2. These Official Rules (“Rules”) govern the operation of the Microsoft AI Marketing Microsoft AI Idea Challenge Contest (“Contest”). Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052, USA, is the Contest sponsor (“Sponsor”).

  4. In these Rules, "Microsoft", "we", "our", and "us" refer to Sponsor and “you” and "yourself" refers to a Contest participant, or the parent/legal guardian of any minor Contest entrant. By entering you (your parent/legal guardian if you are a minor) agree to be bound by these rules.

  6. The Contest starts at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on February 11, 2019 and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on June 26, 2019 (“Entry Period”).

  8. To enter, you must be 18 years of age or older. Minors must have consent of a parent or legal guardian.

    Employees and directors of Microsoft Corporation and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising agencies, and Contest Parties are not eligible, nor are persons involved in the execution or administration of this promotion, or the family members of each above (parents, children, siblings, spouse/domestic partners, or individuals residing in the same household). Void in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Region of Crimea, and where prohibited.

  10. To submit an entry, visit the Contest website at and follow the instructions to register and submit your idea for using Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) to advancing environmental sustainability and/or Empowering people living with disability. (“submission”). Your submission may include supporting materials including diagrams, videos or references to additional research so long as it meets the Eligible Entry requirements described below. All required information must be provided for your submission to be eligible.

    The entry limit is one per person overall.

    Any attempt by any you to obtain more than the stated number of submissions by using multiple/different accounts, identities, registrations, logins, or any other methods will void your submissions and you may be disqualified. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited.

    We are not responsible for excess, lost, late, or incomplete submissions. If disputed, submissions will be deemed submitted by the “authorized account holder” of the email address, social media account, or other method used to enter. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned to an email address by an internet or online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses.

  12. To be eligible, an submission must meet the following content/technical requirements:

  14. We are not claiming ownership rights to your submission. However, by submitting an submission, you grant us an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to use, review, assess, test and otherwise analyze your submission and all its content in connection with this Contest and use your submission in any media whatsoever now known or later invented for any non-commercial or commercial purpose, including, but not limited to, the marketing, sale or promotion of Microsoft products or services, without further permission from you. You will not receive any compensation or credit for use of your submission, other than what is described in these Official Rules.

    By entering you acknowledge that the we may have developed or commissioned materials similar or identical to your submission and you waive any claims resulting from any similarities to your submission. Further you understand that we will not restrict work assignments of representatives who have had access to your submission and you agree that use of information in our representatives’ unaided memories in the development or deployment of our products or services does not create liability for us under this agreement or copyright or trade secret law.

    Your submission may be posted on a public website. We are not responsible for any unauthorized use of your submission by visitors to this website. We are not obligated to use your submission for any purpose, even if it has been selected as a winning submission.

    Personal data you provide while entering this Contest will be used by Microsoft and/or its agents and prize fulfillers acting on Microsoft’s behalf only for the administration and operation of this Contest and in accordance with the Microsoft Privacy Statement.

  16. Pending confirmation of eligibility, potential prize winners will be selected by Microsoft or their Agent or a qualified judging panel from among all eligible submissions received based on the following judging criteria:

    Winners will be selected within 13 days following the Entry Period.

    Winners will be notified within 13 days following the Entry Period with winner instructions, including a prize claim deadline. In the event of a tie between any eligible submissions, an additional judge will break the tie based on the judging criteria described above. The decisions of the judges are final and binding. If we do not receive a sufficient number of submissions meeting the entry requirements, we may, at our discretion, select fewer winners than the number of Contest Prizes described below. If public vote determines winners, it is prohibited for any person to obtain votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including offering prizes or other inducements in exchange for votes, automated programs or fraudulent i.d’s. Microsoft will void any questionable votes.

    Winners will be notified via the contact information provided during entry no more than 7 days following judging with prize claim instructions, including submission deadlines. If a selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize or fails to return any forms, the selected winner will forfeit their prize and an alternate winner will be selected time allowing. If you are a potential winner and you are 18 years of age or older, but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf. Only three alternate winners will be selected, after which unclaimed prizes will remain unawarded.

  17. PRIZES
  18. The following prizes will be awarded:

    One (1) First Prize (s). The winner will receive:

    $10,000 in Azure Credits for use over 2 years* and a Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB) - 13" Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $12,400.00.

    One (1) Second Prize (s). The winner will receive:

    $5000 in Azure Credits for use over 2 years * and a Nvidia GPU + HP 713382-001 NVIDIA Quadro K6000 PCIe 3.0 x16 interface graphics card. ARV $6,600.00.

    One (1) Third Prize (s). The winner will receive:

    A TBC- Xbox, or NVIDIA card. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $1,000.00.$2,500 in Azure Credits for use over 2 years * and an Xbox One console. ARV $2,999.00.

    * Azure credits are good for 24 months and are subject to the terms and conditions listed at:

    The ARV of electronic prizes is subject to price fluctuations in the consumer marketplace based on, among other things, any gap in time between the date the ARV is estimated for purposes of these Official Rules and the date the prize is awarded or redeemed. We will determine the value of the prize to be the fair market value at the time of prize award.

    The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $21,999

    We will only award one (1) prize per person/company during the Entry Period. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. No substitution, transfer, or assignment of prize permitted, except that Microsoft reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event the offered prize is unavailable. Prizes are awarded “AS IS” with no warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties or merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Prizes will be sent no later than 28 days after winner selection. Prize winners may be required to complete and return prize claim and/or tax forms (“Forms”) within the deadline stated in the winner notification. Taxes on the prize, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner, who is advised to seek independent counsel regarding the tax implications of accepting a prize. By accepting a prize, you agree that Microsoft may use your entry, name, image and hometown online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Contest without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.

  19. ODDS
  20. The odds of winning are based on the number of eligible submissions received.

  22. To the extent allowed by law, by entering you agree to release and hold harmless Microsoft and its respective parents, partners, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss, or damage of any kind arising in connection with this Sweepstakes or any prize won.

    All local laws apply. The decisions of Microsoft are final and binding.

    We reserve the right to cancel, change, or suspend this Sweepstakes for any reason, including cheating, technology failure, catastrophe, war, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that affects the integrity of this Sweepstakes, whether human or mechanical. If the integrity of the Sweepstakes cannot be restored, we may select winners from among all eligible submissions received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Sweepstakes.

    If you attempt or we have strong reason to believe that you have compromised the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking, creating a bot or other automated program, or by committing fraud in any way, we may seek damages from you to the full extent of the law and you may be banned from participation in future Microsoft promotions.

  24. Personal data you provide while entering this Sweepstakes will be used by Microsoft and/or its agents and prize fulfillers acting on Microsoft’s behalf only for the administration and operation of this Sweepstakes and in accordance with the Microsoft Privacy Statement.

  26. This Contest will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Contest.

  28. Send email to with the subject line “Microsoft AI Idea Challenge winners” within 30 days of July 10, 2019 to receive a list of winners that received a prize worth $25.00 or more.