Terms & Conditions


Houstainable – Networking for Sustainability (the “Challenge”) is organised by a group of students from diffrent fields of study henceforth collectively known as “the Organisers”. These Terms and Conditions (“T&C”) govern the Challenge. Participation in the Challenge constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions as may be amended by the Organisers when required at the Organisers’ sole discretion.

Terms & Conditions

Article 1: Definitions

“Website”: https://houstainable.de/

Deliverables”: jointly refers to the Registration and Submission Forms

“Participant”: refers to any person registered in accordance with the T&C who takes part in the Challenge, as individual or as a team.

Article 2: Conditions for entering the challenge

2.1 Participation in this Challenge is free.

2.2 By participating in the Challenge, the Participant will have read these T&C, and fully accepted their terms in their entirety without reservation.

2.3 Any Participant who does not abide by the terms of the T&C at any time during the Challenge will be automatically disqualified from the Programme.

2.4 The challenge language is English.

2.5 For the Challenge, the Participant can join together in teams and work together in these teams on the task. In case participants work together as a team, one person will be determined as a team leader responsible for submission. One idea = one submission!

2.6 There is no entitlement to participate in the Innovation Challenge. The right to take legal action is excluded.

Article 3: Registration and access to the challenge

3.1 To participate in the Challenge, the Participant must fill in a form (“Registration and Submission form”) on the Website on or before January 3 2021, 11:55 pm, CET. (“Deadline”)

3.2 Any Registration and Submission form containing incomplete information will not be accepted as an application entry.

3.3 The Participant agrees to be contacted through email sent by the Organisers during their participation in the Challenge. The participant also agrees to share name and contact information in order to be contacted by other participants of the challenge during the networking phase.

3.4 The Challenge will take place from December 16, 2020, 00:00 am, to January 6, 2021, 11:55 pm, purely virtually.

There are three phases: Round 1, Networking and Round 2.

Dates: Round 1: December 16, 2020, 00:00 am, to January 3, 2021, 11:55 pm Networking: December 22, 2020, 00:00 am, to January 3, 2021, 11:55 pm
Round 2: December 26, 2020, 00:00 am, to January 3, 2021, 11:55 pm

3.5 The evaluation starts on January 4, 2021, 00:00 am. The final announcement of the winner will take place on January 14, 2021.

Article 4: Characteristic features of the uploaded file

4.1 The uploaded file must be the answered document that can be downloaded from the website. It must be written in English and in PDF format.

Article 5: Intellectual property

5.1 By participating in this innovation challenge, Houstainable, the Participant has consented to the disclosure of the Deliverables to the Organisers and persons associated with the Programme, and to the publication of information relating to the Deliverables on various media platforms, including social media platforms. This includes especially the presentation of the participant’s ideas during the networking phase.

5.2 The Participant warrants that any and all of the copyright, patents, trademarks, design rights, know-how, and other intellectual property and proprietary rights subsisting in or used in connection with the Deliverables (“Intellectual Property Rights”) is and remain the sole property of the Participant.

5.3 The Participant shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Organisers against any and all claims, suits, losses, damages, costs, fees, and expenses arising out of or in connection with the Intellectual Property Rights.

5.4 Nothing in these T&C constitutes a license of the Intellectual Property Rights by the Participant to any of the Organisers.

Article 6: Communication

6.1 The Participant authorizes the Organisers to reproduce their ideas and their registered names free of charge on communication materials about the Programme, including, but not limited, to websites, emails, press releases, and on various social media platforms.

6.2 The Participant agrees and consents to public disclosure and use of their name, image, and submissions for publicity purposes without payment or compensation.

Article 7: Liability

7.1 The Organisers shall not be liable to the Participant for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred or suffered by the Participant howsoever arising in connection with the Participant’s participation in the Programme, whether virtually via the website, or physically in person, and including but not limited to the disclosure and publication of the Deliverables in connection with the Programme.

Article 8: Personal Data

8.1 Where the Participant has disclosed to the Organisers personal data of her/himself (where the Participant is a natural person) or of his representatives (where the Participant is a group member), the Participant hereby gives his own consent, and confirms that he has obtained from such persons their consent to the collection, use and disclosure by the Organisers of such personal data, for example, as mentioned in Article 3.

Article 9: Modification of Terms and Conditions

9.1 The challenge organisers reserve the right to modify the terms and conditions of houstainable any time, with prior notification to the participant both in social media and in their website. The participants are cordially invited to read the Terms and conditions on a regular basis which are published on the website.

Article 10: Cancelling the program

10.1 The organizers reserve all the rights to cancel, shorten or even cancel the entire program with prior notice to the participants via website and social media.

Article 11: Sharing confidential information

11.1 The participants should refrain from sharing any confidential information without any written consent from the organiser of the Houstainable challenge.

11.2 The participants shall not use any information which will be obtained from the challenge directly or indirectly from the organisers of Houstainable, also shall never use any idea without the consent of Houstainable challenge organisers . Any other program which corresponds to the same idea of Houstainable, and when participants would like to present a similar idea which is already judged in the challenge, have to take prior permission from the organisers.

Article 12: Gifts, inducements and rewards

12.1 The Organisers will disqualify the Participant if the Participant shall have offered or given or agreed to give to the Organiser or any person any gift or consideration of any kind as an inducement or reward for their participation in the Programme.

Article 13: Applicable law

13.1 These T&C are governed by and construed in accordance with German law. The Organisers and the Participant submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the German courts.