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Code-a-thon Application
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Applicants must be young women between 16 - 19 years of age who are U.S. residents and must not currently be enrolled in a university. Finalists must agree to a brief video call April 18 - 19, 2019 for a final round of judging. Winners must be available to travel to San Francisco April 27 - 30, 2019 to participate in Code-a-thon activities. All winners must travel with a companion at least 25 years of age, a parent or legal guardian for minors. All travel expenses for winners and travel companions will be paid for by Booking.com.

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What interests you about the field of technology, and what first sparked your interest in pursuing technology in your studies and/or as a potential career path? *
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How do you think learning coding skills to build a website would impact your life or career choice? *
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How do you think additional resources (such as coding classes and mentorship opportunities) would help better empower you to further study or pursue a career in technology? *
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How do you see the role of technology in shaping the future? *
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Who has been your biggest mentor in helping you pursue your passion for technology and what have they taught you? *
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How did you hear about the Booking.com Code-a-thon? *
Booking.com Women In Tech Code-a-thon Official Rules. Submission button at the end of the rules.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 16 YEARS OF AGE AND SATISFY ALL OF THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN SECTION 3 TO ENTER THIS CONTEST. Contest may only be entered in or from the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and entries originating from any other jurisdiction are not eligible for entry. This Contest is governed exclusively by the laws of the United States. 1. How to Enter. To enter the Women In Tech Code-a-thon contest (“Contest”), go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DbwABXppMPwW-pdYpbVZTL3Z9-heMMHOHTzY3YH0Wn4/edit (collectively, “Site”), read the Official Rules, complete the entry form (including your name, email address, age, phone number), answer the Contest questions on the entry form with a minimum of 50 words per question (collectively, “Contest Responses”) and click the “submit” button. All entry information and Contest Responses shall be collectively referred to herein as the “Submissions” or each as a “Submission.” Submissions must comply with the Guidelines and Restrictions defined below in Section 4. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify this Contest in the event an insufficient number of entries are received that meet the minimum judging criteria. Limit one (1) Submission per person/per email address. If you are a minor in your jurisdiction of residence, you must have permission from your parent or legal guardian to enter this Contest and your parent or guardian must read these Official Rules and agree to them on your behalf. If the Contest winner is a minor, all winner confirmation documents, including the Affidavit/Release (defined below in Section 8), must be signed by winner’s parent or legal guardian. By entering, each entrant (or entrant’s parent or legal guardian if such entrant is a minor in his/her jurisdiction of residence) warrants and represents the following with respect to her Submission: (a) entrant is the sole and exclusive owner of the Submission; (b) the Submission will not infringe on any rights of any third parties; and (c) any third parties featured in the Submission have given entrant appropriate consent to be used in accordance with these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right to request third party releases from any third party included in any Submission at any time. Failure to produce fully executed third party releases (if applicable) may result in disqualification of the Submission, in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Providing a Submission constitutes entrant’s consent (or entrant’s parent or legal guardian’s consent if a minor) to grant Sponsor a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such Submission 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 but not limited to on any and all Internet media, including Sponsor’s web sites and properties and social networking sites (i.e., Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Snap etc.), for any legal purpose whatsoever. All entrants must have a valid email address. No automated entry devices and/or programs permitted. All entries, including Submissions, become the sole and exclusive property of the Sponsor and receipt of entries will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, stolen, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, postage-due, misdirected, technically corrupted or garbled entries, which will be disqualified, or for problems of any kind whether mechanical, human or electronic. Only fully completed entry forms are eligible. Proof of submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. 2. Start/End Dates. Contest begins at 12:00 PM Eastern Time on April 8, 2019 and ends at 12:00 AM Pacific Time on April 15, 2019 (“Contest Period”). 3. Eligibility. Participation open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, who are females between the ages of 16 and 19 as of date of entry and are not currently enrolled in a college or university. Entrants must have an interest in technology and studying the field / pursuing a career in the field, but do not need to be an experienced coder. If an entrant is deemed to be a Finalist, entrant must agree to participate in a Skype interview for the Winner Judging Panel to select winners. If an entrant is deemed to be a potential winner, entrant must be able to attend the Code-A-Thon on Saturday April 27, 2019 through Tuesday 30, 2019 event venue in San Francisco. Void outside of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. Employees, officers and directors of Booking.com (“Sponsor”), and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, advertising and promotion agencies, manufacturers or distributors of Contest materials and their immediate families (parents, children, siblings, spouse) or members of the same household (whether related or not) of such employees/officers/directors are not eligible to enter. You are not authorized to participate in the Contest if you are not located within the United States or the District of Columbia. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. 4. Submission Guidelines and Content Restrictions. By entering, each entrant agrees that his or her Submission conforms to the Submission Guidelines and Content Restrictions as defined below (collectively, the “Guidelines and Restrictions”) and that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may remove any Submission and disqualify an entrant from the Contest if it believes, in its sole discretion, that the entrant’s Submission fails to conform to the Guidelines and Restrictions. Submission Guidelines: The Submission must not exceed 500 words per each question in the entry form The Submission must be primarily in English. Content Restrictions: The Submission must not contain material that violates or infringes any rights of any other party, including but not limited to copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity or any other intellectual property rights; The Submission must not in any disparage Sponsor or any other person or party;The Submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous; The Submission must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; and The Submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations of the United States or of any jurisdiction where Submission is created. The Submission cannot promote illegal drugs or firearms (or the use of any of the foregoing), or any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, or any particular political agenda or message; The Submission must be consistent with the image and values of Sponsor and be consistent with and satisfy the purpose of the Contest. Each entrant acknowledges that other entrants may have used ideas and/or concepts in their Submission that may be similar in idea or concept to what is included in entrant’s Submission. Each entrant understands and agrees that he/she shall not have any claim against any other entrant or Sponsor arising out any such similarity or be entitled to any compensation because of any such similarity. Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding in all matters relating to this Contest, including, but not limited to, interpretation and application of these Official Rules. By entering the Contest, entrants fully and unconditionally agree to be bound by these rules and the decisions of the judges, which will be final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest.5. Finalist Judging Panel/Judging Criteria. On or about April 18, 2019, all eligible Submissions will be judged by a panel from Booking.com (“Judging Panel”). All Submissions will be judged based on the following equally-weighted Finalist judging criteria (“Finalist Judging Criteria”): (a) persuasiveness of answers; (b) interest and passion for technology; and (c) clarity of responses. In the event of a tie, the highest score in the (b) category will determine winner. The Judging Panel will select up to fifteen (15) Finalists. Finalists will be notified by via phone or email by Sponsor or Sponsor’s agency on or about April 16, 2019. If a Finalist is unable to participate in the Winner Judging Panel interviews (described below in Section 6) or the Code-A-Thon on Saturday April 27, 2019 through Tuesday 30, 2019 in San Francisco, Finalist’s spot in the Contest will be forfeited and awarded to the entrant with the next highest judging score (time-permitting). 6. Winner Judging Panel/Judging Criteria. Up to fifteen (15) Finalists will be selected and must participate in a Skype interview with two (2) members of the Judging Panel between April 18, 2019 and April 19, 2019. Sponsor and/or Sponsor’s agency will coordinate all logistics of the Skype call directly with finalists, including times, numbers, etc. Structure of the interview will be an informal conversation to learn more about the finalists interest in participating and passion for technology. On or about April 22, 2019, all Finalists will be judged by the Judging Panel based on the following equally-weighted Winner judging criteria (“Winner Judging Criteria”): (a) ability to articulate responses; (b) level of coding experience appropriate for the Code-A-Thon (minimal - entry level); and (c) excitement for the Contest and opportunity to participate in the Code-A-Thon. In the event of a tie, the highest score in the (a) category will determine the winner. The Judging Panel will select ten (10) winners. 7. Prizes. Ten (10) winners will win a trip for winner and travel companion (who must be the winner’s parent or guardian if winner is a minor in jurisdiction of residence) to San Francisco on April 27, 2019 through April 30, 2019 to be mentored by some of Booking.com’s brightest tech talent at the Code-A-Thon. During the Code-A-Thon, winners will be taught how to build their own website, with classes led by Booking.com engineers, as well as mentoring sessions and activities showcasing how Booking.com puts technology into play. Trip includes round-trip coach airfare from major gateway airport near winner’s residence for winner and travel companion, double occupancy hotel accommodations at a hotel selected by Sponsor, ground transportation and meals (dinner on April 27, all meals on April 28 and 29). Taxes, [additional meals], gratuities, travel upgrades, or any other expenses not specifically listed herein responsibility of the winner. Travel and accommodations subject to availability; certain restrictions and blackout dates may apply. Winner must travel between April 27, 2019 and April 30, 2019. All winners must travel with a companion. If winner is considered a minor in his/her jurisdiction of residence, travel companion must be winner’s parent or legal guardian. Winner and travel companion must travel on the same itinerary and travel companion must sign travel release prior to ticketing. Travel companion for all winners must be at least 25 years old. Sponsor is not liable for delays, cancellation or unforeseen events related to the flights. Winner and travel companion will be solely responsible for obtaining valid identification relating to acceptance and use of the travel packages. If in the judgment of Sponsor, air travel is not required due to winner’s proximity to prize location, ground transportation will be substituted for roundtrip air travel at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor will not replace any lost, mutilated, or stolen tickets, travel vouchers or certificates. Approximate Retail Value of the prize: $3,000 USD, but actual value may vary depending on air flight fluctuations and distance between departure and destination. Winner will not receive difference between actual and approximate retail value. Total approximate retail value of all prizes combined: $30,000. Prizes are non-transferable. No substitutions or cash redemptions. In the case of unavailability of any prize, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All unspecified expenses are the responsibility of winners. WINNERS UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO TRAVEL TO CODE-A-THON SHORTLY AFTER NOTIFICATION. FAILURE TO TRAVEL TO AND PARTICIPATE IN CODE-A-THON WILL RESULT IN FORFEITURE OF PRIZE. AS A CONDITION OF ACCEPTING PRIZE, WINNERS AGREE TO ADHERE TO SPONSOR’S CODE OF CONDUCT DURING THE TRIP AND THE CODE-A-THON, INCLUDING AGREEING TO REFRAIN FROM CONSUMING ALCOHOL OR DOING DRUGS, BEING DISRESPECTFUL OR DISRUPTIVE, ENGAGING IN ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES AS WELL AS OTHER REQUIREMENTS DETERMINED BY SPONSOR IN ITS SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION. 8. Notification. Potential winners will be notified by email or phone on or about April 22, 2019. Potential winners will be required to sign and return, where legal, an Affidavit or Declaration of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and/or rights transfer document or other documents required by Sponsor (collectively, “Affidavit/Release”) within one (1) day of prize notification. Additionally, winners may be required to submit releases from any and all third parties appearing in their respective Submissions. If any winner is considered a minor in his/her jurisdiction of residence, Affidavit/Release must be signed by his/her parent or legal guardian. If any winner cannot be contacted within one (1) calendar days of first notification attempt, if any prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, if any winner rejects his/her prize or in the event of noncompliance with these Contest rules and requirements, such prize will be forfeited and may be awarded to the Finalist with the next highest score (time-permitting). Upon prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given. 9. Conditions. Submissions may be cut, edited, reformatted, rearranged, combined with other materials and/or otherwise modified, in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Winners are entirely responsible for assessing and paying all applicable federal, provincial, state and local taxes in any respect of the prize received, if any, including any income or withholding taxes. In the event that Booking.com is or may reasonably become obliged to pay any withholding tax in relation to the prize, Booking.com is entitled to deduct such tax from the prize.Participation in Contest and/or acceptance of prize constitutes each winner’s permission for Sponsor to use his/her name, address (city and state), likeness, photograph, picture, portrait, voice, biographical information, Submission and/or any statements made by each winner regarding the Contest or Sponsor for advertising and promotional purposes without notice or additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. By participating, entrants and winners (as well as their parents or legal guardians if a minor) agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor and their advertising and promotion agencies and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors (collectively, “Released Entities”), from any and all liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death which may occur in connection with, preparation for, travel to, or participation in Contest, or possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any Contest-related activity and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trademark infringement or any other intellectual property-related cause of action. Entrants who do not comply with these Official Rules, or attempt to interfere with this Contest in any way shall be disqualified. Sponsor is not responsible if Contest cannot take place or if any prize cannot be awarded due to travel cancellations, delays or interruptions due to acts of God, acts of war, natural disasters, weather or acts of terrorism.9. Additional Terms. Any attempted form of entry other than as set forth in Section 1 above is prohibited; no automatic, programmed; robotic or similar means of entry are permitted. Released Entities are not responsible for technical, hardware, software, telephone or other communications malfunctions, errors or failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, web site, Internet, or ISP availability, unauthorized human intervention, traffic congestion, incomplete or inaccurate capture of entry information (regardless of cause) or failed, incomplete, garbled, jumbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit one’s ability to enter the Contest, including any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading any materials in this Contest. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, extend or suspend this Contest should (in its sole discretion) virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, fraud or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Contest. In such case, Sponsor will select the Finalists and winners from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or web site. Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices (including the use of automated quick entry programs) or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or Sponsor representatives. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. In the event of a dispute as to any Submission, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the entrant and must comply with these Official Rules. The "authorized account holder" is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Each entrant may be required to show proof of being an authorized account holder. 10. Limitation of Liability; Disclaimer of Warranties. IN NO EVENT WILL THE RELEASED ENTITIES BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SITE AND/OR ENTRY IN THE CONTEST, DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM ANY WEBSITES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONTEST. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, THIS CONTEST AND ALL PRIZES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. CHECK YOUR LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS. 11. Disputes; Governing Law. The parties waive all rights to trial in any action or proceeding instituted in connection with these Official Rules, including, without limitation, the Contest. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Official Rules and/or the Contest shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party. The arbitration shall be conducted in the State of New York, City of New York. THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND THE INTERPRETATION OF ITS TERMS SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK WITHOUT REGARD TO ITS CONFLICTS OF LAWS RULES. For any matters which are not subject to arbitration as set forth in these Official Rules and/or in connection with the entering of any judgment on an arbitration award in connection with these Official Rules and/or the Contest, the parties irrevocably submit and consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state and federal courts located in or closest to the County of New York in the State of New York. The parties agree not to raise the defense of forum non conveniens. 12. Use of Data. Sponsor will be collecting personal data about entrants online, in accordance with its privacy policy. Please review the Sponsor’s privacy policy at https://www.booking.com/content/privacy.html. By participating in the Contest, entrants hereby agree to Sponsor’s collection and usage of their personal information and acknowledge that they have read and accepted Sponsor’s privacy policy. 13. List of Winners. To obtain a list of winners, send an email by May 30, 2019 to: BookingUS@hs-pr.com 14. Sponsor. Booking.com B.V, Herengracht 597, 1017 CE Amsterdam, Netherlands
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