHO and/or UN-OICT webpage.

    d) Submissions will be judged against the following criteria:

    First review round criteria (identifying the top 20 proposals from the total pool of submissions):

         -Alignment with challenge objective – helping keep young people safe – and WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work & Triple Billion Goals
        -Impact effectiveness: evidence or likelihood of impact
        -Degree of innovativeness
        -Technical quality, including sound evidence, data analysis & accuracy of results

    The second review round will apply be below additional criteria (identifying up to 3 winning proposals among the top 20 submissions):

    · Clarity of any investment and other scale-up needs to increase impact of the solution

    · Inclusiveness: the approach is user-friendly, and affordable by the poor, or more cost-effective than the status quo, and has the potential to be used by a large number of people, enhancing equity, access and impact

    · The extent to which respect for gender diversity and involvement of people affected by or living with the respective issue/risk/disease/condition are demonstrated in the development of the solution.

    e) Only the winners of the Challenge will be contacted.

    f) Decisions by the panel are final and binding.

    (6) The winners and their proposals will be mentioned on the WHO public website and invited to attend an award ceremony in June 2020.

    a) The winners and their proposals will be mentioned on the WHO public website and invited to attend an award ceremony in June 2020. Given the evolving COVID-19 pandemic situation, this event will likely be a virtual event. Only if the public health situation so permits, will an in-person event be considered. In the case of an in-person event, flights and accommodation will be covered by WHO, in accordance with its rules and procedures, for up to three winners (one individual representative of each winning proposal).

    b) Winning the competition is not an endorsement by WHO, UNAIDS or UN-OICT of You or Your submission’s quality, suitability or merchantability. It does not oblige WHO, UNAIDS or UN-OICT, to provide further support (financial or otherwise) to develop the proposal or enter into any employment, partnership or other relationship with You.

    (7) Publicity and WHO Name and Emblem

    a) You consent to the use of Your name, photo and/or likeness, biographical information, submission and statements attributed to You for promotional purposes, including on the WHO website, social media accounts or outlets, without additional compensation, and without any limitations as to time, place and duration of use.

    b) You shall not use the WHO name or emblem, or any abbreviation thereof, on any document, website, image, electronic or otherwise, for promotional, commercial or other purposes, without first obtaining the express written consent of WHO.

    (8) General

    a) Entering the Challenge does not guarantee that you will win a prize or derive any other benefit. WHO accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you because of entering the Challenge or accepting any prize. WHO further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to you or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participating or downloading any materials in connection with the Challenge.

    b) You agree to indemnify and hold harmless WHO from and against any and all legal liability, claims, losses, actions, damages and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees) arising from Your participation in the Challenge, including, without limitation, any violation by You in regards to third party intellectual property.

    c) Where You have used personal information of individual(s) that is not You, You confirm that You have obtained their consent to use such personal information.

    d) Any dispute relating to the interpretation or application of these rules or any other aspect of the Challenge shall, unless amicably settled, be subject to conciliation. In the event of failure of the latter, the dispute shall be settled by arbitration. The arbitration shall be conducted in accordance with the modalities to be agreed upon by the parties or, in the absence of agreement, with the rules of arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce. You and WHO shall accept the arbitral award as final. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as a waiver of any of the privileges and immunities enjoyed by WHO under national or international law, and/or as submitting WHO to any national court jurisdiction.