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Introduction

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine Childhood Obesity Challenge(is the "Sponsor" of the Childhood Obesity Challenge (or the "Competition").

The goal of the Competition is to discover new and innovative ideas and approaches that will accelerate the development of effective strategies to reduce or prevent childhood obesity.

Through this Challenge, AJPM seeks to provide an outlet for innovations that may not be captured by the traditional scientific publishing model. These include creative ideas, programs, projects or interventions that may not yet be backed up by research data.

Submissions are welcome in a variety of formats including, but not limited to, videos and other graphic displays, online resources and apps for mobile or tablet devices. We encourage solutions from small businesses, social entrepreneurs, media providers, academics, and others. The Competition is open to individuals or teams (collectively, "Participants").

Summary
* of How to Enter and Judging Criteria

*Review each of the sections below for a more detailed description of the important terms, requirements, and restrictions applicable to the Competition.

The Competition consists of two phases. During Phase I (the "Submission Period"), Participants must register at http://ajpmchallenge.calit2.net and submit proposals ("Submissions") that include a:

a. written description of the Submission (limited to 3 pages); and
b. any supporting material in the form of graphics, apps, videos, etc. These items should take 15 minutes or less to review.

For details, see How Do I Enter?

During Phase II (the "Review Period"), Submissions will be sent out for peer review by AJPM reviewers. The Submissions along with their peer reviews will then be reviewed by the judging panel (as described in Section 6), which, in its sole discretion, will determine the winners.

Submissions will be judged using the following criteria:

a. Innovation of idea;
b. Evidence of success or likelihood of being translated into effective "real world" action

Priority in scoring will focus on innovative clinical strategies to address these and other problems, including::

  • Interventions delivered in clinical settings through provider-patient or provider-family interactions
  • Approaches by health care systems or health care plans
  • Clinical-community or other unique partnerships (e.g., with state or local health departments)
  • Strategies to bridge clinical efforts with support outside of the clinical setting
  • Innovations in the integration of web, mobile or social technologies into clinical programs for childhood obesity
  • Interventions focusing on obese or diabetic pregnant moms

For policies that have not been adopted or implemented, feasibility of implementation will also be a key criterion.

For policies or strategies that have been adopted and implemented, evidence of success will be a plus.

  • First Prize: $5,000
  • Second Prize: $2,500
  • Third Prize: $1,500

1.
Can I Participate

Submissions will be accepted from individuals or teams. In the event of team participation, one individual must be designated the "Team Leader" (if a sole individual is participating independently, he or she is considered the "Team Leader.") An individual may join more than one team, but individuals may not serve as "Team Leaders" for more than one team (see Section 3).

The competition is void where prohibited by law. Employees of AJPM or any of their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, or any other company or individual involved with the design, production execution or distribution of the Competition and their immediate family (spouse, parents and step-parents, siblings and step-siblings, and children and step-children) and household members (people who share the same residence at least three (3) months out of the year) of each such employee or affiliate are not eligible.

The Competition is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Participation constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and to the Sponsor's decisions, which are final and binding on all matters related to the Competition. Winning, and being awarded, a prize is contingent upon honoring, meeting, and fulfilling all of the terms, conditions, and requirements set forth herein. Any failure by any individual or individual team member, to meet the terms and conditions will result in the automatic disqualification of their Submission(s). The Sponsor reserves the rights to qualify or disqualify any Submission from the Competition.

2.
Where Do I Enter?

Submissions will only be accepted between February 19, 2013 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time ("EDT") and March 31, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EDT (the "Submission Period"). Sponsor's computer is the official time-keeping device for this Competition.

3.
How Do I Enter?

A. Register for the Contest:

During the Submission Period, you must register at http://ajpmchallenge.calit2.net. Registration is free. After you register you must verify your email address via the registration email sent to the email entered in the registration form. Registered Participants will then be able to enter a Submission.

In the event a group of individuals will be submitting a team proposal, a designated "Team Leader" must register first and then add other teammates by invitation (this is achieved through the Competition's web portal). Once his/her teammates have received an invitation, they can register at the site as a member of that team. All members of a team must register before the submission deadline in order for the submission to be eligible for the Competition.

In the event of a dispute as to any registration, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the Participant. The "authorized account holder" is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Potential winners may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder. Failure to do so could result in disqualification from the Competition at the Sponsor's sole discretion.

B. Submission Requirements:

The Competition Submission Period begins February 19, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EDT and ends March 31, 2013 at approximately 5:00 p.m. EDT.

The Submission must include:

a. A description of the project
b. any supporting material in the form of graphics, applications, etc. Participants are encouraged to use Calit2's Competition "Community Wall" site to build teams, explore concepts, connect with mentors and gain early feedback. (The discussion will be open throughout the Competition.)

Proposals are to be no more than three (3) pages. The following criteria will be used by the judging panel to evaluate the innovative and technological merit of the Submissions to the judging panel:

a. Innovation of idea;
b. Evidence of success or likelihood of being translated into effective "real world" action

Priority in scoring will focus on innovative clinical strategies to address these and other problems, including::

  • Interventions delivered in clinical settings through provider-patient or provider-family interactions
  • Approaches by health care systems or health care plans
  • Clinical-community or other unique partnerships (e.g., with state or local health departments)
  • Strategies to bridge clinical efforts with support outside of the clinical setting
  • Innovations in the integration of web, mobile or social technologies into clinical programs for childhood obesity
  • Interventions focusing on obese or diabetic pregnant moms

For policies that have not been adopted or implemented, feasibility of implementation will also be a key criterion.

For policies or strategies that have been adopted and implemented, evidence of success will be a plus.

The deadline for Submissions is March 31, 2103 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. After the deadline, the Submission cannot be modified in any way. Peer reviewers will submit reviews to the judging panel who will then evaluate the Submissions using the criteria set forth above during the Review Period. Based on these criteria and the peer reviews, the judging panel and the AJPM Editors will select First, Second, and Third place winners.

C. Submission Rights for Entrants:

AJPM will not acquire any intellectual property rights in any applicant's proposal as a mere result of a Submission.

4.
How Will My Submission Be Displayed and How Do I See The Other Submissions?

Submissions will be publicly posted on http://ajpmchallenge.calit2.net upon approval.

All Participants will have the ability to view Submissions posted on the website throughout the Competition. Non-Participants interested in the Competition are also encouraged to register on http://ajpmchallenge.calit2.net. Registration will be required in order to receive updates on the Competition .

5.
How And When Will Public Voting Take Place?

There will be no Popular Choice award for this round.

6.
How Will The Winners Be Selected And What Are The Judging Criteria?

Submissions will be reviewed by peer reviewers and a judging panel selected by the Sponsor at their sole discretion. The judging panel is identified on http://ajpmchallenge.calit2.net. The judging panel will judge the Submissions on the criteria identified below to select First, Second, and Third place winners.

Individual odds of winning depend on the number of eligible Submissions received and the quality of the Submissions. The approximate dates for determining the winners are between March 31, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EDT and May 15, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

The three (3) Contestants whose Submissions receive the highest overall scores from the judging panel will win the corresponding prizes identified below (see "What Can I Win?").

7.
How Will The Winners Be Notified?

ALL POTENTIAL COMPETITION WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY SPONSORS WHOSE DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE COMPETITION. Potential winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules. The potential winners will be notified on or about May 15, 2013. The potential winners will be required to sign and return to Sponsor, within ten (10) business days of the date notice is sent to them, an affidavit of eligibility, and liability/publicity release (except where prohibited) in order to claim his/her prize if applicable. Each member of a winning team will also be required to submit a completed W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification. Students, faculty and staff who are members of a winning team and who are NOT affiliated with the University of California are required to report individual prize amounts of $600 or greater on a 1099 MISC tax form.

For employees of the University of California (including students who are also employees), any prize amount will be reported on the recipient's W-2 as reportable income and subject to income tax withholding and employment tax.

It is recommended that a tax expert be consulted on how any prize winnings should be reported on your income tax return.

If a potential winner of any prize cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the affidavit of eligibility, and the liability/publicity release and/or W9 within the required time period (if applicable), or if the prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, such potential winner forfeits such prize. In the event that a potential winner of a Competition prize is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor may award the applicable prize to an alternate winner who had the highest score remaining of the eligible entries. If a winner is considered to be a minor in his or her state of residence, at Sponsor's sole option, the prize will either be awarded to the minor winner's parent or legal guardian on behalf of the winner, or the minor's parent or guardian will be required to ratify and sign the affidavit of eligibility, and liability/publicity release on behalf of the minor.

8.
What Can I Win?

Winner Prize Quantity
First Prize $5,000 * 1 (whether awarded to an individual or shared amongst a team that made the Submission)
Second Prize $2,500 1 (whether awarded to an individual or shared amongst a team that made the Submission)
Third Prize $1,500 1 (whether awarded to an individual or shared amongst a team that made the Submission)

* In addition to a $5,000 cash prize, the winning submission will be featured in the print and online editions of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

For all Prizes: Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of comparable value. No transfer or substitution of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor. If a team of individuals is selected as a prize winner, the prize will be awarded to the group and it will be up to the group to split or appropriately allocate the prize.

What Else Should I Know?

Entry Conditions and Release

By entering, you agree to the following conditions and release:

(1) Each Participant agrees to comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and/or the Competition judges which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Competition.

(2) Each Participant also agrees to release and hold harmless the Sponsor and its respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, the prize suppliers and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Competition, and all of their respective past and present officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the "Released Parties") from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability. These claims, expenses, and liability include, but are not limited to, negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), 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 Participant's entry, creation of an entry or submission of an entry, participation in the Competition, acceptance or use or misuse of prize (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, transmission, performance, exploitation or use of entry.

(3) Each Participant also agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Sponsor from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of or relating to a Participant's participation in the Competition and/or Participant's acceptance, use or misuse of prize.

Publicity

Except where prohibited, participation in the Competition constitutes winners' consent to Sponsor's and its agents' use of winner's name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.

General Conditions

Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Competition, or any part of it, in their sole discretion. Possible reasons for cancellation or suspension of the competition include but are not limited to a low number of entries during the Submission Period, poor quality of entries overall, or any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsor's reasonable control.

Sponsor reserves the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual or Competitor it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Competition or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules.

Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Competition could constitute a violation of criminal and/or civil laws, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

Sponsor are not responsible for, nor are they required to count, incomplete, late, misdirected, damaged, unlawful or illicit votes, including those secured through payment, votes achieved through automated means or by registering more than one e-mail account and name, using another Participant's e-mail account and name, as well as those lost for technical reasons or otherwise.

Limitations of Liability

The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Competition; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Competition; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Competition or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant's participation in the Competition or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.

If for any reason an entrant's Submission is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant's sole remedy is to provide another Submission within 48 hours of being notified that the Submission was erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded.

Disputes

Entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Competition, or any prizes awarded, other than those concerning the administration of the Competition or the determination of winners, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (2) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Competition, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved exclusively by a court of competent jurisdiction located in San Diego County; (3) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Competition, but in no event attorneys' fees; and (4) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain an award for anything other than actual out of pocket expenses (exclusive of attorney's fees), and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, including any potential rights to have actual damages multiplied or otherwise increased.

SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Competition, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of California or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of California.

Privacy

The Sponsor collects personal information from you when you enter the Competition. The information collected will not be shared with anyone without prior written approval from the participant.

Competition Results

For results of the competition go to http://ajpmchallenge.calit2.net on or about May 15, 2013. To receive a printed list of winners via U.S. mail, please write to AJPM Childhood Obesity Challenge, Communications Department, Calit2 at UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, Calif., 92093-0436.

Sponsor

Sponsor: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla CA 92093.

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  • Dr. Thomas Farley
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  • Dr. Ross Hammond
    The Brookings Institution
  • Lisa Richter
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  • Dr. James Sallis
    University of California, San Diego
  • Dr. Eduardo Sanchez
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  • Dr. Mary Story
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