Terms & Condition

Terms

Sponsor and Organizer of KPIT SPARKLE

Responsibility for this contest lies with KPIT Technologies Ltd., having its registered office at Plot No. 35 & 36, Rajiv Gandhi InfoTech Park, Phase 1, MIDC, Hinjawadi, Pune 411 057, India (hereinafter referred to as ”Sponsor").

The Organization Office is located at Plot No. 35 & 36, Rajiv Gandhi InfoTech Park, Phase 1, MIDC, Hinjawadi, Pune 411 057, India (hereinafter referred to as ”Organizer"). All requests and communication related to the contest has to be addressed to this office.

The contest is subject to the following terms and conditions (“Terms”). Participants not abiding by these Terms may be disqualified. In such event Sponsor is entitled to not award the advertised prizes to or to reclaim awards from the disqualified participants.

Jury

Representatives and/or employees of Sponsor and/or Organizer, technical experts of Sponsor‘s and/or Organizer’s Research & Development department(s) and/or independent external experts will form a jury (hereinafter referred to as “Jury") which will is also be involved in conducting this contest. Sponsor and Organizer reserve the right - at their sole discretion and without prior notice - to appoint, dismiss and/or replace members of the Jury at any time.

Awards

There will be five (5) cash prize awards:

A payment of Rs. 10 Lakh (Platinum award), a payment of Rs. 5 Lakh (Gold award), a payment of Rs. 2.5 Lakh (Silver award 1), a payment of Rs. 2.5 Lakh (Silver award 2) and a payment of Rs. 1 Lakh (Most popular award).

Authorization to Participate

This contest is open to all students of undergraduate, post-graduate and Ph.D. courses from science and engineering faculties of colleges and universities in India.

Contest Periods

  • Registration, idea submission (hereinafter referred to as “Phase 1”) for students in the contest is open from [22.05.2017], 00:00 h IST (Indian Standard Time). Teams can submit multiple ideas in the idea submission form and a video of the working prototype if they have it ready as a proof of concept.
    This phase ends on [31.08.2017], 24:00 h IST.
  • Selection and Approval for high quality prototyping of Innovative Ideas / prototype videos between [01.06.2017], 00:00 h IST and [31.08.2017], 24:00 h IST, there is an overlap between the Idea Submission & Selection Phase.
  • High quality working prototype video submission (hereinafter referred to as “Phase 2”) by the participating teams between [01.08.2017], 00:00 h IST and [30.11.2017], 24:00 h IST, there is overlap between phase 1 Selection & Prototyping.
  • Prototype videos submitted will be evaluated (hereinafter referred to as “Phase 3”) between [1.12.2017], 00:00 h IST and [31.12.2017], 24:00 h IST. The results of teams selected for Finale will be declared on 31.12.2017.
  • Finale will take place by mid of January 2018 ,in Pune. The venue details would be communicated.

To know the status of your project login to the KPIT SPARKLE PORTAL

Sponsor and Organizer reserve the right, in the event of circumstances beyond their control, to modify above dates without prior notice. Neither Sponsor nor Organizer can be held liable for any problems this may cause to the participants.

Participating in the Contest / Time Schedule

Registration, idea submission (hereinafter referred to as “Phase 1”) for students in the contest is open from [22.05.2017], 00:00 h IST (Indian Standard Time)
Entering the contest is free of charge. To enter the contest, participants must register themselves by completing the electronic entry form available at https://sparkle.kpit.com by clicking on “Register now” and signup to get registered in KPIT Sparkle 2018 contest.
Individual / Team has to enter the project details after the registration. In case of a Team the entrant must invite the other members of his/her Team. The team should consist of 5 members including Team leader. Each Team must appoint a Team leader, (i) who will represent the team, (ii) will be the contact person (for the Sponsor and the Organizer) and (iii) must act as coordinator between the other team members. During Phase 1. All team members has to login and fill all necessary details. After the Phase 1 individual / team may not allowed to change their details.
THE ENTRANT INVITING THE OTHER TEAM MEMBERS IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RESPECTIVE CONSENT OF THE OTHER TEAM MEMBERS IN REGISTERING THEM AS TEAM MEMBERS.
All required information entered must true and correct (inter alia true first and true last name, e-mail address etc.) (hereinafter collectively referred to as “Personal Information”). Any entry form that is incomplete or that contains inaccuracies will not be considered and will result automatically in disqualification of the participant.
After registration the participant will receive an email with a link for verification of his/her email address. After verification of the email address the participant must login at https://sparkle.kpit.com

Idea Submission

Single Entrant or a Team must – via an online form available at [https://sparkle.kpit.com you need to register and login first] – submit their ideas for solutions on the theme “Next Generation Energy & Transportation Solutions”. The idea could be related to various areas such as:

Green Technology
  • Alternative Powertrain
  • Electric Vehicle / Hybrids
  • Renewable Energy (Solar, Wind, Tidal, Geothermal, Rain, Energy from waste)
  • Efficiency Improvement / Innovative Mechanisms in conventional powertrain
  • New Materials
  • Fuel Cell Technology
Safety
  • Passenger Safety
  • Anomaly Detection System
  • Secure Over The Air updates or SOTA
  • Rogue Device Detectors
Convenience
  • Travel Demand Analysis
  • Language Processing
  • Travel Mode Integration

and many more!
The idea should be innovative (not a copy of anything which is already available in the market), be capable of having a social impact, involve technical knowledge and be capable of being realised applied into any kind of software, hardware or website. Entrants may modify their ideas. Once Phase 1 has been completed, no more changes will be accepted.

Selection and Approval for high quality prototyping of Innovative Ideas / prototype videos between [01.06.2017], 00:00 h IST and [31.08.2017], 24:00 h IST
Submitted ideas/ Videos of existing initial prototype will be evaluated by the Evaluation committee on the following criteria, in order of importance:

  • Innovation
  • Social impact
  • Technical knowledge

The Evaluation committee will at its sole discretion select the best ideas/ prototypes which are innovative and according to above mentioned criteria, which will be Selected and Approved for high quality prototyping. Sponsor or Organizer will send an email / SMS to Single Entrant’s / Team leader’s registered email address / phone no.

High quality working prototype video submission (hereinafter referred to as “Phase 2”) by the participating teams between [01.08.2017], 00:00 h IST and [30.11.2017], 24:00 h IST.
Single Entrants and Teams, whose ideas/ videos of initial prototypes have been selected, must (i) create a high quality working prototype (i.e. software, hardware) of his/her/their idea and (ii) submit a video [of up to three (3) minutes] that show the functionality of the prototype. The video must be submitted by uploading it to [https://sparkle.kpit.com post login]. Participant teams can revise the video prototype during the time
The participants shall bear the all the costs and expenses for creating the prototype, photo and/or video. These costs and expenses will not be reimbursed by Sponsor or Organizer in any way.
Participants may use the support of their universities, faculties and/or their laboratories to develop or build the prototypes, provided, the same is in consent with these entities.
Prototype videos submitted will be evaluated between [1.12.2017], 00:00 h IST and [31.12.2017], 24:00 h IST. The results of teams selected for Finale will be declared on 31.12.2017
Evaluation committee will on the basis of the submitted videos evaluate the prototypes on the criteria of readiness and functionality. The Jury will at its sole discretion select the best thirty prototypes according to these criteria. The Single Entrants or Teams of the selected prototypes will be invited to presenting the prototype at Presentation Day. During Finale Sponsor or Organizer will send the invitation by email to Single Entrant’s / Team leader’s registered email address.

Selection of Winners

At Finale, the Jury will assess the presented prototypes and give – at its sole discretion – ratings based the following criteria:

  • Innovation
  • Social impact
  • Technical knowledge
  • Completeness of protoype

Awards

The Single Entrant or Team, whose prototype receives the best overall rating wins a platinum award of Rs. 10 Lakh.
The Single Entrant or Team, whose prototype receives the second best overall rating wins a gold award of Rs. 5 Lakh.
The Single Entrant or Team, whose prototype receives the third best overall rating wins a silver award 1 of Rs. 2.5 Lakh.
The Single Entrant or Team, whose prototype receives the third best overall rating wins a silver award 2 of Rs. 2.5 Lakh.
The Single Entrant or Team, whose prototype receives the most popular project rating by virtue of audience votes wins the most popular project award of Rs. 1 Lakh.

Announcement of Winners

The winners will be announced at Presentation Day.

Transfer of Awards

The awards will be handed over to the winners – in case of a Team to the Team leader.
The awards monies will be transferred directly to the bank account of the team members of the particular team/ individual depending on the case. For this it would be mandatory for the team members to have a Unified Payment Gateway (UPI) id associated with the bank account and the details of the same shared once the Organizers ask for this information.

Taxes

The winners are solely responsible for the correct taxation of the received awards according to applicable tax laws.

Responsibility of Entrants and Team Leaders

The Single Entrants and Team leaders are responsible and have to make sure that the ideas, prototypes, photos and/or videos submitted by them do not violate any applicable laws or any third party’s rights. They also are responsible and have to make sure that they have obtained all consents of third parties that are necessary for taking part in this contest and for enabling Sponsor and Organizer to conduct the contest as described in these Terms. Especially the Team leaders are responsible and have to make sure that each Team member has consented in registering him/her as a Team member and in submitting his/her ideas and/or prototypes created or co-created by them as described in these Terms.
In case of a culpable violation of the above underlined provisions, the respective Single Entrant or Team leader is obliged to compensate Sponsor and/or Organizer for any damages that may occur to Sponsor and/or Organizer because of such violation.

Data Protection

The recipient of the Personal Information, Identity and Likeness of the participants, the data controller and data processor are Sponsor and /or Organizer who will exchange the Personal Information among each other and as described within these Terms.
When entering the contest, the participants consent that their Personal Information collected by Sponsor and/or Organizer shall be used in order for Sponsor and/or Organizer or their agents to conduct the contest, especially to contact the participant for the purposes of the contest.
When entering the contest, the participants agree and consent that their Personal Information, Identity and Likeness is incorporated into Sponsor’s and/or Organizer’s databases and get automatically processed for the purposes above mentioned.
At any time a participant may revoke his/her consent and exercise his/her right of objection, access, rectification and cancellation addressing written notices via e-mail to [KPITSparkle2018@kpit.com] or via usual mail to Organizer.

Patent rights

The participants will remain the sole owner of their submitted inventions in connection with the contest, including but not limited to software, designs, drawings, demoware, prototypes, techniques and methodology. All materials, deliverables, inventions, works of authorship or other creations arising out of this submissions will remain the property of the originating participant.

Cancellation – Modification

Sponsor and Organizer reserve the right, - at their sole discretion and without prior notice - to modify, postpone, cancel or terminate the contest in its entirety, in the event that the integrity, administration, impartiality or normal operation of the contest is compromised in any way, especially because of a computer-virus, a software bug, hacker attacks or unauthorized human intervention. In this event, participants will be informed via https://sparkle.kpit.com. In case of a modification, postponement, cancellation or termination the participants have no rights to claim anything from Sponsor or the Organiser, especially no rights to claim the prizes.

Limitation of Liability

The released parties (this means the Sponsor and the Organizer, their directors. Officers, employees, agents and representatives, their subsidiaries, their affiliated companies, their controlling corporations, advertising or promotion agencies, suppliers of materials and services related to the contest or any other person directly associated with the holding of the contest, e.g. the members of the Jury) shall be liable only for any direct damages caused by culpable injury to life, body or health.
For any other losses or damages of any kind that result from acceptance, possession or use of any prize or from entry or attempted entry into the contest, or from modifications of the contest periods, participants agree (by entering the contest) to release the released parties from any and all liability whatsoever unless the damage of the entrant is caused by gross negligence or wilful intent of a released party.
The released parties are especially not liable for the timely processing and transmission of the information and/or other data and/or other materials required for entering the competition (e.g personal data, ideas, prototypes, photos or videos), whether due to the nature and limitations of the internet, technical or computer malfunctions or misconceptions, unless such non-timely processing and transmission is caused by gross negligence or wilful intent of a released party.
In an event of slight negligence, the released parties shall be liable only for breaches of a material contractual obligation (“Cardinal Duty”). A “Cardinal Duty” is an obligation whose fulfilment makes the implementation of this contest possible in the first place and on the fulfilment of which the participant may therefore generally rely. Total Liability in case of breaches of Cardinal Duties shall be limited to the typical, foreseeable damages not exceeding the maximum award granted under this contest.
IN no event the Sponsor or the Organiser, shall be liable for any indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damages, or damages for loss of profits, revenue, data, or use, incurred by the participants or any third party

Applicable law – Jurisdiction Clause

These Terms and Conditions are subject to laws of India. Any disputes that cannot be settled amicably shall be settled exclusively by the competent courts of Pune, India.

Confidentiality

Participants in the contest undertake not to disclose any information about the content of their ideas and/or prototypes before the announcement of the winners. The sponsor and organizer is obligated not to disclose any information regarding the contents of submitted concepts or prototypes to a third party prior to the announcement of the contest winners. ‘Third parties,’ in this sense, specifically includes other participants in the contest, but not the sponsoring organization, its employees, agents, or representatives and members of the jury.

Access to Terms

These Terms are available online at https://sparkle.kpit.com In the event that these regulations are published and distributed in a language other than English

Contact

All requests and communication related to the contest has to be addressed to the Organizer’s office. Candidates may send in questions at any time to the following address: KPITSparkle2018@kpit.com

Severability Clause

Should one of the provisions of the Official Rules be or become invalid or infeasible the validity of the remaining provisions of the Official Rules shall not thereby be affected. In this case, the invalid or infeasible provision shall be substituted by a valid provision which comes closest to the economical effect of the invalid provision.