1. Be Excellent To Each Other

This is, by all means, the most important rule. This is a very diverse environment, made up of many different people. Don’t behave in a way or present anything you wouldn’t be proud to have your parents see.

2. Actually Build Something

This isn’t a Powerpoint-athon! Build and demonstrate a working project, don’t just show us screenshots and slides.

3. Write Your Code Here

The project you present must be coded entirely during the Hackathon. The only exceptions are for publicly available frameworks/APIs and Open Source code that has been available for at least a month. If it feels shady to use the code, don’t.

4. Code Audits

Finalists will have their code audited to make sure it’s all new and legit, by a developer appointed by FOSSASIA.

5. Track Your Code

Use Git or an equivalent to track your code as you write it. It’s good practice, and if it comes down to an audit, it’ll help you prove your code is new.

6. Build Something New And Great

This isn’t an opportunity to promote your team’s pre-existing product. Don’t tack one tiny feature onto your existing product and call it a day.

7. Present The Project You Submitted

You must present your hack as described in your submission – if you deviate from your accepted submission, we’ll have to boot you from the stage. Don’t submit one thing and then abuse the stage and respect of the audience to present something different.

8. Team Size Limit

We are looking for project teams. Single contributors can participate at the event, but we are hoping to see real teams coming together. However we are limiting the number of members per team at 4, in the interest of keeping things fair. Also, we strongly suggest that each hacker gives their attention to just one team, rather than trying to be a part of multiple projects; we want to see your best work, and it’s hard to do your best work when you’re jumping from table to table.

9. Use Open Data and Open APIs

The aim of the hackathon is to build sustainable solutions and inspire people to share data to improve people’s lives. Please Open Data and Open APIs to build your solutions

10. Your Code is Open

The UNESCO Hackathon is an Open Source hackathon. If you would like your project to go into the evaluations, please add a Free Software/Open Source licence to it and add it to the FOSSASIA Github repository for review. 


The submissions should be Open Source and licensed under a compliant Open Source/Free Software license. They should be uploaded to a Github repository.

We also request the right to use the winners’ names, photos and work to promote the competition and hackathons in future.