#ExpandThrowback Contest

Official Rules

No Purchase Required to Enter or Win

1.Eligibility:  The #ExpandThrowback Contest (the “Contest”) is open only to individuals who are legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (including the District of Columbia), 18 years of age or older.  Employees of AOL Inc., its advertising or promotion agencies, those involved in the production, development, implementation or handling of Contest, any agents acting for, or on behalf of the above entities, their respective parent companies, officers, directors, subsidiaries, affiliates, licensees, service providers, prize suppliers any other person or entity associated with Contest (collectively “Contest Entities”) and/or the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members (whether related or not) of each such employee, are not eligible.  All U.S., federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited by law. 

2.Sponsor:  AOL Inc., 770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 (“Sponsor”).

3.Agreement to Official Rules:  Participation in the Contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding.  Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. 

4.Entry Period:  The Contest begins at 12:00 pm ET on August 22, 2013 and ends at 11:59 pm ET on September 5, 2013 (the “Entry Period”).

5.Entry:  During the Entry Period, entrants will take (1) photo of the “oldest technology they own” as per the entry instructions inside the app embedded within Engadget Expand’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/engadgetexpand) and upload it to the entrant’s Instagram account including the hashtag #EngadgetExpand inside the post. Entrants will also complete and submit the entry form on Engadget Expand’s Facebook page and include a link to the photo submitted on Instagram.  Limit one (1) entry per person.  The use of any agencies or automated software to submit entries will void all entries submitted by that person.  Entry in the Contest is subject to Facebook’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 

Sponsor shall have the right to disqualify any entries that they deem to be obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, lewd, derogatory, inappropriate, or otherwise not in good taste, as determined by the Sponsor in its discretion. By submitting an Entry you hereby grant the Sponsor, its affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, licensees, and legal representatives the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right to use, reproduce, edit, market, store, distribute, have distributed, publicly and privately display, communicate, publicly and privately perform, transmit, have transmitted, create derivative works based upon, and promote the Entry (as such may be edited and modified by the Sponsor in its discretion) for editorial, commercial, promotional and all other purposes including posting on any websites. Submissions must be 100% your original work, and must not contain any third party material or content (including but not limited to any company logos or trademarks, likenesses, or any other copyrighted or trademarked content) for which you have not been granted specific written permission for this use by the copyright or trademark rights holder.  For the avoidance of doubt, showing brand names on the electronics do not require clearance or additional permission.  You retain ownership of all right, title, and interest in and to your Submission.  All elements of your Submission must be your original work and must be owned by you, and you must have the right to grant any and all necessary rights and licenses, including without limitation, all necessary copyright and other related rights to all of the materials, free and clear of all claims and encumbrances without violating the rights of any person or entity, including any right to privacy or publicity.  Your Submission should not include the likeness of a third party, unless permission of said third party has been given, or contain elements not owned by you (including but not limited to trademarks or logos). By submitting your Submission, you agree to release and hold harmless the Contest Entities and their officers, directors, employees, and agents from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of your Submission or your participation in any phase of this Contest.

Disclaimer of Similarities:  Due to the nature of this Contest, there is a possibility that similar Submissions may be submitted by multiple individuals. Any similarity between Submissions shall in no way entitle you to any consideration or compensation from the Sponsor or from any third party, including in the event a Submission similar or identical to yours is selected as a winner in this Contest.  By submitting your Submission, you specifically acknowledge this possibility and agree to the terms stated in these Official Rules.

6.Judging:  A panel of judges (the "Judges") will select twenty (20) Finalists based equally on the following criteria (the "Judging Criteria"): overall quality of the image; composition originality (positioning of item in time and space, such as making it a more fun photo), and uniqueness/rarity of the item in the photo.  In the event of a tie, the submissions involved in the tie will be reviewed by an additional judge according to the Judging Criteria.  Decisions of judges in are final.  twenty (20) Finalists.

7.Voting: From 12:00 PM ET on September 6, 2013 until 11:59 pm ET on September 19, 2013 (the “Voting Period”), the Finalists (as selected by the judges) will be posted to the app embedded at Engadget Expand’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/engadgetexpand) for public voting.  Users will be allowed to vote for their favorite Finalist.  The Finalist receiving the most verified votes will be declared the potential Grand Prize Winner.  The Finalists who come in second through fifth in the voting will be declared the potential Runners-up.  In the event of a tie, the judges will select the winner based on the Judging Criteria.  Use of scripts, macros or any other automated system to vote is prohibited and all such votes will be void. Finalists are prohibited from obtaining votes for any Submission by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public, vote farming, or any other unsportsmanlike activity that artificially inflates such Finalists' votes as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Entrants are prohibited from sabotaging the votes of any Submissions through any means deemed inappropriate by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. If an entrant or voter engages in any of the aforementioned acts, his/her votes will be void, and his/her Submissions (if any) will be disqualified.

8.Notification of Winners:  Potential winners will be contacted via email and will be asked to provide their full name, age and mailing address within a specified time period.  If a potential winner does not respond within the timeframe stated in the notification email, the Sponsor may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place.

9.Requirements of the Potential Winners:  Except where prohibited, the potential winners (or, if winner is deemed a minor in his/her state of residence, his/her parent or legal guardian) may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release (the “Affidavit/Release”) within a specified time period.  If a potential winner fails to sign and return the Affidavit/Release within the required time period, the prize will be forfeited and may be awarded to an alternate winner.  Acceptance of a prize constitutes consent to use winner’s name and likeness for editorial, advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. 

10.Prizes: One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive a trip for two (2) to Engadget Expand November 9-10, 2013 in New York City. 

Four (4) Runners-up will each receive a $250 gift card (subject to issuer’s terms and conditions).  Prizes are not transferable and no cash or other substitution may be made, except by the Sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion.  The winners are responsible for any taxes and fees associated with receipt or use of a prize.

11.General Conditions:  In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, or other technical problem, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; or (b) award the prizes from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment.  The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.  Any attempt by any person to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.  The Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. 

12.Release and Limitations of Liability:  By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless Contest Entities and Facebook from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (b) technical errors related to computers, servers, providers, or telephone or network lines; (c) printing errors; (d) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; or (f) injury (including death) or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt of any prize.  Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Sponsor’s liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall the Sponsor be liable for attorney’s fees.  Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

13.Disputes:  Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the Commonwealth of Virginia or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the Commonwealth of Virginia.

14. Contest Results:  To request the names of the winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Expand Throwback Contest, c/o Engadget / AOL, 770 Broadway, 6th Floor, New York, NY.  Requests must be received by October 31, 2013.

This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.  Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Contest should be sent to Sponsor and NOT Facebook.