Official Rules

Official contest rules.

Official Rules: 2014 GMAC® Annual Conference Be Inspired Contest


BINDING AGREEMENT: These Official Rules (“Rules”) will provide you with the information you need to successfully enter the Contest. These Rules form a binding contract between the Graduate Management Admission Council® ("GMAC®") and you as an entrant into the Contest. By entering you agree to be bound by these Rules. If you breach a provision of these Rules, you will forfeit your entry into the Contest. If you have questions, please contact GMAC at or a Blue Vest staff person during the conference. 

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to enter this Contest, you must be (ii) above the age of majority in the jurisdiction in which you reside at the time of entry; and (ii) you must not be a resident of a jurisdiction in which the promotion is restricted or prohibited by law. Current employees, directors, and officers of GMAC, their affiliates, agents and their immediate families and those living in their household, are not eligible to participate in the Contest. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. 

CONTEST SPONSOR: Graduate Management Admission Council, 11921 Freedom Drive, Reston VA 20190 USA, is the sponsor of the Contest (“Sponsor” or “GMAC”). 

CONTEST TERM: The Contest will begin at 8:00 am eastern daylight time (EDT) on JUNE 12, 2014, and ends at 9:00 am EDT on June 14, 2014 (“Contest Term”). 


A. Be Inspired Prize Drawing: To enter the Contest and to be eligible to win the Be Inspired Prizes described below, you must complete a Be Inspired Contest Form (the “Contest Form”) and earn at a minimum sixty (60) points by participating in certain opportunities listed on the Contest Form. The Contest Form must be fully completed and submitted during the Contest Term (no later than 9 am EDT on Saturday, June 14, 2014) to a GMAC Blue Vest staff person at the Opportunity Zone or Registration Desk in order for an entrant to be eligible to win any prize. 

Points will be awarded at the discretion of GMAC Blue Vest staff based on reviewing and initialing the contest form. All decisions are final. Entrants that submit the Contest Form as required above during the Contest Term will automatically be entered into the Contest in accordance with these Rules. 



B. Daily Random Drawing: To be eligible to win a prize from the Daily Random Drawing, you must be a registered attendee at the GMAC Annual Conference and be present at the Conference. GMAC will randomly select winners each day throughout (see terms below) the Contest Term from the 2014 GMAC Annual Conference attendee list. The potential winner(s) will be notified by GMAC either in-person or by posting their name on the Message Board in the Opportunity Zone. 

LIMIT: ONE (1) ENTRY PER PERSON. Subsequent entries will be disqualified. All entries become the property of Sponsor. All entrants must provide the following information: name, school, email address. Your presence and the information you provide will be our means of communication with the entrant. All entries must be submitted in English. Once you submit your entry, no further changes can be made to the entry even if there is time remaining in the Contest Term. 

Entries will not be returned or acknowledged. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, mutilated, incomplete, or illegible entries, or for any computer-related, online, telephonic, or technical malfunctions that may occur. Entries are void if they are in whole or in part illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error, forged, mechanically reproduced or obtained through fraud or theft. By entering you agree to be bound by these Rules. If you are entering on behalf of your employer, these rules are binding on you, individually, and your company. 

In the event of a dispute regarding who submitted an entry, the entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. A selected entrant may be required to provide Sponsor with proof that he or she is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the selected entry. 

IN-PERSON AND ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS: By submitting your entry, you agree to communicate for the purpose of this Contest with Sponsor electronically and in-person at the GMAC Annual Conference. By agreeing to do business electronically and in-person, you (i) agree that your act of submitting your Contest Form with your signature is binding consent, which you agree binds you to these Rules, (ii) represent that you have Internet access and a valid email address enabling you to receive communications and documents electronically from Sponsor and to access these Rules on the Contest website, and (iii) represent that you have a printer or other device to print or otherwise save communications and documents including, without limitation, these Rules and that you have, in fact, printed or otherwise saved a copy of these Rules for your records. This consent is effective unless and until you withdraw it. You may withdraw your consent to electronic communication and delivery of documents, update your contact information, or request a free paper copy of these Rules at any time by contacting us as set forth in these Rules. We will send you a confirmation notice once we have processed your change request. 


Be Inspired Prize Winners: Four (4) prize winners will be randomly selected at the end of the Contest Term and shall have the right to select one (1) of the following prizes: 

  • Two (2) economy class airline tickets on Delta Airlines for international travel with an approximate retail value (“ARV”) of $500 - $900. Must be booked by November 26, 2014. Must travel 331 days from ticket date, November 26, 2014. TAXES FOR THE TICKET ARE PAID BY THE WINNER (Maximum $500-$700). 
  • One (1) iPad with an ARV of US $500.00 
  • One (1) iPad Mini with an ARV of US $300.00 
  • One (1) $100 Gift Card with an ARV of US $100.00 

Total ARV of all Be Inspired Prizes Winners: US $1,800.00. 

 Daily Random Drawing Prize Winners: Daily random drawing prize winner(s) will be selected each day during the Contest Term to win a gift card, portable speaker, cell phone case or similar valued item as determined by GMAC with an ARV of a single prize of US $10.00. 

Total ARV of all Daily Random Drawing prizes: $100.00 

All decisions on all matters pertaining to the Contest are final. Prizes will be awarded on the spot or mailed post-conference. Winners are responsible for any and all taxes. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. 

Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. 


Be Inspired Prize Winners: At the end of the Contest Term, Sponsor will randomly select four (4) potential Be Inspired prize winners from the eligible entries . 

Daily Random Drawing Winners: During the Contest Term, Sponsor will randomly select random drawing winners each day as follows: five potential winners will be selected on Thursday, June 12 and five potential winners will be selected on Friday, June 13. 

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner selection will be conducted at the GMAC Annual Conference. The potential Be Inspired prize winners will be notified on June 14, 2014 at approximately 9:30 am. Potential winners must be present to win and will have two (2) minutes from notification to claim his or her prize.

Potential daily random drawing winners will be notified the day of selection during the Contest Term in-person from a GMAC staff person or by a posting on the Message Board at the Opportunity Zone. Random Prize winners can pick up their prize anytime during the Contest Term. 

Sponsor and its affiliates, subsidiaries, employees, agents, officers and directors, advertising and marketing agencies, and their respective officers, directors, employees, and their respective agents will not be liable for unsuccessful efforts to notify a winner. No prize transfer, assignment, or substitution by winner permitted. Sponsor may substitute the prize for one of equal or greater value. All federal, state, and local taxes, fees, duties and surcharges, if any, on prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners. If any potential winners fails to respond to the prize notification within designated time period as stated above, declines the prize, fails to claim the prize, is unavailable for prize fulfillment, fails to abide by the Rules, or is ineligible, Sponsor may select an alternate winner from all remaining eligible entries. 

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: Entrants and winners individually and on behalf of their relatives, heirs, assignees, executors, and administrators, hereby permanently, irrevocably and forever waive and release any and all rights, demands, losses, liabilities, claims and causes of action whatsoever which you may now or hereafter be entitled to assert against Sponsor, its affiliates, parent, and subsidiary companies, its employees, agents and officers, advertising, marketing and promotion agencies, as well as all others associated with the development and execution of the Contest (collectively, the “Released Parties”), including, but not limited to any death, injury, loss of enjoyment or other harm or loss of any nature whatsoever caused by, contributed to, or arising out of the Contest and/or any prize awarded, any claim or demand for additional compensation or any other claim or demand related to the Contest or what the Sponsor provides, and forever release and discharge the Released Parties from any and all liability with respect thereto. The Released Parties assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms, or any registration or winner selection. 

CONDITIONS: Entrants agree (a) to be bound by these Rules; (b) the transfer of your personal information and your entry to the United States, where GMAC and its data processors are located, and the use of your entry by GMAC; and (c) that the decisions of GMAC are final on all matters relating to the Contest. All entries become the property of GMAC and will not be acknowledged or returned. GMAC is not responsible for: (i) lost, late, incomplete, invalid, illegible, or misdirected entries, which will be disqualified; (ii) for failed, partial or garbled computer transmissions; (iii) for technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to electronic malfunctioning of any network, hardware or software; or (iv) for any error, human, technical or otherwise. GMAC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entry not in compliance with these Rules. 

You acknowledge and agree that GMAC may keep your entry indefinitely and disclose it for any purpose, including but not limited to: (a) comply with legal process; (b) enforce these Rules; (c) respond to claims that any entry violates the rights of third-parties; or (d) without undertaking a duty to do so, protect the rights, property, or personal safety, of our users and the public. 

If you are acting within the scope of your employment, as an employee, contractor, or agent of another party, you warrant that such party has full knowledge of your actions and has consent thereto. You further warrant that your actions do not violate your employer’s or company’s policies and procedures. 

RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY, MODIFY, CANCEL OR SUSPEND: GMAC reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to: disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process; and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. GMAC reserves the right to disqualify any entry from this or any future Contest if, in its sole discretion, GMAC reasonably believes that any person has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of GMAC or the website by cheating, deception, or other unfair practices, or has tampered with any of GMAC's websites, the submission process, the judging process, violates these Rules, or acts in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or annoys, abuses, threatens, or harasses GMAC, its agents, its assigns or any other entrant. 

PUBLICITY: Acceptance of any prize related to this Contest constitutes permission for, and winners' consent to, GMAC and its agencies or assigns to use the entry and the names, country of residence and/or likenesses of any winner for advertising and promotional purposes, in any media now or hereafter known, without further notice, compensation, consideration, review, or consent, except as prohibited by law. 

GOVERNING LAW: The Contest and the rights and obligations of all entrants and entries shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA without effect to any principles of conflicts of law, and the federal law of the United States. Should any provision of these Rules be held to be void, invalid, unenforceable, or illegal by a proper legal authority, the validity and enforceability of the other provisions shall not be affected. 

DATA PRIVACY: Your personal information will be used to fulfill the terms of this Contest and may therefore be shared with any subcontractor, agent or partner that assists or is otherwise involved in the Contest or website operation and as specified in GMAC's privacy policy available at If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, please contact us at 

WINNERS LIST: A winners list may be requested by submitting a written request to