These Official Contest Rules govern the AICO. By registering for this contest, contestants agree that they will abide by these rules.
The object of the contest is to design an algorithm aiming the detection of temporary construction sites on the basis of video sequences provided by the Organizers.
The official language of the contest is English.
All written materials provided by the contestants must be in English.
The best projects are awarded prizes and are honored on the contest website. Important contest dates will be announced on the contest’s website and are subject to change at any time.
Organizer and Sponsor
The contest is organized by University Politehnica Timișoara, Romania as unique Organizer of the contest.
The AICO Prize is offered by Continental Automotive Romania, as unique Sponsor of the contest. You understand and agree that Sponsor may, but is not obligated to, contact you regarding a possible transaction or other business relationship between the Sponsor and you.
Individuals or teams are invited to enroll in the contest. The contest is addressed typically to young professionals and students worldwide, although there is no formal age limit for the participants. The Organizer reserves the right to verify eligibility for participation in the Contest. You may be required to provide documentation, such as proof of identity and residence as well as your degree as a condition to participation in this contest and the receipt of any prize.
Contestants also need to meet all of the following requirements:
- Not already be enrolled in another team with a different project
- The contestant must not be an Organizer employee
- Employees, directors and members of Sponsor in connection with the Contest are not eligible to participate in the Contest. However, notwithstanding the foregoing, interns employed by Sponsor or its affiliates are eligible to participate in the Contest. For the purpose of this Contest, an “intern” means a student currently pursuing a degree at an accredited college or university, hired to work for Sponsor or its affiliates on a temporary basis or a defined student term.
- Agree to cooperate with contest Organizers and to follow the deadlines set by Organizers
Contest terms and conditions
Participants may register for the Contest by completing the online Registration form.
Incomplete or incorrect registration forms will not be accepted and will automatically and by right entail the exclusion from the contest.
Proof of an uploaded Application does not constitute proof or evidence that Organizer received the Application within the Contest Period or that the Application is otherwise eligible for the Contest. The Organizer reserves the right to disqualify or remove any Application for any reason or no reason within its sole and absolute discretion. Nothing in these Rules and Regulations shall require the Organizer or the Sponsor to monitor or edit the Contest Site or any Applications for offensive or otherwise objectionable content.
Each team shall designate a team leader to represent it. The leader will handle all communication with Organizers. The team leader shall coordinate with the other team members and shall be personally responsible for the use and possible distribution of funds provided by Organizers. The Organizers will not accept any claims related to use or distribution of these funds.
All projects must meet the documentation template and technical requirements as described in Resources section, “Documentation Template”, “Technical Requirements”
Publicity and image rights
The contestants agree to provide biographical information and photographs as requested by Organizers and to allow these items to be published on the contest website and on social media, for the purpose of communicating about the contest. The winners give their express consent to the use and publication of the above information on any media platform and for any contest-related publicity or promotional campaign, free of charge.
Any personal data provided by participants on registration or at any other time during the contest are intended solely for the use of the Organizer and Sponsor, which may communicate the data internally and to its technical partners only, for the purpose of effectively managing the challenge.
Cancellation – changes
The Organizer reserves the right to cancel or postpone the contest if circumstances so require.
The contest rules as presented in this document may be subject to change without prior notice, at any time during the contest. Participants will be notified of any such changes via the website and the updated rules will be published in the same way as the original version. No claims as a result of cancellation or changes will be accepted.
Limitation of liability
Situations in which the Organizer will not be held liable include, but are not limited to:
- Failure of receiver or communications systems.
- Loss of paper or electronic mail and, more generally, loss of data.
- Delivery problems.
- Problems resulting from computer viruses, bugs, malfunctions, or technical issues.
- Damage caused to any participant’s personal computer.
Full responsibility for Internet access conditions and limitations, including technical performance and data consultation, processing or transfer response times, network congestion and computer virus risk, lies with the participants. The Organizer cannot be held liable for any material or immaterial damage caused to participants, their IT equipment or their data stored on this equipment, nor for any impact this may have on the contest’s outcome or the participants’ personal and professional activities. It is the participants’ responsibility to take any and all measures necessary to protect their data and/or software stored on their IT equipment against any and all risks.
The Organizer reserves the right to take legal action against any individual who may have attempted or committed fraud.
Jury members and Project Evaluation
Jury members are designated by the Sponsor.
The contest jury will be chaired by a Sponsor representative. Its members might include people from outside the company recognized for their experience and professional expertise.
The jury is responsible for designating the three individual finalist/teams and selecting the contest winner.
The following elements will be scored in the evaluation of the algorithms, but not limited to:
- Degree of Novelty
- Efficiency of the code
- Accuracy of detection
Note: The jury’s decision is final and the jury is under no obligation to explain the reasons for its decision, which is therefore not subject to appeal.
“Intellectual Property Rights” means any and all tangible and intangible, present and/or future: (i) copyrights and other rights associated with works of authorship throughout the world, including but not limited to copyrights, neighboring rights, moral rights, and mask works, and all derivative works thereof; (ii) trademark and trade name rights and similar rights; (iii) trade secret rights; (iv) patents, inventions, designs, algorithms, utility models, and other industrial property rights, and all improvements thereto; and (v) all other intellectual and industrial property rights whether registered or unregistered and including applications or rights to apply for, and all extensions and renewals thereof and all similar or equivalent rights or forms of protection (of every kind and nature throughout the world and however designated) whether arising by operation of law, contract, license, or otherwise now or in the future created.
The project entry must include complete source code. The object/executable code must be able to be recreated by a third party.
Software, including source code, submitted with any Application remains the property of the Organizer; the participants agree to provide to Organizer an exclusive, assignable, right to use, copy, reproduce, display, publish, and disseminate this software in any media, without any territorial limitation, as part of any project presentation.
Nothing on this Site nor your participation in the Contest is a license grant or right to you to use anyone else’s, including Sponsor’s, ideas, submissions, or Intellectual Property Rights.
The provided video data set can only be used for the defined activity of the contest. The video data cannot be provided to third parties without the written consent of the Organizers. The video data can only be used for the defined activity. All use of the video data shall be in compliance with the existing legal requirements.
The Sponsor and the Organizer agree that any personal data in the meaning of Article 2 of the European Data Protection Directive may only be collected, processed and used by the Sponsor and the Organizer for the purpose of this competition and within the applicable local data protection laws. The Organizer may not transfer any personal data which have been collected, processed and used within this competition to any third parties unless this is necessary in order to fulfill its obligations under this agreement.
You understand and agree that Sponsor may have developed (or had developed for it) in the past certain products or services similar to your Application. You further understand and agree that Sponsor may presently or in the future be developing (or having others develop for it), products or services similar to your Application. Nothing herein shall obligate Sponsor to restrict work assignments of any Sponsor personnel. You understand that you will not receive from Sponsor or its affiliates any further compensation or credit for use of your Application, other than as described within the contest framework.
All activities shall be in compliance with the existing legal requirements.
Applicable law – jurisdiction
The contest rules as presented in this document are subject to Romanian law.
Any dispute that cannot be resolved amicably shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the competent courts in Romania, including action against multiple defendants, supplemental claims and warranty claims.