Terms & Conditions

By participating in The Economist Events’ Ocean Youth Leaders video competition supported by Sustainable Ocean Alliance (the “Competition”) you will be deemed to have accepted the following terms and conditions.


1.1. The Competition is being run and administered by The Economist Events (“The Economist Events”) Cabot Square, London, E14 4QW;

1.2. The Competition is open to students and young professionals who meet all of the following criteria:

(a) were born between 1983 and 2000 and are currently students, at the beginning of their careers or about to enter the workforce;

(b) are available to attend the World Ocean Summit on March 7th to 9th at Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya in Mexico;

(c) are not an employee of Sustainable Ocean Alliance or any of its subsidiaries.

1.3. The Competition opens on January 15th, 2018 and closes at 11.59pm PST Standard Time on January 29th, 2018 (the “Competition Period”). Entries received outside of the Competition Period will not be eligible to participate in the Competition.


2.1. To enter the Competition, entrants must visit http://bit.ly/oceanyouth, and:

2.1.1. fill in the application form:  http://bit.ly/oceanyouthapp

(a) upload their video during the application process

(b) upload a headshot or photo featuring themselves in action with  dimensions of 616x680px

(c) submit their e-signature

2.2. Responses must include:

2.2.1. an answer to the question: What is your commitment to ocean sustainability? and feature an achievable plan to advance our ocean in some capacity, implement an ocean-focused project, or represent a club or an organisation that is driving an ocean sustainability impact; and

2.2.2. a video no more than 60 seconds long and no larger than 10MB in file size and with format .mov, .mp4,.wmv or .flv. File name should include name of participant (first and last name); and

2.3. The video should include the phrase “I commit to”



3.1. At the end of the Competition Period, Sustainable Ocean Alliance will review all Responses submitted via the application form and/or email.

3.2 At the end of the Competition Period Sustainable Ocean Alliance will submit a shortlist of 30 videos to the Judging Panel (as defined below). Decisions will be based on which best demonstrate the following criteria (“Criteria”):

Each participant must have at least one of the following:

  • an action-oriented ocean commitment
  • an ocean-focused sustainability project
  • is representing an organization that adds a diverse perspective to the summit.

Each participant’s commitment, project, or organization must address one of the Summit’s core topics:

  • sustainable seafood
  • ocean financing, especially with the private sector
  • addressing marine waste, particularly plastics and in the context of waste reduction and the circular economy
  • emerging economic opportunities for sustainable development of the ocean
  • ocean governance
  • technology and the ocean

Each participant’s commitment must be:

  • inspiring  / engaging
  • innovative / strategic thinking
  • practical / practical implementation


3.3 Submissions will be disqualified if plagiarism is detected.

3.4 The Competition is open for only one entry per applicant, and one entry per organisation.

3.5 Each participant agrees not to use the Economist Events, Sustainable Ocean Alliance or the World Ocean Summit logos.

3.6 Each video on the Competition shortlist will then be reviewed by a panel consisting of one  Sustainable Ocean Alliance representative (Daniela Fernandez, CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance), one editor from The Economist Intelligence Unit (Charles Goddard, editorial director, Asia-Pacific, The World Ocean Summit) and one external jury member, Nishan Degnarain, member, monetary policy committee, Central Bank of Mauritius (“the Panel”). The Panel will select 15 entrants (each a “Competition Finalist”) based on the Panel's assessment of which entrants have best satisfied the Criteria. The Finalists will be invited to attend The World Ocean Summit 2018 (the “Event”) in Mexico on March 7th to 9th, 2018. Participants must be aware that they are responsible for all travel expenses.

3.7. Each Competition Finalist will be contacted no later than Friday February 2nd 2018 using the contact details they provided when entering the Competition. The following conditions apply:

(a) If a Competition Finalist cannot be contacted or is unable to attend the Event, the relevant Panel will select a replacement Competition Finalist.

(b) If a Competition Finalist subsequently becomes unable to attend the Event (and unless otherwise agreed by The Economist Events and Sustainable Ocean Alliance), the relevant Panel may select a replacement Competition Finalist.

(c) If a Competition Finalist fails to attend the Event without having notified The Economist Events in advance, that Competition Finalist will not be eligible to receive a Prize, but no replacement will be selected.



4.1. At the Event, each Competition Finalist will be awarded a  complimentary guest pass (value of US$2,800). The Economist Events will contact each Competition Finalist before the Event to provide further information.

4.2. Sustainable Ocean Alliance will contact each Competition Finalist and submit a fundraising toolkit Finalists could use to fund their travels;

4.3. Competition Finalists will confirm their attendance to Sustainable Ocean Alliance  no later than Friday February 19th, 2018.


All Competition Finalists will receive a complimentary guest pass, valued at US$2,800, to attend The World Ocean Summit in Mexico on March 7th to 9th, 2018.


6.1. No purchase is required to participate in the Competition.

6.2. Each entrant may only enter the Competition once during the Competition Period. Any entrant who submits multiple Responses (whether for the same or different categories) will be disqualified.

6.3. The Economist Events and/or Sustainable Ocean Alliance reserve the right, at any time (i) to verify the eligibility of any entrant and to exclude anyone who it believes to have acted in breach of these terms and conditions; and (ii) to withdraw any prizes under the Competition to any Competition Winner in its sole discretion without cause.

6.4. The Economist Events and Sustainable Ocean Alliance will not be responsible for any attempt to participate in the Competition that is unsuccessful or incomplete for any reason, including as a consequence of communication or network failures.

6.5. By submitting a Response, each entrant:

(a) consents to their name and image appearing on The Economist Events and Sustainable Ocean Alliance websites and in promotional materials in respect of the Competition;

(b) warrants that their Response is their original work and does not infringe any third parties’ intellectual property rights and that they have not spoken to any employee of Sustainable Ocean Alliance or any of the companies that are featured in the Competition regarding the content of their Response;

(c) warrants that they are the sole owner of all rights in their Response and fully indemnifies The Economist Events and Sustainable Ocean Alliance from any direct or indirect loss or liability arising from their Response including but not limiting to breach of third parties intellectual property rights; and

(d) absolutely assigns, with full title guarantee, all rights, title and interest in and to their Response (including all ideas and concepts contained therein) to The Economist Events for the use of The Economist Events or any of the companies featured in the Competition. For the avoidance of doubt, the entrant shall not be entitled to use or reproduce, or allow any third party to view, use or reproduce, the Response (in full or in part in any format) without the permission of Sustainable Ocean Alliance.


7.1. The Prizes will only be awarded to the Competition Finalists (as applicable).

7.2. The Economist Events and Sustainable Ocean Alliance will not endeavour to arrange any visas required in order for the Finalists to take up the Prize.


To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, The Economist Events and Sustainable Ocean Alliance exclude liability for any losses, damages and claims incurred by any person in connection with the Competition.  The maximum aggregate liability for The Economist Events and Sustainable Ocean Alliance for any claim in any way connected therewith or the Competition whether in contract, tort or otherwise shall be no more than the sum of US$100.00.


9.1. All decisions made by The Economist Events, Sustainable Ocean Alliance and the Panel (as applicable) in respect of the Competition shall be final, and no correspondence will be entered into in respect of the same.

9.2. The Economist Events and Sustainable Ocean Alliance reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions or cancel the Competition at any time if circumstances beyond its control make this unavoidable.

9.3. Each participant will be required to provide personal information (including his/her name, email and postal address) when submitting an application and Response. Any personal data submitted to The Economist Events in connection with the Competition will be used to administer the Competition. In doing so, the personal data of each participant may be shared with The Economist Events’ subsidiaries, entities hosting or processing such data for The Economist Events, and/or with The Economist Events’ service providers, contractors and subcontractors.

9.4. Where a participant provides the required consent, The Economist Events will also use personal data collected through the Competition to contact participants with information about products, services, other promotions and information which may be of interest. For further details of what data is collected and how this data is used, please see the privacy policy of The Economist Events (available at http://www.economistgroup.com/results_and_governance/governance/privacy/).

9.5. This Competition, and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with it, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. Each participant irrevocably agrees that the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of or in connection with this Competition.


For any further information about or queries regarding the Promotion, please, contact oceanyouthleaders@soalliance.org