SolarWinds Sysman Hero Contest:  Official Rules

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    1. Eligibility: The SolarWinds® Sysman Hero Contest is open only to participants who are eighteen (18) years of age or older and whom are registered attendees and attending the Microsoft Ignite conference in Chicago, Illinois, at McCormick Place, May 4 – May 8, 2015 (Ignite 2015). Employees of SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC and any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotional agencies are also ineligible to participate, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible.  The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited. 


    2. Sponsor:  The Contest is sponsored by SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC, 7171 Southwest Parkway, Building 400, Austin, Texas 78735 (the “Sponsor”).

    3. Agreement to Official Rules:  Participation in the Contest constitutes Entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding.  Being eligible for a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein and all entries submitted under these Terms and Conditions.


    4. Entry Period:  The Contest begins at 11:45 a.m. CDT on May 4, 2015 and ends at 12:00 p.m. CDT on May 7, 2015. The Entry Period for the Contest commences upon the opening of the SolarWinds Booth No. 543 (11:45 a.m. CDT on May 4; 10:00 a.m. CDT on May 5; 10:00 a.m. CDT on May 6; and 10:00 a.m. CDT on May 7) and closes at 5:00 p.m. on May 4-May 6 or the closing of Ignite 2015 on May 7.  Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible for the Contest.


    5. How to Enter:  Play the Sysman Hero game, which is only available at the SolarWinds Booth No. 543 during the hours herein.  Visit the Sponsor at Ignite 2015 at Booth No. 543 on May 4th, 2015 between 11:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CDT, May 5, 2015 between 10:00 a.m. – 6:15 p.m. CDT, May 6, 2015 between 10:00 a.m. – 6:15 p.m., or May 7, 2015 between 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CDT.  Using your existing thwack account (or create a new one), sign into the Sysman Hero game located at with the daily top score at 5:00 p.m. CDT will win the daily prize.  Entrants that play after 5:00 p.m. will have their scores submitted the next day.  Any entries attempted through the use of agencies or robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed, or similar methods will be void. 


    6. Winners: On May 4, May 5, May 6 at 5:00 PM CDT and May 7, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. CDT, Sponsor will select the top score winner of all entries received during the Entry Period to win the daily prize. The odds of being selected depend on the relative performance of all Entrants and the number of eligible entries received. The odds of being selected depend on the relative performance of all Entrants and the number of eligible entries received.


    7. Prizes:

    Day 1 Prize:  On May 4, 2015, one (1) winner will receive a Nintendo® Wii U® with an approximate value of $299.99 USD. 


    Day 2 Prize:  On May 5, 2015, one (1) winner will receive an NVIDIA SHIELD 16GB Tablet and SHIELD Controller with a total approximate value of $358.99 USD.


    Day 3 Prize:  On May 6, 2015, one (1) winner will receive an Xbox One® 500GB Halo®: The Master Chief Collection Bundle and a Kinect® Sensor with a total approximate value of $499.98 USD.


    Day 4 Prize:  On May 7, 2015, one (1) winner will receive a PlayStation® 4 Console (PS4) with an approximate value of $399.99 USD. 

    This decision will be final, except as noted herein.  The odds of being selected depend on the number of eligible entries received from all Entrants.  Any prize details not specified above will be determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion.  The prize is not transferable or refundable and must be accepted as awarded.  No cash or other substitution may be made, except by the Sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion.  The winner is responsible for taxes and any and all other costs and expenses not listed above.

    8. Potential Prize Recipient Requirements: Any potential prize recipient may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release (the “Affidavit/Release”) within seven (7) days of being notified.  If a potential recipient fails to sign and return the Affidavit/Release within the required time period, he/she will forfeit the prize and the next Entrant to be deemed to have properly submitted an entry may be selected in his/her place in a random drawing of all entries received. 


    9. Entrant’s Representations and Warranties:  By entering this Contest, Entrant represents and warrants:

    Entrant has read the Contest Official Rules and is providing all information related to this Content to Sponsor. Entrant has secured all necessary rights and permissions for Entrant’s submission, including any and all licenses, releases, and/or waivers.  Entrant holds Sponsor and its affiliates and agents harmless from damage or loss that may result from Entrant’s failure to secure necessary rights and permissions. Entrant retains ownership of Content submitted for the Contest.   

    Entrant grants to Sponsor and its affiliates an irrevocable, non-exclusive and royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right and license to reproduce, distribute, broadcast, post, publish, transmit, encode, store, and/or otherwise use or display, in whole or in part, any Content submitted in connection with this Contest for the purpose of promoting the Contest or Sponsor, in all media now known or hereafter devised. Entrant agrees and understands that Sponsor is not required to utilize any of the Content submitted by the Entrant. Entrant grants to Sponsor and its affiliates the rights and licenses free of charge and agrees that no further permissions from or payment of compensation or royalties to Entrant or any other party are required. Entrant also waives any intellectual property rights, privacy or publicity rights, moral rights, or any other legal right Entrant may have acquired in the Content submitted or its elements, if any; and Entrant waives any claim and agrees not to assert any claim against Sponsor, its licensees, or affiliated or related companies for their use of the content submitted.  No further permissions, consents or payments are required from or to Entrant or any third party in connection with the use by Sponsor of the rights granted hereunder, there is and will not be any agreement with a third party that may in any way interfere with Sponsor’s rights under this license, and such rights are and shall be free and clear of any and all claims, rights and obligations whatsoever.

    Sponsor reserves the right to review any Content submitted at any time, and to disqualify any entry which, in its sole discretion, is deemed to be inappropriate, offensive, unsuitable, or it deems may otherwise be in violation of these Contest rules, applicable laws or regulations, or the rights of any third party.

    10. General Conditions:  In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, or other technical problem, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules or (b) award the prizes at random from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment.  The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.  Any attempt by any person to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, 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.  Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.  In the event of a dispute as to any online entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter will be deemed to be the entrant.  The “authorized account holder” is the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. 


    11. Release and Limitations of Liability: By participating in the Contest, Entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, its officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (b) printing errors; (c) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail; (d) errors in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; or (e) injury (including death) or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt of any prize.  Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties’ liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorney’s fees.  Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.


    12. Privacy and Publicity: Except as set forth herein, any information you submit as part of the Contest will be used for purposes of this Contest and treated in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. Except where prohibited, participation in the Contest constitutes an entrant’s consent to Sponsor’s use of his/her name, likeness, voice, opinions, biographical information, and state of residence for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration.


    13. Disputes:  Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Texas.  All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Texas, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of Texas or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Texas.


    14. Contest Results:  To request a winner list, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:  SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC; Marketing Specialist, Sysman; Attn: Wendy Abbott; 7171 Southwest Parkway; Building 400; Austin, Texas 78735. Requests must be received within four (4) weeks of the end of the Entry Period.


    15. Terms Subject to Change.  Terms are all subject to change by the Sponsors as necessary.