Terms, Conditions, & Code of Conduct

Please note: 

All website information, terms, conditions, and competition regulations (including but not limited to those related to evaluation of project proposals, finalist awards and prizes, and other services and support for competition participants) are subject to change or revision by the Innovate4AMR organizing team at any time.


Terms & Conditions

Innovate4AMR Participant Terms & Conditions (inc. Code of Conduct)

The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), ReAct – Action on Antibiotic Resistance and Johns Hopkins University through the IDEA (Innovation + Design Enabling Access) Initiative of the Bloomberg School of Public Health (“Hosting Organizations”) are pleased to host the Innovate4AMR (“Competition”). The Competition is governed by this Competition Participation Agreement (“Agreement”). By entering the Competition, you (“Participant”) agree to abide by the Agreement, which is a binding legal agreement between Participant and the Hosting Organizations with respect to the Competition. Participation in the Competition is subject to and constitutes Participant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these terms and conditions. Hosting Organizations reserve the right to disqualify any Participant(s) who, in Hosting Organizations’ sole discretion, fail to comply with the terms and conditions of this Agreement.  


Participants must be current students and at least 18 years of age, as well as meet the eligibility criteria as outlined on http://www.Innovate4AMR.org to participate. In applying to Innovate4AMR, participants are confirming that they meet these requirements. If there is any misrepresentation of any kind, the Participant may automatically be disqualified from the Competition.

Specific eligibility by education level is as follows:

Education Level Participation Allowed?
High school students No
Undergraduates Yes
Alumni Yes, within one year of graduation
Graduate, PhD, and Medical Students Yes
Graduate, PhD, and Medical Students alumni No
Post-doctoral students No
Community members No
Residents & Fellows No

Participants must be current students, be at least 18 years of age, not be restricted from participation under U.S. export control regulations and sanctions programs (a list of sanctions programs and country information can be found at https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/Programs.aspx), as well as meet the eligibility criteria outlined on innovate4amr.org to participate.

In addition, students working in direct association with the competition organizers, technical review panel members, expert judges, and finalist judges, are ineligible.

Ownership of Entries
Participants represent and warrant that they have permission to use any proprietary data included in their submission and that it does not infringe on the intellectual property or proprietary rights of any third party, including, without limitation, patents, copyrights, or trademarks. All submitted information is deemed the property of the participating teams and any licensors that it has. However, in participating in this Competition, participants are agreeing to ensure that their proposed solutions and its relevant intellectual property will be open-source and/or open-access so that no person and/or entity is barred from utilizing participants’ proposed solutions. Innovate4AMR organizers furthermore reserve the right to upload or not upload submissions to be available in an open-access format, with proper attribution as feasible. By entering the Competition, all participants grant Innovate4AMR organizers, Hosting Organizations (those listed on the “About Us” webpage, as well as their respective sponsors and affiliates), and supporting organizations (those sponsoring, aiding or funding any part of this Competition) a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, transferable, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use, publish, distribute, reproduce, modify, create derivative works from, and publicly display their proposal and its content for any purpose, including without limitation display on the Hosting Organizations’ websites.  Our judges and staff do not sign any non-disclosure agreements to participate in this competition. Any data or information discussed or divulged in the competition should be considered information that may enter the public realm, and students should not assume any right of confidentiality in any data or information discussed, divulged or presented in the competition. There will be no recourse in judging when a question or issue is not fully addressed because of concerns over confidentiality.


At the end of the Competition, Participants will present their solution to the judges. The judges will vote on the winners based on the preset judging criteria, available at https://Innovate4AMR.org/judging-criteria/, which are subject to change. All decisions will be final.

All awards are subject to U.S. export control regulations and sanctions programs, which may limit Hosting Organizations’ ability to award all or a portion of the prizes (e.g., travel services and expenses).  More information on those restrictions can be found here: https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/faqs/Sanctions/Pages/ques_index.aspx or by contacting innovate4amr@gmail.com.

 As a condition of receiving an award, winners may be required to sign a separate agreement releasing, indemnifying, and holding Hosting Organizations harmless from liability with respect to the award. To the extent permitted by law, any and all taxes imposed on awards are the sole responsibility of the winners.  

Publicity and Privacy

Except where prohibited, by participating in the online competition among all participants, the Participant understands that the Innovate4AMR activities may be photographed, videotaped, recorded, etc. and hereby grants IFMSA and ReAct (and any other hosting or sponsoring organizations) the right to use or refrain from using Participant’s name and/or likeness any and all footage about Participant’s participation in the Competition and Participant’s Innovation4AMR submission in any manner or media that the organizers see fit without Participant’s review or approval and without compensation. By participating in the Competition, Participants agree that their personal data provided as part of the application and/or Competition may be used by Hosting Organizations for the purposes of the Competition. Questions regarding the use of such data may be directed to Innovate4AMR@gmail.com or https://Innovate4AMR.wordpress.com/contact-us/.

Disclaimer Liability Release and Indemnity
The Hosting Organizations disclaim any and all liability in connection with, arising out of, or relating in any way to the Participant’s participation in the Competition and/or this Agreement. Participant shall indemnify and hold harmless Hosting Organizations and their respective officers, directors, employees, successors against any claims, losses, damages, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or relating in any way to Participant’s participation in the Competition and/or this Agreement. This includes, but is not limited to, any or all damages due to travel required for the Competition. It is the responsibility of the individual Participant to have and/or purchase health insurance and travel insurance (if required).  

The Hosting Organizations are not responsible for (i) late, lost, damaged, incomplete, or misdirected entries, responses, or other correspondence, whether by email or postal mail or otherwise; (ii) theft, destruction, unauthorized access to  or alterations of entries; or (iii) phone, electrical, network, computer, hardware, software program or transmission malfunctions, failures or difficulties.

The Hosting Organizations reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend the Competition, in whole or in part, in the event of fraud, technical or other difficulties outside the reasonable control of Hosting Organizations, or if the integrity of the Competition is compromised, without liability to the Participants. The Hosting Organizations also reserve the right not to give out any awards if there are an insufficient number of qualified winning entries.

Code of Conduct

Innovate4AMR stands for inclusivity. We believe that every single person has the right to work in a safe and welcoming environment. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, offensive verbal and/or written comments (online or offline) related to gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, country of origin, ethnicity; sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. If what you’re doing is making someone feel uncomfortable, that counts as harassment.

Sponsors, judges, mentors, volunteers, organizers, and anyone else involved in the event are also subject to the code of conduct. In particular, attendees should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material both in their hacks and during the event.

Participants asked to stop harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, Innovate4AMR may take any action deemed appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no eligibility for reimbursement or refund of any type.

If you are being cyberbullied, harassed, feel uncomfortable with your interactions with others involved in the competition, notice that someone else is being harassed, think there may be potential violation of the code of conduct, or have any other concerns, please report it immediately to: Innovate4AMR@gmail.com

All reporters have the right to remain anonymous.

Conflict of Interest
For purposes of the Competition, the Participant agrees to not accept any financial or in-kind support from corporate or other partners that could reasonably raise questions about conflict of interest. Partners are categorized into three broad categories:


  • Unacceptable
    • Any company that manufactures in pharmaceuticals, or their representatives
    • Any company that manufactures alcoholic drinks
    • Any company that manufactures tobacco
    • Any company that manufactures arms
    • Any company that extracts or refines fossil fuels
    • Any company that engages in non-environmentally sustainable praxes
    • Any company that engages in exploitative labor practices, as defined by the International Labor Organization
    • Any biotechnology company, or any other party that manufactures medical equipment
    • Any company or institution that engages in activities determined to be against human rights
    • Any political or overtly political campaigning organization
    • Any company, institution or individual that is directly tied to support (financial or otherwise) of parties mentioned in the “Unacceptable”-list, are not acceptable as sponsors of teams participating in the Competition
  • Conditional
    • The following areas of commerce that are not listed above but still identified as potentially problematic to provide support are subjected to extra careful evaluation by the Hosting Organizations:
      • Non-open access
      • Any company that manufactures sugar sweetened beverages
      • Fast food organizations
  • Acceptable
    • Any organization that is not categorized in the lists above
    • Any organization whose support is wholly philanthropic


Subject to Change

All website information, terms, conditions, and competition regulations (including but not limited to those related to evaluation of project proposals, finalist awards and prizes, and other services and support for competition participants) are subject to change or revision by the Innovate4AMR organizing team at any time.



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