jacobsHack! Terms and Conditions


Within the scope of this document and the jacobsHack! Privacy Policy:

All terms refer to participation of the event and usage of the website. Any use of the above terminology or other words in the singular, plural, capitalisation and/or he/she or they, are taken as interchangeable and therefore as referring to same.

General Terms

This document outlines the terms, rules and regulations for the use of the jacobsHack! website as well as participation in the jacobsHack! event. It applies to any user in principle (regardless if hacker, sponsor, judge or mentor), although most passages only apply to hackers.

By using the service, or applying to jacobsHack!, we assume that you accept these terms and conditions in full. Furthermore, we also assume you have read, understood, and agree to the jacobsHack! privacy policy.  

Do not continue to use the website and do not attend jacobsHack! if you do not accept all of the terms and conditions stated in this document and the privacy policy.

In case of any questions, either about these terms, or the event itself, please contact the main organizer.

The jacobsHack! Event

The jacobsHack! event will take place on the weekend of November 3rd - November 4th 2018 at:

Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH
Campus Ring 1
28759 Bremen

It is organized by a group of current and former students of Jacobs University.

The main organizer is:

Sarang Park
College Ring 4
28759 Bremen

+49 15115717269

jacobsHack Competition Rules

Tl;dr: During jacobsHack!, you can work in a team of 1 - 4 people. You can work on anything you want, but will have to be fair and follow the MLH code of conduct.

By attending, or applying to attend, jacobsHack, each participant agrees to follow the following competition rules.

  1. Each participant must apply to jacobsHack using the website.
  2. Each participant must be part of a team.
  3. There is no minimum team size (i.e. teams of one person are allowed), however, the maximum size is 4 people + 1 android. There will be 1 prize for each human member of the team, independently of the team size.
  4. Teams should be made up exclusively of students (or recent graduates within one year of having graduated) who are not organizers, judges, sponsors, or in any other privileged position at the event.
  5. All team members should be present at the event and remote participation is not allowed. Leaving the venue for some time during the hack elsewhere or sleep is fine.
  6. Teams can use an idea they had before the event.
  7. Teams can work on ideas that have already been done. Hacks do not have to be “innovative”. If somebody wants to work on a common idea they should be allowed to do so and should be judged on the quality of their hack. These days it’s hard to find something that’s fully original and teams might not know an idea has been done before anyway.
  8. Teams can work on an idea that they have worked on before (as long as they do not re-use code).
  9. Teams can use libraries, frameworks, or open-source code in their projects. Working on a project before the event and open-sourcing it for the sole purpose of using the code during the event is against the spirit of the rules and is not allowed.
  10. Adding new features to existing projects is allowed. Judges will only consider new functionality introduced or new features added during the Hackathon in determining the winners.
  11. Teams must stop hacking once the time is up. However, teams are allowed to debug and make small fixes to their programs after time is up. e.g. If during demoing your hack you find a bug that breaks your application and the fix is only a few lines of code, it's okay to fix that. Making large changes or adding new features is not allowed.
  12. Teams must follow the MLH Code of Conduct.
  13. Teams can be disqualified from the competition at the organizers' discretion. Reasons might include but are not limited to breaking the Competition Rules, breaking the Code of Conduct, or other unsporting behaviour.


Tl;dr: You should demo your hack by showing what it does, not by giving a presentation.

After hacking finishes, teams will show their projects to each other and to the judges.

You are strongly encouraged to present a demo of what you have built. Pitches or presentations are discouraged. You are not judged on the quality of your pitch or the quality of your idea. As you are judged on what you built, you'll only hurt yourself by not showing a demo.

You are encouraged to present what you have done even if your hack is broken or you weren’t able to finish. It's okay if you didn't finish your hack, that happens all the time! Completion is only one part of the judging criteria, so you might still do well. Also, demoing is not just about the competition. It's a chance to share with others what you learned and what you tried to build. That's what hacking's all about! In the case that you don't have anything to demo, you can give a presentation about what you tried and what you learned. Hearing what other people learned is interesting and inspiring for other attendees.

Judging criteria

Teams will be judged on these four criteria. Judges will weigh the criteria equally. During judging, participants should try to describe what they did for each criterion in their project.

These criteria will guide judges but ultimately judges are free to make decisions based on their gut feeling of which projects are the most impressive and most deserving.

It's important to note that these judging criteria do not include:

Travel reimbursement

Tl;dr: You can apply for travel reimbursement if you inform us beforehand. We give travel reimbursements of at most 100 euro / person.

If you are attending jacobsHack! from outside of Bremen, you may apply for travel reimbursement. To receive travel reimbursement, you have to fulfill the following requirements:

If you have been elected to receive a travel reimbursement, we will contact you after the Hackathon to send it to you. The maximum reimbursement amount per person will be the estimate you provided us beforehand, 100 EUR if you attend jacobsHack! coming from  outside of Germany, or 25 EUR if you attend jacobsHack! coming from inside of Germany, whatever is lower.

Several hackers may apply for reimbursement together, however this does not change the maximum amount or conditions for eligibility.

Please note that travel reimbursement is provided solely at the organizers discretion, and that this section does not grant you any legal claim to it whatsoever.

License Grant & Intellectual Property Rights

Tl;dr: Anything you make is yours. However, you allow us to use your submission for promoting jacobsHack! in the future.

Any submission made by any participant during the jacobsHack! event remains intellectual property of the respective intellectual property owner.

By making a submission to jacobsHack, each participant grants jacobsHack! a worldwide, non-exclusive, fully-paid and royalty-free, perpetual, license to display, modify, transfer, sub-license and in any other way make use of the submission for the purposes of conducting or promoting the jacobsHack! event (or any future iteration thereof). This grant survives the termination of this agreement.

Each participant furthermore agrees to only make a submission to jacobsHack! when allowed to grant such a license.

Any content found on the jacobsHack! website itself, such as titles and interests in and to the website, its contents and software, including any modifications, updates and new versions, as well as any trademarks, trade names, know-how, copyrights, images, photographs, graphic drawings, text files, audio, video and any other intellectual or industrial property is © jacobsHack 2018.

Unless stated otherwise, it is made available to you under the terms of the MIT License.


We provide the service to you without any charge and in hope to be useful. We will not be liable for any loss or damage of any nature.

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, we exclude all representations, warranties and conditions relating to the service (including, without limitation, any warranties implied by law in respect of satisfactory quality, fitness for purpose and/or the use of reasonable care and skill). Nothing in this disclaimer will:

  1. limit or exclude our or your liability for death or personal injury resulting from negligence;
  2. limit or exclude our or your liability for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation;
  3. limit any of our or your liabilities in any way that is not permitted under applicable law; or
  4. exclude any of our or your liabilities that may not be excluded under applicable law.

The limitations and exclusions of liability set out in this Section and elsewhere in this disclaimer: (a) are subject to the preceding paragraph; and (b) govern all liabilities arising under the disclaimer or in relation to the subject matter of this disclaimer, including liabilities arising in contract, in tort (including negligence) and for breach of statutory duty.

Severability Clause

If a provision of this document is or becomes illegal, invalid or unenforceable in any jurisdiction, that shall not affect:

Termination and cancellation

jacobsHack! may at any time, in its sole discretion, immediately terminate this agreement with or without cause. jacobsHack! will make commercially reasonable efforts to notify the Participant or Attendee via e-mail of any such termination or cancellation up to the date of the event.

Participants or Attendees may cancel and/or terminate this Agreement with or without cause at any time, always notifying jacobsHack! in writing in a reasonable period of time.

If either party does not fulfil a material obligation defined in this Agreement, the other party has the right to terminate this Agreement immediately with written notice to the party in breach, provided that such material breach remains uncured, without prejudice of the right to claim the damages caused to the non-breaching party.

This Document

This document, and the privacy policy, are © jacobsHack! 2018. It is licensed to you under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Parts of this document were adapted from the HackUPC Terms & Conditions. The HackUPC Terms & Conditions require that we reproduce their license here, to which we gladly oblige:

Copyright (c) 2017 Hackers at UPC

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy
of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal
in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights
to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell
copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is
furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all
copies or substantial portions of the Software.


Final Terms

This Agreement shall be governed by German and EU law.

In the event that the User’s domicile is outside Germany and/or EU, jacobsHack! and the Participant or Attendee, expressly waive any other jurisdiction to which they may be entitled, and hereby submit to the jurisdiction of the Courts and Tribunals of Bremen.

These terms were last updated on August 3rd 2018.