Terms & Conditions for Judge Participation
All persons agreeing to serve as a SIIA CODiE Award Judge shall abide by the following terms and conditions.
- Qualifications: To qualify to participate as a CODiE Judge, an individual must have proven experience in the category they would like to review. Potential judges must disclose any possible conflicts of interest. Judges cannot review any products from companies they have worked with in the past 3 years.
- Review of Nominations: By agreeing to participate as a member of the Judge Panel, you agree to review every nomination in every category you are assigned to by SIIA.
- Conflicts of Interest: A Judge must recuse themselves from discussing, reviewing and voting on particular nominations with which he/she could be perceived of having a conflict of interest. All SIIA CODiE Awards Judges must promptly notify SIIA in writing of any existing or potential conflicts of interest so that SIIA can determine whether a real or perceived conflict of interest exists and what action SIIA and the Judge shall take to obviate or remedy the conflict. A conflict occurs, for example, where the category includes a nomination of one's own company product/service, or that of a close friend or family member. It can also occur when a nominated product or company is one in which you personally, a company you own, or your employer has an investment/financial relationship. It also occurs if you, a company you own or your employer participated in the design, testing or marketing of the nomination product or service. A conflict may also exist if you previously worked for a company whose product or service is nominated, or previously participated in the design, development, or marketing of the product or service, but do not do so currently. No Judge will review nominations where they have a conflict, as determined by the SIIA CODiE Awards Program.
- Conduct: Judges are asked to carry out their judge responsibilities in a professional manner. If an assignment reacts in a way that a Judge deems inappropriate, please notify the Awards Program Manager of the infraction. If a complaint is lodged against a Judge from a nominee, SIIA will fully explore the matter and take action. If a second complaint is filed, SIIA will strip the offending judge of his or her CODiE responsibilities.
- Permitted and Prohibited Uses: All Judges must abide by the terms and conditions of any license agreement that accompanies any nominated product or service reviewed by the Judge. Judges must not engage in any activity that would be considered to be a violation of U.S or international copyright law, this includes, but is not limited to:
- modifying, merging, or transferring copies of the nominated product or service, except as expressly authorized in any license agreement accompanying the product or service;
- disassembling, decompiling or "unlocking," or in any manner decoding the nominated product or software for any reason;
- placing the nominated product or service onto a server in a manner that makes it accessible to others via a public network such as the Internet.
- Recusal: If, at any time during the CODiE Awards review and/or voting process, a Judge believes that he or she cannot comply with any of these terms and conditions the Judge must notify SIIA immediately and submit a letter to SIIA recusing themselves from discussing, reviewing and voting in the CODiE Awards competition, and returning any nominated product or services to its owner.
- Gifts: A Judge shall not accept a fee, gift or personal benefit that is connected directly or indirectly with the performance of the Judge's duties, except where except such compensation authorized by law or a gift or personal benefit is received as an incident of protocol or social obligation.