Hackathon Fine Print - County of Marin

The Fine Print

Before you sign-up, make sure you understand the rules of the game…

Official Rules

  1. You must fill out and turn in the Marin County participation authorization form at the event.
  2. You must be registered to participate in the event. Registration is open to students in the 7th grade through college.
  3. Explore the Marin County Data on the Marin County open data portal.
  4. Entries must be apps or concepts that clearly benefit the citizens of Marin County.
  5. Each participating team will have the from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on April 1st, 2017 to work on their app or concept.
  6. App entries may be any kind of application – be it for the web, a personal computer, a mobile handheld device via SMS, or for any software platform broadly available to the public.
  7. Concept entries should be presented in a way that communicates their intent or vision - and how this would be achieved technologically.
  8. Entries must not be indecent, defamatory, in obvious bad taste, demonstrate a lack of respect for public morals or conduct, or adversely affect the reputation of the County or sponsors. Any determination made by the County's judges under this paragraph is wholly within their discretion and will be final.
  9. Sponsors of this event and employees of Marin County may participate in the event, but are not eligible for prize money.
  10. Each team will have the same amount of time to present to the judges their app/concept at the end of the coding period.
  11. Judging criteria is to be published prior to the event. Wholly within their discretion, the County's judges' determination will be final and not open to appeal.
  12. Story entries must use data, be insightful, and must be presented in a way that communicates their intent and vision.
  13. All work product for official entries must be uploaded to the Hack4Health fileshare in order to be eligible for awards and prizes.


Win awards, cash prizes, and acclaim. For improving the health of the community, the top three contestants or teams can improve their own financial health:

  • $2,000 Best Solution Supporting a Healthier Community
  • $1,000 Best Mobile/Web App
  • $500 Best Use of Open Data

Prizes and ties are addressed at the sole discretion of the judges.

Review the judging criteria now for a leg up on the competition.

Judges' Criteria

Each entry will be evaluated based on the following:

  1. Usefulness — the app or concept will have a positive impact on Marin County residents, businesses or visitors.
  2. Usability — the app or concept is intuitive and easy to use.
  3. Data — the app or concept leverages Marin County datasets or other information within the county.
  4. Originality — the app or concept provides an innovative or creative approach to an idea that hasn't been proposed before.
  5. Technology — the app or concept can be used by multiple devices.

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