Datafest Team Participation Virtual Participation Rules Judges Awards FAQ


Participation:  Open to anyone.

Coding:  Teams may use existing tools and libraries but all of their project’s code must be new. Participants may form teams and pitch ideas prior to the event but all of the project’s code must be written during the event.

Deadlines: Each team must create a project page by 6 pm local time on Saturday, February 21, 2015 on this website (for the hackathons held on 21-22 February) and by 6 pm local time on Saturday, March 7, 2015 (for the hackathons held on 7-8 March.)  These project pages must be completed on Sunday of the weekend when your local hackathon is held,  by the time specified by the local organizer(s).

Presentation for Local Recognition: Presentations for Local Recognition: Local organizers determine the rules and structure of presentations at local events. Recognition  will be awarded at the discretion of local organizers. The top 2 projects at each location will be nominated for global prizes.

Presentation for Global Recognition: The winning teams nominated for global recognition must add a 3-minute Youtube presentation to their project page by  by midnight local time on March 8, 2015 (for the hackathons held on 21-22 February) and March 22 2015 (for the hackathons held on 7-8 March).  

Global Recognition Judging: Projects will be evaluated based on four criteria: usefulness, innovation, usability, and completeness

Copyright: Participants own the copyright to their code. Still, it is wonderful to share your code and data and we would love it if you open-source it. Each participant is solely responsible for any unauthorized use of third party intellectual property. Please note that the projects submitted for global recognition must be open-sourced and the code must be put on GitHub. 

Language: English is preferred  because it makes your work accessible to the largest number of people. It's also easier to find virtual collaborators if you have a shared language. Final projects must be submitted in English.