Playing for Change Awards terms and conditions

These terms are legally binding. This service is provided by Toy Industries of Europe INPA, Boulevard de Waterloo 36, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

  1. General

The initiator and organiser of the Play for Change Awards will be Toy Industries of Europe INPA. By completing and submitting the online entry form available at playforchangeawards.eu/enter and paying the entry fees, the applicant will fully and unreservedly agree to all of the terms and conditions of the Play for Change Awards. If you do not agree with any of the terms or conditions, then you should not take part in the Play for Change Awards.

Once you have created an account, we reserve the right to send you further correspondence regarding our awards programme. You can unsubscribe by clicking on "unsubscribe" at the bottom of any of our emails.

  1. Eligibility

2.1 Only toys or projects that were launched in at least one European country between 1st of January 2019 and 31st of December 2019 may be entered.

2.2 All entries must be submitted by or on behalf of the manufacturer responsible for the toy or project and named as such in press and publicity material.

2.3 Toy Industries of Europe reserves the right to disqualify an entry if it becomes apparent that a submission is inaccurate or if Toy Industries of Europe or the jury have any uncertainty about the integrity of the entry.

2.4 Entries must be submitted via the online awards entry form that can be found on our website at playforchangeawards.eu/enter. It is advisable that all written work submitted is in English. If you submit a project in another language, Toy Industries of Europe reserves the right to disqualify it. Project costs – if given - must be converted from local currencies and stated as Euros (€).

2.5 Projects must only be submitted into a category once. If two parties have collaborated on a project together, it is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that the project is only submitted by one of the collaborating parties. The designated entrant will be responsible for all stages of the entry.

  1. Requirements

3.1 Entries must be submitted before 23:59 Brussels time on the night of 22 May 2020. No entries will be accepted after this time.

3.2 All entries must be submitted digitally via the entry form on the Play for Change Awards website at playforchangeawards.eu/enter. No other method of submitting entries will be accepted. Our awards entry form requires the entrant to provide a name, address, email address and phone number.

3.3 Applicants are allowed to enter as many projects as they wish, in as many categories as they wish but they need to use one registration form per project.

  1. Samples and Images

4.1 Entries will be judged solely on the material submitted. If the entry concerns a toy, one physical sample of the toy needs to be sent through.  Photographs must be unadulterated and genuine.

4.2 Applicants represent and warrant that all materials submitted will not infringe or constitute a misappropriation of any right of any third party, including any copyrights, patent rights, trademark rights, trade secret rights or confidentiality rights and agree to indemnify Toy Industries of Europe and its employees against any liabilities, damages, losses, costs or expenses arising as a result thereof.

  1. Entry fees

5.1 The entry fees are dependent whether the entrant is a TIE member and on the number of entries, as set out on the Play for Change Awards website. Any entrant deemed to have acted dishonestly when registering their entry will be contacted and may result in disqualification. Upon registration, entrants should ensure they enter the correct information.

5.2 After registration, the entrant will receive an invoice and only after payment of the invoice will the registration be deemed valid. Entrants will receive confirmation that their entry or entries have been successfully received via email once payment has been made. No other payment method will be accepted except at the discretion of Toy Industries of Europe.

  1. Refunds

6.1 Participants are allowed to withdraw their submitted projects from the Play for Change Awards at any time, however, fees will not be refunded if the submitted entry is withdrawn.

6.2 In the event of disqualification, the entrant’s entry fees will be refunded within 30 days.

  1. Categories

7.2 There are three awards categories: SUSTAINABILITY, EMPOWERMENT and FUTURE SKILLS. These categories are listed on the Play for Change Awards website.

7.3 Entrants can enter as many of the project categories as many times as they wish but need to register separate forms per toy/project.

  1. Judges

8.1 The Play for Change Awards will appoint an international jury of academics and experts in the areas of environmental sustainability, development skills and education.

8.2 Names, biographies and portraits of jury members will be made public on the awards website.

8.3 Toy Industries of Europe will organise, select and manage the jury, which will be instructed to act without bias or favour. If a judge faces a potential conflict of interest, they will be assigned to a different category. The jury’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding their decisions or decision-making processes.

  1. Judging process

9.1 Judging will take place in three stages.

9.2 The first stage, called "longlisting", will see all project entries reviewed by the Toy Industries of Europe technical staff who will subject the toys to an initial toy safety assessment. Only toys meeting the requirements of the EU toy safety legislation will be able to make the ‘longlist’.

9.3 The second stage, called "shortlisting", will involve the specialist jury, who will select a shortlist of between four and eight entries in each project category. Judging will be done remotely, based on the judging criteria the judges have all agreed to.

9.4 The third stage, called "ratification", will involve the specialist jury who will convene and ratify the suggested project category winners.

  1. Announcement of Play for Change Awards winners

10.1 Shortlisted entries will be published at playforchangeawards.eu/news. Entrants whose entries were not shortlisted will not receive any correspondence from The Play for Change Awards.

10.2 Play for Change Awards 2020 winners will be announced at playforchangeawards.eu/news.

10.3 The Play for Change Awards may attempt to respond, answer and reply to any requests, queries or questions communicated by an applicant at any time. However, the Play for Change Awards is not required or obligated to provide such a response, answer or reply.

10.4 If an entry receives an award, the manner and details of announcing such nomination and award is strictly at the discretion of Toy Industries of Europe.

  1. Privacy policy

11.1 No financial information will be stored by Toy Industries of Europe in any format.

11.2 Information provided by entrants will not be shared with any third party. Only Toy Industries of Europe Limited employees and appointed judges will have access to this information. Any type of data that identifies a living individual will be treated as personal data and will be dealt with in accordance with the Play for Change Awards privacy policy available at playforchangeawards.eu/privacy-policy

11.3 Entrants therefore represent and warrant that they are only submitting entry materials which they own, or otherwise have the right to submit and agree to indemnify Toy Industries of Europe and its employees against any liabilities, damages, losses, costs or expenses arising as a result of their failure to obtain such right.

10.4 Please read our privacy policy for more information.

  1. Intellectual Property rights

12.1 On submitting an entry, the entrant fully and unreservedly grants Toy Industries of Europe a royalty-free, irrevocable licence to use and exploit any such material submitted, in whole or in part, in any form, including for promotional or marketing purposes; and to allow third parties also to publish this content where they do so in association with us.

12.2 Entrants are fully responsible for all content they submit to Toy Industries of Europe and accept liability for any actions relating to the content. Any comments and reviews posted on the website by entrants or other users do not necessarily reflect our opinions and we are not responsible or liable for any content submitted by you or anyone else.

  1. Liability

13.1 Toy Industries of Europe reserves the right to cancel or amend the Play for Change Awards and these terms and conditions at any time.

13.2 Toy Industries of Europe will not be liable to applicants for any consequential losses (i.e. loss of revenue, loss of business, loss of goodwill, loss or damage to data or information) arising out of, or in connection with, the provision of the service of publishing your entry on the Play for Change Awards website.

13.3 Toy Industries of Europe may assert its rights or obligations under these terms at any time. You may not assert your rights or obligations under these terms without Toy Industries of Europe’s prior written consent. Toy Industries of Europe will not be liable for failure to meet its obligations under these terms if it is prevented from doing so due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control.

  1. Data storage

14.1 By uploading your project to playforchangeawards.eu/enter/ you agree that we will store the entry materials (including your company name) on our database. Your data will be only accessed by Toy Industries of Europe employees as well as the appointed judges.

14.2 When you create an account with Toy Industries of Europe, we collect such data including, but not limited to, your first and last name, email address, telephone number, address, occupation, and any other data included in a submitted entry, including but not limited to entry materials.

14.3 Any type of data that identifies a living individual will be treated as personal data and will be dealt with in accordance with the Play for Change privacy policy, which is available at playforchangeawards.eu/privacy-policy

  1. Governing law

These terms will be governed by Belgian law and the parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Belgian Courts.