We want to keep the rules as simple as possible, as our primary focus is to deliver a fun and cool event for everyone. But we have to set some simple rules to make it a honest and fair event for all:

Respect

This is, by all means, the most important rule. This is a very diverse environment, made up of many races, religions, sexual orientations, genders, and gender identities. Any behavior or presentation that objectifies or belittles others will be halted, with the presenters immediately disqualified and removed from the event. For more information surrounding our policies on harassment, please go to Major Leage Hacking as we will implement their excellent code of conduct.

Actually Build Something

This isn’t a slidedeck hackathon! Build and demonstrate a working project or prototype, don’t just show us screenshots and slides. Seriously, we will disqualify you.

Write Your Code Here

The project you present must be coded entirely during the Hackathon. The only exceptions are for publicly available frameworks/APIs and open-source code that has been available for at least a month. If it feels shady to use the code, don’t.

Submissions

All submitted Entries should directly address one or more of the event challenges, as described on our website to be eligible for posting. Entries not addressing a challenge will be posted publicly at our sole discretion. By submitting a solution, you grant us permission to display, copy, combine, compile, distribute and disseminate your Entry as needed to support the Event and audit your code. All Entries will be reviewed prior to posting. 

Code Audits

Participants will have their code audited to make sure it’s all new and legit, by a developer appointed by Imaging Mind. Your code belongs to you and we won’t share it with anyone, but we will want to see it if you win.

Track Your Code

Use Git or an equivalent to track your code as you write it. It’s good practice, and if it comes down to an audit, it’ll help you prove your code is new.

Build Something New And Great

This isn’t an opportunity to promote your team’s pre-existing product. Don’t tack one tiny feature onto your existing product and call it a day. Keep it honest and fair and build something new & exciting!

Present The Project You Submitted

You must present your hack as described in your submission – if you deviate from your accepted submission, we’ll have to boot you from the stage. Don’t submit one thing and then abuse the stage and respect of the audience to present something different.

Team Size Limit

We’re limiting the number of members per team at 5, in the interest of keeping things fair. You can also only be part of one team.

You Own The IP

All intellectual property rights of hacks produced at the event belong to the attendees, and not to the organisers, sponsors, or partners.

Some of these rules were kindly adopted from those in use at the TechCrunch Disrupt hackathon. Our full legal terms will be published on http://www.hackthevisual.com/legal-terms. The most important take-away here is: you own the IP, be nice to each other and finally, regarding privacy, you will be at a public event that will be photographed and filmed. Hacks can be promoted and exhibited after the event (with credits and for non-commercial use only). If you have problems with that, please stay home ;)