Teams

Teams can be anywhere from four to six members.

If you're looking for fellow teammates, direct message participants here on DevPost. Or, simply show up with the event and we'll make sure you find a great team to join. Others are looking for teams, too!

Code, Design, SFX, Music, etc

To ensure a level field for all contestants, all code, design, art, music, SFX, and business assets must be created during the duration of the Hackathon. This is a "fresh material" policy. We want to ensure that all participants start off on the same footing and we also want to preserve the true nature of a hackathon. You are, however, free to make plans, create wireframes, and brainstorm prior to the event. The only exception to this rule would include material that is freely available to the public. Some examples of this would be: public domain images, creative commons music, open source libraries. We take this rule very seriously for the sake of all members attending the event. Failure to comply may result in the offending team's disqualification.

APIs, Services, and Open Source

The exception to the above rule is that you are encouraged to use 3rd party services, APIs, open source projects, libraries, and frameworks. Let's face it, we need all the help we can get during the hectic event. There's no need to break digital rights rules when there are so many great free and open resources available to all Hackers. 

Ownership

All teams retain full ownership of what they have created during the Hackathon. UMSLHack is here to help entrepreneurs realize their dreams, not destroy them.  Intellectual Property rights are equally divided amongst all team members on the submit at the time of submission to Devpost.

Prizes

  • May be claimed up to 30 days after the event.
  • Must follow all taxation laws. 

Alcohol

There will be no alcohol served or allowed at the event. 

Be Respectful

Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and racist, sexist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for this event*.

* Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Be Thoughtful

You will be pitching to judges and other attendees, please make sure your content is appropriate. You will present your idea to an audience who is explicitly prepared to experience your presentation in a safe and/or designated area.

Be Open 

We welcome attendees from all backgrounds. This event is about increasing the overall amount of innovation, partnership, and engagement in the hackathon community.

Be Awesome & Have Fun

Hack, meet new people, get creative, and have a good time. Getting something meaningful done within such a short amount of time can be stressful, but we'd like to encourage everyone to take a break every now and then to relax and enjoy the event. 

**Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the Hackathon at the sole discretion of the Hackathon organizers. Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.

Code of Conduct  

  • Our hackathon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of the following: gender; gender identity and expression; age; sexual orientation; disability; physical appearance; body size; race; ethnicity; nationality; religion; previous hackathon attendance or lack thereof; computing experience or lack of; chosen programming language or tech stack
  • We do not tolerate harassment of hackathon participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate at any hackathon venue, this includes the following: hacks; talks, presentations, or demos; workshops; any parties associated to the hackathon; social media; any other online media
  • All participants, mentors, and volunteers must comply with the safety and security procedures of the University of Missouri-Saint Louis campus.
  • Mentors and volunteers are here to help everyone have a better experience. Please treat them with respect.  If a team has a specific problem or greivance with a volunteer or mentor they can address those in the slack channel at umslhack17.slack.com
  • In the spirit of learning please share all resources including: work spaces, mentors, hardware, and supplies with grace and professionalism.
  • Hackathon participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the hackathon at the sole discretion of the hackathon organizers.