Space Challenge 2023 - Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions



Please Read This Carefully! By entering The Space For Planet Earth Challenge you are indicating your intention to be bound by these Terms & Conditions (“T&Cs”). Please print and keep a copy of these T&Cs for your records.


  1. The Space for Planet Earth Challenge (“Challenge”) is open to individuals and multi-person teams, with a start date of 18 May 2023 and a duration of approximately ten months. The Challenge will conclude with a final demonstration, presentation, and award (“Final Pitch”) to be held mid March 2024 in Auckland, New Zealand.
  2. The Challenge website (“Website”) contains important dates, the deadlines for submissions, and may contain additional rules or limitations.
  3. There is no fee for entry.
  4. You can withdraw your submission at any time by emailing [email protected] stating that you wish to withdraw.
  5. In its sole discretion, SpaceBase reserves the right (a) to suspend or cancel the Challenge at any time, and for any reason, without notice to you or (b) to amend these T&Cs by posting such amendments to the Website. By your continued participation in the Challenge after any amendment is so posted, you consent to be bound by such amendments.
  6. SpaceBase retains the sole discretion to determine that any submission does not comply with these T&Cs and to disqualify the submission. Decisions to disqualify submissions are final and conclusive and require no prior notice to you. You further acknowledge that you have no other claim or remedy with respect to being disqualified.
  7. All submissions must be in the English language. You may only make submissions on your own behalf. SpaceBase will not accept entries sent through third parties, agencies or by automated means (such as scripts and macros).

        Submissions by one or more-member teams will be allowed. You must credit the co-developer or co-developers in your team in your submission. At least one team member must be available to represent the team at the Challenge final demo and award events in Auckland, NZ (TBC) or in an online event subject to travel restrictions.

  1. Plagiarism, copyright violations, or other forms of dishonesty are prohibited and will not be tolerated. You acknowledge that such acts of dishonesty will be grounds for immediate dismissal from the Challenge or revocation of a Prize if they are discovered after a Prize is given to a winning team.
  2. Submissions may not contain illegal or discriminatory content and may not advocate for unethical behavior. In addition to the foregoing, in all activities associated with the Challenge, you agree to conduct yourself in a manner that is honorable and respectful of (and not disruptive to) other Challenge participants.
  3. In addition, you agree that participation in the Challenge requires adherence and compliance to all relevant laws, rules, and regulations required in New Zealand. This also includes signing any additional T&Cs set forth by partners for use of data or tools made available to Challenge teams for the duration of the competition.


  1. The sponsor of the Challenge is SpaceBase Limited. SpaceBase’s principal office is located at: 171 Queen St, Suite 1710, Auckland Central 1010. SpaceBase’s phone number is +64 224021936 and its email address is [email protected] . Additional sponsors of the Challenge are listed on the Challenge Website.
  2. Judging of the Challenge will be in three phases. In phase 1, an internal committee of industry experts will pre-qualify each proposal and select up to thirity (30) top qualified candidates that will be supported by the Challenge online research incubator program. In phase 2, judges comprised of academic, industry, and government representatives will evaluate each final submission to ensure it meets the challenge criteria. The judges will then select up to three (3) finalists (the “Finalists”) for each category to compete in the final demo and Pitch session in mid March 2024. The judges may solicit additional information from the Finalists. In phase 3, a panel of experts between eight (8) to twelve (12) judges from different regions and Challenge partners will select one (1) individual or team grand prize winner in each category (University/startup and High School) during the Final Pitch event.
  3. University/startup Grand prize winner will receive mentorship support for six months post Challenge in Auckland or online from SpaceBase. Travel support for finalists invited to present at the Final demo and Pitch event such as flights and accommodation for a team representative is subject to sponsorship availability and will be announced prior to final events.

         After receiving notice of being chosen as a Finalist, each individual/ team will have at least 5 (five) business days (the “Claim Period”), to confirm their participation in the Final Pitch session by communicating by email to SpaceBase at [email protected]

  1. To claim the Challenge prizes (cash and/or in-kind awards), the winning individual/team members must meet all the Challenge application requirements.
  2. The finalists will be determined by the date set forth on the Challenge website, and will be notified within five days after selection, using the contact information supplied in the team’s submission. You acknowledge that it is your obligation to provide updated contact information to SpaceBase if your contact information changes during the Challenge. You acknowledge that if you change your contact information or fail to update your contact information and SpaceBase is not able to contact you before the Claims Period elapses, you shall forfeit the opportunity to compete and have no claim against SpaceBase. If the finalists do not acknowledge participation within the Claim Period, are unwilling or unable to attend the demo and awards events, are unwilling or unable to comply with any of the foregoing conditions incumbent on parties receiving conditional acceptance or if a winning individual/team does claim the prize, but is later determined to be ineligible for the prize, then the applicable winning individual/team will forfeit the prize and will not receive any alternative prize. In any of these instances, SpaceBase may in its sole discretion declare the Challenge to be void and there to be no replacement winning team, or alternatively, SpaceBase may choose (if applicable) to award the next eligible finalist.
  3. The prize is personal to the winning team members, and non-transferable. Any attempt to transfer the prize is null and void. The Grand Prize is NZ$25,000 for the University/startup catergory and NZ$8,000 for the High School category. Finalists  will receive NZ$2,500 for the University/startup category and NZ$1000 for the High School category.  You are responsible for any and all taxes which may be payable as the result of receipt of the prize (including, but not limited to, sales and use taxes, if any).
  4. SpaceBase may include additional in-kind awards at a later date and prior to the final event subject to additional terms of acceptance. No cash alternative is offered for in-kind awards.
  5. SpaceBase will keep records of all winning team members for at least two years after the prize is awarded. For a period of at least six months, SpaceBase will display the winning team members’ names and photos (if SpaceBase obtains photos) on the Challenge website.


  1. You understand and agree that nothing in these T&Cs allow you to make a claim with respect to ownership of any intellectual property created by another Challenge participant. Except as expressly stated in the following paragraphs, nothing in these T&Cs shall convey any rights in any intellectual property, trade secrets or inventions to SpaceBase.
  2. You acknowledge that SpaceBase may photograph and/or record any live Challenge-related events. You grant to SpaceBase, and you will obtain from each team member on whose behalf you are submitting the application, the non-exclusive, royalty-free, fully paid, irrevocable, sub-licensable right and license (but not the obligation) to use, modify, publish, republish, publicly display and copy your, and your team members’ (as applicable), name, alias, and biographical information submitted by you in order to compete in the Challenge or to attend the demo and awards event, voice, photograph, quotes and excerpts of your verbally expressed words, or other likeness whether captured during or after the Challenge or during or after the demo and awards event (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Likeness”) as well as all of the work that you reduce to a tangible form in connection with the submission (the “submission Content”) for any lawful purpose and/or for advertising, publicity, marketing, promotion and fundraising efforts of SpaceBase and its various programs, products, and events, and all allied ancillary and subsidiary rights therein and thereto (including without limitation merchandising and commercial tie-in rights), without separate compensation to you; provided however, that if you notify SpaceBase of such fact and SpaceBase deems your position to be reasonable, SpaceBase agrees, for a period of one year from such notification, not to publish information that you deem to be potentially patentable.
  3. You understand that the Likeness and submission content may be copied, reproduced, and distributed by means of various media, including without limitation video and audio recordings, television, radio, news releases, mail–outs, emails, billboards, signs, brochures, websites, online and other digital and electronic delivery including social media, publication, display, or promotion on any and all other media. The Likeness and submission content may be subject to reasonable modification or editing. You will have no right to review the Likeness or submission content before it is used and SpaceBase’s decisions with respect to use of the Likeness and submission content will be final. You relinquish and give SpaceBase all rights, title, and interest in and to the Likeness in materials prepared by or on behalf of SpaceBase, including all copyright therein. You agree to waive and never to assert, any and all moral rights that you may have in or with respect to the copyrighted work within the submission content.


  1. You may not include in your submission any content in which another person or organisation has a proprietary interest unless you have first obtained their permission. You represent and warrant that except as disclosed in your submission, you own all rights, title, and interest in and to the submission content.
  2. You represent that neither your participation, nor any of your team members’ participation, in the Challenge nor your compliance with these T&Cs will infringe, misappropriate, or violate the rights of any third parties or will breach any agreement that you have entered into, or will enter into with any third party, including without limitation any agreement to keep any third party’s proprietary information confidential. You hereby agree not to enter into any written or oral agreement that conflicts with these T&Cs.
  3. You acknowledge that SpaceBase is the lawful owner of the name, “SpaceBase” and its associated trademarks and service marks, and you agree that unless you receive advance written approval from a senior manager of SpaceBase, you will take no action inconsistent with SpaceBase’s ownership of its names, trademarks, and service marks, including without limitation any incorporation of any of the foregoing into a longer name or other logo. For the avoidance of doubt, and without placing any limitation on the foregoing, you expressly agree not to place the logo or other trademarks of SpaceBase on any product being offered for sale, promotional or any other commercial purposes whether in a physical or online format.


  1. You hereby agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless SpaceBase and any additional sponsors from any liability, claims, losses, injuries, and damages arising out of or relating to or that you may sustain as a result of or in the course of your participation in the Challenge or the acceptance, use, misuse, or possession of any Prize. In no event shall SpaceBase have any liability to you for any indirect, special, incidental, consequential, cover, or punitive damages however caused, whether in contract, tort, or under any other theory of liability, and whether or not the party has been advised of the possibility of such damages.
  2. Your participation in the Challenge does not create a partnership, franchise, joint venture, or employment relationship between you and SpaceBase. You agree not to hold yourself out as an employee, agent, servant, partner, fiduciary, or joint -venturer of SpaceBase. You shall not purport, through social media or otherwise, to speak on behalf of SpaceBase in an official capacity. You shall not represent SpaceBase, act as its agent, or otherwise enter into any contractual agreement or attempt to bind SpaceBase.
  3. Your participation in the Challenge and these T&Cs are governed by New Zealand law (without regard to its conflicts of law provisions)