Visualizing Time

For many students, history is filled with endless dates and faceless names to memorize. The past is filled with rich stories and insights spanning human history, life history, Earth history and even the history of the universe itself. A central problem in studying history is understanding the context and scale in which these stories take place to enable exploration of historical topics. 
ChronoZoom, an open source project initiated by Microsoft Research and UC Berkeley enables students to explore, create, and tell stories with timelines directly from within a web browser. As the 2013 recipient of the SXSW Interactive Award for Best Educational Resource, ChronoZoom is developing lesson plans to teach historical thinking concepts to middle and high school students.
 
We’ve teamed up with Microsoft Research and challenge you to use data and design to visualize time to make ChronoZoom an even better educational tool. ChronoZoom is both a dataset--accessible via an API--and an interface. The data includes entities like eras, events, historical figures and the relationships between them. Your challenge is to create a visualization using the API. Your project should work as a standalone piece, but innovative features may be incorporated into the official ChronoZoom application.
 
We’re offering up to $17,000 in prizes, including a trip to Moscow, Russia to meet with a member of the ChronoZoom Research and Design team. Because ChronoZoom is open-source, your visualization is subject to the Apache v2 license and certain prizes are limited to specific categories. Read the full Challenge Rules below for additional information and details on eligibility.
 
If you are interested in participating, register for the challenge here
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Categories

For the challenge, we’ve created 2 categories. You can either choose to use a selected subset of timeline data that focuses on World War I in honor of its 100-year commemoration or visualize the entire ChronoZoom data set.
 
World War I Category:
Use the ChronoZoom APIs to access the WWI portion of the timeline. A sample WWI timeline developed by students using the current ChronoZoom tool can be seen here. Create visualizations across one or more of the following two areas:
 
Causality: Various events are caused by or influenced by various previous events.  Demonstrate a method to visually show how events are related to each other.
 
Affinity: Events are often connected to various groups, categories, and other classifications. Events may be economic, cultural, military, religious, or other types.  Events may be told from the perspective of a particular group.  Demonstrate a method to show these relationships.
 
General ChronoZoom Category:
Use the ChronoZoom APIs and create novel solutions to visualize the entire ChronoZoom dataset. The visualizations should address:
 
Context: There are currently about 7,000 content items in the default Big History dataset and we anticipate many more.  It is crucial for users to be able to get a clear overview as they begin to browse this data. When viewing “humanity” for example, it should be easy to see quickly the names of a reasonable number of visible timeline titles. When viewing the “Industrial Revolution”, the timeline is unnaturally very tall due to the large number of parallel items. In this category, entries should aim to make timelines and related content more clear at a high level. Currently ChronoZoom requires users to mouse over each item to see a tool tip which significantly slows browsing and information discovery.
 
Data
 
Use the ChronoZoom API to access data for both categories. The ChronoZoom API includes a variety of calls for accessing these different data entities. For example, you send a date range and it will give you all the events that happen in that date range. Each data set page contains the data in both .xlsl formats and as a linkn to a JSON file. We've also included a schema of the database as well as a JSFiddle example of how to use the data. 
 
Prizes
 

World War I Category:

  • Interactive
    • Grand Prize: $5,000 and a trip to Moscow to meet with a member of the ChronoZoom Research and Design team. Airfare, hotel and ground transfers to/from airport are included. 
    • First Prize: $2,500
    • Second Prize: $1,500
  • Infographic
    • Grand Prize: $1,000
  • Student
    • Grand Prize: $300. If a student team wins, each member will receive $300, up to 5 members total ($1,500). 

General ChronoZoom Category

  • Grand Prize: $2,000. NOTE: Only interactive projects will be eligible

Enter
After uploading your entry on Visualizing, click "Enter this Challenge" to select and submit your visualization. 

UPDATE - NEW DEADLINE: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Winner announcement: Thursday, February 6, 2014

World War I Category: 

When uploading your visualization, please add the respective tags to denote which category your project falls under: #chronozoominteractive, #chronozoominfographic, or #chronozoomstudent

General ChronoZoom Category:  

When uploading your visualization, please add the tag #chronozoomgeneral 

NOTE: Interactive projects offer some form of user interaction that allow the viewer to explore, filter, or otherwise manipulate the data display. This interactivity can range from the simple to the very complex, but in almost all cases it requires some combination of design and and programming to build. On the other hand, static projects are images, motion graphics, videos, or slideshows that offer the same content to all viewers. Most of the tiem, infographics can be created without any programming, using graphics adn design software. Between these two definitions, there is a gray area -- for instance, projects that include user-triggered animations but offer no filtering or manipulation of the data being displayed may or may not be considered "interactive." For this challenge, the final designation of whether each project is an interactive or static will be left up to our jury. 

Jury

  • Andy Kirk, VisualisingData
  • Donald Brinkman, Microsoft
  • Isabel Meirelles, Northeastern University
  • Stephen Drucker, Microsoft
  • Visualizing

Scoring

All entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • 50% - Understanding: How effectively does the visualization communicate the data? How does it help make sense of the data set?
  • 25% - Design and Originality: Does the visualization demonstrate a novel aproach to the problem? Is the solution presented in an elegant, polished way?
  • 25% - Utility and Openness: Would this visualization be useful to a broad audience? Is it useful in many ways? 


  • MICROSOFT CHRONOZOOM VISUALIZING.ORG CHALLENGE 
  • OFFICIAL RULES
  • PLEASE NOTE: Notwithstanding any term in the Visualizing Submission Agreement, only these Chronozoom Visualizing.org Challenge Official Rules govern your participation and entry into the Challenge. As stated in the Visualizing Submission Agreement, this notice serves to clarify the correct terms and conditions that apply to this Challenge. If there is any conflict between these Official Rules and the Visualizing Submission Agreement, these Official Rules will apply.
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  • PLEASE NOTE:  It is your sole responsibility to review and understand your employer’s policies regarding your eligibility to participate in trade promotions.  If you are participating in violation of your employer’s policies, you may be disqualified from entering or receiving prizes.  Microsoft disclaims any and all liability or responsibility for disputes arising between an employee and their employer related to this matter, and prizes will only be awarded in compliance with the employer’s policies.
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  • GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES: Microsoft is committed to complying with government gift and ethics rules and therefore government employees, other than employees at universities who do not make procurement or regulatory decisions, are not eligible.
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  • This Challenge is hosted in the United States, and entry information is collected on computers in the United States. This Challenge will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Challenge. If you do not agree with this provision and these Official Rules, please do not enter this Challenge.
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  • COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:
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  • These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft ChronoZoom Visualizing.Org Challenge promotion will operate (“Challenge”).
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  • In these rules, “Sponsor,” “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of this Challenge.  “You” refers to an eligible Challenge entrant, whether an individual, an entity, or an eligible team. 
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  • CHALLENGE DESCRIPTION: 
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  • This is a skill-based contest.  The object of this Challenge is to encourage designers, coders, and developers who are registered users of the visualizing.org website to create effective and aesthetically compelling visualizations of the data hosted in on the 13.7 billion year history of everything at www.chronozoom.com. 
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  • Entries can be in one of two categories: Interactive Projects or Static/Infographic Projects. Interactive Projects offer some form of user interaction that allow the viewer to explore, filter, or otherwise manipulate the data display. This interactivity can range from the simple to the very complex, but in almost all cases it requires some combination of design and programming to build and are often made with tools like HTML5, d3.js or Python. Static/Infographic Projects are images, motion graphics, videos, or slideshows that offer the same content to all viewers. Most of the time, Static/Infographic Projects can be created without any programming, using graphics and design software like Adobe CS.
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  • Individuals, teams of no more than five individuals, and private entities may participate. Each individual, each team, and each entity is referred to as an “entrant” in these Official Rules.  There is a special prize category for student entries.  Only individuals and teams can compete for the student prize.
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  • For purposes of this Challenge, each visualizationyou create and submit in the Challenge will be called an “Entry.”  All eligible entries received will be judged using the criteria described below to determine the winners of the prizes described below.
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  • WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES? 
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  • This Challenge starts at 11:01 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on November 5, 2013, and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on January  15, 2014 (“Entry Period”).
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  • CAN I ENTER?
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  • You are eligible to enter this Challenge if you meet the following requirements at time entry:
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  • Ø     an individual 18 years of age or older employed at an accredited educations institution that grants college/university degrees (a “University”) and you do not make procurement decisions on behalf of your employer, or
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  • Ø     an authorized representative of a private sector company that does not engage in procurement, regulatory or anticorruption activities with any public sector or other government agency; and
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  • ·       You are NOT a resident of, or an entity domiciled in, any of the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.
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  • ·       You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and
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  • ·       You are NOT involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Challenge; and
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  • ·       You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Challenge.
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  • This Challenge is void outside the geographic area described above and wherever else prohibited by law.
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  • PLEASE NOTE: If you are a University employee, all prize awards will be awarded directly to your institution and are subject to receipt of a gift letter signed by your institution's ethics officer, attorney, or designated office responsible for your institution’s gifts/ethics policy. If you are a University employee and win the grand prize trip to Moscow, the receipt of the trip will be subject to written verification by your educational institution's ethics officer that receipt of the trip does not violate your institution’s gifts/ethics policy. Microsoft seeks to ensure that by offering items of value at no charge in promotional settings it does not create any violation of the letter or spirit of the entrant’s applicable gifts and ethics rules.
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  • HOW DO I ENTER?
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  • In order to participate in this Challenge, you must do all of the following:
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  • 1.     You must first become a registered user of the website, visualizing.org.  To register, simply go to www.visualizing.org and click “REGISTER” in the upper right hand corner. Create your account by following the prompts. Registration and membership in visualizing.org is free.
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  • 2.     Once you’ve registered for the website, upload your Entry at http://visualizing.org/upload. Once it’s uploaded, go to the Challenge website athttp//visualizing.org/contests/chronozoom and hit “Enter” to submit your entry.
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  • 3.     Interactive Projects vs. Static / Infographic Projects:When uploading your Entry, indicate whether your Entry is an Interactive Project or Static/Infographic Project by selecting the appropriate tag on the Upload form: #chronozoominteractive or #chronozoomstatic. 
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  • 4.     Student Entries: If you are submitting an Entry that you want to be judged in the student category, add the tag #chronozoomstudent to your Entry on the upload form. If you do not select this tag, your Entry will not be judged in the student category.  Students can submit Interactive Projects and Static/Infographic Projects.
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  • 5.     For each Entry, the submission must include a one paragraph description of your visualization. The description must also detail whether the Entry is submitted by an individual, team or entity. At the close of the Entry Period, Administrator will contact the person submitting the Entry to collect certain information depending on whether the Entry is being submitted by an individual, a team, or an entity:
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  • ·       If entering as an individual: your full name, contact phone number, and email address
  • ·       If entering on behalf of a team: the full name, contact phone number, and email address of the person submitting the Entry on behalf of the team, and the full name, contact phone number, and email address of each person on your team
  • ·       If entering on behalf of an entity: the full name, contact phone number, and email address of the person submitting the Entry on behalf of the entity and the full name and address of the entity.
  • 6.     Entries must be submitted in one of (2) categories: either a selected subset of timeline data that focuses on World War I or the entire ChronoZoom data set, as follows:
  • ·       World War I Category: Use the ChronoZoom APIs to access the World War I portion of the timeline. Create visualizations across one or more of the following two areas:
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  • Ø     Causality: Various events are caused by or influenced by various previous events.  Demonstrate a method to visually show how events are related to each other.
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  • Ø     Affinity: Events are often connected to various groups, categories, and other classifications. Events may be economic, cultural, military, religious, or other types.  Events may be told from the perspective of a particular group.  Demonstrate a method to show these relationships.
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  • ·       General ChronoZoom Category: Use the ChronoZoom APIs and create novel solutions to visualize the entire ChronoZoom dataset. The visualizations should address the concept of “context.” Entries should focus on enabling users to get a clear overview of the 7000 content items in the default Big History dataset.  Entries should also make timelines and related content clearer at a high level.
  • Note: Only Interactive Projects will be eligible for the General ChronoZoom Category.
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  • By submitting a team Entry, you are accepting these Official Rules on behalf of each team member.  By submitting an entity Entry, you are accepting these Official Rules on behalf of the entity.
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  • We will only accept five (5) entries per person, per entity, and per team by any combination of Interactive Projects and Static/Infographic Projects. Each Entry you submit must be substantially unique and different. Closely similar Entries that have minor changes (i.e., color, language) but have been submitted as separate Entries will be disqualified and only the first Entry submitted under that Entry type will be eligible.  An individual may enter individually and on a team, provided that that individual does not submit more than five (5) entries total. Entities may not be on teams.  Each team is solely responsible for its own cooperation and teamwork. In no event will Sponsor officiate in any dispute regarding the conduct or cooperation of any team or its members.
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  • We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason.
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  • We will automatically disqualify:
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  • ·       Any incomplete or illegible Entry; and
  • ·       Any Entries that we receive from you that are in excess of the entry limit described above.
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  • WHAT CONSTITUTES AN ELIGIBLE ENTRY?
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  • To be eligible for judging an Entry must meet the following content / technical requirements:
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  • ·       the visualization must be written in html5 and/or javascript NOTE: Alternative programs (e.g. Illustrator) are accepted for the Infographic prize.
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  • ·       the visualization may contain third party materials, such as open source materials, as long as the distribution of such third party materials is permitted under the terms of the Creative Commons licenses referenced under the section titled “HOW WILL MY ENTRY BE POTENTIALLY USED”?
  • ·       all Entries must access data through the ChronoZoom API located here: http://test.chronozoom.com/api/. API Documentation:https://github.com/alterm4nn/ChronoZoom/blob/master/Doc/ChronoZoom_REST_API.md,
  • ·       Entries in the World War 1 Category must access data through a JSFiddle page: http://jsfiddle.net/M3tan3rd/MD4c8/7/.
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  • In addition:
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  • ·       your Entry must be your own, your team’s or your entity’s original work; and
  • ·       your Entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other contest; and
  • ·       you must have obtained any and all consents, approvals or licenses required for you to submit your Entry; and
  • ·       your Entry may not include any third party trademarks (logos, names) or copyrighted materials (music, images, video, recognizable people) unless you have obtained permission to use the materials. You may include Microsoft trademarks, logos, and designs, for which Microsoft grants you a limited license to use for the sole purposes of submitting an Entry into this Challenge.
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  • Entries may NOT contain, as determined by us, in our sole and absolute discretion, any content that:
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  • ·       is sexually explicit, unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; profane or pornographic;
  • ·       promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing) or a particular political agenda;
  • ·       is obscene or offensive;
  • ·       defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about other people or companies;
  • ·       communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which we wish to associate; and/or violates any law;
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  • We reserve the right to reject any Entry, in our sole and absolute discretion, that we determine does not meet the above criteria.
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  • HOW WILL MY ENTRY BE POTENTIALLY USED?
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  • Other than what is set forth below, we are not claiming any ownership rights to your Entry.  However, by submitting your Entry, you:
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  • agree that Seed Media Group, LLC, on behalf of the owner of the site General Electric Company, may sublicense all or a portion of your Entry under the Creative Commons  Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License, which can be found here: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/;
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  • understand and acknowledge that the Sponsor(s) may have developed or commissioned materials similar or identical to your submission and you waive any claims you may have resulting from any similarities to your Entry; 
  • understand that we cannot control the incoming information you will disclose to our representatives in the course of entering, or what our representatives will remember about your Entry. You also understand that we will not restrict work assignments of representatives who have had access to your Entry.  By entering this Challenge, you agree that use of information in our representatives’ unaided memories in the development or deployment of our products or services does not create liability for us under this agreement or copyright or trade secret law; 
  • understand that you will not receive any compensation for use of your entry, other than what is described in these Official Rules; and
  • any credit given to you for your entry will follow the terms of the Creative Commons license referenced above.
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  • Please note that following the end of this Challenge your Entry may be posted on a website selected by us for viewing by visitors to that website.  We are not responsible for any unauthorized use of your Entry by visitors to this website.  While we reserve these rights, we are not obligated to use your Entry for any purpose, even if it has been selected as a winning entry.
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  • If you do not want to grant us these rights to your entry, please do not enter this Challenge.
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  • WINNER DETERMINATION AND PRIZES
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  • On or around the close of the Entry Period, a panel of judges will review all eligible Entries received and select winners of the Challenge Prizes described below based upon judging criteria described below.
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  • Judging Criteria for All Entries
  • ·       50% Understanding: How effectively does the visualization communicate the data? How does it help make sense of the dataset?
  • ·       25% Design and originality: Does the visualization demonstrate a novel approach to the problem? Is the solution presented in an elegant, polished way?
  • ·       25% Utility and openness: Would this visualization be useful to a broad audience? Is it useful in many different ways?
  • Special Note regarding Interactive Projects and Static/Infographic Projects: Between these two definitions, there is a gray area — for example, projects that include user-triggered animations but offer no filtering or manipulation of the data being displayed may or may not be considered “interactive.”  Regardless of the tag you select when submitting an Entry, the decision of whether an Entry is an Interactive Project or a Static/Infographic Project will be made by Administrator and Sponsor. 
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  • In the event of a tie between any eligible Entries, an additional judge will break the tie based on the judging criteria described above.  The decisions of the judges are final and binding.  If we do not receive a sufficient number of entries meeting the entry requirements, we may, at our discretion, select fewer winners than the number of Challenge Prizes described below.
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  • Challenge Prizes
  • World War I Category 
  • Interactive Projects 
  • ·       One (1) Grand Prize:  $5,000 and a trip for winner to Moscow to meet with the ChronoZoom Research and Design team.  Trip includes: coach-class airfare from the airport nearest the winner’s home to Moscow, ground transfers to/from airport, three (3) nights in a hotel to be selected by Sponsor, and an afternoon lunch and a 1-hour session with a ChronoZoom Designer/Coder/Programmer.  Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of trip: $4,000. ARV of Grand Prize: $9,000.
  • ·       One (1) First Prize:  $2,500
  • ·       One (1) Second Prize: $1,500
  • Static / Infographic Projects 
  • ·       One (1) Grand Prize:  $1,000
  • Student Projects 
  • ·       One (1) Grand Prize: $300 cash prize. If a student team wins, each student will receive $300, up to $1,500 maximum (for a team of 5). 
  • General ChronoZoom Category 
  • ·       First Prize: $2,000
  • Note: Only Interactive Projects are eligible for consideration in the ChronoZoom category.
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  • The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $16,550 - $17,750, depending on number of winners for the student prize.
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  • The ARV of electronic prizes is subject to price fluctuations in the consumer marketplace based on, among other things, any gap in time between the date the ARV is estimated for purposes of these Official Rules and the date the prize is awarded or redeemed.  We will determine the value of the prize to be the fair market value at the time of prize award.
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  • Actual value of Interactive Project Grand Prize trip depends on the dates of travel and the departing city of the winner, and any difference between actual value and stated value will not be awarded. Travel is subject to availability and must be completed between March 1, 2014 and May 31, 2014 or prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner.  Some restrictions may apply.  If winner lives within 100 miles of Moscow, Sponsor reserves the right to provide alternative transportation to location. Winner is responsible for all costs not specifically stated, including gratuities, spend money, and food costs. Afternoon lunch does not include alcoholic beverages.  No cancellation of reservation or transfer of reservation to another date is permitted after the reservation has been made. In the event a team entry is selected as the Grand Prize winner, only the team member who submitted the entry will receive the Grand Prize trip but additional team members are invited to pay their own costs to attend.  Additional team member(s) can attend the 1-hour session with the ChronoZoom team. Administrator will make all travel arrangements for winner.
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  • We will only award one (1) prize per person, team, or entity.
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  • SPECIAL NOTE ON ENTITY WINNERS: If the winner of a prize in the Interactive Project or Static/Infographic Project categories is an entity entrant, the prize will be awarded to the winning entity, not to the individual completing the Entry materials on behalf of the winning entity. Further, the winning entity’s CFO or other senior executive selected is responsible for determining any prize distribution within the winning entity’s organization in accordance with its policies, including which entity employee will attend the Grand Prize trip, in the event an entity Entry is selected as the Grand Prize winner. Sponsor will not be responsible for any disputes arising between individual employees and their respective employers.
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  • SPECIAL NOTE ON UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEE WINNERS: If you are a University employee, all prize awards will be awarded directly to your institution and are subject to receipt of a gift letter signed by your institution's ethics officer, attorney, or designated office responsible for your institution’s gifts/ethics policy. If you are the grand prize winner of the trip to Moscow, the receipt of the trip will be subject to written verification by your educational institution’s ethics officer that receipt of the trip does not violate your institution’s gifts/ethics policy. The University is responsible for determining any prize distribution within the winning institution in accordance with its policies. We will not be responsible for any disputes arising between individual employees and their respective employers.
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  • If you are a potential winner, we will notify you by sending a message to the e-mail address, the phone number, or mailing address (if any) provided at time of Entry within twenty-eight (28) days following completion of judging.  If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award to a runner-up.
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  • If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter the Challenge. If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and a W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. If you are a potential winner and you are 18 or older, but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf.  If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select a runner-up.
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  • If you are confirmed as a winner of this Challenge, you (and you on behalf of your entity or each member of your team, as applicable):
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  • ·       You may not exchange your prize for cash or any other merchandise or services.  However, if for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value; and
  • ·      You may not designate someone else as the winner.  If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we may award it to a runner up; and
  • ·      If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize; and
  • ·       If you are otherwise eligible for this Challenge, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, we may award the prize to your parent/legal guardian on your behalf; and
  • ·       Unless otherwise noted, all prizes are subject to their manufacturer’s warranty and / or terms and conditions. 
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  • WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS AM I AGREEING TO BY ENTERING?
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  • By entering this Challenge you agree, you and every person on your team and your entity, as applicable:
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  • ·       To abide by these Official Rules; and
  • ·       To release and hold harmless Microsoft, Visualizing.org, and Seed Media Group LLC, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Challenge, or any prize won; and
  • ·       That Microsoft’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Challenge; and
  • ·       That, by accepting a prize, Microsoft may use of your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Challenge, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law; and
  • ·       If entering as part of an entity, you warrant that the appropriate officers, executives, managers, or other persons who have the authority to approve the Entry have approved the Entry and that these Official Rules will be binding on both the entrant and his/her entity and that if you enter without obtaining the appropriate approval, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, disqualify the Entry.
  • ·       If entering as part of a team, you warrant that (a) once you’ve entered on behalf of the team, neither you nor any team member will attempt to add, remove, or substitute members or otherwise change the composition of the team for the duration of the Challenge and that if you attempt to do so, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, disqualify the team Entry, and (b) all members of the team meet the eligibility requirements and that if one member of the team does not comply with these Official Rules or is otherwise ineligible, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, disqualify the team Entry.
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  • WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE WAY THIS CHALLENGE IS EXECUTED AND ADMINISTRATED?
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  • This Challenge will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Challenge.  
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  • WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE CHALLENGE CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED?
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  • If someone cheats, or a virus, bug, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure)affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Challenge, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Challenge.  This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Challenge, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Challenge.
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  • If you attempt to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Challenge by hacking or by cheating or committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Further, we may ban you from participating in any of our future Challenge, so please play fairly.
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  • HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHO WON?
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  • We will post the names of winners who received a prize worth $25.00 or more online at http://visualizing.org. This list will remain posted one month after February 28, 2014.
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  • WHO IS SPONSORING THIS CHALLENGE?
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  • Microsoft Corporation
  • One Microsoft Way
  • Redmond, WA 98052
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  • WHO IS ADMINISTERING THIS CHALLENGE?
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  • Seed Media Group, on behalf of General Electric Company
  • 33 Flatbush Avenue, 4th Floor
  • Brooklyn, NY 11217

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