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Welcome and thank you for your interest in this SC2 Challenge for which the City of Las Vegas (hereafter, “City” or “The City”) is the Competition Host. These rules governing this SC2 Challenge (“Rules”) are stated here as an extension of the Terms & Conditions  (“Terms”) for use of this Website and are incorporated into the Terms by reference. The full Terms are available for your review by accessing them at the foot of each page. The Rules constitute “Competition Terms and Conditions" under Clause 2.3 of the Terms. Capitalized words, used but not defined, in this policy have the meanings given to them in the Terms.

Please read these Rules and the Terms carefully, as they describe the conditions under which you are allowed to participate. As you participate, you will periodically be asked to reaffirm your acceptance of these Rules and the Terms when prompted to click “Accept” but by continuing any use of this Website you expressly consent to all of these Rules and the Terms.

The Las Vegas SC2 Challenge RULES:

  • Any individual adult, nonprofit organization, and/or business entity (such as a corporation, partnership, or limited liability company, etc.) may register to participate in this SC2 Challenge, but only multi-disciplinary teams, consisting of more than one individual, may receive cash prizes. You must complete registration to participate.
  • If there are portions of the Entry that are encumbered by third-party intellectual property rights, it is your responsibility to disclose them at the time of submitting your Entry and provide evidence of your right to use those portions as part of your Entry.  You and your team agree to indemnify and hold the City harmless from and against all claims and liabilities that it may incur as a result of using portions of your Entry which may be encumbered by third-party intellectual property rights. The City also reserves the right to disqualify you from this SC2 Challenge for submitting work that is not your own.
  • Your team may participate in one or more of the SC2 Challenges (designated by each city) by registering to participate, but you may not participate twice in any one. In other words, you cannot join more than one team for a particular City, and you may not submit multiple Proposals or Plans for a particular City. No individual may register using more than one true and uniform identity; multiple registrations for an individual using multiple identities are not allowed. The City reserves the right to disqualify any Entry made by a team, a participant of which has violated this limitation, regardless of whether the other members of such team had knowledge of such violation.
  • Should your team be selected as a Prize winner, cash prizes will be divided equally between the team members. For example, if a prize of $100,000 is distributed to a team with five members, then each member will receive 20% of the prize (or $20,000). Therefore, it is important for you to divide the workload accordingly; we will not accept any petitions for a division of prize funds that is other than an equal division between the winning team members. If a prize is awarded to a team consisting of a business entity, then such entity will receive the funds, and it is the responsibility of the authorized representative(s) of the business entity to make distributions to its team members. Each team member agrees to release the City from any claim, damage, dispute or liability resulting from the award of the Prize or the distribution of the Prize to the team members.

    The prize amounts for the first phase are:

    1st place: $60,000
    2nd place: $30,000
    3rd place: $10,000

    The prize amounts for the second phase are:

    1st place:      $500,000
    2nd place:     $100,000
    3rd place:      $ 75,000
    4th place:      $ 50,000
    5th place:      $ 50,000
    6th place:      $ 25,000

    The City reserves the right to disqualify any Entry that does not comply with the requirements during each phase.

  • While RAMPIT, LLC, is providing an online platform for this SC2 Challenge, it is not responsible for the payment of any cash prize(s). Payment of all prizes is the sole responsibility of each City, and under the Terms each participant has agreed to look solely to each City for the payment of any cash prize(s). Please note that the winner of a prize may be subject to certain taxes and Governmental requirements. Under the Terms, the winner of a cash prize will be solely responsible for paying such taxes and complying with such requirements. RAMPIT, LLC, and the City will have no responsibility for paying such taxes.
  • This SC2 Challenge is scheduled over a specific period and requires specific deadlines for submitting Entries in the form of proposals and plans. Those deadlines are posted in various places on this site and on pages dedicated to specific challenges for each city. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the schedule and to comply with any and all deadlines.
  • The City reserves the right to disqualify Entries for consideration, based upon the requirements contained in either the Proposal Instructions or Plan Instructions.  Every completed Entry must comply with all of those requirements.  Following the deadline for Proposals, the City will conduct an Administrative Review of every Proposal, to determine whether the submissions are complete and/or comply with the Proposal instructions.  Further, the City reserves the right to disqualify Entries that do not comport with other standards contained in the Terms (see Rule 8 and Section 5.1 of the Terms).
  • The City reserves the right to disqualify any Competitor who violates these Rules, the Terms and any standards of behavior expressed or implied in them. It is your responsibility to conduct yourself as an adult and to refrain from any inappropriate or profane behavior. 

  • Public Records: The City is a public agency as defined by Nevada state law. As such, it is subject to the Nevada Public Records Law (Nevada Revised Statute Chapter 239). The City’ Records are public records, which are subject to inspection and copying by any person (unless declared to be confidential). Any Entry to this SC2 Challenge, including the submitted Proposal, Plan, and all supporting documents are deemed public records.

  • Open Meetings: The City is required to comply with the Nevada Open Meeting Law (Nevada Revised Statute Chapter 241) to the extent that it applies to any meetings of the Evaluation Panel, Selection Committee, and/or City Council. 

  • Indemnification: The Competitor shall protect, indemnify, and hold harmless the City, its officers, employees, agents, and consultants (collectively the “City”) from any and all claims, liabilities, damages, losses, suits, actions, decrees and judgments including, attorney’s fees, court costs or other expenses of any and every kind of character (collectively “Liabilities”) which may be recovered from or sought against the City, as a result of, by reason of, or as a consequence of, any act or omission, negligent or otherwise, on the part of the Competitor, his officers, employees or agents regarding this SC2 Challenge, including the preparation, submittal and dissemination of any Entry, Proposal or Plan, the Prize or award of the Competition.

  • Release: Competitor agrees to release and forever discharge the City from any action, claim, suits, damages or liabilities of whatsoever kind or nature which Competitor has or may have arising out of or in any way relating to damages of any kind and may develop in the future as a result of or in any way relating to the participation of the Competitor in this SC2 Challenge.

  • Assignment: The Competitor may not assign their rights nor delegate their participation in the Competition without the written consent of the City. 

  • Disclosure of Principals: By submitting an Entry, you and your team is seeking to enter into a separate, binding agreement with the City in accordance with the Terms. You and your team will be required to disclose information regarding ownership interests and principals in accordance with Resolution 79-99 and 105-99 adopted by the Las Vegas City Council.

  • Governing Law: Competitor acknowledges that the laws of the State of Nevada shall govern this Competition to the extent that any issue or dispute involves the relation between the City and Competitor. The venue for purposes of litigation or arbitration shall be in the City.

In addition to the preceding Rules, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) is providing the following provisions governing each SC2 Challenge:

  • Licensing Agreement. Pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 105, the City and the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will obtain royalty-free nonexclusive and irrevocable rights to reproduce, publish or otherwise use the “Economic Development Proposals” and “Economic Development Plans” selected to receive financial prizes in phase one and two of the competition, respectively, or allow such use by other entities for government purposes. The City may elect to copyright any or all portions of the Proposals and Plans selected to receive a financial prize in either phase one or phase two of the competition, provided doing so does not impinge on the right of EDA to use and disseminate the copyrighted material.
  • Conflict of Interest. The City shall maintain written standards of conduct governing the performance of its employees engaged in the award and administration of the prizes (i.e. subawards). No employee, officer, or agent shall participate in the selection, award, or administration of a subaward supported by Federal funds if a real or apparent conflict of interest would be involved. Such a conflict would arise when the employee, officer, or agent, any member of his or her immediate family, his or her partner, or an organization in which he/she serves as an officer or which employs or is about to employ any of the parties mentioned in this section, has a financial interest or other interest in the organization selected or to be selected for a subaward. The officers, employees, and agents of the City shall neither solicit nor accept anything of monetary value from subrecipients (i.e. Competitors). However, the City may set standards for situations in which the financial interest is not substantial or the gift is an unsolicited item of nominal value. The standards of conduct shall provide for disciplinary actions to be applied for violations of such standards by officers, employees, or agents of the City.
  • Parties Not Eligible to Apply for SC2 Awards. No Interested Party is eligible for a prize under the SC2 competition. An Interested Party is defined as any officer, employee or member of the board of directors or other governing board of the City, including any other parties that advise, approve, recommend, or otherwise participate in the business decisions of the City, such as agents, advisors, consultants, attorneys, accountants or shareholders. This also includes immediate family and other persons directly connected to the Interested Party by law or through a business arrangement. For the purposes of this award, Interested Party also includes members of EDA and immediate family members thereof.
  • Disclaimer Provision. The United States and EDA expressly disclaims any and all responsibility or liability to the City, Competitors or third persons for the actions of the City, Competitors or third persons resulting in death, bodily injury, property damages, or any other losses resulting in any way from the performance of this award or any subaward or subcontract under this award. The acceptance of this award by the Competitor does not in any way constitute an agency relationship between the United States and the Competitor.
  • Requirement to Abide by All Federal, State, and Local Laws. In administering and applying to this competition, all federal, state, and local laws must be followed.

These five provisions from EDA supersede all other Rules and the Terms and Conditions governing this SC2 Challenge. 

Notice of Changes to the Rules:

The City reserves the right to adapt, change or modify these Rules (with the exception of the EDA provisions, above) at any time and will provide notice as necessary under the Terms. Any changes to the Rules will be posted at this Website.

Contact Information:

You may contact us with any questions or comments about these RULES. Please enter Las Vegas SC2 Challenge in the subject line of your email. You may reach us directly by email at:  [email protected].