XR Prize Challenge: Fight Climate Change

Competition Guidelines and Rules



The XR Prize Challenge: Fight Climate Change is a global competition harnessing AR and VR (XR) solutions to help fight climate change. It is funded by the non-profit AugmentedReality.org and hosted by AWE, the producer of global in-person and online XR events, and the world’s most impactful XR community.

The goal of the Competition is to help fight climate change using XR, and bring to the public some of the best demonstrable solutions that apply XR (virtual reality, augmented reality, or mixed reality) to assist in humanity’s fight against climate change. Furthermore, it will provide recognition, mentorship, and funding to contestants who develop these technologies and solutions.

AWE is inviting submissions from teams and individuals, and especially collaborations between XR technologists and climate change experts from around the world to compete for a $100,000 cash prize, which will be awarded to the best submission that demonstrates a creative, functional, and impactful XR-based solution to help humanity in its fight against climate change.

How It Works

More information about the competition, and how to register is available at: https://www.awexr.com/xrprize

Contestants must be adult individuals or teams formed or led by any adults around the world.

Registration and concepts must be submitted this year. Those confirmed as valid submissions will be invited to develop a Minimum Viable Product (“MVP”) that demonstrates their solution. These demonstrable MVP submissions will then be judged in order to select competition finalists. Finalists will be invited to demonstrate their submissions live at AWE USA 2023 in Santa Clara, USA, where final judging will take place and the winner(s) will also be announced.

Entries must be submitted to address any one of four categories, as described further below.

Entries will be judged on their CREATIVITY, FUNCTIONALITY, and IMPACT.

The winner(s) of the XR Prize competition may use the award in any manner they choose, including how they share it among team members and partners.

Contestants agree their concepts and MVP demonstrations may be made available publicly by AWE for promotional purposes. If there is any IP that you intend to keep secret, do not include it in your submissions.

Important Dates

  • October 20, 2022 | Competition Open For Concept Submissions:The competition is officially announced and open for registrations and concept submissions.
  • December 31, 2022 | Concept Submission Deadline: The competition is now open for registration and submissions are open until the end of the year.
  • April 16, 2023 | MVP Submission Deadline: Teams with concepts that have been accepted to the competition will be invited in early January 2023 to submit an MVP (Minimum Viable Product).
  • May 1, 2023 | Finalists Announced: A judging panel consisting of climate and XR experts will select finalists, who will be invited to demonstrate their submissions live in Santa Clara, USA immediately prior to AWE USA 2023.
  • June 1, 2023 | XR Prize Winners Announced: The winners will be announced and the $100,000 prize awarded during the Auggie Awards Ceremony on June 1st at the event.

Additionally, AWE will host info sessions and mentoring webinars to inspire contestants, answer questions, and facilitate match-making between teams of XR experts and climate experts.

  • TBA December 2022: First info session and mentoring webinar
  • TBA February 2023: Second info session mentoring webinar

Submission Categories

Through the XR Prize, AWE invites submissions that demonstrate the power of XR to address the following problems in our fight against climate change. Each submission must be aligned to address one of these categories, at the discretion of the entrant:

1. Replacing Wasteful Material Consumption

Modern society wastes energy and material resources that contribute to climate change. Leading causes of climate change include wasteful transportation of people and goods, methane leaks, and wasteful development and operations of real estate. Our dependence on fossil fuels to maintain and expand our transportation and real estate needs, as well as other wasteful industrial practices, must be curbed if we are to make an impact in our fight against climate change.

XR can help. We have already observed that virtual, augmented, and mixed reality solutions as alternative spatial communications and collaboration media can help to reduce the need to travel, move resources around the planet, and continue unchecked and unsustainable development of the built environment. We believe that XR can be leveraged to move more bits and fewer atoms.

We need solutions that demonstrate that XR is a viable medium for reducing our dependence on wasteful transportation, consumption of goods, and unsustainable real estate development.

2. Visualizing The Causes & Impacts of Climate Change

We can’t fight what we can’t see. Although the causes and effects of climate change are understood intellectually, they are difficult to grasp viscerally or emotionally because they seem so disconnected from our daily lives and behaviors. One of the biggest challenges in raising awareness of the impacts of climate change is that it’s hard to fight a threat you can’t see.

However, climate change subject matter experts and entrepreneurs can often struggle to inspire people and policy-makers to take action.

The long-term, far-reaching impact of an individual’s or society’s choices or behaviors are not always apparent, as the cause-and-effect can span across the globe and across the decades or centuries. These are spatial and temporal scales that aren’t readily understood. We need ways to communicate the causes of climate change and the effects and impacts of behaviors, educating people in a way they can understand.

XR can help. As a spatial communication medium capable of representing and simulating environments that span space and time in new ways, we can present large, global scale problems and solutions in ways that laypeople can relate to. XR is an “empathy machine,” enabling people to understand that other, disadvantaged or underserved populations are impacted negatively and disproportionately by unjust behaviors and policies.

We need solutions that demonstrate XR’s unique ability to educate people about the causes and effects of climate change, and influence behaviors and policies to promote equity and fairness.

3. Educating About Solutions to Climate Change

Climate activists need their voices heard. There is no shortage of good people and good ideas to combat climate change. However, today’s communication platforms are inadequate for climate activists and sustainability-oriented communities to communicate their ideas, educate people effectively, or to market their solutions in a way that can expand to influence behaviors at a global scale.

XR can help. As an immersive, spatial, and task-oriented story-telling medium, virtual environments can capture ideas and imaginations like no other communication platform can. Ideas promoted within XR can be viscerally understood and can provide a powerful alternative to existing communication platforms, helping to influence purchasing and policy decisions making.

We need solutions that demonstrate XR as a unique story-telling medium for giving a voice to climatologists and sustainability solutions providers, providing them with a powerful platform to educate communities and expand their reach.

4. Optimizing Design & Execution of Climate Solutions

Professionals are solving complex problems with inadequate tools. Designers, engineers, manufacturers, and operators are all applying their professional knowledge and resources to develop solutions to combat climate change. However, climate change is a complex, multi-dimensional problem that requires solutions be optimized, crafted, and built with the most advanced technologies and processes available. We need to get solutions right, and we need them right now.

XR can help. AR, VR and MR technology can enable professionals to make more effective design and fabrication decisions to optimize solutions to climate change. It does so by increasing bandwidth to the brain, leveraging our innate spatial reasoning skills and our abilities to navigate and interact in spatial environments. As a result, engineers and other professionals need new spatially immersive tools to help improve and optimize the design and execution of their solutions to fight climate change.

We need solutions that demonstrate XR as a unique decision-optimization tool, enabling professionals to design and develop perfected solutions that give us the best possible chance to mitigate and reverse climate change.

Judging Criteria

The judging panel will include experts in climate change and XR and will apply the following criteria at both the concept and demonstration phases:

  • Creativity – submission exhibits appropriateness, quality, beauty, design, originality, and the uniqueness of XR to fight climate change.
  • Functionality – submission exhibits thoughtful user experience, access, ease of use, and an innovative user interaction associated with an XR-based solution.
  • Impact – submission exhibits an XR-based solution that delivers on its promise to fight climate change, including its viability in the marketplace, ability to be scaled, and demonstrated or calculated to achieve its intended effect.

How to Enter

  • Read the rules.
  • Sign up to the XR Prize website to create an account.
  • Enter a submission in one of the four categories including a description, images, and video of a product or project that adheres to the rules of the competition and describes the solution in terms of the submission category and judging category criteria, along with all required fields.
  • When submitting a video for nomination, do not superimpose any words, logos or graphics on the lower third of your video. Upper two thirds of frames in videos can contain words, logos, and/or graphics. An AWE branded lower third may be added to the video if the video submitted for nomination is selected for voting.
  • If your concept submission adheres to the rules, it will be reviewed by AWE and its judges.
  • After review of the conceptual submissions, the judges, selected by AWE, will select finalists to continue on to the demonstration review.
  • Finalists selected for demonstration will receive further instruction and guidance at that time, and may include specific feedback or questions from judges seeking clarification or further information pertaining to your submission.
  • Demonstrations will take place within a three week time frame, and will require live presentation by finalists using a platform supporting remote communication and collaboration.
  • Judges will select winners of the XR Prize based on scoring during the demonstrations review.
  • Winner(s) will be announced at AWE USA 2023.

Review the sections below for a more detailed description and important requirements and restrictions.

1. Sponsor and Administrator

Sponsor and Administrator: AWE XR, LLC, 9450 SW Gemini Dr. , PBM 55425 Beaverton, OR, USA 97008-7105

2. Eligibility
  • The Competition is open only to:
    1. Adults or teams of adults from all over the world excluding Russia, Iran, North Korea, and China*.
      If a minor wishes to participate, their entry must be made by their parent or legal guardian on behalf of the minor.
    2. corporations or organizations from all over the world (an “Organization”) excluding Russia, Iran, North Korea, and China*.
      Individuals entering XR Prize on behalf of a team or Organization must be duly authorized to submit on behalf of the team or Organization. An individual may join more than one team or Organization and an individual who is part of a team or Organization may also enter the Competition on an individual basis.
      Each team or Organization shall appoint one individual (the “Representative”) to represent and act, including entering a XR Prize submission, on behalf of said team or Organization. The Representative represents and warrants that (i) he/she is duly authorized to act on behalf of the team or Organization; and that (ii) each member of the team (or in the case of Organization, each participating member) has read the Official Rules and agrees to abide by these Official Rules. The Representative will ensure that each member of the team or Organization shall comply with the Official Rules.
      * China contestants are excluded from the Competition due to regulatory laws in China which prohibit Sponsors from awarding cash prizes;
  • The following individuals and entities are not eligible, regardless of whether they meet the criteria set forth above:
    1. the Administrator and any advertising agency, contractor or other company involved with the design, production, promotion, execution, or distribution of the Competition;
    2. any individual involved with the design, production, promotion, execution, or distribution of the Competition and each member of any such individual’s immediate family or household;
    3. any company or individual that employs any Judge or that otherwise has a material business relationship or affiliation with any Judge for the respective award category;
    4. any parent company, subsidiary, or other affiliate of any company described above; and
    5. all employees, representatives and agents of the entities described above (and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, and other affiliates) and all members of any such employee, representative or agent’s immediate family or household.
  • For purposes hereof:
    1. the members of an individual’s immediate family include such individual’s spouse, children and step-children, parents and step-parents, and siblings and step-siblings; and
    2. the members of an individual’s household include any other person that shares the same residence as such individual for at least three (3) months out of the year.
    3. the terms “Contestant” and “Entrant” and “Participant” are used interchangeably herein to mean the person(s) or entity who submit a solution, application, or demonstration for purposes of this competition. “Submission” and “Solution” are used interchangeably herein to refer to the solution, application, or demonstration submitted.
  • The Competition is subject to all applicable United States federal, state, provincial and local laws. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and to the Sponsor and the Administrator’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Competition. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
3. Team Registration Period
  • Contestants may enter a Conceptual Submission between 20 October 2022 at 8:00 AM Pacific Time (“PST”) and 31 December 2022 at 11:59 PM PST (updated) (the “Conceptual Submission Period”). Administrator’s computer is the official time keeping device for this Competition.
  • Any Submission entered following the Competition Submission Period shall be disqualified.
4. How to Enter
  • Registration
    1. Beginning at 8:00 AM PST on October 20, 2022 visit www.awexr.com/global/xrprize and follow the submission process.
  • Submission
    1. Create a working solution, application, or demonstration that addresses the problem and criteria described within the submission category of your choice.
    2. Concept submissions due by 31 December 2022.
    3. Between 20 October 2022 and 31 December 2022, visit www.awexr.com/global/xrprize select the appropriate category for your Submission, enter your Submission, and confirm that you have read and agreed to the Official Rules.
      If your submission includes an application that is downloadable, add a link to a public website where your application can be accessed or downloaded by the public or will be available once approved by the relevant app store; or where your application or Project can be experienced. If your application is not yet publicly available, or is not available for free, provide a link to a website where your application can be accessed or downloaded free of charge for purposes of testing and evaluation by the Judges.
    4. In the event of a dispute pertaining to this Competition, the authorized account holder of the email address used to sign up for the AWE XR Prize account used to enter the Submission will be deemed to be the Contestant (in case of an individual) and the Contestant’s Representative, in the case of a team or Organization. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person or legal entity assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Contestants generally and potential winners may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder.
5. Submission Requirements
  • Application Requirements
    1. A submitted product or project may be based on any kind of technology, i.e., for the web, a personal computer, a mobile handheld device, smart glasses, VR headset, and wearables, a projection system, or any software or hardware platform broadly available to the public.
    2. Your MVP submission must include a working software application or hardware that complies with the award category criteria.
    3. A “working software application or hardware” means an application that can be successfully installed (if applicable), or experienced and reliably run without crashing the technology for which it is intended.
    4. Applications may, but are not required to, combine the use of third party data or APIs, provided the inclusion and use of the third party data or API does not infringe upon the rights of any person or entity.
  • Image and Video Requirements
    1. The video portion of your Submission:
      1. should be no longer than 90 seconds;
      2. must clearly demonstrate your Nomination’s features and functionality;
      3. should include an audio narration in the demonstration of your application; and
      4. must not include music or other copyrighted material unless you have a license to use such material.
    2. If the video is primarily promotional rather than a demonstration of the application’s functionality, the Submission may be disqualified at the Administrator’s sole discretion.
  • General Requirements
    1. A Contestant may submit more than one Submission. However, each Submission or any part thereof, must, at the sole discretion of the Administrator, be substantially different from the Contestant’s other Submissions, or any part thereof. If a Contestant enters two or more Submissions that are substantially similar, the Administrator reserve the right to disqualify Submissions or require the Contestant to choose one Submission to enter into the Competition.
    2. Submissions must not be a clear attempt to duplicate prior Submissions already submitted to competitions run or hosted by AWE, including but not limited to the annual AUGI competition.
    3. The Conceptual submission deadline is 11:59 PM PST on 31 December 2022. Once the Conceptual Submission Period has ended, the Contestant may not make any changes or alterations to any part of the Submission (including the associated Application). Those submissions confirmed to be valid during the Concept Submission review process will be notified of their eligibility to submit a demonstrable Minimal Viable Product (“MVP”). AWE Reserves the right to reject any concept submissions based on their apparent incompleteness or inappropriateness to the spirit or intent of the competition. The deadline for MVP submissions is 11:59 PM PST on 16 April 2023. These MVP submissions will be judged by judges selected by AWE. Finalists will be selected by the judges for the demonstration round, and will be given notification and the opportunity to make alterations to their submission.
    4. Posting of a Submission to the Competition Website does not constitute a final determination by the Administrator of the Contestant or the Submission’s eligibility.
    5. Submissions must be the original work of the Contestant, and must not infringe, misappropriate or otherwise violate any intellectual property rights, proprietary rights, gender rights, privacy rights, moral rights or any other rights of any person or entity.
    6. It is an express condition of entry and eligibility that each Contestant warrants and represents that the Contestant’s Submission is solely owned by the Contestant, that the Submission is wholly original with the Contestant and that no other party has any rights or interest, whether known or unknown, in the Submission.
    7. The Contestant further represents and warrants to the Administrator that the Submission, and any use thereof by the Administrator (or any of their respective partners, subsidiaries and affiliates), shall not:
      1. infringe upon any statutory or common law copyright, trademark or patent;
      2. be defamatory or libelous in any manner towards any person;
      3. constitute or result in any misappropriation or other violation of any person’s publicity rights or right of privacy; or
      4. infringe, misappropriate or otherwise violate any intellectual property rights, proprietary rights, privacy rights, moral rights or any other rights of any person or entity.
    8. A Contestant may contract with a third party for technical assistance to create the Submission provided the application is solely the Contestant’s work product and the result of the Contestant’s ideas and creativity and the Contestant owns all rights to it.
    9. A Submission including, image, video, and textual materials, must be in English. If in a language other than English, the Submission must be accompanied by an English translation of that text.
    10. The Administrator and the Judges can, at their sole discretion, at any time, remove the Submissions or any part thereof if the Submission:
      1. does not fully comply with these Official Rules;
      2. is indecent, obscene, defamatory, libelous, in bad taste, or demonstrates a lack of respect for public morals or conduct.
    11. Additionally, Submissions will not be accepted if, at the sole discretion of the Administrator and the Judges, they:
      1. are illegal under applicable law;
      2. depict hatred;
      3. defame or denigrate (or are derogatory towards) any person or group of persons or any race, ethnic group or culture;
      4. threaten a specific community in society, including any specific race, ethnic group or culture;
      5. are intended to or might incite violence;
      6. contain vulgar or obscene language or excessive violence;
      7. contain pornography, obscenity or sexual activity; or
      8. disparage the Administrator.
    12. All of the above are to be determined at the Administrator’s sole discretion.
    13. If the Administrator or the Judges, at their discretion, find any Submission to be unacceptable, then such Submission shall be deemed disqualified from the Competition.
    14. The Administrator may at its sole discretion disqualify Submissions for which legal complaint, demand or assertion of rights, including but not limited to takedown requests made those under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act are received and remove any such Submission or component thereof from www.awexr.com/global/xrprize.
6. Submission Rights for Entrants
  • Contestants will retain any applicable intellectual property rights in the Submission. By entering the Submission into this Competition, you grant to the Administrator, and any individuals, entities, or third parties acting on behalf of, or with the authorization of, the Administrator, a non-exclusive, non-revocable, royalty-free, worldwide license to reproduce, modify, distribute, display publicly, perform publicly, and otherwise use for promotional purposes your Submission during the Competition and after the conclusion of the Competition Submission Period. You expressly waive any legal right or claim stemming from any such uses. including but not limited to claims of copyright, trademark, or patent infringement. Work that is submitted to the competition will be made available for access and consumption by the general public, and the submitter shall have no claims or restrictions to Intellectual Property associated with their submission.
  • Once a Contestant enters a Concept Submission or MVP Submission and it is available for judging, the Submission (including the associated application) cannot be modified in any way. Only MVP Submissions selected as finalists for live demonstration may further develop or modify their Submission if they so choose.
7. Display of Submissions and Judging
  • Submissions will be posted on www.awexr.com/global/xrprize on a rolling basis after being screened by the Administrator for basic functionality, accuracy of messaging, and integrity (i.e., security), and appropriateness of content. The Administrator has the right to request additional information and be provided access to the application in person or via any reasonable manner to verify the application functions and operates as stated in the Submission. Failure by a Contestant to respond or honor such a request may result in immediate disqualification of the Submission. The members of the general public, including all Contestants, will have equal access to Submissions posted on the website.
  • Non-Contestants interested in the Competition may obtain updates on the competition as published by AWE.
  • Private judging will determine the finalists among MVP Submissions. The MVP Submission judging is scheduled to take place between 17 April 2023 and 30 April 2023 (the “MVP Judging Period”). Finalists selected for demonstration will be notified by 1 May 2023 by 5:00 PM PT of their status, and be provided with further instructions regarding the live demonstration phase at that time. The live demonstration phase is scheduled to take place in Santa Clara, USA on 30 May 2023 between 8:00 AM PST and 5:00 PM PST (the “Live Demonstration Period”). Finalists will be assigned one or more available time slots during this time to provide a live, in-person or remote demonstration of their solution to the judges during this time. Private judging of demonstrated solutions will determine winners of the competition. If the judging process fails to operate properly or appears to be tampered with or tainted with errors, fraud or unfair practices, the Administrator at their sole discretion reserves the right to use another means to determine the potential finalists and winners. Contestants may not pay or otherwise compensate anyone or provide any other type of consideration in exchange for judging opinions.
  • The Administrator reserve the right to alter the time periods at any time for any reason, and posted/confirmed on www.awexr.com/global/xrprize.
8. Winner Selection
  • Submissions will be judged by an expert panel of impartial judges (the “Judges”) selected by the Administrator. Submissions may initially be screened by a qualified internal panel selected by the Administrator at its sole discretion. Finalist Submissions will then be judged by an expert judging panel determined by the Administrator. The Administrator reserve the right to substitute or modify the judging panel at any time for any reason.
  • All Judges shall be and remain fair and impartial. Any Judge may recuse him or herself from judging a Submission if the Judge, the Administrator considers that it is inappropriate, for any reason, for the Judge to evaluate a specific Submission or group of Submissions. A Submission will not be at a disadvantage if one or more judges recused him or herself.
  • A Contestant’s likelihood of winning will depend primarily on the number and quality of all of the Submissions, as determined by the Judges using the criteria below. The dates for the final judging deliberations are between 30 May and 31 May 2023.
9. Verification of Potential Winners
  • ALL POTENTIAL COMPETITION WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY THE ADMINISTRATOR WHOSE DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE COMPETITION. Potential winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules. The potential winners will be notified by June 1, 2023.
  • In the event that a potential winner of a Competition prize is disqualified for any reason, Administrator may award the applicable prize to an alternate winner who had the highest score remaining of the eligible entries. If a winner is considered to be a minor in his or her state of residence, at Administrator’s sole option, the prize will either be awarded to the minor winner’s parent or legal guardian on behalf of the winner.
10. Prizes

Cash prize totaling at least $100,000 will be awarded to winners, at the discretion of AWE and its judges.

  • No Prize substitutions will be made except for the right of the Administrator to make a Prize substitution of equivalent or greater value in the event the Prize or any portion thereof is unavailable. Prizes must be accepted as awarded. No transfer or substitution of a Prize is permitted except at the Administrator’s sole discretion. No more than the stated number of Prizes will be awarded. If a team or Organization is selected as a Prize winner, the associated Prize will be provided to said team or Organization’s Representative. It will be up to the winning team or Organization’s Representative to allocate the Prize amongst its team or Organization members, as they deem appropriate.
  • Winners (and in the case of team or Organization, all participating members) are responsible for reporting and paying all applicable taxes in their jurisdiction of residence (federal, state/provincial/territorial and local). It is the sole responsibility of Prize winners to provide certain information to facilitate receipt of the award, including completing and submitting any tax forms when necessary and any applicable withholding and reporting requirements.
  • In the event a winner/potential winner’s employer has a policy that prohibits the awarding of a Prize to an employee, the Prize will be forfeited and an alternate potential winner will be selected. Each Contestant hereby acknowledges and agrees that the relationship between the Contestant, the Administrator, is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship, and that the Contestant’s decision to provide the Contestant’s Submission to Administrator for the purposes of this Competition does not place the Administrator, and their respective agents in a position that is any different from the position held by the members of the general public with regard to elements of the Contestant’s Submission, except as specifically provided in these Official Rules.
11. Entry Conditions and Release
  • By entering, each Contestant (including, in the case of team or Organization, all participating members) agree(s) to:
    1. comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of The Administrator, and/or the Competition judges which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Competition;
    2. indemnify, defend and hold harmless the directors, officers, members, agents, and contractors of Administrator, and their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, the Prize suppliers and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Competition, and all of their respective past and present officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (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, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright, patent or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a Contestant’s entry, creation of an entry or submission of an entry, participation in the Competition, acceptance or use or misuse of the Prize (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, transmission, performance, exploitation or use of entry; and
    3. indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Administrator and the Released Parties from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) arising out of or relating to a Contestant’s participation in the Competition and/or a Contestant’s acceptance, use or misuse of Prize.
12. Publicity
  • Except where prohibited, participation in the Competition constitutes a winner’s consent to Administrator’s and their agents’ use of the winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, comments and/or hometown and state/province/territory of residence (and, as applicable, those of all other members of the team or participating members of the Organization which participated in the Submission) for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration, following the conclusion of the Competition.
13. General Conditions
  • The Administrator reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Competition, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failure or any other unanticipated factor or factor beyond Administrator’s control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Competition, as determined by Administrator at their sole discretion. The Administrator reserve the right at their sole discretion to disqualify any individual or Contestant it finds to be tampering with the entry process (for example by using the aid of computer software programs to auto-fill entries) or the operation of the Competition or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in a manner that is inappropriate, not in the best interests of this Competition, or a violation of any applicable law or regulation.
  • Any attempt by any person to undermine the proper conduct of the Competition may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Administrator reserve the right to take proper legal action, including, without limiting, referral to law enforcement, for any illegal or unlawful activities.
  • The Administrator’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. The Administrator are not responsible for incomplete, late, misdirected, damaged, lost, illegible, or incomprehensible Submissions or for address or email address changes of the Contestants. Proof of sending or submitting will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by The Administrator. The Administrator are not responsible for, nor are they required to count any vote which, in their sole judgment, is incomplete, late, misdirected, damaged, unlawful or illicit, including those secured through payment, votes achieved through automated means or by registering more than one e-mail account and name, using another Contestant’s e-mail account and name, as well as those lost for technical reasons, defective or otherwise in violation of these rules.
  • In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of the Official Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Competition materials, including but not limited to the Competition submission form, or point of sale, television, print or online advertising, the terms and conditions of the Official Rules shall prevail.
  • The Administrator reserve the right, without liability, to amend the terms and conditions of the Official Rules at any time, including the rights or obligations that the Contestant, the Administrator may have. The Administrator will post the terms and conditions of the amended Official Rules (“Corrective Notice”). As permitted by law, any amendment will become effective at the time the Administrator post the amended Official Rules.
  • All intellectual property related to this Competition, including but not limited to trademarks, trade-names, logos, designs, promotional materials, web pages, source codes, drawings, illustrations, slogans and representations are owned or used under license by the Administrator. All rights are reserved. Unauthorized copying or use of any copyrighted material or intellectual property without the express written consent of its owners is strictly prohibited. Contestants may use the trademarks AUGMENTED WORLD EXPO and XR PRIZE in the course of accurately conveying to the public, or to any segment thereof, that the Submission was submitted to the Contest or that it was awarded an XR Prize. Contestants may not, however, use these or any other of Administrator’s trademarks in a manner that suggests any sponsorship, connection, affiliation, endorsement, or approval between Sponsor and Contestant or between Sponsor and the Submission.
14. Limitations of Liability
  • By entering, all Contestants (including, in the case of a team or Organization, all participating members) agree to be bound by the Official Rules and hereby release the Administrator and each of its and their employees, officers, directors, affiliates, related entities, partners, partnerships, principals, representatives, agents, licensees, sponsors, successors and assigns (together with the Administrator, the “Released Parties”) from any liability in connection with the Prizes or from participation in the Competition.
  • Without limiting the foregoing, the Released Parties are not responsible for:
    1. any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by the Administrator’s or a Contestant’s electronic or printing error or by any of the equipment (including the SummerStage API) or programming associated with or utilized in the Competition;
    2. technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines, internet connectivity or electronic transmission errors, or network hardware or software or failure of awexr.com;
    3. unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Competition;
    4. technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Competition or the processing of Submissions; or
    5. any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from the Contestant’s participation in the Competition or receipt or use or misuse of any Prize. If for any reason any Contestant’s Submission is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, the Contestant’s sole remedy is to request the opportunity to resubmit its Submission, which request will be determined at the sole discretion of the Administrator if the Competition Submission Period is still open.
15. Disputes
  • Entrant agrees that:
    1. any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Competition, or any prizes awarded, other than those concerning the administration of the Competition or the determination of winners, 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 Competition, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved exclusively by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan or the appropriate Michigan State Court;
    3. any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Competition, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and
    4. under no circumstances will entrant 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 Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Administrator in connection with the Competition, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Michigan, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Michigan or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Michigan.
16. Privacy

The Administrator collects personal information from you when you enter the Competition. Read our Privacy Policy here.

17. Competition Results

For Competition results, attend AWE for the XR Prize Ceremony in June 2023 in Santa Clara, or go to the AWE site on or about 4 June 2023 where results will be posted.

18. Contact Us

If you have questions regarding the Competition - please email [email protected].