OFFICIAL RULES FOR THE NAME COLLISION WORKSHOP COMPETITION

Please read these Official Rules and Regulations (“Official Rules”) for the Name Collision Workshop Competition (the “Competition”).   These rules govern workshop submissions to the Competition Track.  If you wish to submit to the Workshop and not be part of the Competition, for any reason, when using the paper submission process at Easychair.org, further described below, select the Non-Competition Track.  Papers submitted to either Track will be reviewed and may be accepted, but only papers submitted to the Competition Track will be candidates for prizes.   

In submitting to the Competition Track, you (including all contributors to your Entry) must agree to accept and comply with these Official Rules to participate in the Competition.  By submitting an Entry (which is defined below), you and each contributor to your Entry are agreeing to accept and comply with these Official Rules.

1. Competition Purpose

The Competition is a part of a workshop on the causes and potential mitigations of domain name collisions. The purpose of this workshop and competition is to promote high quality innovative research into the behavior of DNS name resolution when there are multiple scopes, or resolution contexts, being used. An important outcome will be energized studies of name collision risks and mitigations. The expectation is to advance the global community's insight into operational uses of name suffixes that can result in name collision, to gain stronger understanding of the potential serious risks for the users of the installed systems, to surface effective new mitigations for these risks, and to advance knowledge about namespaces.

2. Eligibility

A number of categories of submitters are not eligible for the Competition Track, even though their papers may be accepted in the Non-Competition Track and presented in the workshop.  You are not eligible for the Competition if you are or were on or after November 1, 2013: 1) a Verisign employee or contractor; 2) a member of the technical program committee (TPC) or the prize committee of the workshop; 3)  an employee of the organizations of the members of the prize committee; or 4)  an employee of any co-sponsor of the workshop. In addition, the workshop may have some papers that have been invited (for instance, a keynote speaker). In general, invited papers will be reviewed in the Non-Competition Track.  Where more than one person contributes to an Entry, all contributors must be identified and meet these eligibility requirements.   You are welcome to send email to wpnc14-info@verisign.com to inquire about your eligibility for the Competition.

All contributors to an Entry must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Any person who is a resident in or a citizen of Cuba, Northern or Southern Sudan, Iran, North Korea, Syria, or any other sanctioned country designated by the United States Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (including but not limited to Specially Designated Nationals) or whose name appears on any U.S. Government Denied Persons List may not participate in the Competition. This Competition is void where prohibited by law.

3. Paper Submission and In-Person Presentation

An “Entry” shall consist of (i) an extended abstract of 5-6 pages in length; (ii) a full length paper of 10-12 pages in length  (excluding supporting data and supplemental material as described below) and (iii) and an in-person presentation at the workshop on the problem spaces specified in the call for papers (http://namecollisions.net).

The determination of acceptance to present at the workshop will be based on the submission of an extended abstract of 5-6 pages in length. This extended abstract must be submitted using the link below by 11:59 pm ET on February 10, 2014. You will be notified of acceptance to present at the workshop by February 17, 2014 or so thereafter.   If you are accepted to present, your final paper, of 10-12 pages in length, will be due by 11:59 pm ET on March 2, 2014.   If accepted, you will have the opportunity to submit supporting data or other supplemental material with your final paper, and you will also have the option to provide a demo, if applicable.

All submissions of Entries including the extended abstract and the full paper (including supporting data and supplemental material will be done via EasyChair [https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wpnc2014 ].

If selected to present your Entry (in the Competition Track) at the workshop, you will be required to make an in-person presentation of approximately 20 minutes in length.   Costs and expenses including travel, meals and accommodations in connection with your participation in the workshop shall be at your sole expense and Sponsor will not be responsible for or reimburse you for any such costs or expense you may incur.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, Verisign has a travel fund to assist attendance at the workshop by a limited number of students from eligible academic programs.  For more information, contact wpnc14-info@verisign.com.

4. Prize Amount and Disbursement

The prize committee, basing its determinations on both the advance submissions and the in-person presentations of the submissions, will award $50,000 for the most valuable research contribution, one that most advances the state of knowledge and/or most deeply analyzes and mitigates risk. Additional prizes will be awarded, a second prize of $25,000, and up to five third place prizes of $10,000.  The prize committee, following consultation with the Sponsor but at the prize committee’s sole discretion, may elect not to award any or all second or third place prizes.

5. Sponsor

The Competition is sponsored by VeriSign, Inc. (“Verisign” or the “Sponsor”), 12061 Bluemont Way, Reston, Virginia 20190.

6. Intellectual Property

All Entries must consist of original work.   An Entry may not contain any elements which are subject to third party rights, in particular copyrights, other than elements owned by you.  Any elements that appear in the Entry, must be entirely original, created by you, or be in the public domain.  By submitting an Entry, you state that the concept (i) is wholly original; (ii) has been legally obtained or created; (iii) does not violate applicable laws or regulations; (iv) does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party; and (vi) you have not done anything which has impaired and will not do anything to impair the rights granted to Sponsors in any way.

All concepts submitted by you as part of the Entry shall at all times remain your intellectual property and it is your responsibility to ensure that the concept and any intellectual property therein are adequately protected. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you grant Sponsor (and its affiliates and subsidiaries) a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, transferable license to publish and make reference to the Entry as well as summaries thereof and  you grant  Sponsor (and its affiliates and subsidiaries) a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, transferable license to host, copy, distribute, display, publicly perform: (i) the Entry (and/or any portion thereof) submitted by you to Sponsor in connection with the workshop, (ii) any photos, videos, audio or other recordings of you taken during participation in the workshop and (iii) your image, likeness and voice, all without any payment to you, for use on television, radio, digital and any and all other media, which Sponsor shall determine in its sole discretion.

Except (i) as set forth in this section, each Party understands and agrees that nothing in this Agreement shall create any right of ownership or license in and to the other Party’s Intellectual Property Rights, and each Party shall continue to independently own and maintain its Intellectual Property Rights. For purposes of this Section “Intellectual Property Rights” means any and all now known or hereafter existing rights associated with intangible property, including but not limited to registered and unregistered, United States and foreign copyrights, trade dress, trade names, corporate names, logos, inventions, patents, patent applications, software, know-how and all other intellectual property and proprietary rights (of every kind and nature throughout the universe and however designated). You acknowledge and agree that as a result of the independent efforts of the Sponsor, the Sponsor may have developed or may in the future develop products, technologies or other information similar to that disclosed by in Your Entry, and You shall not make any legal claims against the Sponsor relating thereto.

7. Winner Selection

The winners of the First, Second and Third prizes shall be selected by an objective process conducted by the members of the prize committee, under the auspices of the Chair of the prize committee.  The prize committee will use a set of criteria for the determination of the prize that include the technical excellence of the Entry, as the top criterion.  The other criteria that the prize committee will evaluate are the impact of the Entry on one or more of the topics of the Workshop, the innovative character of the Entry, and the clarity of presentation (both written and in-person). The prize committee’s decision with regard to the winner(s) is final. A right to appeal is excluded. Prizes will be reported as income to the winner and the winner will be responsible for all taxes associated with the receipt of a prize. All prizes will be awarded to the whole team and not individual members. Sponsor is not responsible for any disputes among team members concerning prize or prize components.

The prize committee will be a subset of the TPC. The prize committee will be comprised of at least three recognized experts in the areas of research sought for this workshop.  Only one member from Sponsor will serve on the prize committee and will not Chair the prize committee. The prize committee will have a designated Chair appointed by its membership. The prize committee chair is responsible for ensuring the selection process is fair and unbiased and that any possible residual conflicts of interest are handled appropriately.

The winners will be required to complete an Affidavit/Declaration of Eligibility, Release of Liability, Assignment of Rights and a Publicity Release, within 15 days of notification. In the event of non-compliance with these requirements or the Official Rules, generally, the prize may be forfeited.  In the event that a prize is forfeited, the Sponsor in consultation with the prize committee Chair (and other members of the prize committee as the Chair may see fit) may, but is not obligated to, award the prize to another Entry.

8. Conditions

This Competition is governed by these Official Rules.  Entrants in the Competition agree to be bound by these Official Rules and understand that the results are final in all respects.  Sponsor has the right to modify these Official Rules in its sole discretion for clarification purposes only, without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Competition.  Any question arising under these Official Rules or regarding the interpretation of these Official Rules shall be made by Sponsor in its sole discretion.  Except where prohibited by law, an Entry constitutes permission to use the winner’s name(s), prize won, company name(s) and winner’s likeness for online posting, and/or any advertising, public relations, social media and publicity without additional compensation.  If, for any reason, the Competition is not capable of running as planned, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify, clarify, restart, or suspend the Competition at any time.

9. Limitation of Liability  

By participating in the Competition, you and each contributor to an Entry agree to release and hold Sponsor, its subsidiaries, and affiliates and their respective employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, and representatives harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection with participating or attempting to participate in the Competition, or resulting from acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize, including, without limitation, personal injuries, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy and direct, indirect, special, incidental, punitive, or consequential damages whether in contract or in tort.  Neither Sponsor, its affiliates, representatives or designees are responsible for:  (i) lost, late, delayed, misdirected, incomplete, or non-delivered Entries or transmissions; (ii) incorrect or inaccurate capture or entry of data; (iii) human and/or technical malfunctions or errors, including, but not limited to, malfunctions or errors in any telephone networks or lines, cable networks or lines, Internet systems or services, or servers; (iv) traffic congestion on the Internet; (v) lost or unavailable network connections; (vi) any human error which may occur in the receipt or processing of the Entries; and (vii) malfunctions of electrical equipment, computer software, or hardware.

10. Governing Law

You agree that any disputes arising out of or related to the Official Rules and/or the Competition shall be governed by, construed, and enforced in all respects in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, excluding its conflict of laws rules.  For all such disputes arising out of or related to the Official Rules and/or the Competition, you  submit to the exclusive subject matter jurisdiction, personal jurisdiction, and venue of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division and, if no jurisdiction exists, to the state courts of Fairfax County, Fairfax, Virginia.