Contest Rules

Google I/O Contest Official Rules



The Google I/O Contest (the “Contest”) is a skill contest where participants must answer a lightening series of difficult questions and the highest scoring participants will be invited to a second round, where they will have to respond to a difficult coding challenge. Participants may compete the individual product competition each day and will only be eligible to win within that day’s competition. Participants may enter all of the competitions, but may only enter once per day and entry to one competition does not carry over into another. There is one contest per day with a total of 100 winners (10 per daily contest). Both the first and second rounds of submissions will be evaluated by judges, who will choose the winner(s) in accordance with these Official Rules. Winners will be given an Attendee Pass to the Google I/O event, which will allow them to attend the entire event. The Attendee Pass to the Google I/O event will be awarded to participants with the highest score in the judging criteria. See below for the complete details.

1. BINDING AGREEMENT: In order to enter the Contest, you must agree to these Official Rules (“Rules”). Therefore, please read these Rules prior to entry to ensure you understand and agree. You agree that submission of an entry in the Contest constitutes agreement to these Rules. You may not submit an entry to the Contest and are not eligible to receive the prizes described in these Rules unless you agree to these Rules. These Rules form a binding legal agreement between you and Google with respect to the Contest.

2. ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to enter the Contest, you must be: (1) a legal resident of and physically located in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia; (2) above the age of majority in the state or jurisdiction where you reside at the time of entry; and (3) have access to the Internet as of March 16, 2011 (“Participant” or “You”). Contest is void in Puerto Rico, U.S. territories and possessions, outside of the U.S., and where prohibited by law. Employees, interns, contractors, and official office-holders of Google and their parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, and their respective directors, officers, employees, advertising and promotion agencies, representatives, and agents (“Contest Entities”), and members of the Contest Entities’ and their immediate families (parents, siblings, children, spouses, and life partners of each, regardless of where they live) and members of the households (whether related or not) of such employees, officers and directors are ineligible to participate in this Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to verify eligibility and to adjudicate on any dispute at any time.

If you are entering as part of a company or on behalf of your employer, these rules are binding on you, individually, and/or your employer. If you are acting within the scope of your employment, as an employee, contractor, or agent of another party, you warrant that such party has full knowledge of your actions and has consented thereto, including your potential receipt of a prize. You further warrant that your actions do not violate your employer’s or company’s policies and procedures.

3. SPONSOR: The Contest is sponsored by Google Inc. (“Google” or “Sponsor”), a Delaware corporation with principal place of business at 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, USA.

4. CONTEST PERIOD: The Contest begins at 9:00:00 A.M. Pacific Time (PT) Zone in the United States on March 16, 2011 and ends at 11:59:59 P.M. PT on March 26, 2011 (“Contest Period”). Each day, users will have the chance to enter one (1) of ten (10) individual product category contests.

5. HOW TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. To enter the Contest, visit the Contest website located at (“Contest Site”) during one or more days during the Contest Period and follow the instructions for entering - participants will be asked to share their name and contact email, and select which product category they’d like to enter. You will then compete in round 1, which will consist of difficult questions, delivered in a lightening round, which all have only one correct answer. The 200 Participants with the highest scores from round 1 in each category will receive an email informing them they’re approved to advance to round 2, along with instructions on how to compete. In round 2, you will be asked to complete a difficult coding question (“Code”). Submission for round 2 must meet the code requirements described in section 6, below. (hereinafter, “Requirements”). Written parts of entries must be in English to be eligible. The Code must, at a minimum, must support English language use.

Each day, a new competition will be offered, which will follow the entry path indicated above. LIMIT ONE (1) ENTRY PER PERSON, PER DAY PER PRODUCT CATEGORY. Participants may enter only once per day. Subsequent entries received for one of the daily competitions will be disqualified.  All entries must be received by within 24 hours of the competition start time during the contest period, as indicated in the Schedule,

Entries are void if they are in whole or part illegible, incomplete, damaged, altered, counterfeit, obtained through fraud, or late. All entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry, and the potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder for that email address. The "authorized account holder" is the natural person assigned to an email address by an Internet service provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email address for the domain.

During the Contest Period, the Sponsor, its agents and/or the Judges (defined below) will be evaluating each Code to ensure that it meets the Requirements. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant who submits a Code that does not meet the Requirements.

  • It must not contain content, material or any element that is unlawful, or otherwise in violation of or contrary to all applicable federal, state, or local laws and regulations the laws or regulations in any state where video is created.
  • It must be an original, unpublished work that does not contain, incorporate or otherwise use any content, material or element that is owned by a third party or entity.

  • It cannot contain any content, element, or material that violates a third party’s publicity, privacy or intellectual property rights.

  • It must be created in one of the following formats per the Round II requirements at

7. JUDGING: The contest will consist of two rounds, with the 200 highest scoring entries in each product category eligible to compete in the second round. Each entry will be judged by a panel of experts who are employees of Sponsor (“Judges”).  The entries from one day are only reviewed against the eligible entries submitted on the same day under the same product category and there will be one winner, per day, in each product category.

Round 1:

Participants must respond to a series of difficult questions, delivered in a lightening round. The questions will have only one correct answer. Entrants will be required to both a) answer the question correctly and b) answer it quickly. In the event of a tie, the entrant with the most correct answers who responded the most quickly will be advanced to Round 2.

The 200 highest scoring participants in each competition will be notified via email the day following the competition in which they’re competing, and the email will contain additional information about how to submit a Code for Round 2

Round 2:

Each day during the competition, each Code submitted for round 2 in each of the 10 product categories will be evaluated by the Judges based on the following criteria:

  • Technical aptitude: speed, performance, integration of Google developer products and open web technologies
  • Usability and functionality: Ease of use, practical application, accessibility
  • Design: UX, aethetics
  • Originality and creativity

Judges will evaluate and attribute a score to each Code made up of scores based upon the above-listed criteria. The entry that receive the highest overall score in each product category each day will be selected as the potential winners. In the event of a tie, the Code that received the higher score from the Judges in the category of “Originality and creativity” will be selected as one of the potential winners. In the event a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, the Code that received the next highest total score will be chosen as the potential winner.

On April 4, 2011, the potential winners will be selected and notified by telephone and/or email, at Sponsor’s discretion. If a potential winner does not respond to the notification attempt within two days from the first notification attempt, then such potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate potential winner will be selected from among all eligible entries received based on the judging criteria described herein. With respect to notification by telephone, such notification will be deemed given when the potential winner engages in a live conversation with Sponsor or when a message is left on the potential winner’s voicemail service or answering machine by the Sponsor, whichever occurs first. Except where prohibited by law, each potential winner may be required to sign and return a Declaration of Eligibility and Liability and Publicity Release and provide any additional information that may be required by Sponsor. All notification requirements, as well as other requirements within these Rules, will be strictly enforced.

In the event that no entries are received for a given competition, no prizes will be awarded. Determinations of judges are final and binding.

8. PRIZES: 10 winners per day (10 per competition) during the contest period (for a total of 100 winners) will be offered a single Attendee Pass to the sold-out Google I/O 2011 event will allow them admittance to the Google I/O event. Approximate Retail Value is $450 USD.

Odds of winning any prize depends on the number of eligible entries received during the Contest Period and the skill of the entrants. The prizes will be awarded within approximately one week of receipt by Sponsor of final prize acceptance documents. No transfer, substitution or cash equivalent for prize(s) is allowed, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

9. GENERAL CONDITIONS: All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Google reserves the right to disqualify any entrant from the Contest if, in Google’s sole discretion, it reasonably believes that the entrant has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, deception, or other unfair playing practices or annoys, abuses, threatens or harasses any other entrants, Google, or the Judges.

10. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS: By submitting a Code in this Contest, the entrant warrants and represents that the Code, including the programming and related material, is not subject to the proprietary rights of any person or entity. By submitting a Code in this Contest, the entrant warrants and represents that (s)he owns all of the intellectual and industrial property rights in and to the Code. Further, the entrant agrees that if any portion of the Code should be deemed to be owned by the entrant that (s)he will, as a condition of entry, grant Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, publicly perform, publicly display and create a derivative work from, any entry or Code that Participant submits solely for the purposes of allowing Google to test and evaluate the Code for purposes of the Contest and to advertise, display, demonstrate, or otherwise promote the Google I/O competition. Participant specifically agrees that Google shall have the right to use, reproduce, publicly perform, and publicly display the Code in connection with the advertising and promotion of the Contest and event, via communication to the public or other groups, including, but not limited to the right to make screenshots, animations and video clips available for promotional purposes.

11. PRIVACY: Participants agree that personal data including, but not limited to, name, mailing address, phone number, and email address may be collected, processed, stored and otherwise used for the purposes of conducting and administering the Contest. This data may also be used by Google to verify an entrant’s identity, postal address and telephone number in the event a entrant qualifies for any applicable prize as well as to deliver the applicable prize(s). Entrants have the right to access, review, rectify or cancel any personal data held by Google in connection with the Contest by writing to Google (Attention: Google I/O) at 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043. Otherwise, all personal information that is collected from the entrant is subject to Google’s Privacy Policy, located at

12. PUBLICITY. By accepting a prize, entrant agrees to Sponsor and its agencies use of his or her name and/or likeness and Code for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law.

13. WARRANTY AND INDEMNITY: Participants warrant that their Codes are their own original work and, as such, they are the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of the submitted Code and that they have the right to submit the Code in the Contest and grant all required licenses. Each entrant agrees not to submit any Code that (1) infringes any third party proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, privacy, publicity or confidentiality obligations; or (2) otherwise violates the applicable state, federal or local law.

To the maximum extent permitted by law, each entrant indemnifies and agrees to keep indemnified Contest Entities at all times from and against any liability, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs and expenses resulting from any act, default or omission of the entrant and/or a breach of any warranty set forth herein. To the maximum extent permitted by law, each entrant agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Contest Entities from and against any and all claims, actions, suits or proceedings, as well as any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys fees) arising out of or accruing from (a) any Code or other material uploaded or otherwise provided by the entrant that infringes any copyright, trademark, trade secret, trade dress, patent or other intellectual property right of any person or defames any person or violates their rights of publicity or privacy, (b) any misrepresentation made by the entrant in connection with the Contest; (c) any non-compliance by the entrant with these Rules; (d) claims brought by persons or entities other than the parties to these Rules arising from or related to the entrant’s involvement with the Contest; (e) acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any Contest-related activity or participation in this Contest; (f) any malfunction or other problem with the Contest Site; (g) any error in the collection, processing, or retention of entry information; or (h) any typographical or other error in the printing, offering or announcement of any prize or winners.

14. ELIMINATION: Any false information provided within the context of the Contest by any entrant concerning identity, mailing address, telephone number, email address, ownership of right or non-compliance with these Rules or the like may result in the immediate elimination of the entrant from the Contest.

15. INTERNET: Contest Entities are not responsible for any malfunction of the entire Contest Site or any late, lost, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, undeliverable, or destroyed entries due to system errors, failed, incomplete or garbled computer or other telecommunication transmission malfunctions, hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, typographical or system/human errors and failures, technical malfunction(s) of any telephone network or lines, cable connections, satellite transmissions, servers or providers, or computer equipment, traffic congestion on the Internet or at the Contest Site, or any combination thereof, including other telecommunication, cable, digital or satellite malfunctions which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate.

16. RIGHT TO CANCEL, MODIFY OR DISQUALIFY. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest, Google reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. Google further reserves the right to disqualify any entrant who tampers with the submission process or any other part of the Contest or Contest Site. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any web site, including the Contest Site, or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Google reserves the right to seek damages from any such entrant to the fullest extent of the applicable law.

17. NOT AN OFFER OR CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT: Under no circumstances shall the submission of an Code into the Contest, the awarding of a prize, or anything in these Rules be construed as an offer or contract of employment with either Google, or the Contest Entities. You acknowledge that you have submitted your Code voluntarily and not in confidence or in trust. You acknowledge that no confidential, fiduciary, agency or other relationship or implied-in-fact contract now exists between you and Google or the Contest Entities and that no such relationship is established by your submission of an Code under these Rules.

18. FORUM AND RECOURSE TO JUDICIAL PROCEDURES: These Rules shall be governed by, subject to, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, United States of America, excluding all conflict of law rules. If any provision(s) of these Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect. To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, seek injunctive relief or make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Contest are hereby excluded, and all Participants expressly waive any and all such rights.

19. ARBITRATION: By entering the Contest, you agree that exclusive jurisdiction for any dispute, claim, or demand related in any way to the Contest will be decided by binding arbitration. All disputes between you and Google of whatsoever kind or nature arising out of these Rules, shall be submitted to Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (“JAMS”) for binding arbitration under its rules then in effect in the San Jose, California, USA area, before one arbitrator to be mutually agreed upon by both parties. The parties agree to share equally in the arbitration costs incurred.

20. WINNER’S LIST: You may request a list of winners after April 4, 2011 but before August 31, 2011 by send a self addressed stamped envelope to:
Google I/O Contest
Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheater Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043 USA

(Residents of Vermont need not supply postage).