Team Rules

  • You do not need to have a team to submit a project. If you have a team, it may have up to 4 members.
  • All members of your team must be accepted and registered as Hack the North 2021 participants.

  • You may not be a part of more than one team.

  • You do not need to register your team or team members before starting your project, however your team will submit the project together (see Submission Rules for details).


Project Rules

  • All code for your project must be written between 11:00 PM EST on Friday, September 17, 2021, and 12:00 PM EST on Sunday, September 19, 2021. 

    • It is permitted and recommended to install any necessary software and plan out the project in advance.

    • 3D-printing parts or preparing other structural components for hardware projects in advance is also permitted.

    • Assembly of hardware projects in advance is not permitted.

  • Plagiarism is not tolerated and any teams with plagiarized work will be disqualified.

  • You may not submit a project that was started before the hackathon.

  • You may use any publically available libraries/packages.

  • Please code with integrity! Final interpretation of these rules (including all rules on this page) is at the sole discretion of the Organizers, and potential violations will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. 


Submission Rules

  • You must submit your project to before 10:30 AM EST on Sunday, September 19, 2021, to be eligible to present your project. Take a look at Devpost's guide on how to enter a submission if it is your first time submitting to Devpost. You can submit to Devpost anytime before the submission time and continue editing your submission until 10:30 AM EST.

  • You must also submit your project to the project submission form on your Hacker Dashboard before 10:30 AM EST on Sunday, September 19, 2021, to be eligible to present your project. One team member will submit on behalf of the team. You may submit the project submission form as many times you want before the submission deadline, and we will take the latest submission.
  • You are strongly recommended to submit a pre-recorded video pitch with your submission, but not strictly required.

    • This video pitch will be used as a backup in case there are any technical difficulties when presenting your project for judging. It is also mandatory for sponsor prizes.

  • Submissions may not be submitted to multiple hackathons.

  • Submissions must include all design assets and source code created at Hack the North (e.g. via a link to your GitHub repository).


Hack the North Judging Rules

  • Your team must submit to both Devpost AND the Project Submission Form on your Hacker Dashboard.

  • All team members must be verified on Discord.

  • You must be in your waiting room by your assigned time or your project will not be judged.

  • During the judging presentation, you have the option of pitching live or playing a pre-recorded video, however, your pitch—regardless of form—may not exceed 3 minutes in length.

  • All participants are subject to the Hack the North Code of Conduct.

  • Your judging pitch should be focused on a live demo of the project, not a slideshow, product pitch, etc.


Sponsorship Judging Rules

  • All projects that opt-in to any sponsor prizes must include a pre-recorded video pitch within the Devpost submission. If you do not include a video, your project will NOT be considered for sponsor prizes.

  • All pitching members must be registered on Hopin.

  • If you are selected as a finalist for a sponsor prize, you will receive a form to book a time to pitch to the sponsor on Hopin. 

    • You must go to the respective sponsor booth on Hopin at the time you selected. We will NOT be rescheduling missed timeslots.

  • Teams must join their API prize’s respective Discord channel.

  • You may submit to multiple API prizes.

Finally, remember that your participation at the event is subject to the Hack the North Terms and Conditions and the Hack the North Code of Conduct.