Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

“The 3M Art and Technology Award” Contest Rules and Regulations

Contest Eligibility

The “3M Art and Technology Award” (“Contest”) is administered by the Minneapolis Institute of Art, (“Mia” or “we”). The Contest is open only to U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Your participation in the Contest constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to these Contest rules (“Official Rules”) and judges’ decisions, which are final and binding in all matters.

Without limiting the applicability of any provision below, we reserve the right to: (i) reject any Entry (as defined below) that we determine is unacceptable; and (ii) immediately terminate your participation in the Contest if your conduct is at any time in breach with any provision in these Official Rules.

Dates to Submit Entries
August 1 – September 15, 2017.


Dec. 1, 2017

How to Enter

Contestants may submit more than one project idea, but each project idea must be submitted separately from other project ideas. A description of the project must be provided using the entry form available at http://new.artsmia.org/art-tech-award/submit (the “Entry”). An Entry that Mia determines represents more than one project idea may be rejected, in whole or in part. An Entry may also represent the combined effort of a group of contestants.

Entry & Contestant Characteristics

By submitting an Entry, you represent and warrant that you exclusively own the rights to the Entry. If you are submitting the Entry as part of a group, you represent and warrant that you exclusively own the rights to the corresponding portion of your contribution in the Entry. You further represent and warrant that the Entry is your original work and does not infringe on the copyrights or trademarks of any other party.

Each Entry should demonstrate a creative and original approach to using technology to engage people with Mia’s art collection and the ideas it represents, including, but not limited to, Mia’s vision of “Inspiring wonder through the power of art”. As you prepare your Entry, we encourage you to review it for the presence of the following (non-exhaustive) characteristics:

  • Innovation and creativity – a “wow factor” – something that’s not been done before
  • An engaging user experience with potential for deep audience engagement
  • A meaningful connection to community
  • Broad accessibility for many audiences, including those historically under-served
  • Opportunities to go beyond the museum’s walls
  • Feasibility, including the practical needs for implementation

Contestants should demonstrate:

  • Ingenuity
  • The capability, availability and skills to implement the Project described in the Entry
  • An ability to communicate ideas clearly
  • Previous success at similar efforts
The Judges

Judges for the Contest are selected by Mia and may come from both the private and the public sector. They include digital technology experts and designers and share knowledge of and a deep enthusiasm for all things digital.

The Prize & Next Steps

There will be one winner selected from a group of finalists. The winner will receive a cash prize and will be granted the opportunity to work in collaboration with Mia (and other assigned partners) to implement the Project.

The winner is required to sign a consulting agreement with Mia. Failure to agree to sign the consulting agreement will result in immediate forfeiture of the prize.


By submitting your Entry to the Contest, you hereby grant Mia an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use, implement, modify, create derivative works, edit, display and reproduce the project described in the Entry (the “License”). If you are not selected as the winner, the License will expire.

Furthermore, by submitting your Entry to the Contest, you also grant Mia a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, exclusive license (“Photo License”) to use, post, publish, transmit, adapt, and/or reproduce (collectively, “Use”) in any media (print or electronic) any photographs taken of you during the Contest and, further, you also agree to waive your right to pre-inspect and pre-approve the Use of any photographs of you or in which you are shown. The media covered by this Photo License includes, but is not limited to, printed materials, websites and social media websites (collectively, “Media”). The Photo License does not expire.

Modification of Official Rules and Contest Termination

Mia reserves the right to cancel and/or modify any terms of the Contest and these Official Rules at any time and at its sole discretion.

Mia reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Mia’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Mia in its sole discretion.


Without limiting the applicability of any other provision in these Official Rules, the winner is solely responsible for payment of any tax due or incurred as a result of the award or receipt of the award. The winner agrees to provide such information to Mia as Mia requires to meet its own obligations, including but not limited to winner’s legal name, address and social security number.

Release of Liability

You hereby agree to release, hold harmless and indemnify Mia, its agents representatives, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and the judges from and against any and all liability or causes of action (however named or described) for any injuries, losses and/or damages caused by or resulting from your entry or participation in this Contest, including without limitation: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by you, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from your participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize; (6) any infringement by you of a third party’s intellectual property rights; and (7) unpaid taxes that you owe.

Mia is not responsible for any expenses incurred by you in connection with participation in this Contest.


The Contest will be conducted in accordance with the laws of the State of Minnesota. All disputes concerning these terms and Contest shall be adjudicated exclusively in the federal and state courts having jurisdiction over Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Administrator & Contact Information

The administrator of this Contest is Minneapolis Institute of Art.

For any questions about this Contest, you may contact us by visiting http://new.artsmia.org/art-tech-award/faq or writing to:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
3M Art and Technology Award, c/o MAT Division
2400 Third Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404