How do I follow the hackathon and get updates? When you register for the hackathon, you’ll automatically be signed up to receive email updates about it. Follow us on Twitter at @Devpost.
Whom can I contact if I have questions about the hackathon? Questions about the technology? Place your question on the Community Forum/Power Up Automation section and UiPathers across the world will assist you! When submitting to the forum, use the following tags: [type of reusable component] [problem] (Check "How to ask a good question" before submitting yours.)
What do I need to use to build my app? To be eligible for prizes, participants must create open source reusable components using the UiPath Studio in one of the categories. To get started, sign up for free access to UiPath Community Edition. Categories: Custom Activities, Dashboards, Automation Frameworks, App Connectors, Snippets, or Machine Learning Models.
Make sure to use any applicable open source licenses, share your code with us, and create a demo video!
Why do I have to upload a video? The Popular Choice award is determined by public voting. A video helps ensure that all users can view and experience your app. The video will also be helpful to the panel of judges and will give you the opportunity to explain your approach to designing your application. You may create a screencast or use a handheld video camera to make your video or choose any other method that demonstrates the application’s features.
What should I put in my video? Aside from your actual app, your submission video is one of the most important parts of your entry. In fact, it’s often one of the first, and sometimes only, things that judges and voters view. Make a great first impression by following these tips on what to include in your video:
- Tell your story step-by-step. Your video should include an explanation of the problem addressed and a demo of the app itself. While audio isn’t required, narration or text bubbles can help judges and voters understand your submission.
- Keep it simple. Per the official rules, your video shouldn’t be longer than five minutes. In the words of Leonardo da Vinci, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
- Don’t wait until the last minute to upload your video. Keep in mind that the time it takes to upload/process a video on YouTube or Vimeo varies greatly depending on the format of your original video, the file size, upload traffic and Internet connection speed, and could take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours or more.
How can I provide Devpost with access to test my app? You are required to make your code open source. You will be asked to include a URL to Github or any other open and publicly available code repository on your submission form. MIT open source licenses must be applied. Submit all of your source code files, dependencies and make sure to include the file types specific to the component category. (Specific files listed on the categories tab).
Eligibility & IP
Who is eligible to enter the competition? The hackathon is open to individuals, and teams of individuals, who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry. The hackathon is also open to legally registered corporations or organizations with 50 or fewer employees.
Please review the Official Rules for complete eligibility requirements.
Do the apps have to be newly created for this competition, or can they be preexisting? Existing applications are eligible for this competition as long as they are updated during the submission period and updates are explained on the submission form.
Can more than one person work on an app and receive credit for it? And if the app wins a prize, how will the prize money be split among the creators? Yes, teams are encouraged. If a team of individuals or an organization is selected as an award winner, the full prize amount will be sent to the submitter. It will be up to the winning team or organization to reallocate the prize money between the team members, as they deem it appropriate.
Can my app win more than one prize? Yes. All submissions entered by eligible individuals, teams of individuals, and organizations can compete for the Grand Prize and a category award, as well as the Popular Choice and Academy Prize.
Can I enter more than one app? Yes. There is no limit to how many times an eligible person, team, or organization may enter. An individual may also participate on behalf of more than one team, corporation, or nonprofit organization. However, if you submit two or more solutions that are identical or substantially similar, UiPath and Devpost reserve the right to disqualify all the submissions or require you to choose one submission to enter into the competition.
Do I retain intellectual property ownership? Yes. By submitting an app to the hackathon, you do not transfer any intellectual property rights to UiPath or Devpost. UiPath and Devpost will have the right to feature all apps entered in the competition for promotional purposes. See the Official Rules for details.
How does public voting work? Visitors to the site can vote for as many submissions as they like, but no more than once for a single submission. At the end of the public voting period, the votes will be tallied and verified to determine the Popular Choice winner. Have more questions about public voting? Check out our handy public voting help article.