Innovation for Independence

Terms & Conditions

The Inclusive Technology Prize is run by Nesta working with the Department for Work and Pensions (“DWP”), and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (“BIS”), through Innovate UK (Technology Strategy Board), the Cabinet Office (CO) and Irwin Mitchell LLP. Please read these terms and conditions carefully before submitting an entry. By submitting an entry, you accept these terms and conditions and agree to comply with them.

1. Participating in the Challenge
1.1 Entries received by the relevant deadline will be assessed against the relevant entry criteria. Late entries and entries in languages other than English will not be accepted. We are not responsible for entries which are lost, incomplete, damaged or late due to computer, network or telecommunications failure based on third party telephone or data networks.

1.2. Employees of Nesta, other individuals working on the Challenge, and their immediate families, are not eligible to enter.

1.3. Unless otherwise stated, you may submit more than one idea to the Challenge and be named as a partner on more than one entry to the Challenge. Each idea submitted needs to be innovative and different to any other ideas you have submitted. You must bear all your costs of entering and participating in the Challenge, including travel costs. Eligible entries will be assessed against the relevant judging criteria. Entries may be shortlisted and asked to complete further challenges as described in the promotional materials. Performance will then be assessed against the relevant judging criteria. Participation in challenges, tests and other events are a condition of participation in the Challenge.

1.4. We will use the contact details you provide to contact you about the Challenge. All communication between you and us in relation to the Challenge must be in English. If you don’t respond within 14 days, or if you subsequently withdraw or are withdrawn from the Challenge for any reason, we may select another entry in your place, but are not obliged to do so.

1.5. The judges' decision about eligibility, shortlisting and the prize award, including the validity of any claims and data submitted, is final. Correspondence will not be entered into. The judges may at their sole discretion decide not to award the prize where in their reasonable opinion, no entry meets the relevant criteria.

1.6. The prize will be in the form of a grant awarded by Nesta to the winner which must be used by the winner to develop their winning solution. This grant and any interim awards made by Nesta during the Challenge shall be subject to Nesta’s grant conditions, satisfaction of legal and regulatory requirements and completion of appropriate milestones.  The grant may not cover all the costs of developing the winning solution. The grant will be paid in pounds sterling and the winner is responsible for payment of tax and other charges in relation to the award of the grant.

1.7. We reserve the right at our sole discretion to refuse any entry or to make no award if none of the entries meet our required standards. We may also vary the form or substance of the Challenge (including deadlines, event dates and the number of entries selected for each phase) as we deem appropriate in the circumstances to ensure the success of the Challenge. We may also suspend or withdraw the Challenge if funding is withdrawn, if we judge that the Challenge will no longer achieve its aims or in the event of changes outside our control. We reserve the right at our sole discretion to remove you from the Challenge if you do not comply with these terms and conditions, if you cheat or behave in a way which is disruptive, inappropriate or potentially dangerous, if you fail to participate fully or do anything to damage the reputation of Nesta or our partners.

1.8. We reserve the right to vary these terms and conditions at any time. Variations will take effect from the date they are posted on our website so please check regularly to see the current version.

2. Your commitments to us

2.1. To participate in the Challenge, you must:

  • satisfy the relevant eligibility criteria and ensure that all information submitted by you is true, accurate and complete. We reserve the right to ask for additional evidence of claims made by you, to validate claims by any means we see fit and/or to reject claims at our sole discretion;
  • submit a proposal which is your own original idea and not copied from anyone else;
  • have, or will obtain, all authorisations, consents and permissions necessary to submit your entry, carry out your proposal and comply with these terms and conditions;
  • ensure that your entry will not infringe any intellectual property or other third party rights or breach any contractual obligation. We may withdraw your entry if we receive notice that it infringes any third party rights;
  • act lawfully, ethically and in good faith and comply with the rules of the Challenge and any relevant laws, regulations, guidelines and codes of practice;
  • comply with our reasonable instructions while participating in the Challenge, including in relation to health & safety and security; and
  • comply with these terms and conditions and any other relevant conditions, including the terms of any interim or final award.

2.2. If you are entering as part of a group or team, the person completing the entry form is responsible for making sure that other team members comply with these terms and conditions and ensuring satisfactory fulfilment of the terms of any interim or final award.

3. Information and Publicity

3.1. You will retain your intellectual property rights in your entry to the Challenge.

3.2. We will use information which you provide, including your personal details, to administer the Challenge and may share it with our partners and anyone helping us to run the Challenge, subject to appropriate obligations of confidentiality and data protection.

3.3. Nesta and our partners may carry out publicity and promotion for the Challenge and publish our research and evaluation in relation to the Challenge. You agree to participate in publicity for the Challenge and consent to the use of the names of your team, a summary of your proposal, and photographs/recordings of your team’s participation in the Challenge in promotion and publications in any media and online. Before publication, we will take into account your concerns about confidentiality and intellectual property rights in your entry. Any public statements made by a shortlisted entrant or winner in relation to the Challenge during the Challenge and for the following year must acknowledge the support of Nesta and our partners.

4. Limitation of Liability

4.1. To the extent permitted by applicable law, Nesta and our partners exclude all liability for any direct or indirect loss or liability, costs, claims, taxes, charges or expenses arising from your participation in the Challenge or your reliance on statements made or advice given by us, our partners or contractors. If you submit any materials or items as part of your entry to the Challenge, this is at your own risk. Nesta gives no undertakings to keep safely, maintain or return any materials or items.