The Challenge 

Individual & Team Requirements

  • Participants must be between ages 13 - 21 at the time of the submission deadline to apply.

  • Ideas may be submitted by individuals or by teams of no more than three (3) people. All team members must meet the eligibility requirements, and be identified by name and email address in the application materials.

  • Individuals are limited to submitting only one (1) independent entry, and teams are limited to submitting only one (1) team submission.

  • An individual who submits their own independent entry can also contribute to a team entry. However, individuals may not be part of more than two (2) entries per challenge (e.g. one individual entry & one team entry).

 

Submission Requirements

 

  • All submission information must be submitted in English.

  • Each submission & presentation represents an original work that has been created by the team members applying.

  • Recorded video submissions should be limited to three (3) minutes. Participants are free to use their creativity as they see fit to best portray their concept, as well as incorporating prototypes, images, sounds, motion graphics, etc. into their videos.

  • A challenge entry constitutes an agreement to adhere to the rules, terms and conditions set forth by The Gray Matter Experience.

  • Submissions/presentations do not disclose any third-party intellectual property or violate any existing copyright protections.

  • The materials and information submitted via application form are considered final.

  • Incomplete submissions and/or submissions that do not adhere to all challenge rules, terms, conditions and judging criteria may be penalized and excluded from judging.

General Disclaimers & Conditions

 

  1. The Gray Matter Experience maintains sole discretion to interpret, modify or eliminate any of the challenge terms, rules and conditions at any time and without notice.
     

  2. By participating in the Challenge, you are granting The Gray Matter Experience and its partners the limited, nonexclusive right to utilize the names, likenesses, quotes, submissions, or any part of the submissions of all applicants, as well as any images and pictures of you that may be taken in association with your submission and presentation(s) for promotional and other purposes that are consistent with its mission and initiatives. Gray Matter will not be responsible for any claims or complaints from third parties about any disputes of ownership regarding the ideas, solutions or images.
     

  3. The Challenge includes open presentations and external reviews of concept submissions. Participation is voluntary, and as such, participants are responsible for determining whether to disclose proprietary or sensitive information in their submissions and presentations. The Gray Matter Experience and all other partnering organizations assume no liability for accidental or voluntary disclosures of proprietary information or intellectual property.
     

  4. Submissions that contain inappropriate content (including but not limited to: nudity or sexual content, harmful or dangerous content, illicit or illegal content, violent or graphic content) may be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Gray Matter Experience leadership team at any point during the challenge timeline.
     

  5. If any team is unable to participate in the second round of judging for any reason, they forfeit their place as a finalist in the final round.
     

  6. The Gray Matter Experience leadership team shall be the arbiter of all rules and rule clarifications. The team reserves the right to disqualify any participants who violate these rules or the spirit of the challenge. Rule questions and inquiries should be submitted to info@graymatterexperience.com.
     

  7. Winners and their parents or guardians are responsible for all taxes or other fees connected with the prizes received.
     

  8. TGME reserves the right to modify or cancel the challenge at any time for any reason, including but not limited to an insufficient number of qualified entries received.

If you have any questions about this challenge, please email

The Gray Matter Experience.

Gray Matter Presents:

A social impact idea challenge 

Are you a #gmechanger?

Do you have a business idea to rebuild your community?

Here's your chance to win over $2,500 in prizes to get it started!

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