Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions

  1. The competition is open to anyone who is at least 18 years of age on 16th March 2017. Employees, officers, and directors of Deutsche Post DHL Group, its subsidiaries, affiliates, franchisees, advertising and promotion agencies, and anyone involved in the production or administration of the competition, and any members of their immediate family or household are not eligible. The contest is void where prohibited.
  2. To enter the competition, the entrant must meet the following criteria (submission requirements) and confirm acceptance of these terms and conditions.

    Submission requirements

    1. Project title
    2. Entrant’s name
    3. Entrant’s description (e.g., engineer/student/other)
    4. University or company name (if applicable)
    5. Email address
    6. City and country where entrant is based
    7. Submission of document and the video content
    8. All submissions must include a full description of the prototype in a document written in plain English and up to a maximum of 500 words.
    9. All submissions must also include a link to the video content of the prototype in an animation or presentation in plain English and up to a maximum of 3 minutes in length. This video content should outline the problem and explain the solution.
    10. The entry materials (document and the video content) must be submitted via www.dhlinnovationchallenge.com
    11. Entry begins at 12 pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on 16th March 2017, and ends at 5 pm GMT on 16th September 2017.
  3. DHL, its associated companies, and its designees shall have the unrestricted and non-exclusive rights to edit, adapt, publish, copy, display, perform, broadcast, modify, and otherwise use any or all entry materials and intellectual property, alone or in combination with other materials including but not limited to essays, photos and/or videos in any and all media, whether now known or later discovered, in perpetuity, without restriction of any kind whatsoever, without further compensation to the entrant or anyone else.
  4. All submissions must be created by the entrant personally, and must not infringe the copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other personal or proprietary rights of any person or entity.
  5. If any person/entity other than the entrant is depicted or described in the document or video, the entrant is responsible for obtaining any necessary permission for use of their names/likenesses.
  6. Following the culmination of the challenge, DHL reserves the right to use text, images, and video content for display purposes at DHL’s Innovation Centers in Troisdorf, Germany and Singapore without copyright or royalty restrictions.
  7. Intellectual property remains with the entrants. Please note that all existing registered and unregistered rights and know-how about the entrant’s solution and services remain with the entrant. This also applies for generated proprietary rights and know-how during designing and developing solutions and services for this challenge. DHL respects the intellectual property of others; if you are participating at the Innovation Challenge you will not be asked to sign agreements related to confidentiality and ownership of intellectual property. DHL will uphold the entrant-owned rights to inventions, processes, or techniques that have been developed, and will not prevent the entrant from discussing and writing about their inventions, processes, or techniques in theses, papers and other publications.
  8. Entries will not be acknowledged or returned.
  9. Once an entry has been submitted, no further changes will be accepted.
  10. DHL reserves the right not to accept an entry if it does not strictly comply with the terms and conditions.
  11. A panel of DHL-appointed experts will judge the entries on their originality, functionality, perceived commercial feasibility, and potential to solve the problem outlined.
  12. The panel will select a maximum of three entries from all external entries; the panel’s decision is final.
  13. The three shortlisted finalists will be notified by email or telephone using the information supplied at time of entry. Each finalist may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, publicity and liability release, along with an assignment of all rights in and to his/her entry (including copyright and a waiver of any moral rights to the extent allowed by law), within 7 days of notification. Each finalist may also be required to verify the facts of his/her inventions, processes, or techniques and/or provide additional documents as may be required by DHL to confirm and/or assign rights in the entry.
  14. The three finalists will be required to submit a video still/image as a hero image for promotional purposes (including full credit and caption information).
  15. Return flights (economy class) and accommodation will be provided by DHL for one representative from each of the three finalists to attend the DHL Innovation Day. During this event, the audience will vote, based on the performance of the entrant’s solution in a live obstacle course and the entry with the most votes will be awarded as the winner of the DHL Robotics Challenge. The audience vote on the winner is final.
  16. The winning entrant will receive a prize of €15,000 and their winning idea will be exhibited at the DHL Innovation Center in Germany. In addition, they will have the opportunity to discuss with logistics professionals how to materialize their idea into a potential proof of concept.
  17. German law applies. The application of mandatory law, including but not limited to territorial unfair trade law, remains unaffected.


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