1. Scope

By applying for ‘The Women’s Academy for Rural Innovation’ Programme (hereinafter referred to as the “Programme”), applicants expressly accept the conditions for participation outlined below.

2. Organiser

The organiser of the Competition is the Public Affairs and Communications Department of the Huawei EU Office, which is part of Huawei Technologies Belgium NV, Boulevard de la Woluwe 2b5, 1150 Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, with company number BE0550614956, (hereinafter referred to as the “Organiser”)

3. Prerequisites

3.1 The Programme can only be entered by persons who, on the date of entry:
• Are able to make a positive contribution to the Programme and are positioned to pass on the benefits derived from Programme participation to a prospective wide community, hence promoting positive change;
• Are at least 18 years old;
• Are a citizen or a permanent resident of one of the 27 countries that are part of the European Union on the date of entry;

3.2 Employees of the Organiser, their immediate families, and employees of partners with whom it is collaborating to set up or complete this Programme are excluded from participation.

3.3 Submission is only possible at your own expense and joint participations are not allowed.

4. Participation

4.1 Applying for the Programme is free, and no purchase of goods and/or services is required.

4.2 The period for applications starts on September 6, 2022, 09:00 CET and ends on September 27, 2022, 23:59 CET (hereinafter referred to as the “Submission Period”). Applications received outside of this Submission Period will not be considered for participation in the Programme.

4.3 During the Submission Period, it is possible to apply for the Programme by correctly and completely filling in and sending the application form on the website www.europeanleadershipacademy.eu.

4.4 Applicants should meet at least 1 of the 5 criteria defined as being a ‘Rural Connection’ or their application will not be valid:
1. Living in a rural area.
2. Working in a rural area.
3. Following an education applied to rural areas.
4. Planning to start a business in a rural area.
5. Being connected in any other substantial way with a rural area.

4.5 The Organiser shall not be liable for incomplete, incorrectly completed, lost or delayed entries for the nomination of candidates or for any malfunction or defect in the software designed to store the entrant's data.

4.6 The Organiser reserves the right to exclude entrants who violate these Terms of Entry, falsify their candidacy, misrepresent or make representations that violate applicable law or infringe any rights of third parties. If a participant is excluded, all prizes and benefits awarded may subsequently be withdrawn or reclaimed. In this case, a new winner will be selected according to the procedure in Section 5.

5. Prizes, designation of, and notification of the winners

5.1 First, a shortlist of the most fitting candidates will be compiled by the Organizer, based on the online application files submitted by the applicants.

5.2 Subsequently, a Jury of independent experts will give an individual score to the 5 applicants that they perceive as most deserving of the opportunity to benefit from this Programme, based on the online application files available for each of the shortlisted applicants.

5.3 Finally the Organiser will rank all candidates based on the sum of the individual scores of each Jury Member. The Programme will welcome the 15 top-ranked applicants representing 15 different countries.

It implies the 15 highest scores are the 15 winners unless there are several winners representing the same country. In that case, the following procedure applies:
1. The applicant with the highest score remains the winner of his/her country.
2. All other applicants that represent the same country as the winner, are excluded as a winner.
3. The applicant with the highest score representing any other country not in the list of winners yet, replaces the excluded applicant.
This procedure will be repeated until the Organiser achieves a list of 15 winners representing 15 different EU countries.

5.4 The remaining applicants from each country will enter into a reserve list and will be invited, in order of scoring, to substitute the winning candidate from their country if this candidate is finally not able to participate in the Programme or has to be excluded for any of the reasons outlined in point 4.6., given that there is not another candidate from a different country that has a higher score and whose country was not yet represented among those of the original 15 winners.

5.5 In case of an ex aequo, the applicant that received points of the largest number of Jury Members will be selected as the winner. If there is also an ex aequo in this matter, then the applicant that submitted her application first will be the winner.

5.6 The Organiser will announce the 15 winners at least two weeks ahead of the official starting date of the Programme, 23 October 2022.

5.7 The winners will be notified by email and/or via phone and, by entering, authorise their names and other personal data such as country of residence, job title and photograph to be released on the Programme website and social networks.

5.8 Notified winners must confirm to the Organiser within 3 working days of notification that they accept their selection for the Programme and return the Participation Contract, duly completed and signed, to the Organiser. If the candidate does not provide the necessary information within this period, their participation will be cancelled. In this case, a new winner will be designated according to the replacement procedure in point 5.3.

5.9 All candidates agree to participate in reasonable publicity following the disclosure and use of their name, image, biographical information, and submissions to promote the Programme.

5.10 Participation in the Programme is strictly personal and therefore not transferable to third parties and cannot be exchanged for money.

6. Usage rights

6.1 The entrant warrants that all materials submitted in support of their candidacy are free from any rights of third parties and that the entrant has the right to grant the Organiser the consent referred to in point 5.7.

6.2 The entrant agrees to release, discharge, indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Organiser (including its partners, officers, employees and agents) from any claim by any third party arising out of any violation of section 6.1.

7. Data protection

7.1 By submitting their entry, entrants authorise the registration of their personal data which will be used and released by the Organiser and its authorised representatives for the purpose of competition administration and prize-giving. Personal information collected by the Organiser is subject to the GDPR legislation in force within the European Union and the Organiser's privacy policy:https://www.huawei.eu/privacy-policy

7.2 Except for any liability for death or personal injury caused by its negligence, or for fraud or any other liability of the Organiser which cannot be excluded by law, the Organiser (including its affiliates, officers, employees and representatives) disclaims all liability for any loss or damage (including a loss of opportunity), whether direct, indirect, special or consequential damages in any way arising out of the Contest, including but not limited to the following: theft, unauthorised access or interference from third parties.

7.3 No account will be given for decisions of the Organiser.

7.4 In the event of circumstances beyond the Organiser’s reasonable control, or in other cases where fraud, abuse and/or error (human or technical) has or could have consequences for the proper execution of this promotion or the distribution of prizes, the Organiser reserves the right to cancel or change these terms and conditions at any stage.

7.5 If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is declared invalid by any law, rule, standard or regulation of any authority, or by a final order of a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity shall not affect the enforceability of any other provision if not declared invalid.

7.6 All legal relationships created under or in connection with these Terms and Conditions and the Programme are subject to Belgian law, unless the binding law of the participant's place of residence provides otherwise.