All participants must sign the Terms of Participation agreement prior to participating in the event. Participants under age 18 must have the Terms of Participation agreement signed by a parent/guardian. The Terms of Participation agreement will be available on the event website at prior to the event and will be emailed to all registered participants on May 19.

Key dates

  • April 4, 2016 registration opens for Early Bird Registration, first 100 registered receive $49 AWS credit and eligible to win special early bird door prizes
  • May 1, 2016 Early Bird Discount ends, regular ticket sales begins
  • May 18, 2016 registration closes
  • May 19, 2016 Terms of Participation agreement emailed to registered participants, please bring a signed copy of the agreement to the event to expedite your check-in.
  • May 21, 2016 Hack SMC hackathon, first round winners announced
  • September 10, 2016 Hack SMC Apps Challenge winners grand prize round

The rules below are preliminary. The final rules will be posted on the event website at prior to the event.


  • Entries must use one dataset from the County's open data portal or create a new dataset that could be loaded and maintained on County's open data portal
  • Entries can be a design, clickable prototype, video of an app on a simulator, or a functioning application
  • Apps should be submitted as links using the Hack SMC Devpost page [link]
  • Pitches for entries can be supported by a video or slide deck. Materials should be submitted using the Hack SMC Devpost page [link]
  • Entries can run on any platform (Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows, web)
  • Judges will prefer entries that address the County's published areas of interest, but you are welcome to submit solutions to any issues you see fit
  • Existing apps, including those that have been modified or updated, will be accepted
  • Apps do not need to be available publicly. Testing will take place at the Hack SMC App Challenge winners grand prize round 9/10/16
  • Apps should be freely available and may not be supported by adversiting
  • Contestants may submit more than one entry
  • Other stuff from 2015's Terms of Participation form

Submission Rights & Display

  • San Mateo County reserves the right to use the winners’ names to promote Hack SMC and display the entry on County websites

Prizes & Winner Selection

  • Prizes areTBD, will be announced prior to event
  • All participants in attendance are eligible to win door prizes, early bird ticket holders eligible for special door prizes
  • Winners are required to pay taxes on prize money
  • Participants must be a resident of the United States, have a United States tax identification number, or have citizenship in a country that has a valid tax agreement with the United States
  • Prizes will be awareded based on: if the solution meets a need within San Mateo County, how well the solution solves the stated issue, does the entry use a dataset from the County's open data portal or create a dataset that could be added to the open data portal and updated regularly
  • Prizes will be awarded based on judges' discretion 

Code of Conduct

We expect all Hack SMC related events:

  • Are a safe and respectful environment for all participants.
  • Are a place where people are free to fully express their identities.
  • Presume the value of others. Everyone’s ideas, skills, and contributions have value.
  • Don’t assume everyone has the same context, and encourage questions.
  • Find a way for people to be productive with their skills (technical and not) and energy. Use language such as “yes/and”, not “no/but.”
  • Encourage members and participants to listen as much as they speak.
  • Strive to build tools that are open and free technology for public use. Activities that aim to foster public use, not private gain, are prioritized.
  • Prioritize access for and input from those who are traditionally excluded from the civic process.
  • Work to ensure that the community is well-represented in the planning, design, and implementation of civic tech. This includes encouraging participation from women, minorities, and traditionally marginalized groups.
  • Actively involve community groups and those with subject matter expertise in the decision-making process.
  • Ensure that the relationships and conversations between community members, the local government staff and community partners remain respectful, participatory, and productive.
  • Provide an environment where people are free from discrimination or harassment.