Oculus Launch Pad Scholarship Terms

Official Rules


    Executive Summary

  • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR BE ELIGIBLE FOR A SCHOLARSHIP IN THIS PROGRAM. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF BEING ELIGIBLE FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.
  • VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
  • THE PROGRAM IS OPEN TO ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS WHO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION AND ARE SELECTED BY SPONSOR BY INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FULL OCULUS LAUNCH PAD PROGRAM . THE BOOTCAMP WILL TAKE PLACE SEPT 09-16(OR OTHER DATES SELECTED BY SPONSOR) AND ADDITIONAL EVENTS WILL BE OFFERED THROUGHOUT THE PROGRAM DURATION (OR OTHER DATES SELECTED BY SPONSOR). SEE BELOW FOR ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS.
  • ACCESS TO THE INTERNET AND VIRTUAL REALITY (“VR”) HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE ARE REQUIRED. A VALID OCULUS ACCOUNT AND EMAIL ADDRESS ARE REQUIRED.
  • EACH FINALIST AND WINNER WILL BE REQUIRED TO EXECUTE ACCEPTANCE DOCUMENTS AND RETURN THEM IN THE TIMEFRAME INDICATED BY SPONSOR OR ANY AWARD MAY BE FORFEITED (IN SPONSOR’S SOLE DISCRETION), AS MORE FULLY DETAILED BELOW.
  • ALL DISPUTES WILL BE RESOLVED SOLELY BY BINDING ARBITRATION AND PARTICIPANTS WAIVE THE ABILITY TO BRING CLAIMS IN A CLASS ACTION FORMAT.
  • OCULUS OBTAINS RIGHTS FROM PARTICIPANTS TO POST AND USE ANY AND ALL CONTENT SUBMITTED AS PART OF THE PROGRAM.
  • PARTICIPANTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO SIMULTANEOUSLY PARTICIPATE IN A COMPETING FUNDING/SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM OCULUS.

AS A CONDITION OF APPLYING OR PARTICIPATING, PARTICIPANT AGREES TO THESE OCULUS LAUNCH PAD TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND THE OCULUS TERMS OF SERVICE, AVAILABLE AT https://www.oculus.com/legal/terms-of-service, WHICH ARE INCORPORATED HEREIN BY THIS REFERENCE (COLLECTIVELY, THE “TERMS”). VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. ALL DISPUTES WILL BE RESOLVED SOLELY BY BINDING ARBITRATION AND PARTICIPANTS WAIVE THE ABILITY TO BRING CLAIMS IN A CLASS ACTION FORMAT.

As a condition of participating or attempting to participate, you agree to the decisions of Oculus, which are final and binding in all respects. If you breach any of these Terms, Oculus shall have the option, in its sole discretion, to immediately terminate these Terms without liability to you, and further, upon Oculus’ request you shall immediately return and/or cease use of any and all benefits, if any have been provided to you.

1. OVERVIEW/TIMING: The Oculus Launch Pad 2020 Scholarship Program (the “Program”) is sponsored by Facebook Technologies, LLC (“Sponsor”), and is more fully detailed on the Oculus Launch Pad website found at https://www.oculus.com/launch-pad (the “Program Site”). The Program begins on or about 9:00:00 AM Pacific Time (“PT”) on Monday, July 20, 2020 and ends on or about February 20, 2021 (“Program Period”). The Program Period is subject to extension or modification, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. During the Program Period, individuals will first need to submit an application (the “Application”). The Application submission period will be begin on or about 09:00:00 AM PT on Monday, July 20, 2020 and all Applications must be received by Sponsor via the Program Site on or before 11:59:59 PM PT on Friday, August 20, 2020 (“Application Submission Period”), unless extended by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. If any Application is selected by Sponsor, individuals will be required to attend the online Bootcamp, currently scheduled to take place September 09-16, 2020. After the conclusion of the Bootcamp, each Individual (defined below) will be required to further develop their ideas for the development of VR content (the “Project”) and follow the Sponsor’s instructions (as may be emailed or posted on the Program Site) to complete and deliver their finished Project on a date to be mutually agreed to between the parties, and provide all other required information (collectively with the Application, Participant Content (as defined below) and final Project, the “Content”).The project submission period will begin on or about 09:00:00 AM PT on January 1, 2021 and all Content (as defined below) must be received by Sponsor on or before 5:59:59 PM PT on Saturday, January 18, 2021 (“Project Submission Period”). On or around March 0, 2021, Sponsor will announce the Participants or Teams to be awarded a scholarship. Sponsor may terminate or modify the Program at any time without notice and has no obligation to invite anyone to attend the Bootcamp or additional program events if it does not like the Applications received.

2. ELIGIBILITY: This Program is open only to individuals (“Individuals”) who are legal residents and physically located in the fifty (50) states in the United States (including the District of Columbia) or Canada and at least the age of majority in his or her jurisdiction of residence (which is eighteen (18) in most states but is nineteen (19) in Alabama and Nebraska and twenty-one (21) in Mississippi), as of the first date of submission of the Application. Participants are not permitted to simultaneously participate in a competing program (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) during the Program Period without Sponsor’s prior written permission or will be subject to disqualification by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. Employees, officers, directors, members, managers, agents, and representatives of Sponsor or its parent company (Facebook, Inc.) and each of their respective subsidiary companies, affiliates, divisions, franchisees, representatives, consultants, sub-contractors, suppliers, distributors, legal counsel, advertising, public relations, promotional, fulfillment and marketing agencies (collectively, together with Sponsor and Facebook, Inc., the “Released Parties”), and members of their immediate families (defined for these purposes as including spouse, partner, parents, legal guardians, children, and siblings and each of their respective spouses) and individuals living in the same household as such individuals, are not eligible to submit an Application or attend a Bootcamp as a participant. Participant must not be under any legal or contractual obligation that would prohibit its participation in this Program as described in these Terms. It is solely the Participant’s responsibility to ensure that participation in the Program (including delivery or distribution of any Content produced by Participant) will not be subject to any union or guild collective bargaining agreement to which Participant is bound. If participating in this Program would result in a violation by Participant of any law applicable to it, such Participant is ineligible. As a condition of participating, each Participant agrees to provide documentation or other proof of his/her eligibility as requested and within the timeframe requested in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Eligible Individuals who take any action to participate in this Program will be collectively referred to in these Terms as “Participants” and each individually as a “Participant”. Participants in the Oculus Launch Pad Program in prior years may apply to the 2020 Program, but applications will be reviewed independently of prior submissions, and participation in prior years does not guarantee participation in the 2020 Program.

Individuals (each a “Team Member” and together, a “Team”) may combine at the Bootcamp to produce a Project. To form a Team, a Team Member must submit a Team Application (the “Team Application”) to Sponsor. A Team must be approved by Sponsor in writing and may consist of no more than five (5) individual Team Members; any Team found to have more than five (5) Team Members will be disqualified. Each Team Member must satisfy all eligibility requirements set forth herein for a Participant or Individual. At the time of application, if one (1) Team Member fails the eligibility requirements, then its Team Application may be disqualified at Sponsor’s discretion. Participants agree that any action by any Team member may be binding on behalf of the Team, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. In the event one (1) Team Member is ruled ineligible, the remaining eligible Team Members may re-enter the Program using a new and different Team Application. One (1) Team Member must submit the Team Application on behalf of the Team and list the name of the other Team Member(s). If, at any time during the Program, any Team Member elects to voluntarily end his or her participation in the Program, the remaining Team Member(s) may continue on in his or her individual capacity using the Team Application or funding, and the departing team member grants all rights and permissions to the remaining team members to continue their participation in the program in order to comply with Section 9 below. Each Team Member shall be deemed to have jointly and severally made and entered into all of the representations, warranties and agreements contained herein and shall be jointly and severally obligated and bound thereby. Except as otherwise expressly set forth herein, all of the Released Parties’ rights pursuant to these Official Rules relate to and are exercisable against each Team Member. In the event a dispute between Team Members cannot be sufficiently resolved, Sponsor may disqualify the Team in its sole discretion. In the event of a dispute where a given Team Application is deemed to have been submitted by two (2) or more separate Individuals or Teams, without limiting Sponsor’s rights and remedies, the Individual or Team that first submitted the Team Application will be deemed the proper Individual or Team for the Team Application. In the event of any dispute regarding the identity of an Applicant, the relevant Team Application will be deemed submitted by the email account holder used to apply to the Program.

3. PROGRAM DATES: During the Program Period, there are a series of related deadlines and events which start and end on the dates noted below:

IMPORTANT PROGRAM DATES:

EVENT

START TIME/DATE

END TIME/DATE

APPLICATION SUBMISSION PERIOD:

09:00:00 AM PT on July 20, 2020

11:59:59 PM PT on August 20, 2020

APPLICATION JUDGING PERIOD (the “Application Judging Period”):

July 20, 2020 – August 31, 2020

UP TO ONE HUNDRED (100) INVITATIONS TO ATTEND BOOTCAMP ANNOUNCED:

On or around August 31, 2020

BOOTCAMP:

September 09, 2020

September 16, 2020

PROJECT SUBMISSION PERIOD:

09:00:00AM PT on January 1, 2021

05:59:59 PM PT on January 31, 2021

REVEAL:

On or around February 1, 2021

JUDGING OF CONTENT BY SPONSOR-SELECTED JUDGES (“Project Judging Period”):

February 1, 2021

February 28, 2021

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED:

On or around March 1, 2021

All dates are subject to change/extension in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.

4. HOW TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION: Those who are eligible to participate in the Program can visit the Program Site and follow the on-screen links and instructions to complete and submit the Application. The Application will request portfolio samples of prior work and projects as well as specific questions that will require written responses that may have word count limits. All submitted content included by a Participant in the Application form will be called “Participant Content” in these Terms. To participate, you must already have or must create a free Oculus account (Oculus ID) and provide all information required by the Application form, which may include personal information such as first and last name and email address. Entries received during the Program Period and in full accordance with these Terms will be reviewed and judged as more fully detailed in the “Selection of Bootcamp Participants” Section of the Terms below. All Participant Content must abide by the “Submission Requirements” detailed in the section of the same name below or the Participant may be disqualified from the Program. By participating in this Program, each Participant represents and warrants that Participant has provided true and accurate information in the Application, and has the full right and authority to participate in this Program, submit the Participant Content, and grant the rights granted in these Terms.

Limit one (1) Application for the Program per Participant during the Application Submission Period; and one Project submission per Participant or Team (as applicable) during the Project Submission Period. To participate in this Program, an Application must be submitted and received by Sponsor during the Application Submission Period through the Program Site in strict accordance with these Terms and all instructions on the Program Site. In order to be considered for a scholarship, all Content must be submitted and received by Sponsor during the Project Submission Period in accordance with these terms and all instructions from Sponsor.

The Sponsor and third parties it works with will collect personal information in order to conduct this Program. The collection and storage of an individual’s personal information by Sponsor will be in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policy which can be found at www.oculus.com/privacy. If any third party collects personal information from a Participant, it may be subject to the third party’s privacy policy which will be presented at the time of data collection. As a condition of entering the Program, without limiting any other provision in these Official Rules, each Participant gives consent for Sponsor and its agents to obtain his/her name, email or mailing address, and other information and to deliver that information to third parties for the purpose of administering this Program and complying with applicable laws, regulations, and rules. Sponsor reserves the right to contact Participants for verification purposes and administration of the Program.

Each Participant acknowledges that other Participants and/or Released Parties may have created ideas and concepts contained in their Application, Participant Content, Project, and/or Content that may have familiarities or similarities to Participant’s Application, Participant Content, Project, and/or Content and that he/she/they/it will not be entitled to any compensation or right to negotiate with the Released Parties because of these familiarities or similarities. APPLICATIONS AND/OR PROJECT SUBMISSIONS MAY NOT BE RETAINED AND MAY BE DESTROYED; KEEP A COPY OR THE ORIGINAL OF EACH ELEMENT OF YOUR APPLICATION AND/OR PROJECT SUBMISSIONS. ANY APPLICATION AND/OR PROJECT SUBMISSIONS THAT DOES NOT CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS IN THESE OFFICIAL RULES MAY, IN SPONSOR’S SOLE DISCRETION BE DEEMED INELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM.

5. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: All aspects of the Participant Content and Content must be a truthful and accurate and any Participant Content or projects listed in Participant’s Application must have been created by the Participant, and to the extent that any Participant Content or project is not wholly created by Participant, Participant will identify the portion of the Participant Content that Participant did create and/or Participants’ role in the creation. Further requirements for Content will be distributed to Bootcamp Participants.

Participant agrees that his or her participation in the Program and agreement to these Terms and Sponsor’s reproduction, display, and use of the Content in accordance with these Terms will not violate any agreement to which Participant is a signatory or party or any law applicable to Participant. Participant agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any and all claims brought by any third party for any use or reuse by the Released Parties of the Content under these Terms. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify from the Program any Participant whose Content (in Sponsor’s sole discretion) refers, depicts, or in any way reflects negatively upon a Sponsor or another Released Party, the Program, or any other person or entity or does not comply with these Terms, including any of the above Submission Requirements.

6. SELECTION OF BOOTCAMP PARTICIPANTS: During the Application Judging Period, and Project Judging Period (as applicable), Applications and/or Content (as applicable) submitted by eligible Participants and/or Teams will be reviewed by a panel of judges chosen in Sponsor’s sole discretion (the “Judges”), based on the following criteria (“Criteria”) according to the percentage weights indicated:

  • Innovation: Demonstrate an ability to push the boundaries of virtual reality within a game or experience (30%); and

  • Diversity: Representative of diversity of thought in the virtual reality industry (e.g., Application/Content represents out of the box thinking) (35%); and

  • Technical Ability: Extent to which the game, experience, Project’s design and execution, , Participant, or Team demonstrates technical capability in the virtual reality industry consistent with Oculus Store submissions (35%).

Up to one hundred (100) Applications with the highest scores amongst all of the submitted Applications may be selected by Sponsor based on the Criteria as Bootcamp participants. Qualified Participants’ and/or Teams’ Projects may be submitted during the Project Submission Period to Sponsor for the opportunity to be selected to receive a scholarship, the value of which may range between $5,000-$50,000 USD (the final amount(s) and number of which are to be decided by Sponsor in its sole discretion). All Judges’ decisions are final and binding in all matters relating to this Program. Prizes are non-transferable. No substitution of prizes except by Sponsor, who may substitute a prize with another of comparable or greater value.

On or about the dates set forth in the chart in Section 3 above, Sponsor, or its designee, will attempt to notify each selected Participant that he/she may have won an award by email, phone, or using other contact information provided in the Application in Sponsor’s sole discretion. In addition, a selected Participant’s name and his or her city and state or other general information may be posted on the Program Site or elsewhere publicly in Sponsor’s sole discretion. If any award, award notification, or Program-related communication is rejected, faulty, or undeliverable; if the Participantdoes not respond according to the notification’s or Sponsor’s instructions; or if the Participant fails to comply with these Terms, the award may, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, be forfeited and an alternate recipient may be selected (time permitting) based on the original judging Criteria. Sponsor reserves the right to modify the notification procedures and applicable deadlines for responding in connection with the selection of any alternate potential recipient, if any. Upon award forfeiture or inability to use an award or portion thereof, no compensation will be given and Sponsor will have no responsibility or liability to that Participant. To claim an award, each recipient (“Selected Recipient”) must follow the directions in his or her notification. As a condition of being awarded any award, each recipient may be required, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, to complete and return a W-9 or other requisite tax form or other documentation to Sponsor. Decisions of the Sponsor are final on all matters relating to the Program, including interpretation of these Terms, determining the recipients, and awarding of the awards.

By applying for this Program, participating in the Program and/or accepting an award, each Selected Recipient agrees to maintain Selected Recipient’s behavior in accordance with all applicable laws or reasonable requests of the Sponsorin connection with participation in any Program- or award-related activity. Each Selected Recipient understands and agrees that Sponsor has the right, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, to disqualify and remove any Selected Recipient from any activity at any time if any Selected Recipient’s behavior at any point is uncooperative, disruptive, or may or does cause damage to person, property, or the reputation of Sponsor or otherwise violates the policies of Sponsor, and in such a case, the Selected Recipient will be solely responsible for any and all related expenses associated with being removed from the Program.

Each Selected Recipient may also, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, be required to complete, sign, notarize (if applicable), and return, without alteration and in the form presented by Sponsor: (i) an affidavit of eligibility (including supplying documentation or other proof of eligibility) and liability/publicity release and tax forms (as applicable); and (ii) an agreement with the Sponsor regarding the relationship of the parties and the development and use of a Project that will be created as part of the award, which will contain important restrictions and rights granted to Sponsor (collectively, the “Award Acceptance Documents”) according to Sponsor’s instructions within three (3) days from when Sponsor sends the Award Acceptance Documents or other time frame as specified by Sponsor or its representative. Failure to comply with these requirements, Sponsor’s or its representative’s instructions, or these Terms may, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, result in disqualification from the Program and forfeiture of any award potentially received. The Award Acceptance Documents, if required, are each subject to verification by Sponsor and may require the Participant to provide his or her Social Security Number. Federal IRS 1099-MISC forms may be issued to Selected Recipients in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Selected Recipients will be solely responsible for all federal, state and/or local taxes, and for any other fees or costs associated with the awards(s) they receive, regardless of whether they, in whole or in part, are used. Decisions of the Sponsor are final on all matters relating to the Program, including interpretation of these Terms, determining the Selected Recipient, and awarding of the awards.

7. BOOTCAMP : Sponsor will be awarding to each Selected Recipient: (i) exclusive access to digital content for the digital Bootcamp (all details of which will be determined in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion); and (ii) an Oculus headset with a total approximate retail value (“ARV”) of each prize of: $2,000 USD .

Selected Recipients are expected to digitally attend the Oculus Launch Pad Bootcamp as part of this scholarship program.. Sponsor is not liable for any missed events, opportunities or expenses incurred as a consequence of unforseen cancellation/delay. Selected Recipients are responsible for obtaining the necessary technology and access to attend the event.

8. DETAILS ON HOW TO WIN A SCHOLARSHIP: Each Selected Recipient must be willing and available to render services in connection with full and final development of the Project, during all periods of pre-production, production and post-production thereof (the “Production Period”) and bring original ideas to the Project. The Production Period shall be determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, but shall not extend past the dates set forth in Section 3 above (or as otherwise indicated to Selected Recipient by Sponsor). Further, in connection with the development of their Project, Selected Recipient is required to clear all rights and obtain all necessary releases (including for any music, clips, photographs, locations, actors, contributors and other content) in order to avoid infringing or otherwise violating the intellectual property or other proprietary rights of any third party. Project should have a minimum runtime of two (2) minutes and be produced in English language. In connection with such clearances and releases, Selected Recipient shall use the forms provided by Sponsor if delivered to Selected Recipient. Selected Recipient must participate until their Project is complete. Each Selected Recipient must submit their final Project on or before the dates set forth in the chart above or earlier date identified by Sponsor; provided, however, timing of filming will be dependent on various factors and subject to Sponsor’s discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to maintain final approval of all aspects of each Project and Sponsor may require Selected Recipients to make changes and edits as it determines in its sole discretion.

9. LICENSE TO CONTENT: By submitting Content, each Selected Recipient grantsSponsor rights in the Content as more specifically set forth in the Award Acceptance Documents. Selected Recipients understand and agree that certain rights granted to Sponsor in the Content may require the grant of exclusive rights to Sponsor for a set period of time as well as rights to Content that are non-exclusive in perpetuity. Any unwillingness by any Selected Recipient to grant the required rights to Sponsor may result in the Selected Recipient being disqualified from continued participation in the Program, in Sponsor’s sole discretion.

Each Selected Recipient hereby acknowledges and agrees that the relationship between the Selected Recipient and Sponsor is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship, and that the Selected Recipient’s decision to submit an Application for purposes of the Program does not place Sponsor in a position that is any different from the position held by members of the general public with regard to elements of Participant Application, other than as set forth in these Terms. For the sake of clarity and without limiting the foregoing, these Terms do not purport to modify the terms of any separate agreement between Sponsor and any Selected Recipient, including any confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement. Each Selected Recipient understands and acknowledges that Sponsor has wide access to ideas, text, images, code, applications, software, and other creative materials. Each Selected Recipient also acknowledges that many ideas for films, videos, stories, games, other creative content, applications, or online services may be competitive with, similar to, or identical to his or her Content and/or each other in idea, function, components, format, or other respects. Each Selected Recipient acknowledges and agrees that such Selected Recipient will not be entitled to any compensation as a result of Sponsor’s use of any such similar or identical material that has or may come to Sponsor from other sources. Each Selected Recipient acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor does not now nor will it have in the future any duty or liability (direct or indirect; vicarious, contributory, or otherwise) with respect to the infringement or protection of the Selected Recipient’s patent, copyright, or other proprietary rights in and to Content.

9. RELEASE: YOU AGREE TO RELEASE, DISCHARGE, HOLD HARMLESS, AND THE RELEASED PARTIES FROM AND AGAINST ANY LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR INJURIES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND SUSTAINED IN CONNECTION WITH PARTICIPATING IN ANY PROGRAM-RELATED ACTIVITY. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT, EXCEPT WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW, THIS AGREEMENT IS A COMPLETE RELEASE AND DISCHARGE OF ALL OF YOUR CLAIMS AND RIGHTS AGAINST THE RELEASED PARTIES AND THAT NO ACTION WILL BE TAKEN BY OR ON YOUR BEHALF WITH RESPECT OF ANY SUCH RIGHTS.