Datafest Team Participation Virtual Participation Rules Judges Awards FAQ


How is this event structured?

There are autonomous hackathons in various cities united by a single theme: smart cities. They are organized by local leads. Some events will take place on February 21-22, 2015. The others will be held on 7-8 March. On Saturday, participants will gather, form teams and start working. On Sunday, they will present their work. Best projects will receive awards at the discretion of the local organizers. The top 2 projects from each location will be nominated for global recognition.

Is Datafest about data analysis, data mining, machine learning, etc.?

Not necessarily. We love projects heavily focused on data, but not more than any other projects that align well with the smart-city concept. Think of data as in "code v.s. data", rather than data in "big data processing". In other words, data flows through different components so that your awesome system makes the world a smarter place!

Can I compete solo?

Yes, if you are attending a local hackathon in-person. However, if you are planning to participate in the contest virtually, you need to check with the organizer(s) in the city where you wish to present your work.

How do I find or form a team?

Please use social media or our Google Group to find other team members, discuss and pitch your ideas. There will also be volunteers at the event to help you form a team and pitch your idea(s).

I already have an idea for my project. Can I start working on it now? 

Absolutely. You can form a team and start structuring your project any time. However, we ask that you do the coding during the event. This is to be fair to those who may get started later.

What do I need to bring to the hackathon?

Bring your laptop, your brainpower and your passion for coding and your desire to contribute to a good cause. If you'll be working on a hardware project, bring the kit. Also, check local event’s webpage for any requirements specific to your location.

There is no hackathon in my city. Can I compete virtually at  an event in another city? 

Absolutely. Please see the Participation page for more details.

I want to organize a hackathon in my city as part of this Datafest. What should I do? 

Please email us at teresabouza@datafest.net. Also, check out our Hackathon Planning Guide.

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