Terms and Conditions

Hack-a-thon weekend

Competition Rules and Code of Conduct

By entering, you agree to accept these terms and conditions, and warrant that you meet the entry requirements.  


You can register as a team or individual.Teams can be a mix of participants with three of four members. If you register as an individual you will be assigned to a team. Your contact information will be shared with team members. You can only be a member of one team. The competition opens at 9am April 29, 2017 and closes at 4pm April 30, 2017.


The Hack-a-thon competition judges will choose all winners. All submissions must be completed by the required time. No requests for extensions will be considered. To be eligible for prizes, submission of content must use the Google folder provided. Final arbiter is the judging panel whose decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. Judges are not eligible to compete for prizes.

 All Hack-a-thon entries will be judged by the Hack-a-thon Competition Judging Panel against certain criteria. The criteria may include:

Winners and awards

To be eligible for prizes, all entrants must be currently enrolled and studying at Griffith University this trimester (Trimester One, 2017).

To be eligible for prizes, all team members must be present when winners are announced. Judge's’ discretion applies to special circumstances.

Each winning entrant must provide their details to the Hack-a-thon organisers. Prize money must be evenly split between all team members of winning teams. Prizes must be collected in person from Griffith University Library. Proof of identification will be requested from the winner at the time they collect the prize. Visa gift card prizes have their expiration date denoted on the back of the gift card. Queries regarding use or redemption of the gift card should be directed to the card issuer. 

Read me.txt

To ensure a level field for all contestants, all code, design, art, music, SFX, and assets must be created during the duration of the Hack-a-thon. We want to ensure that all participants start off on the same footing and we also want to preserve the true nature of a Hack-a-thon. You are, however, free to make plans, create wireframes, and brainstorm prior to the event. This we encourage.

The only exception to this rule would include material that is freely available to the public. You are encouraged to use 3rd party services, APIs, public domain images, creative commons music, open source projects, libraries, and frameworks. There’s no need to break DRY rules when there are so many great resources available to all Hackers.  

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.

If your team qualifies for prizes, or is in the top three, the team could be subject to a code review to verify that there was no foul play.


Please engage with the contest in the ‘Hack-a-thon spirit’ and in good faith. You must not include submissions that are:

We reserve the right to reject submissions that do not comply with the letter and spirit of these rules.


Entrants consent to Hack-a-thon representatives using their name, likeness, image and/or voice in any media for an unlimited period of time, without remuneration, for any publicity and marketing purposes.


Under these terms and conditions, you assign all intellectual property rights in the material you create pursuant to your involvement in this competition, including the coding of any App that you may develop (hereafter, Competition IP) to Griffith University.  To avoid any doubt: 

You agree that all Competition IP that you create pursuant to this competition is original in nature, and hasn’t been copied or reproduced from any third party.


Griffith University makes no representations or warranties of any kind, expressed or implied, including warranties of accuracy, in regard to any submissions or links published on the Hack-a-thon website.

Griffith reserves the right to modify, suspend or cancel the Hack-a-thon if it cannot be run due to any reason beyond Griffith's control, or if Griffith determines that the integrity or administration of the event has been adversely affected due to circumstances beyond its control. Griffith may also disqualify any individual to tampers with the process.  

Griffith will not be liable for any loss, expense, damage or injury sustained by any entrant in connection with this event, the prize or redemption of the prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law (in which case, that liability is limited to the minimum allowable by law).

Any personal information you provide to Griffith in the course of entering the competition will be dealt with by Griffith in accordance with these terms and conditions and the University's Privacy Plan.  

Code of conduct

By participating in Hack-a-thon, as an observer or competitor, you agree to the following:

Be respectful to others

Be kind to others and treat others with respect. Do not abuse, stalk, harass or threaten others. Offensive comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion will not be tolerated. Do not disrupt other people or the event. Do not make inappropriate physical contact or pay unwelcome sexual attention to other participants.

If you feel uncomfortable, are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns; contact a Hack-a-thon organiser immediately.

Be thoughtful

In the spirit of innovation and inclusiveness, be mindful of others. Do not swear or make sexist, racist, or other exclusionary jokes which may be offensive to those around you. Behave in a way (only submit competition material) that is suitable for anyone to view.

Be respectful to the event

Keep the venue clean and tidy and use the rubbish and recycling bins as appropriate. Let the organisers know if there are any issues.

Follow the competition rules. Check the website and/or have a chat with one of the organisers if you are unclear on the competition rules.

Remember, the Hack-a-thon crew created this event for you. Do not do anything to ruin it or engage in any behavior that violates this code of conduct. The Hack-a-thon organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warnings or expulsion from the Hack-a-thon event. If you are removed from the event due to inappropriate behavior, you will no longer be eligible to compete for Hack-a-thon prizes.

Be amazing and enjoy yourself

Hack, innovate, create, and have a good time. Creating something meaningful 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. 

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