Terms and conditions

Submission Process and Requirements

All team members must be UAE nationals or residents. If one team member does not belong to one of the two categories, the team cannot participate and its project will be rejected. In order for the project to be evaluated and potentially win the prize, only one team member must submit the idea on April 20th before midnight and the final submission on April 22nd before midnight. All fields in both submission forms are mandatory for the project to be eligible. The participants or the name of the team/project cannot change between the submission of the two forms. The final submission is a 2-min video that presents the solution and potentially demonstrates its ability. Mentors are not part of a team and thus will not receive any monetary compensation.

Each submission will be evaluated by at least two jurors following the criteria described in the FAQ section of the website. Each criterion is evaluated from 1 to 6 by range of 0.5 (e.g., 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5). An average is then calculated and then project that has the highest average wins. If two or more projects have the same average, an additional juror will evaluate the projects.

We encourage submissions to include information on how the product incorporates feedback from the population, public health officials or front-line healthcare workers.

Rights & Display

Submissions and their associated intellectual property rights will remain under the sole or joint ownership of their inventor(s); neither partners nor any co-sponsors or promoters of the #MBRUHacksCOVID19 make any claim to ownership of submissions.

We encourage participants to open source their projects to both share their hacks with the greater community and to promote innovation in this space.

We, along with all parties involved in the development of the #MBRUHacksCOVID19, reserve the right to use all participating teams’ and/or individuals’ names and likenesses in any publicity statements or events, including internet and website posts or articles, regarding the #MBRUHacksCOVID19 or the party’s involvement therewith.

By submitting a Submission, you grant the #MBRUHacksCOVID19 an irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide right and license to use, distribute to the public, and publicly display and perform your Submission in any media, in connection with the #MBRUHacksCOVID19.

Your Submission may be posted on a public website. We are not responsible for any unauthorized use of your Submission by visitors to this website. You will not receive any compensation or credit for the above use of your Submission, other than what is described in these Official Rules.

By entering the Hackathon you acknowledge that the organizers and/or the co-sponsors or promoters of the Hackathon may have developed or commissioned materials similar or identical to your Submission and you acknowledge and agree that neither the organizers nor any co-sponsors or promoters has now and will not have in the future any duty or liability (direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise) with respect to the infringement or protection of your or any third party’s patent, copyright or other proprietary rights in and to their content. Further you understand that we will not restrict work assignments of representatives who have had access to your Submission.

Code of Conduct

We expect all participants to follow high ethical standards. Show respect to all participants, attempt collaboration before conflict, and refrain from demeaning comments. This is a harassment-free event for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. If you’re aware of any harassment, please report it immediately to event organizers.

Sandooq Al Watan National Impact Grant

Assuming enough eligible entries are received, Sandooq Al Watan will offer an AED 25K grant to commercialize the solution with the highest average score as outlined above, with the additional requirements hereafter. At least one member of the team must be a UAE national. The solution must be novel and does not violate or infringe the intellectual property, proprietary or other rights of any third party. The solution should be at the Minimum Viable Product stage with a clear plan by the team to commercialize it immediately through a registered legal body in the UAE. Finally, the grant must be used towards the further development and commercialization of the solution.