Competition rules and Terms & Conditions of the Educators’ Challenge


Acceptance of the terms and conditions of this agreement (the "Competition Terms and Conditions") is a prerequisite for participation in the Educators’ Challenge (as defined below) arranged by the Global Challenges Foundation, with registration number 802477-3494, and address Birger Jarlsgatan 57 C, Stockholm Sweden (the "Foundation"). The Foundation is a non-profit foundation and the Foundation does not conduct any business or have any commercial interests. For the avoidance of doubt, the Educators’ Challenge should not be interpreted as promoting any interest of the Foundation other than the development of a global governance model.

By clicking "I accept", the individual or legal entity submitting a registration to participate in the Educators’ Challenge (the "Participant") undertakes to comply with, and be bound by, the Competition Terms and Conditions in conjunction with participating in the Educators’ Challenge by submitting a competition entry in accordance with the provisions set out herein and otherwise communicated by the Foundation (the "Competition Entry"). The Participant also confirms that the age of the Participant is above the age limit, as set out in applicable law, to participate in the Educators’ Challenge and that the Participant has read and understood the Foundation's Privacy Policy.

If the registration to participate is submitted on behalf of a legal entity, the individual submitting the registration must be authorized to sign on behalf of such legal entity.

The Foundation and the Participant are also referred to below as the "Parties" and individually as a "Party".

Background and Introduction

A. The purpose of the Foundation is to raise awareness of the greatest threats facing humanity. In particular, the Foundation seeks to raise awareness of climate change, other environmental damage and political violence, and how these threats are linked to poverty and the rapid growth in the global population.

B. In the course of its activities, the Foundation intends to arrange a prize competition concerning the matters as set out and described under C to F below and in accordance with the provisions set out in these Competition Terms and Conditions (the "Educators’ Challenge").

C. Today, mankind lives not only in national societies, but also in a global community. This means that the behaviour and decisions of the inhabitants of nation states also impact the vital interests of inhabitants of other countries. Global warming may be the most obvious example: Greenhouse gas emissions in any particular country will have an impact on global climate change.

D. The world community is facing a number of major global challenges which have to be jointly managed by all countries through increased co-operation and an increased understanding of our interconnectedness. Other than climate change, the major problems and risks are other large-scale environmental damage and politically motivated violence (war, civil war, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction). Other major problems faced are extreme poverty and rapid population growth.

E. Rapid population growth – the global population has quadrupled over the last 100 years (which is one of the main reasons for the problem we face today), and is expected to increase by another 50 percent by the year 2100 – exacerbates all these problems. Despite this, and despite the knowledge that there are not nearly enough resources on the planet for the entire population of Earth to enjoy the current Western standard of living, the issue is not on the political agenda.

In order to manage these challenges, we need effective ways of making collectively binding, long-term decisions that take into account the interests of all those affected, including future generations. The system currently in place to manage these issues – including the UN and the organizations connected with the UN – are, in their present form, not up to the task. Today, these challenges are responded to using yesterday’s tools – multilateral negotiations which are susceptible to short-term national interests. As a consequence, the necessary action is either not taken or is taken too late, while the problems and risks continue to grow.

The Foundation has arranged a prize competition called the New Shape Prize where participants were invited to formulate alternatives to the present state of affairs – either by complementing, strengthening and revising the present UN system, or by proposing completely new forms of governance. The New Shape Prize has now been closed for participation.

F. Even the best ideas risk falling flat if the need for improved global governance is not properly understood. The Foundation is therefore now calling educators everywhere to take the lead in fostering this understanding: to present  creative engagement strategies to teach broad and diverse audiences about global governance, its history, the issues it raises and its possible future.

1. General rules governing the Educators’ Challenge

a) The Educators’ Challenge is open to Educators. The following shall be included in definition of an Educator: teachers, journalist, media producers, PR professionals, game developers, curators and influencers. Participants can be individuals or a group of individuals anywhere in the world, provided the relevant individual(s) is/are above the age limit, as set out in applicable law, to participate in the Educators’ Challenge and is not a Restricted Person (as defined below). Every Competition Entry requires one contact person – referred to below and in other communications as a "Corresponding Author" and such person will be regarded as the Participant. However, if a Competition Entry has more than one author, all authors must register and confirm their participation in the Educators’ Challenge in order to be recognized as the Participant(s) and co-authors of the relevant Competition Entry. The Corresponding Author will be the contact person for the Competition Entry and responsible for communications with the Foundation. In addition, the Corresponding Author will be considered responsible for ensuring the Competition Entry’s compliance with these Competition Terms and Conditions. If the Corresponding Author is submitting a Competition Entry on behalf of a legal entity, the legal entity in question will instead be considered the Participant.

b) Participation is free of charge, and no fees or other costs will be charged to the Participants.

c) Competition entries are submitted by registering at https://globalchallenges.org. Upon registration, the Participant will receive further information on how to submit a Competition Entry.

d) Competition Entries can only be submitted in English. Competition Entries in any other language will not be accepted.If an entrant has already participated in the New Shape Prize, the log-in details remain the same. 

e) Multiple Competition Entries from the same Participant are acceptable as long as they all address the format of the Competition Entries as set out in section 2 below.

f) Participants can submit Competition Entries from 1 November 2017 until 30 June 2018. No Competition Entries will be accepted after 30 June 2018. The Foundation may, in its sole discretion, decide to prolong or extend the deadline for submitting Competition Entries. Such decision and the new deadline will be published on https://globalchallenges.org.

g) The Competition Entries will be reviewed and assessed in accordance with section 3 below.

h) The final results of the Educators’ Challenge are expected to be announced in November 2018.

i) The Foundation will not accept any Competition Entries from participants that (as of 21 June 2016 onwards) are connected to the Foundation, such as employees, board members, agents or other contracted consultants or any family member of any such persons ("Restricted Person"). The Foundation will not accept any Competition Entries of any such Restricted Person and reserves all rights to disqualify any Competition Entry submitted by a Restricted Person.

2. The Task

The participant shall present an innovative and effective approach to the Educators’ Challenge that engages students and/or broader audiences in discussions on better frameworks of global collaboration. This approach should work to stimulate continued ideation and discussion on ways that global governance can be updated to be fit for purpose in the 21st century.  The submission in the Educators’ Challenge  shall consist of an educational method and/or tool that you have developed. This could be, but is not limited to, a textbook , a board game, a hackathon, or visual material, etc. 

The submissions must consist of the following three parts:

a) Introductory description 

A brief introduction presenting the approach that has been developed  and the reasoning behind it (no more than 100 words).

b) Detailed submission

A detailed description of the approach that has been developed and what it has amounted to.

Depending on the format, a submission could consist of plain text and/or links. You may submit in whichever format best represents your approach.

If you have developed a text-based approach, such as a textbook, your submission must include:

  • A 1-page abstract (no more than 500 words)
  • A PDF file of your text-based approach

If you have developed an interactive approach, such as a computer game for example, your submission must include:

  • A 1-page abstract ( no more than 500 words)
  • A trailer (maximum 1 minute)

If you have developed an approach, that is best presented in a video or audio format, such as a inspirational talk, documentary, or podcast, your submission must include:

  • The full length video or audio file (maximum 2 hours)
  • A trailer (maximum 1 minute). If  your full length video or audio file  is longer than 5 minutes, a trailer must be submitted

c) Summary of impact

Summary describing the impact of the approach in detail and quantifying as much as possible (no more than 200 words)

 Examples of what should be included in the summary:

  • How many people were reached

  • Documentation/testimonials of students or audiences who have themselves become champions for updating global governance

* In exceptional cases, an entry containing an excellent approach may be accepted in the competition even if, due to special circumstances, it has not been possible to test the idea in practice.
** For more details on how to submit your Entry, please refer to the “instructions” on the submission platform.

3. Assessment

a) The Foundation will conduct an initial review of the Competition Entries to ensure that the Competition Entries fulfil and comply with the format of the Competition Entries as set out in section 2 above.

b) All eligible and complete Competition Entries that comply with the format of the Cometition Entries as set out in section 2 above will be assessed by a Jury (defined below).

c) Competition Entries will be assessed on the basis of how well they fulfil the Task, as described in section 2 above. The assessment process will also consider the overall impression and whether an entry contains ideas on how replicable the innovative education could realistically be.

d) The decisions of the Jury are final and may not be appealed.

e) No questions regarding how a particular Competition Entry has been assessed will be answered by the Foundation and no other feedback will be given on a submitted Competition Entry.

f) The jury will be a high-level international jury of people with relevant expertise and experience (the "Jury"). 

4. Prize money

a) The jury will choose ten (10) winners of the Educators’ Challenge.

b) Each winner of the Educators’ Challenge will be awarded an equal sum of prize money. The total prize money per winner that may be paid out in the Educators’ Challenge, in the sole discretion of the Foundation, is five thousand U.S. dollars (USD 5,000).

c) Any prize money awarded to a Competition Entry will be divided equally between all Participants that have been registered and confirmed as authors of the relevant Competition Entry, unless the Foundation receives confirmation from all authors of the Competition Entry that a different division of the prize money has been agreed upon. If the Competition Entry is submitted on behalf of a legal entity, the prize money will be paid to that entity.

d) The Participants that have submitted winning Competition Entries will be notified individually by post, telephone or e-mail. Other Participants will not receive any notification of the results of the Educators’ Challenge other than the information provided on the Foundation's website.

e) The Foundation reserves all rights to conduct searches and perform due diligence in accordance with applicable legislation on any Participants that may be awarded any prize money.

f) For the avoidance of doubt, the Foundation is under no obligation to pay any prize money to any individual Participant, and no individual Participant is entitled to receive any sort of compensation, financial or other, in connection with the Educators’ Challenge other than prize money (if any).

g) This prize money constitutes the total amount that will be paid for the winning Competition Entries and covers all taxes, social security charges and other fees and charges of any kind whatsoever payable by both the Foundation and the Participant, including VAT and similar taxes and charges which are payable if the compensation is paid to a legal entity. The prize money will be paid into the bank account provided by the Participant. The prize money will be paid out within forty-five (45) days after the winner(s) is/are announced.

5. Intellectual property rights

a) The purpose of the Educators’ Challenge is to stimulate the creation of innovative ideas to educate about global governance and to spread those ideas to the public. The Foundation therefore wish to receive a license to all Competition Entries to be able to spread them whilst at the same time respecting the Participant’s rights as a creator of the work. The Foundation do not in any way wish to limit the Participant’s own rights to its work and encourages all spreading of the Competition Entry by the Participant as well, all with the purpose of creating maximum impact .

b) The Participant hereby grants to the Foundation a non-exclusive, irrevocable, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide right and license to use, reproduce, share, publish, compile, execute, modify, create derivative works of the Competition Entry (in whole or in part) and all rights relating thereto (including any related documentation). Such rights include, but are not limited to, for example, the publication, assignment, forwarding or editing of the Competition Entry to the extent desired by the Foundation. In conjunction with the use of the Competition Entry, the Foundation shall safeguard the Participant’s moral rights in accordance with generally accepted practices.

c) The fact that the Foundation elects to publish a Competition Entry does not automatically mean that the Foundation shares the opinions expressed in the Competition Entry.

d) Where the Participant is employed by another party (the "Participant's Employer"), the Participant may not participate in the Educators’ Challenge if the employment in any manner may prevent the Participant from participating in or complying with the Participant's obligations or assignment of rights hereunder unless the Participant's Employer has approved the Participant's participation in the Educators’ Challenge.

e) The Participant shall perform or execute (or procure the performance or execution of) any acts or documents required by the Foundation that it may consider necessary or desirable to complete or perfect the right and license described in section 5.

6. Participant's warranties

a) The Participant warrants that the Participant owns the copyright to the Competition Entry and that all rights to the Competition Entry can be licensed to the Foundation in accordance with section 5 above.

b) The Participant warrants that the Competition Entry does not infringe any third-party intellectual property rights and undertakes to indemnify the Foundation for any costs and losses of any kind whatsoever arising from any third-party claim that the submitted Competition Entry infringes the rights of any third party or that a third party holds any rights to the Competition Entry.

c) The Participant warrants that the rights to use a submitted Competition Entry have not been exclusively licensed or otherwise assigned or transferred to any third party.

d) The Participant warrants that it is not prevented due to any employment from participating in the Educators’ Challenge and that the Participant has obtained the approval of the Participant's Employer to the extent required for the Participant to fulfil all obligations hereunder, including the obligation to transfer all rights related to the Competition Entry to the Foundation as set out hereunder.

e) The Participant warrants that a submitted Competition Entry does not constitute plagiarism and complies with the standard for source referencing and references to other people’s work which follow from Harvard's (or any other generally accepted reference system’s) bibliographical references and source referencing standards. The Foundation may use online-based plagiarism checks to detect plagiarism.

f) The Participant warrants that the Participant is not prevented by any statutes, rules, regulations, bylaws or contracts from entering into the Educators’ Challenge.

7. Compliance with law and prevention of money-laundering, corruption and bribery

a) By accepting these Competition Terms and Conditions and participating in the Educators’ Challenge, the Participant acknowledges that:

(i) the Participant will not violate any applicable laws, regulations, policies or rules, including relating to money-laundering, corruption, bribery, financing of terrorism or any other similar offences; and

(ii) the award of any prize is not in exchange for an agreement to influence a recent, pending or anticipated act or decision that may result in the Foundation obtaining or retaining business or a business advantage or any other benefit.

b) The Foundation reserves all rights to conduct a Know Your Customer (KYC) assessment of the Participant (to the extent permitted by law) and, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any Participant who commits or might potentially commit any offence or breach as referred to in (a) above.

8. Applicable law and dispute resolution

These Competition Terms and Conditions are governed by Swedish law, without the application of its choice of law rules. Disputes arising from these Competition Terms and Conditions will be determined by the courts of Sweden, the Stockholm District Court being the court of first instance.