Contest Regulations

These Regulations (hereinafter referred to as the Regulations) regulates the procedure for the organization and carrying out of the Contest “Yandex.Algorithm 2017” (hereinafter — the Contest).

1. Terms

Hereinafter the following terms are used:

1.1. Contestant — a legally capable individual of 18 years of age or older at the time of the test round, acting on his/her own behalf and performing the contest tasks according to Regulations requirements.

1.2. Minor contestant is a minor individual from 6 to 18 years of age, acting on his/her own behalf, allowed to compete in qualifying and elimination rounds of the Contest, who has completed contest tasks according to the Regulations requirements.

1.3. Solution is the result of fulfilling the Contest tasks which has been sent by a registered Contestant to the Organizer within the period specified in item 4 hereof.

1.4. Finalist — a Contestant who has advanced to the Contest final round.

1.5. Contest winners — the Contestants who have advanced to the final round and have taken the first, second and third places respectively, whose Solutions are recognized as the best ones on the basis of the criteria specified in section 8 hereof.

1.6. Internship Track winner — the Contestant who have participated an Internship Track nomination have taken the first place in accordance with the terms of item 11 of the Regulations.

  1. Contest purposes
  • to support sport programming in Russia;.
  • to attract the world’s best programmers to participate in the competition;
  • to familiarize participants with career and educational opportunities at Yandex;
  • to develop Yandex.Contest platform.

3. Contest Organizer

The Contest Organizer is the Limited Liability Company YANDEX, registration number: 1027700229193, address: 16 Lva Tolstogo st., Moscow, 119021, Russia.

4. Contest duration

  • announcement of Contest commencement — April 1, 2017;
  • warm-up round — April 22, 2017;
  • qualifying round — April 29-30, 2017;
  • elimination round — May 6 – June 4, 2016;
  • marathon round – May 6-7, 2017;
  • first round — May 14, 2017;
  • second round — May 27, 2017;
  • third round — June 4, 2017;
  • finalist and “Internship Track” winners announcement — June 5, 2017;
  • final round — July 17-18, 2017;
  • winner announcement — July 19, 2017.

Detailed information on the terms of carrying out the Contest is available on the website.

5. Information on Contest rules

5.1. Information on Contest rules is available on the website.

5.2. The Contest Organizer reserves the right to introduce alterations to Contest rules by placement of an announcement of alterations of Contest rules on the website.

6. Procedure for Contest participation

6.1. Registration of Contestants will start at 00:00 on April 1st, 2017 and will be possible until the qualifying round ends. Registration of Contestants will be carried out by filling in the electronic registration form.

6.2. Minor contestants are allowed to compete only in the warm-up, qualifying and elimination rounds of the Contest, including marathon round, but not in the final round of the Contest and Internship Track nomination.

6.3. When filling in the Contest registration form, one shall specify:

  • contestant’s pseudonym;
  • contestant’s first name and surname;
  • e-mail address;
  • the country represented;
  • date of birth;
  • sex;
  • permanent address of residence;
  • education;
  • educational status (student or graduate);
  • place of work, study;
  • preferred programming language;
  • willingness to participate the Internship Track nomination.

6.3.1. Additional data that must be provided by the Contestants who advance to the final round of the Contest:

  • citizenship;
  • passport details.

6.4. Having registered, the Contestant agrees to processing by the Organizer of the personal information specified in the registration form, including other personal information provided by the Contestant to the Organizer within the framework of the Contest, including to commitment by the Organizer in any way of the actions specified in item 3 of Art. 3 of the Federal Law of 27.07.2006 No. 152-FZ “On Personal Information”. This consent shall be effective for three years.

6.5. A Contestant is considered to have been registered, provided the Contestant filled in the obligatory fields of the registration form, read and confirmed his/her consent to Contest rules, read and confirmed his/her consent to this Contest Regulations and put a tick in the corresponding checkbox. Only those Contestants whose applications are approved by the Contest Organizer are allowed to participate in the Contest.

6.6. After registration, Contestants are allowed to send Solutions to the Organizer within the terms specified in item 4 hereof.

6.7. Employees of the Organizer and its affiliated companies, other persons involved in Contest organization, and also members of their families, may apply for Contest participation, but may not be allowed to the final round of the Contest and awarded by the prizes.

6.8. The Organizer reserves the right to change the date of Contest elimination round, including marathon round, and final round by placement of an announcement specifying the Contest elimination and final round date changes on the website.

6.9. 25 Contestant who have achieved the best results in the elimination round of the Contest will advance to the final round of the Contest.

6.10. The address where the final round of the Contest will take place is Russia, Moscow, Lva Tolstogo 16.

6.11. The Organizer books and provides single accommodation at a hotel for the Finalists during the final round of the Contest, summing-up of the Contest and announcement of the Winners (July 17-19, 2017). In order to receive the accommodation, a Finalist must answer in due time to e-mails sent by the Organizer to the e-mail address that has been specified in the registration form and provide all information necessary for providing the accommodation.

6.12. The Organizer shall not reimburse the costs incurred by the Finalists in connection with transfer from the place of their residence to the address where the final round of the Contest will be held and back, as wells as the cost of hotel accommodation on other days, as well as cost of hotel accommodation for guests of the Contest and persons accompanying the Finalists.

7. Requirements for the Solutions

7.1. The Requirements for the Solutions, the order and criteria of their examination are detailed in the rules of the Contest.

7.2. The Contest Commission will be set up for examination of the Solutions. The Financial Director of the Organizer will approve the rules of its procedure and membership of the Commission.

7.3. Contest Commission determines the Winners in first, second and third places after the examination of the Solutions.

7.4. The Solutions submitted to the Contest will not be returned to the Contestants.

8. Contest Solutions Announcement

8.1. The summing-up of Contest Solutions will take place with the announcement of three winners of the Contest by the Contest Commission and placement of information on winners on the website.

8.2. Contestants agree to publication of Finalists’ surnames, names, middle names, photos and biographies on the Organizer’s website.

9. Prizes

9.1. Prizes shall be provided by the Contest Organizer.

9.2. The top 512 Contestants will receive a T-shirt with Contest logo.

9.3. The top three participants of the final round will be awarded with the following prizes:

  • first place — 300,000 rubles;
  • second place — 150,000 rubles;
  • third place — 90,000 rubles. Prizes are payable by transfer to the bank account, provided by the Winner.

9.4. The amounts of the awards specified in item 9.3. hereof are net of personal income tax, which will be accrued and paid by the Organizer according to the legislation of the Russian Federation.

9.5. If the Winner is not a Russian Federation citizen, the Prize is payable by the transfer to the Finalist’s bank account in US dollars at the exchange rate of Central Bank of the Russian Federation as of the last day of the final round.

10. Procedure for receiving prizes

10.1. The Contest Organiser will provide winners with prizes by transferring funds to the bank accounts specified by the winners.

10.2. For receiving a prize, the winner shall provide to the Organiser the following documents:

10.2.1. A digital copy of the Contestant’s identity document (for citizens of the Russian Federation – passport pages with personal data, and also the page with the registration address; for foreign citizens – passport pages with personal data, pages with Russian visas [if the Contestant actually lives in Russia]).

10.2.2. A digital copy of the individual’s certificate of registration with a tax authority at the place of residence in the territory of the Russian Federation — if available.

10.2.3. A digital copy of the certificate of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation — if available.

10.2.4. The original consent to Contest rules (in the form prepared by the Organiser).

10.2.5. Bank account details.

10.3. The winners shall provide to the Contest Organiser the documents specified in par. 10.2 during 14 calendar days after the announcement of winners of the Contest in accordance with section 8 of the Regulations.

11. The Internship Track nomination

11.1. Contestants may participate the Internship Track nomination by ticking the appropriate checkbox when performing actions, specified in Art. 6.1. of the Regulations.

11.2. The Internship Track nomination is held from the date of announcement of Contest commencement to the end of third round of the elimination round (Art. 4 of Regulations).

11.3. Contestants may change their decision about willingness to participate the Internship Track nomination by making edits to the registration form in the appropriate checkbox. Edits can be made only before the ending of the qualifying round (Art. 4 of Regulations).

11.4. The announcement of the Internship Track nomination winner will be made on June 4, 2017 by the way of placement of the respective information on the website.

11.5. The Internship Track nomination prize is interview with the Organizer’s representatives and an opportunity to be enrolled on an internship at the Moscow office of the Organizer (in case of successful outcome of the interview).

12. Final Regulationss

12.1. The Contest shall be organized and carried out in the territory of the Russian Federation according to the legislation of the Russian Federation.

12.2. Sending an application for Contest participation means an unconditional consent of the Contestant to all Contest rules and this Regulations.

12.3. As to all other issues not settled by this Regulations, the Organizer and Contestants shall be guided by the current legislation of the Russian Federation.

12.4. All disputes and disagreements which arise in connection with the organization and carrying out of the Contest shall be settled by negotiations. Disputable issues, which have not been settled by negotiations, shall be referred to court at the Organizer’s jurisdiction. 12.5. The Contest Regulations is issued both in Russian and English languages. When construing this Regulations, the Russian wording shall prevail.