EPAM Terms And Conditions For Hackathon

EPAM Systems (Switzerland) GmbH ("EPAM") is hosting a competition regarding the development of apps or ideas relating to blockchain technology to solve business problems, particularly the Insurance sector. These Term apply in relation to your entry to the Hackathon (“Entry”).


The Hackathon begins on 18-November-2016 and ends on 19-November-2016 .


The Hackathon is open to individuals (i) who are at least eighteen years old, and (ii) who are invited by EPAM to participate in the Hackathon. Invitation by EPAM is subject to the full and unconditional acceptance of these Terms and Conditions ("Terms"). Participation in the Hackathon constitutes Participant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of and continued compliance with the Terms. The term “you” refers to you, the “Participant”. Employees of EPAM and their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, fulfillment or other coordinating agencies, individuals providing services to EPAM through an outsourcer or temporary employment agency during the Hackathon period, and their respective immediate family members and persons living in their same household, are not eligible to participate in the Hackathon. Determination of eligibility and compliance is at the sole discretion of EPAM. EPAM reserves the right to disqualify any Entry if the Entry or a Participant or a Participant’s team does not comply with these Terms.

Your Participation

You can participate either as part of a team or on an individual basis. Switching teams or participation in multiple teams is not allowed. EPAM is not responsible for, and will not assist in resolving, any disputes between team members. To participate, you must attend at Impact Hub Zürich (Viaduktstrasse 93, Event Space Bogen D, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland) on 18-November-2016. You must make your own travel and accommodation arrangements and cover all associated costs and expenses. In no event, in particular in case of disqualification, will EPAM reimburse any such costs. You, as a Participant, will be required to create and present to jury, proof of concept using blockchain driven concepts. In 24 hours, you are expected to build a solution to address one of the problems, provided by insurance companies. A team may only submit one entry. Individual Participants may only submit one entry. Incomplete entries may be disqualified. Each Participant must supply his/her own laptop and all other materials to participate.

EPAM may, at its sole discretion, establish further rules regarding the procedure of the Hackathon which will be published on https://www.epam.com/blockchain-hackathon. The Participants (individually and as team members) warrant to comply with these rules. Non-compliance with said rules – as well as these terms - may lead to a disqualification of the Participant or the team.


Each Entry must be original, of the Participant’s or Participant’s teams own creation and newly written during the Hackathon and must not have been entered in any other competition or program similar to the Hackathon. “Newly written” means that Participants cannot in any way copy any material or any software code that already exists, and submit it as part of an Entry. Entries may be subject to a due diligence review at any time for eligibility and compliance with these Terms. Participant represents and warrants that the Entry is and will be Participant’s own original work and does not and will not infringe the intellectual property or proprietary rights of any third party, including, without limitation, any third party patents, copyrights or trademarks. Participant hereby agrees not to instigate, support, maintain or authorize any action, claim or lawsuit against EPAM or any other person, on the grounds that any use of a Participant’s Entry, infringes any of Participant’s rights as creator of the Entry, including, without limitation, trademark rights, copyrights and moral rights or “droit moral.”

Scoring of Entries

A panel of people with relevant expertise will be responsible for judging Entries. The decisions of the judges will be final and will not be subject to any review. In the event of a tie, the judges will deliberate to determine the winner and their decision will be final and not subject to review. Each Participant or at least one representative of a team must be available during the judging period to demonstrate the Participant’s or team’s Entry and each Participant or team may also be asked to demonstrate their Entry to all of the Participants and the judges. Failure to be available during the judging period will lead to disqualification of the Participant or team. Entries will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • originality/creativity (20%);
  • innovation (25%);
  • presentation (10%);
  • vertical matching (15%) and
  • practical implementation (30%).

Right to Use Entries

EPAM is not claiming any ownership rights to your Entry. EPAM does however need some limited rights from you to hold this Hackathon and for subsequent publicity purposes, as described below.  As such by submitting your entry, you: 

  • are granting us and the Sponsors an irrevocable, royalty-free, fully paid up worldwide right and license to: (i) use your entry and all its content solely in connection with this Contest; and (ii) feature your entry and all content and your participation  in connection with the publication, marketing, or promotion of this Contest in all media (now known or later developed.);
  • understand that we cannot control the incoming information you will disclose to our representatives in the course of entering, or what our representatives will remember about your entry. You also understand that we will not restrict work assignments of representatives who have had access to your Entry.  By entering this Contest, you agree that use of information in our representatives’ unaided memories in the development or deployment of our products or services does not create liability for us under this agreement or copyright or trade secret law;
  • acknowledge and agree that a third party may produce similar ideas or concepts during the Hackathon. You also acknowledge and agree that EPAM, as a company with a strong reputation for innovation, may be working on similar ideas independently whether now or in the future. You agree not to make any claims or demands of any nature against EPAM in relation to your participation or contribution in Hackathon;
  • understand that you will not receive any compensation or credit for use of your Entry, other than what is described in these Official Rules;
  • for the avoidance of doubt, all Intellectual Property Rights in the entry shall remain vested in the entrant(s) who created them or, in the case of Intellectual Property Rights owned by any third party or parties, such third party or parties. EPAM accepts no liability for any disagreement among team members regarding ownership of any Intellectual Property Rights contained in any entry including, without limitation, the winning entry or for any inaccurate or incorrect information supplied or relied upon by any entrant during the Hackathon;
  • please note that following the end of this Contest your Entry may be posted on a website selected by us or the Sponsors for viewing by visitors to that website, or otherwise publicly displayed. We are not responsible for any unauthorized use of your Entry by visitors to this website. While we reserve these rights, we are not obligated to use your Entry for any purpose, even if it has been selected as a winning Entry;
  • if you do not want to grant us these rights to your Entry, please do not enter this Contest.

Prizes and Awards

The prizes and awards to be awarded are as follows:

The Participant, or team of Participants whose Entry is awarded the highest score by the judges will receive the following:

  • First Prize: 3000 CHF in Cash + 7000 CHF in EPAM credits for implementation to be implemented as agreed with EPAM
  • Second Prize: 2000 CHF in Cash
  • Third Prize: 1000 CHF in Cash


By participating in the Hackathon, Participant consents to the use of his/her name, photo and/or likeness, biographical information, entry and statements attributed to Participant for advertising and promotional purposes, including without limitation, inclusion in EPAM’s newsletters, EPAM’s website at https://www.epam.com/blockchain-hackathon and any of EPAM’s social media accounts without additional compensation.


To the extent allowed by law, you agree to release, indemnify, defend and hold EPAM and each EPAM Group Company, harmless, from any and all claims, damages, expenses or losses to person or property and/or liabilities of any nature that in any way arise from participation in the Hackathon or acceptance or use of a prize or parts thereof, including without limitation (i) any condition caused by events beyond EPAM’s control that may cause the Hackathon to be disrupted or corrupted; (ii) any claim that an Entry infringes third party intellectual property or proprietary rights; (iii) any disputes among team members, (iv) any injuries, losses, or damages (compensatory, direct, incidental, consequential or otherwise) of any kind arising in connection with or as a result of the prize, or acceptance, possession, or use of the prize, or from participation in the Hackathon; (v) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Hackathon; technical errors that may impair your ability to participate in the Hackathon; or (vi) errors in the administration of the Hackathon.


To the extent allowed by law, EPAM will not be liable to you for any direct, special, incidental, exemplary, punitive or consequential damages (including loss of use, data, business or profits) arising out of or in connection with your participation in the Hackathon, whether such liability arises from any claim based upon contract, warranty, tort (including negligence), strict liability or otherwise, and whether or not EPAM has been advised of the possibility of such loss or damage.


The Hackathon is offered by EPAM, who is not responsible for (i) late, lost, damaged, incomplete, or misdirected Entries, responses, or other correspondence, whether by email or postal mail or otherwise; (ii) theft, destruction, unauthorized access to or alterations of Entries; or (iii) phone, electrical, network, computer, hardware, software program or transmission malfunctions, failures or difficulties. EPAM reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend the Hackathon in whole or in part, in the event of fraud, technical or other difficulties or if the integrity of the Hackathon is compromised, without liability to the Participants. EPAM reserve the right to disqualify any Participant, as determined by EPAM, in its sole discretion.

These Terms are governed by the law of the Switzerland, without reference to rules governing choice of laws. Any action, suit or case arising out of, or in connection with, this Hackathon or the Terms must be brought in courts at EPAM's place of business. EPAM’s failure to enforce any term of these Terms shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

Nothing herein shall constitute an employment, joint venture, or partnership relationship between Participant and EPAM. Participants will not receive any compensation from EPAM in connection with any Entries.

If you have any questions about the Hackathon and its Terms and Conditions, please contact WFAEventsSwitzerland@epam.com.

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