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L'Oréal USA Next Generation Awards Program Official Rules

The L'Oréal NEXT Generation Awards (the “Program”) begins at 12:00 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on June 17, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on November 17, 2015 (“Program Period”). The Program consists of a Nomination Phase, a Judging Phase, and Voting Phase. By participating, nominees agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges and/or Sponsor, which are binding and final on all matters relating to this Program. Program is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.


Program is open to nominees who are legal female residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years of age or older at the time of entry who either own or are currently in a leadership position of a digital technology company. Nominators must be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years of age or older at time of entry. It is recommended that nominators obtain the permission of a nominee prior to nominating them. Void where prohibited by law. Employees of L'Oréal USA, Inc. (“Sponsor”), and their subsidiaries, affiliates, promotion and advertising agencies, and members of their immediate family (spouse and parent, children and siblings and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and persons living in the same household, whether or not related, of such employees, are not eligible to enter or win.

Potential nominees are subject to verification of eligibility and identity per these Official Rules, which may include a background check and completion of any documentation required by Sponsor to complete such background check, the results of which must be completely satisfactory as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. 


Nomination Phase: Between 12:00 AM ET on June 17, 2015 and 11:59 PM ET on August 14, 2015 visit www.lorealwomenindigital.com/nominate and follow the directions provided to complete and submit the nomination form. Nominee must be a woman who either owns or holds a top leadership position and is an innovator in a ground-breaking company in the digital technology field (collectively, each, an “Entry”). Women in leadership roles may self-nominate. All Entries must be received by 11:59 PM ET on August 14, 2015 to be eligible. Submission of erroneous or incomplete information will void the submitted.

Entries must be the original work of the entrant, may not have been previously published (with the exception of the Submission Entry), may not have won or been awarded any previous awards from L’Oréal USA, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. If the Entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the Entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Entry by Sponsor in the manner set forth in these Official Rules, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the Entry. Sponsor reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to Sponsor from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render Entry null and void. By submitting an Entry, entrant warrants and represents that she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the Entry consent to the Entry and use of the Entry in the Program and to its use as otherwise set forth herein.

By submitting an Entry, entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor may obtain many Entries in connection with this Program and/or other Programs staged and/or promoted by the Sponsor, and that such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to other Entries submitted in connection with this Program and/or other Programs sponsored by the Sponsor or submitted for other reasons or other materials developed by the Sponsor. Entrant waives any and all claims entrant may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any Entry and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by the entrant may be similar to his/her Entry, or that any compensation is due to entrant in connection with such Entry or other works used by Sponsor.

Limit: There is no limit as to the number of nominations submitted per nominator, however, each nomination must be for a different nominee and each nomination must be substantially different from any other nomination submitted by such nominator, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. 


Winners will be determined by the following process. First, the Sponsor will select the top twenty (20) nominations (collectively “Semi-Finalists”) based on objective judging criteria listed below. The Semi-Finalists will be re-judged based on the same criteria to determine the three (3) Winners (“Winners”).

a. Initial Judging Phase: On or about August 20, 2015 a panel of qualified judges, determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, will score all eligible nominations based on the following Judging Criteria:

45% the nominees ability to adhere to the Program theme

35% the ability to portray nominees personality and success in the digital technology field

20%  number of crowd sourced nominations

The twenty (20) nominations with the highest scores will be deemed the potential Semi-Finalists. In the event of a tie, the nomination with the highest score in number of crowd sourced nominations will be deemed the potential Semi-Finalist. Sponsor reserves the right to choose fewer than twenty (20) Semi-Finalists if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified nominations. 

b. Final Judging Phase:  On or about September 14, 2015 the twenty (20) Semi-Finalists will be judged by a qualified panel of judges to determine the three (3) Winners using the criteria noted above The three (3) nominations with the highest scores will be deemed the potential Winners. In the event of a tie, the nomination with the highest score in number of crowd sourced nominations will be deemed the potential Winner.

Finalist Notification:  Potential Winners will be notified by email or phone on or about September 18, 2015 using the contact information provided on the entry form. The potential Winners will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release and where not prohibited a Publicity Release, including agreement for Sponsor to perform a background check, which must be received by Sponsor within seven (7) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, in order to claim her prize. The potential Winners will be confirmed upon Sponsor’s satisfaction with and approval of the results of the background check. If a potential Winner cannot be contacted, fails to execute and return the Affidavit of Eligibility and Release and Publicity Release or provide any other requested information within the required time period (as applicable), does not comply with these Official Rules, or notification is returned as undeliverable, potential Winner forfeits the prize. If a potential Winner is disqualified for any reason, the applicable prize may be awarded to a runner-up, if any, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Acceptance of any prize shall constitute and signify each winner’s agreement and consent that Sponsor and its designees may use the Winners’ name, city, state or province, territory, likeness, Entry and/or prize information in connection with the Program for promotional, advertising or other purposes, worldwide, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, including the Internet, without limitation and without further payment, notification, permission or other consideration, except where prohibited by law.  


Acceptance of nomination constitutes nominee’s consent to give Sponsor a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such nominations in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, including for promotional or marketing purposes. If requested, entrant will sign any documentation that may be required for Sponsor or its designees to make use of the non-exclusive rights entrant is granting to use the nomination Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for lost, late, stolen, damaged, incomplete, invalid, un-intelligible, garbled, delayed or misdirected Entries; all of which will be void. 


Winners’ Travel to New York City, New York: Winners will be provided a paid three (3) day and two (2) night stay in New York City, New York including: coach, standard or economy-class round-trip airfare or other transportation (as selected by Sponsor) from a major airport near the Winners’ home (airport and airline or other transportation selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion), one (1) standard room double occupancy hotel room at a hotel selected by Sponsor; ground transportation to and from the hotel and New York area airport and transportation to the event location(s), provided by Sponsor. All other expenses not specified above including, but not limited to, all other meals, beverages, gratuities, incidentals, taxes, other ground transportation, and baggage handling fees for bags in excess of one bag per Winners’ are the sole responsibility of the each Winner (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $2,500. Total ARV of all prizes: $7,500. Final actual value at time of booking and travel may be substantially more or less depending on point of origin and ticket availability. Winner shall reasonably cooperate with Sponsor to arrange for the prompt booking of their travel arrangements. All airline or other travel tickets once booked cannot be changed unless Sponsor in its sole discretion consents. Any additional fees or penalties incurred as a consequence of any changes made to any travel arrangements after they are booked that are made at the request of a Winner are the sole responsibility of such Winner; Sponsor does not provide travel or other insurance.

Voting Phase:  During L’Oréal USA’s Inspiration Day, November 17, 2015, the three (3) Winners will present a five minute presentation describing the digital project which they would like L’Oréal USA to pilot. The audience will consist of L’Oréal USA executives and digital influencers who will vote on the project that represents the most innovative digital idea for L’Oréal USA. 


The Winner who receives the most votes will be deemed the Grand Prize Winner and will have the opportunity to partner with a L’Oréal USA brand to have their pilot idea executed by December 31, 2016.


Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, delayed, misdirected, undelivered, or garbled Entries or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Program, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Program, the processing or judging of Entries, the announcement of the prize, the incorrect uploading of the photo or in any Program-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Program. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to any person's computer related to or resulting from participating in this Program or downloading materials from or use of the website. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Program or website, who act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or who are in violation of these Official Rules, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified and all associated Entries will be void. Should any portion of the Program be, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, compromised by virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play, or Entry of Entries, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Program and, if terminated, at its discretion, select the potential winner[s] from all eligible, non-suspect Entries received prior to action taken using the judging procedure outlined above. Submissions or for any technical problems, malfunctions of computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof. Released Parties are not responsible for any unauthorized third party use of any Submission. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE PROGRAM MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.


Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Promotion, participant agrees that (1) any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at the AAA regional office nearest the participant; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and participant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys' fees, other than participant's actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in this Promotion), and participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.


By participating, each nominator (and nominee, if not same) agrees: (a) to abide by these Official Rules and decisions of Sponsor and judges, which shall be final and binding in all respects relating to this Program; (b) to release, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor, its respective parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and Program agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from nominator’s and/or nominee’s participation in the Program or any Program-related activity or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any awarded prize (including any travel or activity related thereto); 


Nominees agree to the use of her name, photograph, image and/or likeness for programming, advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in any and all media, now or hereafter known, worldwide and on the Internet, and in perpetuity by Sponsor and its designees, without compensation (unless prohibited by law) or additional consents from nominator or any third party and without prior notice, approval or inspection, and to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so. By participating, nominator and nominee also agrees not to release any publicity or other materials on their own or through someone else regarding their participation in the Program without the prior consent of the Sponsor, which it may withhold in its sole discretion.


For the names of the winning nominees (available after December 1, 2015) send a self-addressed, stamped, envelope to: L'Oréal Next Generation Awards Program Winners, 575 Fifth Avenue, Attn: Rachel Weiss, New York, NY 10017


L'Oréal USA, Inc., 575 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10017