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 http://hack-smc.org 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 http://hack-smc.org prior to the event.

Rules

  • 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.