Luminary Labs is designing and administering the challenge under contract with the NASA Tournament Lab, under Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) procurement authority and on behalf of CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.

The following official rules, terms, and conditions apply to the Lead Detect Prize and reference the official governing document for the challenge, which can be found here. Please read these rules, terms, and conditions carefully before entering.


  1. To be eligible to win a prize under the Lead Detect Prize (“the Challenge”), an Entrant (whether an individual, group of individuals, or entity) —
    1. Shall have registered to participate in the Challenge under the rules promulgated by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) Tournament Lab, Luminary Labs LLC (Luminary Labs), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (collectively referred to as “Challenge parties”) as published in this announcement;
    2. Shall have complied with all the requirements set forth in this announcement;
    3. Shall not be a federal entity or federal employee acting within the scope of their employment;
    4. Shall not be an employee of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS, or any other component of HHS) acting in their personal capacity;
    5. Who is employed by a federal agency or entity other than HHS (or any component of HHS), should consult with an agency ethics official to determine whether the federal ethics rules will limit or prohibit the acceptance of a prize under this Challenge;
    6. Shall not be a judge of the Challenge, or any other party involved with the design, production, execution, or distribution of the Challenge or the immediate family of such a party (i.e., spouse, parent, step-parent, child, or step-child).
    7. Shall be 18 years of age or older at the time of submission.
  2. Federal grantees may not use federal funds from a grant award to develop their Challenge submissions or to fund efforts in support of their Challenge submissions unless use of such funds is consistent with the purpose of their grant award. If a grantee using federal funds is selected to win an award, the award must be treated as program income for purposes of the original grant in accordance with applicable Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR § 200).
  3. Federal contractors may not use federal funds from a contract to develop their Challenge submissions or to fund efforts in support of their Challenge submissions.
  4. By participating in this Challenge, each Entrant (whether an individual, group of individuals, or entity) agrees to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the federal government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from participation in this Challenge, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise.
  5. Based on the subject matter of the Challenge, the type of work that it will possibly require, as well as an analysis of the likelihood of any claims for death, bodily injury, property damage, or loss potentially resulting from Challenge participation, no Entrant (whether an individual, group of individuals, or entity) participating in the Challenge is required to obtain liability insurance or demonstrate financial responsibility in order to participate in this Challenge.
  6. By participating in this Challenge, each Entrant (whether an individual, group of individuals, or entity) agrees to indemnify the federal government against third-party claims for damages arising from or related to Challenge activities.
  7. An Entrant (whether an individual, group of individuals, or entity) shall not be deemed ineligible because the Entrant used federal facilities or consulted with federal employees during the Challenge if the facilities and employees are made available to all Entrants participating in the Challenge on an equitable basis.
  8. By participating in this Challenge, each Entrant (whether an individual, group of individuals, or entity) warrants that they are sole author or owner of, or has the right to use, any copyrightable works that the submission comprises, that the works are wholly original with the Entrant (or is an improved version of an existing work that the Entrant has sufficient rights to use and improve), and that the submission does not infringe any copyright or any other rights of any third party of which the Entrant is aware.
  9. By participating in this Challenge, each Entrant (whether an individual, group of individuals, or entity) grants to CDC an irrevocable, paid-up, royalty-free nonexclusive worldwide license to reproduce, publish, post, link to, share, create derivative works, and display publicly the submission on the web or elsewhere, throughout the world. Each Entrant will retain all other intellectual property rights in their submissions, as applicable. To participate in the Challenge, each Entrant must warrant that there are no legal obstacles to providing the above-referenced nonexclusive licenses of the Entrant’s rights to the federal government. To receive an award, Entrants will not be required to transfer their intellectual property rights to CDC, but Entrants must grant to the federal government the nonexclusive licenses recited herein.
  10. Each Entrant (whether an individual, group of individuals, or entity) agrees to follow all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and policies.
  11. Each Entrant (whether an individual, group of individuals, or entity) participating in this Challenge must comply with all terms and conditions of these rules, and participation in this Challenge constitutes each such Entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to abide by these rules. Winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements herein.
  12. Entrants are not eligible to receive any monetary or non-monetary prize in the Challenge if they are a person or entity designated or sanctioned by the United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (see for additional information). Each Entrant is required to ensure that all releases or transfers of technical data to non-U.S. persons comply with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) 22 C.F.R. §§ 120.1 to 130.17.

Entrant rules

  1. Entrants must own or have access at their own expense to a computer, an Internet connection, and any other electronic devices, documentation, software, or other items that Entrants may deem necessary to create and enter a submission. Submissions must be made in English. All Challenge-related communication will be in English.
  2. Use of Marks: Except as expressly set forth in the rules, Entrants shall not use the names, trademarks, service marks, logos, insignias, trade dress, or any other designation of source or origin subject to legal protection, copyrighted material or similar intellectual property (“Marks”) of CDC or other Challenge partners, sponsors, or collaborators in any way without such party’s prior written permission in each instance, which such party may grant or withhold at its sole and absolute discretion.
  3. Individuals with disabilities who need accommodation or auxiliary aid in connection with the submission process should contact the person listed under “For Further Information Contact” in this announcement at least one week prior to the submission deadline. Entrants who use a TDD or a TTY may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339. If an accommodation or auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability is provided in connection with the submission process, the submission remains subject to all other requirements and limitations set forth in this announcement.

Publicity release

By participating in the Challenge, each Entrant hereby irrevocably grants to CDC and Luminary Labs the right to the use of their name, affiliation, city and state, likeness or image, and a short synopsis of their winning solution as a part of Challenge promotion. Each Entrant must clearly delineate any confidential commercial information contained in a submission that the Entrant wishes to protect as proprietary data. Such information may be kept confidential to the extent allowed under applicable federal law. Each Entrant also warrants that the work submitted is free of security threats and malware.


Challenge parties, on behalf of CDC, reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any Entrant who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Challenge, the Challenge website, or other Challenge-related websites; to be acting in violation of the rules; or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Challenge; or to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person; CDC reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. If any selected winner is found to be ineligible, has not complied with the rules, or declines the applicable prize for any reason prior to award, the Entrant may be disqualified, and alternate winners may be selected.

Notice to winner(s)

Attempts to notify Phase 1 winner(s) will be made using the email address associated with the Team Lead’s email account used to register on the Challenge platform. Challenge parties are not responsible for email or other communication problems of any kind. If, despite reasonable efforts, a potential Phase 1 winner does not respond within three days of the first notification attempt regarding selection as a Phase 1 winner (or a shorter time as exigencies may require), or if the notification is returned as undeliverable, that Entrant may forfeit the Entrant’s Phase 1 winner status and any associated prizes, and an alternate Phase 1 winner may be selected.


By participating in the Challenge, each Entrant hereby agrees that Challenge parties may occasionally use Entrant information to contact Entrants about the Challenge and other federal challenge-related activities; and acknowledges that Entrant has read and accepted the Privacy Policy published on the Challenge website, as well as the Challenge platform Privacy Policy.

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