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DE NORA IDEA CHALLENGE – TERMS & CONDITIONs

Last updated on the 3rd of December 2020

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

PARTICIPANTS RESIDENT OR DOMICILED IN USA; CANADA; EUROPEAN UNION; UK; ISRAEL; AND SINGAPORE WILL BE PREFERRED OVER THE REST OF THE WORLD DURING THE SELECTION PHASE.

ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS ALSO AFFECTS ANY RIGHTS YOU MAY HAVE IF YOU ARE INJURED OR OTHERWISE SUFFER DAMAGES WHILE PARTICIPATING IN THE INTERNET OF WATER BY DE NORA 2021.

VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW, including, without limitation: Afghanistan; Belarus; Burundi; Central African Republic; Côte d’Ivoire; Crimea Region; Cuba; Cyprus; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Eritrea; Fiji; Haiti; Iran; Iraq; Kyrgyzstan; Laos; Lebanon; Liberia; Libya; Myanmar; North Korea; Palestinian Territories; Russia; Rwanda; Somalia; South Sudan; Sudan; Syria; Venezuela; Yemen; Zimbabwe.

BY PARTICIPATING, YOU AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

OVERVIEW

The De Nora Idea Challenge is a call for multidisciplinary profiles, from graduates in economics/marketing as well as startups and young experts in digital/IoT technologies (such as engineers, software developers, UI/UX designers, data scientists), to compete in an idea innovation challenge focused on how to leverage digital/IoT technologies in water, wastewater treatment, and disinfection to create benefits for the environment, the community, and the final users.

ELIGIBILITY

In order to participate in this event, participants must be 18 years of age or older, except as otherwise required by applicable law.

CHALLENGE NAME

IoW – Internet of Water De Nora Idea Challenge

IOW DE NORA IDEA CHALLENGE OBJECTIVE

The Challenge will bring together talented multidisciplinary profiles to compete in a virtual online challenge to produce several applicable project scopes aiming to implement digital/IoT technologies in De Nora’s products.

ORGANIZER & CLIENT

Organizer (the “Organizer”): Kreativdistrikt S.r.l. ​(hereafter also “KDKT”), ​registered office in via F. Petrarca 22, 20123 Milano, VAT code and Fiscal Code 09829520965. The Organizer is the entity responsible for the Challenge.

Client (the “Client”): De Nora Holdings US Inc., 7590 Discovery Lane, Concord, OH 44077, including its Affiliates whereas “Affiliates” mean with respect to a person, any person that controls, that is controlled by, or that is under common control with, such person; the term “control” means the possession, direct or indirect, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a person, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by contract, or otherwise (hereinafter collectively the “Client”)

The Client and the Organizer may be collectively referred to as “we”.

DATES AND TIMING:

Initial Submission Period: until February 9th, 2021 (0:00am CET) (the “Challenge Submission Period”)

Challenge Finalist Selection: up to 20 finalist teams will be chosen and notified by February the 16th, 2021 by 0:00am CET (the “Challenge Finalist Selection Period”)

Challenge Development Period: February 17th 2021 through April 13th, 2021 – 00:00 – CEST (the “Challenge Development Period”)

Finalist Project Submission Deadline: April 14th, 2021 – 24:00 – CEST (the “Challenge Submission Deadline”)

Judging Period: April 15th, 2021 – 00:00 – CEST through May 2nd, 2021 – 24:00 – CEST (the “Judging Period”)

Winners Announced: On or around May 3rd, 2021
The Organizer will be the official timekeeper for the Challenge.

PARTICIPATION IS ALLOWED TO

18 years old, or more, individuals; or teams of individuals all of whom are 18 years of age, or more. Maximum team members: 5.

PARTICIPATION IS NOT ALLOWED TO

Individuals resident or domiciled in any nation where participations would be prohibited by applicable law or the laws of the US or EU, including, without limitation, Afghanistan; Belarus; Burundi; Central African Republic; Côte d’Ivoire; Crimea Region; Cuba; Cyprus; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Eritrea; Fiji; Haiti; Iran; Iraq; Kyrgyzstan; Laos; Lebanon; Liberia; Libya; Myanmar; North Korea; Palestinian Territories; Russia; Rwanda; Somalia; South Sudan; Sudan; Syria; Venezuela; Yemen; Zimbabwe.

Judges or organizations or individuals or whoever is involved or working in the organization/promotion of the challenge, including family members and other related persons.

CHALLENGE PROCESS

Submit your idea on the form that you will find on the IoW Internet of Water De Nora Idea Challenge landing page: www.kreativdistrikt.com/denora-iow. The idea must fit into one of the categories described on the landing page.

Attend the Challenge kickoff webinar (this is optional but highly recommended – dates, times, and access info provided on the website www.kreativdistrikt.com/denora-iow).

Receive an email confirmation of selection as a Challenge Finalist

Accept your selection confirming by email

Receive the Starter kit document including the next steps of the challenge such as deadlines, milestones, and guidelines.

Participate in the Challenge by creating an applicable project scope to implement digital/IoT technologies in to disrupt one of the challenge categories. The challenge duration is 8 weeks. The organizer can decide to extend this period at any point in the challenge.

Send your project by email at michele@kreativdistrikt.com or filling up the dedicated submission form for review during the judging period. Detailed information on the project submission process will be sent to the selected teams.

CHALLENGE OUTPUT

Challenge Finalists must create applicable project scopes to implement digital/IoT technologies in De Nora’s products. A project scope shall include a description of the context, the proposed solution and the steps (e.g. design, development, pilot, launch, …) needed to implement the envisioned solution. Detailed instructions will be provided if selected as a finalist.

CATEGORIES

Water Quality and Availability

Water is our most precious resource, yet across the world, many regions are challenged with water scarcity and poor water quality. Digital innovation, such as big data analysis or digital tracking, can be a critical driver in addressing many of the big challenges within the water sector:

Water quality monitoring in real-time with spatial resolution

Identification of water sources affected by emerging contaminants (e.g. PFAS, arsenic)

Degradation over time of disinfectants, such as bleach, yielding unwanted byproducts

Ensuring compliance to water quality standards set and continuously updated by legislators

Business model Innovation

Each water source has its own “fingerprint”. Customers of treatment technologies are challenged with ensuring the accurate water quality is met, based on the specific sector and application (e.g. drinking water, irrigation, wastewater discharge, etc.). Given that expensive water treatment equipment is just a mean to obtain a result, there is an opportunity to leverage subscription-based business models enabled by digital technologies.

In addition, today the water industry is designed for developed countries, where a large water infrastructure serves millions of people. However, billions of people in the world still lack access to basic water and sanitation, or WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) global issue. Mobile water treatment devices are available, but they are costly to the manufacturer and the end customers. Therefore, crowdsourced data and supply chain innovations can be key in making these small water projects more attractive and economically viable.

Digitally-enhanced Water Treatment

Water usage and treatment follow cyclical patterns that can vary on an hourly, daily, weekly, or seasonal basis. Water treatment capabilities are designed with the maximum usage in mind, but equipment and chemical consumption used varies based on the real-time demand. Artificial intelligence systems can enable monitoring and forecasting of the actual treatment demand. Based on such information, autonomous or supportive decision-making systems, could effectively maximize efficiency, prolong asset life and reduce the waste of chemical generators, like Capital Controls® Ozone Generators. Also, these smart systems would simplify operations and enable remote monitoring capabilities.

Simplification of Design, Operations & Maintenance

Many different water treatment technologies are available in the industry, customers are often challenged in understanding which one is most effective one. The technology selection process can benefit from equipment selection tools that: address the right combination of chemicals; evaluate the pros and cons of one solution verses another; propose a series of standard options.

Operating a water treatment equipment means constantly finding solutions to fluctuating water quality. However, most equipment does not have the ability to store memory of previously addressed conditions that may occur again. A smart user interface for dashboarding and recommendation of solutions can simplify customer experience, reduce downtime and technical assistance requests.

Water treatment equipment, such as the De Nora ClorTec®, is designed with many parts making it difficult to know when to maintenance or replace critical parts. The integration of data-driven warnings to help customers know when to proactively change out parts before potential failures, are both a time-saving and cost-saving value.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Submissions must be provided in English. Submissions in other languages will not be accepted.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

To the extent permitted by applicable law, Participants own any intellectual property rights to the projects they create.

Notwithstanding the above, with the acceptance of the present Terms and Conditions Participants declare that will discuss and negotiate in good faith, should their project be selected by the Client, a license or a transfer of ownership of the project and its included intellectual property rights according to the conditions that will be mutually agreed with the Client in a separate agreement.

Further, Participants undertake that, for the duration of the challenge, from the selection phase to the presentation of their project, Client may require them to sign a non-disclosure and confidentiality agreement in order to protect certain Company information and further proceed in the project evaluation.

JUDGING

A panel of judges composed from the Organizer, the Client, and external entities will evaluate every project at its sole discretion. Further info on how the project will be evaluated could be provided during the challenge development period.

JUDGES WILL CHOOSE TO EVALUATE THE SUBMISSIONS BASED SOLELY ON THE MATERIALS PROVIDED BY THE PARTICIPANTS.

PRIZES

The grand total of the prizes amount is 12.000,00 USD.

First prize 6,000.00 USD (or amazon voucher where cash prize is prohibited)

Second prize 4,000.00 USD (or amazon voucher where cash prize is prohibited)

Third prize 2,000.00 USD (or amazon voucher where cash prize is prohibited)

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION

Cash prizes will be distributed in the form of a cheque.

Amazon Voucher prizes cannot be substituted, assigned, transferred, or redeemed for cash; however, the Organizer reserves the right to make equivalent prize substitutions at its sole discretion. Organizer will not replace any lost or stolen prizes or components of a prize(s). Prize cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or offer. The Organizer will not award a Prize if there are no eligible Submissions entered in the Challenge, or if there are no eligible Participants or Submissions for a specific Prize.

Monetary prizes will be mailed to the winning Participant’s address (if an individual) or the Representative’s address (if a team or Organization). Prizes will be payable to the Participant, if an individual, to the Participant’s Representative, if a team, or to the Organization, if the Participant is an Organization. It will be the responsibility of the winning Participant’s Representative to allocate the Prize among their team or Organization’s participating members, as the Representative deems appropriate. Prize Delivery Timeframe is 60 Days after Winner verification process. Winners will bear the cost of Prize Import Taxes.

LIABILITY & LITIGATION

The Organizer is fully entitled to shorten, extend, modify or cancel the challenge in any manner it deems fit without incurring any liability to the Participants. The Organizer is fully entitled to disqualify a Participant or a team which does not abide by these Terms & Conditions or acts in any way deemed inappropriate by the Organizer.

The Organizer shall not be responsible, and assume no liability, for (i) lost, misdirected or late submissions; (ii) electronic transmission errors; (iii) theft, destruction, change of, or unauthorized, access to submissions; (iv) technical problems, malfunctions or errors in the operation of any hardware or software which is necessary for the transmission of submissions or for the procedure of the challenge, including computer viruses and bugs, or for manipulations, unauthorized access, scams, overload of the Internet or a website or any combinations of these, nor for other causes not subject to the inspection by the Organizer and the respective subsidiaries and branches of the Organizer. In case any of the above should occur, the Organizer retains the right, in its sole discretion, to adjust, change, postpone or cancel the challenge in any manner it deems fit, or to take any other action it deems appropriate, including, without limitation, disqualifying any Participant who wrongfully causes any of the above to occur. The Organizer reserves all rights to recover damages and to take any recourses that may be available to it against any such Participant.

Participants who are employees of a corporation, government agency or an academic institution are responsible for ensuring that their participation complies with any policies their respective corporation, agency or institution may have regarding participation in events such as the challenge. If the Organizer has reason to believe that a Participant violated any such internal policies, the Organizer reserves the right to prohibit the Participant from participating in the challenge or receiving a prize at any time. The Organizer assumes no liability and is not responsible for any disputes arising between a Participant and his/her employer with respect to participation in the challenge.

These Terms & Conditions shall be governed by, performed and interpreted according to the law of Italy, without regard to choice of law or conflict of law rules. The parties establish that for any future disputes relating to the interpretation, execution or resolution of this agreement, the Court of Milan will have exclusive jurisdiction. It is understood that before undertaking a legal action, the parties undertake to carry out the mediation attempt pursuant to Legislative Decree no. 28 of 4 March 2010.

All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Participants and the Organizer in connection with the Challenge, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Court of Milan – Italy.

PRIVACY

When participating in this Challenge you accept and agree our Privacy Policy located here https://www.kreativdistrikt.com/privacy-disclaimer/

GENERAL

The Organizer reserves the right to verify the validity of submissions, as well as their compliance with these Terms and Conditions, and to disqualify any Participant who interferes in any way with the entry process or who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. The Organizer will not accept any late or misdirected submission. The Organizer reserves the right to cancel the challenge and/or cancel or amend the awards if it deems in its sole discretion that there is an insufficient number of Participants.

Disqualification of any Participant who the Organizer has reason to believe has breached any of these Terms and Conditions or has engaged in any unlawful or other improper conduct shall be at the Organizer’s sole discretion. The Organizer’s decision in relation to any and all aspects of the challenge is final and binding on every Participant and there shall be no appeal or review process for any such decision.

The Organizer is not responsible for (i) any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer or online systems, servers, providers, computer equipment, software or any technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or any website, delay or error in postal service, or any combination thereof; (ii) any incorrect or inaccurate information caused by any equipment or programming associated with, or used in, this challenge, or any technical error, including any omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, mobile or satellite network failure, theft, destruction, unauthorized access or alteration of entries, or any combination thereof. The Organizer assumes no liability and is not responsible for any injury or damage to a Participant’s or any other person’s electronic device resulting from participation in this challenge or downloading any Data as part thereof. In the event of war, terrorism, economic sanctions, riots, fires, natural disaster or any other state of emergency or act of God, the Organizer reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the challenge or take any other action it deems fit with respect to the challenge without any liability.

CONTACT

info@kreativdistrikt.com

WINNER’S LIST

The results of the Challenge will be posted on www.kreativdistrikt.com/denora-iow. For the names of the winners, please send a request to info@kreativdistrikt.com

CHANGE OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The Organizer reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions and to add and/or remove any provisions from these Terms and Conditions at any time (including before and during the challenge), for any reason and in any manner it deems fit.

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