Rules & Regulations

Minima Innovation Challenge (the “Challenge”) Official Rules.


1. Dates and Timings

Submission Period: 13/07/22 to 02/08/22
Phase 1 Ideation: 18/07/22 to 05/08/22
Phase 2 Coding: 09/08/22 to 30/08/22
Judging/Voting Period: 31/08/22 to 06/09/22
Winners Announced: 15/09/22
Distribution of Prizes: Soon after “Winners Announced”.

Dates and timings are subject to change. All changes will be communicated to participants. 

2. Sponsor and Administrator

Sponsor: Minima
Administrator: EdenBase LTD

3. Eligibility

A. The Challenge IS open to:
Individuals who are at least the age of majority in the jurisdiction where they reside as of the time of entry (“Eligible Individuals”);

Teams of Eligible Individuals (“Teams”); and

Organizations (including corporations, not-for-profit corporations and other nonprofit organizations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and other legal entities) that exist and have been organized or incorporated at the time of entry.

(the above are collectively, “Entrants”).

An Eligible Individual may join more than one Team or Organization and an Eligible Individual who is part of a Team or Organization may also enter the Challenge on an individual basis. If a Team or Organization is entering the Challenge, they must appoint and authorize one individual (the “Representative”) to represent, act, and enter a Submission, on their behalf. By entering a Submission on behalf of a Team or Organization you represent and warrant that you are the Representative authorized to act on behalf of your Team or Organization.

B. The Challenge IS NOT open to: 
Individuals who are residents of, or Organizations domiciled in, a country, state, province or territory where the laws prohibit participating in or receiving a prize in the Challenge.

Organizations involved with the design, production, paid promotion, execution, or distribution of the Challenge, including the Sponsor and Administrator (“Promotion Entities”).

Employees, representatives and agents** of such Promotion Entities and all members of their immediate family or household*.

Any other individual involved with the design, production, promotion, execution, or distribution of the Challenge, and each member of their immediate family or household*.

Any Judge, company or individual that employs a Judge.

Any parent company, subsidiary, or other affiliate*** of any organization described above.

Any other individual or organization whose participation in the Challenge would create, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor and/or Administrator, a real or apparent conflict of interest.

*The members of an individual’s immediate family include the individual’s spouse, children and stepchildren, parents and stepparents, and siblings and stepsiblings. The members of an individual’s household include any other person that shares the same residence as the individual for at least three (3) months out of the year. 

**Agents include individuals or organizations that in creating a Submission to the Challenge, are acting on behalf of, and at the direction of, a Promotion Entity through a contractual or similar relationship.

***An affiliate is: (a) an organization that is under common control, sharing a common majority or controlling owner, or common management; or (b) an organization that has a substantial ownership in, or is substantially owned by the other organization.

4. How to Enter

Minima Google Form Submissions:
Entrants may enter by visiting here and completing the form.

Entrants must be eligible to participate according to these official rules. Projects entered on the Minima Innovation Challenge Google form are ONLY potentially eligible for the Minima Innovation Challenge prizes listed in Section 8. 

Competition Structure:
The Minima Innovation Challenge is designed to support and encourage individuals and teams to create innovative solutions using the Minima Protocol. The challenge will be split into two phases.

Phase 1: Ideation
Over the course of three weeks, teams will have access to educational resources and office hours with the Minima and EdenBase teams to brainstorm and ask questions. At the end of the three weeks, teams will not need to deliver any code yet,however, a brief presentation of the idea accompanied by a written description will need to be shared. This includes a discussion of market fit, why the idea is uniquely suited for the Minima Protocol, and what the competitive landscape looks like. From the Ideation phase, the top 10 projects will receive $1000 each of Minima token and be invited to Phase 2.

Phase 2: Coding
The top 10 teams from the Ideation Phase will build their solutions using Minima, and provide at least a Proof of Concept (PoC) at the end of the sprint.

From the projects that submitted a PoC, the top 5 will be invited to feedback and mentorship sessions that will provide them with further technical and business support in developing the dApp use case and code.

We are looking our for outstanding submissions. Teams that show more long-term thinking, including ideas around how to productize their idea, will have a higher chance of winning.

Remember: On Minima, every user participates in constructing the blockchain by running a node - there is no mining. There must be no entity that is paid to construct the chain. The parts of the protocol critical for consensus must not require changes.

Language Requirements:
All Submission materials must be in English or, if not in English, the Entrant must provide an English translation of the demonstration video, text description, and testing instructions as well as all other materials submitted. 

Team Representation:
If a team or organization is entering the Challenge, they must appoint and authorize one individual (the “Representative”) to represent, act, and enter a Submission, on their behalf. The Representative must meet the eligibility requirements above. By entering a Submission on the Challenge Website on behalf of a team or organization you represent and warrant that you are the Representative, authorized to act on behalf of your team or organization.

Intellectual Property:
Your Submission must: (a) be your (or your Team, or Organization’s) original work product; (b) be solely owned by you, your Team, your Organization with no other person or entity having any right or interest in it; and (c) not violate the intellectual property rights or other rights including but not limited to copyright, trademark, patent, contract, and/or privacy rights, of any other person or entity.

An Entrant may contract with a third party for technical assistance to create the Submission provided the Submission components are solely the Entrant’s work product and the result of the Entrant’s ideas and creativity, and the Entrant owns all rights to them.

An Entrant may submit a Submission that includes the use of open source software or hardware, provided the Entrant complies with applicable open source licenses and, as part of the Submission, creates software that enhances and builds upon the features and functionality included in the underlying open source product. By entering the Challenge, you represent, warrant, and agree that your Submission meets these requirements.

Financial or Preferential Support:
A Project must not have been developed, or derived from a Project developed, with financial or preferential support from the Sponsor or Administrator. Such Projects include, but are not limited to, those that received funding or investment for their development, were developed under contract, or received a commercial license, from the Sponsor or Administrator any time prior to the end of Challenge Submission Period. The Sponsor, at their sole discretion, may disqualify a Project, if awarding a prize to the Project would create a real or apparent conflict of interest.

5. Submission Modifications

The Sponsor and Minima may permit you to modify part of your submission after the Submission Period for the purpose of adding, removing or replacing material that potentially infringes a third party mark or right, discloses personally identifiable information, or is otherwise inappropriate. The modified submission must remain substantively the same as the original submission with the only modification being what the Sponsor and Minima permits.

6. Judges & Criteria

Eligible submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges selected by the Sponsor and Minima (the “Judges”). Judges may be employees of the sponsor or third parties, may or may not be listed individually on the Challenge Website, and may change before or during the Judging Period. Judging may take place in one or more rounds with one or more panels of Judges, at the discretion of the sponsor.

Stage One:
The first stage will determine via pass/fail whether the ideas meet a baseline level of viability, in that the project reasonably fits the theme and reasonably applies the criteria featured in the Challenge.

Stage Two:
All submissions that pass Stage One will be evaluated in Stage Two based on the following criteria (the “Judging Criteria”),

Entries will be judged on the following criteria, and according to the sole and absolute discretion of the judges:

Innovation – is this a novel idea?

Application of Minima Protocol – is this project utilizing Minima correctly? Does it embrace Minima’s full potential? 

Market fit – is this something that is needed on the market? Was the productization strategy presented?

Quality of presentation – was the pitch convincing? Does the team want to move this to the next level.

Quality of code – is the project coded in a professional way?

Roadmap – are the next steps clear and actionable?

The scores from the Judges will determine the potential winners of the applicable prizes. The Entrant(s) that are eligible for a Prize, and whose Submissions earn the highest overall scores based on the applicable Judging Criteria, will become potential winners of that Prize. 

Concessions may be made if an idea is amazing, even if the deployment of it still requires extra support.

7. Intellectual Property Rights

All submissions remain the intellectual property of the individuals or organizations that developed them. By submitting an entry, entrants agree that the sponsor will have a fully paid, non-exclusive license to use such entry for judging the entry.

Entrants agree that the sponsor and Minima shall have the right to promote the submission and use the name, likeness, voice, image and trademarks of all individuals or entities contributing to a submission, in any materials promoting or publicizing the Challenge and its results, during the Challenge Period and for no less than three years thereafter.

Some Submission components may be displayed to the public. Other Submission materials may be viewed by the sponsor, Minima, and judges for screening and evaluation. By submitting an entry or accepting any prize, entrants represent and warrant that (a) submitted content is not copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless entrant is the owner of such rights or has permission from their rightful owner to post the content; and (b) the content submitted does not contain any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, spyware or other disabling devices or harmful or malicious code.

8. Prizes

The total prize pool is USD$40,000 in Minima Token.

The Top 10 teams from the Ideation Phase will receive USD$1,000 worth of Minima Token and will move on to the Coding Phase of the Innovation Challenge.

The top 5 will be invited to feedback and mentorship sessions. Three token prizes will be awarded by the judges - USD $20,000 in Minima token for the top winner and two USD $5,000 for the runner-ups.

9. Entry Conditions and Release

A. By entering the Challenge, you (and, if you are entering on behalf of a Team, Organization each participating members) agree(s) to the following:

(i) The relationship between you, the Entrant, and the Sponsor and Administrator, is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship.

(ii) You will be bound by and comply with these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, Administrator, and/or the Challenge Judges which are binding and final in all matters relating to the Challenge.

(iii) You release, indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Promotion Entities, and their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliated DAO or companies, the Prize suppliers and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Challenge, and all of their respective past and present officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (hereafter the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys’ fees), including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a Entrant’s entry, creation of Submission or entry of a Submission, participation in the Challenge, acceptance or use or misuse of the Prize (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, transmission, performance, exploitation or use of the Submission as authorized or licensed by these Official Rules. 

B. Without limiting the foregoing, the Released Parties shall have no liability in connection with:

(i) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by the Sponsor or Administrator’s electronic or printing error, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Challenge.

(ii) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines, internet connectivity or electronic transmission errors, or network hardware or software or failure of the Challenge Website.

(iii) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Challenge; (iv) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Challenge or the processing of Submissions; or... 

(v) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from the Entrant’s participation in the Challenge or receipt or use or misuse of any Prize.

The Released Parties are not responsible for incomplete, late, misdirected, damaged, lost, illegible, or incomprehensible Submissions or for address or email address changes of the Entrants. Proof of sending or submitting the aforementioned will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by the Sponsor or Administrator.

If for any reason any Entrant’s Submission is determined to have not been received or been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, the Entrant’s sole remedy is to request the opportunity to resubmit its Submission. Such a request must be made promptly after the Entrant knows or should have known there was a problem and will be determined at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.

10. Publicity

By participating in the Challenge, Entrant consents to the promotion and display of the Entrant’s Submission, and to the use of personal information about themselves for promotional purposes, by the Sponsor, Administrator, and third parties acting on their behalf. Such personal information includes, but is not limited to, your name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, comments and hometown and country of residence.

It may be used in any existing or newly created media, worldwide without further payment or consideration or right of review, unless prohibited by law. Authorized use includes but is not limited to advertising and promotional purposes.

11. General Conditions

A. Sponsor and Administrator reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Challenge, or any part of it, in the event of a technical failure, fraud, or any other factor or event that was not anticipated or is not within their control.

B. Sponsor and Administrator reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual or Entrant if it suspects or finds Entrant or associate thereof to have tampered with the entry process or the operation of the Challenge or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in a manner that is inappropriate, unsportsmanlike, not in the best interests of this Challenge, or a violation of any applicable law or regulation.

C. Any attempt by any person to undermine the proper conduct of the Challenge may be a violation of criminal and civil law. Should the Sponsor or Administrator suspect that such an attempt has been made or is threatened, they reserve the right to take immediate action including but not limited to requiring an Entrant to cooperate with an investigation and referral to criminal and civil law enforcement authorities.

D. If there is any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of the Official Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Challenge materials, including but not limited to the Challenge Submission form, Challenge Website, or advertising, the terms and conditions of the Official Rules shall prevail.

E. The terms and conditions of the Official Rules are subject to change at any time, including the rights or obligations of the Entrant, the Sponsor and Administrator. The Sponsor and Administrator will post the terms and conditions of the amended Official Rules on the Challenge Website. To the fullest extent permitted by law, any amendment will become effective at the time specified in the posting of the amended Official Rules or, if no time is specified, the time of posting.

F. The Sponsor or Administrator’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Should any provision of these Official Rules be or become illegal or unenforceable in any jurisdiction whose laws or regulations may apply to an Entrant, such illegality or unenforceability shall leave the remainder of these Official Rules, including the Rule affected, to the fullest extent permitted by law, unaffected and valid. The illegal or unenforceable provision shall be replaced by a valid and enforceable provision that comes closest and best reflects the sponsor’s intention in a legal and enforceable manner with respect to the invalid or unenforceable provision.

G. Excluding Submissions, all intellectual property related to this Challenge, including but not limited to copyrighted material, trademarks, trade-names, logos, designs, promotional materials, web pages, source codes, drawings, illustrations, slogans and representations are owned or used under license by the Sponsor and/or Administrator. All rights are reserved. Unauthorized copying or use of any copyrighted material or intellectual property without the express written consent of its owners is strictly prohibited. Any use in a Submission of Sponsor or Administrator’s intellectual property shall be solely to the limited extent provided for in these Official Rules.

12. Limitations of Liability

By entering, all Entrants (including, in the case of a Team or Organization, all participating members) agree to release the Released Parties from any and all liability in connection with the Prizes or Entrant’s participation in the Challenge. Provided, however, that any liability limitation regarding gross negligence or intentional acts, or events of death or body injury shall not be applicable in jurisdictions where such limitation is not legal.

13. Disputes

A. Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Challenge, Entrant agrees that:

1. Any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Challenge, or any Prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action lawsuit, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce and held at the ICC regional office nearest the contestant.

2. The Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and...

3. Judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction.

B. Under no circumstances will Entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and Entrant hereby waives all rights to a jury trial with respect to any subject matter related to this agreement, to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than contestant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with entering this Challenge), and Entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

C. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Entrant and Sponsor in connection with this Challenge, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the United Kingdom.


14. Additional Terms

Please review the Minima Terms & Conditions here for additional rules that apply to your participation in the Challenge and more generally your use of the Challenge Website.

15. Entrant’s Personal Information

Information collected from entrants is subject to the Minima and EdenBase Privacy Policy, which is available at Minima and EdenBase. 

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