Participation Rules & Regulations

1. Definitions

Awards Women in Cyber – Making a Difference
Owner of the Awards ASSOCHAM
Awards Management ASSOCHAM or appointed / engaged by ASSOCHAM who are responsible for the conduct of the Awards
Knowledge Partner Ernst & Young LLP (EY)
Applicant Any individual that sends in an application to participate in the Awards as per the rules & regulations to participate in the Awards
Nominee An individual short-listed to be evaluated by the Final jury
Final jury Group of persons with subject matter expertise appointed / engaged by ASSOCHAM to select the winners
Rules These rules and regulations governing the Awards, as amended from time to time
  • These rules & regulations are applicable to and govern the “ASSOCHAM Women in Cyber Awards, 2020” organized and conducted by ASSOCHAM
  • By participating in the Awards, Participant agrees that it has read, understood and shall abide by and be bound by these Rules. These Rules & regulations may be modified without any prior notification. Participant is advised to regularly review these Rules. If there is any disagreement with any of the Rules & regulations and any amendments thereto, Participant must not participate. Participation means automatic acceptance of the rules.

2. Awards Objective

Recognising women making a difference in the field of Cyber Security and being drivers of change bringing in transformation and innovation.

3. Award segments and categories

Sr. Categories No. of Awards
1 Cyber Influencer 1
2 Cyber Safe - Spreading Cybersecurity Awareness 1
3 Cyber Innovator 1
4 Cyber Data Protection 1
5 Cyber - Leader in the Making 1
6 Cyber - Leading from the front 1
7 Cyber – Promising Newcomer 1
8 Special Jury Award 1
  Total Awards 8
  • The Award categories may be changed / modified / split / merged / increased or cancelled by the Jury based on the number and quality of entries received in each category
  • If no Participant in a category is found to be worthy of inclusion by the Jury, the Award category may be cancelled by the Jury. The Jury may decide to add nominees in the category to maintain high standards of participation. The decision of the Jury in this regard will be final, non-contestable and binding on all participants. The Awards management will not entertain any queries in this regard

4. Eligibility

  • The participant applying or being nominated should have a minimum of 3 years of experience in the field of Cyber Security / Cyber Solutions, except Newcomer Category
  • The initiative/s or project/s being applied for the awards should have been implemented within the period October 01, 2017 to December 30, 2020
  • The initiative/project should have been managed and driven from India only
  • If an organization is nominating a participant, then the nominee should have completed a minimum of 1 year with the current organization as on December 30, 2020
  • Individual applying or nominated for the awards must be a resident of India and working in India.
  • A nominee can send entries in more than one award category provided the applications are for different projects/initiatives. Please use a separate form for each project (separate application per nomination)
  • The initiative entered for the awards must be already implemented and should not be in a planning, conceptualizing stage or beta phase.
  • Employees of ASSOCHAM, sponsors and partners of the awards are allowed to participate in the Awards but Award will be given on the Merit only as per analysis of the Nomination and Jury decision.
  • The final eligibility of the Nominee will be subject to the discretion and approval of Awards Management and the jury.  
  • If at any time, including after the conclusion of any of the Award ceremonies, any information provided by any Nominee(s), is found to be incorrect in any manner, then the Nominee will be liable to be disqualified and / or return the Award and the monetary emoluments provided to the Nominee under this Award, if any
  • Applications are accepted after paying an entry fee amount of INR 5000/- per entry. The entry fee amount is non-refundable.
  • All application forms will proceed for evaluation only if the entry fee is paid. If the applicant is not shortlisted for further rounds the fees is non-refundable
  • ASSOCHAM is not will not be responsible for any loss of money or cancellation or delay of the awards due to any unavoidable reason


  • The Jury may modify the eligibility criteria from time to time with retrospective effect
  • The Jury holds the right to disqualify any application which does not meet the eligibility criteria without assigning any reason whatsoever.
  • The decision of the Jury will be final and binding to all. Jury can also decide, if they find, to give award to any application in any other category if they feel it is more relevant there.

5. Completeness of entries and disqualification

  • Applicants can apply across all categories and send multiple entries with different initiative /project in a category. A separate form must be used for each entry
  • Application forms must be filled in English only
  • The application form needs to be complete in all respects.
  • Disqualification of entries is at the sole discretion of jury. The said disqualification will be as per the rules and regulations defined for the Awards.
  • If at any time, any information provided by any applicant is found to be incorrect, false or fabricated in any manner, then the applicant will be disqualified from the awards.
  • If after the conclusion of the awards ceremony, any information provided by any applicant is found to be incorrect in any manner, then the applicant will be liable to return the award provided to the applicant under these awards
  • The jury has the right to ask for documentary proof of information provided/ audit the information provided. If such a request is made and the applicant does not comply within 3 days from the date the request is made, the applicant would be disqualified from the awards

6. Call for Entries & Participation

  • Applicant can apply for the Awards by submitting the completed application form on the website
  • An Applicant can provide more than one entry in an Award category if the entries are for different initiatives. A separate application form must be used for each initiative
  • The Jury has right to reclassify Application Forms from one award category to another, at its discretion. This is not contestable in any manner

7. Receipt of entries

  • A participant can apply for the Awards by logging on to the website and filling the application form online and attach the supporting documents along with the application form directly on the website. The Awards Management is not liable for entries that are not received due to any reasons attributable to any system errors, downtime or malfunctions or if the participant is not able to upload and submit the entry on the website due to any other reasons. Any entry will be considered as received by the Awards Management only.
  • Last date for receiving completed application forms is 23:59 hrs on 15/12/2020
  • Receipt of application forms after last date of receipt specified may be permitted only at the discretion of the awards management
  • Awards management will not be responsible for application forms that are received in an incorrect format / late / corrupt file etc.

8. Additional Information

  • Participants may be contacted for any additional information or / and conduct field visit to verify the information provided. Such information sourced from the Participants will become part of the original application.
  • Awards Management has the right to ask for documentary proof of information. If such a request is made and the Participant does not comply within 3 working days from the date the request is made, the Participant may be disqualified from participation in the Awards
  • Information provided by the Participant will be confidential and will be used only for the limited purpose of evaluating the Participant’s entry to these Awards
  • Awards Management or team appointed by Awards Management will try to contact the Participant on best effort basis by any means deemed appropriate
  • In the event it is not possible to contact any Participant to obtain information on them, interview them, etc. such Participant may be disqualified from further participation
  • The participant hereby irrevocably authorizes the Awards Management to use the data gathered during and/or the Awards in respect of the participants. This shall be the property of ASSOCHAM shall be entitled to use the same in its communications including marketing promotions and advertisements along with/without ASSOCHAM brand.
  • Awards Management shall not be liable in any manner for any mishap, accident, injury or damages etc. of whatsoever nature, caused to the participants during the Awards. Further, Awards Management shall not be liable in any manner for any loss, damage, theft, or any other mishap caused during the Awards

9. Determination of the Winners

  • The final jury will score / rank the Nominees on predefined evaluation parameters, based on the application form / presentation submitted by the participants
  • There could be one or more winners in each award category, at the discretion of the Jury
  • The determination of who should receive an award for any award category rests with the Jury
  • The Jury’s decision is final and binding on all nominees

10. General

  • Participant agrees that the Participant is legally capable of entering and, if selected, participating in the Awards and agree to the Rules
  • Participant understands and agrees that merely participating in this Awards does not entitle the Participant to a prize or to any other form of consideration
  • Participant warrants and represents to the Awards Management that all information including any communications, software, photos, text, video, graphics, music, sounds, images and other material submitted or recorded in any manner by the Participant or the partners of Awards Management including Awards Management for consideration for the Awards are solely owned by the Awards Management and do not infringe upon any other individual or organizational rights (including, without limitation, intellectual property rights). Participant shall be completely responsible for handling any infringement or alleged infringement and shall indemnify the ASSOCHAM, and the Awards Management from any claims, costs or damages from infringement or alleged infringement of the logo or trademark or the defence of a claim or any costs payable thereof
  • Participant must enter the Awards at their own will and the Awards Management are not in any way obligated or liable for any loss or costs that the Participant may suffer or incur and nothing is payable to the Participants for participating in the Awards or any event prior to or following the Awards
  • Participants for the purpose of entering the Awards, automatically grants ASSOCHAM a royalty-free, irrevocable, worldwide, non-transferable, non-exclusive right and license to use and display such entry, for participation in the Awards, and any intellectual property in relation to and arising out of such participation in the Awards and footage thereof, which shall include trade publications, press releases, electronic posting to the Website, the ASSOCHAM website in any display format selected by ASSOCHAM during the Awards or use by ASSOCHAM as it deems fit. 
  • The Awards Management reserves the right to, at its discretion, withdraw or amend or add to the Rules & Regulations of the Awards at any time, with prospective or retrospective effect, and does not take responsibility for any loss or damage that any individual or organization may suffer as a result of participating or attempting to participate in the Awards, the Awards being withdrawn, or its rules amended
  • Should a Participant wish to withdraw from the Awards, kindly inform Awards management in writing at any time up but before 15th December 2020.
  • All disputes relating to or arising out of the Awards shall be subject to the laws of India, and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of competent jurisdiction at Delhi, India
  • The Participants indemnify ASSOCHAM, its employees, officers, contractors, partner or other persons used by them in relation to this Awards and hold them harmless against any loss, claim, demands, costs, damages, judgments, expenses or liability (including legal costs)  arising out of or in connection with any or all claims, that may be brought against the Awards Management by any third party in connection with the Participants participation in or winning the Awards, which is inconsistent with any of the warranties and representations made by the Participants, or due to breach of these Rules and shall reimburse ASSOCHAM for any loss, costs, expense, or damage to which said indemnity applies. ASSOCHAM shall give the Participant prompt written notice of any claim or actions covered by this indemnity, and the Participant shall have the right, at its own expense, to participate in any such action
  • Decision of Awards Management on all matters is final and binding on all Participants and no correspondence will be entertained on the same
  • In the event these Rules & Regulations do not cover any question or complaint in relation to the Awards, the same will be concluded on by the Awards Management (for all other issues) or an independent body or legal team as appointed by the Awards Management and deemed necessary
  • The Participant agrees to give full consent unconditionally for ASSOCHAM to share any information provided by the Participant with agencies working with them with regards to the program, its recording and broadcasting and related activities including agencies involved with ASSOCHAM
  • The decision of ASSOCHAM in relation to the interpretation of any of these Rules & Regulations shall be final and binding on the participants
  • If Participants are unclear as to the Rules & Regulations or any element of the Awards or have any queries/concerns pertaining to the Awards, they can write in with their questions, concerns or queries to the concerned person details in the contact us section
  • ASSOCHAM shall endeavour to the best of its ability to respond thereto.

11. Website

  • The website is only an informational website (the “Website”) for the Awards. ASSOCHAM is not liable or responsible for any action or decision taken by Participant or anyone acting on Participant’s behalf or under Participant employment or under contract with Participant. ASSOCHAM shall not be under any obligation to Participant and Participant shall have no obligation or rights in relation to the Awards and shall have no claims whatsoever against the ASSOCHAM relating to the selection process or the running of the Awards
  • ASSOCHAM shall not be responsible for:
    • any delivery, failures relating to the registration or uploading videos/presentations;
    • any SPAM generated messages as result of Participant accessing the Website;
    • Awards Management not receiving or rejecting any data;
    • any lost, late or misdirected computer transmission or network, electronic failures of any kind or any failure to receive entries owing to transmission failures or due to any technical reasons and
    • Other conditions/situations or failures beyond its control.

12. Disclaimers

  • Awards Management has no obligation to screen the entry material in advance and is not responsible for monitoring entries for preventing violation of intellectual property ownership rights, or violations of any law, rule or regulation. If Awards Management is notified of submissions or materials that may not conform to the Rules, it may investigate the allegation and determine in good faith and in its sole discretion whether to eliminate such an entry from consideration. The Awards Management has no liability or responsibility to Participants or other users of the Website for performance or non-performance of such activities.

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