Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions

The information on how to enter und all the details of the competition will be provided on the competition entry form. To the extent of any inconsistency, the terms below prevail. By entering the competition, the participants accept these terms.

Entry is open to all children aged between 6-12 years old (during the competition period) living in participating countries (Australia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, India, all Latin America countries, Nepal, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America).

Children of employees (and their immediate families) of MED-EL and agencies associated with this competition are ineligible to enter. Immediate family means any of the following: child or step-child (whether natural or by adoption), niece, nephew, brother, sister, step-brother, step-sister or 1st cousin.

Children wishing to participate need to obtain parental consent prior to submission. Consent will be selected via the entry form.

Entries must be submitted between Saturday 09 November 2019 and Friday 17 January 2020. Entries close at midnight on Friday 17 January 2020. Participants may only enter once.

Local country entrants will be based on demonstration of originality, creativity, practicality, imagination and innovation judged by a panel of MED-EL judges. The judging criteria is based on an original invention that can improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss.

Finalists from each participating country will then be judged by a panel of MED-EL judges for the chance to win a trip to Innsbruck.

Overall global winners (number of winners to be defined based on quality of submissions and number of participants) will be awarded the prize of a trip to MED-EL headquarters in Innsbruck for the winner and one accompanying parent / guardian (the prize). Prizes cannot be transferred.

Overall global winners will receive economy class travel, visa costs, appropriate travel insurance costs and hotel costs, which will be covered by MED-EL. Transfers to and from the airport, hotel and MED-EL headquarters will be covered. Further expenses will not be covered by MED-EL.

The overall global winners will be announced on or thereafter (depending on availability and suitable times) on Friday 31 January 2020 via a global media release.

Entries and ideas submitted in the competition, whether winning or not, become the exclusive property of MED-EL and will not be acknowledged nor will they be returned. These can also be used for marketing and publicity for MED-EL.

Photographs of the finalists and their work may be posted on the ideas4ears website or used in future promotional, marketing or publicity purposes, in any media, without compensation, restriction on use, attribution or liability.

Entrants warrant that the entries submitted for the competition are their original work personally created by them.

The winners will be notified by phone and/or email. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours of being notified, MED-EL reserves the right to determine a new winner. MED-EL’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The winners trip date is determined by MED-EL and is not negotiable, the prize cannot be exchanged for cash, credit or service and no exchange communications will be entered into.

The winners will be invited to participate in publicity events and promotions with the media both in online and offline channels. Those who enter agree to be willing to participate in such activities if they are chosen as a competition winner.

Each entrant agrees that, his or her submission in its entirety or any portion thereof, (including name, city / town / participating country and photo) may be published by MED-EL (print and/or online, social media) and used for other publicity purposes and activities. Please note: this will NOT include entrants’ email or home addresses.

By entering the competition participants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions and that the decision of MED-EL is final and binding in all matters relating to this competition.

All submissions are deemed received at the time of receipt by MED-EL and NOT at time of transmission by the entrant. MED-EL records are conclusive as to the time of receipt. Late, lost, stolen, misdirected, illegal, incomplete, illegible, damaged, reproduced, or altered submissions are invalid. MED-EL is not responsible for such submissions nor for any error, technical malfunction, loss, omission, communications delay or failure.

MED-EL reserves the right to vary these terms or to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the competition at any time without prior notice.

MED-EL accepts no responsibility for any loss, damage, injury or disappointment suffered by any participant (including any guest) resulting from entering the competition and/or by the acceptance and/or participation in any of the prizes.