Florida Hackathon Guidelines

Regulation of the Event

The CSTA Miami and CSTA PBC/Broward sponsored by CSX and Microsoft TEALS plan to carry out the event called Florida CSTA Hackathon, between December 6th and 13th 2021, which will be governed by the provisions of these terms and conditions (terms).

1. Purpose

1.1. The Florida CSTA Hackathon will promote a programing challenge over a period of 5 consecutive days starting on Monday December 6th, 2021, after the opening ceremony at 5:00 PM and concluding on Friday December 10th at 6:00 PM. Details about the challenge would be presented during the opening ceremony.

2. Organization

2.1. The Florida CSTA Hackathon is organized by CSTA Miami and CSTA PBC/Broward and sponsored by CSX and Microsoft TEALS. These terms and the event will be promoted through the official website of the event at https://bit.ly/FLCSTAHackathon

3. Facilities and Infrastructure

3.1. The opening ceremony will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams, beginning at 5:00 PM on Monday December 6th, 2021. Teams will be given 96 consecutive hours to work on the challenge.

3.2. Participants will be able to connect with event organizers and mentors during the week. Office hours will be posted online at https://bit.ly/FLCSTAHackathon.

3.3. Participants will be responsible for their own IT equipment, such as laptops or mobile devices, Wi Fi and web access.


4. Participants and Applications

4.1. Students in the State of Florida from all middle and high school grades (public, private, homeschool and all other categories) and levels of experience are eligible to participate in the Florida CSTA Hackathon. Teams can be formed with students from different middle and high schools within the state of Florida.

4.2. Individuals can only participate in the Florida CSTA Hackathon as a team. Participants shall be responsible for the organization of the teams and each team shall consist of a minimum of 3 members and a maximum of 5 members. The organization shall accept only one application per team. An adult sponsor is required for every team. The adult sponsor could be a teacher, parent, or legal guardian of one of the team members.

4.3. Formal application shall be submitted at the official Florida CSTA Hackathon website - https://bit.ly/FLCSTAHackathon - in the period between 10:00 AM on October 11th and 11:59 PM on November 12th, 2020.

4.4. The application shall be accompanied by the complete identification of each one of the team members, particularly: Full name, birth date, email and school affiliation. The organization ensures the confidentiality and protection of all personal data provided for participation in the Florida CSTA Hackathon, which will not be transferred or used for any other purpose.

5. Event Details

5.1. The Florida CSTA Hackathon is a competition intended to encourage the creation and development of project that involves computer programming and that responds to the challenge posed by the event organizers. 

5.2. The project could be an application, a video game, a website or any other form of computer programing using any programming language.

5.3. The duration of the event is 96 hours, and the kickoff of the competition will start at 5:00 PM on Monday December 6th, 2021.

5.4. The event will start with a team briefing and the reveal of the challenge. 

5.5. Teams will have until Friday December 10th at 6:00 PM to submit a 2 minute video explaining the project they created to solve the challenge. The goal of the video is to help the judges understand the creative process of the project. The judges will evaluate both the program and the video submission. You can use this link to submit your videos.

5.6. The judge or judges will deliberate in accordance with the criteria provided for in paragraph 7.1 of these terms to select the winners. 

5.7. Winners will be announced Monday December 13th at 5:00 PM during the closing event which will take place online. 

6. Panel of Judges

6.1. The panel of judges will be composed of CSTA members, and other guests with recognized experience in the subject matter of computer science and programming. 

6.2. The decisions of the panel will be made by following the criteria from paragraph 7.1.

6.4. These decisions will be made at the panel’s sole discretion. No team or team member shall make any claim or appeal against the decisions, either interlocutory or final, of the panel.

7. Selection of Winning Team(s)

7.1. For the selection of the winning team(s), the evaluation criteria of the submission to be used by the panel will be: 


8. Prizes

8.1. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams as follows: 

First Prize

Second Prize

Third Prize

CSX Swag

CSX Swag

CSX Swag

8.2. Prizes will be delivered via mail to the adult sponsor of the team within 90 days after the announcement of the winners. 

8.3. The Florida CSTA hackathon organizers reserve the right not to deliver prizes (in whole or in part) should the quality of the final products not meet the challenge criteria of the event and/or should the panel of judges decide not to do so, at its sole discretion. No team or team member shall dispute or make any claims about the decision. 

8.4. The payment of any taxes, fees, charges or contributions related to the prizes is the sole responsibility of each individual team member of the winning teams. 

8.5. The awards ceremony will take place at the end of the event following the announcement of the winners. If the winners are not present at the time of the announcement, they will be notified via email. The awarding of prizes to third parties will not be allowed. 

9. Acceptance of and Agreement to Terms and Conditions

9.1. Any application to participate in the Florida CSTA Hackathon implies the full acceptance of these terms and conditions.

9.2. Participants agree to the following conditions for the application and participation in the Florida CSTA Hackathon: 

9.2.1. The solutions developed shall not feature any references of a sexual nature, explicit or suggestive, shall not be offensive, obscene, pornographic or violent or derogatory to any ethnic, racial, religious, professional or age group. They should not encourage any form of hate or group hate nor contain derogatory comments about CSTA and sponsors or its products or services, or other people, products or companies. 

9.2.2. The solutions developed shall not advertise illegal drugs or firearms (or the use of either), or any activity that may convey unsafe, dangerous or political messages. 

9.2.3. The solutions developed shall not present registered trademarks or logos owned by third parties or advertise or promote any brand or product of any kind. 

9.2.4. The solutions developed shall not contain materials protected by copyright or property of third parties (including photographs, sculptures, paintings and other works of art or images published on websites or on television, movies or other media). Participants shall ensure that the ideas/prototypes/apps proposed are innovative and original. 

9.2.5. The solutions developed shall not present any names, images, photographs or other evidences that identify any person, living or dead, without explicit authorization from them or their representatives. 

9.2.6. During the Florida CSTA Hackathon, participants shall act with the utmost courtesy and respect for all persons and entities involved in the event. 

9.3. Failure to comply with the terms and conditions provided for in this clause may result in, by decision of the panel of judges, at its sole discretion, the exclusion of the participant and/or team from the Florida CSTA Hackathon with no claim or appeal.

10. Intellectual Property

10.1. By participating in the Florida CSTA Hackathon, participants acknowledge and accept, for all legal purposes, that: 

  1. All intellectual property rights are exclusively owned by the participants of the competition, including copyright and related rights on the ideas/prototypes/apps and their components, whose design and development the participants have been involved in during the Florida CSTA Hackathon. 

11. Questions or Suggestions

11.1. For clarification, applicants and participants shall first refer to the information available on the Florida CSTA Hackathon website: https://bit.ly/FLCSTAHackathon.

11.2. For any further information or suggestion, the following email address should be used: willy@tealsk12.org. 

11.3. Any omission shall be settled by the panel of judges, pursuant to Clause 6 of these terms. 


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