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Governing Law

These terms and conditions shall be construed in accordance with, and governed by, English law and any disputes arising hereunder shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.


The rules below are applicable to the Disruptive Innovation Festival (“DIF”) University Referral Competition until further notice or until amended. This competition is run by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (“EMF”), a registered charity (charity number 1130306) and limited company (company number 06897785) whose registered office is at The Sail Loft, Medina Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7BX.

  1. By entering the competition, entrants (together with any other member of the public involved) hereby agree to be bound by these rules as amended from time to time.
  2. Each participating university will be given a unique identifying code which it will provide to its students, alumni and staff members for the purposes of the competition. The participating universities will also use all reasonable endeavours to promote the competition to the general public, and encourage entries. The competition is open from 8 October 2016 to any person aged 18 or over in possession of an identifying code for a participating university (“entrants”).
  3. Only one entry/ vote per entrant will be permitted. There is no charge for entering.
  4. The judge shall, unless provided otherwise in the competition instructions, be the DIF Programme Manager and/or his/her nominated representative(s) (“Judge”).
  5. The decision of the Judge shall be final and unchallengeable. The Judge shall have the right, at her discretion, to change the rules of the competition while it is running if it appears to her that it would be equitable or appropriate to do so, including the extension of the closing date whereupon there will be an announcement of any such extension at the first reasonable opportunity. No correspondence will be entered into or comment issued on any matters concerning any competition. It is the responsibility of entrants to keep themselves informed as to any updates to these rules, which will be published on the DIF website.
  6. All entries must be made via the official page of the DIF -- The information submitted by entrants will be shared with EMF’s subsidiaries and sister companies, and the company or organisations providing the prizes, for the purposes of running and fulfilling this competition and delivering the prizes.
  7. Entries must be made in accordance with the competition instructions, and contain all information requested. In particular, each entry must contain the correct unique reference code for the university they have/are attending or working at. Entries will be invalid if they are received any later than 25 December 2016, or if they contain incomplete or inaccurate information.
  8. The prize is a 3-D printer (Ultimaker 2) for the university. This prize includes the cost of shipping but not any associated taxes which may be applicable (which would need to be paid by the university). If circumstances dictate, and EMF believes it to be reasonable, EMF reserves the right to change the prizes offered.
  9. Within one month of the closing date of the competition, all entries will be examined and counted by the Judges, and the prizes will be awarded. A prize of the 3-D printer will be given to the participating university with the highest number of valid entries received by EMF prior to the closing date. There will be no cash or other alternative to the prize offered and prizes are not transferable. The Judge will then contact the winner to inform them of their decision, and let them know what (if anything) is required in order for the winner to receive their prize.
  10. EMF and its subsidiaries reserve the right to publish the names of the winners and runners-up, on the DIF website and on other social media run by EMF. All winners, including the participating university, are required to give their full co-operation in connection with publicity for the competition, their entry and the prize(s).
  11. EMF will not be liable for any circumstances beyond its reasonable control that prevent the competition being fulfilled, a winner or winners being chosen, or any prize being taken up or fully enjoyed by a winner. EMF excludes liability to the extent permitted by law for any cost, claims or losses howsoever caused that arise by reason of any person's entry into a competition or the award, or non-award, to them of a prize. In the event of any error, whether printing, technological or otherwise, which affects the competition in any way, the Judges reserve the right to administer the competition as though the error had not occurred.
  12. If any winner of a competition is unable to take up a prize for any reason, or if EMF has not been able, after making reasonable efforts, to make contact with a winner within 2 weeks of the competition closing date, EMF reserves the right to award that prize (without notice to the first winner chosen) to an alternative winner, in which case the first winner chosen shall not be eligible for any share of the prize whatsoever. EMF shall not have any liability in such eventuality.
  13. The names of the prize winners will be available on receipt of a request enclosing a stamped addressed envelope to: the DIF Programme Manager, The Sail Loft, Medina Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7BX, and this information may be published on the website at the Judges' discretion.


The privacy of our users and subscribers is important to us. This policy explains how the Ellen MacArthur Foundation uses your personal information. If we make changes to our Privacy Policy that affect how we handle your personal information, we will notify you by email. Minor changes will not be notified.

What information do we collect?

When you register as a user of our site, to receive our emails or to attend one of our events, we will collect the personal information necessary in order to provide those services. Typically, we will ask for your name, job title, email address and the organisation which you work for.

What do we use your personal information for?

We use your personal information in order to personalise the services we provide to you, and in order to improve your experience of our website. We will send you our newsletter approximately 2 times a month. We may send extra emails out where something significant happens that we think will be of interest to you, for example where you have subscribed to receive such updates, during one of our events.

We share your information with our service providers in order to provide services to you, and where permitted or required by law.

You may also choose to receive information, event invites and special offers from our carefully selected third party business partners. If so, you can check the separate box on our registration page which allows this to happen.


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You can log into our DIF website using your Facebook or Twitter accounts. If you do so, those applications will use cookies to collect information about your site usage which we do not control. Your profile picture will also be available to us if you use this option.

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Transferring information overseas

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has offices in the UK, and a sister organisation in America. We also hold events in many other countries, and we use a mailing company which is based in America. Your information will be added to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s database, and may be accessed by staff worldwide. Where your personal information is available in other countries, we have taken steps to ensure that the information is appropriately protected.

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