It is often only through engaging with external knowledge that one discovers an entirely new way forward. Equal to this idea, however, is the importance of maintaining professional honesty, integrity, and proper citation in all work, both on HeroX and in the wider world.
Therefore, by participating on the HeroX platform, all users must adhere to a strict integrity policy (The HeroX Intellectual Integrity Policy) in all HeroX spaces, including all submissions, pages and communications related to HeroX challenges both online and offline. Anyone who violates this integrity policy may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the HeroX team.
This integrity policy includes, but is not limited to, the following expectations:
The responsibility for learning proper forms of citation lies with the submitting individual and all team members. Users should familiarize themselves with common citation expectations and methods to ensure full compliance with the HeroX expectations of clear and complete attribution. Users who have questions about the adequate level of citation expected for a challenge submission should contact the Challenge Sponsor to clarify their concerns.
Users whose challenge submission contains any content that is either not their own or lacks clear attribution to its sources will be subject to disciplinary action. The same applies to any materials or communications in relation to the challenge that are found to be false or seriously misleading.
HeroX reserves the right to determine and increase the extent of disciplinary action taken against users and teams who violate the integrity policy, but the following minimum actions may be taken in these situations:
Additional disciplinary actions or responses to violations may be determined by HeroX on a case-by-case basis.
In total, HeroX hopes to promote the value and potential of crowdsourced innovation, but in doing so must also protect the intellectual integrity of all processes on the platform. Users who help defend the standard of conduct on HeroX, by creating submissions compliant with the highest forms of intellectual honesty and integrity, lead the charge for defining crowdsourcing’s place in the world of innovation. Adherence to the HeroX Intellectual Integrity Policy is designed to not only protect the integrity of this crowdsourcing system but also to elevate the professional quality of every user’s submission. For this reason, HeroX encourages and thanks all of its users for their adoption of this standard.