Official Rules for the Pentaho
Excellence Awards 2017 Contest

1. Contest Description and Term

Pentaho Corporation (“Pentaho” or “Sponsor”) is sponsoring the 2017 Pentaho Excellence Awards (“Contest”), a skill contest in which participants provide a description of how Pentaho products (including but not limited to Pentaho Data Integration, Pentaho Business Analytics, Kettle, Mondrian, C+ Tools, Custom Visualizations with WebDetails, Pentaho Training, and Pentaho Services) were used to solve a business problem or project that required an innovative solution to a complex problem. The innovative solution must have been executed to address the problem described by the participant or must at least be in progress. To enter, visit the Contest website at www.pentaho.com/excellence-awards during the Term. The Contest begins on March 13, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on June 30, 2017 at 7:59 p.m. ET (“Term”).

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ENTRANTS: ENTRANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DETERMINING THE CORRESPONDING TIME ZONE IN THEIR RESPECTIVE JURISDICTIONS.

2. Eligibility

To be eligible to enter the Contest, the entrant (“Entrant”) must be: (1) a legal commercial entity; (2) a Pentaho business partner, customer or user of Pentaho products; and (3) the individual entering the contest on behalf of the Entrant (“You”) must have access to the Internet and a valid email address to enter the Contest on behalf of the Entrant.

You warrant that in entering the Contest, Entrant has authorized You to act as its agent, that You are acting within the scope of your employment as an employee, contractor, or agent of Entrant, that Entrant has full knowledge of your actions and has consented thereto, and that Entrant agrees to satisfy all conditions required to participate in the Contest. You further warrant that Entrant owns any work product that You create as part of the Contest and that Your actions do not violate Entrant's company's policies and procedures.

3. How to Enter

To enter the Contest, You must complete all required fields on the entry form located at www.pentaho.com/excellence-awards and provide Entrant's name, Your name, Entrant's address, Your phone number, Your email address, and select from one or more of the following categories contained in the Entry:

  1. BIG DATA - Big Data provides endless opportunities for capturing real-time information in order to influence the direction of products, services and marketing campaigns. However, selecting the “right” data from blended, diverse data sources can be challenging. Customers in this category will be recognized for leveraging Big Data Technologies (e.g. Hadoop, NoSQL or Spark) to overcome their data challenges and create business value.
  2. EMBEDDED ANALYTICS -Embedding analytics into applications can create a competitive advantage, drive new revenue streams, and increase customer engagement. Customers in this category will be recognized for successfully embedding, extending or customizing Pentaho to create a unique, value-added analytics solution.
  3. ENTERPRISE DEPLOYMENT - Leaders in enterprise deployments have the challenge of supporting large-scale, mission-critical applications. Customers in this category will be recognized for the most transformative Pentaho deployment across an enterprise that future proofs their business, develops and scales new analytic capabilities to impact their company’s bottom line.
  4. INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT) - Internet of Things is viewed as one of the biggest technology disruptions in today’s market. The explosion of IoT devices is generating a massive amount of data that organizations need to effectively integrate, manage and analyze in order to provide business value. Customers in this category will be recognized for leveraging data from devices to improve customer engagement, enhance operations and drive new revenue opportunities through machine learning or predictive analytics.
  5. RETURN ON INVESTMENT (ROI) - Return on Investment (ROI) is a way to evaluate and measure the success of your Pentaho investment. Customers in this category will be recognized for evaluating ROI in terms of either $/£/¥/€ savings from reducing infrastructure/resource costs or revenue impact from increasing productivity/product time-to-market.
  6. SOCIAL IMPACT - We define Social Impact as the strategies, concepts and ideas that are making the biggest impact on business, society and the planet. Customers in this category will be recognized for using Pentaho to make a positive impact on the world for discovering new ways to treat chronic medical conditions, preventing crime, improving communications to reducing our carbon footprint.

Hereinafter, these six (6) categories will be collectively referred to as "Categories" or individually referred to as "Category." After choosing the Category or Categories, You must provide a detailed explanation on how Entrant implemented an interesting, creative and/or innovative solution utilizing the Pentaho family of products ("Entry"). Entrant will use the same Entry for all Categories chosen, so the Entry should address the judging criteria for all Categories entered, however Entrant may win in only one (1) Category.

All Entries must be in English. Entries that are in any other language will not be considered. LIMIT ONE (1) ENTRY PER ENTRANT. A company, vendor or other third party may enter ONE (1) additional Entry for the same nominee, but this entry must be submitted separately and for a different category. Any subsequent Entries beyond a total of TWO (2) for a single nominee will be disqualified. All Entries become the property of Sponsor. Entries will not be returned or acknowledged. Entries are void if they are illegible, incomplete, damaged, altered, counterfeit, manipulated, obtained through fraud, lost, late, misdirected, mutilated, incomplete, illegible, submitted in a format other than in the entry form on the website, or for any computer related, online, telephonic, or technical malfunctions that may occur whether or not within Sponsor's or Entrant’s control. Entries will also be disqualified if they infringe upon third parties’ rights or if they are objectionable, offensive, unlawful, illegal, or contradictory to the spirit of the Contest.

4. Privacy

You agree that Your personal data that is provided to Pentaho during the Contest, including Your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address, may be processed, stored, and otherwise used for the purposes and within the context of the Contest. The collection, use, and disclosure of Your personal information will at all times be governed by our privacy policy, available at: www.pentaho.com/legal/ privacy_statement.html. This personal data will also be transferred into the United States. By entering, You agree to the transmission, processing, and storage of this personal data in the United States.

For residents of the European Union:

Pursuant to EU law pertaining to data collection and processing, You are informed that:

a) The data controller is Pentaho Corporation and the data recipients are Pentaho Corporation and its agents;

b) Your data is collected for purposes of administration of the 2017 Pentaho Excellence Awards

c) You have a right of access to and withdrawal of Your personal data.

You also have a right of opposition to the data collection, under certain circumstances. To exercise such right, You may write to: Pentaho Corporation at 5950 Hazeltine National Drive Suite 460, Orlando, FL 32822

d)     Your personal data will be transferred to the U.S.

5. Sponsor

Pentaho Corporation, located at 5950 Hazeltine National Drive Suite 460, Orlando, FL 32822, USA, is the Sponsor of the Contest.

6. Winner Selection & Judging

Up to six (6) potential winners (each a "Potential Winner") will be selected based on one (1) round of judging, called the "Grand Prize Round" of judging, with one (1) Potential Winner being selected in each Category. In the event that no Entries are received in one (1) or more of the six (6) categories, no Winner will be selected from any category which has no Entries and fewer than six (6) Grand Prizes will be awarded. The Grand Prize Round of judging will take place beginning on or about July 3, 2017 and ending on July 14, 2017. The Entries will be judged by a panel of experts in the field of business and open source technology ("Judges"). The decisions of the Judges are final. Judges include three full time Pentaho Executives. There will also be two external industry experts.

The Judges will evaluate entries based on the following criteria:

Category / Evaluation Criteria

Creativity

  • Creativity or innovativeness of use of Pentaho technology.

Impact

  • The ways in which existing processes were improved or new processes were successfully implemented by the project.
  • The size/complexity of the technological challenges that needed to be overcome to achieve this goal.
  • The scope of the change in what the business does today that it could not do before.
  • The way the solution has impacted the society or the broader industry.

Business Value

  • The size of the measurable ROI and competitive advantages generated by the project

In the event of a tie in a single category, the two winning Entrants will be notified and allowed to submit additional content to permit the tied entries to be re-evaluated, so that a single winning Entrant will be selected in that category. 

Sponsor will notify You that the Entrant is a Potential Winner by e-mail towards the end of June 2017 and will deliver by email the Affidavit of Eligibility, Release of Liability and/or Publicity Release ("Prize Documents").  In order to receive the Grand Prize, You and the Potential Winner must complete the Prize Documents (as long as the completion of these Prize Documents does not violate any applicable law). The Prize Documents must be properly executed by You and the Potential Winner and returned to Sponsor within seven (7) days of receipt as a condition of receipt of the Grand Prize. If the e-mail notification is returned as undeliverable, rejected, or no response is received with seven (7) days, the Potential Winner will be disqualified and an alternate Potential Winner will be selected based on the criteria set forth in Section 6 above. By agreeing to accept the Grand Prize, described below, each Potential Winner agrees to collaborate with Sponsor to create a customer success story based on the Potential Winner's Entry. The completed customer success stories will then be posted on line at www.pentaho.com/excellence-awards  and will also appear on Pentaho.com. The rights, including copyright, to the customer success story, will belong to Sponsor and You and the Entrant/Potential Winner will have no right, title or ownership of the customer success story.  In order to use the customer success story, You and the Entrant/Potential Winner must obtain written permission from Sponsor.

Winners will also need to make themselves available for a case study which may include videos. A Pentaho Marketing and Communications Associate will work with You and Entrant to schedule a time to interview you.

Overall Winner. The Entrant that received the highest overall score in the Contest will be named the Pentaho User of the Year.

The Overall Winner will receive additional "prizes" in the form of a trophy naming them the "2017 Pentaho Excellence Awards Overall Winner of the Year" and a $1,000 (or equivalent in local currency) donation to the winner’s charity of choice, provided such charity is a non-political, non-religious charitable organization with a qualifying IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter.

7. Grand Prize

Sponsor will award up to six (6) Grand Prizes to the Potential Winners who have returned the Prize Documents ("Winners"). Each Grand Prize shall consist of one (1) complimentary admission to PentahoWorld 2017 in Orlando, Florida ("Grand Prize"), which Winner may give to the individual of its choice. Grand Prize does not include travel to or from the event, non-conference meals, or lodging at or during PentahoWorld 2017. Grand Prize does include access to all PentahoWorld 2017 sessions, conference meals, and special events, (ii) an invitation to a VIP Executive dinner with Pentaho executives, keynote speakers, and other honored guests, (iii) admission to the Pentaho User Excellence Award presentation with a profile of Entrant at the PentahoWorld 2017 general session, (iv) opportunity to highlight accomplishments of Entrant and receive recognition for being an innovator and a leader. If PentahoWorld 2017 registration for the attendee has already been paid, Pentaho will reimburse the Winner up to the approximate retail value, which shall not be greater than $1,500 USD.

If a Winner is unable to have someone attend the PentahoWorld 2017 events, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, disqualify that Winner and select an alternative Winner, based upon another Entrant’s score as determined by the criteria set forth in Section 6 (above).

Winners are responsible for any other expenses, including cost of travel to and from the PentahoWorld 2017 event in Orlando, Florida, and any other expenses not expressly stated above, including but not limited to, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, passenger tariffs or duties, surcharges, airport fees, service charges or facility charges, personal expenses at lodging, security fees, taxes or other expenses, which are the responsibility solely of the Winner. Winners are also solely responsible for obtaining any visa or travel documents necessary for attendee to travel into the United States. No prize is redeemable for cash. No prize substitution, cash substitution, or assignment or transfer of any of the prizes is permitted, except by Sponsor for reason of unavailability, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded. The prize consists of only those items specifically listed as part of the prize. Prizes are awarded without warranty of any kind from Sponsor, express or implied, without limitation, except where this would be contrary to federal, state, provincial, or local laws or regulations. All taxes, costs, and fees associated with the Grand Prize or any prize are the sole responsibility of the Winners. LIMIT ONE GRAND PRIZE PER ENTRANT. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible Entries received and the skill of the Entrants.

8. Condition of Participation 

By entering the Contest, Entrant agrees to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and Entrant confirms that it meets all eligibility requirements listed herein. Entrant agrees that all federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations apply. By submitting an Entry in the Contest, Entrant agrees that these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Contest.

Acceptance of a Grand Prize constitutes permission for Sponsor and its agencies to use Your and the Potential Winner's  winning Entry, the Entrant's name, and Your name and/or likeness for advertising and promotion in any media now known or hereafter devised, without further notice, compensation, consideration, review, or consent, and without regard to moral rights, unless prohibited by law. To the extent permitted by law, You and Entrant agree to hold Sponsor, its respective directors, officers, employees and assigns harmless for any injury or damage caused or claimed to be caused by participation in the Contest and/or use or acceptance of any prize.

Any attempt to deliberately damage the content or operation of this Contest is unlawful and subject to legal action by Sponsor or its agents. You or Entrant may be prohibited from participating in this Contest if Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reasonably believes that You or Entrant have attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, deceiving or engaging in unfair practices, or if You or Entrant take actions that annoy, threaten, or harasses any other participants, Sponsor, or associated agencies.

9. Intellectual Property Rights Warranty, Indemnity and License

By submitting an Entry in the Contest, You and Entrant warrant and represent that You and/or Entrant are the sole author and creator of the Entry, the Entry does not violate any applicable law, and that You or Entrant have no reason to believe that the Entry infringes or violates any intellectual property right held by any third person. Entrant further agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Pentaho, its agents, representatives and promotional partners, in the event of a breach of this warranty. 

As a condition of submitting an Entry, You and/or Entrant, as applicable, grant Sponsor and its licensees an irrevocable, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license, for the duration of protection of the rights, to use, reproduce, distribute, translate, publicly perform, publicly display and create a derivative work from the Entry.  You and Entrant also waive all moral rights in the Entry to the extent such rights are waivable.  You and Entrant also agree to allow Pentaho to publish Your name and Entrant's name in connection with the Entry. In addition, before being declared a Winner, each Potential Winner may be required sign an assignment of copyright. All Entrants agree to execute any further documents as necessary to effect the preceding license.

10. Release of Liability

By participating in the Contest, You and Entrant release Sponsor, its affiliates, parent, and subsidiary companies, its employees, agents and officers and directors, advertising and promotion agencies, licensees, as well as all others associated with the development and execution of this Contest, from and against any and all liability with respect to or in any way arising from the Contest and the awarding and use of the prize(s), or in connection with the use, modification, or publication of the Entry. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest Entries or Entry forms; or alteration of Entries or Entry forms.

11. Limitation of Liability 

NOTHING IN THESE OFFICIAL RULES LIMITS, EXCLUDES OR MODIFIES OR PURPORTS TO LIMIT, EXCLUDE OR MODIFY ANY STATUTORY CONSUMER GUARANTEES OR ANY IMPLIED CONDITION OR WARRANTY, THE EXCLUSION OF WHICH FROM THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS WOULD CONTRAVENE ANY STATUTE OR CAUSE ANY PART OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES TO BE VOID ("NON-EXCLUDABLE GUARANTEES"). SUBJECT TO THE LIMITATIONS IN THE PRECEDING SENTENCE, SPONSOR EXCLUDES FROM THESE OFFICIAL RULES ALL CONDITIONS, WARRANTIES AND TERMS IMPLIED BY STATUTE, GENERAL LAW OR CUSTOM EXCEPT FOR LIABILITY IN RELATION TO A NON-EXCLUDABLE GUARANTEE. SUBJECT TO ANY NON-EXCLUDABLE GUARANTEES, EACH ENTRANT AGREES TO RELEASE, HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFY THE SPONSOR FOR ANY LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR INJURIES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND SUSTAINED IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE, ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, MISUSE OR AWARDING OF THE TROPHY, AND ANY PRIZE, WHILE PREPARING FOR, PARTICIPATING IN AND/OR TRAVELING TO OR FROM ANY PRIZE OR CONTEST RELATED ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY INJURY, DAMAGE, DEATH, LOSS, OR ACCIDENT TO PERSON OR PROPERTY (HOWEVER, ONLY IF REQUIRED BY LAW IN YOUR JURISDICTION, THIS RELEASE, HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFICATION COMMITMENT DOES NOT APPLY TO CASES OF BODILY INJURY OR LOSS OF LIFE OR TO THE EXTENT THAT ANY DEATH OR PERSONAL INJURY IS CAUSED BY THE NEGLIGENCE OF SPONSOR OR OTHER THIRD PARTY, WHERE LIABILITY TO THE INJURED PARTY CANNOT BE EXCLUDED BY LAW). THE WINNER AGREES THAT THE PRIZE IS PROVIDED AS-IS WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION OR GUARANTEE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN FACT OR IN LAW, WHETHER NOW KNOWN OR HEREINAFTER ENACTED, RELATIVE TO THE USE OR ENJOYMENT OF THE PRIZE, BEYOND ANY NON-EXCLUDABLE GUARANTEES.

12. Governing Law

This Contest and Official Rules are governed and shall be interpreted by the laws of the State of Florida, without regard to its conflict of law provisions. The state and federal courts located in Orlando, Florida will have exclusive jurisdiction and venue over any dispute arising out of or relating to these Official Rules and the Contest.

13.  Official Rules/Winners List

The Official Rules will be posted online at www.pentaho.com/excellence-awards on or about July 2017. The names of the winners and the success stories created by the Sponsor will be posted online at www.pentaho.com/excellence-awards on or about July 2017.