Million Dollar Keyboard Competition Rules

Rule simplifications

The competition organisers have simplified the voting process, and extended the competition to midday on 31 December 2006.

Summary of key rules

  1. The goal of the competition is to together design a replacement for the 20-year old English QWERTY keyboard and its related international keyboards, collectively covered by the ISO9995 standard.
  2. The organisers aim to collect USD 1,000,000 as prize, more or less.
  3. The competition is open to participants from all countries and of all, providing such participation is compatible with local legislation.
  4. A contestant can only have one active submission at a time. When a contestant enters a new submission, his/her previous submission, if any, is deleted in place of the new submission.
  5. All submissions are moderated and the organisers reserve the right to reject a submission on any grounds, without explanation.
  6. Submissions may not be modified. When a contestant wishes to modify a submission they must enter a new submission.
  7. On 2006/12/31-12:00-UTC, the competition closes and no new submissions or comments may be made.
  8. The organisers will select the (in their opinion, taking into account the comments and ratings) winning schema, and runner up schema.
  9. The funds raised in the prize will be given entirely to the winner of the competition.

General

This is what the competition is:

  1. The Million Dollar Keyboard (the COMPETITION) is a collaborative community competition in the public interest organised by Pieter Hintjens and Linus McCabe (the ORGANISERs).
  2. The goal of the competition is to together design a replacement for the 20-year old English QWERTY keyboard and its related international keyboards, collectively covered by the ISO9995 standard.
  3. The basis for this competition is the strong feedback, both for and against, the CAPSoff initiative that was launched on August 16th, and the anticAPSLOCK.com campaign that was launched in 2001.
  4. The model of the competition is this: individuals or teams are encouraged to design replace keyboard schemas. These are collected, discussed, and voted upon on this site. At the same time, individuals and firms are encouraged to send money to a PayPal prize account (the PRIZE). At the end of the competition, the best and most popular schemas are put to a final vote, and the winner receives the entireity of the prize.
  5. The organisers aim to collect USD 1,000,000 as prize, more or less.
  6. The language of the competition is English. Apologies for this to all non-English speakers.

Participants in the Competition

We define these participants:

  1. Teams and individuals who make submissions are called the CONTESTANTs. All contestants must register at wikidot.com. Any individual may register as a contestant. Individuals may not register at wikidot.com more than once.
  2. Individuals who comment and discuss submissions are called the VOTERs. All votes must register at wikidot.com.
  3. Individuals or firms who contribute to the prize are called the SPONSORs. Sponsors are anonymous and do not need to register.
  4. An individual can be any of contestant, voter, and/or sponsor.
  5. The competition is open to participants from all countries and of all, providing such participation is compatible with local legislation.

Submissions

  1. A contestant enters one or more keyboard layout schemas (the SUBMISSIONs). A submission consists of one or more images and supporting text, submitted to the CAPSoff.org website according to the instructions on this site.
  2. A contestant can only have one active submission at a time. When a contestant enters a new submission, his/her previous submission, if any, is deleted in place of the new submission.
  3. Submissions may not be modified. When a contestant wishes to modify a submission they must enter a new submission.
  4. Submissions must be suitable for notebook and/or desktop use and be easily manufactured using existing technology.
  5. Submissions must be plausible alternatives to the current ISO9995 standard, covering at least English usage and possibly also partial or complete international Latin-1 usage.
  6. Contestants agree to license their submissions under the Create Commons Share and Attribution License 2.5.
  7. Duplicate, invalid, offensive submissions, and submissions that are identical in character to other submissions will be deleted.
  8. All submissions are moderated and the organisers reserve the right to accept only those submissions that they consider interesting, on the basis of quality, suitability to purpose, and innovation.

Competition Model

  1. The competition will run from 2006/09/04 to 2006/12/31, during which contestants may make submissions, voters can make comments and rate submissions, and sponsors can contribute to the prize.
  2. On 2006/12/31-12:00-UTC, the competition closes and no new submissions or comments may be made.
  3. The organisers will select the (in their opinion, taking into account the comments and ratings) winning schema, and runner up schema.
  4. The organisers reserve the right to make the final decision based on their own judgement.

Exceptions

  1. The organisers reserve the right to extend the competition phases without notice, if serious problems prevent the conclusion of the phases as described.
  2. In case of force-majeur (circumstances beyond the control of the organisers which make it impossible to continue the competition) the organisers may choose to cancel the competition, in which case the prize will be donated to the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, or another charity if that project is no longer running.
  3. In the case of fraudulent activity on behalf of a voter or contestant, the organisers reserves the right to delete submissions, ban voters, and take any other action necessary to ensure the smooth and honest running of the competition.

Financial Aspects

  1. Donations will not be reimbursed under any circumstances except in cases of fraudulent payments.
  2. The funds raised in the prize will be given entirely to the winner of the competition.
  3. The winner will be asked to provide formal identification if the prize exceeds USD1,000.
  4. The prize will be transferred into the winner's PayPal account, which must be a verified account.
  5. The winner is solely and fully responsible for any taxes payable on the prize.
  6. Contestants are entirely responsible for securing their email, PayPal accounts, and any other resources that may be used as part of formal identification.
  7. If the winner is disqualified for breaking the rules of the Competition, the runner-up will become the winner. If the runner-up is not qualified, a new round of voting will be held.
  8. The accounts of the competition will be published in full after the close of the competition, listing all donations made, without divulging personal information.

No Liability

  1. The organisers take no responsibilty for any consequences, seen or unseen, direct or indirect, harmful or beneficial, that may result from the participation in, lack of participation in, winning, or losing, of the competition.
  2. All participants: contestants, voters, and sponsors expressly waive any rights to proceed, or for anyone to proceed on their behalf, against the organisers with respect to the competition.

The organisers reserve the right to modify and extend these rules as needed to ensure the smooth running of the Million Dollar Keyboard competition.

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