Official Rules

WALMART GREEN STUDENT CHALLENGE

OFFICIAL COMPETITION RULES

1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

The Walmart Green Student Challenge (the "Competition") begins on September 20, 2011 at 7:00 AM Eastern Time ("ET") and ends on March 1, 2012 at 11:59:59 PM ET (the "Competition Entry Period").  ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 20, 2012 AT 5PM ET (the “Entry Deadline”)The Competition is run by Wal-Mart Canada Corp. (the “Sponsor”).

2. ELIGIBILITY

The Competition is open to legal residents of Canada over the age of majority in the province or territory in which they reside who are, at the time of entry, enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in a post-secondary educational institution in Canada.  For the purposes of this Competition, a “post-secondary educational institution” means  (a) a university, college or other educational institution providing courses at a post-secondary school level, or (b) certified by the Minister of Human Resources Development to be an educational institution providing courses (other than courses designed for university credit) that furnish a student with skills for, or improve a student's skills in, an occupation. Excluded from eligibility are officers, directors, agents and representatives of Sponsor, each of their respective parent, affiliated and related companies, agencies, suppliers that provide materials or services related to this Competition, the Competition Judges (defined below), Finalist Judges (defined below), employees of Sponsor who reside in the Province of Quebec, and members of the households (whether or not related) of all such individuals.

3. HOW TO REGISTER AND ENTER

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Internet access required.  Online entry through the Competition Website (defined below) only; no other means of submission will be accepted.  Although online access and an e-mail account are required in order to participate, no purchase is required in order to enter the Competition.  Many public libraries, retail businesses and others offer free access to computers and a number of Internet service providers and other companies offer free e-mail accounts.

Entry Process

To enter, each entrant (the “Entrant”) must visit www.sharegreen.ca/student (the “Competition Website”), complete a Competition Submission (defined below) as indicated and submit via e-mail to studentchallenge@sharegreen.ca (an “Entry” or “Entries”, as applicable), which must be received by the Sponsor’s e-mail server by the Entry Deadline.  The e-mail must specify the Entrant’s full name, telephone number, residential address, any other members of the team, the entrant’s post-secondary educational institution, and date of enrollment in said institution.  Limit: One (1) Competition Submission per Entrant.

If the Competition Submission was created by more than one person, then one member of that group must be identified as the Entrant, and all communication related to the Competition will be directed to him or her, and any prizing will be awarded solely to him or her.  On the registration form, the Entrant must provide the names and e-mail addresses of her/his teammates who have participated in the creation of the Competition Submission (as defined below), and each of them must consent to enter into the Competition.  All team members of the Entrant must attend the same post-secondary educational institution in order to compete collectively. For clarity, each individual may only participate in one (1) Competition Submission (as defined below), whether as the Entrant or otherwise as a team member of an Entrant.

Any attempts to exceed the maximum number of Entries allowed is a violation of these Official Competition Rules and may result in disqualification of the Entry and/or Entrant, and the forfeit of any prizes.  All Entries must be received by the end of the Competition Entry Period. Proof of submission of an Entry does not constitute proof of receipt by the Sponsor.  Use of automated devices is prohibited; automated entries (including but not limited to entries submitted using any robot, script, macro or other automated service) are not permitted and may result in disqualification of the Entry and/or Entrant and the forfeit of any prizes.

3.2. The Competition Submission

Each “Competition Submission” consists of an electronic submission made by e-mail, presenting new potentially viable sustainable business practices that could help the environment and help Canadian organizations to save money or generate additional revenues. The Competition Submission must include a written proposal of up to four (4) pages and may be in any of the following file formats: PowerPoint, Word, PDF. Supplemental video files may be included in the following formats: AVI, MP3, MOV, or 3GP. The file size of the material attached to each e-mail submitting a  Competition Submission must not exceed five megabytes, although additional material may be referenced by hyperlink.  The business practices presented in the Competition Submission must be in compliance with the provincial and federal laws applicable in Canada, and must clearly outline the issue being addressed, the proposed sustainable strategy, and the expected benefits or results. The Competition Submission must be the original work of the Entrant (and his/her teammates, if applicable), created solely for this Competition.  The Competition Submission may not infringe upon any intellectual property rights and/or any rights of any third person or entity.  Competition Submissions may not: (i) use trade-marks, copyrighted materials, or other intellectual property owned by third parties (including music, video, photographs, logos, etc.), as determined at the sole discretion of the Sponsor; (ii) include names, likenesses, voices or other characteristics identifying a person, celebrities or other public figures, living or dead; and/or (iii) include any commercial content that promotes any product or service other than that of the Sponsor.  The Competition Submission may not:  have been previously published, have previously won any award and/or have been currently submitted to another Competition, contain any obscene, misleading, harassing, libelous, defamatory, vulgar, scandalous or other wise objectionable content.  Materials not in keeping with Sponsor’s corporate image will not be considered, and such determination shall be made in the sole discretion of Sponsor.  All of the requirements mentioned in these Competition Rules shall be collectively referred to as the “Submission Requirements”. All Competition Submissions that do not comply with the Submission Requirements will be rejected.

By entering the Competition, each Entrant (and team member, if applicable) represents, acknowledges and warrants that: (i) the Competition Submission is original and was created solely by the Entrant (and team member, if applicable); (ii) that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the Submission and/or any parts of its content; and (iii) that it complies in all respects with the Submission Requirements and these Official Competition Rules.

By entering each Entrant (and team member where applicable) grants to Sponsor the non-exclusive, royalty free right and licence to publish, display and otherwise use the Competition Submission in perpetuity in any and all media, whether now known or herein after devised, including without limitation for the purposes of promotion of this Competition, posting on the Competition Website, and in its future business strategies.

4. HOW TO WIN

Judging will take place over two rounds.  A preliminary round to select the five Semi-Finalists (as defined below), followed by a subsequent round to select the first place Competition Submission, and four (4) runners-up.  Odds of winning depend on entrants’ skill and ability to adhere to the Judging Criteria set out below and the number of Entries received.

4.1  Round One

Round One will take place between January 21, 2012 and February 29, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario where a panel composed of business leaders (the “Competition Judges”) will evaluate all eligible Competition Submissions.  All Competition Submissions will be judged based on the following criteria: 

1) originality (30%);
2) ease of implementation (20%); and
3) potential economic, social and environmental impact (50%)
(collectively, the “Judging Criteria”)

The five (5) Competition Submissions that receive the five highest scores will be identified as eligible to be named as the semi-finalists (the “Semi-Finalists). In the event of a tie, the Competition Submission with the highest score under the Judging Criteria of “potential economic, social and environmental impact” shall be deemed to rank higher, followed by “originality”, and then “ease of implementation”, until all relevant ties are broken.  If a tie remains after the tie breakers outlined above, then a random draw will be conducted from amongst the tied Entries, with the first-selected Entry in the random draw deemed to have received a higher score than the other tied Entries, and this draw will be repeated until all ties are broken.

Each Entrant (and team member, where applicable) whose Competition Submission is selected as eligible to be declared a Semi-Finalist will be notified by phone on or about February 10, 2012 and will be required to sign a Declaration and Release form, confirming compliance with these Official Competition Rules and releasing Sponsor from any and all liability in respect to the Competition, including with respect to any applicable travel required to participate in Round 2, as further described below.  Sponsor will not be responsible for inability to contact an Entrant.  Failure of Entrant (or team member) to respond to Sponsor within five (5) business days of initial notification, to return any necessary documentation, or to comply with these Official Competition Rules may result in disqualification and forfeiture of any prizes, in the sole discretion of Sponsor, which may select the next highest scoring Competition Submission to qualify as an alternate Finalist. 

4.2  Round Two:

The Entrant responsible for each Semi-Finalist Competition Submission must attend in person to compete in Round 2 to be held in Toronto, Ontario, on or about March 1, 2012.  Sponsor will provide to each qualifying Entrant (and up to three team members): (i) round trip economy air transportation from the major airport nearest to the Entrant’s (or team member’s, if applicable) residence to Toronto, Ontario, and (ii) up to two (2) standard rooms with double occupancy for two (2) consecutive nights for the Entrant and any team members, if applicable.  Entrant must be able and available to attend in person and to travel on the date(s) specified by Sponsor or participation in Round 2 will be forfeited.  Team members of the identified Entrant (if any) may also attend Round 2.  The Entrant selected to attend Round 2 and/or their team members, if any, will be responsible for meals, in-room entertainment, ground transportation, insurance, tips and all other expenses not described in these Official Competition Rules, as well as any required travel documentation. If any Entrant or team member, if applicable, resides within a 100-kilometer radius of Toronto, ground transportation may be awarded in lieu of air transportation and no compensation or substitution will be provided for the difference in cost.  The Entrants (and team members, as applicable) selected to attend Round 2 must comply with all hotel check-in requirements, including but not limited to the presentation of a major credit card. Travel must be arranged through Sponsor. Actual value may vary, depending on point of departure and Entrant will not be entitled to the difference, if any, between the stated and actual value.

Round 2 will consist of a live presentation of the ideas contained in the Competition Submission, which may be supported by a verbal presentation by the Entrant, not to exceed three (3) minutes in length, which must also comply with the Submission Requirements above.  Entrants will be required to answer questions about their Submission.  Round 2 will be judged (and ties broken) according to the Judging Criteria noted above by Chief Executive Officers of some of Canada’s leading corporations (the “Finalist Judges”).  The two top-scoring Entrants will become finalists and shall make a final presentation to the Finalist Judges. The Finalist Judges will choose the winner based on the same Judging Criteria and the winner shall receive First Prize, and the second-highest scoring Entrant will receive Second Prize, each as described below.  The third-, fourth-, and fifth-highest scoring Entrants will receive the Third Place, Fourth Place, and Fifth Place prizes, respectively, each as described below.

5.  PRIZES

There are five (5) prizes available to be awarded in this Competition.  First Place Prize shall consist of a cheque made payable to the Entrant in the amount of $30,000 and an equal amount of $30,000 to be donated by Sponsor to the Entrant’s post-secondary educational institution.  Second Prize shall consist of a cheque made payable to the Entrant in the amount of $20,000.  Third Prize shall consist of a cheque payable to the Entrant in the amount of $10,000.  Fourth Prize shall consist of a cheque payable to the Entrant in the amount of $6,000.  Fifth Prize shall consist of a cheque payable to the Entrant in the amount of $4,000.  Note: It is the sole responsibility of team members to agree as between themselves as to how, or whether, any applicable prize money shall be shared between team members, and Sponsor shall have no responsibility or liability in relation to any distribution of prize money as between team members.  Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prizes. 

6.  PERSONAL INFORMATION

Sponsor and its authorized agents will collect, use, and disclose the personal information you provide when you register with Sponsor and enter the Competition for the purposes of administering the Competition and prize fulfillment.  The Competition Website is hosted on servers in the United States, and the personal information you provide may therefore also be subject to the laws of the United States.

By accepting a prize, winner agrees to Sponsor's use of his/her name, city/province of residence, picture,biographical information, statements, voice and likeness in any advertising and publicity Sponsor may conduct relating to the Competition in any media or format, whether now known or hereafter developed, including but not limited to the World Wide Web, at any time or times in perpetuity, without further compensation or notice.  For further information about Sponsor's privacy practices, please see Sponsor's Privacy Policy at: http://z.walmart.ca/content/wm_privacy_statement_en.pdf.

7.  RIGHT TO VOID / TERMINATE / SUSPEND / MODIFY

Sponsor reserves the right, subject to the approval of the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux (the “Régie”) with respect to residents of Quebec, to terminate, suspend or modify this Competition, in whole or in part, at any time and without notice or obligation if, in Sponsor's sole opinion, any factor interferes with its proper conduct as contemplated by these Official Competition Rules. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, if the Competition, or any part thereof, is not capable of running as planned for any reason, including but not limited to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, programming errors, or technical failures, which, in the sole opinion of Sponsor, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Competition, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion and subject only to the approval of the Régie in Quebec, void any suspect Entries and: (a) terminate the Competition, or any portion thereof; (b) modify or suspend the Competition, or any portion thereof, to address the impairment and then resume the Competition, or relevant portion, in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Competition Rules; and/or (c) award the prizes from among the eligible, non-suspect Entries received up to the time of the impairment in accordance with the winner selection criteria discussed above.

8. GENERAL CONDITIONS

Winning a prize is contingent on fulfilling all the requirements set forth herein.  All Entries and prize claims are subject to verification.  Entrants agree to abide by these Official Competition Rules. Decisions of Sponsor and/or the independent Competition judging organization will be final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Competition. Competition is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws. Void where prohibited.  Sponsor reserves the right to correct any typographical, printing, computer programming or operator errors.  Sponsor's failure to enforce any term of these Official Competition Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.  The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Competition Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.  If any provision of the Official Competition Rules is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, then the Official Competition Rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein.  Should a winner make any false statement(s) in any document referenced above, the winner will be required to promptly return to Sponsor his/her portion of the prize.  Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process, the operation of the Competition and/or Competition Website, violates the Official Competition Rules, or acts with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS COMPETITION OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE COMPETITION IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PROSECUTE AND SEEK DAMAGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of the person who submitted any Entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at registration will be deemed to be the Entrant. The "authorized account holder" is the natural person assigned an e-mail address by an access provider, service provider, or other person or organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the account associated with the submitted address. The Entrant may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder.

9.  LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY AND RELEASES

BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS COMPETITION, ENTRANTS AND TEAM MATES AGREE THAT SPONSOR, ITS PARENT, RELATED AND AFFILIATED COMPANIES, AND EACH OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES AND AGENTS (COLLECTIVELY, THE "RELEASEES") HAVE NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR, AND SHALL BE HELD HARMLESS AGAINST, ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY INJURIES, LOSSES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES) TO PERSONS OR PROPERTY RESULTING FROM (A) ENTRY OR PARTICIPATION IN THIS COMPETITION, INCLUDING ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE COMPETITION WEBSITE, (B) ANY CLAIMS BASED ON PERSONALITY OR PRIVACY RIGHTS, DEFAMATION OR PRIZE DELIVERY, OR (C) THE ACCEPTANCE OF ANY PRIZE, INCLUDING TRAVEL TO AND FROM ANY COMPETITION-RELATED EVENT. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, therefore such exclusions may not apply to you.

Without limiting the foregoing, the Releasees shall not be responsible for: (a) any incomplete or inaccurate information that is caused by Competition Website users, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Competition, or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of submissions in the Competition; (b) lost, interrupted, or unavailable network, server, service provider, on-line systems, telephone networks or telephone lines, or any other connections; (c) the theft, destruction, loss or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, Entries; (d) any problems with, or malfunctions or failures of, telephone networks or lines, computers or computer on-line systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, viruses or bugs; (e) garbled transmissions or miscommunications; (f) failure of any e-mail to be received by or from the Competition judging organization or Sponsor for any reason, including but not limited to traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or combination thereof or technical incompatibility; (g) damage to a user's computer equipment (software or hardware) occasioned by participation or downloading of materials related to this Competition; (h) printing, distribution, programming or production errors, and any other errors or malfunctions of any kind, whether human, mechanical, electronic or otherwise; or (i) technical, pictorial, typographical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

10. QUEBEC RESIDENTS ONLY

Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity Competition may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement.