Terms and conditions
do your :bit competition (2020-2021)
1. By entering this competition, the entrant confirms that their entry complies with the entry criteria below and agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions (these "Terms") in full. All entry instructions form part of these Terms.
2. This competition is only available to residents in countries in which it does not contravene local laws and regulations.
3. The following entry criteria apply to this competition:
3.1. The competition is open to individuals aged between 8 and 18 years old (in two age categories 8-14 and 15-18) at the date on which they enter the competition. If a group wishes to enter the competition, this age restriction applies to all members of the group.
3.2. Employees of the promoter, its group companies, agents or anyone professionally connected with this competition and any member of their respective immediate families may not enter the competition.
3.3. Entrants under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian’s consent to enter directly or the teacher must obtain and record consent if representing students to enter the competition. Such consent is to be expressly provided in a format specified by the promoter.
4. Entry to the competition open at 9:00am (GMT) on Monday 11th January 2020 and closes at 12:00pm (BST) on Friday 30th July 2021 (the "Promotion Period"). Entries received by the promoter outside the Promotion Period will not be eligible to win the competition.
5. No purchase is necessary to enter this competition. This competition is free to enter, however, in order to enter the competition, you must have an Internet connection.
How to enter the competition
6. To enter the competition entrants must:
8 – 14 year olds:
a. Submit an idea that solves a problem that works towards delivering the Global Goals and create a paper prototype to explain the idea.
b. Design and make a solution using the micro:bit to solve a problem that works towards delivering the Global Goals.
15 – 18 year olds:
a. Design and make a solution using the micro:bit to solve a problem that works towards delivering the Global Goals.
7. Entrants must complete the competition entry form on the promoter's website and submit:
7.1. A written entry describing: (1) what your solution/idea is, (2) why you have created it, AND (3) how it will help your community or another community; AND
7.2. A paper prototype showing how your idea will work. This should be a photograph of your plan and written instructions for the device; OR
7.3. A .hex file of your prototype code.
8. Entrants may also include a video or photos of their device in action, though this is not required.
9. Entries must be submitted via the website (microbit.org/do-your-bit/) only. Entrants should ensure that they keep a copy of everything they submit as entries will not be returned.
10. Entries may be submitted by either individuals or teams. Teams may be made up of a maximum of three (3) team members only. References in these Terms to "entrant" means: (a) if the entry is submitted by an individual, that individual; and (b) if the entry is submitted on behalf of a team, each member of that team.
11. The entry must be the original work of the entrant(s) and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The promoter accepts no liability if entrants ignore these rules.
12. Entries must not contain illegal, unlawful, defamatory, obscene, offensive or any other unsuitable material. Work must not be intended to, or likely to cause offence, or be intended as campaigning material for example with regard to political lobbying or religious matters.
The promoter will decide what may cause offence in its sole discretion. The decision of the promoter is final in this matter and no communication will be entered in to following their decision.
13. Entrants retain the copyright in their original work but grant to the promoter a perpetual non- exclusive royalty-free licence to use their entry across all media, including online platforms. For the avoidance of doubt, no fees or expenses will be paid for the creation of any part of the entry.
14. The entrants will not, for the duration of the Promotion Period, exploit any part of their entry which uses or references the promoter or the competition itself or any other element of this competition process without the permission of the promoter. Entrants are not permitted to make use of any of the promoter’s trademarks or copyright works (except as permitted by law) now or in future.
16. Eligible entries will be judged against the following criteria by a panel of judges:
- Originality and creativity in problem solving;
- Implementation of idea and instructions;
- Overall impact of the idea; and
- Ability to follow the entry guidelines as set out in these terms and conditions and in the ‘How to Enter’ section here.
17. Eighteen (18) entries will be selected in total by a panel of judges from all eligible entries by 8th September 2021; six (6) winners, six (6) second place and six (6) third place.
Entrants will be judged in 6 regional groups that are Europe, North America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific (including Australia and New Zealand) and Latin America & the Caribbean A winner, second and third placed entrant will be chosen from each region.
18. For further details on which region specific countries fall within, please contact the promoter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
19. The parent/guardian or teacher (as stated on the entry form) of each winner, second and third place will be notified by email before 5:00pm (GMT) 8th September 2021 and will be given details of how to claim their prize.
20. There are a total of fifty four (54) prizes available to be won.
21. Six (6) winners in each category will win a new micro:bit and a package of micro:bit related accessories and merchandise
22. Second and third places in each category will win a micro:bit.
23. Each winner's and runners up's name and county will be made available on request by e-mailing email@example.com within 100 days of the closing date.
24. In the event that the promoter is unable to contact a winner or runner-up (as applicable) within twenty-eight (28) working days of the notification set out in clause 19 of these Terms, the promoter reserves the right to award a prize to an alternative winner or runner-up (as applicable) selected by a panel of judges in accordance with these Terms.
25. No cash alternative. Prizes are non-transferable and cannot be resold. Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the promoter, the prize will only be awarded to the winner or runner-up (as applicable).
26. The promoter reserves the right at any time, in its absolute discretion, to:
26.1. verify the eligibility of any entrant (including their identity, age and place of residence);
26.2. disqualify any entrant found to be abusing or tampering with the operation of the competition or entering using fraudulent means, or who the promoter reasonably believes to have acted in breach of these Terms; and
26.3. disqualify entrants who do not give correct contact details or those who make an entry on someone else's behalf.
27. All costs and expenses not included within the prizes are the responsibility of the winners.
28. Nothing in these Terms excludes or limits the promoter's liability for: (a) death or personal injury caused by its negligence; (b) fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; and (c) any matter in respect of which it would be unlawful for it to exclude or restrict its liability.
29. Save as set out in clause 28 above, the promoter accepts no responsibility or liability for any entry or claim which for technical or other reasons is unsuccessful, incomplete, lost, damaged, corrupted or misdirected.
30. If the promoter fails to comply with these Terms, it is responsible for loss or damage the entrant suffers that is a foreseeable result of the promoter's breach of these Terms or the promoter's negligence, but the promoter is not responsible for any loss or damage that is not foreseeable. Loss or damage is foreseeable if it was an obvious consequence of the promoter's breach or if it was contemplated by the entrant and the promoter at the time that the submission was made.
31. This competition is only available for domestic and private use. Each entrant agrees not to use the competition for any commercial or business purposes and the promoter has no liability to any entrant for any loss of profit, loss of business, business interruption, or loss of business opportunity.
32. Notwithstanding clause 31, and save as set out in clause 29, the promoter's maximum liability to each entrant under these Terms will be limited to £1000.
33. The promoter reserves the right to disqualify a winner if the winner cannot take up any element of the prize, or undertake any elements of the filming as detailed above. The promoter reserves the right to offer that position to the next best entry.
34. The promoter's decision is final and no correspondence relating to the competition will be entered into. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
35. The promoter reserves the right to extend, withdraw, alter or suspend the competition or these terms and conditions at any stage if circumstances arise outside its control.
38. When using the BBC micro:bit always follow safety guidance provided with the micro:bit or found here.
39. These Terms are governed by English law.This means that each entrant's entry into the competition, and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection therewith (including non-contractual disputes or claims) will be governed by English law.
40. An entrant may bring any dispute (including non-contractual disputes or claims) which may arise under these Terms either to the English courts or to the competent court of their country of habitual residence if this country of habitual residence is a member state of the European Union, which courts are – with the exclusion of any other court - competent to settle any such dispute. The promoter shall bring any dispute (including non-contractual disputes or claims) which may arise under these Terms to the competent court of the entrant's country of habitual residence if this is in a member state of the European Union or otherwise the English courts.
41. As a consumer, if the entrant is resident in the European Union and the promoter pursues its commercial activities in, or direct its services to, that member state in relation to these Terms, then the entrant will benefit from any mandatory provision of law of that member state. Nothing in these Terms affects the entrant's rights as a consumer to rely on such mandatory provisions of local law.
42. If a participant would like to withdraw from the competition at any point, they must email firstname.lastname@example.org.
43. Any questions about the competition should be sent to email@example.com.
44. The promoter is The Micro:bit Educational Foundation. Registered address: 12 New Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP; Registered company number 10370194; firstname.lastname@example.org.