December 21, 2015

Terms & Conditions

The Health Edge Initiative is organized by the Health Innovation Hub (H2i), Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab (DCSIL) and the Entrepreneurship Hatchery, from the University of Toronto (“Organizers”).

Participation in any part of the HealthEdge Initiative constitutes Participant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Terms and Conditions (“Terms”).

  • The term “You” refers to you, the “Participant”, any individual or team participating.
  • The term “Bug(s)” refers to any problem, gap, inefficiency deficiency, or idea for improvement as it relates to health and healthcare delivery.
  • The term “Challenge” refers to a design problem statement or statements issued by the Organizers based on the “bugs” submitted by participants in the Health Edge Initiative.
  • The Term “Solution” refers to a novel strategy, technology or transformation proposed by a participant to address a challenge issued by the Organizers.
  • The Term “Pitch” refers to a competitive presentation of ideas or transformations designed to address any of the Challenges issued by the Organizers.
  • The term “Partner” refers to a third-party who has agreed to support the Initiative, the Organizers or Participants through access to mentorship, resources or services.

Participation in the Initiative is open to individuals (i) who are at least eighteen years old and registered as students for the full calendar year of 2015/16 at an Ontario recognized educational institution; (ii) members, employees, clinicians or researchers at any of the Hospitals affiliated with the Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN); OR (iii) individuals who are invited by the Organizers to participate in the Initiative. Faculty and hospital-based employees part of the University of Toronto or the TAHSN are bound by the intellectual property agreements and policies of those institutions.

BY PARTICIPATING, YOU AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

THE CALL

  1. All “Bugs” must be submitted online using the provided form to qualify for consideration.
  2. Any “bugs” submitted to the initiative may be used for educational purposes as well as activities associated with the HealthEdge Initiative.
  3. Bug submissions will be de-identified by the Organizers for voting and judging. Bugs may be reworded, rewritten and or amalgamated when issuing Initiative Challenges entirely at the discursion of the Organizers.
  4. Up to 10 submitted bugs used to help issue challenges will qualify for an knowledge exchange voucher (KEV)of $300.
  5. Individuals may submit multiple bugs, but no one individual may not receive more than one knowledge exchange voucher (KEV).
  6. KEV recipients will be chosen at the discretion of the Organizers (with input from Partners).

Challenges

  1. Up to ten challenges will be issued by the Organizers as part of the Health Edge Initiative.  The Challenges will be in part based on the submitted bugs and participant voting, however, the Organizers will make reasonable attempts to ensure that the challenges cover a broad range of domains and possible interventions in health and healthcare delivery.
  2. Partners will also be invited to issue “Partner” challenges to specific problems or ingenuity gaps they have identified at their institutions.
  3. All Challenges will be posted on the HealthEDGE.ca website.

Solutions

  1. To Participate you must describe innovative Solutions to the Challenges issued.
  2. Only solutions submitted through the HealthEDGE.ca website by the stated deadline will be considered for selection for the Pitch Competition.
  3. The HealthEdge panel will be responsible for selecting Solutions to determine individuals or teams that are invited to the Pitch Competition to pitch for the Judge and  Expert Panel.
  4. A team may submit multiple Challenge Solutions, but can only be involved in one invited pitch. Individual Participants may submit multiple Challenge Solutions, but can only be involved in one invited pitch. Incomplete submissions will be disqualified.

The Pitch:

  1. Organizers are not responsible for, and will not assist in resolving, any disputes between team members. To participate, you must attend the Preliminary and Final Pitch Sessions on the date specified by the Organizers.
  2. You must make your own travel and accommodation arrangements and cover all associated costs and expenses.
  3. If selected to participate in the Pitch Competition, you must attend the Preliminary Pitch session on March 30 9:30am-2pm.  If you do not attend the Preliminary Pitch session you may be disqualified from the Final Pitch session at the discursion of the Organizers.
  4. The Final Pitches for select submissions will be judged by the Judge and Expert Panel including Partners, Sponsors and Experts at the Final Pitch Competition. The panel will be evaluating solutions for exceptional originality, innovation, strategic thinking, and potential for practical implementation. Pitches will be evaluated at the Judge and Expert Panel’s sole discretion.
  5. If a member of the Judge and Expert panel identifies to the Organizers a conflict of interest, that judge will be recused from judging the Pitch with the conflict and an alternate judge will be identified as a substitution for the judge with the conflict.
  6. Each Participant or team must be available during the judging period to Pitch the Participant’s or team’s Solution.
  7. The decisions of the judges will be final. In the event of a tie, judges will deliberate to determine the winner.
  8. Feedback and evaluation achieved at the Pitch session do not guarantee further participation or funding.
  9. For specific details on submission requirements see the HealthEdge website at: http://trp.utoronto.ca/healthedge/submit/

Proof-of-Concept:

  1. Select Pitches will be offered the opportunity to develop their Proof-of-Concept at the discretion of the Organizers and Partners.
  2. The “Pitches” selected by the Expert Panel at the Pitch Competition may be included in the “Proof-of-Concept” stage of the Initiative at the discursion of the Organizers.

Ownership of Solutions:

  1. Each Solution must be original, of the Participant’s or Participant’s team’s own creation.“Original” means that Participants cannot in any way copy products, processes or patents that already privately exist and they do not own, and submit it as part of a Solution. Solutions may be subject to a due diligence review at any time for eligibility and compliance with these Terms. Determination of eligibility and compliance is at the sole discretion of Organizers.
  2. Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any Solution if the Solution or a Participant or a Participant’s team does not comply with these Terms.
  3. Participant represents and warrants that the Solution 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.
  4. Participant hereby agrees not to instigate, support, maintain or authorize any action, claim or lawsuit against the Organizers, or any other person, on the grounds that any Educational use of a Participant’s Solution, infringes any of Participant’s rights as creator of the Solution, including, without limitation, trademark rights, copyrights and moral rights or “droit moral.”
  5. As per the University of Toronto’s policy for CLA student activity, Student participants who create their solutions as part of the HealthEDGE Initiative at the University of Toronto retain all intellectual property rights to their solution.
  6. Participants affiliated with teaching hospitals whose solutions involve work or equipment performed at the hospital sites are subject to the individual intellectual property policy of their institution.
  7. Each participating TASHN institution may assign and transfer all rights to a “solution” proposed by their faculty, students or staff solely at their discursion.
  8. Selected Pitches, will receive partial funding support at the discursion of the Organizers for “Proof-of-Concept” development where participants have clear and undisputed intellectual property rights to develop their Solutions.

Publicity:

  1. Except where prohibited, by participating in the Initiative, the Participant consents to the use of his/her name, photo and/or likeness, biographical information, entry and statements attributed to Participant (if true) for advertising and promotional purposes, including without limitation, inclusion in Organizers’ newsletters, websites and any of the Organizers’ social media accounts or outlets without additional compensation.

Indemnity:

  1. You agree to release, indemnify, defend and hold Organizers and their parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, directors, officers, employees, sponsors and agents, including advertising and promotion agencies, and assigns, and any other organizations related to the Initiative, harmless, from any and all claims, injuries, damages, expenses or losses to person or property and/or liabilities of any nature that in any way arise from participation in the Initiative or acceptance or use of a prize or parts thereof, including without limitation (i) any condition caused by events beyond Organizers’ control that may cause the Initiative to be disrupted or corrupted; (ii) any claim that a Solution 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 fellowship prize, or acceptance, possession, or use of the prizefellowship, or from participation in the Initiative; (v) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Initiative; technical errors that may impair your ability to participate in the Initiative; or (vi) errors in the administration of the Initiative.
  2. The Initiative is offered by Organizers, which are not responsible for (i) late, lost, damaged, incomplete, or misdirected Solutions, responses, or other correspondence, whether by email or postal mail or otherwise; (ii) theft, destruction, unauthorized access to or alterations of Solutions; or (iii) phone, electrical, network, computer, hardware, software program or transmission malfunctions, failures or difficulties. Organizers reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend the Initiative in whole or in part, in the event of fraud, technical or other difficulties or if the integrity of the Initiative is compromised, without liability to the Participants.
  3. Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any Participant, as determined by Organizers, in their sole discretion.

DISCLAIMER. IN NO EVENT WILL ORGANIZERS 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 INITIATIVE, WHETHER SUCH LIABILITY ARISES FROM ANY CLAIM BASED UPON CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, AND WHETHER OR NOT SPONSORS HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH LOSS OR DAMAGE.

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