hackathon rules


FAQ & Rules

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

It's an exciting, fast-paced, stimulating event where you turn a cool idea into something real in only 24 hours! It's like a marathon workshop for developers, designers, and entrepreneurs! It's also about meeting and getting to know cool people in the local community while doing something fun.

Who can participate?

HACKTIVE is open to everyone, from college students to professional designers and developers born to code, fueled by caffeine, and driven to innovate! To be considered a ‘student’, you must attend college/university full-time or part-time, except where permission is explicitly given. We encourage developers, designers, product managers, MBAs, and others to collaborate in teams.

Do I need to have a team or idea before registering?

Nope, you should register regardless! You can sign up as an individual or in teams of up to four. If you sign up as an individual, but would prefer to participate on a team, use the forum to connect with others and get inspired. Join in the discussion, share ideas, and find people that may be interested in the same ideas and want to form a team. Do I have to stay there for the entire time?You can come and go as you please, but all coding must be produced solely by team members, working on-site during the allotted hacking time.

How many people are allowed on one team?

Teams must consist of between one and four participants. Teams must submit a list of members by 11:59PM on Friday, September 20th, and all modifications to team composition must be verified by ACTIVE Network organizers.

What do I need to bring?

A laptop and charger is a good starting place. Bring a sleeping bag if you plan to sleep and any toiletries you may want to have on hand. Other than that, we provide food, facilities, power, and drinks. You’ll just need to worry about bringing the technology, great ideas, and the collective team expertise needed to build something great!

What if I’m a newbie?

Then, there’s no better way to get your feet wet! You don’t need to have ever attended a hackathon before to participate in HACKTIVE.

Is there going to be food?

Definitely. We’ll provide food throughout the event at no cost to participants, from more substantial meals to snacks for munching and code-crunching. Plenty of beverages will be provided during the competition as well, with no shortage of energy drinks! If you have a specific food allergy or other specific need, contact us and we'll try to find a way to make it work for you.

What time should I arrive at the event?

 Check-in will start at 10am on Saturday morning. The event doesn’t officially kick off until 11:30am, but come early if you want to set up a specific hacking spot for your team, as this will be determined on a first come, first serve basis.

What will the sleeping arrangements be?

There won’t be any officially designated sleeping area, however there will be plenty of benches, seats, and beanbag chairs throughout if you want to catch some Z’s a quiet corner. 

Can I start working before HACKTIVE begins?

No. All code must have been produced solely by team members, working on-site, after 12:00PM on Saturday, September 21st. However, you can begin brainstorming, planning, and strategizing now.

When are app submissions due?

Each team is permitted one submission that must be received by 12PM on Sunday, September 22nd. All code must have been produced solely by team members, working on-site, after 12:00PM on Saturday, September 21st. 

How will demos work?

Be prepared to demo your app after the submission phase is complete. Demos should be no longer than 3 minutes. Demos take place in two rounds. Teams will be placed in one of three groups for the first round. The top fifteen teams will constitute the teams in the second round. First round demos will be three minutes of presentation. Second round demos will consist of three minutes of presentation and then two minutes of Q&A.

How will the apps be judged?

A panel of industry judges will judge the apps based on five equally-weighted criteria: Design, Effective use of the ACTIVE Network platform, Utility, Relevancy to the theme, and Originality of concept, each scored on a 10 point scale. Penalties may be assessed for going over the allotted demo time.

What kind of data is available for use during the hackathon?

Participants can use any of the publicaly available ACTIVE Network APIs listed on the ACTIVE Access website (http://developer.active.com/apis). In addition, you can also use any other publicly available API or dataset including Mashery API Network (http://developer.mashery.com/), Aetna Carepass APIs (https://developer.carepass.com/), etc. 


ACTIVE Network HACKTIVE Contest Official Rules



1.  ELIGIBILITY:  ACTIVE Network HACTIVE Contest (“Contest”) is only open to the following three categories of individuals.

Public Entrants: Individuals who:

(a)        are legal residents of one of the 50 United States or Washington, D.C.; and   

(b)       are at least 18 years old and of the age of majority or older in the state of their residence at the time of entry,

except for employees, officers, directors, agents and representatives of The Active Network, Inc. (the “Sponsor”) and its affiliates (including without limitation its parent, sister and subsidiary companies, partnerships and other commercial entities), its advertising and promotion agencies and any other person directly connected with the production and distribution of or the supply of goods or services in connection with this Contest (collectively, with the Sponsor, hereinafter referred to as the “Released Parties”) and their respective immediate families (mother, father, sister, brother, child, husband or wife, and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside), and those living in the same household of any such individuals, whether or not legally related.

Collegiate Entrants: Individuals who are:

(a)        are legal residents of one of the 50 United States or Washington, D.C.;

(b)       are at least 18 years old and of the age of majority or older in the state of their residence at the time of entry; and

(c)        are enrolled either as full-time or part-time students at a college or university,

except for employees, officers, directors, agents and representatives of the Released Parties and their respective immediate families (mother, father, sister, brother, child, husband or wife, and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside), and those living in the same household of any such individuals, whether or not legally related.

Active Entrants:  Individuals who are:

(a)        are legal residents of one of the 50 United States or Washington, D.C.;

(b)       are at least 18 years old and of the age of majority or older in the state of their residence at the time of entry; and

(c)        are employees of the Sponsor.

Public Entrants, Collegiate Entrants and Active Entrants are also individually referenced herein as an “Entrant”, “you” or “your” and collectively as the “Entrants.” Each Entrant must enter this Contest through only one designated entrant category. For example, a Public Entrant cannot also enter this Contest in the Collegiate Entrant category and vice versa.  

This Contest may only be entered from and in eligible jurisdictions. Void where prohibited by law.

2.  PROMOTION PERIOD:  This Contest runs between August 1, 2013, 12:00 a.m. PST through September 22, 2013 2:30 p.m. PST (“Promotion Period”). The Promotion Period consists of the three (3) phases (each, a “Phase”, collectively, the “Phases”) as set forth in the chart below:



Starts at


Ends at


Registration Phase

August 1, 2013

12:00 a.m. PST


September 19, 2013

11:59 p.m. PST

Submission Phase

September 21, 2013

12:00 p.m. PST


September 22, 2013

12:00 p.m. PST

Judging Phase

September 22, 2013

12:01 p.m. PST

September 22, 2013

3:00 p.m. PST

The Sponsor’s computer system is the official time-keeping device for this Contest. 

3.  TO ENTER:  The Sponsor is challenging developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to innovate new ways of using technology to connect people with activities and make the world a healthier place. Eligible individuals may enter this Contest without having to purchase anything (1) by visiting http://developer.active.com/hackathon_2013 and completing the free online entry and registration form in accordance with the instructions provided during the Registration Phase, and (2) by attending the technology design session held at 330 A Street, San Diego, CA 92101 on September 21, 2013 through September 22, 2013 (or if an Active Entrant, such Active Entrant may attend the technology design session remotely) and submitting to the Sponsor an innovative, creative, functional and original application (the “Application”) that integrates with the Sponsor’s technology platform during the Submission Phase.

All required fields on the online entry and registration form must be completed. Incomplete entries will not be accepted and will be automatically rejected. Entrants must be the registered subscriber of the email account from which the entry is made.

An Entrant may enter individually or as part of a team with up to a maximum of four (4) members and each member must be from the same entrant category as further described in Section 1 above. If entering as a team, each team member must separately register as described above, otherwise the entire team shall be ineligible to participate in this Contest. At the time of registration, each team member must designate that he or she is part of a team and identify his or her team member(s). The team members identified at the time of registration shall be final and may not be modified or otherwise change in composition during the Promotion Period (as defined below) by Entrants. Each team member shall be responsible for the accurate identification of his or her team members. In the event of any discrepancy in team composition, such discrepancy shall be resolved by the Sponsor in its sole discretion and such decision shall be final and binding. In the event any team member is disqualified for any reason, the entire team will also be disqualified.

During the Submission Phase, Active Entrants may attend the technology design session and submit the Application remotely. Except for Active Entrants, remote submission of Application will not be accepted and is void. Except for Active Entrants, only Entrants who are present in person at the technology design session during the Submission Phase may submit the Application. An Entrant may submit more than one Application during the Submission Phase. The Application must be an original work of the Entrant and/or his or her team that includes a technical integration with the Sponsor’s technology platform, using the Sponsor’s application programming interfaces (“API”) available at http://developer.active.com/ or other method described on the Sponsor’s developers website at http://developer.active.com/. The Application (by itself or as part of another application) cannot have been publicly available as a Sponsor integration prior to September 21, 2013. For the avoidance of doubt, any beta, demo, trial or incomplete version of an Application that was available publicly on a website or via an alternative delivery mechanism such as Apple Inc.’s iTunes App Store, Google Inc.’s Google Play, Research in Motion Limited’s BlackBerry App World or other channel prior to September 21, 2013 is ineligible. In addition, any Application with respect to which the Sponsor has provided any substantial development assistance is ineligible. The Application must be executable so that the judging panel may evaluate it using the Sponsor’s production service. For iOS applications, the Sponsor will provide a list of IDs (UDIDs) for the devices that the judging panel will be using to evaluate the Application. The Application must, at a minimum, support English language use but may also support other languages at the discretion of the Entrant. The Application must be accompanied by a demo describing and demonstrating the Application, which will be the primary basis on which the judging panel will evaluate the Application. The demo should be no longer than three minutes. The demo and the Application cannot violate the Sponsor’s Terms of Use located at http://www.activenetwork.com/information/terms-of-use.htm, including but not limited to user content and code of conduct requirements therein. Any Application that violates the Sponsor’s Terms of Use, contains sexual, violent, abusive, harassing, offensive or insulting content, enables or promotes any illegal activity or infringes any other party’s legal or intellectual property rights may be disqualified. Any determination as to the eligibility of an Application will be made by the Sponsor in its sole discretion and will be final and binding.

By submitting your entry, you agree that the Application conforms to the guidelines and content restrictions set forth above and that the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may remove the Application and disqualify you from this Contest if it believes, in its sole discretion, that the Application fails to conform to such guidelines and restrictions.

By entering, Entrants represent and warrant that the Applications that they submit:

•           Are their own original creations;

•           Do not infringe any other person’s or entity’s rights; and

•           Have not been submitted previously in a contest or promotion of any kind.

Entries must be submitted by the original creator(s). Applications created by someone other than you or your team but submitted by you will be disqualified. You must be the sole owner (or if part a team, joint owner) of the copyright of any Application submitted. Your submission of each Application is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of such Application.

By entering, Entrants grant a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual license to the Sponsor and its affiliates to edit, adapt, make derivative works from, broadcast, publish, reproduce, install, integrate, perform, demonstrate, evaluate, test and otherwise use any part or all of the Applications submitted, and may use them for advertising, promotional, commercial and/or any other purposes, including by not limited to, integrating, embedding, or merging the Applications into or with the Sponsor’s products and services and making copies of the Applications for such integration purposes and for distributing and sublicensing them, in any and all media now or hereafter devised worldwide in perpetuity without additional compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. By entering this Contest, Entrants agree to have their submitted Application (including, without limitation, any screenshots, animations and video clips), used and displayed, either singularly or in combination with others and in any size, on the Sponsor’s website, social media, and print materials without any fee or other form of compensation due at any time for so long as desired by the Sponsor. Credits, descriptions or titles, if any, used with the Application are in the Sponsor’s sole discretion. In the event that ownership of any Application submitted is challenged in any manner by any person, the Sponsor may disqualify that Application and will discontinue use of the Application.

Online access and an email account are required in order to participate in this Contest. Many public libraries, retail businesses and others offer free access to computers and a number of Internet service providers and other companies offer free email accounts.

Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means and entries by any means which, in the opinion of the Sponsor, are intended to subvert the entry process will be void. All entries, including Applications submitted, become the property of the Sponsor, and none will be acknowledged or returned.

No third party entry or entry through Contest service permitted. Any individual who attempts or otherwise encourages, directly or indirectly, the entry of multiple or false contact information under multiple identities, multiple email accounts, or uses any device or artifice to enter or encourage, directly or indirectly, multiple or false entries, as determined by the Sponsor, will be disqualified. If, in the Sponsor’s opinion, there is any suspected or actual evidence of electronic or non-electronic tampering with any portion of this Contest, or if a computer virus, bug, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical difficulties, or failures compromise or corrupt or affect the administration, integrity, security, fairness, or proper conduct of this Contest, and/or this Contest is not capable of being conducted as described in these Official Rules, the Sponsor shall have the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to void any entries submitted fraudulently, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Contest, and to select the prize winner from all non-suspect entries received prior to action taken, or as otherwise deemed fair and appropriate by the Sponsor. If this Contest is cancelled, modified, suspended or terminated, notice will be posted on http://developer.active.com/hackathon_2013. The Sponsor reserves the right to prosecute any fraudulent entries to the fullest extent of the law. At the Sponsor’s sole discretion, Contest winner may be disqualified at any time.

4.  PRIZE:  

Public Entrant Category: One (1) grand prize of $5,000, one (1) second prize of $1,000 and one (1) third prize of $500 will be awarded. Total Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) for all prizes in the Public Entrants Category: $6,500.

Collegiate Entrant Category: One (1) grand prize of $2,500, one (1) second prize of four (4) MetaWatch Strata watches (ARV $179 for each watch) and one (1) third prize of four (4) MetaWatch Strata watches (ARV $179 for each watch).  Total ARV for all prizes in the Collegiate Entrant Category: $3,932.

Active Entrant Category: One (1) grand prize of $5,000, one (1) second prize of $1,000 and one (1) third prize of $500 will be awarded. Total ARV for all prizes in the Active Entrant Category: $6,500.

Total aggregate ARV of all prizes in all categories is $16,932.

There will be only one prize per winner. Lost or stolen prize will not be replaced. No assignment, transfer, conversion to cash or cash redemption or substitution of the prize is permitted, except the Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the prize with a prize of comparable or greater value should the prize become unavailable. All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. The winner agrees to accept the prize “as is”, and Entrants hereby acknowledge that the Sponsor has neither made nor is in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the prize, including express warranties (if any) provided exclusively by a prize supplier that are sent along with the prize. Any valuation of the prize(s) stated above is based on available information provided to the Sponsor and the value of any prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law. The winner(s) will be solely responsible for all applicable state, federal, and local taxes associated with the acceptance and use of any awarded prize. In the event the winner is a team, the team will be solely responsible for the appropriate distribution of the prize among the team members. 

5.  ENTRANTS’ AGREEMENT:  The submission or attempted submission of an entry for this Contest constitutes the Entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and to any decisions made by the Sponsor, all decisions of which pertaining to this Contest shall be final and binding without any right of appeal. Winning a prize is contingent upon Entrant fulfilling all the requirements of and all terms and conditions provided in these Official Rules. Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from this Contest.

All entries, including the Application submitted, and any Request for Information, Waiver and License document provided to the Sponsor become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned.


6.  WINNER DETERMINATION AND ODDS:  Winners will be determined via the process set forth below.

Odds of winning will depend on the total number of valid entries and Applications received during the Registration and Submission Phases.

During the Judging Phase, a panel of judges selected by the Sponsor in its sole discretion will evaluate each Application based on the following judging criteria (each criteria uses a scale of 1-10):


Design: Is the application polished, visually appealing and easy to use?


Effective Use of the Sponsor’s Technology Platform: Does the Application take advantage of the unique functionality offered by the Sponsor’s technology platform


Relevance to Theme: Does the Application connect people with activities and make the world a healthier place?


Utility: Is the Application compelling and/or indispensable?


Originality: Is the Application unique and/or innovative?




After the initial evaluation, the panel of judges will select the top five finalists in each entrant category. The finalists will be required to provide a demonstration and presentation of their respective Application to the panel of judges. The panel of judges will apply the above criteria in selecting the winners. The winners will be announced on September 22, 2013.

All judging decisions are final.

6.  NOTIFICATION:  The potential winner will be notified, at the Sponsor’s sole option, by means of email, telephone or in person.


An Entrant who is selected pursuant to the process set forth above is not considered a winner of any prize unless and until the Entrant’s eligibility has been verified by the Sponsor and the Entrant has been notified that verification has been completed. In connection with such verification, the potential winner will be required to execute and return a Request for Information, Waiver and License form a, within ten (10) days of the date that such form is sent by the Sponsor to the potential winner. In the event the potential winner is a team, each team member must comply with the terms and conditions of these Official Rules, including satisfactorily completing the verification process and executing and returning a Request for Information, Waiver and License form, otherwise the entire team will be disqualified. Non-compliance with the foregoing or with any of these Official Rules, the return to the Sponsor of the prize notification or the Request for Information Waiver and License form as non-deliverable or the Sponsor’s inability to contact the potential winner within one (1) month of its first attempt to notify will, at the Sponsor’s sole option, result in disqualification of the potential winner and, at the Sponsor’s sole option, an alternate winner being selected by the judges from the remaining eligible entries.

In the event of a dispute over the identity of a potential winner, the entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry, and the potential winner may be required to provide identification sufficient to show that he/she is the authorized account holder of such email address. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the person assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the email address in question. Proof of sending or submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by the Sponsor.

8.  LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY AND RELEASE:  The Released Parties are not responsible or liable for:

(a) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Entrants, non-authorized human intervention, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Contest;

(b) technical failures of any kind including, but not limited to, malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines, network hardware or software, cable, satellite, cellular tower, or Internet service provider;

(c) bugs, viruses, worms, unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or this Contest or any other causes which impair the fairness, integrity or administration of this Contest (in such event, the Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole option, to modify, terminate or suspend this Contest);

(d) typographical, printing, network, mechanical, electronic, technical, human or other errors or malfunctions of any kind relating to or in connection with this Contest including, without limitation, errors or problems which may occur in the administration of this Contest, the processing of entries, the announcement of the prizes or other errors in these Official Rules or in any other Contest-related materials;

(e) any liability, loss, injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Entrant’s participation in this Contest or receipt, use or misuse of any prize; or

(f) lost, incomplete, late, misdirected, garbled, undelivered, incomplete, stolen, or mutilated transactions, subscriptions or entries; or garbled, lost, misrouted or scrambled transmissions. (If for any reason an Entrant’s entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, Entrant’s sole remedy is another entry in this Contest.) 


By entering into this Contest, each Entrant agrees to release, discharge, and forever hold harmless the Released Parties and their shareholders from any and all claims, actions, damages, demands, manner of actions, causes of action, suits, debts, duties, accounts, bonds, covenants, warranties, indemnities, claims over, contracts and liabilities of whatever nature or kind arising out of, or in connection with, the Entrant’s participation or attempted participation in this Contest, compliance or non-compliance with these Official Rules and the delivery, non-delivery, acceptance, use, misuse or non-use of the prize and, if selected as a potential winner, to sign and deliver the Request for Information and Waiver form before receiving his/her prize.

Each Entrant acknowledges that the Sponsor shall not be required under any circumstances to award more prizes than the number of available prizes as set out in these Official Rules.

9.         CAUTION:  Any attempt by any person(s) to damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and/or other remedies (including attorneys’ fees) from any such person(s) responsible for the attempt to the fullest extent permitted by law.

10.  DISPUTES:  Except where prohibited by law, Entrants agree that:

(a) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the state or federal courts located in San Diego County, California, United States of America;

(b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, and in no event shall any Entrant be entitled to obtain attorneys’ fees or other legal costs;

(c) under no circumstances will Entrants be permitted to obtain awards for, and Entrants hereby waive, to the extent permitted by applicable law, all rights to claim indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased; and

(d) all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Entrants and the Released Parties in connection with this Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of California or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of California.

11.       TRADEMARKS:  Unless noted otherwise, all trademarks used herein are the property of the Sponsor. The names of individuals, groups, companies, products and services mentioned herein, and any corresponding likenesses, logos and images thereof reproduced herein, have been used for identification purposes only and may be the copyrighted properties and trademarks of their respective owners. The mention of any individual, group or the Released Parties, or the inclusion of a product or service as a prize, does not imply any association with or endorsement by such individual, group or the Sponsor or the manufacturer or distributor of such product or service and, except as otherwise indicated no association or endorsement is intended or should be inferred. 

 12.  WINNERS’ LIST:  For a complete list of the names of the winners (available after September 23, 2013) send a self-addressed, postage pre-paid envelope to: Jarred Doss c/o ACTIVE Access, 10182 Telesis Court, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92121. All winners’ list requests must be received prior to December 20, 2013. Unless otherwise expressly provided in these Official Rules, no communications or correspondence in relation to this Contest will be exchanged with Entrants except for an Entrant whose name has been selected in the drawing.

13.  PUBLICITY; GENERAL:  Each Entrant grants the Sponsor and its designees a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free license to use, broadcast, publish and otherwise use the Entrant’s name, company name, address of residence, address of company, statements regarding this Contest, image, photograph, video, voice and/or likeness for advertising, promotional and/or any other purpose in any and all media now or hereafter devised worldwide in perpetuity without additional compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. This Contest and all entries are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited by law.

14.  PERSONAL INFORMATION:  Unless the Entrant has otherwise authorized the Sponsor or another entity related to the Sponsor to contact him or her, the personal information gathered about Entrants in connection with this Contest will be used solely for the administration of this Contest and is subject to the Sponsor’s privacy policy (available at http://www.activenetwork.com/information/privacy-policy.htm), and no communication unrelated to this Contest, commercial or otherwise, will be sent to the Entrant by the Sponsor unless the Entrant expressly request such communication.

Sponsor:          The Active Network, Inc., 10182 Telesis Court, San Diego, CA 92121