Rules for Competing in TartanHacks 2014
Eligibility and Registration
To compete in TartanHacks, you must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled and taking classes at Carnegie Mellon University. If you have completed your undergraduate degree requirements and have begun a post-bachelors program you may participate in TartanHacks, but you will not be eligible to win prizes. If you are concerned about your eligibility to participate or win prizes, please contact us at [email protected]
ahead of time to double check.
Your participation in TartanHacks is entirely up to the discretion of the TartanHacks Organizers and ScottyLabs as a whole.
TartanHacks registration occurs in multiple stages. Registration is done on an individual basis (not in teams). Team membership will be recorded at the end of the hackathon, prior to demos. However, we strongly recommend that you find your team before hacking begins. If you are having trouble finding a team, you should attend our “Free Agent” mixer, which occurs on right after the TartanHacks Kickoff Event You must be registered to be eligible to demo or win prizes.
Reserved Registration starts January 20th @ 7:00pm: Carnegie Mellon undergraduate students in their first year (Freshman) and women of all undergraduate age groups may register using the Reserved Registration ticketing options. Only a limited number of these slots are available, and will be released on a first come, first served basis. We will verify graduation year and gender status for these tickets, those who register through Reserved Registration accidentally will have their registration revoked. Those with the Reserved Registration status (Women and Freshman) who are not able to register during Reserved Registration will be able to register during Open Registration.
Open Registration starts January 20th @ 8:00pm: All Carnegie Mellon undergraduate students will be able to register during this timeframe. Again, tickets will be released on a first come, first served basis. Once these tickets run out, students will be placed on a waitlist. See the Waitlist section for more information about the waitlist.
Graduate For Fun Registration starts January 20th @ 8:00pm: Carnegie Mellon graduate students will be able to register starting on January 20th at 9:00pm. Teams of graduate students can participate in TartanHacks and demo their hacks, but they are not eligible to win prizes. Mixed Teams of Graduate and Undergraduates will not be eligible to win prizes.
Students who are not enrolled full-time at Carnegie Mellon University are not eligable to register at any time. Those who attempt to register without full-time student status at Carnegie Mellon will have their tickets revoked. As such, we will not be reimbursing travel for any student.
There is no ticket confirmation this year, however we ask that students whose plans change and will not be attending, please alert [email protected]
so we can let another student off the waitlist.
Tickets will be distributed by third-party company, Guestlist. Once registration opens you will be able to register via the "Register" link in the top navigation of TartanHacks.com. Once your registration is complete, you'll receive a PDF ticket. We will be checking in students according to the TartanHacks schedule. All students must have a valid Carnegie Mellon ID handy to check in.
Check-In begins on Friday, January 31st at 5:00PM. It occurs on the Gates-Hillman Complex Fourth Floor in front of the Rashid Auditorium. Once checked in, students will receive their TaranHacks T-Shirt and proceed to the Kickoff Event inside Rashid Auditorium. Afterwards, students may proceed to TartanHacks Hackzones on the 3rd, 4th, and 6th floors of the Gates-Hilman Complex as well as the Newell-Simon Atrium on the 3rd floor of Newell-Simon Hall. (Indoor connections can be made by the bridge on GHC 4.)
Check-In is mandatory. Those who do not check in will not be eligible to win prizes.
We expect to run out of slots available to students. However, if you are placed on the waitlist, you still have a chance of competing! On Friday (January 31st, 2014) we will begin clearing the waitlist. As we clear the waitlist, we will send out emails inviting you to attend TartanHacks and asking you to confirm your attendance.
During Check-In, if there are extra tickets, people on the waitlist may claim those tickets. See the Check-In section for more details.
Teams can be made of up to 4 people. Hacks created by more than four people will not be allowed to be demoed, and will not be eligible to win prizes . We strongly recommend that individuals form teams prior to the beginning of the hackathon. You are only allowed to be part of one team. If you are having trouble finding a team, you should attend our “Free Agent” mixer, which occurs directly after the TartanHacks Kickoff Event. If you do not have a team when TartanHacks begins, you can look for teams that have space for extra members or speak to the organizers about matching you with a team.
If a member of your team is unable to register (i.e., on the waitlist or missed the registration period), you must contact the Team Assistance E-mail Address ([email protected]
) to explain your situation.
At the discretion of the TartanHacks Organizers, non-registered team members will be allowed the register after registration has closed.
TartanHacks 2014 will be on January 31st at 5:00PM EST. It will end on Saturday, February 1st at 6:00PM EST.
What we will provide:
Food, beverages and snacks
Testing devices (iPhones, Android devices, etc)
What you need to bring:
In the spirit of the hackathon, work should be completed in the designated hacking zones throughout the Gates-Hillman Complex and Newell-Simon Hall at Carnegie Mellon University. If you need to hack elsewhere, let one of the organizers know.
External resources, like online how-to guides, reference books and feedback from individuals are allowed. However, all documents, code, graphics and submission materials must be created by you and your team members
3rd Party materials, like graphics and images may be used in your product and presentation if they fall under public domain, creative commons, are licensed properly, or fall under fair use policies.
Third party libraries are permitted if they are stated in the judging submission document as used, unless otherwise freely and publicly available to all teams.
If you have questions regarding 3rd party help or libraries, please contact a TartanHacks Organizer by emailing [email protected]
or in person during the event.
Submission Guidelines and Presenting Your Hack
All hacks should be able to be presented off a provided MacBook Air running Chrome, unless otherwise approved by a TartanHacks Organizer. If you cannot present using a provided computer, you will be need to notify the organizers during submission. TartanHacks will provide resources for you to learn to deploy your work to a provided web hosting service. There is no guarantee that you will be able to present using your own system.
If you develop a mobile application, you are required to have a mobile device or emulator on which to present your hack. We will be providing dongles to connect (certain, 30pin-model) iOS Devices to the projection system. Otherwise you are free to use the Document Camera / your own computer.
Your team is only allowed to submit one hack during the hacking timeframe. This is so you can concentrate on making the best app possible!
Hardware-focused hacks are not allowed without the express permission of a TartanHacks Organizer. If you are concerned about including a hardware component in your hack, contact [email protected]
If you want to participate in a hardware hackathon, we recommend that you look into Carnegie Mellon’s annual “Build18” hardware hackathon.
You must complete a submission to the Audition submission system, available through TartanHacks' OnStage platform before 6:00:00PM EST on Saturday, February 1st, 2014.
Hacks submitted late will not be eligible for prizes.
You are required to present a demo of your hack to be eligible for judging. The time limit for each demo is 75 seconds. (However, the TartanHacks Organizers have the right to decrease total time provided to all teams if necessary to make sure demos don’t last all night.)
Judging and Awards
There are three types of Judges that will be evaluating your hack based on your demo:
The TartanHacks 2014 Judging Panel
The TartanHacks 2014 Organizers
The TartanHacks 2014 Judging Panel will determine the overall First, Second, and Third place winners. This will be based off the goal, function of your submission, technical capability, ease of use, novelty and user experience of your submission.
Sponsor judges will award one team a prize of their choosing based off a category of their choosing.
TartanHacks 2014 Organizers will also award the First Penguin Award. The First Penguin Award is awarded to the team with the most “daring” hack, even if the hack was not entirely successful. Google “first penguin award randy pausch” to find out more. TartanHacks 2014 Organizers may also be chosen to judge certain sponsorship prizes. Final prize information will be made available during the TartanHacks Kickoff Event.
Mixed Teams / Graduate Teams
Teams with Graduate students in them would only be eligible for the Best Grad Hack award, which is prize-less.
If you are caught cheating, attempting to interfere with another team's hack in any way that is not constructive, or is malicious in any way, or begin acting against the spirit of the hackathon you will be disqualified from the event, and may not be able to participate in future ScottyLabs events.
Should you or your team be caught cheating, acting in a way that is contrary to the spirit of TartanHacks, or violating the Carnegie Mellon University Code of Conduct, you will be disqualified from the event and your submission will not be scored or considered for prizes.
The TartanHacks 2013 Organizers have final say when it comes to use of 3rd party assistance, location of hacking, submission timing, disqualification, and all other issues or questionable situations that may arise.