Apps for Alberta Official Rules – (the “Official Rules”) 


Challenge Name: Apps for Alberta (the “Challenge”)

Challenge Website: (the “Challenge Website”)



Poster (the “Poster”): Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Alberta, as represented by the Minister of Service Alberta, Open Government & Transparency, 29th Floor, Telus Plaza South, 10020-100 Street, Edmonton, Alberta TSJ 0N3 Canada.

Administrator (the “Administrator”): ChallengePost, Inc., 425 W. 13th Street, Suite #504, New York, NY 10014.

The Poster is the sponsor and entity responsible for the Challenge. The Administrator manages and implements the Challenge per the direction of the Poster. 



Challenge Submission Period: February 21, 2015 (9:00am Mountain Time) –June 19, 2015 (5:00pm Mountain Time) (the “Challenge Submission Period”)

Public Voting Period: June 29, 2015 (10:00am Mountain Time) – July 24, 2015 (5:00pm Mountain Time) (the “Public Voting Period”)

Judging Period: June 29, 2015 (10:00am Mountain Time) – July 24, 2015 (5:00pm Mountain Time) (the “Judging Period”)

Winners Announced: On or around August 12, 2015 (2:00pm Mountain Time) 



The Challenge is open to those individuals and organizations listed under each category of Award below.

A. Eligibility for Best Overall Application Award and People’s Choice Award

  • individuals who as of the time of entry are at least the age of majority where they reside and reside in Canada (excluding Quebec) or the United States
  • teams of the eligible individuals above
  • organizations (including corporations, not-for-profit corporations and other nonprofit organizations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and other legal entities) that exist and have been organized or incorporated at the time of entry, are registered in Canada (excluding Quebec) or the United States, employ no more than fifty (50) people, AND generated no more than CAD 10 million (or the USD equivalent) in revenue in the most recent fiscal year (“Organizations”)

B. Eligibility for Best Made in Alberta App Award

  • individuals who as of the time of entry are at least 18 years old, and currently reside in the Province of Alberta OR resided in the Province of Alberta in the three months prior to the date of entry and were full-time post-secondary students attending a designated post-secondary institution in Alberta

  • teams where 50% or more of the team members meet the individual eligibility requirements for the prize

  • Organizations (as defined above) that are registered in the Province of Alberta 

C. Eligibility for the Best Student App Award

  • individuals who are, as of the time of entry, or were in the three months prior to the date of entry, full-time post-secondary students attending any designated post-secondary institution in Alberta

  • teams where the majority of team members meet the individual eligibility requirements for the prize
  • Organizations are NOT eligible for the Best Student App Award

(all of the above eligible participants are collectively, “Makers”, and each of the individuals and Organizations is a “Maker”)

An individual may join more than one team or Organization and an individual who is part of a team or Organization may also enter the Challenge on an individual basis.  

If a team or Organization is entering the Challenge, they must appoint and authorize one individual (the “Representative”) to represent, act, and enter a Submission, on their behalf. The Representative must meet the eligibility requirements above. By entering a Submission on the Site on behalf of a team or Organization, you represent and warrant that you are the Representative authorized to act on behalf of your team or Organization.

D. The Challenge IS NOT open to: 

  • individuals who are residents of, or Organizations domiciled in, the Province of Quebec, or a country, state, province or territory outside of Canada or the United States
  • organizations involved with the design, production, paid promotion, execution, or distribution of the Challenge
  • employees, representatives and agents of such organizations, and all members of their immediate family or household*
  • any other individual involved with the design, production, promotion, execution, or distribution of the Challenge, and each member of their immediate family or household*
  • any Judge (defined below) or company or individual that employs a Judge
  • any parent company, subsidiary, or other affiliate of any organization described above

*The members of an individual’s immediate family include the individual’s spouse, children and stepchildren, parents and stepparents, and siblings and stepsiblings. The members of an individual’s household include any other person that shares the same residence as the individual for at least three (3) months out of the year.



Makers must follow all of the requirements below and complete all of the required fields on the Submissions of the Challenge Website (each a “Submission”) during the Challenge Submission Period.

A. Language Requirements 

All Submission materials must be in English. 

B. Application Requirements

(i) What to Create: Makers must create a working software application that uses at least one dataset that is posted in the Alberta Open Data Portal at on or before the challenge launch date or listed in the Apps for Alberta section of the Alberta Open Data Portal. Developers may also use open datasets from any other open data portal so long as at least one dataset is used from the Alberta Open Data Portal.

Functionality: The Application must be capable of being successfully installed and running consistently, as determined by the Administrator, on the platform for which it is intended, and must function as depicted in the video and/or expressed in the text description.

(ii) Platforms: A submitted Application may be any kind of software application for any software platform broadly available to the public, including but not limited to Android, Blackberry, iOS, and Windows Phone smartphones or tablets, web or mobile web browsers, and Windows or Mac desktop computers.

(iii) New & Existing: Applications must be either newly created by the Maker or, if the Application existed prior to the Challenge Submission Period, must have included new features, functionality or content after the start of the Challenge Submission Period.

(iv) Testing: The Maker must make the Application available free of charge and without any restriction, for testing, evaluation and use by the Poster, Administrator and Judges during the Challenge and until the winners announcement on August 13, 2015.

See for instructions on how to make Applications available.

(v) Public Distribution: The Maker may make the Application available to the public via a website or online store.

(vi) Multiple Submissions: A Maker may submit more than one Submission, however, each Submission must be unique, as determined by the Poster and/or the Administrator.

(vii) Intellectual Property: Your Submission must: (a) be your (or your team or Organization’s) original work product; (b) be solely owned by you, your team, or your Organization with no other person or entity having any right or interest in it; and (c) not violate the intellectual property rights or other rights including but not limited to copyright, trademark, patent, contract, and/or privacy rights, of any other person or entity. By entering the Challenge you represent, warrant, and agree that your Submission meets these requirements.

C. Image and Video Requirements 

(i) Images: You must submit at least one image. The image(s) should be photographs or screenshots of your working Application. Images must be one of the following formats: .jpg, .gif, or .png.

(ii) Video: The video portion of the Submission: 

a. should be less than five (5) minutes;

b. must include footage that clearly explains the Application’s features and functionality through a comprehensive demonstration;

c. must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo, and a link to the video must be provided on the Submission form on the Challenge Website; and

d. must not include third party trademarks, or copyrighted music or other material unless the Maker has permission to use such material.



A. Maker Rights: Subject to the licences described below, any applicable intellectual property rights to a Submission will remain with the Maker.

B. Poster Rights: By entering the Challenge, you grant to the Poster, Administrator, and any other third parties acting on the Poster’s behalf, a royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide perpetual licence to display publicly and use for promotional purposes the Submission, in perpetuity. This licence includes, but is not limited to, posting or linking to the Submission on Poster’s, Administrator’s, and partners’ websites and applications, including the Challenge Website, and display and promotion of the Submission in any other media, worldwide. Further, by entering a Submission, a Maker waives all moral rights in and to the Submission in favor of the Poster and any third parties acting on the Poster’s behalf.

C. Submission Display: The following Submission components may be displayed to the public: name, description, images, video URL, website, URL, team members (username only), the Submission category and platform, and submitter type. Other Submission materials may be viewed by the Poster, Administrator, and Judges for screening and evaluation.

Makers represent and warrant that the Poster, the Administrator and Promotion Entities are free to use Makers’ Submission in the manner described above, as provided or as modified by ChallengePost, without obtaining permission or licence from any third party and without any compensation to Makers.



A. Criteria: Eligible Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges selected by the Poster (the “Judges”), and scored using the following criteria (the “Judging Criteria”):

(i) Quality of Idea (Includes creativity and originality)

Weighting: 30%

(ii) Implementation of Idea (Includes how well the idea was executed by the developer)

Weighting: 30%

(iii) Potential Impact (Includes the potential impact on economic or social good).

Weighting: 40%

The Judging Criteria above may not apply to every Prize. See section 7 below for the Judging Criteria that apply for each Prize. The Maker(s) that are eligible for a Prize, and whose Submissions earn the highest overall weighted scores based on the applicable Judging Criteria, will become potential winners of that Prize.

B. Submission Review: JUDGES are not required to test the Application and may choose to judge based solely on the text description, IMAGES and video provided in the Submission. 

C. Tie Breaker: For each Prize listed in Section 7 below, if two or more Submissions are tied, the tied Submission with the highest score in the first applicable criterion listed above will be considered the higher scoring Submission. In the event any ties remain, this process will be repeated, as needed, by comparing the tied Submissions’ scores on the next applicable criterion. If two or more Submissions are tied on all applicable criteria, the panel of Judges will vote on the tied Submissions.








Eligibility Requirements

Applicable Judging Criteria

Best Overall Application

This Application will best demonstrate the potential of open government in which citizens leverage government data as an asset for innovation and business potential, or as an important asset in achieving a social good.

CAD 30,000



Individuals and Organizations resident or domiciled in Canada (excluding Quebec) or the United States

(i) Quality of Idea

Weighting: 30%

(ii) Implementation of Idea

Weighting: 30%

(iii) Potential Impact

Weighting: 40%


Best Made in Alberta Application

This Application will encourage software development entrepreneurship in Alberta; and also show how Albertans can partner with the Government of Alberta by leveraging its data with the potential to create a viable business idea, or assisting toward realizing a social good.  

CAD 30,000



Individuals and Organizations resident or domiciled in Alberta

(i) Quality of Idea

Weighting: 30%

(ii) Implementation of Idea

Weighting: 30%

(iii) Potential Impact

Weighting: 40%


Best Student App

This Application will demonstrate student talent in Alberta by showing how Alberta’s students can partner with the Government of Alberta by leveraging its data with the potential to create a viable business idea, or assisting toward realizing a social good.  

CAD 5,000



Full time students at an accredited post-secondary institution located in Alberta

(i) Quality of Idea

Weighting: 30%

(ii) Implementation of Idea

Weighting: 30%

(iii) Potential Impact

Weighting: 40%


People’s Choice Award

The public’s favorite Application as determined by voting on the Challenge website

CAD 5,000


Individuals and Organizations resident or domiciled in Canada (excluding Quebec) or the United States

Determined by public voting**


**Please review the ChallengePost Terms of Service at for voting rules.

For Canadian Makers Only: Prior to being confirmed as the winner of the People’s Choice Award, the Maker (or Representative, as applicable) will be required to correctly answer a mathematical skill-testing question without mechanical or other aid. Failure to correctly answer the mathematical skill-testing question without mechanical or other aid will result in disqualification and, in the discretion of the Poster, selection of an alternate eligible winning Maker.




B. Required Forms: Potential winners will be notified using the email address associated with the ChallengePost account used to enter the Submission. In order to receive a Prize, the potential winner (including all participating team members in the case of a team or Organization) will be required to sign and return to the Poster or Administrator, affidavit(s) of eligibility (or a similar verification document) and liability/publicity release(s), and any applicable tax forms (“Required Forms”).

Deadline for Returning Required Forms: ten (10) business days after the Required Forms are sent.

C. Disqualification: The Poster may deem a potential winner (or participating team members) ineligible to win if:

(i) the potential winner’s Representative or any participating member does not respond to multiple emails or fails to sign and return the Required Forms by the deadline listed above, or responds and rejects the Prize;

(ii) the Prize or Prize notification is returned as undeliverable; or

(iii) the Submission or the potential winner, or any member of a potential winner’s team or Organization, is disqualified for any other reason.

In the event of a disqualification, the Poster may award the applicable Prize to an alternate potential winner.



A. Substitutions & Changes: The Poster has the right to make a Prize substitution of equivalent or greater value. The Poster will not award a Prize if there are no eligible Submissions entered in the Challenge, or if there are no eligible Makers or Submissions for a specific Prize.

B. Prize Delivery: A monetary Prize will be mailed to the winning Maker’s address (if an individual) or the Representative’s address (if a team or Organization) after receipt of the Required Forms. It will be the responsibility of the winning Maker’s Representative to allocate the Prize among their team or Organization’s participating members, as the Representative deems appropriate.

C. Prize Delivery Timeframe: Within 45 days of the Poster or Administrator’s receipt of the Required Forms

D. Taxes: Winners (and in the case of team or Organization, all participating members) are responsible for reporting and paying all applicable taxes in their jurisdiction of residence (federal, state/provincial/territorial and local). Winners may be required to provide certain information to facilitate receipt of the award, including completing and submitting any tax or other forms necessary for compliance with applicable withholding and reporting requirements. Winners are also responsible for complying with foreign exchange and banking regulations in their respective jurisdictions and reporting the receipt of the Prize to relevant government departments/agencies, if necessary. THE POSTER AND/OR PRIZE PROVIDER RESERVE THE RIGHT TO WITHHOLD A PORTION OF THE PRIZE AMOUNT TO COMPLY WITH THE TAX LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OR OTHER POSTER JURISDICTION, OR THOSE OF A WINNER’S JURISDICTION.



A. By entering the Challenge, you (and, if you are entering on behalf of a team or Organization, each participating members) agree(s) to the following:

(i) The relationship between you, the Maker, and the Poster and Administrator, is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship.

(ii) You will be bound by and comply with these Official Rules and the decisions of the Poster, Administrator, and/or the Challenge judges which are binding and final in all matters relating to the Challenge.

(iii) You release, indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Poster, Administrator, Promotion Entities, and their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, the Prize suppliers and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Challenge, and all of their respective past and present officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (hereafter the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys’ fees), including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a Maker’s entry, creation of Submission or entry of a Submission, participation in the Challenge, acceptance or use or misuse of the Prize (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, transmission, performance, exploitation or use of the Submission as authorized or licensed by these Official Rules. 

B. Without limiting the foregoing, the Released Parties shall have no liability in connection with: 

(i) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by the Poster or Administrator’s electronic or printing error, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Challenge; 

(ii) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines, internet connectivity or electronic transmission errors, or network hardware or software or failure of the Challenge Website;

(iii) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Challenge; 

(iv) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Challenge or the processing of Submissions; or 

(v) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from the Maker’s participation in the Challenge or receipt or use or misuse of any Prize.

The Released Parties are not responsible for incomplete, late, misdirected, damaged, lost, illegible, or incomprehensible Submissions or for address or email address changes of the Makers. Proof of sending or submitting will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by the Poster or Administrator.

If for any reason any Maker’s Submission is determined to have not been received or been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, the Maker’s sole remedy is to request the opportunity to resubmit its Submission. Such request must be made promptly after the Maker knows or should have known there was a problem, and will be determined at the sole discretion of the Poster and/or Administrator.



By participating in the Challenge you consent to the use of personal information about you, if you are a winner, by the Poster, Administrator, and third parties acting on their behalf. Such personal information includes, but is not limited to, your name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, comments and hometown and country of residence. It may be used in any existing or newly created media, worldwide without further payment or consideration or right of review, unless prohibited by law. Authorized use includes advertising and promotional purposes. The duration of your consent is for a period of three years following the conclusion of the Challenge. This consent applies, as applicable, to all members of a team or Organization which participated in the winning Submission.



A. Poster and Administrator reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Challenge, or any part of it, in the event of a technical failure, fraud, or any other factor or event that was not anticipated or is not within their control.

B. Poster and Administrator reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any Maker it finds to be actually or presenting the appearance of tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Challenge or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in a manner that is inappropriate, unsportsmanlike, not in the best interests of this Challenge, or a violation of any applicable law or regulation. 

C. Any attempt by any person to undermine the proper conduct of the Challenge may be a violation of criminal and civil law. Should Poster or Administrator suspect that such an attempt has been made or is threatened, they reserve the right to take appropriate action including but not limited to requiring a Maker to cooperate with an investigation and referral to criminal and civil law enforcement authorities.

D. If there is any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of the Official Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Challenge materials, including but not limited to the Challenge Submission form, Challenge Website, advertising (including but not limited to television, print, radio or online ads), the terms and conditions of the Official Rules shall prevail. 

E. The terms and conditions of the Official Rules are subject to change at any time, including the rights or obligations of the Maker, the Poster and the Administrator. The Poster and Administrator will post the terms and conditions of the amended Official Rules on the Challenge Website. To the fullest extent permitted by law, any amendment will become effective at the time specified in the posting of the amended Official Rules or, if no time is specified, the time of posting. 

F. If at any time prior to the deadline, a Maker or prospective Maker believes that any Official Rule is or may be unclear or ambiguous, they must submit a written request for clarification.  

G. The Poster or Administrator’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Should any provision of these Official Rules be or become illegal or unenforceable in any jurisdiction whose laws or regulations may apply to a Maker, such illegality or unenforceability shall leave the remainder of these Official Rules, including the Rule affected, to the fullest extent permitted by law, unaffected and valid. The illegal or unenforceable provision shall be replaced by a valid and enforceable provision that comes closest and best reflects the Poster’s intention in a legal and enforceable manner with respect to the invalid or unenforceable provision.

H. Excluding Submissions, all intellectual property related to this Challenge, including but not limited to copyrighted material, trademarks, trade-names, logos, designs, promotional materials, web pages, source codes, drawings, illustrations, slogans and representations are owned or used under license by the Poster and/or Administrator. All rights are reserved. Unauthorized copying or use of any copyrighted material or intellectual property without the express written consent of its owners is strictly prohibited. Any use in a Submission of Poster or Administrator intellectual property shall be solely to the extent provided for in these Official Rules.



By entering, all Makers (including, in the case of a team or Organization, all participating members) agree to be bound by the Official Rules and hereby release the Released Parties from any and all liability in connection with the Prizes or Maker’s participation in the Challenge. Provided, however, that any liability limitation regarding gross negligence or intentional acts, or events of death or body injury shall not be applicable in jurisdictions where such limitation is not legal. 



A. Makers agree that, to the fullest extent permitted by law: 

(i) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Challenge, or any Prizes awarded, other than those concerning the administration of the Challenge or the determination of winners, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; 

(ii) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Challenge or any Prizes awarded, shall be resolved exclusively by a Province of Alberta court and Makers consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of such courts; and  

(iii) under no circumstances will Makers be entitled to, and Makers hereby waives all rights to claim, any punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.


B. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Makers and the Poster in connection with the Challenge, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the domestic laws of the Province of Alberta and the Federal laws of Canada applicable therein, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the Province of Alberta or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the Province of Alberta. 



Please review the ChallengePost Terms of Service at for additional rules that apply to your participation in the Challenge and more generally your use of the Challenge Website. If there is a conflict between the Terms of Service and these Official Rules, the latter terms shall control with respect to this Challenge only.

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