•   over 8 years ago

How much research and design is allowed prior to competition?

I'm very excited about this hackathon but any solution would probably require more topical research than 2 days with a lawyer can provide. I'm wondering how much research and app design can happen prior to the competition? How much code (if any) can be written prior to the competition given that the app is still built exclusively for the hackathon? Thanks!


  • Manager   •   over 8 years ago

    @Jookyboi - we will be adding the rules soon and will address this question.

  •   •   over 8 years ago

    I second this question.

  • Manager   •   over 8 years ago

    Sorry for the delay in getting the rules posted. The rules will require all submissions to the hackathon be original and the work product must be produced within the time span of the hackathon. Judges may, in their sole discretion, disqualify any submission that they have reason to believe was substantially created before the start time of the hackathon.

    Teams are not permitted to begin actual coding or other work on their submission until 9:01 am on August 7, 2014. However, teams are permitted to brainstorm solutions and put design concepts to paper before the hackathon officially begins.

  •   •   over 8 years ago

    Jill, Sorry I have a question for clarifications sake. Could we use open source code that is freely available online once the hackathon begins? Would one be able to use code that one had previously written, but was not written for use in the hackathon that may be useful in this project?

    I just want to fully understand the limits with regard to source code.


  • Manager   •   over 8 years ago

    @flooie: Yes, you can use open source code.
    As for what has been previously written: We do not want participants to submit something that they've done substantial work on prior to the hackathon.

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