Terms and Conditions

Read through these carefully before submitting your entry

The CareerTech Challenge Prize (the “Prize”) is run by Nesta working with the Department for Education. Please read these terms and conditions carefully before submitting an entry. By submitting an entry, you accept these terms and conditions and agree to comply with them.

1. Participating in the Prize:

1.1 Entries received by the relevant deadline will be assessed against the relevant eligibility criteria set out at the Prize website, including any age limit. Entries which do not meet the eligibility criteria shall not be accepted. Late entries and entries in languages other than English will not be accepted. We are not responsible for and/or will disregard entries which are lost, incomplete, damaged or late due to computer, network or telecommunications failure based on third party telephone or data networks.

1.2 Employees of Nesta, other individuals or organisations working on the Prize, and their immediate families, are not eligible to enter. You can submit more than one entry to the Prize and must bear all your costs of entering and participating in the Prize, including travel costs.

1.3 Eligible entries will be assessed against the relevant judging criteria. Entries may be shortlisted and shortlisted entrants may be asked to complete further challenges, tests and other events as described in the promotional materials. Performance will then be assessed against the relevant judging criteria. Participation in such additional challenges, tests and other events (if any) will be a condition of participation in the Prize. 

1.4 We will use the contact details you provide to contact you about the Prize. All communications between you and us in relation to the Prize must be in English. If you don’t respond within 14 days, or if you subsequently withdraw or are withdrawn from the Prize for any reason, we may select another entry in your place, but are not obliged to do so.

1.5 Nesta’s decision about eligibility and shortlisting, and the judges’ decision on selection and the prize award, (including in each case the validity of any claims and data submitted) is final. Correspondence will not be entered into. Nesta and the judges may at their sole discretion decide not to award the prize where no entry meets the relevant criteria.

1.6 Although the Prize entries from individuals are permitted, any funds received must be through a legally incorporated organisation registered in the UK.

1.7 The Prize award should only be used in ways that will advance technology for the public benefit through encouraging or supporting innovation, by advancing digital innovations that can improve the delivery of career information, advice and guidance. Nesta reserves the right to impose additional conditions if appropriate if the Prize has not resulted in sufficient public benefit in line with our charitable objects, or to comply with other legal or funder requirements. The Prize will be paid in pounds sterling and the prize winner is responsible for payment of tax and other charges in relation to the award of the prize.

1.8 We reserve the right at our sole discretion to refuse any entry or to make no award if none of the entries meet our required standards. We may vary the form or substance of the Prize (including deadlines, event dates and the number of entries selected for each phase) as we deem appropriate in the circumstances to ensure the success of the Prize. We may also suspend or withdraw the Prize if funding is withdrawn or we judge that the Prize will no longer achieve its aims. We reserve the right at our sole discretion to remove you from the Prize if you do not comply with these terms and conditions, if you cheat or behave in a way which is disruptive, inappropriate or potentially dangerous, if you fail to participate fully or do anything to damage the reputation of Nesta or our partners.

1.9 We reserve the right to vary these terms and conditions at any time. Variations will take effect from the date they are posted on our website so please check regularly to see the current version.

2. Your promise to us:

2.1 To participate in the Prize, you must:

  • satisfy the relevant eligibility criteria and ensure that all information submitted by you is true, accurate and complete. We reserve the right to ask for additional evidence of claims made by you, to validate claims by any means we see fit and/or to reject claims at our sole discretion;
  • submit a proposal which is your own original idea and not copied from anyone else;
  • have, or will obtain, all authorisations, consents and permissions necessary to submit your entry, carry out your proposal and comply with these terms and conditions;
  • ensure that your entry will not infringe any intellectual property or other third party rights or breach any contractual obligation. We may withdraw your entry if we receive notice that it infringes any third party rights;
  • act lawfully, ethically and in good faith and comply with the rules of the Prize and any relevant laws, regulations, guidelines and codes of practice;
  • comply with our reasonable instructions while participating in the Prize, including in relation to health & safety and security;
  • ensure that neither you nor any of your team members has any actual or potential conflict of interest with Nesta, the Department of Education or our Prize judges and you must will immediately inform us if you become aware of any such conflict of interest.

2.2 If you are entering as part of a group or team, the person completing the entry form is responsible for making sure that other team members comply with these terms and conditions.

3. Intellectual property

3.1 You will retain ownership of all intellectual property rights in your entry to the Prize. You and your team members agree that, if selected as a finalist or winner of the Prize, you will be asked to grant a licence to Nesta and/or the Department for Education over any intellectual property rights that you create using the prize funds awarded to you for evaluation and research purposes for public benefit.  

4. Use of personal information 

4.1 We will use any personal information which you provide in your entry, including your personal details and the personal details of your team members, to process your entry to the Prize and to administer the Prize (which, if your entry is made as an individual, could include using the personal information to carry out appropriate due diligence checks against potential shortlisted entrants, finalists and winners). 

4.2 We may share the personal information with the Department for Education who we are working with to deliver the Prize. We may also share the personal information with the Prize judges who help us administer the Prize, as well as our Prize partners who help us to run the Prize for example by assisting with due diligence checks or providing non-financial support. Details of Prize judges and Prize partners will be available on the Prize website when these are confirmed.  We may share your information with other organisations that help us to deliver the Prize, but we will let you know more about this (including the identity of those organisations) before we do so. Our legal basis for sharing your information with our partners, judges and others who help us run the Prize is to pursue our legitimate interest of being able to work collaboratively with other organisations and individuals to operate and administer the Prize and any associated events or activities.  

4.3 We currently use a third party platform, Submittable, for submission of entries to the Prize. Submittable are based in the United States and that may involve your information being stored and processed outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Submittable comply with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and we remain the controller of your personal information in this arrangement – Submittable only processes your personal information in line with our instructions. Please see the Submittable privacy policy for more information. In using Submittable we are pursuing our legitimate interest to use third party technology to achieve greater efficiency within our organisation.

4. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information about how we may use personal information. 

5. Publicity

5.1 Nesta, the Department for Education and our partners may carry out publicity and promotion for the Prize and publish our research and evaluation in relation to the Prize. You agree, and you confirm that your team members agree, to the use of each of your organisation names and a summary of your proposal in promotion and publications in any media and online. Before publication, we will take into account your concerns about confidentiality and intellectual property rights in your entry. Nesta may ask you and your team members to support and/or participate in promotional activities related to the Prize on reasonable notice.

5.2 Any public statements made by a shortlisted entrant or winner in relation to the Prize must acknowledge the support of Nesta, the Department for Education and our partners and must be approved in advance by Nesta.

6. Limitation of Liability

6.1 To the extent permitted by applicable law, Nesta excludes all liability for any direct or indirect loss or liability, costs, claims, taxes, charges or expenses arising from your participation in the Prize or your reliance on statements made or advice given by us, our partners or contractors. If you submit any materials or items as part of your entry to the Prize, this is at your own risk. Nesta gives no undertakings to keep safely, maintain or return any materials or items.

6.2 Without prejudice to Clause 6.1, our maximum liability to you in connection with the Prize (if any) is limited to £500. Nothing in these terms and conditions excludes or limits our liability for death or personal injury caused by negligence or fraudulent misrepresentation made by us.

7. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and you hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Nesta, a company limited by guarantee with number 7706036 and registered charity with charity number 1144091. Registered address: 58 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0DS.