Official Rules


These rules are supplemental to the Terms of Use and Privacy Provisions governing websites controlled by Arizona State University (see
The 10,000 Solutions Project (“Project”) is an opportunity to actively engage with your community by interacting in this many-to-many environment (where users can participate and host activities). The Project is an experiment that leverages the power of collaborative wisdom to create change through the development of solutions, challenges, and actions. 10,000 Solutions aims to see what can be accomplished when passionate people join a community that works together to build upon each other’s innovative ideas and create change. Participating in the Project includes creating a publicly viewable profile and Submission.


The Arizona Board of Regents, for and on behalf of, Arizona State University (“Sponsor”).


Open to anyone over the age of 13. Participants from the age of 13-17 may participate on the platform, but their contributions will not be included in any research efforts associated with 10,000 Solutions.


An individual who enters a Submission into the 10,000 Solutions Project (“Participant”) may be eligible for incentives. A Submission can be a solution, a challenge, or an action. A Participant may enter a Submission on behalf of a Participant Team, a group of individuals or an organization that the Participant represents in an official capacity. The Participant name that appears on the website application (“Submission Form”) will be the sole recipient of the incentive.
Participants should upload their typed submission and optional video or image (“Submission”) via Participants must fill out the Submission Form in its entirety to be considered for judging, including agreeing to these Official Rules. Submissions entered using other means, such as by mail or email, will not be uploaded on the platform or considered.


The Project Assignment
Submissions, which can include a solution, a challenge, or an action, should be uploaded via Participants have the option of uploading videos (which should be under 60 seconds in length) or images. Submissions should mention the Challenge addressed and be positive and creative about solving the problem identified. While budgets or prototypes are not required, thinking through the feasibility of the idea is a plus. A plan of action or a demonstrated capacity to provide leadership for a suggested Submission is also looked upon favorably. To be considered for incentives, all Submissions must follow the ASU Student Code of Conduct ( and comply with ASU’s Computer, Internet and Electronic Communications Policy (
Judging will be done at the discretion of the Host. Engagement of public support for Submissions will also help garner momentum for a Submission to win. All decisions of the Sponsor are final.
Team Name/Organization Name
A Participant may upload a Submission or participate in the Project on behalf of a group of individuals. The Participant must indicate a group submission by entering a Team Name on the Submission Form.
A Participant may also upload a Submission or participate in the Project on behalf of an organization. The Participant must indicate a Submission is entered on behalf of an organization by entering an Organization Name on the Submission Form. Participants should use an email address that indicates their association with the organization they are representing. Participants should participate in the Project only on behalf of organizations in which they are currently or actively employed or involved in an official capacity. Participants are solely responsible for the content of Submissions made on behalf of an organization. If there are any concerns regarding a Submission, please contact  the Sponsor via
Technical Requirements
Submissions should  be uploaded via the website Submissions should be composed in standard English grammar and font. 
Submissions including a video or image can be uploaded via a file or with the embedded video link (URL) to the video. Video can be submitted via uploading a video file or by submitting the Youtube link (URL) to the video. Users will  be able to upload directly from the website or they can upload to a video sharing service (e.g., Youtube) first and then upload the Youtube link (URL) to the video. All videos uploaded to will be uploaded to Youtube and then embedded on the website.
Accepted image formats are jpg, gif, png, and bmp.
Submissions can  also be entered via Twitter using the hashtag #10KASU and may be considered part of the 10,000 Solutions bank community but do not constitute a Submission and will be evaluated separately (see below). By tweeting with the hashtag #10KASU, the individual or group associated with the Twitter account allows the Sponsor to reuse this submission for publicity and publication purposes.
Submissions in other formats will not be considered for judging in the Project. Links for web pages, blogs or other types of online content will not be considered for judging.
Additional Requirements/Conditions
  1. Participant must answer all questions listed on the Submission Form.
  2. Submissions must be in standard English or translated into standard English.
  3. The Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, remove, delete and/or disqualify Submissions deemed to be inappropriate, illegal or non–compliant with these Official Rules any time during the judging phase. The decisions of the Sponsor are final.
  4. The person who completes the Submission Form will be deemed the Official Representative of the Participant or Participant Team. Students and university employees (faculty and staff) are  advised to submit their Submission using their .edu domain email address. Any dispute regarding the identity of a Participant will be resolved in favor of the individual who is the holder of the registered .edu email address issued by their university or college.
  5. Submissions are submitted by one person. In the case that a team of individuals or organization composes a Submission, the Official Representative will be the individual completing the Submission Form. The team or organization member who fills out the online Submission Form will be designated as the Official Representative for the purpose of all subsequent communications with the team in connection with the Project. It is the responsibility of the Official Representative to assure that each team member has read and agrees to these Official Rules. Any incentive(s) will be awarded to the Official Representative on behalf of the team. The Sponsor is not liable for any disputes between or among team members arising under or related to the Project.
  6. Participants may enter as many times as they like. All Submissions must:
  • be suitable for display or publication in public (i.e., may not be obscene or indecent, including but not limited to nudity, pornography or profanity);
  • not contain defamatory statements or materials;
  • not include threats to any person, place, business, or group;
  • not invade privacy or other rights of any person, firm or entity; and
  • not in any other way violate federal, state or local laws, rules, regulations or network standards or any Arizona Board of Regents or Arizona State University policies, procedures, rules or standards. 


Submit a Solution
Participants can submit an idea for improving the world as a solution. Solutions can be at any scale.
Host a Challenge
Participants can host an action if they have a problem or a task to be solved through with the 10,000 Solutions community. Hosts can structure the challenge as a competition or as a group effort to solve a problem. Hosts may offer incentives, and it is the responsibility of the host to fulfill the incentive promised to participants.
Participate in a Challenge
Participants can submit linked solutions to hosted challenges. Hosts of challenges will determine with submission(s) that best fulfill the needs of the challenge. Hosts may offer incentives, and it is the responsibility of the host to fulfill the incentive promised to participants.
Host an Action
Participants can host an action if they want to coordinate a real world action. Hosts may offer incentives, and it is the responsibility of the host to fulfill the incentive promised to participants.
Participate in an Action
Participants can engage in hosted activities that are intended to enable real world action. Participants are responsible for fulfilling the obligations they sign up for on a hosted action.
Participants may choose to build on the Submissions of other Participants. This means a Participant is inspired by the ideas of another Participant, but has their own unique Submission. Participants should realize  others may build on their ideas and that ideas will be publicly viewable as inspiration for other Submissions at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.
Participants may receive comments or feedback from others who  engage with the 10,000 Solutions Project. Comments will be publicly viewable at the discretion of the Sponsor.
Participants may support the ideas of other Participants. This means they not only think an idea is interesting, exciting or innovative, but they may also be interested in supporting an idea and helping it move forward. 


It is the responsibility of hosts for individual challenges and actions to determine if an incentive would be offered to platform participants. If an incentive is offered, it is the responsibility of hosts to fulfill the incentive. Participants agree that the Sponsor has the sole right and discretion to decide all matters and disputes arising from the Project and that all decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding. Official Representatives who win an incentive, by acceptance of an incentive, agree to release, indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor and Related Project Parties, as well as each of their respective parent and affiliated entities, and each of their employees, officers, agents, representatives and contractors from any and all liability, loss, damage, cost or claim related to any allegation regarding the acceptance or use of their incentive, including but not limited to the public announcement(s) about the Submission.
Incentive distribution is dependent upon the status of the Official Representative and the rules, laws and regulations governing the jurisdiction in which the Official Representative resides at the time and place of the distribution of incentives. Incentives may be diverse, and incentives focused on improving the lives of participants are encouraged. Some examples of incentives include a letter of recommendation, an internship, highlight on host website (if appropriate), connecting participants to leaders in organizations to share their idea, opportunities to join a group as a student advisor, gift cards, or financial incentives.
When incentives are distributed, incentives to current ASU students may be delivered through student accounts. Incentives distributed in such a manner must be consistent and comply with student account requirements, University policies and procedures and applicable regulations. Incentives to ASU faculty and staff will be distributed through their department or a separate account at the sole discretion of the Sponsor and must be consistent with applicable policies and procedures. Incentives to Official Representatives external to ASU such as alumni, community members and K-12 students, will be made in accordance with a process solely determined by the Sponsor. Similarly, student groups, academic units, departments, classes or affiliated activities, events or organizations approved by the Sponsor that aggregate the most Submissions, tracked through registered tags, may also be awarded incentives at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.
Group Tags
Groups may create their own tags as long as they follow all Official Rules of the Project. Tags can be created at the discretion of the Sponsor. Registered ASU student groups, academic units, departments, residential communities, classes or affiliated activities, events or organizations approved by the Sponsor may be eligible for group incentives. This will be based on a tag properly registered by the appropriate group. All tags for incentive purposes are subject to approval by the Sponsor. The incentives associated with tags will be selected at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Tags can be created at the discretion of the Participant as long as they are not offensive, but will not increase eligibility for incentives.
Twitter Submissions
Submissions entered via Twitter must use the hashtag #10KASU. The Sponsor will evaluate Twitter submissions separately from Submissions submitted using the Submission Form. By tweeting with the hashtag #10KASU, the individual or group associated with the Twitter account allows the Sponsor to consider and reuse this entry for publicity and publication purposes, including scrolling on the website. Twitter submissions will be eligible for an award determined at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.


As conditions of entry into this Project, and by posting an entry, each Participant or Participant Team:
  • Warrants and represents that the Participant or Participant Team is the sole owner of all rights to the Submission, including, without limitation, the video, digital recording, image and the performance contained in the Submission, with the exception of any university or college assets used by Participants in connection with this Project;
  • Warrants and represents that the Participant is the individual pictured and/or heard in the Submission, or alternatively, that the Participant has obtained written permission from each person who appears or is heard in the Submission to grant the rights to the Sponsor and can make copies of such permissions available to the Sponsor upon request;
  • Warrants and represents that the Participant’s Submission:
    • is original to the Participant and has been legally obtained and created;
    • does not infringe the intellectual property, privacy or publicity rights or any other legal or moral rights of any third party, or violate applicable laws, regulations, or network standards;
    • has not been published previously in any medium;
  • Irrevocably grants to the Sponsor and its affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, agents and licensees, an unconditional, non-exclusive, perpetual, world-wide, royalty free, license, right and permission to reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use or reuse (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used), the Participant’s name, image, voice, likeness, statements, biographical material and Submission, including, but not limited to, the video, digital recording, image and performances contained in any of the above items (in each case, as submitted or as edited/modified in any way by the Sponsor, in the Sponsor’s sole discretion), as well as any additional photographic images, video images, portraits, interviews or other materials relating to the Participant or the Submission and arising out of his/her participation in this Project whether with or without using the Participant’s name (collectively, the “Additional Materials”) in any media throughout the world for any purpose related to the Sponsor, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation, or approval from the Participant or any other party.
  • Agrees to release, indemnify and hold the Sponsor and Related Project Parties harmless from any and all liability or claims of any kind or description arising out of or relating to participation in the Project brought or asserted by the Participant or third parties, including but not limited to liability arising from the content of the Submission or Additional Materials, acts or omissions of the Participant in the course of the Project, and the subsequent use and promotion of the Submission or Additional Materials by the Sponsor or Related Project Parties.
General Conditions
Official Representatives of Finalist Submissions of the Project are solely responsible for any reporting, taxes or other requirements associated with their respective incentives. No substitution of an incentive is offered, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Incentives are non–transferable. By participating, Participants agree to these Official Rules, which are final and binding in all respects. Unclaimed incentives will not be awarded. Official Representatives of Finalist Submissions will be notified by e–mail. The Sponsor may be required to withhold and report income tax in the case of any incentive–winning Participant or member of a Participant Team. Specific treatment accorded to any such incentive–winning Participant will depend on the specifics of the situation including the nationality of the Participant and how long he/she has been present in the US. If for any reason the Project is not capable of running as planned, including without limitation, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Project, the Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion to cancel, modify or terminate the Project. Further, the Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual deemed to be:
  • tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Project or any of the Sponsor or the Sponsor related websites;
  • violating the Official Rules;
  • violating the terms of service, conditions of use and/or general rules or guidelines of any property or service of the Sponsor, or
  • acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person
  • bring the Sponsor into public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule or reflect unfavorably on the Project or the Sponsor, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion.
This Project is offered internationally where applicable, but governed by the laws of the State of Arizona. All claims relating in any manner to this Project or to any Submission must be resolved in the federal or district courts located in Maricopa County, Arizona. Void where prohibited, taxed or regulated.
Limitations of Liability and Release
No liability or responsibility is assumed by the Sponsor or Related Project Parties resulting from any Participant’s participation in or attempt to participate in the Project or ability or inability to upload or download any information in connection with participating in the Project. No responsibility or liability is assumed by the Sponsor or Related Project Parties for technical problems or technical malfunction which may affect the operation of the Project. By participating in the Project, the Participant releases the Sponsor and Related Project Parties from any and all claims, damages or liabilities arising from or relating to such the Participant’s participation in the Project. By providing a Submission to the Project, the Participants and Participant Team members agree that the Sponsor and Related Project Parties shall not be liable for any loss or injury resulting from participation in the Project, acceptance or use of any incentive, or any travel related thereto. The Sponsor and the Project Parties are not liable in the event that any portion of the Project is cancelled due to weather, fire, strike, acts of war or terrorism, or any other condition beyond their control.
The Project is not open to residents of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Zimbabwe and any other U.S. sanctioned country and is void where prohibited by law.


The photographs, images, videos and text used or written by the Participants or Participant Teams for the 10,000 Solutions Project might be used for research purposes. The research will be used to understand how people participate in initiatives like the 10,000 Solutions Project. Participants understand that the results of this study can be used in reports, presentations, or publications but Participant names will not be used.
Participants understand that they can address any questions concerning the research to Dr. Erik Johnston ( Participants understand that for questions about Participant rights as a Participant in this research can contact the Chair of the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board, through the ASU Office of Research Integrity and Assurance, at (480) 965-6788.
Participants understand that by agreeing to these Official Rules, Participants give consent that the information Participants provide to the 10,000 Solutions Project can be used in research.