Trend Micro What’s Your Story Competition Rules

The 2017 competition is now closed however, here were our rules which were really important.

Hello and welcome to this year’s What’s Your Story Video Competition.  What’s Your Story is an online youth campaign offering you a voice about the exciting opportunities and indeed challenges that we all face when we are online.  If you do not accept these Rules, please do not enter the Competition.

1. About the Rules 

  • By taking part in the Competition you are agreeing to these official rules (“Competition Rules”).
  • We” and “Us” mean Trend Micro EMEA Limited, and we sponsor the What’s Your Story internet safety education programme and the Competition. We are an Irish limited liability company (number 364963) and we are at IDA Business & Technology Park, Model Farm Road, Cork, Ireland.
  • You” means a person, school or youth Group (such as a youth – film or drama school, or youth clubs) wanting to enter the Competition. You also means’ someone who takes part or appears in an Entry. It is the responsibility of the entrant to make sure that each participant is made aware and accepts these Competition Rules. This means that if you submit a video, please make sure that all of the actors (who are called “participants”) and their parents (where the participants are under 18) are happy for you to agree to these Competition Rules.  You should tell them to check these Competition Rules themselves.


2. About the Competition 

  • We run the Competition to raise awareness and educate our community about the risks, dangers and also the exciting opportunities available to us all when we are online. The Competition gives you the opportunity to create a short video (an “Entry”) and upload it to the What’s Your Story Website.
  • The Competition’s theme is “If you could change one thing about your digital life, what would it be?
  • Once we have checked that your Entry meets the Competition Rules we will post it online for others to view, comment on and rate. Entries with the highest views and ratings will become our finalists. panel of independent Judges will then select the winning Entries.


3. Key Dates and Deadlines

  • The Opening Date for uploading Entries is 7th Feb 2017 and the Closing Date is 4th April 2017.
  • There will be a Public Viewing Period when Entries can be viewed on the What’s Your Story website. On the website, your Entry/the Entries can be rated and commented on by the public until 18th April 2017.
  • The Final Judging Period begins on 20th April 2017.


4. Who can enter the Competition?

  • The Competition is open to individuals (“Individual Entrants”), Schools (“School Entrants”) and Groups (“Group Entrants”)
  • You must be a legal resident of Ireland at the time of entry into the Competition.
  • All Individual Entrants and people participating in School and Group categories must be at or below secondary level in Ireland.
  • With respect to Individual Entrants in Ireland, the Competition is open only to legal residents who are eight (8) years of age or older at time of entry.
  • If you have been a previous individual prize-winner in one of our competitions in the past five (5) years, you cannot submit another individual entry. However, a school/youth group may enter every year, even if they have been a winner in previous years.
  • Parent’s consent required – if you are under the age of 18 on the date of entry into the Competition (which means you are a “Minor”), then you must obtain your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission to participate in the Competition. Your parent or your guardian will receive an email asking for their consent.  They need to respond to this email and give their consent before you can continue to enter the Competition.
  • If any potential winner is a Minor, any prize may be awarded in the name of the winner’s parent or legal guardian. Your parent or guardian must agree and sign a legal release (“Release Agreement”) and/or any other document(s) that we reasonably request) before you are entitled to any prize.
  • Our employees or their families or anyone connected with the promotion or organisation of this Competition or their families are not allowed to enter the Competition.


5. How to enter

Beginning 7th February, 2017, in order to enter the Competition, visit the Website https://whatsyourstory.trendmicro.ie/ complete the registration process on the Website with the information requested and follow the online instructions to upload and submit your video  (your “Entry”) directly to the Website.


6. Entry Requirements

Each Entry that is entered into the Competition must meet the following “Entry Requirements”:

  • You promise that all information that you give us is true, accurate and complete in every respect and that you are eligible to enter the Competition.
  • Your Entry must be your own original work and you must you have permission to use any music or content that you did not create.
  • Video Entries:

(a) your video must be between 30 seconds and 2 minutes long, no larger than 100MB and only in .mov or .mp4 or .wmv file format;

(b) the video must be your original, previously unpublished work, and must not infringe any third party copyright or trademarks, breach privacy, or any other third party rights;

(c) Entries must not be discriminatory, obscene, offensive or defamatory.  You have no right to argue with our decision about this.

  • Your Entries must be in English or Irish language.
  • There is a limit of one Entry per Individual Entrant
  • Entries must be received by the Closing Date. No substitutions of any Entry with new versions will be accepted under any circumstances once the original Entry is submitted for consideration.
  • Entries which violate any of these requirements will be deemed ineligible to be included in the Competition and your Entry will be disqualified.
  • We reserve all rights to disqualify you if your conduct is contrary to the spirit or intention of the Competition.


7. Keeping your data and publicity 

  • When you take part in the Competition, you provide personal information to us. By taking part in the Competition, you agree that we can hold and use your personal information to administer the Competition. We promise to use your information only in connection with this Competition in accordance with the privacy notice found on the Website.
  • If you win, we can at no cost use your name, region of residence and likeness as part of the Competition for reasonable publicity in any form including on our Website and on social media.


8. Ownership of your Entry and Copyright

  • Copyright in your Entry and your right to be identified as the creator of your Entry remains with you. However, once your Entry has been submitted, it is important that we are able to use it for purposes connected to What’s Your Story.
  • As a requirement of the Competition, you grant to us a permanent right to use your Entry, for example, by posting it on the internet and social media, copying it, publishing it, editing or adapting it. You also allow us to grant the same rights to other carefully selected organisations so that they can use your Entry for educational purposes without seeking further permission from you.
  • We promise that we shall never use your Entry for commercial purposes.


9. Prizes 

The winning Entries will be those that are judged to be the most visually appealing, creative, effective, original and self-explanatory and captures the competition’s theme.

A prize is available for the overall winner and for each of the category winners.

  • Overall winner prize – €2,000 (Individual or School or Group)
  • Age 8-12 winner prize for an Individual, School and Group category winners – €1,000
  • Age 13+ winner prize for an Individual, School and Group category winners – €1,000
  • Prizes are limited to one prize per Winning category
  • If we do not receive enough eligible Entries, or if the Judges consider that not enough Entries are good enough to award all or any of the Prizes, then some or all of the Prizes may not be awarded.
  • Prizes will be paid in the form of a cheque payable to each winning Entrant or to their parents or legal guardians if they are Minors.
  • The prize winners shall be solely responsible for any required or applicable local taxes, and the reporting consequences thereof, and for any other fees or costs associated with the applicable prize.


10. The Public Viewing Period and Selection of Finalists 

  • After you upload your Entry, we will check it complies with the Competition Rules and if it does; we will approve it. It will then be live on the Website and made available for viewing by the public. So make sure you tell your friends and family so they can take a look at your Entry.
  • You and other registered members of the Website will be invited to rate all of the Entries during the Public Viewing Period. You will be disqualified if you use automatic voting software and/or vote swapping websites. You have a limit of one rating – per Entry.
  • When the Public Viewing Period finishes, the top three Submissions from Individual,School and Group Entrants from each age category will be chosen (a total of Eighteen Entries) These will be the “Potential Finalists”.
  • Potential Finalists are chosen based on the combination of the number of views per Entry and the highest overall ranking (star rating). For clarification the competition has 2 age categories (8-12yrs and 13+yrs), and within these age categories there are three further categories –  Individual, School and Youth Group. For each category the Sponsor will choose 3 finalists.  There will then be one category winner for each of the 3 categories in the age group. Meaning there are six (6) category prizes in total. Whichever one of those category winners has the highest score from the judges, will then be awarded the overall winner. This overall winner therefore could be an Individual, School or Group.
  • If you are a Potential Finalist we will contact you (either by phone, mail or email). We expect that would happen in the week after the close of the Public Viewing Period.
  • If you are chosen as a winner you will be required to sign and return the release agreement prior to being declared a winner. The release agreement requires you to confirm that the Entry complies with the Rules and also to formalise the agreement that gives us the right to use your Entry, referred to in the section headed ‘Ownership of Your Entry and Copyright’.
  • If you are a Minor, the release agreement must be signed by your parent/legal guardian.
  • If you do not sign and return the release agreement within three days of being formally requested, or if we don’t receive them within that time period for any reason we will have no liability to you.
  • If you have broken any of the Rules you may be disqualified. If that happens we will appoint someone else as a winner in your place.


11. The Judging

  • We will appoint a panel of Judges from the companies and/or any third parties that are supporting our What’s Your Story Competition. The Judges will review the Finalist Entries during the Final Judging Period and select the winning Entries.
  • The Judges will take account of your creativity (style, message delivery, 13.4 execution, etc.) the appropriateness of your Entry (on topic, etc.) and how effective you have been in putting across your message. Of course, there is no right or wrong answer, so the Judges will be using their personal judgement. Their decision is final and not open for review or subject to challenge.
  • We aim to notify all winners in early May 2017. If you are one of the winners, we will use the contact details you have provided to get in touch with you and let you know the good news.
  • Before we can confirm any winner we will need to verify your eligibility. If we decide someone is not eligible to be a winner for any reason, our decision will be final and binding and not subject to challenge.
  • We shall have no liability for any winner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by the potential winner for any reason. If any potential winner does not respond within the time specified in the notification, or if any winner notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to a potential winner, such potential winner will forfeit his/her prize and an alternate winner may be selected based on the results of the aforementioned judging criteria. If any potential winner is found to be ineligible or if he/she has not complied with these Official Rules or declines the prize for any reason, such potential winner will be disqualified and the prize may be awarded to an alternate winner based on the results of the aforementioned judging criteria.


12. Winner’s list  

  • Competition winner’s list shall be available in early May 2017.  To obtain a copy of the winner’s list, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: What’s Your Story? – Winner’s List, c/o Trend Micro EMEA Ltd, Attn: Nicola Buckley, IDA Business & Technology Park, Model Farm Road, Cork, Ireland.


13. General 

  • Right to cancel the Competition: We have the right to cancel the Competition or change the Prizes or Rules without notice and without liability to any entrant.  In the event we do not receive enough Entries by the Closing Date or if we are prevented from awarding any prize(s) or continuing with the Competition as contemplated herein for any reason, we shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Competition.
  • We may at our sole discretion disqualify you if you are found to be tampering or interfering with the entry process or operation of the website, or to be acting in any manner deemed to be disruptive of or prejudicial to the operation or administration of the Competition.
  • Our decisions are final and we shall not open into any correspondence with any entrant concerning any aspect of this Competition.
  • Other than for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, so far as is permitted by law, we exclude all liability for any loss, damage, cost and expense, whether direct or indirect, howsoever caused in connection with the Competition or any aspect of the Prize. You are entering this Competition at your own risk.
  • These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of Ireland. Disputes arising in connection with this Agreement shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the Irish courts.