NetApp Innovation Day 2019
Guidelines for Rules & Regulations

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1. Definitions
Awards NetApp Innovation Awards 2019
Owner of the Awards NetApp India Marketing & Services Pvt. Ltd (“NetApp”)
Awards Management Personnel from NetApp or appointed / engaged by NetApp who are responsible for the conduct of the Awards
Applicant Any organization / person that sends in an application to participate in the Awards as per the rules & regulations, or is nominated by NetApp to participate in the Awards
Screening jury A panel of subject matter experts, appointed / engaged by NetApp who will evaluate the applications
Nominee An Organization short-listed to be evaluated by the Final jury
Final jury Group of persons with subject matter expertise appointed / engaged by NetApp to select the winners
Rules These rules and regulations governing the Awards, as amended from time to time
  • These Rules & regulations, are applicable to and govern the “NetApp Innovation Awards 2019” organized and conducted by NetApp
  • By participating in the Awards, Participant agrees to abide by and be bound by these Rules. These Rules & regulations may be modified without any prior notification. Participant is advised to regularly review these Rules. If there is any disagreement with any of the Rules & regulations and any amendments thereto, Participant must not participate or withdraw application from the Awards
  2. Awards Objective

To recognize organizations that has innovatively leveraged technology to improve efficiency and productivity levels and to enhance business value

  3. Award categories and definitions
Green IT Award Participants that have implemented innovative IT products/services to minimize the impact on the environment. These may include may include initiatives undertaken to reduce power usage, carbon emissions, use of sustainable energy, recycling practices etc.
Big Data Innovation Award Participants that have implemented innovative technology solutions to enhance business intelligence using Big Data
Cloud computing innovation Award Participants that have implemented cloud computing solutions as a platform to improve use of existing infrastructure which has resulted in an increase in efficiency levels.
Artificial Intelligence Participants that have successfully implemented machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, natural language processing (NLP), machine reasoning, smart robotics, and industry specific AI applications to improve productivity and streamline operations to foster greater connectivity and reliability in a networked setting.
Start-Up Award Start-Ups that have made innovative use of IT and embraced technology in their organization that has helped them grow at a rapid pace and attain competitive edge in the market
Data Visionary Award Participants that have looked at Data holistically and not in siloes to draw a unified vision of data driven their business can be using technology. This could be across all aspects of data - governance, security, performance, and quality issues with respect to data. Data visionaries need to demonstrate how these initiatives have helped transform the organization and created new business models to address the needs of tomorrow. The participants also need to mention how these tools and/or solutions have helped in addressing customer needs, reducing costs and increasing efficiency levels across their organization. For example, how you have used data to introduce new products or services for existing customers
  • The Award categories may be changed / modified / split / merged / increased or cancelled by the Jury based on the number and quality of entries received in each category
  • If no Participant in a category is found to be worthy of inclusion by the Jury, the Award category may be cancelled by the Jury. The Jury may decide to add nominees in the category to maintain high standards of participation. The decision of the Jury in this regard will be final and non-contestable. The Awards management will not entertain any queries in this regard
  4. Eligibility criteria for participation in the Awards
  • Organizations applying for the Awards should be Indian entities / Indian citizens
  • Organization must have more than 2 years of registered presence in India as on December 31, 2018
  • Employees of NetApp, sponsors and partners of the Awards are not allowed to participate in the Awards
  • The initiative can be a product / service / project / process / procedure / methodology implemented in the technology industry
  • The initiative entered for the Awards must be already implemented and should not be in a planning or conceptualizing stage
  • The initiative should have been implemented between January 1 and December 31, 2018
  • For Start-up award, the organization should have a registered presence of minimum 2 years and maximum 5 years in India as on December 31, 2018
  • The initiative must be implemented in the Indian operations of the Applicant
  • The initiative nominated/ applied must be developed within the participating Organization. An Organization cannot participate on behalf of its sister units; parent organization or other organizations under the parent organization
  • The Applicant should not be a winner of the Award in any of the previous 2 years for the same initiative/ innovation
  • The final eligibility of the Participant will be subject to the discretion and approval of the Jury
  • The Jury may modify the eligibility criteria from time to time with retrospective effect
  • The Jury holds the right to disqualify any application which does not meet the eligibility criteria without assigning any reason whatsoever
  5. Completeness of entries and disqualification
  • Applicants can apply across all categories and send multiple entries in a category. A separate form must be used for each entry
  • Application forms must be filled in English only
  • The Application Form needs to be complete in all respects.
  • The declaration must be signed by an authorized signatory from the Applicant organization (from amongst the CIO/CTO, etc)
  • Disqualification of entries is at the sole discretion of jury, on a case by case basis. The said disqualification will be as per the rules and regulations defined for the Awards.
  • If at any time, any information provided by any Applicant is found to be incorrect in any manner, then the Applicant will be disqualified from the Awards
  • If after the conclusion of the Awards ceremony, any information provided by any Applicant is found to be incorrect in any manner, then the Applicant will be liable to return the award/ prize money provided to the Applicant under these Awards
  • Determination of whether information provided by the Applicant is incorrect or not rests with jury
  • The Jury has the right to ask for documentary proof of information provided/ audit the information provided. If such a request is made and the Applicant does not comply within 3 days from the date the request is made, the Applicant would be disqualified from the Awards
  6. Call for Entries & Participation
  • Applicant can apply for the Awards by submitting the completed application form on the website Or via Hard Copy or via Email
  • An Applicant can provide more than one entry in an Award category if the entries are for different initiatives. A separate application form must be used for each initiative
  • If separate application forms are received for the same initiative / innovation, from different individuals / organizations, such entries will be treated as one
  • The Jury has right to reclassify Application Forms from one award category to another, at its discretion. This is not contestable in any manner
7. Nomination
  • Last date for receiving completed application forms is 18:00 hrs on 22/02/2019
  • Receipt of Application Forms after last date of receipt specified may be permitted only at the discretion of the Awards Management
  • Awards Management will not be responsible for Application Forms that are received in an incorrect format / late / corrupt etc
8. Additional Information
  • Participants may be contacted for any additional information or / and conduct field visit to verify the information provided. Such information sourced from the Participants will become part of the original application
  • Awards Management has the right to ask for documentary proof of information. If such a request is made and the Participant does not comply within 5 working days from the date the request is made, the Participant may be disqualified from participation in the Awards
  • Information provided by the Participant will be confidential and will be used only for the limited purpose of evaluating the Participant’s entry to these Awards
  • Awards Management or team appointed by Awards Management will try to contact the Participant on best effort basis by any means deemed appropriate
  • In the event it is not possible to contact any Participant to obtain information on them, interview them, etc. such Participant may be disqualified from further participation
  • The participant hereby irrevocably authorizes the Awards Management to use the data gathered during and/or the Awards in respect of the participants. This shall be the property of NetApp and NetApp shall be entitled to use the same in its communications including marketing promotions and advertisements along with/without NetApps brand. Awards Management shall not be liable in any manner for any mishap, accident, injury or damages etc. of whatsoever nature, caused to the participants during the Awards. Further, Awards Management shall not be liable in any manner for any loss, damage, theft, or any other mishap caused during the Awards
  9. Determination of the Winners
  • The final jury will score / rank the Nominees on predefined evaluation parameters, based on the application form / presentation submitted by the participants
  • There could be one or more winners in each award category, at the discretion of the Jury
  • The determination of who should receive an award for any award category rests with the Jury
  • The Jury’s decision is final and binding on all nominees
  10. General
  • Participant agrees that the Participant is legally capable of entering and, if selected, participating in the Awards and agree to the Rules
  • Participant understands and agrees that merely participating in this Awards does not entitle the Participant to a prize or to any other form of consideration
  • Participant warrants and represents to the Awards Management that all information including any communications, software, photos, text, video, graphics, music, sounds, images and other material submitted or recorded in any manner by the Participant or the partners of Awards Management including Awards Management for consideration for the Awards are solely owned by the Awards Management and do not infringe upon any other individual or organizational rights (including, without limitation, intellectual property rights). Participant shall be completely responsible for handling any infringement or alleged infringement and shall indemnify the NETAPP, and the Awards Management from any claims, costs or damages from infringement or alleged infringement of the logo or trademark or the defense of a claim or any costs payable thereof.
  • Participant must enter the Awards at their own will and the Awards Management are not in any way obligated or liable for any loss or costs that the Participant may suffer or incur and nothing is payable to the Participants for participating in the Awards or any event prior to or following the Awards
  • Participants for the purpose of entering the Awards, automatically grants NetApp a royalty-free, irrevocable, worldwide, non-transferable, non-exclusive right and license to use and display such entry, for participation in the Awards, and any intellectual property in relation to and arising out of such participation in the Awards and footage thereof, which shall include trade publications, press releases, electronic posting to the Website, the NetApp website in any display format selected by NetApp during the Awards or use by NetApp as it deems fit.
  • The Awards Management reserves the right to, at its discretion, withdraw or amend or add to the Rules & Regulations of the Awards at any time, with prospective or retrospective effect, and does not take responsibility for any loss or damage that any individual or organization may suffer as a result of participating or attempting to participate in the Awards, the Awards being withdrawn or its rules amended
  • Should a Participant wish to withdraw from the Awards, kindly inform Awards management in writing at any time up to one week prior to the final awards ceremony
  • All disputes relating to or arising out of the Awards shall be subject to the laws of India, and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of competent jurisdiction at Bangalore, India
  • The Participants indemnify NetApp, its employees, officers, contractors, partner or other persons used by them in relation to this Awards and hold them harmless against any loss, claim, demands, costs, damages, judgments, expenses or liability (including legal costs) arising out of or in connection with any or all claims, that may be brought against the Awards Management by any third party in connection with the Participants participation in or winning the Awards, which is inconsistent with any of the warranties and representations made by the Participants, or due to breach of these Rules and shall reimburse NetApp for any loss, costs, expense, or damage to which said indemnity applies. NetApp shall give the Participant prompt written notice of any claim or actions covered by this indemnity, and the Participant shall have the right, at its own expense, to participate in any such action
  • Decision of Awards Management on all matters is final and binding on all Participants and no correspondence will be entertained on the same
  • In the event these Rules & Regulations do not cover any question or complaint in relation to the Awards, the same will be concluded on by the Awards Management (for all other issues) or an independent body or legal team as appointed by the Awards Management and deemed necessary
  • The Participant agrees to give full consent unconditionally for NetApp to share any information provided by the Participant with agencies working with them with regards to the program, its recording and broadcasting and related activities including agencies involved with NetApp
  • The decision of NetApp in relation to the interpretation of any of these Rules & Regulations shall be final and binding on the participants
  • If Participants are unclear as to the Rules & Regulations or any element of the Awards or have any queries/concerns pertaining to the Awards, they can write in with their questions, concerns or queries to the following address: NetApp shall endeavour to the best of its ability to respond thereto.
11. Website
  • The website is only an informational website (the “Website”) for the Awards. NetApp is not liable or responsible for any action or decision taken by Participant or anyone acting on Participant’s behalf or under Participant employment or under contract with Participant. NetApp shall not be under any obligation to Participant and Participant shall have no obligation or rights in relation to the Awards and shall have no claims whatsoever against the NetApp relating to the selection process or the running of the Awards
  • NetApp shall not be responsible for:
  1. any delivery, failures relating to the registration or uploading videos/presentations;
  2. any SPAM generated messages as result of Participant accessing the Website;
  3. Awards Management not receiving or rejecting any data;
  4. any lost, late or misdirected computer transmission or network, electronic failures of any kind or any failure to receive entries owing to transmission failures or due to any technical reasons and
  5. Other conditions/situations or failures beyond its control.
12. Disclaimers
  • Awards Management has no obligation to screen the entry material in advance, and is not responsible for monitoring entries for the purpose of preventing violation of intellectual property ownership rights, or violations of any law, rule or regulation. If Awards Management is notified of submissions or materials that may not conform to the Rules, it may investigate the allegation and determine in good faith and in its sole discretion whether to eliminate such an entry from consideration. The Awards Management has no liability or responsibility to Participants or other users of the Website for performance or non-performance of such activities.