2017 NRG Study Contest Rules

ELIGIBILITY

Contest open only to students who are over the age of 18 and enrolled in a college and/or business school that has arranged with The Economist Group (“TEG”) to provide a team for the Contest (a “Participating School”). Employees, officers, directors, their immediate family members spouse, children, parents, siblings and members of the same household (whether or not related), TEG and its affiliated companies, subsidiaries, distributors, dealers, retailers, advertising and promotion agencies, webmasters/suppliers and any and all other companies or persons associated with this Contest, including former TEG case study competition winners, are not eligible to participate. The winners may be asked to provide proof of date of birth, identification and educational qualifications. By participating in this Contest, each entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

PROMOTION PERIOD

The Contest opens February 21, 2017 . Entrants must submit written and video submissions no later than 5:00 PM ET on March 8, 2017. TEG is not responsible for unsuccessful attempts to enter. TEG's computer is the official clock for this Contest. To be eligible for the drawing, entries must be received and recorded by TEG during the Promotion Period. LIMIT: ONLY ONE ENTRY PER TEAM.

HOW TO ENTER

Each team of three (3) people must be enrolled and identified as a participant by a Participating School. Additional rules and guidelines applicable to participating in the Contest are set forth in Exhibit A. Any use of robotic, automatic, macro, programmed or like entry methods will disqualify all entries by such methods. All entries become the property of TEG. Entries that are obtained through unauthorized sources are void.

WINNING

The winners will be the team that is selected by the sponsor. The winners will be selected based on criteria specified in Section 11 of Exhibit A. Winners will be announced on the Case Challenge Competition Website on or about April 15, 2017. TEG will contact each winning team regarding prize delivery. Within 8 weeks after such contact, each winning team’s school must provide an address to which prizes will be sent, and (ii) W8/W9 to process payment of funds. Payment of cash prizes will be made to the Participating Schools of the winners. Each prize winner or his/her school is solely responsible for all taxes, fees, surcharges and shipping on any prize received, including federal and state income taxes, and must furnish TEG with his/her social security number. The prize winners (or parent/legal guardian if potential winner is a minor in his/her state of residence) will be required to execute an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release. The prize winners will be notified by telephone and/or by email. If the affidavit and release are not received by TEG within 30 business days following notification, an alternate winner may be selected.

PRIZE/VALUE

Each winning team will be featured as a winner on the Case Study site, will receive three subscriptions to The Economist and three LinkedIn certifications. The First Place team’s school will receive $10,000. The Second Place team’s school will receive $5,000. The Third Place team’s school will receive $3,000. The People’s Choice team’s school will receive $3,000. The total value of all prizes is $21,000. The odds of winning depend on the number of entrants and judged submissions. For the name of the winner, send an email requesting such information to Casestudy@economist.com with words “Case Study Competition winner” in the subject line within 30 days after the end of the Promotion Period.

GENERAL CONDITIONS

All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Except where prohibited by law, winner grants permission to TEG, and those acting under TEG's authority the right to the use of his/her name, picture, likeness, voice, biographical information and statements, at any time or times, for advertising, trade, publicity and promotional purposes without additional compensation, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide and on the Internet and World Wide Web, without notice, review or approval. No substitution of prize permitted by winner. Prize is not for resale, cannot be redeemed for cash, is not transferable or exchangeable, and cannot be used in conjunction with any discount, premium or rebate offer. TEG reserves the right to substitute the prize(s) with prize(s) of equal or greater value if prize is unavailable. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as intended by TEG due to, without limitation, errors in these Official Rules or advertising for this Contest, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, human error or any other cause beyond the control of TEG that, in the sole judgment of TEG, could corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, TEG reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. TEG’s decisions are final. No correspondence will be entered into.

LIABILITY LIMITATIONS

TEG is not responsible for interrupted or unavailable satellite, network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, telephone or other connections, availability or accessibility, or miscommunications, or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, or lines, or technical failure or jumbled, corrupted, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures, or technical errors or difficulties, or other errors of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic or network or the incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry or other information or the failure to capture, or loss of, any such information. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of this Contest, as solely determined by TEG, will be disqualified. Should any portion of the Contest be, in TEG's sole opinion, compromised by virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, technical failures or other causes which, in the sole opinion of TEG, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play, or submission of entries, TEG reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest, and select the winners from entries received prior to action taken or as otherwise deemed fair and appropriate by TEG. Neither TEG nor its agencies are responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest, and assume no responsibility for any error, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation, or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction, or unauthorized access to or use of the entry webpage

IN NO EVENT WILL SPONSOR, ITS PARENT, AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES AND RELATED COMPANIES, THEIR RESPECTIVE ADVERTISING OR PROMOTION AGENCIES OR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR (AND ARE HEREBY RELEASED WITH RESPECT TO) ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE DAMAGES, PROPERTY DAMAGE OR PERSONAL INJURY/DEATH ARISING OUT OF THIS CONTEST, USE/ACCEPTANCE OF THE PRIZE, AND CONTEST-RELATED ACTIVITIES. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. CHECK YOUR LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS.

By entering, entrants agree at all times to defend, indemnify, release and hold harmless TEG and its parent, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, advertising and promotion agencies, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from and against any and all claims, actions, liabilities, injuries, death, accidents, losses or damages of any kind resulting directly or indirectly from any and all activity related to entering and/or participating in this Contest or from the acceptance or use of prize. TEG reserves the right to disqualify, seek remedies and damages from, and criminally prosecute any individual or entrant tampering with the entry process. This Contest is operated by The Economist Group.

By entering this Contest, each entrant agrees that he/she may be contacted by businesses within The Economist Group. For information about how TEG handles data, please visit TEG’s privacy policy: http://www.economistgroup.com/results_and_governance/governance/privacy. This competition is governed by the laws of the state of New York without regard to principles of conflict of laws. All cases and claims pertaining to this competition must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in the City of New York, without recourse to class-action suits.


Exhibit A

Participation Guidelines


1. Enforcement of competition rules
  1. In the event of a conflict, error, or incompleteness of these rules, the judgment of TEG as to the competition rules is final
2. Deadlines and submissions
  1. Unless otherwise specified all deadlines are on the specified date at 5 o’clock PM Eastern Time.
  2. Absolutely no changes can be made to any contest submissions after the deadline to submit has passed
3. Team size
  1. Each team must include 3 students of a Participating School
4. Communication
  1. Each team must select one team member as the project manager that will serve as the primary point of contact with TEG. All contest submissions, updates and queries are to be done by the project manager only.
    1. Please select one alternate member for the team for communication should we be unable to reach the project manager for any reason.
5. Receiving outside help
  1. Each team may seek advice and guidance from its school’s faculty and staff however the three members of each team must be the sole authors of the written submission and abstract
  2. The three team members are to be the sole participants in the video response.
  3. No other outside help is permitted.
6. Guidelines for written submission and abstract
  1. Each team must send its written submissions as two separate files (Word and PDF).
    1. Please provide a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) and PDF (.pdf) version for each document - see more details below
7. Written Submission Format
  1. Word count: 3,000 words limit. (cover page, table of contents page and appendices are excluded from the word count).
  2. Cover page: team name, name of participants, name of university and report title must be clearly specified on the cover page.
  3. Times New Roman 12 point font
  4. Double spaced
8. Abstract Summary Format
  1. The abstract is a synopsis for the written submission
  2. The abstract word count is a maximum of 165 words
  3. The synopsis must be submitted in a .txt file format
  4. Times New Roman 12 point font
  5. Double spaced
10. Video Presentation format
  1. Supporting powerpoint presentations are not permitted to be displayed as part of the video presentations
  2. Submit .mp4 file
    1. HD preferred
  3. Professional equipment and studies are permitted and encouraged
  4. Submitted video presentations are final
    1. Schools cannot elect to have their video not posted.
  5. Present Case video presentation
    1. 3-5 minute presentation
    2. May include any and multiple participants to present
    11. Judging Submission
    1. The winners will be selected by representatives of the sponsor based on materials submitted
    2. Judging criteria include:
      1. Background and objectives are clearly stated
      2. Originality and innovation
      3. Materials clearly identify key factors to support the case made
      4. Thoroughness of the analysis