Planet Cassandra Summit 2015 Certification Contest

Official Contest Rules


The Planet Cassandra Summit 2015 Certification Contest is designed to encourage eligible entrants a chance to win a VIP trip to Cassandra Summit 2015. Judges will choose the winning entries, and prizes will be awarded in accordance with these Official Rules (the “Rules”). The Contest is sponsored by DataStax, Inc., a Delaware corporation company. In order to enter the Contest, you must agree to the Rules. Therefore, please read these Rules prior to entry to ensure you understand and agree. You agree that submission of an entry in the Contest constitutes agreement to these Rules. You may not submit an entry to the Contest and are not eligible to receive the prizes described in these Rules unless you agree to these Rules. These Rules form a binding legal agreement between you and Sponsor with respect to the Contest.

1. Contest Period

The Contest begins on July 6,2015 12:00 midnight Pacific Time (PT) Zone in the United States and ends on 11:59 p.m. PT September 7, 2015. All dates are subject to change.

2. How to Enter

To enter the contest, you must answer the trivia questions on Twitter. Use of robotic, automatic, programmed or similar entry method or more than one entry during the Contest Period will void all entries and result in disqualification.

3. Eligibility

This Contest is open to legal residents in all of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, of the age of majority in your province or territory of residence as of the date of entry.The contest is void in Puerto Rico, U.S. territories and possessions, outside of the U.S., and where prohibited by law. Employees, interns, contractors, and official office-holders of Sponsor, and its affiliated companies, subsidiaries and any of their agents, advertising, promotional and other agencies, and the immediate families (parents, siblings, children and spouse) and persons living in the same household (whether related or not) of such employees/directors/officers are not eligible to enter the Contest.

4. How to Win

Each contest entrant will be evaluated based on their response to the question.  Question will be posed bi-weekly (every other week) and there will only be one winner per applicable week and the first person to correctly answer all of the questions posed in a given posting will be the winner. There is a limit of one Prize per person.  You may answer questions by sending a tweet with your answer to @PlanetCassandra using the hashtag #CassandraCert. The winner(s) will be announced at the end of the week (on Friday) in which the trivia question was asked. The weekly contest winner will be the one that the judges, in their sole and absolute discretion, deem to be the first eligible entrant to have correctly answered the questions.  Decisions by the judges are final and binding.  Prizes may not be resold and may not be transferred without written consent of Sponsor.Failure to respond to Sponsor or its representative within 3 business days to claim your prize may result in forfeiture of the prize.

5. Prizes

The winner will receive a free pass for training  and certification at Cassandra Summit 2015. Prizes are subject to change at any time and at the discretion of Sponsor. All Prizes are awarded “AS IS” and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied (including without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). Acceptance, participation in and/or use of the Prizes are at the winners’ sole risk and Sponsor is not responsible for damages whatsoever, including special, indirect, or consequential damages, arising out of or in connection with the use and/or misuse of any of the Prizes.

6.  Twitter is Not Affiliated with this Contest.  

Although the Contest is administered through Twitter a interface, Twitter is not affiliated with the Contest and the Contest is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter. You release Twitter from any liability or other responsibility in relation to the Contest. Any information you provide in connection with the Contest is being provided to Sponsor, and not to Twitter.

7. Taxes

TAXES: AWARDS OF PRIZES TO POTENTIAL WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO THE EXPRESS REQUIREMENT THAT THEY SUBMIT TO SPONSOR ALL DOCUMENTATION REQUESTED BY SPONSOR TO PERMIT IT TO COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL TAX REPORTING ALL PRIZES WILL BE NET OF ANY TAXES SPONSOR IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO WITHHOLD. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, ALL TAXES IMPOSED ON PRIZES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNERS. In order to receive a prize, potential winners must submit tax documentation requested by Sponsor or otherwise required by applicable law, to Sponsor or a representative for Sponsor or the relevant tax authority, all as determined by applicable law. The potential winner and finalists, and if the winner/finalist is a minor, their parents or legal guardians, are responsible for ensuring that they comply with all the applicable tax laws and filing requirements. If a potential winner fails to provide such documentation or comply with such laws, the prize may be forfeited and Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, select an alternate potential winner.

8. Intellectual Property Rights

As between Sponsor and the Entrant, the Entrant retains ownership of all intellectual and industrial property rights (including moral rights) in and to your Entry (excluding Sponsor’s rights in its logo/trademark). As a condition of entry, Entrant grants Sponsor a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, transferable, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, adapt, modify, publish, distribute, publicly perform, create a derivative work from, and publicly display your Entry for any purpose, including display on Sponsor’s website, without any attribution or compensation to Entrant. Entries will not be returned.

9. Privacy

Entrants agree that personal data submitted with an entry, including name, mailing address, phone number, and email address may be collected, processed, stored and otherwise used by Sponsor and its affiliates for the purposes of conducting and administering the Contest. By entering the Contest, Entrants agree to the transmission, processing, disclosing and storage of this personal data by Sponsor and its affiliates. All personal information that is collected from the Entrant is subject to Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, located at: Entrants have the right to access, review, rectify or cancel any personal data held by Sponsor in connection with the Contest by writing to Sponsor at the following address: Privacy Matters, c/o DataStax, Inc. 3975 Freedom Circle Santa Clara, CA 95054. If an Entrant does not provide the data required at entry, that Entrant’s entry may be ineligible.

10. Publicity

By entering the Contest, Entrants agree to participate in any media or promotional activity resulting from the Contest as reasonably requested by Sponsor at Sponsor’s expense and agree and consent to use of their name and/or likeness by Sponsor. Sponsor will contact Entrants in advance of any Sponsor-sponsored media request for interviews. The Entries may also be used for press and media purposes and Entrant agrees to waive any rights and not assert any intellectual property rights that Entrant has or may have in the Entry. Sponsor reserves the right to publish the name and likeness of the Entrants on the Contest site or through other media for publicity purposes.

11. Technical Problems

Sponsor is not responsible for any malfunction of the entire Contest site or any late, lost, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, undeliverable, or destroyed Entries or votes due to communication or system errors of any kind, traffic congestion on the Internet or at the Contest site, or any combination thereof, including other telecommunication, cable, digital or satellite malfunctions which may limit Entrant’s ability to participate in the Contest.

12. Rules and Conduct

All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual suspected of tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; or to be acting in any manner deemed by Sponsor to be in violation of the Rules; or to be acting in any manner deemed by Sponsor to be unsportsmanlike or disruptive, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

13. Right to Cancel or Modify

If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. Sponsor further reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant who tampers with the submission process or any other part of the Contest. Any attempt by an Entrant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such Entrant to the fullest extent of the applicable law.

14. Warranty and Indemnity

Entrants warrant that their Entries are their own original work and, as such, they are the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of the submitted Entry and that they have the right to submit the Entry in the Contest and grant all required licenses. Each Entrant agrees not to submit any Entry that: (a) infringes any third party proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, trade names, industrial designs, patent, trade secret, privacy, publicity or confidentiality obligations; or (b) otherwise violates applicable state, federal, or local law. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Entrant indemnifies and agrees to keep indemnified Sponsor at all times from and against any liability, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs and expenses resulting from any act, default or omission of the Entrant and/or a breach of any warranty set forth herein. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Entrant agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor from and against any and all claims, actions, suits or proceedings, as well as any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys fees) arising out of or accruing from: (i) any Entry or other material uploaded or otherwise provided by Entrant that infringes any copyright, trademark, trade secret, trade dress, patent or other intellectual property right of any person or defames any person or violates their rights of publicity or privacy; (ii) any misrepresentation made by Entrant in connection with the Contest; (iii) any non-compliance by Entrant with these Rules; (iv) claims brought by persons or entities other than the parties to these Rules arising from or related to Entrant’s involvement with the Contest; (v) acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any Contest-related activity or participation in the Contest; (vi) any malfunction or other problem in relation to the entry and participation in the Contest by Entrant; (vii) any error in the collection, processing, or retention of entry or voting information in relation to the entry and participation in the Contest by Entrant and in the voting process by consumers; or (viii) any typographical or other error in the printing, offering or announcement of any prize or winners in relation to the entry and participation in the Contest by Entrant.

15. Disputes

By entering the Contest, you agree that exclusive jurisdiction for any dispute, claim, or demand related in any way to the Contest will be decided by binding arbitration. All disputes between you and Sponsor of whatsoever kind or nature arising out of these Rules, shall be submitted to Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (“JAMS”) for binding arbitration under its rules then in effect in the San Jose, California, USA before one arbitrator to be mutually agreed upon by both parties. The parties agree to share equally in the arbitration costs incurred. These Rules shall be governed by, subject to, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, United States of America, excluding all conflict of law rules. If any provision(s) of these Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect. To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, seek injunctive relief or make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Contest are hereby excluded, and Entrants expressly waive any and all such rights.

16. Winners List

For a list of Winners or a copy of the Rules, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: [Cassandra Summit Meetup Contest], c/o DataStax, Inc. 3975 Freedom Circle Santa Clara, CA 95054.