The Eye on Earth Summit
2015 Blogging Competition!

The Eye on Earth Alliance is sending one lucky winner to Abu Dhabi UAE, to attend the 2015 Eye on Earth Summit.

GRAND PRIZE

ROUND TRIP FLIGHTS &
ACCOMMODATION

ENTRY DATES

15th July - 20th August 2015
The Winner & Finalists

The EoE
Blogging Competition

Write an inspiring 750 - 1,000 word blog post on our theme "A better world through knowledge and information."

Eye on Earth is a global movement that aims to improve the access to and availability of environmental, social and economic data to support informed decision-making for sustainable development. We want you to create a blog post that looks at how data and information can make a difference to ordinary people’s lives. Whether it is lifting people out of poverty, helping communities prepare for natural disasters or simply enhancing our ability to make better day-to-day choices, your blog entry should focus on how a #datarevolution can help us secure a better and more sustainable future.

Your entry should be innovative, inspiring and motivate your peers to get talking about the vital role data and information has to play in protecting the health of our planet.

What’s the issue?

To protect our future, sustainably-minded decisions must be made today. The problem is that the vital data needed to make these decisions is increasingly obscure, outdated, inaccessible and overwhelming.  Decision makers need access to comprehensive data networks and information in order to make the right call at the right time.  

That’s why Eye on Earth is driving the conversation on data sharing that will revolutionise the future of policy and decision-making to create a better future for generations to come.

Be Part of the Solution

The Eye on Earth Alliance believes that you, our global citizens, civil scientists, technology experts, students, and next generation of decision makers, are crucial to shaping a sustainable future for all. Just as the economy needs knowledge to grow, society needs knowledge to learn, and the environment needs knowledge to survive. We need you to give sustainability a voice.

The Grand Prize

The Eye on Earth Alliance is sending one lucky winner to Abu Dhabi, UAE to attend the Eye on Earth Summit from 6th-8th October 2015 as our
Official Eye on Earth Summit 2015 Blogger

Receive round-trip flights to Abu Dhabi*

Receive three nights’ accommodation at a luxury five-star hotel

Meet some of the world’s most influential names in sustainable development and informatics

Guest blog, tweet and post real-time Summit updates to an enthusiastic global audience.

* All prizes are subject to the winner’s ability to travel on the dates specified, obtain a UAE visa and comply with the EoE Blogging Competition Terms & Conditions.

How to Enter

Simply upload your submission and brief personal biography to the Eye on Earth website, submit and share.

The more popular your post, the more chances you have to win. Help us spread the word and preserve our planet, one sustainably informed post at a time. It’s time to join the #datarevolution @EoEAlliance.

Organisations are eligible to submit one entry each, but must nominate one individual to represent the organisation if they should win.

By entering this competition you automatically accept the detailed Terms and Conditions outlined below. Please read these carefully.

Each blog entry should also be accompanied by a brief author biography of no more than 200 words.

For further information, please contact us.

The entrance deadline is Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time [Friday, August 21 at 3:59 AM GMT].

Blog posts will be judged on the following 5 categories:

  1. Originality
  2. Creativity
  3. Popularity
  4. Accuracy
  5. Relevance
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Competition Closed

Timeline

Submissions can be made:

July 15th – Aug 20th 2015

Winners will be announced:

Early September 2015

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The Small Print

Like all competitions, the EoE Blogging Competition has terms and conditions of entry which you must read carefully before submitting an entry.

Your blog post must be an original and thought-provoking piece, crafted expressly for this competition. Plagiarism is not ok, so please be creative and unique. For your blog post to be considered, you must be over 18 years of age and comply with the EoE Blogging Competition entry requirements. By entering this competition you automatically accept the detailed terms. Please read these thoughtfully.

The Small Print

Like all competitions, the EoE Blogging Competition has terms and conditions of entry which you must read carefully before submitting an entry.

Your blog post must be an original and thought-provoking piece, crafted expressly for this competition. Plagiarism is not ok, so please be creative and unique. For your blog post to be considered, you must be over 18 years of age and comply with the EoE Blogging Competition entry requirements. By entering this competition you automatically accept the detailed terms. Please read these thoughtfully.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Entry into the Eye on Earth (EoE) Blogging Competition 2015 is subject to acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  2. All entries must be received by midnight on the 21st August 2015. Any entries received after this closing date and time will only be accepted at the discretion of the EoE Alliance and its partners. EoE reserves the right to change the closing date where the entries are of insufficient quality. No responsibility is taken for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected, incomplete, or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason.
  3. Entrants must complete all categories on the EoE Blogging Competition online entry form, and must link to a specific blog post entry for the EoE Blogging Competition.
  4. Entries should be original, written specifically for this competition, and should be the sole original work of the entrant. Any evidence of plagiarism may result in the entrant being disqualified from the competition.
  5. Incomplete entries, entries on behalf of another person and joint entries will not be accepted. Only one entry per person/ organisation can be accepted.
  6. EoE is not obliged to publish any entry.
  7. A panel of experts nominated by the EoE Alliance partners will select the blog post that best satisfies the criteria on the entry page. The winner will be announced across the EoE Alliance and partner social media channels and websites.

The Winner

  1. The winner must be a minimum of 18 years of age and possess a valid passport and be eligible for a United Arab Emirates visa. EoE and partners will provide flights (and associated taxes) and a daily subsistence allowance that will cover meals, accommodation and local travel according to applicable EoE rules and regulations. Although we will advise on other preparations needed (e.g. vaccinations) the winner is expected to arrange these and as such, these elements are not the responsibility of EoE. In addition, the winner’s personal spending money for the duration of the trip shall be his/her own responsibility and so the winner must therefore ensure they have sufficient financial resources to meet any further financial commitments that may occur in connection with their trip. Prior to departure, the winner will be required to provide to EoE contact details of his/her next of kin.
  2. The winner of the competition will travel to Abu Dhabi to blog, tweet and post Facebook messages for the duration of the EoE Summit 2015 and its events and activities, taking place from 6th-8th October 2015, inclusive.
  3. The winner shall submit at least one 400-600 word blog post daily, and tweets and Facebook posts from Abu Dhabi throughout the EoE Summit 2015. EoE may edit and re-publish the winner’s EoE Summit blog posts and tweets, including images related to EoE, for use in online or off-line publications published by EoE and its partners.
  4. EoE is not responsible for cancellation, delays or changes to flights or for the inability of the winner to take further part in the competition due to problems with flights, travel or any other factor outside EoE’s control.
  5. Entrants must have no criminal convictions, outstanding court summons or any legal reason that they would be unable to travel to Abu Dhabi from 6th – 8th October 2015, inclusive.
  6. Entrants must be available to travel from 6th-8th October 2015, inclusive.
  7. EoE may terminate this Agreement upon notice to the winner for any of the following reasons: if he/she is unable to depart on the trip or to continue with the trip; if he/she fails to keep to their proposed journey and itinerary without good reason or unless agreed with EoE; if he/she brings or seeks to bring EoE, its publications or the partners into disrepute; if he/she breaches any term of this Agreement.
  8. The winner: a. grants EoE and each of the partners a perpetual license to copy, edit, display, publish and make available their entry and, any photographs taken on the trip in connection with the Competition in any format in connection with the Competition; b. agrees that EoE and each of the partners may publish their name in connection with EoE’s and/or a partner’s use of the blog submission and any applicable photographs; and c. warrants that the blog submission is their own original work, that it is not defamatory and that it shall not infringe any third party rights including, without limitation, privacy.
  9. The winner may be required for promotional activity.
  10. The winner will assume sole responsibility for his/her own actions and their own safety during their trip for such periods when they are not accompanying representatives of EoE or its partners on any organized element of the trip. The winner agrees to act in accordance with any reasonable instructions given to them by or on behalf of EoE or its partners, to adhere to any itinerary for the trip given to them by EoE or its partners, to act at all times with due and proper consideration for others and to observe and respect and abide by any applicable local laws, guidelines or customs. EoE accepts no responsibility for and excludes all liability to the fullest extent permitted by law for any breach by the winner of this clause and for the winner’s own actions and their own safety during their trip for such periods when they are not accompanying representatives of EoE or its partners on any organized element of the trip providing that EoE does not seek to exclude any liability to the winner for any death or personal injury caused by the negligence of EoE.
  11. This Agreement does not constitute any form of employment by EoE by the winner.
  12. EoE and partners reserve the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Competition with or without prior notice due to reasons outside their control.
  13. EoE reserves the right at any time to change these terms and conditions.
  14. This Agreement shall be subject to and interpreted in accordance to the guidelines governing participants in EoE events.
  15. The winner will be required to sign a letter to confirm their acceptance of these terms and conditions prior to their departing on their trip.