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Project Innovation: The Official Rules

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

Entry for this Competition may only be made in or from the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and entries originating from any other jurisdiction are not eligible. This Competition is governed exclusively by the laws of the United States. You are not authorized to participate in the Competition if you are not a legal resident of the 50 United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa or the U.S. Virgin Islands. You must be at least fourteen (14) years old, but have not yet reached twenty (20) years of age as of 12:00 a.m. ET on December 21, 2012, and be enrolled as a full-time student at a high school within the 50 United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa or the U.S. Virgin Islands to be eligible to enter. All minors must obtain their parent or legal guardian’s written consent to be (1) eligible to participate and (2) eligible to win a prize in this Competition.

1. How to Enter. Form a team of 2–4 students, each of whom must meet the eligibility requirements, and in addition each team must have one Faculty Advisor (see “Faculty Advisor section” below). During the Competition Period (defined in Rule 2 below), visit the Start Here, Go Places. Website at www.startheregoplaces.com (“Website”); review and agree to these Official Rules; and (i) follow the online data entry instructions requiring your team to enter complete and accurate information on all documentation provided and truthfully acknowledge that each member of the team meets all eligibility requirements as outlined, (ii) agree that you and your team will abide by the Official Rules of the Competition throughout the course of the Competition and (iii) complete and submit the online entry form. A complete entry must include the following items for each team member: student’s name, high school in which the team member is enrolled at time of entry, email address, mailing address, birth date and Start Here, Go Places. User ID / login name. Each student must be a registered user of the Start Here, Go Places. Website and provide their User ID / login name on the team entry (No cost is associated with being a registered user of startheregoplaces.com). The entry should also include the Faculty Advisor’s name, telephone number, email and mailing address, as well as one release form per student signed by the student (and, if student is a minor in his/her home state, signed by the student’s parent or legal guardian). All documentation is to be submitted to the AICPA (“Sponsor”) on or before the appropriate entry deadline. Team members are responsible for submission of the two-page proposal, budget and script while team Faculty Advisors are responsible for gathering and submitting all required signed release forms. Faculty Advisor must also sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release (where permitted by law) at the same time and in the same manner as the student team’s release forms. Team entries will not be qualified for the Competition—and participants will not be eligible to compete in any round of the Competition or have an opportunity to win—until all signed release forms and entry materials are received for the entire student team and Faculty Advisor. All release forms must be original and received in hard copy by U.S. First Class mail or express courier such as UPS, Fedex or other similar service delivery. No duplicate copies, electronic scans or faxes will be accepted. The team will be disqualified if any student on the team or Faculty Advisor fails to submit necessary Competition documentation (signed release form and entry materials) by the submission deadline, which is 6:00 p.m. ET on December 21, 2012. No team member changes or substitutions will be allowed after the uploading of the first round submissions, and any changes or substitutions after uploading the first round submission will result in disqualification of the entire team. Team members must attend the school identified in the first round submission for the duration of the Competition to be eligible to compete, and if any team member ceases to be enrolled in the school identified in the submission, the entire team is disqualified. As the point of contact for the team, the Faculty Advisor will receive an email notification through their Start Here, Go Places. Educators’ Portal Profile once their sponsored team’s entry is qualified. Faculty Advisor must be a member of the Start Here, Go Places. Educators’ Portal and provide their User ID / login name as part of the team entry along with the other contact information noted above. An Educators’ Portal Profile may be created at no charge through the Website (No cost is associated with Faculty Advisor creating an Educators’ Portal Profile). Eligible teams are challenged to think creatively and create a new idea for a television show that centers on the CPA profession. Each team’s submission shall include; (1) a proposal no more than two-pages in length (8x11 page paper, single spaced, one inch margins) that provides an overview of their television show (the “Proposal”), (2) a prepared production budget that provides a list of line items that are required to produce the show (the “Budget”), and (3) a written script that will introduce the show to viewers and that can be developed into a three-minute promotional video if the team becomes a top ten finalist (the “Script”). Page length of the Script should be appropriate for a three-minute video. The Proposal, Budget and Script collectively shall be referred to as the “Entry,” (and as to each Finalist team, the video preview is also included as a part of the “Entry”) and the Entry with all entry information collectively shall be referred to as the “Submission.” All Proposals submitted must be entered into the entry form and must be in the English language limited to no more than two-pages in length, and must conform with any online instructions on the entry form page as set out above. Objectives of the Competition: Help the Sponsor spread the message about the vital role a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) plays in our economy and encourage teenagers and young adults (the primary target audience) to consider a career as a CPA. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify this Competition at its sole discretion in the event the Sponsor determines that an insufficient number of Entries are received that meet the minimum judging criteria.

By participating, each entrant warrants and represents the following with respect to their team’s Entry: (a) the entrant is the sole and exclusive owner of the Entry; (b) the Entry is entrant’s own creation and is 100% original; (c) the Entry will not infringe on any rights of any third parties; (d) any third party whose name or property appears in the Entry has given entrant appropriate written consent (which in turn requires parental consent if the third party is also a minor and which shall be provided to Sponsor upon request thereof) for such person or property to be included and used as permitted herein; (e) the Entry (or any part thereof) has not been entered in or won any previous competition, whether or not sponsored by Sponsor; and (f) the Entry (or any part thereof) has not been published previously in any medium (collectively, the “Entrant Warranties”). The Entry (and all parts thereof) must be suitable for display and publication online or through other mediums (i.e., may not be obscene or indecent, including, but not limited to, nudity or profanity); it must not contain obscene or pornographic material; it must not contain defamatory or offensive statements or images (including but not limited to words or symbols that are considered offensive to individuals of a certain race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic group); it must not include threats to any person, place, business, group or world peace; it must not in any other way violate applicable laws, regulations or any media’s advertising standards. In addition, by participating each entrant agrees to be bound by the terms set out in these Official Rules.

By entering this Competition and uploading the team Entry, including Proposal, Budget and Script, (and as to Finalists the video preview) each member of the Entrant Team and the team’s Faculty Advisor agree that: (1) all members of the team irrevocably assign and transfer to the Sponsor any and all rights, title and interest in and to the Entry, including, without limitation, all copyrights, and waive all moral rights therein; (2) Sponsor’s ownership rights in and to the Entry, including Proposal, Budget and Script, (and as to Finalists the video preview) shall include for Sponsor and its agents the unconditional and perpetual right to post, display, publish, use, adapt, edit, translate, modify and/or otherwise exploit such Proposal, Budget and Script (and as to Finalists the video preview) in any way, in any and all media, for any purpose, without limitation, and without further consideration to entrant, worldwide and in perpetuity; (3) all members of the team shall execute any documentation Sponsor deems necessary to effectuate each such assignment of ownership to Sponsor. All members of the team and Faculty Advisor further agree to release and indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor and Competition Entities (as defined below) from any and all claims that any commercial, advertising, presentation, Web content, mobile or any other material subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of Sponsor infringes on the rights of entrant’s work as contained in any Entry.

Each member of the team must have a valid email address, and all email addresses must be included on the entry form. Limit one (1) Submission per team and per email address. Each entrant may be listed/participate on one team only. This does not apply to Faculty Advisors. Faculty Advisors may participate with multiple teams. No automated entry devices and/or programs permitted. All Submissions, including the Entry, become the sole and exclusive property of the Sponsor and receipt of Submission, or any part thereof, will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, stolen, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, misdirected, technically corrupted or garbled entries, which will be disqualified, or for entry or submission problems of any kind whether mechanical, human or electronic. Only fully completed Submissions are eligible. Proof of submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor.

Faculty Advisor: Each team must have one Faculty Advisor. Faculty Advisor must be an accounting or business teacher or guidance counselor at the high school attended by his or her team and must agree to sponsor the team. This Faculty Advisor can help guide or give feedback on responses, but he or she may not provide any of the final deliverable work included in any Entry. This Faculty Advisor specifically waives all of his or her rights to ownership to each and all Submissions and every part thereof and shall not restrict use of any of the guidance or feedback provided in connection with this Competition including, but not limited to, any Submission. A Faculty Advisor can advise more than one team. By participating as a Faculty Advisor, he or she agrees to all the terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules. Faculty Advisors are not team members and are not eligible for any cash prize but a Faculty Advisor of a Finalist team may retain the video device that will be supplied for use by the Finalist team.

2. Start/End Dates: The Competition begins at Noon ET on October 15, 2012, and the first round submission period ends at 6:00 p.m. ET on December 21, 2012 (“Competition Period”). Submissions must be made during the Competition Period. First round Submissions do not include the three-minute video previews. First round judging to select Finalists takes place between 10:00 a.m. ET on January 4, 2013, and 10:00 a.m. ET on January 15, 2013. Finalists will be notified of their position by 3:00 p.m. ET on January 16, 2013. Finalists’ three-minute video preview (“Finalist Video Submission” as discussed in Judging/Judging Criteria section below) must be received by Sponsor no later than 3:00 p.m. ET on February 4, 2013 to advance to the public vote segment of this Competition. The public vote segment of the Competition begins at 4:00 p.m. ET on February 5, 2013, and ends at 3:00 p.m. ET on February 27, 2013 (“Public Vote Period”). The computer clock of Sponsor’s webmaster is the official timekeeping device of the Competition. Final round judging takes place between 9:00 a.m. ET on March 4, 2013, and ends at 8:00 p.m. ET on March 5, 2013. Winners will be announced on or about March 18, 2013, on the Start Here, Go Places. Website.

3. Eligibility: Only legal permanent residents of the fifty United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa or the U.S. Virgin Islands (the “Eligible Jurisdictions”), who are at least fourteen (14) years of age and have not yet reached twenty (20) years of age as of 12:00 a.m. ET on December 21, 2012, who are enrolled full-time as a student at a high school within the Eligible Jurisdictions are eligible to enter. Void outside of the Eligible Jurisdictions, and void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. Employees, officers and directors of Sponsor and its parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, dealers, interactive and promotion agencies (including, without limitation, Krobe Interactive, LLC), manufacturers or distributors of Competition materials and their immediate families (parents, children, siblings, spouse) or members of the same household (whether related or not) of such individuals or entities are not eligible to enter. You are not authorized to enter the Competition if you are not located within the Eligible Jurisdictions. All federal, state and local laws and regulations, as applicable, apply. Entrants must have Internet access (including, without limitation, the ability to upload content) to enter and to Skype or other comparable video sharing function (as described in Final Round Judging below) to participate. All minors must obtain their parent or legal guardian’s written consent to be eligible to participate and be eligible to win a prize in this Competition.

4. Judging/Judging Criteria: Judges reserve the right, in their sole and absolute discretion, to disqualify any Entries that are inappropriate for any reason, including without limitation, for depicting or mentioning sex, violence, drugs, alcohol and/or inappropriate language or images. Judges are affiliated with the Sponsor and will have the applicable skill and expertise to evaluate the Entries based on the stated and applicable judging criteria. 

First Round: For the First Round, all Entries will be judged by a panel of judges who have the required knowledge and experience to apply the judging criteria (awarding points to eligible Entries not to exceed a combined points total of 115 points), which shall include: (a) Originality of idea (0–5 points); (b) Is the Entry’s Proposal consistent with the objectives of the Competition as outlined in the “How to Enter” section of the Official Rules? (0–5 points); (c) Has the team followed the instructions and submitted all required elements of their Entry (Proposal, Budget, Script)? (0–5 points); (d) Does the Entry provide an appropriate amount of information related to the budget to demonstrate an understanding of all costs associated with the development of this show? (0–25 points); (e) Does the two-page Proposal provide a detailed and accurate depiction of the television show and does it accurately depict some activity within the scope of the CPA Profession? (0–25 points); (f) Does the Entry exhibit the ability to engage students, draw them in and make them want to learn more about the CPA profession? (0–25 points); (g) Is the Entry well-written and does it meet spelling, grammar and vocabulary usage standards appropriate for high school? (0–25 points) (collectively, the “First Round Judging Criteria”). The total score for each Entry by each Judge will be the score attributable to the Entry for ranking (described below). 

In addition to the points attributed by each Judge according to the First Round Judging Criteria, each Judge will assign his/her top ten scoring entries a ranking from 1 to 10 points as set forth below: 

Ranking 1 = 10 points
Ranking 2 = 9 points
Ranking 3 = 8 points
Ranking 4 = 7 points
Ranking 5 = 6 points
Ranking 6 = 5 points
Ranking 7 = 4 points
Ranking 8 = 3 points
Ranking 9 = 2 points
Ranking 10 = 1 point

In the event of a tie in total points awarded by any Judge, the ranking will be determined based on the Entry’s ability to achieve results with the primary target audience through a television medium, with the Entry that exhibits greater ability receiving the higher ranking. The total of averaged points from the Judges shall be added to the total points value awarded as outlined in the rankings above to determine the total First Round score (the “First Round Score”). 

Subject to verification and compliance with these Official Rules, up to ten (10) Entries with the highest First Round Scores shall be deemed “Finalists” and proceed to the Public Voting Round. The First Round Score will make up 45% of each Finalist’s Total Score (as defined below).

Finalists: Each of the finalist teams will be supplied with an audio-visual recording device (one per Finalist Team) (“Audio-Visual Device”) and be required to use their Script to create and submit a (no more than) three-minutes in length audio-video preview of their television show (“Finalist Video Submission”) using the Audio-Visual Device for purposes of the Public Vote Round and Final Round. Teams will also be provided with one (1) USB Drive each upon which to upload the Final Video Submission. Online instructions are available at the Website to describe how to upload the Final Video Submission to the USB Drive. Finalist Teams need not return the Audio-Visual device to Sponsor, but only one (1) Audio-Visual Device will be distributed per Team and the Faculty Advisor shall be designated as the recipient of the Audio-Visual Device (approximate retail value $200), which the Faculty Advisor may keep as an award upon signing and returning the Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release and any other documents that Sponsor may reasonably require, such as a W-9 form and/or 1099-MISC form. Prospective Finalists (and if any member of the prospective Finalist team is a minor in his/her home state, such prospective Finalist member’s parent or legal guardian must sign, return all documentation, accept any prize if and as applicable, and agree to these Official Rules) will be required to sign and return to the team Faculty Advisor for submission to Sponsor an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Public Release (where permitted by law), Talent Release form and W-9 form, including entrant’s Social Security or other tax identification number. Additionally, Talent Release forms must be signed by anyone whose name or likeness appears in the Finalist Video Submission (and, if the person appearing is a minor in his/her home state, the Talent Release must be signed by that minor’s parent or legal guardian) and submitted to the Sponsor with the Finalist Video Submission. All Finalist Video Submissions on USB drive and all required forms must be received by Sponsor via FedEx in the pre-addressed, pre-paid mailer provided by Sponsor to the Faculty Advisor of each team by no later than 3:00 pm EST February 4, 2013. 

By participating, each Finalist and each Faculty Advisor to a Finalist Team acknowledges and agrees that the representations, warranties, waivers, assignments/transfers, and/or other requirements or conditions set forth in the paragraphs above apply with equal force to the Finalist Video Submission as to the respective team’s original Entry.

Public Vote Round: Sponsor will post each qualified Finalist Final Video Submission to the Website for public viewing and voting from on or about February 5, 2013 to February 27, 2013 (the “Public Vote Period”). Visitors to the Website may vote for one (1) Finalist Video Submission per person and per email address during the Public Vote Period. Members of all Finalist teams and the team’s Faculty Advisor agree and acknowledge that the team’s Video Submission, and the team’s name, school and state shall be publicly available on the World Wide Web for the Public Vote Period and grant Sponsor and its designees all right and license to use their Submissions, including their Entry, in connection with the Competition. Visitors shall vote for the Video Submission they judge to best meet the following criteria: (a) Originality of the idea; (b) Does the Video Submission draw viewers in and make them want to learn more about the CPA profession?; (c) Does the Video Submission exhibit creativity?; (d) Does the Video Submission give a good explanation of what the show will be about? Based on total number of public votes received at the conclusion of the Public Vote Period, each Finalist’s Entry shall be assigned a ranking and a corresponding point value (the “Public Vote Score”) as follows:

Ranking 1 = 10 points
Ranking 2 = 9 points
Ranking 3 = 8 points
Ranking 4 = 7 points
Ranking 5 = 6 points
Ranking 6 = 5 points
Ranking 7 = 4 points
Ranking 8 = 3 points
Ranking 9 = 2 points
Ranking 10 = 1 point

In the event that two or more Entries receive the same number of public votes, such Entries shall receive the same number of points as associated with that ranking, and point totals of other entries will be adjusted accordingly if necessary (e.g., if two Entries are ranked #5, then the Entry with the next highest votes will be #7). The Public Vote Score will consist exclusively of the points attributable to the assigned ranking. The Public Vote Score will equal 25% of the Finalist’s Total Score (as defined below). 

Final Round Judging: The Public Vote Score will not determine the Winners; rather, each Finalist’s Public Vote Score will be included as one factor (25%) of the total score which determines the winners (the “Total Score”). The other factors included in the Total Score are the First Round Score (45%) and the Final Round Score (as defined below, 30%). For the Final Round the top ten ranking teams, based on combined scores from the First and Public Vote Rounds, will present their idea via Skype or other comparable video sharing function. Time of presentation is not to exceed 15 minutes with 5 minutes available for a question and answer session after the formal presentation. The Final Round Judging will be conducted by a member of the American Institute of CPAs currently serving in a leadership position through an AICPA committee, board, task force or similar group who will have the applicable skill and expertise to evaluate the Entries based on the stated and applicable judging criteria. The Final Round Judging will evaluate the Entry, Finalist Video Submission and presentation based on the following equally weighted judging criteria (awarding points to Finalists not to exceed a combined points total of 110 points): (a) Did all members of the team participate in the presentation? (0–5 points); (b) Through the live presentation, is the team able to appropriately articulate the Entry idea itself, including the Finalist Video Submission, as well as their rationale for creating the Entry? (0–25 points); (c) Will the Entry draw attention to the CPA profession and encourage student exploration of the profession? (0–25 points); (d) Does the Entry exhibit creativity and give a good depiction of what the show will be about? (0–25 points); (e) Did the team appropriately articulate a comprehensive level of understanding related to the budget process? (0–25 points); (f) Did the team stay within the time allotted without going over? (0–5 points) (collectively, the “Final Round Judging Criteria”). The total of points granted to each Entry by the Final Round Judge per criteria category above will be combined together to determine the ranking of the Finalists. In addition to the points awarded by the Final Round Judge according to the Final Round Judging Criteria above, the Finalist Entries will each receive a ranking value consisting of 1–10 points by the Final Round Judge as follows: 

Ranking 1 = 10 points
Ranking 2 = 9 points
Ranking 3 = 8 points
Ranking 4 = 7 points
Ranking 5 = 6 points
Ranking 6 = 5 points
Ranking 7 = 4 points
Ranking 8 = 3 points
Ranking 9 = 2 points
Ranking 10 = 1 point

Ranking value is assigned based on total points awarded per Finalist. In the event of a tie in the total points awarded by the Final Round Judge above, the tie will be broken in favor of the Entry determined by the Final Round Judge based on originality, with the Entry that shows greater originality receiving the higher ranking points value. The points from the Final Round Judge and from the Final Round ranking will be added together to total each Finalist’s Entry’s full Final Round score (“Final Round Score”). The Final Round Score will equate to 30% of each Entry’s Total Score. 

The winners will be determined based on the total combined value of the above noted judging components (the “Total Score”). The Total Score shall include the Finalist’s First Round Score (45%), the Public Vote Score (25%), and the Final Round Score (30%). The three (3) highest Final Scores, based on the Total Score and subject to verification, will be deemed the First, Second, and Third place winners, respectively. 

By participating in the Competition, entrants and Faculty Advisors fully and unconditionally agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges and Sponsor, which will be final and binding in all matters relating to the Competition. 

All finalist Entries and Finalist Video Submissions, whether selected as the winner or other, become the property of the Sponsor.

5. No Odds: There are no odds of winning the Competition, as winning is not based on chance. Rather, winning is based upon the entrants’ relative skill demonstrated in the Entry and, where applicable, Finalist Video Submission and the First Round, Public Vote Round, and Final Round judging based on the stated criteria.

6. Prizes: Three (3) monetary prizes and three (3) monetary contributions will be offered in the Competition. The First, Second and Third place teams will be offered a team scholarship. Each member of each respective team will receive an equal share of the scholarship amount awarded to the team. The First place team will be offered a $4,000 USD scholarship. The Second place team will be offered a $3,000 USD scholarship, and the Third place team will be offered a $2,000 USD scholarship. Prizes will be awarded in the form of a scholarship check made payable to each student entrant on the respective winning team. Winners must be verified and all required documentation received before prizes are awarded.

Additional Contributions to First, Second and Third Place Winning Team’s High Schools: In addition to the prizes offered to the winning teams, the following contributions shall be offered. The high school in which the First place winning team is enrolled by and on the date of the team’s submission of the Entry shall receive a contribution of $3,000 USD, with such contribution to be made in the name of the First place winning team. The high school which enrolled the Second place winning team on the date of the team’s submission of the Entry shall receive a contribution of $2,000 USD, with such contribution to be made in the name of the Second place winning team. The high school which enrolled the Third place winning team on the date of the team’s submission of the Entry shall receive a contribution of $1,000 USD, with such contribution to be made in the name of the Third place winning team. These contributions for the First, Second and Third place winning teams’ respective high schools shall be limited to use on one or more of the following: clubs/organizations of an academic nature within the school; the school’s media center, library, or computer lab; the school’s purchase of materials, books, or resources; the school’s sponsorship of enrolled student(s) at a national conference (e.g., Business Professionals of America (BPA), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Academy of Finance (AOF)); or the school’s newspaper or yearbook organization. The contributions may not be used to purchase equipment or clothing and must only be used for educational purposes.

Each Faculty Advisor of a Finalist team will receive an audio-video device for use by the Finalist team. The Faculty Advisor may retain the device (approximate retail value $200) upon completing and returning an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/ Publicity Release as well as any other documents that Sponsor may reasonably require, such as a W-9 form and/or a 1099-MISC form.

Taxes and any other expenses not specifically listed herein are solely the responsibility of each winner. Winners will not receive the difference between actual and approximate retail value. Prizes are non-transferable. No substitutions or cash redemptions; provided that, in the case of unavailability of any prize, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value.

Tax Gross-Up: In addition to the prize offered to each winning team and the additional contributions offered to the three (3) high schools, each winner may also be offered a single cash payment in the form of a corporate check which is intended to assist with any federal, state, or other tax obligations related to the prize and the contributions (the “Tax Gross-Up Payment”); provided that such winner shall first remit proof of such tax liability to Sponsor in documentary form that is satisfactory to Sponsor. The amount of Tax Gross-Up Payment will be computed based upon the actual retail value of the applicable prize, taking into account any charitable contribution deduction the winner may be entitled to claim in connection with the contributions given to the high school, and upon the combined tax rate for all federal, state, and other tax obligations related to such prize, and the amount of the Tax Gross-Up Payment shall be determined in the sole discretion of the Sponsor. The Tax Gross-Up Payment is intended solely to assist with any federal, state, or other tax obligations of the winners related to the applicable prize. Sponsor specifically disclaims any additional tax liability that each such winner, respectively, may incur including without limitation interest payments or late payment penalties. The Tax Gross-Up Payment may not be sufficient to cover each winner's entire tax liability related to winning the applicable prize. Winners’ reportable winnings and the Tax Gross-Up Payment will be included on each winner’s Forms 1099-MISC that will be issued to the winners in satisfaction of the Sponsor’s reporting obligations.

7. Notification to Finalists; Finalist Delivery Requirements: Prospective Finalists will be notified through the Faculty Advisor that they are prospective Finalists by email as well as express overnight courier on or about January 16, 2013 (delivery may be delayed if Prospective Finalist is resident in one of the US territories). Prospective Finalists (or if any member of the prospective Finalist team who is a minor in his/her home state, prospective Finalist’s parent or legal guardian must sign, return all documentation, accept any prize, if and as applicable, and agree to these Official Rules) will be required to sign and return to the team Faculty Advisor an Affidavit or Declaration of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release (where permitted by law) Talent Release and W-9 forms, including entrant’s Social Security or other tax identification number, to be sent by overnight FedEx in the pre-addressed, pre-paid mailer provided by Sponsor to the Faculty Advisor of each team. Faculty Advisors of Finalist teams must also include any other required documents such as W-9 form and/or 1099-MISC form in the FedEx mailer supplied by the Sponsor. All required documents must be received by Sponsor no later than 3:00 p.m. ET, February 4, 2013. Additionally, any Prospective Finalist may be required to obtain releases from any and all third parties whose names or likenesses appear in their respective Video Submissions, as requested by Sponsor. All forms must be gathered and submitted by the team’s Faculty Advisor by this deadline. If any Prospective Finalist cannot be contacted or Sponsor has not received a response from any Prospective Finalist within four (4) calendar days of first notification attempt by email, or if any prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, or Sponsor does not receive required documentation outlined herein from any Prospective Finalist by the due date, or if any Prospective Finalist rejects his/her opportunity to progress in the Competition or any prize, as and if applicable, or in the event of noncompliance with these Official Rules, such position and/or prize will be forfeited. Upon such position or prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given.

8. How and When Prizes Are Delivered: Winners will be announced on or about March 18, 2013, on the Website. Sponsor will attempt to coordinate award presentations at winning schools with Faculty Advisors where prize checks for winning teams and school will be awarded. 1099-MISC tax forms and checks will be sent to the Faculty Advisor by certified mail (or other traceable mechanism) for the presentations to team members and their school by the Faculty Advisor. If presentations are not able to be coordinated earlier than April 18, prize checks will be sent to Faculty Advisor by overnight mail by April 18, 2013, for distribution to winning team and school. Winners will be responsible for all taxes associated with the prize, subject to the Tax Gross-Up Payment described above. Tax Gross-Up Payment will be sent by certified mail (or other traceable delivery mechanism) within 30 days of Sponsor’s receipt of documentation of tax liability satisfactory to Sponsor. Prize may be considered income, and taxes on said prize are solely the responsibility of the winners. Compliance with all regulations is the responsibility of the winners.

9. Conditions: Entries and/or Finalist Video Submissions may be cut, edited, reformatted, combined with other materials and/or otherwise modified, in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion for use in the Public Vote or otherwise. Participation in Competition and acceptance of Finalist position by submitting the applicable documentation as required constitutes each Finalist’s permission for Sponsor to use team member’s name, address (city and state), likeness, photograph, picture, portrait, voice, biographical information, Submission, Finalist Video Submission and/or any statements made by each Finalist regarding the Competition or Sponsor for advertising and promotional purposes without notice or additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. By participating, all entrants, winners and Faculty Advisors, as applicable, agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, its affiliates, partners, promotion and interactive agencies (including Krobe Interactive LLC), judges, and any other entities which are involved in administering this Competition (collectively, the “Competition Entities”) and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors, from any and all liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death which may occur in connection with, preparation for, travel to, or participation in Competition, or possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any Competition-related or prize-related activity and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement (including claims under state law moral rights provisions, as applicable), trademark infringement or any other intellectual property-related cause of action. Entrants who do not comply with these Official Rules, or attempt to interfere with this Competition in any way, shall be disqualified. Sponsor is not responsible if Competition cannot take place or if any prize cannot be awarded due to cancellations, delays or interruptions due to acts of God, acts of war, natural disasters, weather or acts of terrorism or any other reason beyond Sponsor’s control.

10. Additional Terms: Any attempted form of entry other than as set forth herein these Official Rules is prohibited; no automatic, programmed, robotic or similar means of participation are permitted. The Sponsor and Competition Entities are not responsible for technical, hardware, software, telephone or other communications malfunctions, errors or failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, Website, Internet, or ISP availability, unauthorized human intervention, traffic congestion, incomplete or inaccurate capture of entry information (regardless of cause) or failed, incomplete, garbled, jumbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit one’s ability to participate in the Competition, including any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participating in this Competition or downloading any materials in this Competition. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, extend or suspend this Competition should (in its sole discretion) virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, fraud or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Competition. In such case, Sponsor may select the winners from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual and/or team it believes and/or finds, in its sole discretion, to be tampering with the participation process or the operation of the Competition or Website. Sponsor may prohibit participant from participating in the Competition or receiving any prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines and/or believes that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Competition by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair practices (including the use of automated programs) or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other participant or Sponsor representatives. Sponsor reserves the right to take any action it deems necessary at any time to ensure the fair administration of the Competition and compliance with applicable laws.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A PARTICIPANT, INCLUDING A TEAM MEMBER, FACULTY ADVISOR OR PARTICIPATING TEAM TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE COMPETITION MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW AND TO TAKE SUCH OTHER ACTION AS SPONSOR MAY DEEM APPROPRIATE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, INSTITUTING CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS.

11. Limitation of Liability; Disclaimer of Warranties: IN NO EVENT WILL THE SPONSOR, COMPETITION ENTITIES AND/OR THEIR RESPECTIVE PARENT COMPANIES, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, PARTNERS, REPRESENTATIVES, AGENTS, SUCCESSORS, ASSIGNS, EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS, BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SERVICE AND/OR THE COMPETITION, DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM ANY WEBSITES ASSOCIATED WITH THE COMPETITION, OR FOR ANY ACT OR OMISSION BY ANY TEAM MEMBER OR FACULTY ADVISOR. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE SPONSOR’S AND/OR COMPETITION ENTITIES’ TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, OR CAUSES OF ACTION EXCEED ONE DOLLAR ($1.00).

WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, THIS COMPETITION AND ALL PRIZES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE 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.

12. Disputes; Governing Law: The parties waive all rights to trial in any action or proceeding instituted in connection with these Official Rules, including, without limitation, the Competition. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Official Rules and/or the Competition shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party. The arbitration shall be conducted in the State of New York, City of New York. 

THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND THE INTERPRETATION OF ITS TERMS SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK WITHOUT REGARD TO ITS CONFLICTS OF LAWS RULES. For any matters which are not subject to arbitration as set forth in these Official Rules and/or in connection with the participation of any judgment on an arbitration award in connection with these Official Rules and/or the Competition, the parties irrevocably submit and consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state and federal courts located in or closest to the County of New York in the State of New York. The parties agree not to raise the defense of forum non conveniens. 

If any provision of these Official Rules (or portion thereof) is held invalid, illegal, void, or unenforceable by reason of any law or public policy, all other provisions shall nevertheless remain in full force and effect to the extent such remaining provisions accurately reflect the intent of the parties.

13. Use of Data: Sponsor will be collecting personal data about participants online, in accordance with its privacy policy. Please review the Sponsor’s privacy policy at http://www.startheregoplaces.com/about/privacy/. By participating in the Competition, participants hereby agree to Sponsor’s collection and usage and release of their personal information as described in Sponsor’s privacy policy and acknowledge that they have read and accepted Sponsor’s privacy policy. 

14. Official Rules and List of Prize Winners: Official rules are available at www.startheregoplaces.com and 220 Leigh Farm Road, Durham, NC 27707-8110. Official Rules supersede all other published editions. Winners will be posted to the Website by team name and school name for one year from the date the winner is announced. For any questions or for a copy of these Official Rules or a list of Winner’s names, send a self-addressed stamped envelope by May 18, 2013, to: AICPA, c/o Start Here, Go Places. Project Innovation Competition, 220 Leigh Farm Road, Durham, NC 27707-8110; or by email to startheregoplaces@aicpa.org. 

15. Sponsor: AICPA: 220 Leigh Farm Road, Durham, NC 27707-8110.

 

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Project Innovation: The Timing

Mark your calendars and start warming up that brain — this competition is going to move fast:

Competition Runs: 10/15-12/21
Top 10 Finalists Announced: 1/15
Finalists Video Submissions Due: 2/4
Public Vote: 2/5-2/27
Winners Announced: 3/18