Thank you for your interest in the data.org Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge (the “Challenge”). The Challenge is hosted by data.org, a fiscally sponsored project of New Venture Fund (“NVF” or “data.org”), and was launched by The Rockefeller Foundation and The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth (The Rockefeller Foundation and The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, the “Founding Partners”). Additional Platform and technical support for the Challenge is provided by Skild and DataKind (NVF, the Founding Partners, Skild and DataKind, together, the “Challenge Partners”).
The Rules governing this Challenge (the “Rules”) are stated here. As you participate in the Challenge, you may periodically be asked to recognize your acceptance of these Rules by clicking “accept” at various pages on the data.org website (the “Website”). However, by continuing any use of this Website, you expressly consent to these Rules.
By participating in this Challenge in accordance with these Rules, you are eligible to receive various forms of recognition, in-kind support and grant funding from data.org. In-kind support for Awardees may include, but is not limited to, data science talent, staff training, technical support and consulting, media production, marketing and promotional outreach, and software and infrastructure licenses.
The Challenge will award up to ten final winners (each, an “Awardee”) with a combination of grant funding and in-kind support with a combined total value of between $10,000 and $10,000,000 USD (each, an “Award”). The amount and composition of each Award will be based on the Awardee’s specific needs as detailed in their proposal for the Challenge. Each final Award will be issued pursuant to the terms of a grant agreement between New Venture Fund and the relevant Awardee.
Additionally, all Challenge participants who submit a complete Phase 2 Entry will be awarded $2,000 in funding upon confirmed receipt of such Entry as consideration for their efforts in advancing inclusive growth through data science, and for the intellectual property licenses granted below.
We welcome applications (each, an “Entry”) from individuals over 18 years of age, for-profit and non-profit entities, and government agencies. However, all Entries must have a charitable purpose, as defined in Section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code, and as further described below.
Individuals and organizations are limited to submitting one Entry to the Challenge. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Challenge may consider multiple Entries from large organizations such as universities. Any such Entries must be distinct, without overlap in the scope of the proposals or the project teams. If you are aware that two or more teams within your organization are submitting Entries to the Challenge, please notify us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and include an explanation as to how your team meets the foregoing requirement. Fiscal sponsors may submit more than one application but may only submit one application per fiscally sponsored project.
Ineligible Persons or Entities
The data.org Challenge is open to any individual, organization, or group from anywhere in the world, except for those from North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Iran, Crimea and Cuba. Further, any directors, officers, employees and contractors of the Challenge Partners, and any of their respective subsidiaries and affiliates, immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, siblings and siblings’ spouses, regardless of where they live) or any persons living in the same households of such directors, officers, employees and contractors are ineligible to participate in the Challenge.
Entries from Teams or Coalitions
Individuals and/or organizations may join together as a coalition to submit a single application subject to these Rules. However, Awards to coalitions must be distributed to a single legal entity or individual that will have legal responsibility for executing the coalition’s proposal in accordance with the terms of their grant agreement.
Selection Criteria and Process
Upon submitting Your Entry, the Entry will be subject to an administrative review led by Challenge Partner DataKind to ensure compliance with these Rules. Qualified Entries will then be judged based on the following criteria:
Informed by this Phase 1 assessment, an estimated 40-50 Entrants will be invited to advance to Phase 2 of the Challenge, which will involve submitting more detailed technical and financial proposals. Entrants will receive support for this Phase 2 Entry, coordinated by DataKind. DataKind will also organize other educational resources for applicants to support their proposal development. Additionally, as stated above, the Challenge may arrange legal support for certain applicants that are not 501(c)(3) organizations to assist in structuring their proposal, including their proposed disposition of any grant deliverables, in a way that ensures their charitability.
Upon submission of a complete Phase 2 Entry, entrants will receive a payment of USD $2,000 as consideration for their efforts to advance inclusive growth through data science, and for the intellectual property licenses granted below. Entrants will have approximately one month to complete the Phase 2 proposal, with the delivery date to be confirmed by data.org.
Phase 3 (Finalists):
From the Phase 2 Entry, a Technical Review Panel consisting of experts in data science, artificial intelligence and inclusive growth will select up to fifteen Entries as Finalists (each, a “Finalist”). Each Finalist will undergo a data scoping exercise organized by DataKind to deepen our understanding of the proposed project; its potential impact; its feasibility and level of difficulty to accomplish; the availability of relevant data sets; and other core characteristics related to achieving the overall mission of the data.org Challenge. This intensive scoping will also inform data.org’s understanding of the financial and in-kind support required to undertake the proposed project. This data scoping exercise will require each Finalist to share with DataKind any and all data relevant to each Finalist’s project, subject to the terms of a Data Sharing Agreement and Nondisclosure Agreement DataKind and data.org will execute with each Finalist.
Once these scoping exercises have been completed, the Finalists will be presented to the Selection Committee for final consideration. The Selection Committee will review and discuss the top Entries and will select up to ten final Awardees. By participating in the Challenge, you agree to be bound by the final decision of the Challenge judges.
Treatment and Use of Intellectual Property
Applicant Representations and Warranties
You, in your individual capacity or on behalf of your organization and/or coalition, represent and warrant the following with respect to your Entry:
License to Entry
By submitting an Entry to the Challenge, you hereby grant the Challenge Partners each a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free license to use and display your Phase 1 Entry, and to share such Entry with, and sublicense such Entry to, any data.org partners for charitable and non-commercial purposes only, such as research and informing opportunities for their charitable initiatives (the “Phase 1 License”).
By submitting an Entry for Phase 2 of the Challenge, you hereby grant the Challenge Partners each a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free license to use, modify and display any part of your Entries for Phases 1 and 2 of the Challenge, in any way and through any media whatsoever, including, but not limited to, on the data.org website, in data.org press releases or promotions, and through sharing with data.org partners, for charitable and non-commercial purposes only (the “Phase 2 License”). Under this Phase 2 License, data.org and the Challenge Partners may profile your Entry as an example of the great potential of data science for social impact, and may share your Entry with other organizations in the Challenge Partners’ networks that may wish to support your work. However, the Challenge Partners will have no obligation to do so.
If you do NOT wish to grant the Challenge Partners a Phase 1 License, you will have an opportunity to opt-out of it, and your choice will not affect your Entry’s chances for award selection. However, please note that if your Entry is selected to advance to Phase 2 of the Challenge, you must grant the Challenge Partners each a Phase 2 License in order to continue participating in the Challenge.
Even with the licenses above, the Challenge Partners will not share your Entries or any of the information or materials contained therein without first notifying you and providing you with an opportunity to decline.
You will not receive any compensation or credit for use of your Entry arising out of the foregoing licenses. Data.org is not obligated to use, share or display your Entry for any purpose, even if you have been selected as an Awardee. Personal data and financials you and/or your team provide while participating in this Challenge will not be shared or displayed and will only be used by Challenge organizers and their agents internally, for the administration and operation of this Challenge.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, data.org may display the names of individuals and individual team members who are Challenge Phase 2 and Phase 3 Finalists and Awardees on the data.org Website.
You may contact us with any questions or comments about these Rules at Challenge@data.org. Please enter Rules in the subject line of your email.