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The 2023-2024 Tools Competition (the “Competition”) is focused on the discovery of new tools and technologies that can address pressing challenges in education, facilitate the improvement of student outcomes, and advance Learning Engineering.
Sponsor, Financial Supporters and Academic Partner
The Learning Agency LLC (the “Sponsor” or “we” or “us”), which is located at 715 H Street NE PWB 93369, Washington, DC 20002, is the sponsor and administrator of the Competition. For legal purposes, the financial supporters of the Competition (the “Financial Supporters”) are not sponsors, and are just providing financial support for the Competition and the awards and as such, are not responsible for the implementation of the Competition or the enforcement of these Official Rules (as modified from time to time, these “Rules”). Sponsor is working with Georgia State University and its cooperative research-organization (collectively, the “Academic Partner” ) to facilitate the administration of the Competition. In addition to other involvement in the Competition, the Academic Partner will directly award and distribute grants to select winners while other grants will be awarded and distributed by Sponsor. Winner will be notified as to which Sponsor or Academic Partner is awarding the grant upon notification of winning. You acknowledge that neither the Academic Partner nor the Sponsor will be responsible or liable for any acts and omissions of the other.
Subject to these Rules, individuals and entities from any background who satisfy the eligibility requirements specific to their track are eligible to compete in the Competition, including students, teachers, researchers, small and large companies and not-for-profit foundations (collectively, the “Entrants” or “you” ). To the extent possible, the Sponsor will work with all Entrants to attempt to overcome any issues that may arise due to the international aspect of the Competition; however, each Entrant bears the ultimate responsibility for adherence to any applicable laws and compliance with these Rules.
Individuals and entities residing in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, the Crimea region of Ukraine, so-called Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republic regions of Ukraine, Afghanistan, Belarus, Burma/Myanmar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories (Gaza and West Bank), Russia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Ukraine (non-embargoed regions), Venezuela, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China, Yemen and Zimbabwe are not eligible to participate in the Competition.
To be eligible to participate in the Competition and be awarded a grant as an individual, you must (a) be at least eighteen 18 years old, (b) be able to receive payments legally from the United States in US dollars, (c) be competing in a jurisdiction in which the Competition is not prohibited by applicable law; (d) have a bank account into which funds can legally be deposited from the United States in US dollars (or if part of a Team, the Team or a participant on the Team has a bank account); (e) not have withdrawn, been terminated, or disqualified from the Competition; and (f) be fully in compliance with these Rules.
To be eligible to participate in the Competition and be awarded a grant as an Entrant that is an entity, you must (a) be validly existing, duly organized, and in good standing in the jurisdiction of your organization, (b) be able to receive payments legally from the United States in US dollars, (c) be competing in a jurisdiction in which the Competition is not prohibited by applicable law; (d) have a bank account into which funds can legally be deposited from the United States in US dollars; (e) not have withdrawn, been terminated, or disqualified from the Competition; and (f) be in full compliance with these Rules.
Individuals and entities, otherwise eligible to participate in the Competition and be awarded a grant, may form and submit a team entry (a “Team”). Each Team member must be clearly identified on the Team’s submission form for the team to be eligible and must identify a single point of contact for the Team (the “Team Lead”). Team grants, as determined by the Sponsor, will be distributed solely to the designated Team Lead for further distribution to Team members. Sponsor’s sole obligation as to Team grants is to distribute to the Team Lead, and Sponsor shall have no obligation or liability for any distribution of Team grants to Team members. In the event a dispute regarding the identity of the Entrant who actually submitted the entry cannot be resolved to the Sponsor’s satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible.
Employees of the Sponsor and each of the Financial Supporters, Competition and fulfillment agencies, directors, and officers, and each of their respective immediate family members and persons living in their same household (whether legally related or not), are not eligible to participate in the Competition or be awarded a grant.
It will be Sponsor’s sole decision as to whether any eligibility requirement has or has not been met. We may require evidence or confirmation from Entrants at any time, including before awarding grants.
|Competition Open||September 21, 2023|
|Entries due**||November 10, 2023 (11:59:59 pm PDT)|
|Select entries invited to submit detailed proposals||December 8, 2023|
|Detailed proposals due||February 2, 2024 (11:59:59 pm PDT)|
|Finalists selected||April 5, 2024|
|Pitches with judges***||Late-April to early-May 2024|
|Winners notified||Late-May 2024|
|Product Review Day***||Fall 2024 (TBA)|
|Winners to provide surveys, phone calls and other written deliverables as part of the Impact Study||Ongoing following notification that Entrant has won until submission of assessment of tool|
|Winners submit a final report as part of the Impact Study|
12 months following notification that Entrant has won
** Sponsor may accept late entries in Sponsor’s sole discretion.
*** All events will occur virtually unless otherwise noted.
Theme and Criteria
Competition Tracks and Eligibility
Entrants will be required to select one of the following track(s) in which their submission will be primarily evaluated. Different tracks may have different total grant amounts, depending on funder priorities. Certain tracks may be more or less competitive than others depending on final funding allocation and the number of Entrants in each track. Tracks have varying target users and competitive priorities.
Size of the Grant
Entrants are encouraged to seek grants in the grant level that is best suited for their specific capabilities and needs. Entrants will be subject to different requirements depending on the grant level in which they are competing. Entrants seeking grants in the highest grant level will be subject to the most rigorous requirements and aggressive deliverables.
Entrants should use the eligibility quiz made available by Sponsor to help decide the most appropriate grant level in which to compete (the “Eligibility Quiz” ).
Grant levels include:
Implementation Impact Prize for Research Partnership. In addition to the grant levels, Sponsor and applicable Financial Supporters shall consider Growth Phase and Transform Phase competitors in the Learning Science Research track to select one or more winners to receive a supplemental grant of $100,000, for such winner(s) to implement their product in a school setting, in a district or consortium of districts with at least 10,000 students, of which the majority come from historically marginalized populations. The research plan must include:
Implementation Impact Prize for Partnership with Calbright College. In addition to the grant levels, Sponsor and Calbright College, a Financial Supporter, shall consider Growth Phase and Transform Phase competitors in the Engaging Adult Learners in Higher Education track to select one or more winners to receive a supplemental grant of $100,000, for such winner(s) to partner with Calbright College. To be eligible for this grant, competitors must propose a partnership to conduct research with, co-design, user-test, pilot, or validate their product in partnership with Calbright College.
Implementation Impact Prize for Pre-School Partnership. In addition to the grant levels, Sponsor and applicable Financial Support shall consider Growth Phase or Transform Phase competitors in the Instructional Coaching for Early Childhood Education track to select one or more winners to receive a supplemental grant of $100,000, for such winner(s) to form or expand a partnership to co-design, user-test, pilot, or validate their product in publicly-funded preschool settings.
OpenAI Learning Impact Prize. The OpenAI Learning Impact Prize will be awarded to spur innovation leveraging artificial intelligence for education solutions. You will work with OpenAI to leverage AI in your product. As described in the “Entries” section below, if you select to have your entry and proposal be considered by OpenAI for the OpenAI Learning Impact Prize, your entry and proposal will be considered by OpenAI for such a grant. The winner of the grant will be selected by OpenAI. The OpenAI Learning Impact Prize will consist of a cash grant of $100,000 from OpenAI, OpenAI API credits, and technical assistance from OpenAI engineers. OpenAI, not Sponsor, will pay the grant directly to the winner.
The Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, increase the amount of any grants.
As part of your entry form, you can also indicate whether you wish for your entry to be considered by Sponsor for an Implementation Impact Prize or by OpenAI for the OpenAI Learning Impact Prize. Should you choose for your entry to be considered for such supplemental grants, you will be required to complete additional requirements when you submit your detailed proposal for the Competition.
You understand that any material misrepresentation, including omissions, may disqualify you from the Competition and consideration for a grant.
Cancellation of the Competition
All grants, other than the OpenAI Learning Impact Prize, will be paid as follows. 50% will be paid after winners are announced. The remaining 50% may be paid after Product Review Day, depending on whether the winner has made sufficient progress based on their plan for execution and is effectively conducting their assessment by the Product Review Day as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. The OpenAI Learning Impact Prize may be paid out on a different schedule, at OpenAI’s sole discretion.
The grants shall be paid by check or direct deposit or as otherwise agreed between a winner and the Sponsor.
All of Sponsor’s decisions regarding the winners of a grant (including any supplemental grants), including without limitation whether the winner met the eligibility requirements for the grant, the size of the grant and whether the winner will receive the second half of their grant, are final and binding in all respects. Reasons that may lead Sponsor to cause a winner to forfeit a grant include, without limitation, failure of the winner to meet eligibility requirements, failure of the winner to submit any required materials or documentation, failure of the winner to meet any deadlines, failure of the winner to perform and submit the required assessment of the funded tool, failure of the winner to perform its ongoing obligations as to the funded tool, and failure of the winner to otherwise comply with these Rules.
Notification of Winners
All potential winners will be notified via email, on or about the date indicated above. “Notification” is deemed to have occurred immediately upon sending of an e-mail. In order for a potential winner to claim their grant, the potential winner must respond within two (2) days of Notification accepting their grant and may be required to sign and return additional documents within five (5) days of the date of Notification. Failure to comply within this time period, or if grant notification is returned as non-deliverable or not returned properly executed, or if a potential winner is found to be ineligible or not in compliance with these Rules, will result in the potential winner forfeiting the grant and being disqualified and an alternate potential winner being selected from among remaining eligible Entrants.
By participating in the Competition, and to the extent not prohibited by law or regulation, you grant the Sponsor a non-exclusive right (a) to use your name and likeness in connection with this Competition, including on our Site and marketing materials and (b) to publish and otherwise display your initial proposal. Being selected for Phase 3 or acceptance of a grant constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law or regulation) to use such winners’ names, likenesses, biographical data and statements for advertising and publicity purposes without notice or additional compensation.
If you submit a photograph, logo, video clip or other marketing materials in connection with the Competition (collectively, “Media”):
Compliance with Laws
Each Entrant shall be solely responsible and liable for all international, Federal, state, and local taxes arising from any grant that may be awarded.
For non-US citizens, Sponsor may withhold certain amounts from the grant as required by tax laws, reducing the total amount received by winning Entrants. The Sponsor will determine the withholding percentage after winners submit appropriate tax forms.
Each Entrant and grant recipient agrees to release, defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor, the Academic Partner, the Financial Sponsors and each of their respective officers, employees, directors, parent and related companies, affiliates, subsidiaries and any other companies participating in the administration or fulfillment of the Competition (collectively, “Released Parties”) from liability of any kind or nature for any injuries, damages or losses of any kind or any other costs or expenses resulting from participation in this Competition, or acceptance, possession or use, misuse of a grant or parts thereof, including, without limitation, any injury, damage death, loss or accident to person or property.
The Released Parties are not responsible for any printing, typographical, mechanical, human or other errors in these Rules, in the administration of the Competition, in the announcement of the grant winners, and/or in any advertising or other associated Competitional materials in connection with the Competition. Further, the Released Parties are not responsible for technical, hardware, software, electronic, network, telephone or other communications malfunctions, errors or failures of any kind, errors in transmission, lost or unavailable network connections, telephone connections, dropped dial-up internet connections, interrupted broadband, cable, or wireless internet connections, cell phone dropped calls, unauthorized human intervention, traffic congestions, incomplete or inaccurate capture of entry information (regardless of cause) or failed, incomplete, garbled, jumbled or delayed transmissions which may limit or restrict an entrant’s ability to enter the Competition, including any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s phone or other electronic computing or telephone equipment, or other matter relating to or resulting from participation in this Competition.
Governing Law and Dispute Resolution
BY ENTERING THE COMPETITION, EACH ENTRANT AGREES THAT TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW: (A) ANY AND ALL DISPUTES, CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH THE COMPETITION, OR ANY GRANT AWARDED, WILL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY, WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION; (B) ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND AWARDS WILL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL THIRD-PARTY, OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS INCURRED, (IF ANY), NOT TO EXCEED TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS ($250.00), BUT IN NO EVENT WILL ATTORNEYS’ FEES BE AWARDED OR RECOVERABLE; (C) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY ENTRANT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN ANY AWARD FOR, AND ENTRANT HEREBY KNOWINGLY AND EXPRESSLY WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO SEEK, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS, AND/OR ANY RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR OTHERWISE INCREASED; AND (D) ENTRANTS’ REMEDIES ARE LIMITED TO A CLAIM FOR MONEY DAMAGES (IF ANY) AND ENTRANT IRREVOCABLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO SEEK INJUNCTIVE OR EQUITABLE RELIEF. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
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