Terms and Conditions – International Student Design Competition

Entering the Competition


Vision Direct's International Student Design Competition (the “Competition”) is open to students enrolled on an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course at a university in the UK, Netherlands, Italy or Spain. Entrants must be aged 18 or over and must be enrolled on a course for the 2019-2020 academic year. University employees (such as post-doctoral researchers) are not eligible to enter the Competition.


The promoter of the Competition is Vision Direct Europe Ltd of Veale Wasbrough Vizards, Narrow Quay House, Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA, UK (the “Promoter”).


Entrants into the Competition must indicate that they have read, understood and accepted these Terms and Conditions by ticking the relevant box on the online entry form. In the event of any conflict between these Terms and Conditions and any other communications regarding the Competition, the provisions of these Terms and Conditions shall prevail.


To enter the Competition you must design a new product aimed at improving the lives of contact lens wearers - this does not need to be a new type of contact lens; it can be a new accessory or new method of using/cleaning/keeping contact lenses. We're looking for something innovative, unique and practical, which really considers the needs of contact lens wearers. Your product should sit within one of the following areas of application: sports; travel; lifestyle; or entertainment.

All entries must include three key components: (i) an explanation of the problem being solved and the new product’s area of application (sports, travel, lifestyle or entertainment); (ii) an explanation of the development process for your product; and (iii) the final product – including a name, a description of how the product works (which may include diagrams/illustrations/photographs) and an explanation of how the product will help contact lens wearers. Any written elements of your Competition entry must be in English.

Your Competition entry must be submitted in the form of a single PDF file of no more than 4 pages in length. Entries must be submitted according to the instructions on the online entry form at https://www.visiondirect.co.uk/visionaries-student-competition-2019.

No purchase is necessary. If you have any questions about how to enter or otherwise in connection with the Competition, please email us at visionaries@visiondirect.co.uk with “Student Design Competition” in the subject line.


A Competition entry may be produced and submitted by a single individual, or alternatively a team entry may be submitted on behalf of a maximum of four team members who all study at the same university. No individual may contribute to more than one Competition entry. You are responsible for the cost (if any) of sending your Competition entry to us.


The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of an entry is not proof of receipt by the Promoter.


The Competition opens at 7:00 AM (London time) on the 18th September 2019 and closes at 23:59 on 10 January 2020 (London time). Entries received outside this time period will not be considered.


In the event that you (or your team) is selected to join the shortlist of the 12 best entries (see below), your admission to the shortlist is conditional upon you/your team assigning to the Promoter all rights subsisting in your Competition entry. If you/your team fail to sign the assignment documentation presented by the Promoter, you will not be allowed to join the shortlist of the 12 best entries and an alternative entry will be selected by the judging panel to join the shortlist. Following the execution of the assignment documentation by the shortlisted individuals/teams, the Promoter or its associated companies may develop any or all of the shortlisted product ideas into a commercial product. However, there is no obligation on the Promoter or its associated companies to do so.


By submitting an entry to the Competition, you grant the Promoter:


a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide licence to publish your Competition entry in electronic format (including on websites and social media accounts controlled by the Promoter) and hard copy for purposes connected with the Competition, and to adapt the entry to enable such publication, and (to the extent permitted by applicable law) you hereby irrevocably waive, for the benefit of the Promoter, all moral rights in the entry to which you are entitled or (where a waiver of moral rights is not possible) you agree not to assert such rights; and


the right to use your name and county of residence for the sole purpose of identifying you as the author of your entry and/or as a winner of the Competition.


Your entry must not be copied, must not contain any third-party materials and/or content that you do not have permission to use, must not promote any goods or services other than those of the Promoter, and must not encourage inappropriate or dangerous behaviour, or otherwise be obscene, defamatory, distasteful, offensive, or in breach of any applicable law or regulation, or in breach of any confidentiality obligations owed by you to third parties. You must not enter the Competition without the consent of your university, and you must not submit an entry in respect of which your university has any claim of ownership. If we have reason to believe your entry is in breach of this paragraph 10 then we may not consider it and may disqualify it.


We may disqualify your Competition entry for the following reasons: your entry does not comply with these Terms and Conditions; you are not eligible to enter the Competition; or you cannot be contacted. In the event of disqualification, we may select a new winner in accordance with the selection process outlined below.

Picking the winner


A panel of judges, including at least one member who is independent of the Promoter, will select one winning entry from all valid entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. The names of the judges are available on the Competition landing page at https://www.visiondirect.co.uk/visionaries-student-competition-2019. The judging panel will initially produce a shortlist of the 12 best entries, before picking the winner from that shortlist.


When selecting the winning entry, the judges will take into consideration the following judging criteria: originality; the consideration given to the real-life needs of contact lens users; how well the product idea addresses an identified problem; commercial viability.


The judges will select the winning entry on 17th January 2020. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The Prizes


Subject to paragraph 8 above, the winning individual or team (as applicable) will receive a cash prize of £25,000. If the winning entry is submitted by a team, the members of that team must decide how the £25,000 prize should be divided between them. The university of the winning individual/team will receive a cash prize of £5,000, subject to that university being able to demonstrate that they have publicised the Competition among their student body. Any tax liability associated with receipt of the prizes is the sole responsibility of the recipients.


The winning individual/team will be notified by telephone or email on or before February 20th 2020 and given details of how to claim their prize. If a selected winner does not respond to the Promoter within 14 calendar days of being notified of their win, the winner’s prize will be forfeited and the Promoter shall be entitled to select another winner in accordance with the process described above (and that winner will also have to respond to notification of their win within 14 calendar days or else they will also forfeit their prize). If a winner rejects their prize or the entry is invalid or in breach of these terms, the winner’s prize will be forfeited and the Promoter shall be entitled to select another winner.


The prizes will be sent to the winning individual/team and university within 30 calendar days of the public announcement of the winning entry at the awards ceremony in London (see below) in February 2020.


The winning individual/team will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in London in February 2020. Travel to and from London, in addition to two nights’ hotel accommodation, will be organised and paid for by the Promoter for the winning individual/team. All other expenses associated with attendance at the awards ceremony must be covered by the winning individual/team.

Some other rules


The winning individual/team may be asked to take part in promotional activity related to the Competition, and they shall participate in such activity on the Promoter’s reasonable request.


The Promoter shall use and take care of any personal information you supply to it as described in these Terms and Conditions and in accordance with its privacy policy, a copy of which can be seen at www.visiondirect.co.uk/privacy-policy. By entering the Competition, you agree to the collection, retention, usage and distribution of your personal information in order to process and contact you about your Competition entry, and for the purposes outlined in paragraph 9 above.


The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Competition or accepting the prize. The Promoter further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to your or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the Competition. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall exclude the liability of the Promoter under law for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation, or for death or personal injury resulting from its negligence.


The Promoter reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Competition with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its reasonable control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of the Promoter in all matters relating to the Competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


The Promoter shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations relating to this Competition where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control. Such circumstances shall include, but not be limited to, weather conditions, fire, flood, hurricane, strike, industrial dispute, war, hostilities, political unrest, riots, civil commotion, inevitable accidents, supervening legislation or any other circumstances amounting to force majeure.


The Competition and these Terms and Conditions will be governed by English law and entrants to the Competition submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

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