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Veterans Online Memorial Challenge
Submit your idea to make the Veterans Online Memorial more engaging and meaningful for users
Department of Veterans Affairs
Submission Start: 10/26/2017 12:00 AM ET
Submission End: 11/30/2017 05:00 PM ET
This challenge is externally hosted.
You can view the challenge details here: https://herox.com/VA-Online-Memorial
Additional InformationThe NCA currently owns and operates an online burial site information tool called the Nationwide Gravesite Locator (NGL). NGL is a system that provides the burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker. The Nationwide Gravesite Locator includes burial records from many sources. These sources provide varied data; some searches may contain less information than others. Information on veterans buried in private cemeteries was collected for the purpose of furnishing government grave markers. NGL is not meant to be interactive; people cannot leave notes, photos, comments, etc. on any of the results generated. It is meant purely as an information tool. NGL is available both for desktop and mobile devices.
What can you do?We are asking you to submit ideas to creatively address one or more of the following items:
- Attracts visitors to the online memorial
- Engages visitors while at the online memorial
- Retains visitors for long term online memorial engagement
- Returns visitors to the online memorial on a habitual basis
- Ensures proper decorum/appropriateness is upheld within the online memorial
- Incorporates in-person interactive features
- Integrates interactive features for those who can only engage remotely
RulesParticipation Eligibility: The challenge is open to individuals, age 18 or older, private teams, public teams, and collegiate teams. Individual competitors and teams may originate from any country, as long as United States federal sanctions do not prohibit participation (see: https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/Programs.aspx).
The following restrictions apply to the Challenge: (1) Federal employees acting within the scope of their employment are not eligible to participate; (2) Federal employees acting outside the scope of their employment should consult their ethics advisor before participating in the Challenge; (3) All employees of the Government, [contractor(s)], Challenge sponsors, and other individual or entity associated with the development or administration of the Challenge, as well as their family members (i.e., spouse, children, parents, siblings, other dependents) and persons living in the same household whether or not related, are not eligible to participate; (4) Contractors receiving Government funding for the same or similar projects, along with their employees, are not eligible to participate in the Challenge.
Submissions must be made in English. All challenge-related communication will be in English. No specific qualifications or expertise is required. Prize organizers encourage outside individuals and non-expert teams to compete and propose new solutions.
To be eligible to compete, you must comply with all the terms of the challenge as defined in the Challenge-Specific Agreement.
Registration and Submissions: Submissions must be made online (only), via upload to the HeroX.com website, on or before 5pm ET on November 30, 2017. All uploads must be in PDF format. No late submissions will be accepted.
Intellectual Property: As detailed in the Challenge-Specific Agreement – Innovators who are awarded a prize for their submission must agree to grant The United States Department of Veterans Affairs an irrevocable, royalty free, perpetual, sublicensable, transferable, and worldwide license to use and permit others to use all or any part of the submission including, without limitation, the right to make, have made, sell, offer for sale, use, rent, lease, import, copy, prepare derivative works, publicly display, publicly perform, and distribute all or any part of such submission, modifications, or combinations thereof and to sublicense (directly or indirectly through multiple tiers) or transfer any and all such rights. The Department of Veterans Affairs' may implement submitted ideas in future online memorials.