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The IBM Open P-TECH Learner Sweepstakes

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. These are the terms and conditions (the “Official Rules”) that govern the relationship between Entrants (defined below) and Sponsor in respect of this Sweepstakes. Void where prohibited or restricted by applicable law.

ELIGIBILITY: The IBM Open P-TECH Learner Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States (“U.S.”), 13 years of age or older who are registered students at a designated, participating Open P-TECH academic institution in the U.S. (an “Entrant” which includes parent/legal guardian of Entrant on behalf of themselves and their minor Entrant). Children of employees, officers, directors of International Business Machines Corporation (“IBM” or “Sponsor”), BI Worldwide (“Administrator”), and any of their respective subsidiaries and affiliated companies, agents, contractors, advertising/promotion agencies, individuals engaged in the development, production, or distribution of materials for, or implementation of the Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes Entities”), and the immediate family members (spouse, siblings, children and parents including foster and step-relations) or those living in their same household (whether or not related) as any person in any of the preceding categories, are not eligible to enter or win a prize.

By entering, each Entrant (including their parent/adult legal guardian on their own and their child’s behalf) fully and unconditionally agrees to and accepts these Official Rules, the information provided by Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, and the decisions of the Sponsor and Administrator (and their authorized representatives) which are final and binding with respect to all matters pertaining to this Sweepstakes.

SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD: The Sponsor’s clock shall be the official time keeping device for this Sweepstakes. All time referenced in connection with the Sweepstakes is United States Eastern Time (UTC -05:00) (“ET”). The Sweepstakes begins on or about 12:00 AM ET on September 21, 2020 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on October 31, 2020 (“Sweepstakes Period”). Entrants are solely responsible for determining the corresponding time zone in their respective jurisdictions; Sweepstakes Entities disclaim all liability or responsibility relating thereto.

TO ENTER: Eligible Entrants visit (“Website”) during the Sweepstakes Period and follow the online registration instructions and agree to these Official Rules. To receive an entry, eligible Entrants must:
(i) Complete all learning in the “Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) learning channel;

(ii) Complete all learning in the “ISTE AI Foundations” learning channel

(iii) Earn the "Build Your Own Chatbot - Level 1”; and

(iv) Earned “AI Foundations” badge. (collectively “entry”).

Any entrant who meets the eligibility criteria listed above and who has already earned the “Build Your Own Chatbot – Level 1” badge is still eligible to receive an entry into the sweepstakes, so long as they fulfill i, ii, and iv above during the Sweepstakes Period.

Any entrant who meets the eligibility criteria listed above and who has already earned both the “Build Your Own Chatbot – Level 1” badge and the “AI Foundations” badge can still be eligible to be entered into the random drawing if they start and complete any one of the following badge courses during the competition window (September 21st-October 31st 2020):

(i) Complete all learning in the “Cloud Computing” learning channel and earn the “Cloud Core” badge:

(ii) Complete all learning in the “Cybersecurity Fundamentals” course and earn the Cyber Fundamentals badge :

(iiI) Complete all learning in the “Blockchain” channel, including the “Blockchain Essentials” badge course:

Once registered, eligible Entrants may enter without completing the learning activities by hand-printing your name, address (no PO boxes), contact phone, email address, and the eligible U.S. P-TECH institution at which you are currently enrolled on a 3”x 5” card, and write “I, on behalf of myself and my minor child, agree that by entering we are bound to the Official Rules and decisions of the Sponsor.” and have you parent/legal guardian sign the statement. Mail the completed 3”x5” card in a first-class sufficiently U.S. stamped envelope to: IBM Open P-TECH Sweepstakes Entry Request, 2008 Simond Avenue, Unit D, Austin, TX 78723. Mail-in submission must be postmarked by November 2, 2020, and received by November 9, 2020. An eligible mail-in submission request represents one (1) entry.

Limit one (1) mail-in entry request per person. Limit one (1) entry per person, regardless of entry method used. All entries become Sponsor's property and will not be returned.

Incomplete, ineligible, or non-compliant entries are void. Entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned. Entrants may not enter through a sweepstakes club (or similar method), with multiple identities, devices, accounts, e-mail addresses, and/or phone numbers, nor shall Entrants use any other device or artifice to enter. Any suspected use of artifice, cheating, fraud, on-line clubs (or similar methods), exchange sites, robotic, automatic, macro, script, programmed or like entry methods as determined in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion, will void all such entries by such methods, and disqualify any entrant suspected of using/benefitting from such methods. Without limiting the foregoing, Sponsor has the right to verify Entrants’ eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules and, on the basis of its investigation, to disqualify any entry/entrant at any time during or after the Promotion Period. Promotion Entities assume no responsibility for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, illegible, delayed, destroyed, damaged, not received, undelivered, postage due, or misdirected entries (in whole or in part). Entries must be complete, compliant, submitted via the method of entry communicated herein, and received by Sponsor within the time stated. Entries submitted via any other entry method will not be accepted. Entries may only be submitted by a single registered user; group or commercial submissions are not permissible. Proof of entry is not proof of its receipt or eligibility for the Sweepstakes; only submissions that have been received and verified by Sponsor (or its authorized representative) within the time specified may be eligible to receive an entry. Important: If an Entrant is participating via a mobile device, message and data rates may apply. Entrant should consult his/her wireless service provider regarding its pricing plans. Participation may not be available on all mobile devices or cellular networks. Consent is not a condition of purchase.

DRAWING/ODDS: A random drawing shall be conducted on or about November 10, 2020 by Sponsor from among all eligible entries received to select three (3) potential Grand Prize winners and ten (10) potential First Prize winners. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Winners will be notified by email (at the email used to register for the Open P-TECH account) on or about ten (10) business days after the drawing. In the event of noncompliance, if an Entrant is or becomes noncompliant or ineligible during or after the Sweepstakes Period, or if a winner fails to (timely) respond to the email or other notification within the time specified, declines the prize, or cannot be reached using the contact information (in Sponsor’s discretion) from the Website, that prize will be forfeited in its entirety and an alternative winner may be selected in Sponsor’s discretion. Prize or prize notifications that are un-awarded, unclaimed, returned, undeliverable, misdirected (including into spam or junk folders) or otherwise will be forfeited.


Grand Prize (3 in total): A 64 GB, WiFi connected iPad Air® (ARV USD$499 each).
First Prize (10 in total): A JBL® Clip 3 Bluetooth® speaker and a YETI® Colster (ARV: $95 each). Total ARV of all prizes: USD$2,447.

Limit one (1) prize per person. All prizes are subject to the terms and conditions of the manufacturer/prize supplier, which are not sponsors nor otherwise affiliated with the Sweepstakes. Any difference between ARV and actual value of a prize will not be awarded. Make, model, color, equipment and features of any prize are in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Any and all applicable taxes and all expenses not specifically stated herein are solely the responsibility of a winner. A winner is advised to seek independent counsel regarding any tax implications of his/her prize winning ($600 or more). Only the number and description of prizes stated in these Official Rules is available to be won in the Sweepstakes. In no event will Sweepstakes Entities be responsible to award more than the stated number of prizes herein. All prizes will be awarded assuming sufficient eligible entries are received. Prize cannot be assigned, transferred, redeemed for cash, or substituted, except by Sponsor who may, at its sole discretion, substitute a prize (or any element thereof) with a prize of equal or greater value. Prizes, and any element thereof, including any products received as a prize, may not be sold, resold, auctioned, bartered, or placed into any other unauthorized channels of distribution. Any prize pictured in advertising, on the Website or Sweepstakes materials is for illustrative purposes only and may not be the actual prize awarded. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ALL VALID MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO A PRIZE, PRIZES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: To the maximum extent permitted by law, Entrants and winners (including their parent/adult legal guardian on behalf of themselves and the minor child Entrant) agree to release, indemnify, defend and hold harmless (“release”) Sponsor and all other Sweepstakes Entities, their parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and divisions, and their respective entities, and each of their predecessors, divisions, directors, owners, officers, employees, members, managers, shareholders, successors, assigns, contractors, agents, insurers, guarantors, and representatives (“Released Parties”) from and against any and all threatened or actual claims, debts, demands, actions, causes of action, suits, proceedings, judgments, settlements (whether or not litigation is commenced), obligations, damages (including without limitation wrongful death, bodily or personal injury and disability), losses, accounts, reckonings, executions, liabilities, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees), property damages and any other losses, penalties or fines whatsoever of any kind or nature, whether at law or in equity, known or unknown, asserted or un-asserted, that Entrant ever had, now have, or that may arise in the future (“Disputes”) asserted in, arising out of or based upon participation in the Sweepstakes, the entry (in whole or in part), any Sweepstakes and/or Prize-related activity or inability to participate in or parts thereof, the delivery, acceptance, use, mis-use of a Prize or any failure with respect thereto, personal injuries and death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light (whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory, any act, default, omission, non-compliance, and/or a violation or breach of any agreement, representation, warranty or covenant made herein, or any other agreements by/with Participant, the Sweepstakes Entities, and/or any other party or entity. Further, to the maximum extent permitted by law, and without limiting the foregoing, any Entrants and winners covenant not to sue any Released Party or cause them to be sued regarding any matter released above; and further covenant not to disaffirm, limit or rescind this release. A waiver by one or more of the Sweepstakes Entities of any term in these Official Rules does not constitute a waiver of any other provision. The nullity or invalidity of any of the provisions or clauses will not affect the validity of the remaining. In the event that such invalidity will be declared, these Rules will continue to be valid in all other clauses.

In no event will the Released Parties be responsible or liable for any indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages arising directly or indirectly out of this Sweepstakes, participation in Sweepstakes and/or prize related activities, the use of the entry in whole or in part, the use or misuse of a prize or any element thereof, or access to, and use of any participating Website(s) or the downloading from and/or printing material downloaded from said site(s). WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING ON THE WEBSITE IS PROVIDED "AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. You will be asked to provide express consent; by doing so Entrants and winner(s) consent, where lawful, to the use (but without obligation) by Sponsor (and their affiliated companies and their respective authorized representatives) of their name, company name, Sweepstakes entry information, image, photographs, videotape, likeness, hometown name, biographical information, voice as well as any statements made by winner regarding the Sweepstakes or Sponsor (provided they are true) for publicity, trade, advertising and promotional purposes in all media now known or hereafter developed worldwide, including but not limited to the Internet, mobile devices, and World Wide Web, without additional compensation, and without the right of review, notification or approval.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: Sponsor and other Sweepstakes Entities are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, unintelligible, illegible, or stolen entries, or for lost, interrupted or unavailable satellite, network, server, devices, Internet Service Provider (ISP), Website, or other connections availability, accessibility or traffic congestion, or miscommunications, or failed equipment, computer, network, telephone, satellite, cable hardware, software or lines, or technical failure, or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions, or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, incompatibility, or errors of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic or network, or the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, nor for the failure to capture any such information. Persons who are suspected of artifice, cheating, tampering with, or abusing any aspect of the Sweepstakes or Website, as solely determined by the Sponsor, will be disqualified. ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE PROMOTION MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. Sponsor is not responsible for injury or damage to Entrants' or to any other person's computer or (mobile) device related to or resulting from participating in this Sweepstakes or downloading or uploading materials from or use of the Website. Should any portion of the Sweepstakes be, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, compromised by virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, technical failures or other causes (similar or dissimilar) which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play, or submission of entries, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Sweepstakes, or any element thereof and determine participants and/or winner(s) from eligible entries received prior to action taken, or as otherwise deemed fair and equitable by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Website users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes, and assumes no responsibility for any error, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation, or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction to, or unauthorized use of the Website beyond its control. In the event of any discrepancy, ambiguity, inconsistency, printing or any other error or miscommunication in any advertising, brochures, Sweepstakes materials, announcements and/or any other information or communications in any and all media relating to this Sweepstakes or any element thereof, these Official Rules shall govern.

Sweepstakes Entities shall not be liable to any Entrant, winners or any other person or entity for failure to execute the Sweepstakes or any element thereof, or supply a prize, or any part thereof, by reason outside of its control including any act of God, any action(s), regulation(s) order(s) or request(s) by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action(s), regulation(s), order(s) or request(s) prove(s) to be invalid), equipment failure, terrorist act, cyber-attack, earthquake, war, fire, flood, explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal), labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot, epidemic or pandemic, cancellation of an event/classes, or any similar or dissimilar event beyond their reasonable control.

DISPUTES: Governing Law: Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding in all matters and disputes relating to this Sweepstakes, including, but not limited to, interpretation and application of these Official Rules. For greater certainty, such matters and disputes are to be resolved in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Where permitted by law, the parties waive all rights to jury trial in any action or proceeding instituted in connection with these Official Rules, including, without limitation, the Sweepstakes. For any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Official Rules and/or the Sweepstakes, the parties irrevocably submit and consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state and federal courts located in or closest to the County of Westchester in the State of New York. The parties agree not to raise the defense of forum non conveniens. THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND THE INTERPRETATION OF ITS TERMS SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK WITHOUT REGARD TO CONFLICTS OF LAWS RULES.

PRIVACY AND PUBLICITY: Entrants agree that personal data captured during the registration may be processed, stored, and otherwise used for the purposes and within the context of the Sweepstakes and as permitted by and in accordance with the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy found at This data will be collected and maintained within the United States. Entrants also understand this data may be used by Sponsor to verify an entrant’s identity and eligibility to receive a prize. Entrants have the right to access, review, rectify or cancel any personal data held by Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes by writing to Sponsor at

WINNERS LIST: To request a winners list, send a request to, for receipt on or before 11:59 PM ET on November 10, 2020. SPONSOR: International Business Machines Corporation, 1 New Orchard Road, Armonk, NY 10504 USA.