November 9th, 2014

#MyZeitgeist: student challenge rules




1.  TO ENTER:  There are two (2) ways for students to enter: (i) by creating and submitting a Trio mashup or (ii) by creating and submitting a Meograph video. Students wishing to qualify for prizes must have their teacher send their submission information to PBS NewsHour Extra Teacher Resource Producer Katie Gould ( Submission information must include the student’s name, date of birth, grade, school, city and state of residence.

The #MyZeitgeist Student Challenge Contest will begin at 12:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) on November 17, 2014 and all entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. (P.S.T.) on December 12, 2014 (the “Contest Period”).  One (1) entry per person. Entries will be reviewed and evaluated by staff of NewsHour Productions LLC (“NHP”), the staff of Meograph, Inc., the staff of Google, and/or other individuals selected by NHP, in NHP’s sole discretion.  Selection of finalists and winning entries is at the sole discretion of NHP.  Finalists will be notified through their teachers no later than 9:00 a.m. (E.S.T.) on December 15, 2014. Finalists must submit their written or video #MyZeitgeist process explanation through their teachers by December 19, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (P.S.T.). The winning entries will be announced through the PBS NewsHour Extra website and social media at midnight on December 31, 2014. Teachers will be contacted via email following the announcement.

In the event of a dispute, all entries and emails will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the email account from which they were sent. WETA reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the contest.

2.  ELIGIBILITY:  The contest is open to middle and high school students (6th grade through 12th grade) from the United States and abroad.  Students must be 19 years or younger and enrolled full time at a middle or high school at the time of entry. Contest is not open to employees, volunteers or interns of Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc. (“WETA”), NHP, Google, Trio or Meograph and each of its respective affiliates and subsidiaries, and the immediate family members of, and any persons domiciled with, such employees, volunteers, or interns.

3.  PRIZES:  One Grand Prize winner will be selected from the Trio and Meograph platforms. A second and third place runner up will also be selected.  The Grand Prize is a Nexus 9 tablet and second and third place will receive $100 gift cards. The Grand Prize is worth between $399.00 and $479.00 approximately, depending on the model of the tablet.  Prizes are subject to change at the discretion of NHP.

4.  ODDS:  Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

5.  WINNER NOTIFICATION AND ACCEPTANCE:  Winners will be notified through their teachers via email.  Inability to reach prize winner by email after reasonable efforts (as determined solely by NHP) may result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected.  Winners may waive their right to receive a prize.  Prizes are nonassignable and nontransferable.  No substitutions allowed, except that prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability and NHP reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value.  Winners are solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes.  Winners may be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility, and a liability and publicity release (except where prohibited by law) which must be returned within 14 days.  Failure to sign and return the affidavit or release within 14 days, or to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules, may, at the sole discretion of NHP, result in a winner’s disqualification, the forfeiture of his or her interest in the prize, and the award of prize to an alternate winner. Except where prohibited, participation in the contest constitutes entrant’s consent to the publication of his or her name and image in any media for any commercial or promotional purpose, without limitation or further compensation.

6.  PARTICIPATION:  Participation in the contest constitutes an agreement by each contestant to comply with these Official Contest Rules.  By entering, participants further agree to be bound by the terms relating to the use of NHP’s websites, including its Privacy Policy.  NHP reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this giveaway as solely determined by NHP.  In the event the giveaway is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of NHP which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the giveaway, NHP reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the contest.  Should the contest be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, NHP reserves the right to award prizes based on the entries received before the termination date.

8.  LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY:  By entering the contest, entrant agrees that (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action; (2) any claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the contest, but in no event attorney’s fees; and (3) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than damages for actual out-of-pocket expenses.

9.  CONSTRUCTION:  All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Contest Rules, or the rights and obligations of any contestant and NHP, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of Virginia, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of Virginia, or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Virginia.  The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the invalidity or unenforceability of any other provision.  In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein.

10.  GENERAL RELEASE:  By entering the contest, contestants release NHP, WETA, any other promotional sponsors, and each of their respective affiliated companies, directors, officers, employees, representatives, partners and agents from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the contest or with the acceptance, possession or use of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light).

11.  SPONSOR:  The #MyZeitgeist Student Challenge Contest is sponsored by NHP, WETA and Google, whose decisions regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the contest shall be final and binding in all respects. NHP will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Contest Rules or in other materials relating to the contest.  If you have any questions regarding this contest, please contact NewsHour Productions LLC, Attn: #MyZeitgeist Student Challenge Contest, 2775 South Quincy St., Arlington, VA  22206.

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