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"Mac OS X Innovators" Developer Contest

Official Contest Rules

To enter the contest you must follow the steps outlined below, correctly complete the online submission form at www.macdevcenter.com/mac/developer, and submit it by 5PM PDT, Tuesday, August. 31, 2004.

There are two catergories for this contest: U.S. Residents and International. The specific rules for each category are specified below, but in general the difference is that there are prizes for the U.S. Residents category, and no prizes will be awarded to winners in the International category. However, acknowledgment and recognition will be equal for both categories.

Rules for the U.S. Residents Category

  1. The contest is open to individuals and companies developing software for Mac OS X.

  2. Eligible contest entries (Works):

    • Must be the English language version of the software that executes directly on Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther" or later.
    • May be an application, an application plug-in, System service, device driver, code library, kernel extension, user interface widget, or anything else of a similar nature.
    • Must not be dependent on the Classic application environment, in any way. Submissions of this type are not eligible and will be disqualified.
    • Must not be a First Place or Runner-up entry in a previous O'Reilly-run software development competition, or a previous winner in any category of any Apple Design Awards contest prior to the 10th Annual Apple Design Awards contest (2004).
  3. You may enter as many Works as you like into the contest, but each Work must be entered separately.

  4. Entries will be judged using the following four criteria:

    1. Ease of Use -- Does the software deliver ease of use, including installation (Drag Install where appropriate), troubleshooting, easy completion of tasks, stability, clarity of displays and messages, smooth, uncluttered interaction with the user, etc?

    2. Adherence to the Mac OS X Human Interface Guidelines -- Does the software comply with, for example, the Aqua layout guidelines, system appearance (including anti-aliased display of text), and correct organization of menus and use of keyboard shortcuts?

    3. Use of Mac OS X Technologies -- Does the application make use of relevant technologies (i.e. Quartz, Quartz Extreme, Velocity Engine, Rendezvous, Core Audio, AppleScript, ATSUI, MLTE, QuickTime, Apple Help, Etc?)

    4. Innovation -- Is the software a new, category-defining type of product with unique, groundbreaking features, functions, or interactions for Mac OS X? Does the application deliver a highly innovative solution to a common problem or set of problems faced by users?

    Entries will be judged on a weighted 20-point scale per the first three criteria (A through C), and a 40-point scale for criterion D. The maximum possible score is 100 (maximum 20 points each for A, B, and C; plus 40 points maximum for D). The winning entry will be determined based on the highest cumulative score of A, B, C, and D. The decisions of the judges are final.

  5. Prizes will be awarded to one winner and one runner-up subject to the following conditions:

    • Only one prize will be awarded to the contest applicant regardless of whether or not the submission was produced by a single individual or through the collaboration of a group of individuals.

  6. O'Reilly Media, Inc. reserves the right to publish information about the winning entries and the winners themselves without additional permission from the contest winners.

  7. Works as entries must comply with all applicable terms in any agreement, including licenses, between you and Apple, and also must not infringe any rights of Apple or any of its licensors. For more information see: http://developer.apple.com/mkt/swl/llsw.html

  8. Winner will receive a Premier ADC membership for one year, or a one-year extension of an existing Premier membership, plus a full conference pass to the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference, October 25-28, 2004, at the Westin Santa Clara.

  9. Runner-up will receive a Select ADC membership for one year (including one hardware credit), or a one-year extension of an existing Select membership, plus a full conference pass to the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference, October 25-28, 2004, at the Westin Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA.

  10. Winner and Runner-up will be announced at the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference, October 25-28, 2004, at the Westin Santa Clara. Winners need not be present to win. Winners will also be notified by Email prior to the Mac OS X Conference. There will be no substitution of prizes and no cash will be awarded in lieu of awards. All prizes will be awarded. If O'Reilly Media Inc. is unable to locate a given winner, an alternate winner may be chosen by the contest judges based upon the judging criteria outlined in these Official Contest Rules.

  11. The winning entries will be promoted at the Mac OS X Conference and will be listed at http://www.macdevcenter.com/mac/developer.

  12. To enter, complete the online submission form at http://www.macdevcenter.com/mac/developer using the instructions provided below.

    Submit your entry on time. Ensure that O'Reilly Media Inc. receives your contest submission on or before 5PM PDT, Tuesday, August 31, 2004. No exceptions. Late entries, for whatever reason, will be disqualified.

    Once the Work is submitted and received by O'Reilly Media Inc., revised versions of the Work, for whatever reason, will be disqualified. In other words, you can only submit the Work once. We will not judge revised or updated versions. Therefore, be sure the Work you're submitting is the version you want judged, that it works as intended, and that it meets all contest entry eligibility guidelines.

  13. The U.S. Residents category is open to all adult legal U.S. residents living in the continental 48 United States other than Florida, except immediate family members of employees, and employees of O'Reilly Media Inc. Apple, Inc and their respective agencies and agents. No substitutions, transfers, or assignments of prizes allowed, except by O'Reilly in case of prize unavailability. Contest not open to residents of the states of Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, and void where prohibited by law.

  14. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL TAXES ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PRIZE WINNERS. Prizewinners may be required to execute and return an affidavit of eligibility and publicity, liability and other release within fifteen (15) days of notification attempt or an alternate prizewinner will be selected.

  15. BY ENTERING THE CONTEST OR ACCEPTING A PRIZE, YOU RELEASE O'REILLY Media, INC., APPLE, INC. AND ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE PARENT COMPANIES, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AND AGENCIES (COLLECTIVELY, THE "RELEASED PARTIES") FROM ANY LIABILITY WHATSOEVER, AND WAIVE ANY AND ALL CAUSES OF ACTION, FOR ANY CLAIMS, COSTS, INJURIES, LOSSES, OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEST OR ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, OR USE OF ANY PRIZE (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, CLAIMS, COSTS, INJURIES, LOSSES, AND DAMAGES RELATED TO PERSONAL INJURIES, DEATH, DAMAGE TO OR DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, RIGHTS OF PUBLICITY OR PRIVACY, DEFAMATION OR PORTRAYAL IN A FALSE LIGHT, WHETHER INTENTIONAL OR UNINTENTIONAL) WHETHER UNDER A THEORY OF CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, WHETHER ACTIVE, PASSIVE, OR IMPUTED), STRICT LIABILITY, PRODUCT LIABILITY, CONTRIBUTION, OR ANY OTHER THEORY.

  16. Except where prohibited by law, entry into the Contest constitutes permission to use winner's name, address, likeness, and/or prize information, without limitation, for any advertising, promotional, trade, or any other purpose, without further compensation to, or permission from, the Winners.

Rules for the International Category

  1. The contest is open to individuals and companies developing software for Mac OS X.

  2. Eligible contest entries (Works):

    • Must be the English language version of the software that executes directly on Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther" or later.
    • May be an application, an application plug-in, System service, device driver, code library, kernel extension, user interface widget, or anything else of a similar nature.
    • Must not be dependent on the Classic application environment, in any way. Submissions of this type are not eligible and will be disqualified.
    • Must not be a First Place or Runner-up entry in a previous O'Reilly-run software development competition, or a previous winner in any category of any Apple Design Awards contest prior to the 10th Annual Apple Design Awards contest.
  3. You may enter as many Works as you like into the contest, but each Work must be entered separately.

  4. Entries will be judged using the following four criteria:

    1. Ease of Use -- Does the software deliver ease of use, including installation (Drag Install where appropriate), troubleshooting, easy completion of tasks, stability, clarity of displays and messages, smooth, uncluttered interaction with the user, etc?

    2. Adherence to the Mac OS X Human Interface Guidelines -- Does the software comply with, for example, the Aqua layout guidelines, system appearance (including anti-aliased display of text), and correct organization of menus and use of keyboard shortcuts?

    3. Use of Mac OS X Technologies -- Does the application make use of relevant technologies (i.e. Quartz, Quartz Extreme, Velocity Engine, Rendezvous, Core Audio, AppleScript, ATSUI, MLTE, QuickTime, Apple Help, Etc?)

    4. Innovation -- Is the software a new, category-defining type of product with unique, groundbreaking features, functions, or interactions for Mac OS X? Does the application deliver a highly innovative solution to a common problem or set of problems faced by users?

    Entries will be judged on a weighted 20-point scale per the first three criteria (A through C), and a 40-point scale for criterion D. The maximum possible score is 100 (maximum 20 points each for A, B, and C; plus 40 points maximum for D). The winning entry will be determined based on the highest cumulative score of A, B, C, and D. The decisions of the judges are final.

  5. Recognition will be bestowed upon one winner and one runner-up subject to the following conditions:

    • Acknowledgment will be presented to the contest applicant regardless of whether or not the submission was produced by a single individual or through the collaboration of a group of individuals.

  6. O'Reilly Media Inc. reserves the right to publish information about the winning entries and the winners themselves without additional permission from the contest winners.

  7. Works as entries must comply with all applicable terms in any agreement, including licenses, between you and Apple, and also must not infringe any rights of Apple or any of its licensors. For more information see: http://developer.apple.com/mkt/swl/llsw.html

  8. Winner and Runner-up will be announced at the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference, October 25-28, 2004. Winners need not be present for recognition. Winners will also be notified by Email prior to the Mac OS X Conference. If O'Reilly Media Inc. is unable to locate a given winner, an alternate winner may be chosen by the contest judges based upon the judging criteria outlined in these Official Contest Rules.

  9. The winning entries will be promoted at the Mac OS X Conference and will be listed at http://www.macdevcenter.com/mac/developer.

  10. To enter, complete the online submission form at http://www.macdevcenter.com/mac/developer using the instructions provided below.

    Submit your entry on time. Ensure that O'Reilly Media Inc. receives your contest submission on or before 5PM PDT, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004. No exceptions. Late entries, for whatever reason, will be disqualified.

    Once the Work is submitted and received by O'Reilly Media Inc., revised versions of the Work, for whatever reason, will be disqualified. In other words, you can only submit the Work once. We will not judge revised or updated versions. Therefore, be sure the Work you're submitting is the version you want judged, that it works as intended, and that it meets all contest entry eligibility guidelines.

  11. The International category is open to all non-U.S. residents, except immediate family members of employees, and employees of O'Reilly Media Inc., Inc. Apple, Inc and their respective agencies and agents.

  12. BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, YOU RELEASE O'REILLY Media, INC., APPLE, INC. AND ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE PARENT COMPANIES, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AND AGENCIES (COLLECTIVELY, THE "RELEASED PARTIES") FROM ANY LIABILITY WHATSOEVER, AND WAIVE ANY AND ALL CAUSES OF ACTION, FOR ANY CLAIMS, COSTS, INJURIES, LOSSES, OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEST OR ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, OR USE OF ANY PRIZE (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, CLAIMS, COSTS, INJURIES, LOSSES, AND DAMAGES RELATED TO PERSONAL INJURIES, DEATH, DAMAGE TO OR DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, RIGHTS OF PUBLICITY OR PRIVACY, DEFAMATION OR PORTRAYAL IN A FALSE LIGHT, WHETHER INTENTIONAL OR UNINTENTIONAL) WHETHER UNDER A THEORY OF CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, WHETHER ACTIVE, PASSIVE, OR IMPUTED), STRICT LIABILITY, PRODUCT LIABILITY, CONTRIBUTION, OR ANY OTHER THEORY.

  13. Except where prohibited by law, entry into the Contest constitutes permission to use winner's name, address, likeness, and/or prize information, without limitation, for any advertising, promotional, trade, or any other purpose, without further compensation to, or permission from, the Winners.





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