All participants must read and adhere to these rules below. Any participant found in violation of these rules may be asked to leave and their/their team’s work will be forfeited. Please Note: A printed and signed version of this sheet is due on event day at check-in. Access the form here.

I.  <hack> Cupertino participants must be between the ages of 13 – 18 years old. Eighteen-year-old participants must be in high school in order to participate. School ID or proof that you are enrolled in a middle/high school for the 2022-2023 school year will be required upon check-in.

II. <hack> Cupertino participants must have their parents sign the City of Cupertino liability form during event registration process.

III. All participants acknowledge that this is a public event held in a public space and photos will be taken throughout the event.

IV. All participants must be registered through the <hack> Cupertino event registration page, AND the

V.  All participants must be present at <hack> Cupertino to work on a project for submission; No remote participation allowed.

VI. All participants must remain on the premises for the entire event unless specific prior notice is given by a parent/guardian and the participant is accompanied by a parent/guardian.

VII. No one will be allowed to leave the Quinlan Community Center premises during the event unless accompanied by a parent/guardian and staff is notified ahead of time.

VIII. No coding is permitted before the official start of the event.

IX. Stealing source code from other participants is strictly prohibited and is grounds for disqualification.

X. Theft of any kind is forbidden. All participants must produce their own material and use their own equipment.

XI. Code must be submitted with your final project submission or you will be disqualified.

XII. Judges will have the final ruling on prize distribution and category winners.

XIII. Weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited. Anyone who possesses or causes to possess a weapon or potentially dangerous item will be disqualified and removed from the premises.

XIV. Using, possessing, or being under the influence of illegal substances is prohibited.

XV. The City of Cupertino staff have the right to disqualify any teams or participants.

XVI. Harassment of any kind is prohibited and is grounds for disqualification. All participants must refrain from any activities that may be construed as harassment, including offensive verbal comments or language related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, or ethnicity. Sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, or unwelcome sexual attention are all forms of harassment and will result in disqualification and removal from the event.

XVII. Bullying or violence of any kind will result in immediate removal from the event and disqualification. It is the responsibility of all participants to ensure the physical and emotional safety of others. If a suspicious or unwelcome situation is observed, please report it immediately. See details below.

XVII.i. If you have or observe a life-threatening emergency, immediately call 911. After emergency services have been contacted, contact the nearest Cupertino Recreation Staff member.

XVII.ii. All other situations should be reported immediately to Cupertino Recreation Staff members.

XVIII. <hack> Cupertino reserves the right to revise, make exceptions to, or otherwise amend these rules in whole or in part.

XIX. If you have questions regarding this event, please contact Recreation Coordinator, Robert Kaufman, by email at You may also contact the Cupertino Recreation and Community Services Office during regular business hours at 408-777-3120.

XX. <hack> Cupertino judges and City of Cupertino staff have the final decisions on all matters.

XXI.  Ideas do not have to be original, but the implementation must be original. Open-source libraries, frameworks, and starting points are allowed, but teams must disclose what they created at the event, and what was already made. Judges will only consider new additions made during the hackathon. We have a strict no-plagiarism policy. We will require a copy of the code to review.

XXII. All work submitted will be open source.

XXIII. Late submissions will not be accepted.

XXIV. All design elements, code, hardware builds, etc. for your project must be created during the event. Third-party tools and frameworks are allowed as well. While you may not begin coding in advance, you can plan and discuss it with your team in advance. Written documents and design sketches are allowed.  You may also incorporate pre-existing material that is freely available to the public into your project, such as public domain images, Creative Commons music, open-source libraries, existing APIs and platforms, and the like.

XXV. Teams may consist of 1-4 people. We will be using Devpost submissions to determine final teams/projects.



These rules and code of conduct have been read in their entirety and the parties signing this Rules and Code of Conduct fully understand its contents and has been signed voluntarily and of each person’s own free will. By signing this waiver, the parties signing this Waiver release and hold harmless the City of Cupertino and its employees or representatives, from and against any and all claims of injury or damages relating to the above provisions.