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U.S. Embassy International Education Week 2021
Virtual Scavenger Hunt Student Competition
Official Contest Rules
The International Education Week 2021 Competition is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy Bridgetown (the “Contest Sponsors”).
Description of Contest Objectives
The United States Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS is pleased to announce its International Education Week 2021 Virtual Scavenger Hunt Student Competition which is open to all secondary school students in the Eastern Caribbean.
International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education and is part of the U.S. Government’s efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. It is held annually in the third week in November. This year, IEW will be observed from November 15-19, 2021. The main IEW event is the EducationUSA Caribbean College Day Live. This free virtual fair will take place on Saturday, November 20, 2021, and provides international students with the opportunity to connect directly with top universities across the U.S. The fair will run from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. AST. To register, visit bit.ly/EdUSACollegeDayLIVE21.
In celebration of International Education Week 2021, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown invites interested secondary school students (ages 12 to 18 years) in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines to participate in our Virtual Scavenger Hunt by responding to six prompts that will be posted each day at 12:00 p.m. AST on the Embassy’s Instagram page. Participants will have the opportunity to win daily prizes as well as a grand prize package that includes an Apple MacBook valued at $1,500 USD.
Events from this contest may be announced and promoted on various social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, and the U.S. Embassy website, but contest entry and administration will take place through Instagram. Contest winners may also be announced on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, local press, and the Contest Sponsors’ websites; however, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Flickr are not partners or sponsors of the contest. Contestants are reminded that by participating in the contest and uploading content to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Flickr, they are bound by these platforms’ Terms of Service and any agreements contained therein.
How to Enter
In response to the daily prompts, secondary school students should search the U.S. Embassy’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, and the U.S. Embassy website, and provide the correct answer in the comments section of each post on the Embassy’s Instagram page.
To be eligible, students must follow the U.S. Embassy on Instagram and Facebook and must register and attend the EducationUSA Caribbean College Day Live on Saturday, November 20, 2021.
The first eligible contestant to provide the correct response on each post will win a daily prize. To win the grand prize package, the eligible student must provide the correct response on each daily post. The winner will be randomly selected. The more entries submitted, the better the chances are to win.
The judging panel will assess the responses and determine a winner based on the criteria listed on pages 3 and 4 of the contest rules. The judges’ decision is final.
Participation in the contest is deemed as acceptance of these Official Contest Rules.
The contest commences on Monday, November 15, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. AST on Embassy Bridgetown’s Instagram page and ends on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. AST. The winners will be announced on the Embassy Facebook and Instagram accounts the week of November 22, 2021.
- Contest Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify, at their sole and absolute discretion, any entry that does not adhere to the criteria and to the intent and substance of these Official Contest Rules.
- In the event of any question or difference of views regarding compliance with, interpretation, or application of these content requirements or other provisions of these Official Contest Rules, Contest Sponsors reserve the exclusive right to resolve such questions or differences of views in their sole discretion.
- Contestants must be students between 12 and 18 years old on the date of entry into the contest. Parental or legal guardian consent is required for individuals under the age of 18. Contestants must be residents of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and may not be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
- The individual participating in the Contest will be considered the contestant and will be the only individual eligible to compete for the prize. Organizations are not eligible to compete for the prize, either as an entity, or through representation by an individual. To be eligible for the prize, the contestant must provide complete and accurate information.
- The following individuals are not eligible to participate in the contest: Employees, interns, directors, and officers of the Contest Sponsors, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, or the U.S. Government; or any employees, interns, directors, officers of any agencies, companies or entities involved in the administration, advertising, judging, creation, development, execution, and/or fulfillment of the contest, and the immediate family members (defined as spouse, recognized partner, parent, child, sibling, and spouse or “step” of each) and those living in the same household of each such individual.
- Once a submission has been accepted for entry into the contest, the contestant’s name and country may be publicly identified at the sole discretion of the contestants.
Selection of a Winner
- All entries are subject to screening by Contest Sponsors to ensure compliance with these Official Contest Rules. Contest Sponsors reserve the right in their sole and absolute discretion to verify in the final analysis whether a potential winner has fully complied with these Official Contest Rules before posting to the contest site, awarding prize, recognizing as winner, etc.
- Judges: The contest jury is comprised of three (3) individuals from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown.
- Judging Criteria: The judges will use the following general criteria to assess the contestants and determine a winner.
− Contestants must follow the U.S. Embassy on Facebook and Instagram
− Contestants must register for and attend the EducationUSA Caribbean College Day Live on November 20, 2021
− Contestants must be the first person to post the correct answer on the U.S. Embassy’s Instagram page to win the daily prize
− Contestants must have the correct answer to each of the 6 daily prompts to win the grand prize package
- Winners: Each winner and/or finalist will be required to sign and return to Contest Sponsors a statement of eligibility and liability/publicity release and provide a short bio (where applicable) and a brief statement about the speech; otherwise, the winner and/or finalist will be ineligible for any prize. The inability of Contest Sponsors to contact a potential winner may result in disqualification and/or selection of an alternate winner from among all remaining eligible submissions.
- Winners will be notified via their social media handle they provided upon entry. Winners and finalists may be announced on the Embassy website and/or social media pages. Winners and finalists may choose to use an alias instead of their real name and may request other identifying information be kept private.
- Students can win a daily prize and a grand prize package including an Apple MacBook valued at $1,500 USD.
- Any unused portion of the prize is not transferable, convertible, or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash. All taxes on or in connection with any prize, and the reporting consequences thereof, are the sole and exclusive responsibility of the winner.
Liability and Rights
- Contest Sponsors do not endorse any submissions or messages expressed therein, and Contest Sponsors expressly disclaim any and all liability in connection with the submitted essays including disputes between collaborators related to a submission.
- The contest and its sponsors do not permit copyright infringing activities or infringement of any other intellectual property rights, and Contest Sponsors reserve the right to remove and disqualify any submission they deem to be in violation of another party’s copyright or other intellectual property rights.
- Contestants retain sole ownership of their original work. The submission remains the intellectual property of contestant, and the Contest Sponsors and U.S. Government make no claim of copyright as to the work of any individual who enters the contest. Contestant specifically agrees to give the Contest Sponsors permission to use all content submitted for purposes of judging the contest. Finalists and/or winners will be required to grant Contest Sponsors, with proper attribution through whatever means they deem appropriate, a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sub-licensable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, and/or display the submission in any media formats and through any media channels in perpetuity in connection with the activities and operations of the contest.
- Contestant assumes sole responsibility for the contest submission and the material contained in it, and for any consequences of submitting or posting it.
- Contest Sponsors reserve the right at any time to verify the validity of entries and of contestants and to disqualify any contestant or entry deemed not in compliance with these Official Contest Rules. Contest Sponsors also reserve the right to request further documentation, at their sole and absolute discretion, to verify eligibility and compliance with these Official Contest Rules.
- If a prize or any portion thereof is unavailable, Contest Sponsors, in their sole discretion, reserve the right to substitute the prize with another prize of equal or greater value and/or specification.
- Contest Sponsors reserve the right to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the contest at their discretion for any reason.
- Contestant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Contest Sponsors, their parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, officers, directors, employees, interns, and agents, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debts, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees) arising from (i) violation of these Official Contest Rules; (ii) violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, trademark, intellectual property, privacy, publicity, or other proprietary right in connection with the contest; or (iii) any claim that a contest submission caused any harm, including financial, to any third party. These indemnification and hold harmless obligations will survive indefinitely beyond the conclusion of the contest.
- The conduct, judging, and awarding of prizes will be carried out in full compliance with applicable U.S. law and host country law. In the event of a conflict between U.S. law and host country law, U.S. law shall apply.
- Contest Sponsors and the U.S. Government will take reasonable measures to protect privacy data, personally identifiable information, and other sensitive data of contestants. Contact information provided by contestants may be stored by U.S. Embassy Bridgetown and may be used to contact contestants for other purposes in the future. This information may be shared with the co-sponsor of the contest and/or be made available to third parties, to the extent permitted by law.
- Contest Sponsors assume no liability or responsibility for any loss or harm resulting from any user’s participation in or attempt to participate in the contest or ability or inability to upload, download, or otherwise access any information in connection with participating in the contest. Contest Sponsors assume no responsibility or liability for technical problems, or technical malfunctions arising in connection with the operation of the contest, including: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity, or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any email transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted email transmissions; inaccessibility of the contest site in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the Internet or the contest site; unauthorized human or non-human intervention in the operation of the contest, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, worms; or destruction of any aspect of the contest, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with the contest.
- Use of contest site is at user’s own risk. Contest Sponsors are not responsible for any personal injury, property damage, or losses of any kind which may be sustained to computer equipment resulting from participation in the contest, use of the contest site or the downloading of information from the contest site. By participating in the contest, the contestant releases Contest Sponsors from any and all claims arising from or relating to such contestant’s participation in the contest, whether directly or indirectly.
- Contest Sponsors are not liable in the event that any portion of the contest is cancelled or delayed due to weather, fire, strike, acts of war or terrorism, or any other reason.