The 10k Apart Official Rules

The inevitable fine print

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This Contest is hosted in the United States, and entry information is collected on computers in the United States. This Contest will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Contest. If you do not agree with this provision and these Official Rules, please do not enter this Contest.

Common Terms Used In These Rules:

These are the official rules that govern how the 10K Apart promotion (“Contest”) will operate.

In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of the Contest. “You,” “yourself,” “I,” “me,” and “my” refers to an eligible Contest entrant.

1. Contest Description

This is a skill-based Contest. Entrants create and submit a web project where the rendered web pages are fully usable without exceeding a size of 10 kilobytes (kB). Refer to Section 3 (“Who Can Enter”) for eligibility determination and Section 4 (“What Constitutes An Eligible Entry”) for additional entry requirements and details.

For purposes of this Contest, the web project that you create and submit in the Contest will be called an “entry.” The Contest seeks entries in five (5) separate Contest Categories: Best Overall, People’s Choice, Best Design, Best Technical & Notable Mention. All eligible entries received will be automatically entered into all 5 Contest Categories and will be judged using judging criteria described in Section 7 (“How Entries Will Be Judged”).

2. What Are The Start And End Dates?

This Contest starts at 12:01 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) on August 15, 2016 and ends at 5 p.m. PT on September 30, 2016 (“Entry Period”). Entries must be received within the Entry Period to be eligible.

3. Who Can Enter?

You are eligible to enter this Contest if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:

4. What Constitutes An Eligible Entry

To be eligible for judging an entry must meet the following requirements:

In addition:

Entries may NOT contain, as determined by us, in our sole and absolute discretion, any content that:

We reserve the right to reject any entry, in our sole and absolute discretion, that we determine does not meet the above criteria.

5. How My Entry May Be Used

Other than what is set forth below, we are not claiming any ownership rights to your entry. However, by submitting your entry, you:

Please note that following the end of this Contest your entry may be posted on a website selected by us for viewing by visitors to that website. 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 (or your parent or legal guardian) do not want to grant us these rights to your entry, please do not enter this Contest.

6. How To Submit Your Entry

To submit your web application, navigate to, and enter the Contest by submitting your project, as instructed. We will accept up to three (3) entries per person. We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive, or that we are unable to access, for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason.

We will automatically disqualify any incomplete or illegible entry and any entries that we receive that do not meet the requirements described above and in Section 4 (“What Constitutes An Eligible Entry”).

7. How Entries Will Be Judged

All eligible entries received will be automatically considered for each Contest Category: Best Overall, People’s Choice, Best Design, Best Technical & Notable Mentions. Winners in each Contest Category will be determined by the judging panel listed on the home page of the contest.

Judging Criteria

Following the close of the Entry Period, a panel of judges will conduct a “blind” review of all eligible entries received and assess each entry based on a 100 point scale, using the following judging criteria:

The scores will be used to help the panel select one grand prize winner (Best Overall), one winner for Best Design, one for Best Technical and 12 Notable Mentions. In the event of any ties, the judging panel will have sole discretion to select a winner.

People’s Choice

We will present eligible entries online within three (3) business days of receipt of valid entry. Between 12:01 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) on October 7, 2016, and 5 p.m. PT on October 21, 2016 (“Public Voting Period”), visitors will be asked to vote for an entry by logging into the contest site using a Facebook, Github, or Twitter account and following the prompts on each entry’s page. Votes will be limited to one vote per person per project. Votes determined to be in excess of this limit will be thrown out.

At the conclusion of the Public Voting Period, we will determine one People’s Choice winner, based on total weighted ratings received. In the event of a tie between any eligible entries, the tie will be broken by judges, who will judge the tied entries based on the criteria listed above.

We, in our sole discretion, reserve the right to void suspect ratings or take other remedial actions if we suspect any use of robotic, automatic, macro, programmed or similar methods, known or unknown, to impact the integrity of the public rating result.

For both Contest Categories, the decisions of the judges are final and binding. If we do not receive a sufficient number of entries meeting the entry requirements, we may, at our discretion, select fewer winners than the number of Contest prizes described below.

8. The Prizes

One (1) Best Overall Prize.

Three (3) Runners Up Prizes (Best Design, Best Technical & People’s Choice).

Twelve (12) Notable Mention Prizes

If the An Event Apart event is cancelled for any reason, Sponsor shall have no further obligation to the winner other than to provide the remainder of the prize package.

If you are selected as a potential winner of this Contest:

9. How Winners Will Be Notified

If you are a potential winner, we will notify you by sending a message to the e-mail address listed on your entry within seven (7) days following winner determination. If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award the prize to an alternate winner.

If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter the Contest.

If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an affidavit of eligibility, liability/publicity release and W-9 or W8-BEN tax form. If you do not sign and return these required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select the next highest-scoring entry.

10. Other Conditions You Are Agreeing To By Entering This Contest

By entering this Contest you (your parent or legal guardian if you are a minor) agree and understand that:

11. If Something Unexpected Happens And The Contest Can’t Run As Planned

If someone cheats, or a virus, bug, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and/or integrity of this Contest, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Contest.

This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Contest, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Contest.

Computer “hacking” is a crime. If you attempt to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Contest by hacking or by cheating or committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law. Further, we may ban you from participating in any of our future Contest, so please play fairly.

12. Find Out Who Won

We will post the winning entries online after October 31, 2016 at This posting will remain active for at least 30 days.

13. Contest Sponsor

Microsoft Corporation is the sponsor of this Contest.

Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Attn: 10K Apart, Bldg 115/2246
Redmond, WA 98052

14. Privacy

Microsoft’s Privacy Statement will apply to this Contest, and to all information that we receive from your entry. Please read the Privacy Statement before accepting the Official Rules and submitting your entry. Please note that by accepting the Official Rules you are also accepting the terms of the Privacy Statement.