Official Rules

Entries may be submitted beginning March 10, 2014. No submissions will be accepted after 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time in the United States, March 31, 2014.

Entries must describe via any of the following methods how your .org website has made a positive impact on the world and why you think you deserve to win $5,000:

  1. A written description that explains why you chose to carry out your cause, idea or mission on .org.
  2. A photo or series of images that illustrate the work  your .org does.
  3. A video or series of media or press clippings that highlight the work of your .org.
  4. A blog, an essay, or a case study on your .org.
  5. Your own creative submission that will get your .org story noticed! (e.g. a song, poem, cartoon, etc.)
  6. Point us to your social media following so we can see how you mobilize your followers.

A panel of judges (to be selected) with experience in the fields of technology, causes, nonprofits, and impact shall select the single best submission from all entries.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria: Creativity/Originality (33%); Quality of Submission (33%); and Fits the Theme of “Why I Chose .org” (34%). In the event of a tie, tied submissions will be re-judged on the basis of Fits the Theme of Why I Chose .org”  (100%).

The featured .org domain name and related website for each submission must not violate the .org Domain Name Abuse Policy.

Submissions containing or referring to content that is pornographic, illegal, or otherwise deemed by the panel in its sole discretion to be offensive will not be considered.

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must have permission from all individuals that are mentioned/depicted in the submission (if any), or their parents or legal guardians (if individuals are minors), to use their names and likenesses in the submission and to grant the rights set forth herein. If requested, entrant must be able to provide such permission in a form acceptable to Public Interest Registry. Any attempt by any entrant to participate by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods will void that entrant’s submissions/entries and that entrant may be disqualified. All submissions become the property of Public Interest Registry and will not be returned. Submissions/entries generated by script, macro or other automated or mechanical means will be void.

Submissions must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement.

If the submission contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the submission by Public Interest Registry in the manner set forth in these Official Rules, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the submission. Public Interest Registry reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to Public Interest Registry from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render entry null and void. By submitting a submission, entrant warrants and represents that he/she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the submission consent to the use of the submission as set forth herein. Public Interest Registry reserves the right to disqualify any submission it determines in its sole discretion does not comply with these Official Rules.

In consideration of entrant’s submission being reviewed and evaluated for this program, each entrant hereby grants to Public Interest Registry a non-exclusive, irrevocable, fully paid, universal license to use, copy, sublicense, transmit, distribute, publicly perform, publish, delete or display such submission, or any portion thereof, in any media now known or hereafter devised including, but not limited to, all forms of television and all forms of internet and wireless protocol without any further right of approval. Each entrant authorizes Public Interest Registry and any entities affiliated or in privity with Public Interest Registry, to utilize in perpetuity, and in any manner they see fit, the submission submitted to Public Interest Registry, and to make derivative works from such material. Each entrant agrees that the results and proceeds of such use shall become the property of Public Interest Registry and/or Public Interest Registry’s licensees, and shall be freely assignable by Public Interest Registry and that Public Interest Registry and its assignees and licensees shall have no obligations whatsoever to entrant. Each entrant releases Public Interest Registry, and its assignees and licensees from any and all claims or liability (now known or hereafter arising), including but not limited to any claims for defense and/or indemnity, in connection therewith. Each entrant also grants permission for Public Interest Registry to use entrant’s name and likeness, for the purpose of advertising, trade, or promotion without further notice, permission, compensation or consideration in any and all media now known or hereinafter developed, in any manner, throughout the universe, in perpetuity, unless prohibited by law.

Officers, directors, trustees and employees of Public Interest Registry, the Internet Society and its and their agents and members of their immediate family or persons living in the same household are excluded from participation.

This program is governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Participation in this program is void where prohibited by law.


The winning entrant will receive $5,000 (the “Prize Money”)!

We look forward to hearing from you!