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The Innotech Law Hackathon: Belt & Road Justice Challenge ("Hackathon") is organised by the Law Society of Hong Kong ("Society"). By registering for, attending, participating in, and/or submitting any material for the Hackathon, or using the Society's website(s) relating to the Hackathon, you agree to abide by the terms and conditions set out below ("Terms").


  1. Participant teams. A team shall consist of at least three and no more than six participants (or such other numbers as the Society may prescribe), and shall be subject to the Society's rules regarding the Hackathon from time to time. The Society may place one or more participants into a team depending on participant numbers. The Society reserves the right to close registration for the Hackathon at any time. You agree to abide by the Society's rules regarding the Hackathon as may be notified to you from time to time.


  2. Use of Technologies. The Society may make available from time to time certain hardware, software, products, solutions, content, websites and/or services ("Technologies") for your use for the purposes of the Hackathon. The Technologies may be developed, owned and/or provided by third parties and subject to the separate terms and conditions of use of such third parties. Each of the Technologies is made available "as is" and the Society does not warrant that any of the Technologies is of satisfactory quality or fit for any particular purpose or free of any Malware (as defined below) or technical defects of any description‚ or that any use of the Technologies shall be secure or free from restrictions, errors or interruptions. The Technologies may also contain hyperlinks and references to third party websites and/or materials, which are for general information purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement by the Society of such links, websites or materials, and the Society makes no representation whatsoever about any such links, websites or materials. The Society accepts no responsibility for your use of any Technologies.


  3. Submissions. You shall ensure that all material (including without limitation information, data, documentation, presentations, photographs, pictures, graphics, video, audio, source code, applications, prototypes, concepts and ideas (whether created or developed independently by you or jointly with others) that you submit in relation to the Hackathon or otherwise provide to the Society ("Submissions"): 

    (a) is your own original work or is otherwise lawfully provided;

    (b) shall be non-confidential and non-proprietary;

    (c) shall not infringe the intellectual property rights or other rights of any person;

    (d) shall not place you in breach of any duty that you have towards a third party or generally;

    (e) shall not contain any malware (including without limitation any viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, adware, time bombs, logic bombs or keystroke logging software) or any similar harmful or malicious software code (together "Malware");

    (f) shall not be defamatory or illegal or have any fraudulent purpose;

    (g) shall not advertise and/or promote any commercial goods and services;

    (h) shall not, in the Society's sole and absolute discretion, be capable of bringing the Society into disrepute.


    The Society does not assume any responsibility for any Submissions and shall not be liable to any third party for such Submissions.


  4. Mentorship. The Society may make available to teams for their benefit mentor(s) to provide guidance to the teams before and on the day of the Hackathon. Teams shall only communicate with the mentor(s) via the agreed means subject to mentors' and/or agreed availability. Teams and/or any individual team members shall not harass the mentors or approach the mentors in any unwanted, unreasonable, abusive or offensive manners, whether intended or not. The Society may intervene at any stage and prohibit teams from contacting mentors and/or further participation in the Hackathon, without having to disclose any reason. The Society does not guarantee the mentors' availability and does not assume any responsibility for any guidance or advice provided by the mentors.

  5. Intellectual Property Rights.

    (a) All Submissions shall be the property of the relevant participant(s) save that you hereby grant to the Society a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and royalty-free license to use, copy, distribute, edit, translate, publicize and market such Submissions, as the Society may require, including sub-licensing to other parties.

    (b) The Society (or its licensors or third party providers) own all intellectual property rights relating to the Hackathon and the Technologies (including without limitation all copyright, trade marks, service marks, logos, designs, domain names, patents and database rights), whether registered or not, whether vested, contingent or future, and wherever existing in the world.  Without the prior written consent of the Society (or its licensors or third party providers, as applicable), nothing in relation to the Hackathon or use of the Technologies shall confer on any person any licence or right with respect to any such intellectual property rights and you are not permitted to use, copy, distribute, edit, modify, translate, publicise, market, sub-license, download‚ print, reverse-engineer or extract any materials relating to the Hackathon or the Technologies.


  6. Prizes. The Society reserves the right at its absolute discretion to substitute, withdraw, or cancel any prize, or to award one or more but not all of the prizes, without any payment or compensation whatsoever. The decision of the Society in relation to any winner(s) and prize(s) shall be final and conclusive.


  7. Publicity. You acknowledge that you may be photographed and/or filmed when participating in the Hackathon and that you may be required to be used in publicity in relation to the Hackathon whether or not you are (and/or your participant team is) selected as winner(s) of the Hackathon.


  8. Privacy. The Society takes all reasonably practicable precautions and exercises due diligence to comply with the requirements under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, Cap 486 ("PDPO"). Please refer to the Society's Personal Information Collection Statement ("PICS") regarding the collection and use of your personal data in relation to the Hackathon (click here for the PICS). Such PICS may be updated by the Society from time to time.


  9. Indemnity. You shall indemnify and keep indemnified the Society and its members, officers, staff, representatives, contractors and agents from and against all claims, actions, liability, losses, damages, costs and expenses (including without limitation legal expenses) of any kind which arise out of or in connection, directly or indirectly, your breach of any of the Terms.


  10. Disqualification. The Society reserves the right to disqualify and/or remove any participant, team and/or Submission that is in breach of any of these Terms or that does not comply with applicable law.


  11. Cancellation. The Society reserves the right at any time at its absolute discretion to modify or cancel the Hackathon without prior notice, and/or to terminate the availability of any of the Technologies to you and/or any participant, without having to disclose any reasons, and without any payment or compensation whatsoever.


  12. Liability.

    (a) All warranties, conditions, representations and terms, whether express or implied by statute, common law or otherwise (including without limitation any implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy) in relation to the Society, Hackathon and Technologies, are excluded from these Terms to the fullest extent permitted by law.

    (b) To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Society shall not be liable (whether in contract or tort, including negligence or breach of duty or otherwise) for any claims, actions, liability, losses, damages, costs or expenses suffered or incurred or arising out of or in connection with (whether directly or indirectly): (i) your registration for, attendance at and/or participation in the Hackathon; (ii) any Submission; (iii) the use of any Technologies; and/or (iv) anything done or omitted to be done wholly or partly in reliance upon any material relating to the Hackathon, including without limitation any loss of profits, loss of income, loss of anticipated savings, loss of revenues, loss of data, loss of goodwill or loss of contracts or business (in each case whether direct or indirect) and any indirect, economic, consequential or special loss.

    (c) The Society shall not be responsible for any breach of these Terms caused by circumstances beyond its reasonable control.

    (d) Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in these Terms shall exclude the Society's liability for death or personal injury resulting from the Society's negligence, or for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.


  13. Variation. The Society reserves the right to vary these Terms from time to time. Any such variation shall be effective once the revised terms and conditions have been posted on the Hackathon website or otherwise notified to you. Your continued registration for, attendance at, participation in and/or submission of any material for the Hackathon, or use of the Society's website(s) relating to the Hackathon, shall be deemed as your acceptance of any such revised terms and conditions.


  14. Severability. If any provision of these Terms is determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable, then to the extent of such illegality, invalidity or unenforceability, such provision shall be deleted and severed from these Terms and the remaining terms and conditions shall survive in full force and effect.


  15. Waiver. If the Society fails at any time to insist upon strict performance of any of your obligations under these Terms, or if the Society fails to exercise any of its rights or remedies to which the Society is entitled under these Terms, this shall not constitute a waiver of such rights or remedies and shall not relieve you from compliance with such obligations.


  16. Headings. The headings to clauses in these Terms are for convenience only and shall not affect the interpretation of such clauses.


  17. Language. These Terms may be translated into a language other than English but in the event of any conflict or difference between any different language versions of these Terms, the English version shall prevail.


  18. Applicable Law. These Terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of Hong Kong and any dispute arising from these Terms (including its formation) shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Hong Kong courts.


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