mix & mash

Rules

This competition is now closed. Here were the entry rules.

The fairly short version

Entries close at 9pm NZDT Thursday 15 September 2011.

New Zealand citizens and all persons resident in New Zealand can enter. Entries from groups are welcome as long as at least one member of the group is a New Zealand citizen or resident.

You can submit multiple entries, but each individual entry can only be submitted once and only in one category. Each entry must be different and you have to fill out a separate entry form for each one.

Each Data Mashup entry must use at least one data source from New Zealand central or local government. Each Creative Remix entry must use at least one item of existing New Zealand digital content that is available online, and is Creative Commons, public domain, no known copyright, or openly licensed.

You must have permission and/or licence to use any copyrighted content or datasets you use. Your use must be within the scope of the licence or permission, and when submitting your entry you will need to list all content and data you use.

Your entries must be publicly available online.

Unless expressly permitted by the competition organisers, you must not edit, update or change your submitted entry between 9pm on 15 September 2011 and the official announcement of winners on 3rd October 2011.

You need to read and confirm that you understand the full Mix and Mash Competition Rules before submitting your entry. The entry form has a required tick box for this purpose.

The full Mix and Mash competition rules

Eligibility

Any New Zealand citizen or resident can enter the Mix and Mash competition.

Entries from groups of people, at least one of whom is a New Zealand citizen or resident are also welcome. A contact person for the group must be provided.

Please note that the following entries are not eligible to enter:

  • Works substantially produced before the competition opened,
  • Entries from competition judges and their immediate families,
  • Entries for projects that have been wholly or substantially funded by central or local government agencies.

Please note that entries from employees of the competition organisers (which includes all staff from the Department of Internal Affairs) are not eligible for prizes.

In the interests of openness and creativity, these people are welcome to submit entries, and their entries will be listed on the Mix and Mash website when the competition closes, but they are not eligible for prizes and will not be judged.

Mix and Mash competition sponsors and their employees cannot enter in the category that they have sponsored.

To be eligible for the student prize pool, you must be enrolled at a New Zealand primary or secondary school, or provide confirmation that you are homeschooled.

The organisers reserve the right to verify the validity of entries and reserve the right to disqualify any entry not in accordance with these conditions of entry.


Nature of submissions

Please participate in the spirit of the competition. Mix and Mash is being run to demonstrate the benefits of making content and data available for remix and reuse. The organisers reserve the right to refuse entries that:

  • Are or pose a risk of being defamatory or in breach of third party intellectual property rights
  • Contain material that is confidential, commercially sensitive, invasive of personal privacy or which may cause personal distress or loss
  • Contain language or imagery that is offensive, obscene or hurtful within the context it is presented, and/or
  • Are contrary to any law.

How to enter

All entries must be submitted by 9pm NZDT, Thursday 15 September 2011.

Unless expressly permitted by the competition organisers, you must not edit, update or change your submitted entry between 9pm 15 September 2011 and the official announcement of winners on 3rd October 2011.

Enter your mashup or remix by completing the online entry form.

Each individual entry can only be entered Mix and Mash once and only in one category.

You can enter more than once but each entry must be different and you must fill out a separate entry form each time.

We are unable to host entries so you need to provide a link to a working copy of your entry on a publicly available website, along with any additional technical, creative or user documentation.

Ideally, entries that are mobile or tablet applications will be available for download from an app store. However, if your app store approval is not complete in time please submit a short online video of your entry, or screenshots sufficient for judges to assess the entry.

We reserve the right to request source code and/or binaries and application provisioning information to verify your entry. If you refuse to comply with such a request, your entry may be disqualified.

You can use any program or tools to build your entry. When delivering the final product, please consider doing so in a way our judges will find easy to access and assess (such as a standards based web site, as an easily installable mobile application on a popular platform), rather than requiring them to download or install unfamiliar programs.


Authorised materials

Data Mashup entries must include at least one data source from New Zealand central or local government. Entries in the Creative Remix categories must make use of at least one item of existing New Zealand digital content that is available online. You can also use any other publicly available data or content in your entry as long as their licensing terms are consistent with the rules of this competition or they are in the public domain (that is, because their copyright term has expired or because they do not qualify for copyright, and where there is no other restriction on re-use).

Your entry must only use code, data, content or other materials that you have the right to use and release in accordance with these competition rules.

Please don’t assume that because data and content are available online or can be scraped from websites they can be used for this contest. You must ensure you have the rights to use the source material you have chosen.

Please also note that copyright works released to a person following a request under the Official Information Act 1982 or Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 do not lose their copyright protection by virtue of being released in this way. Nor does the fact of release entitle the recipient to use the works in a way which would infringe copyright. The recipient needs a licence to re-use these works.

If you are not sure whether you have permission to use specific content or data, we encourage you to contact the data or content owner and clarify the position with them. You may also wish to use the data request feature on data.govt.nz or encourage source agencies to apply the New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework (NZGOAL) to content you would like to re-use.

You must provide a list of all content and data sources used in your work when completing the entry form, along with the licence/s under which the content/data is released or other reason why it is available to use.


Intellectual property

We do not seek any ownership of newly developed intellectual property in creators’ entries. At the same time, by entering the competition, you authorise the organisers to publish information from your entry form and links to your entry on this website.

We encourage everyone who enters to consider releasing their copyright works under a suitable open licence such as a Creative Commons licence (for most types of copyright works) or General Public License (GPL) or Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) licence (for software), to the extent they are legally entitled to do so.

Entries that use licensed data or content (for example, content released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike licence) must follow the terms of those licences.


Free and accessible entries

We want to ensure that people can see and use the works entered in the Mix and Mash competition, especially prize-winning entries.

For this reason, we ask (but don’t require as a condition of entry) that you keep your entry available on a publicly accessible website (or available for download for free in a mobile app store) until 1 February 2012 so people can enjoy it.

If you are awarded a Mix and Mash prize and accept that prize, you must ensure that your entry is freely available on a publicly accessible website (or available for download for free in a mobile app store) until at least 1 February 2012.

If you are awarded a Mix and Mash prize and accept that prize, and choose to develop a commercial or subscription version of your entry, a free version (faithful to your original entry) must be made available until at least 1 February 2012.


Prizes: General conditions

In-kind prizes are not transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash.

Competition organisers, partners and sponsors may use photos of and by the winners. They may also promote and publish information about winners’ entries and they may also hold interviews with winners for publicity purposes.


Organisers

The Mix and Mash competition is organised by the Digital New Zealand business unit within the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga (now part of the Department of Internal Affairs) with the support of National Library School Services, Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand and data.govt.nz.

Contact: Fiona Rigby

Email: info@mixandmash.org.nz

Phone: 64 4 474 3015

Post: PO Box 1467, Wellington 6140, New Zealand

Location: 77 Thorndon Quay, Wellington, New Zealand


Key dates

4 August 2011: Competition categories and prizes announced

15 September 2011: All entries must be submitted by 9pm NZST

3 October 2011: Winners announced


Winners

We'll be announcing the winners on Twitter and Facebook during the morning of October 3rd 2011.

We will follow up with winners by email after the official announcements.

If winners cannot be contacted within 5 working days of the judges’ decision being made, the prize will be awarded to the second-highest-rated entry in that category.


Privacy

The following details from your entry form will be published on this website alongside a screenshot/image of your entry and link to your entry (if your entry is online):

  • Name/s of entrant/s
  • The title of your entry
  • The description of your entry
  • The content/data sources used in your entry, and
  • The category you entered.

Your email address and phone number (and postal address if provided) will not be published.

Finally

The competition organisers make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, including warranties of accuracy, in regard to any submissions or links published on the Mix and Mash or Mix and Mash organiser’s website/s.

Judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

And really finally: thank you for your interest in the Mix and Mash competition. We hope you’re as excited as we are, and we’re really looking forward to seeing the useful, beautiful, and unique things that you’re going to make.