Organisers: The Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity (GDC 2021) is organised by

University College Cork, Ireland in association with Sport Ireland.

In this document these organisations are collectively referred to as “the Organisers”. 

The Organisers may at their discretion collaborate with third party support organisations (which may include sharing Team Entries and any Personal Data comprised therein) for the purposes of advancing the Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity. A list of third party organisations currently supporting the Global Design Challenge is available on the Global Design Challenge 2021 Devpost site.

Event Date: The GDC 2021 will be launched on 7 June 2021 and the challenge  begins at 17h00 GMT on  21 June 2021 and ends at 17h00 GMT on 27 June 2021.

Eligibility: There are no restrictions on eligibility to participate in the GDC 2021 with the exception that the team member registering must be aged 18 or over. Individuals must register for the challenge on Devpost. Participation in the GDC 2021 constitutes each team member’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Terms of Participation (“Terms”).

Team Event: The GDC 2021 is a team event and team members make their own arrangements in forming and operating as a Team.

Registration: Registration and entry to the GDC 2021 is hosted on Devpost.

GDC 2021 Stages:

A.   Team Entries: It will be possible to register for the challenge from 7 June 2021. The challenge will take place between 21 June and 27 June 2021. Registration may take place until the end of the challenge. Teams will work together to develop their ideas and submit their idea on Devpost.

B.    Scoring: Entries will be scored against the following criteria:

·          Creativity and innovation in sport and physical activity 

·          Impact on the identified challenge and towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 

·          Feasibility of successful practical implementation of the idea  

C.   Judging: An international panel of Judges will shortlist the top 25 entries, and the Judges may, at their sole discretion, select not more than 7 of the shortlisted teams for a development grant of up to €10,000, subject to associated grant Terms and Conditions.

D.   Matching: Partners will be involved throughout the judging process and may contact teams that they are interested in working with in addition to the development awards.

Originality: Each entry must be the original work of the team and not the recipient of any form of award in any previous competition of the same type as the GDC 2021. Each team and its members assert that the entry is its own original work and does not and will not infringe the intellectual property or proprietary rights of any third party, including, without limitation, any third-party patents, copyrights or trademarks.

Ownership: Each team and its members assert that the entry submitted does not violate any agreement or obligation to any invention assignment, proprietary information, confidentiality, non-solicitation, noncompetition or similar agreement with any employer or other person.

Disputes: The Organisers are not responsible for, and will not assist in resolving, any disputes between team members.

Intellectual Property: All right and title to any Intellectual Property contained in an entry rests with the submitting team.

Conflict of Interest: If a judge, team or team member identifies to the Organisers that a judge has a conflict of interest and this is accepted by the Organisers, then that judge will be recused from judging the entry where the conflict is perceived to exist and an alternate judge will be appointed.

Laws and Jurisdiction: The GDC 2021 is subject to the laws and jurisdiction of the Republic of Ireland.

Data Protection: Personal data collected in the course of the registration process will be used solely for the purpose of the GDC 2021 and in accordance with these Terms, in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR).

Confidentiality: During the GDC 2021 it is understood that those participating may provide certain information that must be kept confidential. Confidential information may include the description of tools and content, technical and business information, ideas, trade secrets, literary works, computer programs, and technical specifications, among other information and ideas that may be used to develop entries. Team members and the Organisers agree not to disclose any such confidential information to any third party unless required to do so by law.

Publicity: Except where expressly prohibited, teams and team members consent to the use, without compensation, of names, photos, biographical information, team entries and other information provided by the team, for advertising and promotional purposes including inclusion in the Organisers’ newsletters, websites and social media channels.

Indemnity: Each team and its members release, indemnify, defend and hold the Organisers and their parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, directors, officers, employees, sponsors and agents, including advertising and promotion agencies, and other organisations related to the GDC 2021, harmless from any and all claims, injuries, damages, expenses or losses to person or property and/or liabilities of any nature that in any way arise from participation in the GDC 2021 or acceptance or use of a grant or parts thereof, including without limitation (i) any condition caused by events beyond the Organisers’ control that may cause the GDC 2021 to be disrupted or corrupted; (ii) any claim that an entry infringes third party intellectual property or proprietary rights; (iii) disputes among team members, (iv) injuries, losses, or damages (compensatory, direct, incidental, consequential or otherwise) of any kind arising in connection with or as a result of a grant award, or from participation in the GDC 2021; (v) printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the GDC 2021; (vi) technical errors that may impair a team’s ability to participate in the GDC 2021; (vii) errors in the administration of the GDC 2021; or (vii) breach of confidentiality.

The Organisers 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, unauthorised access to, or alterations of, entries; or (iii) phone, electrical, network, computer, hardware, software program or transmission malfunctions, failures or difficulties (iv) Devpost registration of entries and hosting of the GDC 2021

The Organisers reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend the GDC 2021 in whole or in part, in the event of fraud, technical or other difficulties or if the integrity of the GDC 2021 is compromised, without liability to the teams or team members. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify any team or team member, as determined by Organisers, in their sole discretion.

These Terms are governed by the law of the Republic of Ireland, without reference to rules governing choice of laws. Any action, suit or case arising out of, or in connection with, this GDC 2021 or its Terms of Participation must be brought in Ireland. Failure by the Organisers to enforce any term of these Terms shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

Due Diligence: Entries may be subject to a due diligence review at any time for eligibility and compliance with these Terms. Determination of eligibility and compliance is at the sole discretion of the Organisers who reserve the right to disqualify any entry if the entry, team or team member does not comply with these Terms.

Disclaimer: In no event will the Organisers be liable to any team or team member for any direct, special, incidental, exemplary, punitive or consequential damages (including loss of use, data, business or profit) arising from or in connection with the team or team member’s participation in the GDC 2021, whether such liability arises from any claim based on contract, warranty, tort (including negligence), strict liability, or otherwise, and whether or not the Organisers have been advised of the possibility of such loss or damage.

Data Protection Notice

Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity “GDC” 2021

At University College Cork, we treat your privacy seriously. Any personal data provided to the University for the GDC 2021 will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, in accordance with Irish and European Data Protection legislation. This notice sets out details of the information that we collect, how we process it and who we share it with. It also explains your rights under data protection law in relation to our processing of your data.

Who we are

Throughout this notice "we", "us", and "our refers to the Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity, School of Education, University College Cork, Ireland. For more information about us, you can contact

How we collect your personal data

We receive your data from Devpost, when you submit your challenge through the Devpost website. The data the University receives may include your name, email, contact details, location, your submission information and video. Your registration data as submitted to Devpost remains the responsibility of Devpost and is processed in accordance with Devpost's own policies and procedures. We are not responsible for the privacy policies and practices of Devpost. 

The data received by us will be used by us only in accordance with the purposes outlined in this notice.

The purpose and legal basis for collecting your data

Any personal data you provide to us will be processed fairly and lawfully.

It will be used for the purposes of

  • Contacting you about GDC 2021 and your submission;
  • Assessing your entry to the GDC 2021;
  • ·Shortlisting entries to the GDC 2021 and contacting the shortlisted entrants;
  • Contacting you about future GDC events.

With your consent, your video may feature in promotional material about the GDC 2021 to a wide range of audiences through its website, social media channels, including but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and for public awareness campaigns that include press releases in local, national and international media.  

The Data Protection Acts allows us to process your data because you have provided your explicit consent. You are entitled to withdraw your consent at any time. If you do withdraw your consent will no longer process your personal data and will take steps to delete all reference to your data securely.

Details of third parties with whom we share personal data

The University will share your data with the following third parties where necessary for purposes of the processing outlined above:

We may share your personal data with University service providers which may include wholly / majority owned subsidiaries of the University and software providers to the University who are required to keep your data safe and secure and only use in accordance with the purposes described above.

Cross-border transfers

In the course of processing your personal data, it may be transferred outside the European Economic Area, on the understanding that we rely on legally approved mechanisms to lawfully transfer data across borders, including the Standard Contractual clauses approved by the European Commission.

How long we will keep your data

In keeping with the data protection principles, we will only store your data for as long as is necessary. For the purposes described here we will store your data for a maximum of 10 years.

Your rights

You have various rights under data protection law, subject to certain exemptions, in connection with our processing of your personal data, including the right

  • to find out if we use your personal data, access your personal data and receive copies of your personal data;
  • to have inaccurate/incomplete information corrected and updated;
  • in certain circumstances, to have your details deleted from systems that we use to process your personal data or have the use of your personal data restricted in certain ways;
  • to object to certain processing of your data by UCC;
  • to exercise your right to data portability where applicable (i.e. obtain a copy of your personal data in a commonly used electronic form;
  • where we have relied upon consent as a lawful basis for processing, to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time;
  • to not be subject to solely automated decision;
  • to request that we stop sending you direct marketing communications.

If you wish to avail of these rights, please write to: The Information Compliance Manager, University College Cork at

Questions or Complaints

If you have any queries in relation to your participation please contact Lara Diez, Project Manager, at if you have any queries or complaints in connection with our processing of your personal data, you can contact UCC’s Information Compliance Manager by email at:  

You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Commission if you are unhappy with our processing of your personal data. Details of how to lodge a complaint can be found on the Data Protection Commission’s website (, or by telephoning 1890 252 231.


In submitting your entry to GDC 2021, you understand and agree that your personal details will be used by Global Design Challenge in UCC for the purposes outlined above.