All attendees, sponsors, partners, volunteers and staff at our hackathon are required to agree with the following code of conduct, rules, and regulations. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to ensure a safe environment for everybody.


Code of Conduct

Our hackathon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, previous hackathon attendance or computing experience (or lack of any of the aforementioned). We do not tolerate harassment of hackathon participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate at any hackathon venue, including hacks, talks, workshops, parties, social media and other online media. Hackathon participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the hackathon at the discretion of the hackathon.


Time & Place

Venture Hacks starts at 9am on July, 16th 2016 and ends at 9pm on Sunday, July 17th. Our hackathon does not require you to be at the Stevens Venture Center, located at 221 River Street, in Hoboken, NJ, for the entire duration but we are not responsible for you outside of our walls. In fact, even with our walls, by being here you agree to releases Stevens Institute of Technology from all liability relating to injuries that may occur in the duration of this hackathon. Additionally, there will be no alcohol served or allowed at the event.



Teams can be made up of three members. All members must contribute in a meaningful way, at the discretion of judges and organizers. If the number of total participants makes this impossible, at the administrator’s discretion, groups of varying sizes may be approved.


Code, Design, and Art

To ensure a level field for all contestants, all code, design, and art must be created within the duration of the Hackathon. We want to ensure that all participants start off on the same footing and we also want to preserve the true nature of a hackathon. The only exception to this rule would include material that is freely available to the public. Some examples of this would be: public domain images, creative commons music, and open source libraries with appropriate attribution to the original creators. We take this rule very seriously for the sake of all members attending the event. Failure to comply may result in the offending team's disqualification.


APIs, Services, and Open Source

The exception to the above rule is that you are encouraged to use 3rd party services, APIs, open source projects, libraries, and frameworks - particularly those of our sponsors. Let's face it, we can all use the help.


Winners & Prizes

Winners will be judged based on the following criteria: technical proficiency, creativity and  innovation, entrepreneurship and scalability, and community impact. All prizes are non-transferable or redeemable for any cash value.



All teams retain full ownership of what they have created during the Hackathon. Venture Hacks is here to help entrepreneurs realize their dreams, not destroy them. We retain the right to display what you build for the purpose of advertisement. This includes all types of media, both print and not.


Press Release

By being here, you consent to and authorize the use and reproduction by Stevens Institute of Technology of any and all photography and/or videography that may be taken of you throughout the duration of the hackathon for any purpose, without compensation to you. All digital images and/or video files are wholly owned by the Stevens Institute of Technology, who reserves the right to use these images and/or video.


Be Awesome & Have Fun

Hack, meet new people, get creative, and have a good time. Getting something meaningful done within such a short amount of time can be stressful, but we'd like to encourage everyone to take a break every now and then to relax and enjoy the event.


Attendees violating these rules, regulations,  may be asked to leave the Hackathon at the sole discretion of the Hackathon organizers. Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.