Rules breakdown, things you might want to know

Can I enter more than one project?

Yes. You can enter more than one project in one or multiple categories.

Can I enter the contest after the clock has started (Aug 1)?

Yes, but by doing so you acknowledge that you could be at a disadvantage for having less time to work.

Do we retain 100% ownership of the code we write?

Absolutely, but keep in mind that the Sponsors (us) shall be given  a royalty free perpetual and transferable license to, without limitation: a) Post the Submissions on their respective web sites and; b) Make the Submissions available for the course of the Competition and 12 months after the conclusion of the Competition Submission Period; and c) Utilize the Submissions for noncommercial purposes for a period of 12 months after the conclusion of the Competition Submission Period.

Do I have to live in Washington State to enter?

Yes, the goals of the Competition are twofold: (1) to stimulate the development of applications that improve access to information, government services and government transparency, making it easier and more fun to visit, study, live and work in Washington; and (2) to stimulate economic development by encouraging innovation and the creation of new intellectual property with commercial potential by students, individuals, teams of individuals, small businesses and nonprofit organizations.

There are several of us on a team. Can you split the prize between us?

No. Play nice – we leave the splitting to you. When your project is accepted, you must designate a single Contestant by way of email address. The rules say the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the Contestant.

Can government employees enter?

Yes, but if you work for the City of Seattle, King County, or the State of Washington you will be eligible only for the Good Government award. Employees of other governmental entities (cities and counties in Washington) can enter in any category they choose.


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