Patch Forward Prize

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Luminary Labs LLC (Luminary Labs) may update this Privacy Policy periodically. Please check for updates when accessing this site in the future. Please contact us at should you have any comments or questions about this Privacy Policy.


Thank you for visiting This Privacy Policy details how information on this website is collected and used by Luminary Labs and BARDA. By visiting this site, you are agreeing to the terms of this Privacy Policy. (referred to as the “website,” “prize website”, or “site”) is organized and hosted by Luminary Labs. This is not a government website and BARDA Privacy Policy does not apply to this site., including the services provided through this website, are properties of Luminary Labs. Therefore, throughout this Privacy Policy the words “we,” “us,” “our,” and the “Organizer” refer to Luminary Labs.

Any individual or team that submits an entry to the Patch Forward Prize (“the prize”) will collectively be referred to as “you,” “team,” “your,” “your team,” or “entrant,” throughout this Privacy Policy. All entry information and submissions, including team and submission details, shall be collectively referred to herein as the “submissions” or each as a “submission.”

The prize website is not directed at children, and Luminary Labs and BARDA do not knowingly collect any information from individuals under the age of 13. Additionally, you must be 18 years of age or older to enter the prize.

Information collected

Luminary Labs and BARDA may collect personal information about site visitors in order to conduct the prize. We will not collect personally identifiable information about you unless you choose to register for the prize or sign up for the prize newsletter. We do not give, share, sell, or transfer any personally identifiable information to a third party.

You will be asked to provide personally identifiable information (such as your name, email address, phone number, and professional affiliations) when creating a submission to the prize. To enter the prize, you will also be required to submit non-personally identifiable information including, but not limited to, the name of your submission, description of your submission, images representing your submission, and answers to specific questions posed on the submission form. All submitted information is used only for the expressed purposes for which it is intended and is not made available to any third party.

If, during your visit, you only browse through the website, read pages, or download information, our website’s operating system will automatically record some general information about your visit. 

During your visit, web services will record information that may include but is not limited to:

  • The internet domain for your internet service (such as “” or “”)
  • The type of browser that you are using (such as “Chrome version X” or “Internet Explorer version X”)
  • The type of operating system that you are using (such as Macintosh, Unix, or Windows)
  • The date and time you visit our site, and your activity on the site
  • The address of the previous website you were visiting, if you arrived at our site via a link from another website
  • The city, state, and or country you are browsing from
  • We use this information for statistical analysis, to help us make our site more useful to visitors. This tracking system does not record information about individuals.

Use of information

Luminary Labs and BARDA may use your personally identifiable information for the purposes of conducting the prize and communicating with you about the prize. Luminary Labs and BARDA will not share with other external entities information submitted to or collected by Luminary Labs and BARDA, except with the judges for the purposes of evaluating entries and nominating winners. When the winners have been confirmed, Luminary Labs and BARDA will share the name and professional affiliations of the winners as disclosed by these entrants in the submission form. No other entrants’ personally identifiable information will be shared with the public.

BARDA will not share with other external entities information submitted to or collected by Luminary Labs or BARDA, except for with partners participating in the prize, and publicizing the prize recipients. When the prize winners have been confirmed, BARDA will have the right to share the prize winners’ names, affiliations (such as school, organization, or company), cities, and states of residence with the public. No other contestants’ personally identifiable information will be shared with the public.

Third-party sharing resulting from legal processes

As required by law, Luminary Labs and BARDA may share your information when legally compelled to do so. This may include sharing with government entities or third parties in response to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal processes. Luminary Labs and BARDA may also disclose personally identifiable information in order to protect and defend our legal rights, or defend against legal claims that have been, or may be brought against us.

Additionally, Luminary Labs and BARDA may share this information in order to protect the rights, property, or safety of you or another person. In this instance, we may share your personally identifiable information with law enforcement or another entity we feel, in our judgment, may be able to protect you or the other person. Finally, should BARDA, or Luminary Labs reasonably feel that any activities are unlawful we will report these activities to law enforcement.

Security of your information

Luminary Labs takes appropriate measures to secure and protect the privacy of your information. All information will be housed on the secure servers of Luminary Labs’ data storage provider. These servers are protected with generally available security technologies, including firewalls and data encryption. However, as no method of storing data is completely secure, we cannot guarantee that your information will never be accessed or used in a manner that is inconsistent with this Privacy Policy. As a contractor to BARDA, Luminary Labs will share information with BARDA. All such information will be housed on secured government systems that comply with federal information management policies.


Like many websites, our site uses “cookie” technology to collect the website activity data listed above. When you visit any website, its server may generate a piece of text known as a “cookie” to place on your computer. Placing cookie text allows websites to “remember” visitors’ preferences, surfing patterns, and behavior while they are connected.

There are two types of cookies, single-session (session) and multi-session (persistent). Session cookies last only as long as your web browser is open. Once you close your browser, the cookie disappears. Persistent cookies are stored on your computer for longer periods. If you do not wish to have session or persistent cookies stored on your machine, you can opt out or disable cookies in your browser.

We use a third-party analytics provider (Google Analytics) to analyze the data collected through the session and persistent cookies. The third-party analytics provider does not receive personally identifiable information through these cookies and does not combine, match, or cross-reference site information with any other information. Please see the Google Analytics Terms of Service for more information on their Privacy Policy


This Privacy Policy pertains to information on If you follow a link to another website, you will not be bound by this Privacy Policy while visiting that site, but by the policy of the site you will be visiting. These other sites may send their own cookies to users, collect data, or solicit personal information.

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