•   over 8 years ago

Why is this competition only open to US locals? [editor's note: it's not!]

I wonder why stuff like would be localised. If truly this was to help individuals positively in the Science,medical or technological sector. They are millions of programmers out there waiting for such opportunity to portray their skills. US shouldn't be the only place to benefit from such opprtunity.


  •   •   over 8 years ago

    Hi Morris,
    I'm not sure where you're located, but the competition is open to those outside the US too!
    From the FAQ:
    "Apps for Science is open to legal residents and corporations or organizations from the fifty (50) United States (including the District of Columbia), Australia, Germany, India, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. Individuals must have reached the age of majority in their state or country of residence."
    It's not practical to have global competitions because of the need to retain lawyers in every country.
    Hope that helps to clarify!

  •   •   over 8 years ago

    Hi Collin
    The fact that lawyers need to be involved begs the question of what legal and contractual oblications are associated with submiting an entry.  Can you clarify

  • Manager   •   over 8 years ago

    Hi Peter, competitions require lawyers to make sure that the rules are created accurately and conform with local laws. Thanks very much for your expression of interest, and for touching base.

  •   •   over 8 years ago

    Do all members in a team need to be legal residents of the countries you listed?

  • Manager   •   over 8 years ago

    Yes, unless they are contractors who don't own the intellectual property. From the rules:
    "A Contestant may contract with a third party to assist with Submission, provided the Contestant is the sole and unequivocal owner of all intellectual property and licenses in the Submission."

  •   •   about 8 years ago

    I just find your argument non-sense at all. Then why Elsevier is making another competition with no country restrictions? Please check http://www.appsforlibrary.com/rules/ . Do they have lawyers in all the countries???
    Plus, limiting this competition to certain countries is not right, especially, when we [universities and research centers] receive monthly calls and visits from Elsevier sales representants offering more products.
    Does this mean that Elsevier wants our money but not our ideas/talent?

  • Manager   •   about 8 years ago

    Hi Daniel, please don't be offended. We're from ChallengePost, a network that allows organizations to challenge the public to solve problems. When we work with organizations, such as Elsevier in this case, we require lawyers to be retained in each country to make sure that all entrants are properly protected. Not everyone works that way. Both Elsevier and ChallengePost value you greatly, and we're sorry if you're offended about not being able to enter this competition from your country.

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