NYC Challenge Rules
The Challenge, a solicitation for proposals for technology-enabled solutions to a specified urban problem, will begin at 4:00:00 PM Eastern Standard Time ("EST") October 23, 2017 and end at 11:59:59 PM EST on Dec 15, 2017 ("Challenge Period"). The Challenge is sponsored by the New York City Housing Authority ("NYCHA"), the New York City Department of Sanitation ("DSNY"), the New York City Economic Development Corporation ("NYCEDC"), and the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation ("MOTI"), collectively the “Sponsors”. Participation by you (“you,” “applicant” or “applicants) is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. You are responsible for checking applicable laws in your jurisdiction before participating in the Challenge to make sure that your participation is legal and to ensure that you comply with all relevant laws.
ELIGIBILITY: The Challenge is open only to companies, non-profit organizations, and individuals, whether independent or as part of teams. Individuals must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry, and any individual who joins a team during all phases of the Challenge must be 18 years old at the time that individual joins a team. In order to participate, you must agree to the accompanying terms. The Challenge is subject to all applicable United States federal, state and local laws and regulations. Participation by you constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to these Challenge Rules and the Sponsors’ decision, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Challenge.
HOW TO ENTER: To enter, you must visit the challenge application page and complete all forms by December 15, 2017.
JUDGING PERIOD: The Judging Period will begin at 9:00:00 AM EST on December 16, 2017 and end at or before 11:59:00 PM EST on February 28, 2018. The anticipated judges are listed below; Sponsors may replace any member of the judging panel at any time for any reason.
Bridget Anderson, DSNY, Deputy Commissioner, Recycling and Sustainability
Monika Wysocki, DSNY, Special Assistant to the Commissioner
Jeremy Neiman, DSNY, Data Scientist
Jared Cole, DSNY, Senior Manager Recycling Outreach
Kilsys Payamps-Roure, NYCHA, Chief of Staff to the General Manager
Brian Clarke, NYCHA, Senior Vice President for Property Management Operations
Chanel David, NYCHA, Brownsville Property Manager
Vlada Kenniff, NYCHA, Director of Sustainability
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, Fund for Public Housing, President
Miguel Gamiño Jr., MOCTO, Chief Technology Officer
Kate Daly, NYC Economic Development Corporation, Senior Vice President, Center for Urban Innovation
Constantine Kontokosta, NYU Center for Urban Science & Progress, Assistant Professor of Urban Informatics
The panel of judges will select finalist entries (the "Finalists") in its sole discretion from among all of the eligible submissions. All submissions will be judged based on the criteria listed immediately below.
Proposed solutions will be measured against:
- Their potential to increase the capture rate – % of total paper, metal, glass, plastic, and organics in the waste stream that is disposed of by recycling or composting (w/minimal contamination rate);
- Their potential to reduce the number of hours that NYCHA caretakers spend managing waste;
- Their potential to reduce the number of NYCHA work orders associated with trash and litter in common areas;
- Their potential to increase the number of residents engaging with waste systems;
- Their potential to increase residents’ perceptions of cleanliness of common areas;
- Their potential to generate opportunities in the neighborhood and involve community members in the design implementation, operation, and evaluation of the solutions;
- Their technology readiness;
- Their ease of implementation;
- Their cost-efficiency.
- Their ability to generate opportunities in the neighborhood and involve community members in their design, implementation, operation, and evaluation.
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: The panel of judges may ask applicants to provide further specifications for proposed solutions. These specifications will be reviewed by the Sponsors. If you fail to provide requested materials, you may be disqualified.
WINNER SELECTION: ALL POTENTIAL AWARDEES ARE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY SPONSORS THAT THE STATEMENTS IN THEIR SUBMISSION ARE TRUTHFUL. DECISIONS BY SPONSORS ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE CHALLENGE. Finalists will be notified via email on or before March 1, 2018 using the contact information provided at the time of application submission. It is entirely your responsibility to provide your updated contact information to Sponsors if your contact information changes during the Challenge Period or Judging Period. The potential awardee(s) may be interviewed and their technical submissions may need to be validated by Sponsors.
If any of the potential awardee(s) does not respond to the Sponsors’ notice within the timeframe specified in the Sponsor’s notification, that potential awardee may be disqualified and the entry with the next highest score may be selected as a potential awardee in its place.
Return of any notification email as "undeliverable" or failure to fully comply with these Challenge Rules may result in disqualification. In the event of disqualification of any potential awardee, the award will be forfeited by that potential awardee and the panel of judges may select a new potential awardee from among the finalists, or sponsors may not select any awardee. Sponsors are not responsible for notifications that are misdirected, addresses that are no longer correct, or for any other reason beyond the control of the Sponsors.
THE AWARDS: On or before March 1, 2018, Sponsors will announce the selected pilots on the Challenge Webpage.
Those applicants whose solutions are chosen as winners will be asked to develop a pilot agreement with the Sponsors specific to their proposed solution. The pilot agreement will outline the terms of the financial award, which can be up to $20,000. The City reserve the right to award less than $20,000 if it determines that items in the budget submitted by applicants are not eligible for funding. Eligible items include, but are not limited to: equipment purchase and/or installation, deployment of the pilot technology, insurance, maintenance, evaluation, and user testing.
The award will also be contingent on the awardees signing an access license agreement with NYCHA with respect to implementation of the pilot on NYCHA grounds.
Award does not include assistance with travel costs or other expenses associated with the Challenge, if required. No substitution of award is permitted except by Sponsors. Award is not assignable or transferable. Limit one award per person/team. If awardee(s) cannot participate for any reason, awardee(s) will forfeit the award and Sponsors may, at their option and in their sole discretion, select an alternate awardee or the award may not be awarded. All of the award elements are subject to change and shall be determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion.
Awardee(s) are responsible for any transportation not specifically noted in these rules. Awardee(s) are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents prior to travel. Certain restrictions, as determined by Sponsors, may apply. All specifics of the Challenge will be at Sponsors’ discretion. If awardee(s) cannot comply with these restrictions or any other portion of these Challenge Rules, the award will be forfeited in its entirety and an alternate awardee(s) may be chosen. If awardee(s) cannot meet deadlines specified by Sponsors, the award will be forfeited in its entirety and the award may be awarded to an alternate awardee selected by the panel of judges from among Finalist entries. If awardee(s) cannot develop or implement a pilot plan acceptable to Sponsors, the award will be forfeited in its entirety and the award may be awarded to an alternate awardee selected by the panel of judges from among Finalist entries. If awardee(s) are not willing to sign the NYCHA access license agreement, the award will be forfeited in its entirety and the award may be awarded to an alternate awardee selected by the panel of judges from among Finalist entries. All costs and expenses associated with award acceptance and use not listed herein as part of the award including, without limitation, ground transportation (other than that specified above as included in award), luggage fees, souvenirs, miscellaneous hotel expenses, and gratuities, are the sole responsibility of awardee(s).
WARRANTIES: By participating in the Challenge, you represent and warrant (in addition to any representations and warranties in the accompanying Permitted Use and Disclaimers) that your submission:
- is your own original work
- does not violate or infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, patent or other rights of any person or entity
- does not contain malicious code, such as viruses, timebombs, cancelbots, worms, Trojan horses or other potentially harmful programs or other material or information
- does not and will not violate any applicable law, statute, ordinance, rule or regulation ; and
- does not trigger any reporting or royalty obligation to any third party.
You further represent and warrant that the rights that you are granting under these Challenge Rules do not conflict in any way with any other agreement to which you are a party, or with any commitments, restrictions, or obligations that you are under to any other person or entity.
THINGS TO KNOW
Participation Conditions and Release
By entering, each participant agrees to: (a) comply with and be bound by these Challenge Rules (including the accompanying Permitted Use and Disclaimers) and the decisions of the Sponsors and/or the Challenge judges which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Challenge; (b) release and hold harmless the Sponsors, and/or governmental entities, including the City of New York, the award suppliers and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Challenge, and all of their respective past and present officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a participant’s submission, creation of an entry or submission of an entry, participation in the Challenge, acceptance or use or misuse of an award (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, transmission, performance, exploitation or use of a submission; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Sponsors, the City of New York and their employees, officers, and agents from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or relating to a participant’s participation in the Challenge and/or participant's acceptance, use or misuse of an award.
Except where prohibited, participation in the Challenge constitutes participant’s consent to Sponsors’ and their agents’ use of participant’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state for promotional purpose in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. The submissions may also be featured on official social media channels operated by the City of New York.
In addition to the terms in the accompanying Permitted Use and Disclaimers, Sponsors may cancel, suspend and/or modify the Challenge, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsors’ reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Challenge, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Sponsors reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual or participant they find to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Challenge or to be acting in violation of these Challenge Rules or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Challenge may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsors reserve the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsors’ failure to enforce any term of these Challenge Rules or in the accompanying Permitted Use and Disclaimers shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Sponsors are not responsible for, nor are they required to count, incomplete, late, misdirected, damaged, unlawful or illicit submissions, including those secured through automated means or by registering more than one e-mail account and name, using another participant’s e-mail account and name, as well as those lost for technical reasons or otherwise.
Limitations of Liability
The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by participants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Challenge; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Challenge; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Challenge or receipt or use of any award. If for any reason a participant’s submission is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, participant’s sole remedy is to provide another submission within the applicable deadline.
Access to New York City Housing Authority Developments
(1) In order for the New York City Housing Authority’s Law Department to prepare a license agreement that will grant permission to persons or other entities (each, an “Applicant”) to enter and make use (a “Proposed Use”) of real property owned by NYCHA (“NYCHA Property”), Applicant will be required to provide the following information:
- Applicant’s Contact Information – name, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address. Note: a contractor is not an applicant. For example, if the adjacent property owner needs access to make repairs to its own building, then the building’s management company must provide the information and the building’s owner must sign the license agreement.
- Applicant’s attorney and/or other contact person - name, address, telephone number and e-mail address.
- Property Description – name of the Development, street address and description of the NYCHA Property.
- Proposed Use – description of services to be provided or activities to be conducted on the NYCHA Property.
- Storage – whether Applicant will need to store materials or equipment on the NYCHA Property, and under what conditions.
- Hazardous Substances – whether the Proposed Use could result in the use, release or disturbance of any hazardous substances.
- Necessary Approval(s) – whether Applicant has obtained preliminary approval for the Proposed Use from any responsible officer or employee of NYCHA, e.g., the NYCHA Board, General Manager, Capital Projects, Development, Community Operations, Real Estate Services or Property Management Office (in all events, please specify the name and position of the person who granted approval).
- Site Safety Plan and approved NYC Department of Building drawings. All plans and drawings must bear the approval stamp of the NYC Department of Buildings.
(2) Applicant is also informed that, if NYCHA were to grant Applicant permission to use the NYCHA Property, Applicant would be required to meet the following minimum requirements, as well as other requirements not listed below:
- Insurance – Applicant, its contractors and subcontractors would be required to obtain, at a minimum, Workers' Compensation & Employers’ Liability Insurance; Commercial General Liability including Contractual Liability, Personal Injury Insurance, Bodily Injury Insurance and Property Damage Insurance; and Automobile Liability Insurance; all in amounts and forms, and having specific kinds of coverage, specified by NYCHA. In some instances, other types of coverage may be required. Note: all insurance certificates must list the following as Additional Insured and Certificate Holder: New York City Housing Authority, 90 Church Street, 6th Floor, New York, New York 10007-2919, Attn: Director of Risk Finance. Coverage amounts that are required are determined by NYCHA’s Risk Finance Department.
- Legal Requirements - Applicant would be required to comply with all applicable federal, state, municipal, and local laws, ordinances, codes, rules and regulations, notices, and orders (including any environmental laws), and any requirements as to permits, approvals, testing and or licenses, and the payment of any and all fees imposed in connection therewith, related to the Proposed Use and/or that bear upon the conduct of those persons engaged in performing the Proposed Use.
- Restoration of the NYCHA Property - Applicant would be required, upon the completion of the Proposed Use, to restore the NYCHA Property to the condition existing prior to Applicant’s access to the NYCHA Property, except when the Proposed Use involves making approved changes to the NYCHA Property, in which case Applicant would be required to surrender the NYCHA Property broom clean and in good order and condition.
Participant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Challenge, or any award, other than those concerning the administration of the Challenge or the determination of awardee(s), shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (2) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Challenge, or any awards, shall be resolved exclusively in the New York State or federal courts in the City, County and State of New York; (3) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Challenge, but in no event shall include attorneys’ fees; and (4) under no circumstances will participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. Some jurisdictions do not allow the limitations or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above may not apply to you. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Challenge Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsors in connection with the Challenge, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law of conflict of law rules (whether of the State of New York or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York.
For Challenge results go to the challenge application page on or about March 1, 2018.
Sponsors' Contact Information: (1) New York City Housing Authority, 250 Broadway, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10007 ; (2) NYC Department of Sanitation, 125 Worth St, New York, NY 10013; (3) NYC Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, 255 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007; (4) NYC Economic Development Corporation, 110 William Street, New York, NY, 10038.