Hackathon DetailsYou must submit your team’s Hackathon entry via Devpost by 8:00am ET on Monday, September 20th. Your entry must consist of: (i) 3-6 slides outlining the solution and key findings; (ii)  the code used to explore the data or develop questions, (iii) cited data sources, borrowed code, models, or research references, and (iv) a short video explaining your results and processes. All materials related to the entry must be in English. Incomplete entries may be disqualified.

By participating in the Hackathon, you agree that, without compensation, Booz Allen may use any and all photographs, videos, voice recordings, or other media taken of me including derivative works thereof (collectively the “the Images”) and any reproduction of them in any form in any media whatsoever, whether now known or hereafter created, taken before, during and/or after the Hackathon.  I  also agree to assign and hereby assign and grant Booz Allen all right, title and interest in and permission to copyright, use, publish and republish the Images, and reproductions thereof, in any form, whether in whole, part or composite form, electronic, digital or conventional; blurred, altered or distorted; in color or black and white; video or otherwise for advertising, newsletters, marketing brochures, training materials and marketing materials, internal and external distribution or any other lawful purpose in any lawful manner anywhere in the world and/or on the worldwide web. I hereby waive any right to inspect or approve any final product of the Images.  I acknowledge that Booz Allen will rely on this permission, potentially at substantial cost, and I hereby agree not to assert any claim of any nature whatsoever against anyone relating to the exercise of the permission granted hereunder. Additionally, I waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising out of, or related to the use of any of the Images.  I have been advised that I am not required to be in the Images, and I have voluntarily appeared for the Images. All code created for the Hackathon must be generated and submitted pursuant to the MIT open source license in order for teams to be eligible to participate (“Code”).  Nothing in these Rule shall be interpreted as granting you permission to use or display the Booz Allen name, logo, or trademarks for any purposes.

Team OpportunityThis Hackathon invites participants to register as an individual or with a team. If you wish to register as a team, we ask that you work with a maximum of 6 eligible individuals per team. You will not be allowed to switch teams, or add or remove team members once registration is submitted. When registering for a team, each individual team member information must be submitted.

How the Winners will be DeterminedEligible submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges selected by Booz Allen (the “Judges”). Judges may be employees of Booz Allen or external, and may change before or during the judging period. Judging may take place in one or more rounds with one or more panels of Judges, at the discretion of Booz Allen. Each team must only submit one solution for judging.  The idea for each entry may have existed before the Hackathon, or as an app, but similar ideas or functionality to already existing apps will likely not be judged as highly as completely unique and original work.

Judging Process: Hack the Bay is an opportunity to bring people together around data to further Chesapeake Bay restoration, and we welcome all participants to contribute freely to the challenges outlined! To be competitive for the finalist selection, we recommend entrants consider these evaluation criteria:

  • Robustness:
    • How well did the team understand and address the challenge (in the context of CMC’s goals and Chesapeake Bay issues?)
    • How thoroughly did the team explain their methods (citing references and leveraging best practices in analysis/design?)
  • Scalability:
    • Can the work be reproduced (did the entry include relevant code/templates for developing the solution?)
    • How well can the solution be scaled over the Chesapeake Bay watershed?
  • Creativity:
    • How well did the solution address the challenge in a unique and compelling way?

Entries may be subject to a due diligence review at any time for eligibility and compliance with these Rules. Determination of eligibility and compliance is in Booz Allen’s sole discretion. The Judges’ decisions with respect to the winning teams and Booz Allen’s decisions with respect to all other matters pertaining to the Hackathon shall be final and binding.  If, in Booz Allen’s opinion, there is any suspected or actual evidence of electronic or non-electronic tampering with any portion of the Hackathon, or if a computer virus, bug, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical difficulties, or other failures compromise, corrupt, or otherwise affect the administration, integrity, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Hackathon, Booz Allen reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any registrant, participant, or team who tampers with any portion of the Hackathon; void any registrations submitted fraudulently; modify or suspend the Hackathon; or terminate the Hackathon.  Any attempt by a registrant, participant, team, or any other individual to deliberately damage any website, app, or undermine the legitimate operation of the Hackathon is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Booz Allen reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Allowed Technologies: Hackathon participants may use source code, sample code, libraries, SDKs, and APIs to support their entry as long as these technologies are: (i) Made publicly discoverable and available for public use in developing applications as of the Registration End Date and are still public as of the event; (ii) be indexed and reachable through Google’s search engine; (iii) be easily accessible (i.e., anyone can download or access if signup is required, access must be granted in less than 1 hour).  Booz Allen reserves the right to assess participants eligibility and compliance with these Rules at any point during the Hackathon.] If Booz Allen require any assistance in order to assess your compliance, you must promptly provide that assistance. If you do not provide the requested assistance in a timely manner, or if Booz Allen has reason to believe that you are not complying with the Rules, you may be disqualified, in Booz Allen’s sole discretion.

Prizes: The most compelling entries in each track will be invited to virtually present their findings to a distinguished panel from the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative, Booz Allen Hamilton, and other experts in the field. Winners will also be recognized in post-event press and publications about the event.

Participant Warranties and Obligations: Participation is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Participants are responsible for checking applicable laws and regulations in your jurisdiction before participating in the Hackathon to make sure your participation is legal. Booz Allen disclaims any and all liability or responsibilities for disputes arising between Hackathon participants.

By participating in the Hackathon, Participant represents and warrants that all information you provided is true and complete to the best of your knowledge, that you have the right and authority to participate in the Hackathon, and that your solution:

  • Is your own original work, or is used by permission, in which case full and proper credit and identity is given and the third party contributions are clearly identified with your solution;
  • Does not contain confidential information or trade secrets and is not the subject of a registered patent or pending patent application;
  • Does not violate or infringe upon the patent rights, industrial design rights, copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity;
  • Does not contain malicious code, such as viruses, timebombs, cancelbots, worms, Trojan horses or other potentially harmful programs or other material or information;
  • Does not and will not violate any applicable law, statute, ordinance, rule or regulation;
  • Does not trigger any reporting or royalty obligation to any third party; and
  • Was not previously published and has not won any other prize/award.

A breach of any of these warranties will result in the corresponding entry being invalid.

How Your Entry May be Used: By submitting an entry to the Hackathon, you grant Booz Allen and its partners an irrevocable, royalty-free, fully-paid, sublicensable, worldwide license to: (a) use, review, assess, test, and otherwise analyze your entry and all its content in connection with the Hackathon; (b) feature your entry and all its content for promotional purposes (including, but not limited to, in advertisements, press releases, presentations, and trade shows) in all media, now known or later developed; or (c) use your entry for any purposes in accordance with the MIT open source license. You also agree to sign any necessary documentation that may be required for Booz Allen and its designees to make use of the rights you granted. Please note that Booz Allen, other entrants, or individuals may have developed materials similar or identical to your entry, or may be developing something similar in the future. By entering this Hackathon you waive any claims you may have resulting from any similarities to your entry and agree that Booz Allen is not responsible for any unauthorized use of your entry by 3rd parties who may access or view your materials. If you do not want to grant us these rights to your Entry, please do not enter this Hackathon.

Liability Release:  By registering for and participating in the Hackathon, you agree to release, defend, and hold harmless Booz Allen, its employees, officers, directors, shareholders, subsidiaries, parents, affiliates, and agents, and any and all Internet service and access providers (“Released Parties”) from and against any claim, damages, or cause of action arising out of your participation in the Hackathon, including, but not limit to: (a) your registration for and participation in the Hackathon was in violation of the Rules, (b) your receipt or use of the prizes to be awarded in connection with the Hackathon (c) any injury or harm resulting from any travel to the Hackathon, (d) technical errors that may impair your ability to participate in the Hackathon; (e) your entry infringes any copyright, trademark, or any other intellectual property right; (f) disputes between team members; (g) claims relating to damage to persons or property relating in any way to your participation in the Hackathon.  The Released Parties shall not have any liability for any incorrect or inaccurate registration information; technical malfunctions, failures, interruptions, or defects of any telephone network, computer online systems, computer equipment, service or server providers, or software, including any injury or damage to a registrant’s, participant’s, or any other person's computer or any data contained on or accessed via such computer relating to or resulting from registration for or participation in the Hackathon; inability to access the Internet; unauthorized access to, or alteration of registration information; or registrations that are processed late or incorrectly or are incomplete or lost due to computer or electronic malfunction, traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or otherwise. All registrations, including all information provided in connection with a registration, become the property of Booz Allen and will not be returned.  A purchase will not increase your chance of winning.

You understand that this Hackathon, the Rules, the Hackathon timeline, and judging criteria may be modified at any time in Booz Allen’s sole discretion without posting updated rules or clarification; however where such a modification would negatively affect Hackathon participants broadly we will endeavor to give you notice of the change via e-mail. Because we will endeavor to provide important notices to you via e-mail address you have provided at registration, it is important that you regularly check that e-mail address.

Severability: The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision was not contained herein. Booz Allen’s failure to enforce any term of these Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

Data Privacy: This serves as notice and consent to use of your personal information. Booz Allen will not share or sell your personal information to any third party. We only collect your name, email address and game name.  More information and our privacy policy can be found at BoozAllen.com.

Law: You agree that these terms and the relationship between you and Booz Allen shall be governed by the laws of and the courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia.    

Copy of Rules: These official rules are also available by emailing Valeria Gonzalez at gonzalez_valeria@bah.com

Winners ListTop teams will be notified no later than September 25, 2020 and the final list of winners made available on the Devpost platform by September 29, 2020.