High-Performance Computing Innovation Challenge (the “Programme”) is organised by National Supercomputing Centre, A*STAR Research Entities (Registration No.: 199702110H) and Padang & Co Pte Ltd, UEN No.: 201406957G (“Padang”) henceforth collectively known as “the Organisers”.
These Terms and Conditions (“T&Cs”) govern the Programme. Participation in the Programme constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions as may be amended by the Organisers when required at the Organisers’ sole discretion.

Programme”: High-Performance Computing Innovation Challenge from launch as of 12 April  2022 to the announcement of the winners during the Demo Day.
Deliverables”: jointly refers to the Application Form and the Proposal Deck.
 “Participant” or “Team”: refers to any group of individuals, companies or a combination of both registered in accordance with the T&Cs to take part in the Programme.

2.1. Participation in this Programme is free. Each Team shall be responsible for all its costs of entering and participating in the Programme, including without limitation all costs of development, prototyping, manufacture, testing, marketing, video production, licensing, searches, registration and protection of intellectual property rights, legal costs, travel cost, costs of obtaining third party consents and licences. Each Team Member recognises that there is no guarantee that their Team, or any other Team, will win the Programme and that participation is entirely at each Team’s own risk.
2.2. By participating in the Programme, the Participant will have read these T&Cs, and fully accepted their terms in their entirety without reservation.
2.3. Any Participant who does not abide by the terms of the T&Cs at any time during the Programme will be automatically disqualified from the Programme.

3.1. The Programme will be held during the period from 12 April 2022 to the announcement of the winners during the Demo Day, both dates inclusive (“Programme Period”). The Organiser reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, modify or suspend the Programme or any part thereof at any time or re-schedule the dates of the Programme or extend the Programme Period.
3.2. There are two categories for the Programme : Open Category and Student Category. Teams are responsible for selecting the appropriate category when applying for the Programme. 
3.3. Teams for both the Open Category and Student Category must include at least one Singaporean, Singapore Permanent Resident, Singapore issued Work Pass, or Student Pass holder.
3.4. The Open Category is open for participation from teams comprising of representatives from  government agencies, local enterprises, startups and/or independent individuals. Team members need not come from the same entity and could also include overseas representatives
3.5.The Student Category is catered for student teams representing the universities, polytechnics, and ITEs located in Singapore. Team members need not come from the same institute and could also include overseas representatives. The Team would not qualify for the Student Category if any member of the team is found not to be a student of undergraduate or postgraduate course during the Programme Period.  
3.6. To apply for the Programme, the Participant must fill in a questionnaire (“Application Form”) on the Website on or before the 2359 hours Singapore time on Deadline as stated on the Website. (“Deadline”). The Organiser reserves the right in its sole discretion to modify the Deadline.
3.7. Any Application Form that contains incomplete information or does not fulfil the team requirements (referring to Article 3.3. - 3.5.)  will not be accepted as an application entry.
3.8. The Participant agrees to be contacted through email sent by the Organisers during their participation in the Programme. The Participant also agrees to be contacted by phone.

Phase 1: Proposal Submission for Shortlisting
4.1.1 To participate in the Challenge, each Team must complete their proposal in English detailing their solution to a particular Challenge Statement (“Proposal”). The proposal deck must be submitted in PPT, PPTX or PDF format.
4.1.2 In case of difficulties or an inability to read the Deliverables, the relevant Participant will be notified and have the responsibility to re-submit it within 12 hours of the notification being sent out by the Organisers.
4.1.3 There are two participation categories for the Programme : Open Category and Student Category. Teams are responsible for selecting the appropriate category when applying for the Programme. 
4.1.3. Each Participant undertakes that the content of the Deliverables, and any other additional document submitted for the purpose of the Programme, is produced by itself. If it is found that the content has been plagiarised, the Participant will be disqualified.
4.1.4. The use of photos or images must be free of copyright. In any case, the Organisers will not be held responsible for the use of documents on which third parties have rights.
4.1.5. Each Team’s Proposal must be submitted online by the Deadline, and must include all necessary documents and details as stipulated by the Organisers, at the following URL:
4.1.6. Each Team hereby authorises the Organisers to reproduce their trademark and their registered business names free of charge on all communication and publicity materials for the Programme and future Programmes of the same title, including but not limited to the Organiser’s intranet and external websites, email signatures/newsletters, press releases, posters/banners at trade fairs, and on various social media platforms.
Phase 2: Solution Development Phase
4.2.1. The Organisers will shortlist up to five (5) participating Teams (the “Shortlisted Teams”)  per category to further develop their Proposal. Shortlisted Teams will go through training and consultations with the Challenge Sponsors to develop their proposed solutions. All other Teams will be deemed to have been eliminated from the Programme.
4.2.2. Shortlisted Teams that remain uncontactable and/or fail to accept the Organisers’ invitation by the date and time to be stipulated in an email announcing the results will be deemed to have forfeited their continued participation in the Programme. In such an event, the Organisers shall have the absolute discretion to select other participating Teams in their place. The Organisers’ decision with regard to the shortlisting of Teams (and any dispute relating thereto or arising thereof) is final.
Phase 3: Selection of Winners
4.3.1. Pitches may be in the format of a working prototype, presentation slides or video.
4.3.2. If a Shortlisted Team does not present their Pitch during the time slot allocated to them on Demo Day, the Team is deemed to have forfeited their participation in the Challenge.
4.3.3. Details relating to Demo Day as set out in the aforementioned paragraphs will be confirmed at a later date and are subject to change at the sole and absolute discretion of the Organisers.

Article 5 - JUDGING
5.1. After the Deadline, the Organisers will evaluate Participants and shortlist up to participating Teams (the “Shortlisted Teams”),  to proceed to the Solution Development Phase. During the Solution Development Phase, Participants will have the opportunity to engage with subject matter experts invited by the Organisers to refine their proposed solutions and demo pitch deck (“Demo Pitch”) and up to ten (10) teams from the Shortlisted Teams will be invited to present their Demo Pitch during the Demo Day.
5.2. During the Demo Day, the Judges invited by the Organisers will identify three (3) winners per category based on the pre-defined evaluation criteria. All Deliverables and Demo Pitches shall be evaluated by the Judges. The Organisers will reserve the sole discretion to shortlist solutions which may be further evaluated by a panel of judges consisting of representatives from the Organisers and other Industry Experts invited by the Organisers (“Judges”).
5.3. The Judges' decisions in all matters relating to the Programme, including eligibility of the Participant and the selection of the winners, will be final and the Judges shall not be obliged to entertain any correspondence or queries in relation to the same. The Judges shall not be obliged to select a winner if, in their view, none of the Deliverables is of sufficient merit. 
5.4. The Organisers and the Judges are not obliged to adopt any of the solutions that are developed under this Programme. The Organisers will, however, as much as commercially reasonably possible facilitate the co-development and piloting of solutions between the Participant and identified Industry Partners.
5.5. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify entries that, in their sole discretion, are deemed irrelevant, offensive, and/or do not comply with these T&Cs. The Organisers reserves the right to disqualify or replace any winner if they or he or she is found to be in breach of these T&Cs or otherwise disqualified. 
5.6. From the moment of registration for the Programme, all Participants acknowledge and agree to be physically present for all meetings requested by the events as scheduled by the Organiser ("Events"). At least 1 team member is to be physically present at any Event to represent the team. However, all team members are encouraged to attend and participate. In the event that the Participant(s) cannot be present, a valid reason must be given as early as possible. Failure to comply may result in the Participant and/or the Team being disqualified from the Programme.
5.7. Participant(s) or Team(s) that are disqualified from the Programme will be removed from the Programme immediately and will have their access to the provided resources ceased at any point during the course of the Programme (including any extended period).

Article 6 - PRIZES
6.1 Winners are to redeem cash prizes within 12 weeks from the day of award. Prizes that are not redeemed will be forfeited, and shall not be entitled to any payment or compensation.
    7.1 By registering for the Programme and submitting the Deliverables and Demo Pitch, each Participant affirms that the Deliverables are his/her/the team's original work and that the Participant(s) have the necessary rights to submit the Deliverables and Demo Pitch. The Participant(s) further warrant that the submission does not violate any law or regulation or any rights of any third party. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify any Participant in a scenario where the Organisers believe in its sole and absolute discretion that the submitted Deliverables and/or Demo Pitch or any part thereof infringes upon or violates the rights of any third party. Participants shall indemnify and hold harmless the Organisers and their respective officers against any claims or costs relating to a breach of this term.
    7.2 The Participant warrants that any and all of the copyright, patents, trademarks, design rights, know-how, and other intellectual property and proprietary rights subsisting in or used in connection with the Deliverables (“Intellectual Property Rights”) is and remain the sole property of the Participant.
    For avoidance of doubt, all materials, product samples, information or documentation or any other materials (including all fixes, modifications and improvements thereto that are based, either in whole or in part, on feedback, suggestions or recommendations of the Participant during or pursuant to the Programme) provided by the Organisers to the Participants shall remain the property of Organisers respectively. No rights, licences, title and interests to any intellectual property owned or controlled by the Organisers and/or their affiliates are granted to any Participant.
    7.3. The Participant shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Organisers against any and all claims, suits, losses, damages, costs, fees, and expenses arising out of or in connection with the Intellectual Property Rights.
    7.4  Nothing in these T&Cs constitute a license of the Intellectual Property Rights by the Participant to any of the Organisers. 

    Article 8 – COMMUNICATION
    8.1. The Participant shall authorise the Organisers to reproduce their trademark and their registered business names free of charge on communication materials about the Programme, including, but not limited, to websites, email signatures, newsletters, press releases, posters or banners at trade fairs, and on various social media platforms.
    8.2 The Participant shall agree and consent to public disclosure and use of their company members’ name, image, audio, and video recording for publicity purposes without payment or compensation.

    Article 9 – LIABILITY
    9.1. The Organisers shall not be liable to the Participant for any direct and special, indirect, incidental, consequential loss, damage, cost or expense incurred or suffered by the Participant howsoever arising in connection with the Participant’s participation in the Programme, whether virtually via the website, or physically in person, and including but not limited to the disclosure and publication of the Deliverables in connection with the Programme. 

    Article 10 – PERSONAL DATA
    10.1. Where the Participant has disclosed to the Organisers personal data of her/himself (where the Participant is a natural person) or of his representatives (where the Participant is an entity), the Participant hereby gives his own consent and confirms that he has obtained from such persons their consent to the collection, use and disclosure by the Organisers of such personal data, for example, as mentioned in Article 3 and 7.2.
    10.2. The organisers may share necessary data with other Government agencies, so as to serve the Participant in the most efficient and effective way.
    10.3. The organisers will NOT share the Participant’s personal data with non-Government entities, except where such entities have been authorised to carry out specific Government services.

    11.1 The Organisers reserve the right to modify the T&Cs at any time, without prior notification to the Participant. The Participant is invited to read the T&Cs, which are published on the Website, on a regular basis.

    12.1 The Organisers reserve the right to cancel, shorten, and suspend the Programme without prior notice.

    Article 13 – APPLICABLE LAW
    13.1 These T&Cs are governed by and construed in accordance with Singapore law. The Organisers and the Participant submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Singapore courts.