Official Rules


1. SPONSOR: VoltDB, Inc.

2. BRIEF OVERVIEW OF CONTEST: This is a contest (the “Contest”) to be conducted during the period commencing at 12:00:01 a.m. EDT, June 20, 2013, and ending at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on December 31, 2013 (the “Entry Period”), to compete for one Grand Prize among those submitting entries (the “Contestants”) to Sponsor during the Entry Period, consisting of the following elements: (1) an original software application incorporating the community version of VoltDB (each, an “App”), (2) a brief (100 words or less) description of the App, and (3) personal information of the Contestant consisting of: full name, address, day time telephone number and email address (collectively, the “Entry”). By participating in the Contest, each Contestant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects. The Sponsor may terminate the Contest at any time, in its sole discretion, with or without notice.

3. JUDGING CRITERIA: Sponsor’s appointed judges (the “Judges”) will select the winning Entry based on innovation, creativity and marketability of the App (collectively, “Criteria”). ALL DECISIONS OF THE JUDGES ARE AT THEIR SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION, ARE FINAL AND NON-APPEALABLE, AND REQUIRE NO REASONING OR EXPLANATION. The awarding of the Grand Prize is subject to the eligibility and forfeiture provisions set forth in these Rules. In addition, notwithstanding anything set forth in these Rules, all decisions and determination by the Sponsor in connection with the Contest and these Rules, are at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion, are final and non-appealable, and require no reasoning or explanation.

The winning Contestant may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility, assignment of rights and publicity release and other documentation requested by Sponsor. Failure to comply with any of the documentation, verification and agreement requirements may result in forfeiture of prize and the selection of another winner.

4. ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for this Contest, at the time of entering each Contestant must be: (1) legally residing in, and physically located within, the United States; (2) 18 years of age or older (except for residents of Nebraska and Alabama, who must be 19), and (3) willing to have your App featured and published on the Sponsor’s website or otherwise distributed in connection with, or to promote, the Sponsor’s products. Employees of the Sponsor and its subsidiaries, affiliates, and agents involved in the implementation and execution of the Contest, and the immediate family members and household members of any of the foregoing (collectively the “Promotion Parties”) are not eligible for this Contest. The Contest is void where prohibited. The Contest is limited to one Entry per person. All Contestants must submit a valid email address. No two Contestants may use the same email address. Receipt and use of the Grand Prize is subject to cancellation or suspension pursuant to these Rules, and are subject to change. The Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the Grand Prize in whole or in part with other prizes of comparable or greater value for any reason.

5. ENTRY: During the Entry Period, you may enter this Contest by submitting your Entry to Subject to Section 6, below, all Entries become the property of the Sponsor upon their submission, and none will be acknowledged or returned. Only valid mailing addresses and email addresses will be accepted for registration as determined solely by the Sponsor, and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, a Contestant will be disqualified if he/she creates invalid mailing addresses or email addresses with intent to affect the integrity of the Contest. It is your sole responsibility to notify the Sponsor in writing if you change your mailing address or any other information included in your Submission. To do so, email your new address to

6. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS: Contestant shall retain all right, title and interest in and to the Entry, including the App. By entering the Contest, Contestant hereby grants to Sponsor a perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide license to the Entry, including, without limitation, the right to use the App, to publish the App on Sponsor’s website and to make the App available for download on Sponsor’s website. Contestant hereby agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor and its officers, directors, employees, agents, successors and assigns against all losses arising out of or resulting from any third-party infringement claims related to the Entry or the App.

By submitting the App in the Contest, you represent and warrant to Sponsor that the App (1) does not infringe any third party proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, personal or moral rights or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or confidentiality obligations, and (2) does not violate any applicable law. You further represent and warrant to Sponsor that: (A) you have all rights, licenses, permissions and consents necessary to submit the App in accordance with these Rules; (B) no person or entity other than you has any right, title or interest in and to any part of the App and (C) you are not subject to any agreement or arrangement that would interfere with your entering this Contest and granting all the rights granted hereunder or that would conflict with any other documentation required hereunder.

7. LIMITATIONS: Sponsor may, in its sole and absolute discretion, disqualify and remove any Contestant that Sponsor deems to be in violation of these Rules at any time. Entries submitted by any method other than set forth above in Section 4 are void. Any use of automated or programmed methods of effecting Entry is prohibited. Neither the Sponsor, nor any of its officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents or representatives (individually and collectively, “Releasees”) are responsible for Entries from Contestants residing, or physically located, outside the United States; or Entries that are altered, delayed, destroyed, forged, fraudulent, improperly accessed, inaccurate, incomplete, interrupted, irregular in any way, late, lost, misrouted, multiple, non-delivered, stolen, tampered with, unauthorized, unintelligible or otherwise not in compliance with these Rules; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections; miscommunications; failed phone, computer hardware or software or telephone transmissions; technical failures; unauthorized human intervention; traffic congestion; garbled or jumbled transmissions; undeliverable emails resulting from any form of active or passive email filtering; insufficient space in entrant’s email account to receive email; or other errors of any kind, whether due to any electronic, human, mechanical, printing, production or technical errors or other causes; even if caused by the negligence of any of the Releasees. Each of such potential Entries may be disqualified. Sponsor is not obligated to communicate with any Contestant during the duration of the Contest. Void where prohibited or restricted by law and subject to all applicable federal, state, local and municipal laws and regulations.

8. GRAND PRIZE: There will be one winner. The winner will receive (1) $10,000 in U.S. dollars, (2) marketing and PR support from Sponsor, of a scope and with such resources as determined by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion, and (3) one day of mentoring with an individual of Sponsor’s choosing (the “Grand Prize”). The Grand Prize must be claimed by March 1, 2014, or prize may be forfeited. Prize elements may not be separated. Prize is not transferable. No substitution allowed except, at Sponsor’s sole discretion. The prize will be awarded provided it is validly claimed by March 1, 2014, after which no alternate winner will be selected, nor unclaimed prize awarded.

9. PROCEDURE/JUDGING: All Entries must be received during the Entry Period. Based on the Criteria, on or about January 31, 2014, the Judges will select the winner. ALL DECISIONS OF THE JUDGES ARE AT THEIR SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION, ARE FINAL AND NON-APPEALABLE, AND REQUIRE NO REASONING OR EXPLANATION. The odds of winning depends on the number of entries received.

11. PRIVACY POLICY/DATA COLLECTION: Information provided by you for this Contest is subject to Sponsor’s privacy policy located at

12. CONDITIONS: By entering this Contest and/or accepting any prize you may win, you agree, represent and warrant that: (1) you will be bound by the Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which shall be final in all respects; (2) the Entry will not be acknowledged or returned; (3) you release and hold harmless the Releasees from any and all liability for claims, injuries, losses or damages of any kind, including without limitation, death and bodily injury, resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the Entry, selection or use of an Entry or an App or from the awarding, delivery, acceptance, use, misuse, possession, loss or misdirection of the prize; participation in this Contest or in any Contest-related activity or travel or from any interaction with, or downloading of, computer Contest information; (4) the Releasees do not make any representation, warranty or guarantee, express or implied, relating to the Contest or the prize; (5) winner’s acceptance of the prize constitutes the grant to Sponsor and assigns of an unconditional right to use winner’s name, address (city and state only), voice, likeness, photograph, biographical and prize information and/or statements about the promotion, the App or the Entry for any programming, publicity, advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law; (6) in the event unauthorized human intervention, Acts of God, acts or regulations of any governmental or supra-national authority, war, national emergency, accident, fire, riot, strikes, lock-outs, industrial disputes, acts of terrorism or other matters beyond the Sponsor’s reasonable control, corrupt, prevent or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Contest, so that it cannot be conducted as originally planned, Sponsor has the right, in its sole discretion, to modify the Rules or to cancel, modify, terminate or suspend the Contest; and in such event, to select a winner by such method as Sponsor in its sole discretion shall consider equitable; (7) the Releasees are not responsible for typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of the Contest, including but not limited to: errors in the advertising, Rules and selection and announcement of the winner; (8) the Releasees are not responsible for any inability of the winner to accept or use the prize (or any portion thereof) for any reason; (9) the Sponsor has the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it suspects to be doing any of the following: (a) tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; (b) violating the Rules; (c) violating any other terms, conditions of use and/or general rules or guidelines of the Contest property or service or (d) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person; or for any other good cause as determined solely by the Sponsor and (10) Sponsor has the right to modify prize award procedures at its sole discretion.

13. RULES & WINNERS LIST: For name of the winner and/or a copy of the Rules, you may access after March 1, 2014.

14. DISPUTES/DAMAGES: Each Contestant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts; any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest but in no event attorneys’ fees or other legal expenses; and under no circumstances will any Contestant be permitted to obtain awards for, and Contestants hereby waive all rights to, claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than 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 Rules, Contestant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules. If any provision(s) of these Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.