What is a Hackathon?

Do we sign up as individuals or as a team?

You have to sign up as individuals and you’ll be free to join forces with whoever you want on Friday night following the pitches of ideas of participants.

Can you describe how you organise people in to teams?

When you arrive, you will register as an individual first. Please come with an idea (even if it is not particularly well developed) as there will be an initial round where individuals will pair up and pitch their idea to one another and “rate” each idea. Each participant will do so with 6 other participants in total. This will produce a scoring and participants will pitch to the wider audience in order of this scoring.. Following the pitches, teams will be formed. The teams will need to then register at 9pm. Further details of how this all works will be given by the Event Organiser before the Hackathon gets underway so don’t worry.
Details of the format of the final pitches on Sunday should take will be given by the Event Organiser during the course of the Hackathon to all teams.

Why should participants use data in Future Hacks?

Are there any challenges?

Each Hackathon has a general theme: public safety, energy, health and transport.
The OPEN team will challenge participants to think, talk, brainstorm, widen their perspective and truly grasp the issues facing citizens but there isn’t a set list of challenges.
The Future City is an adaptable city – able to adjust flexibly to meet the needs of its citizens.
As part of the Future City | Glasgow Project, we are seeking to engage with the citizens of Glasgow as they know the city best. We are challenging them to share and use their local knowledge to build solutions that improve the quality of life for all wherever possible. The Hackathon is open to anyone with an idea which could have a positive impact in the city in respect of the theme of the Hackathon, whether they live and work in the city or not.

Who comes to the Future Hacks Hackathons?

Who will pitch the ideas?

You. The presentations might have given you some ideas or you might have done some research beforehand, or know of some of the challenges facing citizens from your experience, your background or your job.
Whoever wants to pitch an idea can do so. We would encourage as many people as possible to pitch ideas no matter what stage they are at. Other participants will help you shape and refine them.
Teams are free to work on any idea they want. Their relevance to the general theme of the hackathon will be taken into account by the judges.
Members of the Future Cities team will be on hand to help and answer any questions you might have but none of them will be pitching ideas. It’s really up to you.

What is the prize?

There is a prize fund of £20,000 per hackathon which will be divided equally between the members of the winning team.
How is the prize fund distributed?
Prize money will be split equally between the members of the winning team.

Why do the Future Hacks award a large cash prize?

Are the hackathons open only to those looking to start up a business?

While the prize fund would give a start-up a head start, entry is open to anyone, whether or not they are part of a start-up.

If a team has a mix of individuals interested in starting a business and others who aren’t, is it likely to cause problems when it comes to sharing out prize money?

Participants enter as individuals and entry is open to anyone, whether or not they are part of a start up. The prize fund will be shared equally between the members of the winning team . How the team members decide to take the idea forward – by the whole team or some of the members – is for the team members to decide. As detailed in the Hackathon terms and conditions, GCC may request progress reports from the winning team detailing progress made with the idea following the Hackathon.

Are we allowed to use third party components like open source libraries etc to implement a solution? Are there limitations on component licensing?

Yes, provided these are declared in the presentation and are being used lawfully i.e. under licence. Use of third party components will be taken into account by judges when evaluating entries.

Will there be wireless internet access?

Yes, although you might want to consider bringing a back up just in case ours fails at any point during the weekend.

Can we use any programming language?


The full T&Cs are available online and a short “Key Facts” section below provides an overview of the headline terms and conditions. This Key Facts page is provided for your convenience only and you should still ensure you read the full terms and conditions available at www.open.glasgow.gov.uk/hackathon before signing up to take part in a Hackathon.

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What support is available at the Future Hacks?


Below are some key conditions which govern your participation in any of the GCC Hackathons. This is not a comprehensive list and you should ensure you read the full terms and conditions available at www.open.glasgow.gov.uk/hackathon before signing up to take part. Any updates to the terms and conditions will be posted there.

• Intellectual Property Rights in the entry will remain vested in the entrant or third party who created them, however, you need to be comfortable in disclosing your idea to the Judging Panel, other participants and guests at the Hackaton.

• Your image may be used in photographs or videos taken at the Hackathon for publicity by GCC, TSB or the Future City | Glasgow Project.

• You will indemnify GCC against all costs and expenses in connection with any infringement or alleged infringement of third party Intellectual Property Rights

• Prize money will be divided equally among the members of the winning team and paid by cheque (subject to the members of the winning team signing the necessary mandate form which should be completed by participants in advance and submitted to the Event Organiser immediately following announcement of the winning entry). Should any member of the winning team prefer funds to be paid to anyone else or any body corporate, they will require to sign a disclaimer regarding application of the funds by such third party before funds can be paid out.

• Teams must be formed and intimated to the Event Organiser by 9pm on the Friday of the Hackathon. The composition of the Team can be changed during the course of the Hackathon if notified to the Event Organiser immediately and before final pitches. If no changes are so notified, prize money will be distributed equally among the members of the winning team as notified on Friday evening.

• Should you win a Hackathon, it is your responsibility to come to an agreement with your other team members on how Intellectual Property Rights will be attributed and how prize money will be applied to developing the winning entry. GCC accepts no liability for how IPR is dealt with amongst the winning team nor how the team members use their proportion of the prize money.

• GCC, its Future City | Glasgow Project and the Technology Strategy Board may use your personal data provided when you register for a Hackathon for the purposes of running the Hackathon and/or marketing/advertising any future Hackathons to you.

• If, in the reasonable opinion of the Judging Panel, the entries are insufficient in number or quality, GCC reserves the right not to make an award without liability to any entrant.

• After the Hackathon, GCC may require you and your team mates to submit progress reports on the development of the winning entry at 3 months, 6 months and 9 months after the Hackathon.