Hackathon for Humanity Rules

General Information

Hackathon for Humanity (H4H) is hosted by the Computer Science department at Missouri S&T in honor of the department’s 50th anniversary. In this event, teams will develop programs and apps designed to help their local community. Unlike other Hackathons, Hackathon for Humanity will be hosted remotely over three weeks. Final Submissions will be judged by a combination of Missouri S&T Alumni and entrepreneurs.

Email questions to h4h@mst.edu.

Official Hackathon Rules

Team Formation

  1. Team members may participate remotely

  2. Teams must have between 1 and 5 participants with the following restrictions:
    • Teams must have at least one Missouri S&T student enrolled as a Computer Science major for Fall semester 2015
    • Teams may have no more than two alumni members
    • Teams may have at most one member who is Missouri S&T faculty or staff
    • Competitors may be a member of at most one team
    • Every team member must be one of the following:
      • Currently enrolled Missouri S&T student
      • Current Missouri S&T staff
      • Current Missouri S&T faculty
      • Missouri S&T alumni
  3. All team members must be registered with the Hackathon website.

  4. Teams must be formed on the Hackathon for Humanity website.

  5. Judges and hackathon organizers are ineligible to participate in the Hackathon.

  6. Any team that does not meet eligibility requirements may be disqualified.

  7. Winning teams will have eligibility checked before prizes are awarded. Note: if a single member does not meet eligibility requirements, the entire team is considered to be ineligible in totality.

  8. All team names, project names, project descriptions, submissions, and other material must not contain profanity or offensive content.

Project Submission

  1. All submissions must be completed on the Hackathon website by 11:59:59 PM Central Time (Rolla Time) on 9/21/2015. Submissions after this deadline will not be considered for judging.

  2. All submitted projects must run on one or more of the following platforms:
    • Android KitKat (or newer)
    • iOS 7 (or newer)
    • modern browsers
  3. All submissions must include project source code licensed as described in License and Copyright section. Source code should be submitted in a ZIP archive.

  4. All submissions must include instructions for execution.

  5. The submission must include a link to a YouTube or Vimeo video presenting the app. The video must be no longer than five minutes, and it must be private. We will only accept links. Please do not try to upload the actual video to the H4H website.

  6. Any teams with a submission over 128 megabytes in size should contact the event organizers at h4h@mst.edu at least 48 hours before the submission deadlines to discuss submission arrangements.

  7. Submissions must be original content

  8. Each team may make multiple submissions; however, only the submission closest to (but before) the submission deadline will be presented to the judges.

  9. In addition to source code, submissions must include the app in its most portable form (or for web apps, a link to the app) to facilitate judging. Mobile applications must be ready to install (Android APK or iOS IPA), and web applications must be hosted and accessible to judges.


  1. Prizes will be awarded to eligible teams as follows:
    • First place team will receive $1000
    • Second place team will receive $600
    • Third place team will receive $400
  2. Prize money will be awarded per team and will be divided evenly among team members.

  3. Winners are encouraged, but not required, to attend the Hackathon awards ceremony in order to receive prizes.

  4. Winners will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Quality and user-friendliness of the design
    • Look and feel of the final submission
    • Innovativeness and creativity
    • How well the entry addresses real societal problems
    • Quality of product presentation/video
    • Robustness and functionality of the submitted project
  5. Contest prizes will be directly awarded to the individual members of winning teams and are non-transferable. Winners will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to contest prizes.

  6. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges. By submitting any Missouri S&T Hackathon for Humanity Entry, entrants release Missouri S&T, Sponsors, their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, representatives, agents, students, and advisors from any and all liability for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the decisions of the judges.
  1. All submissions to the Missouri S&T Hackathon for Humanity must be licenced under the MIT License. The license must be applied as explained by choosealicense.com. The purpose of this is to make projects easily accessible to the communities that the submissions are designed to help. Note that this is a very permissive license, and the authors are free to use, modify, distribute, etc. their software as they see fit.

  2. Teams will have the option of making their project ideas public or private until judging. If any team publicizes their idea, they understand that other teams may develop on a similar idea and present it as their own.

  3. By submitting a Missouri S&T Hackathon for Humanity Entry you represent and warrant the following: (a) you will not submit content that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner; (b) you will not publish falsehoods or misrepresentations that could damage Missouri S&T, Sponsors, or any third party; (c) you will not submit content that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, violate any law, or is otherwise inappropriate or destructive to sponsors’ brand image or goodwill; (d) you will not post advertisements or solicitations of business; (e) Missouri S&T will not be obligated to pay any compensation to, or permit any participation by, any third party in connection with the use, reproduction, modification, publication, display or other exploitation of any of the content that you submit; and (f) the submitted content must not contain any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, disabling devices, malicious, or harmful code.

By entering this contest, you agree to be bound by these Official Hackathon Rules. The Official Hackathon Rules will be posted here. You further agree to be bound by the decisions of event organizers and the judges which shall be final and binding in all respects. Hackathon organizers reserves the right, at their discretion, to disqualify any individual that tampers or attempts to tamper with Hackathon for Humanity Entry process or any aspect of the Hackathon; violates these rules; or acts in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to abuse, threaten, or harass any other person.

Modifications to These Rules

Modifications to these rules can be found on GitHub. It is the responsibility of interested parties to check for changes to this and other Hackathon documents.