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The Challenge  Period

The “CU75 POPS: Water” challenge (“the Challenge”) is run by the Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton University. The Challenge will run from September 9 at 12:00:01 AM (ET) until March 22 at 16:00 (ET) (the “Challenge Period”).


  1. To be eligible, participants must be part of a team that meets all eligibility requirements as specified.
    (“A Team”). Teams must include a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 students.
  2.  All team members must be currently registered students, with good standing, at Carleton University.
  3. You must appoint a team lead and a co-lead to be the contacts for the team. The team leads must be registered in a major offered by an FPA unit.(including double majors)
  4. You cannot have more than two team members registered in an FPA program or major (including any double majors).
  5. No more than two team members be registered in the same program (this includes double majors, where there is overlap between one of the two programs in the major).
  6. This means that two out of your team members must be registered in an FPA program or major but at least one other team member must be registered in a program or major not offered by FPA. They can be registered in any other program or major offered by Carleton University.
  7. Teams must comprised of either all undergraduate students or all graduate students and there will be an undergraduate and a graduate conference stream.

All participants must be residents of Canada who have reached the age of majority in their province of residence. The Challenge is not open to Quebec Residents, full-time employees of Carleton University, all employees of the Office of the Dean, FPA, or any person who resides with or is related to a full-time employee of Carleton University.

How to Enter

The Challenge is entered by registering your team by November 1, 2016.

To complete the challenge entry, Teams must:

  1. Register as a team by November 1 at 11:59 pm and meet all eligibility requirements.
  2. Complete the submission for Phase 1. Phases 1 entries are comprised of a written policy proposal of no more than two letter size pages in length, double spaced, times new roman and 12 point font.
  3. All Phase 1 entries must be received no later than December 1, 2016 at 4:59:59 PM (Eastern Time). Late entries will be disqualified. There is no fee to enter this challenge, and no purchase or other consideration is necessary.
  4. Judging of the phase 1 submissions will take place by December 20, 2016 and teams selected to advance to Phase 2 of the Challenge will be announced by January 15, 2017. Teams will be notified by email whether their have been selected to proceed to Phase two.
  5. Teams selected to advance to Phase 2 of the Challenge will present 20 minute presentations at the final event on March22nd.
  6. Phase 2 presentations may use up to 3 PowerPoint Slides with text and pictures only (no animation or video). You cannot use music, costumes or props other than a single model of your solution.
  7. Decisions of Judges in both Phase 1 and 2 will be final and in their sole discretion.



There will be 3 prizes awarded in each of the Graduate and Undergraduate Streams. First prize is $7500 to the winning team, $2500 to the second place team and $1500 to the third place team.

Announcing the Prizes

Winners will be announced by the panel of judges at the final event on March 22. Decisions of Judges in both Phase 1 and 2 will be final and not subject to any appeal. Winners will be announced at the final presentation event on March 22, 2016.


If any one of the challenge conditions is not met, the Team will be disqualified and will not be entitled to receive any prizes. The Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs has the sole and absolute discretion to verify the information on the online submission form of any selected entrant, and if any information if deemed to be false, the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Public Affairs reserves the right to disqualify that entrant in its absolute discretion and to select another eligible entrant as a potential prize winner. The decision of the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Public Affairs is final and binding, without any right of appeal. All Prizes must be accepted as described in these rules and cannot be transferred to another individual, substituted for another prize

Substitution of a Prize:

The Faculty of Public Affairs reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, and for any reason whatsoever, to substitute a Prize or any part thereof, with an alternate prize of equivalent value.

Copyright and Permissions

By entering the Challenge Teams agree that all copyright in their materials and ideas becomes the property of Carleton University.

By entering the Challenge all entrants release and discharge Carleton University from all claims and causes of action that he or she may have relating to Carleton University’s use of their materials including, without limitation, all claims for infringement of copyright, invasion of privacy, right of publicity and defamation; and;

By entering the Challenge all entrants grant to Carleton University the right to use, and authorize others to use, their name, likeness and voice for the purposes of promotion or advertising in relation to the Contest, the Faculty of Public Affairs and/or Carleton University.


Verification of Entries: The validity of any submission is subject to verification by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs. Any incomplete or fraudulent entries will be rejected. Any entrant or other individual who enters or attempts to enter the Challenge in a manner which is contrary to these official Rules or which is otherwise disruptive to the proper operation of the Challenge or by its nature is unjust to other entrants or potential entrants will be rejected and that entrant or purported entrant will be disqualified. All decisions of the Challenge’s judges will be final and all decisions of Faculty of Public Affairs with respect to any and all aspects of the Challenge, including without limitation the eligibility or disqualification of entrants or entries, are final and binding without right of appeal.

The Odds: The odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible Team entries received in Phase 1.

This Challenge is void where prohibited, and is subject to all applicable Federal, Provincial and Municipal laws.

Termination of Contest: The Faculty of Public Affairs reserves the right, in their sole

and absolute discretion, to modify, cancel, terminate or suspend the Challenge at any time, in whole or in part, in the event of any cause or circumstance, including without limitation any virus, computer bug or unauthorized human intervention, , or any other cause that is beyond the control of the Faculty of Public Affairs, that could corrupt or affect the administration, security, impartiality or normal course of the Challenge.

Release and Exclusion of Liability:

By entering or attempting to enter the Challenge, each entrant agrees: (i) to release, discharge, and forever hold harmless Carleton University, and their respective officers, directors, employees, members, agents and other representatives (collectively, the “Releasees”) from any and all claims, actions, damages, injuries, demands, manner of actions, causes of action, suits, debts, duties, accounts, bonds, covenants, warranties, indemnities, claims over, contracts and liabilities of whatever nature or kind including without limitation arising out of, or in connection with the entrant’s participation or attempted participation in the Challenge, their submitted materials, compliance or non-compliance with these Challenge rules and acceptance and use of the Prize, any other prize or any portion thereof; and (ii) if selected as a potential Prize winner, to sign the Faculty of Public Affairs’ form of Declaration and Release in this regard before receiving a prize.

Carleton University will not be responsible for lost, incomplete, late or misdirected Submissions or for any failure of the Challenge website during the Challenge Period, or for any technical malfunction or other problems with, any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment or software or for any technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any combination of the foregoing, and will not be liable for any resulting injury or damage to any person or property arising from, or relating to, that person’s or any other person’s participation or attempted participation in the Contest, or attempted voting in the contest. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Challenge is a violation of criminal and civil laws and, should such an attempt be made, Carleton University reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. (iii) Each winner must sign a release form, giving Carleton University the permission to publish in print, broadcast or online, the winner’s name, likeness and videos without remuneration.

Communication with Entrants: No communication or correspondence will be entered into with any Challenge entrants about their specific contest entries, other than with winning entrants selected in Phase 1 by the contest judges and the announcement of the winners in each stream at the event on March 22.

Personal Information and Privacy Policy: By entering this challenge all personal information relating to individuals registered for this challenge will be kept in a secure and confidential database, and will not be rented or sold. The Carleton University file containing your personal information will be made available to the authorized employees, contractors or agents of Carleton University who need to access the information, and will be held primarily in an electronic database.

Any personal information gathered by Carleton University as a result of entering this Challenge is collected in accordance with Section 38(2) and 42(1) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), R.S.O. 1990, c.F. 31 as amended and applicable Carleton University privacy policies, which can be read here:

By entering this challenge all individuals

consent to the collection and use of the personal information provided and contained in any submitted form, or entry. The information provided and contained in any entry may be published and used for promotion and may be posted in print, on websites, online, social media channels and any other mediums. The information provided will not be used for any purposes other than those stated upon this form unless the entrant directs otherwise. Carleton University is fully compliant with FIPPA and endeavours at all times to treat all personal information in accordance with this law.

You have certain rights to access and rectify the information contained in the file held about you and in order to exercise these rights, or if you have any questions, comments or concerns about this consent please contact Carleton University person listed below.

Corporate Archivist and Assistant Privacy Officer

Telephone: (613) 520-2600 Ext. 2047

These contest rules are available to be viewed and obtained at:

Office of the Dean, Faculty of Public Affairs
D391 Loeb Building
Carleton University
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

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