IMPORTANT NOTICE: THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS (“RULES”) SHALL GOVERN THE ACCELERATING CO-INNOVATION FOR TRANSFORMATION & EXPORT (XCITE) INNOVATION CALL 2021 (“CALL”). BY YOUR ENTRY AND PARTICIPATION IN THE CALL YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE RULES. LAND TRANSPORT AUTHORITY, ENTERPRISE SINGAPORE (“ORGANISERS”) AND IPI (“INNOVATION PARTNER) RESERVE THE RIGHT TO AT ANY TIME, CANCEL OR AMEND ALL OR ANY PART OF THE CALL AND/OR THE RULES AS IT DEEMS FIT AND WITHOUT NOTICE. IT IS THE PARTICIPANTS’ RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP THEMSELVES INFORMED AS TO ANY CHANGES TO THE CALL AND/OR THE RULES. IN THE EVENT OF ANY QUESTION OR MATTER ARISING OUT OF ANY POINT THAT IS NOT EXPRESSLY PROVIDED FOR IN ANY OF THE RULES, THE DECISION OF THE ORGANISERS AND INNOVATION PARTNER SHALL BE FINAL.
IN THE EVENT OF ANY DISPUTE REGARDING THE RULES, THE CONDUCT OR RESULTS OF THE CALL, OR ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE CALL, THE ORGANISERS’ DECISION SHALL BE FINAL AND UNCHALLENGEABLE AND NO CORRESPONDENCE OR DISCUSSION SHALL BE ENTERED INTO, COMMENT ISSUED, OR REASON GIVEN IN RESPECT OF ANY DECISION MADE BY THE ORGANISERS.
1. The Call will be held from 3rd September 2021 to 15 November 2021, both dates inclusive ("Call Period"). The Organisers reserve the right in its sole discretion to cancel, modify or suspend the Call or any part thereof at any time or re-schedule the dates of the Call or extend the Call Period.
2. THE ORGANISERS MAY TERMINATE OR SUSPEND THE CALL AT ANYTIME AT ITS SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION. SUCH TERMINATION OR SUSPENSION WILL NOT GIVE RISE TO ANY CLAIM BY THE PARTICIPANT. THE ORGANISERS RESERVE THE RIGHT NOT TO AWARD FUNDING IF IN ITS OPINION NONE OF THE SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED IS OF SUFFICIENT MERIT.
3. The Call is open to all enterprises and problem solvers, including, research institutes and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs). Please refer to individual Problem Statements for any exception or additional criteria. All applicants/entrants/participants ("Participants") must be above the age of 18 years old as at the date of entry. Employees and family members of the Organisers and the Innovation Partner should declare such relationship to the Organisers that they are submitting their Project Proposals to.
4. Project Proposals with solutions that have received funding from other programmes run by government agencies or statutory boards should declare the funding received and project details to the Organisers.
5. Participants are required to register for the Call by submitting a Project Proposal via the official website of the Call at https://xcite.innovation-challenge.sg and the same must be received by the Organisers and Innovation Partner on or before 15 November 2021 at 1800 hours Singapore time ("Entry Deadline"). Each submission must be accurate and complete in all aspects and contain all required information. Incomplete or late entries will not be entertained. The Organisers and Innovation Partner accept no responsibility for any late, lost or misdirected submissions including delays and/or failure of any electronic or telecommunication systems, including but not limited to technical faults and/or network disruptions/congestions. The Organisers and the Innovation Partner are not responsible for any technical or human error which may occur during the registration and/or administration of the Call.
6. Submission of an application does not guarantee the Participant the opportunity to participate in the Call. The Organisers reserve the right in its sole and absolute discretion, to reject or refuse participation of any Participant without providing any reason whatsoever.
7. Participants may be required by the Organiser to provide further information and shall do so within the timeframe specified by the Organiser for the information to be furnished, failing which the Participant would be deemed to have withdrawn from the Call.
8. The official language of the Call is English. All Call matters, including registration, correspondence, and project submission, etc must be completed in English.
9. As part of the registration process for the Call, Participants will disclose personal information which may constitute “Personal Data” for the purposes of the Personal Data Protection Act (“PDPA”) of Singapore. Each Participant is deemed to have consented to the Organisers’ and the Innovation Partner’s collection, use and processing of the said Personal Data for the purposes of administering and conducting the Call, and further consents to the receipt of marketing material from the Organiser and/or the Innovation Partner and any of its related companies.
10. By entering the Call, each Participant represents and warrants that he: (a) meets all eligibility requirements of the Call; (b) has complied with and will comply in all respects with these Rules, and all applicable laws; and (c) the information provided in the entrant's submission, including without limitation all contact information, is true, accurate, and complete in all respects.
11. Any false information provided within the context of the Call by any Participant or non-compliance with any of the Call Rules, or the like, may result in the immediate elimination of the Participant from the Call.
12. Without prejudice to any of the foregoing, the Organisers reserve the right to suspend or terminate any Participant from the Call in the event that Clauses 10 and/or 11 are breached.
IV TEAM LEADERS (TEAM PARTICIPANTS)
13. Each Participant who enters the Call as a team is required to nominate a team leader ("Team Leader"). The Team Leader will be the main contact person and representative of the team in the Call. All communication between the Organiser and the team will be through the Team Leader and by email, telephone and/or post to such contact details as are provided at registration.
14. All submitted entries shall be evaluated by the Organisers. Organisers will reserve sole discretion to shortlist solutions which may be evaluated by a panel of judges consisting of representatives from Land Transport Authority, Enterprise Singapore, IPI and other invited Industry experts invited by the organisers (the “Judges”).
15. The Judges’ decisions in all matters relating to the Call, including eligibility of the Participants and the selection of the winners, will be final and the Judges shall not be obliged to entertain any correspondence or queries in relation to the same. The Judges shall not be obliged to select a winner if, in their view, none of the Project Proposals is of sufficient merit. Participants are advised to understand the judging criteria well to improve their chances of success.
16. The Organisers, the Judges, and the Innovation Partner are not obliged to adopt any of the solutions that are developed under this Call. They may, in their sole discretion, and independent of the Organiser choose to further develop any Project Proposals with any of the teams participating in the Call.
17. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify entries which, in their sole discretion, are deemed irrelevant, offensive, and/or do not comply with these Rules. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify or replace any winner if they or he or she is found to be in breach of these Rules or otherwise disqualified. Such disqualified winners will be required to refund the full amount of any funding awarded.
18. Participants shall not enter their ideas or any part of the Project Proposals (including software, prototypes or products) in another call or exhibition unless the Problem Statement Owner, to whom the Participants submitted their Project Proposals, has informed the Participants in writing that the Problem Statement Owner declines to exercise its first right of refusal (as defined below in clause 23), and in any case not before the end of the Call Period.
19. From the moment of registration for the Call, all Participants acknowledge and agree to be present for all meetings, presentation/pitching sessions, prototype testing trial sessions, judging and award ceremony as scheduled by the Organisers (“Events”) if applicable. At least 1 team member is to be present at any Event to represent the team. However, all team members are encouraged to attend and participate. In the event that the Participant(s) cannot be present, a valid reason must be given as early as possible. Failure to comply may result in the Participant and/or the team being disqualified from the Call.
20. Participant(s) or team(s) that are disqualified from the Call will be removed from the Call immediately and will have to refund the full amount of any funding awarded at any point during the course of the Call (including any extended period), to the Organisers.
VI INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IP)
21. By registering for the Call and submitting a Project Proposal, each Participant affirms that the Project Proposal is his/her/the team’s original work and that the Participant(s) have the necessary rights to submit the Project Proposal. The Participant(s) further warrant that the submission does not violate any law or regulation or any rights of any third party. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify any Participant in a scenario where the Organisers believe in their sole and absolute discretion that the submitted Project Proposal or any part thereof infringes upon or violates the rights of any third party.
22. Participants shall indemnify and hold harmless the Organisers, the Innovation Partner, and their respective officers against any claims or costs relating to a breach of this term.
23. Participants shall grant Problem Statement Owner a right of first refusal ("ROFR") to collaborate with said Participant on any commercialisation of IP generated during this Call ("Call IP"). The ROFR shall expire and cease to have effect 45 days after the Entry Deadline. For the avoidance of doubt, the ROFR extends to intended commercialisation of the Call IP by the Participant alone. Any extension of the ROFR validity period shall be negotiated between the Participants and Problem Statement Owner before its expiry. Participants shall fully retain their respective background IP rights, unless otherwise agreed between the Problem Statement Owner and the Participant. Alternate or future arrangements of IP ownership shall be negotiated separately between the Participants and respective Problem Statement Owner and independent of the Organisers, after submission of the Project Proposal.
24. The agreements and arrangements referred to in the preceding clause 23 are solely between the Participant and the Problem Statement Owner. The Organisers and the Innovation Partner are neither party to these agreements and arrangements nor responsible or liable for the same. Participants undertake in favour of the Organisers and the Innovation Partner not to institute, commence or continue any proceedings (whether legal, arbitral, administrative or otherwise) against the Organisers or the Innovation Partner in relation to the aforesaid agreements and arrangements between Participants and Problem Statement Owner.
VII TERMS OF PROBLEM STATEMENT OWNER
25. Participants shall agree to fully observe the terms of the Problem Statement Owner, if applicable.
VIII MEDIA USAGE
26. By entering this Call, Participants consent to the use of their personal data defined above in clause 9 by the Organisers for the purposes of any post-Call activities and/or publicity. Participants agree to take part in any publicity relating to the Call as well as to the use of their names and photographs in such publicity.
27. Participants acknowledge and agree to participate and cooperate in all media and promotional activities relating to the Call, including but not limited to being interviewed, photographed and videoed. Participants grant the Organisers a no-royalty/fee, world-wide, perpetual, irrevocable and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, display and/or create derivative works of such footages and photographs in all media worldwide, including online social media and networking websites without compensation (unless prohibited by law) and without prior inspection or approval.
28. Participants agree to execute additional specific consents to such use if asked to do so.
29. Whilst reasonable precaution will be taken by the Organisers, the Innovation Partner, and the Problem Statement Owner to ensure safety of all the Participants, each Participant acknowledges and agrees that his or her participation in the Call is at his or her own risk. Upon registration for the Call, the Participant agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Organisers, their subsidiaries/associated companies, the Innovation Partner and the Problem Statement Owner, including their respective officers, employees, contractors and agents, from and against any and all claims, causes of action, damages, obligations, losses (including any loss of opportunity), liabilities (including negligence), personal injuries, costs or debt, and expenses (including attorneys’ fees and costs) and all amounts paid in settlement arising from or relating to, whether directly or indirectly, special or consequential, to the Participant’s participation in the Call. The Organisers, the Innovation Partner and/or the Problem Statement Owner may assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which Participants have agreed to indemnify the Organisers, the Innovation Partner and the Problem Statement Owner. Participants agree to assist and cooperate with the Organisers, the Innovation Partner and the Problem Statement Owner in the defense or settlement of any such matters.
30. Each Participant is required to take all appropriate safety measures including obtaining appropriate insurance coverage (if necessary) throughout this Call covering but not limited to designing and developing the prototype, conducting the prototype trials including any visits to the Organiser or the Problems Statement Owners’ premises.
X FUNDING SUPPORT (stated under the eligibility section)
31. Eligible SMEs and start-ups will be able to tap on government grants to help them penetrate new market, co-develop and testbed solutions with Problem statement owner.
32. These Rules shall constitute the entire agreement between the Organiser and the Participant and supersede all prior representations, arrangements, understandings and agreements between the Parties (whether oral or written) relating to the subject matter herein contained.
33. These Rules shall be construed, governed and interpreted in all respects in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Singapore and the Parties agree to submit all disputes and claims in respect to these Rules to the jurisdiction of the Courts of the Republic of Singapore.
34. If any of the clauses of these Rules is found to be invalid for any reason whatsoever, such invalidity shall not affect the validity and operation of the other remaining provisions of these Rules.
35. Headings are for convenience of reference only and shall not affect the interpretation of these Rules.
36. Participants shall not be entitled to assign any of the rights and obligations under these Rules without the express written consent of the Organisers.
37. Nothing in these Rules shall operate so as to create a partnership or joint venture of any kind between the Parties.
38. The Organisers reserve the right to amend the Rules at their discretion and without having to give prior notification. The Participant will be notified of the change after the terms are updated and the continued participation of the Participants in the Call will be deemed to indicate their acceptance of the changes.
39. Unless expressly provided to the contrary, and save for the Problem Statement Owner and the Innovation Partner, a person who is not a party to these Rules has no right under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act, Chapter 53B of Singapore to enforce or enjoy the benefit of any term of these Rules.