Hackathon Rules and Resources

Hackathon Rules

  1. The primary objective of the event is to meet people while having fun building something new. Don’t do anything that would detract from the fairness or fun of the event.
  2. The bulk of the construction should happen during the scheduled collaboration time frame. It’s not going to be a fun event if some teams show up on Sunday with super-elaborate projects that they’ve been working on for months. Teams that do this will be automatically disqualified.
  3. Brainstorming, planning, and mock ups are fine to prepare in advance of the Hackathon Event. You are also allowed to consider what APIs and third party services you plan to use.
  4. You can use whatever tools and spaces are at your disposal. You’re strongly encouraged to attend the Hackathon Workshops and work at the Hackathon Weekend event location because that’s where the real excitement and energy will be! In order to qualify for the prizes, you and your team must be present meet with the judges to present your project on the last day of the Hackathon event. 
  5. Projects must be submitted to by 10pm on Saturday.  Instructions for submitting these projects will be provided during the Hackathon Event. 
  6. Each participant may compete on one team only- not on multiple teams/projects. Teams will be limited to 2-5 people per team to keep competition fair and healthy. Please list all team members that contributed to your project on your presentation in the “Team Members” slide, even if they did not officially sign up for the hackathon. It is not fair to receive extra outside help without disclosing that information so the judges can take that into consideration (don’t try to make it look like 2 people did the work of 4).
  7. Inappriorate content or languarge will not be tolerated.  Curtisey and respect is expected of all participants.
  8. Anyone in violation of these rules (at the organizer’s discretion) will be asked to leave and their project will be deemed ineligible compete. 


We have put together some resources to get you moving in the right direction. Take some time to browse through the examples and links to other useful tools and resources.

Pitch examples

2020 Best Overall pitch deck:    Student Pulse

Tool Downloads

Educational Resources

 General coding and design resource –w3school.com

Mobile app builders

Team Resources

Team form: This is the form you will use to create and define your team and the roles each member will fill.  Hackathon Team Form

Team Rubric: This is the form that the judges will use to score your final project. This will give your team an idea of what the judges are looking for what what aspects of the process hold more weight.  Hackathon Rubric