Lyft Level 5 Challenge Terms and Conditions

Welcome to the Lyft Level 5 Challenge!

These Terms and Conditions ("Terms") apply to Lyft Level 5 Challenge (referred to as a "Contest"). Please read these Terms carefully as they form a binding legal agreement between you and Lyft, Inc., located at 185 Berry Street, Suite 5000, San Francisco, California 94107, United States (Lyft") with respect to the Contest.

The rules for rounds of Lyft Level 5 Challenge vary and we may post specific rules ("Rules") for a Contest on the Contest website, which become part of these Terms and your agreement with us with respect to the Contest.


The words "include" and "including" as used in these Terms mean "including but not limited to."

  1. Eligibility:

    1. You may participate in the online Contest if you are 13 years of age or older at the time of registration. For the Final Round which shall take place at Lyft HQ in the San Francisco Bay Area,  you must be 18 years of age or older at the time of registration and reside in the San Francisco Bay Area to be eligible.

    2. Employees of Lyft, Inc. (“Sponsor” or “Judges”), as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of those employees, are not eligible to enter.

    3. You do not need any purchase to enter or win the Contest. In order to enter the Contest, you must have an access to the Internet, and a valid email address.

    4. In order to receive a prize, you must provide your name, phone number, a valid mailing address, and any other information Lyft may need to award or send you a prize.

    5. Lyft will endeavor to disperse prizes to all eligible prize recipients. You understand that there may be rare circumstances in which Lyft is unable to disperse a prize due to applicable legal restrictions.

    6. Lyft reserves the right to verify your eligibility and to adjudicate on any dispute at any time. You agree to provide Lyft with any proof of eligibility requested by Lyft and your refusal or failure to provide such proof within 10 calendar days of Lyft's request will result in your disqualification from the Contest and forfeiture of any prizes.

  2. Entry Period:  The Contest consists of two Rounds: Elimination Round and Final Round. The online Elimination Round begins at  10:00AM PT 2018 and ends at 12:30PM PT on October 7, 2018. Registration can be found here.   The onsite Final Round which shall take place at Lyft HQ in the San Francisco Bay Area begins at 10:00AM PT and ends at 12:30AM PT on November 4, 2018. Registration can be found here.  Entries submitted before or after the these periods will not be eligible. Judge’s computers is the official time-keeping devices for the Contest.

  3. How to Enter:  To enter the Contest, you must register at the Contest website and provide the required information about yourself. You may only register for the Contest with one valid email address. If you compete in the same Contest with multiple email addresses, you will be disqualified. Lyft reserves the right to change or omit contestant screen names or nicknames for purposes of publication on Lyft websites or listserv, particularly if they are, in Lyft's sole opinion, obscene or violate the intellectual property rights of others.

  4. Winner Determination: Official and detailed rules are posted at The solutions you submit will be judged as follows. Each problem is worth a certain value of points. A value decreases during a round, unsuccessful solution attempts also decrease a value. During a round a participant can find mistakes in opponent's solution submitting a test against it (called “hack”). A successful hack increases points earned by a participant. Your score for a round will be the sum of the points you earned in that round for each problem you correctly solved plus additional points for successful hacks. You will not be awarded additional points for solving the same problem multiple times. Contestants will be ranked in order of the highest score first and lowest score last. Results posted on the Contest website are not definitive and may change, for example, due to disqualifications or judging of discrepancies in answers. If you qualify for advancement, you will be notified by email at least one day before the following round whether you have advanced. This email notification is the only official notice of advancement. The results of the final round of the Contest will be posted on the Contest website after its completion. Posted results will include a list of the contestants' names or nicknames in ranked order based on their scores.

  5. Potential Winner Requirements:  Except where prohibited, a potential winner may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release. If the Sponsor does not already have one on file, each potential winner may be required to sign and return to the Sponsor a completed Form W 9 (“W-9”) for tax reporting purposes, in order to claim his/her Prize. If a potential winner fails to sign and return these documents within the required time period, an alternate potential winner may be selected in his/her place in a random drawing of all remaining entries received. If the potential winner fails to respond within 24 hours or if the notification is returned as undeliverable or fails to reach the potential winner for any reason, the potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected at Sponsor’s sole discretion, who will be subject to disqualification in the same manner.

  6. Prizes:  The  top one hundred (100) Winners in the Elimination round will each receive a Lyft Level 5 Challenge t-shirt, approximate value of $15 for each t-shirt, total approximate value of all t-shirts is $1,500 USD.  Winners of the Final round will receive Visa giftcards equal to $2000 for 1st place, $1000 for 2nd place and $500 for 3rd place (the “Prize”). In case of ties, the Prizes will be determined by the Sponsor. A winner is responsible for paying any applicable income taxes and any and all other fees, costs and expenses not listed above. Any Prize details not specified above will be determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. A Prize may not be transferred and must be accepted as awarded, and any difference between approximate and actual Prize value will not be awarded. A winner may not request cash or a substitute prize; however, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a Prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the Prize is not available for any reason, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. If the Prize(s) include ticket to an event, transportation to and from the event and lodging will not be included, unless expressly stated otherwise.

  7. License Grant:  While you retain ownership of the code you create, by entering the Contest, you grant Sponsor, its agents, licensees, and assigns, an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive right and permission to reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, modify, create derivative works of, exhibit, and otherwise use your Entry as-is or as-edited (with or without your name, image and likeness) in any media throughout the world for any purpose, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation or approval from you.

  8. General Conditions:  In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; or (b) award the Prizes at random from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the operation of the Contest, violates these Official Rules, or acts in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any person who seeks to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest. Failure by Sponsor to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited. By entering the contest, you agree and consent to the receipt and use of any data related to your participation, including personal information and photographs or video imagery, by Lyft for the purposes of administering and promoting the contest, recruiting and hiring, and any other terms included in the Lyft Privacy Policy (

  9. Release and Limitations of Liability:  By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Apple, Google, Visa and each of its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any Prize, including, but not limited to (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (b) technical errors related to computers, servers, providers, or telephone or network lines; (c) technical errors that may prevent an individual from participating or receiving direct messages related to the Contest; (d) printing errors; (e) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail; (f) errors in the administration of the Contest or the processing of posts; or (g) injury or damage to persons or property. You further agree that in any cause of action, in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorneys’ fees or other legal costs. You waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, or indirect damages. All potential winners are subject to verification by Sponsor, whose decisions are final and binding in all matters related to this Contest. An entrant is not a winner of any Prize, even if the Contest should so indicate, unless and until entrant’s eligibility and the potential winning Entry has been verified and entrant has been notified that verification is complete. Sponsor will not accept alternative evidence of winning in lieu of its validation process.

  10. Disputes:  You agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any Prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by arbitration pursuant to the rules of the American Arbitration Association. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of California, except as preempted by FAA, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of California or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than California.  In the event of any conflict between this provision and the dispute resolution and arbitration agreement in the Lyft Terms of Service, the Lyft Terms of Service shall govern.

  11. Sponsor:  The Contest is sponsored by Lyft, Inc., 185 Berry Street, Suite 5000, San Francisco, California 94107. The Contest is not sponsored by, endorsed by, administered by, or associated with Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Apple, Google, and Visa.