Hackathon Rules

In the context of droidcon Italy 2020, Synesthesia SRL (registered office in Corso Dante 118, 10126 Turin) promote an educational activity leveraging technical and scientific skills (“Hackathon”) about “Application” development on the Android operating system.

The Hackathon is Co-organized with two Sponsors, Intel and Cisco.

1. Team submission guidelines 

a) Team size: 5 members (maximum)

b) Submissions should be sent through the application form via the following link https://droidcon-mec-hackathon.eventbrite.it. They should include a description of the idea; the target MEC application; information on any intention to reuse / integrate code from past activities, or other projects / prototypes / products (highly recommended); and a short CV for each team member. Any supporting material (e.g. short video clips) related to the idea is welcome. IMPORTANT: Submissions should clearly state how the team intends to use ETSI MEC APIs (available at https://forge.etsi.org/).
NOTE: Whilst the use of MEC service APIs is not mandatory, teams are encouraged to utilize them.

c) Submission due date: 15 June 2020 Late submission are still possible
Submissions will be evaluated by the Droidcon MEC Hackathon Organizing Committee based on various criteria, e.g. relevance to the Call for Developers, assessed relevance of the selected use case, usage of MEC APIs, composition of the team, level of maturity of the project.

d) Selected teams will be notified as soon as possible after the submission. Participants selected for the competition will be also admitted to join the Intel® Edge Builders program

e) Cost: The submission is free of charge, as well as the Hackathon attendance for the selected teams

f) Venue: https://teams.webex.com/

g) The maximum number of participants to the Hackathon is 80. Registration will be closed as soon as this number is reached. The closure of the registration will be published online. After registration closes, if you sign-up, you will be included in a “waiting list” and accepted in case of renunciation from current participants.

h) Participants may not be employees, interns, coworker and / or holders of any positions at Synesthesia srl.

i) Synesthesia SRL and all HOC members reserve the right to verify the eligibility of participants and to decide on any dispute at any time and solely in its discretion, the right to disqualify any individual found in violation of the rules (“Rules”).

l) By signing up to the Hackathon the Participants will assign copyrights of their projects to Synesthesia SRL and to the Sponsors.

m) developers will release to HOC members all rights on any new APIs developed in the framework of the present competition, for future uses, e.g. in the framework of Turin City Lab*

*Here, the HOC would simply retain the right to further expose the edge/MEC APIs developed by Teams (and based e.g. on RESTful OpenApi representations), as an interface to third party applications (e.g. for future Hackathon, trials in the framework Turin City Lab or other cities), but the Teams keep their IP rights of the related functionalities/services/microservices/algorithms implementing such interfaces. thje HOC is of course open to discuss with Developers Teams about the future usage/revenue coming from commercial exploitation of these functionalities, as this could be in your own interest, if e.g. the MEC App developed will win and deserve the right to run a trial in the city.

n) You need to be at least 18 years old to participate to the Hackathon. Participants must accept the rules.

2. Hackathon Details

a) The Hackathon participants could start working on their project right after the selection until final days (25/26 Novembre). This is a remote Hackathon meaning you benefit from extra time to develop your prototype. All teams have full access to the servers, technologies and information manuals. Final days will start at 11:30 am on Wednesday, 25 November and will end at 18:00 on Thursday, 26 November, 2020. Check-in will open at 11:00 am for registration, the awards ceremony will take place at about 17:00 during droidcon conference Friday, 27 November. https://it.droidcon.com/2020/wp-content/uploads/mec-agenda.pdf

b) The work sessions will be connected to the themes published online. Themes will be presented before starting the concept design.

c) Participants can choose whether to develop a new application or to improve and extend already existing open-source code.

d) Projects must be submitted by Thursday at 17:00 to the jury, which is composed by at least one person from each HOC member

e) Each participant or group representative group will have to pitch the project in 5 minutes at the end of the work sessions on Thursday. A working prototype even if not 100% complete needs to be provided.

f) The projects must be developed (at client side) for the Android platform and (at server side) using MEC platforms.

g) in order to facilitate the preparation to the Hackathon, developers will be offered to have in advance a remote access to MEC platforms, so that they can practice with the MEC system, and start developing the server MEC app with their user App at client side. The remote access will be provided in the due advance before the competition.

3. Warranties

By participating to the Hackathon every participants must guarantee that the “project” developed:

(a) will not violate any norm related to Intellectual Property, authorship and other third party rights and will explicitly bind himself and related individuals involved to release Syntesthesia SRL and partners from any liability and to hold harness, substantially and procedurally, from any responsibilities, damage, loss, cost or expense even of legal nature which Synesthesia and partners have to cope with due to any intellectual property and trademarks claims. If third parties interests are involved, the participants must previously get all the needed authorizations and licenses from the respective Intellectual property and trademarks owners.

(b) It must be conceived and developed during the Hackathon event with the exception of initial software components that must be exclusively open source.

(c) It does not include in any form and shape defamatory content that can damage the name, the honor and the reputation of Synesthesia srl, partners and any other individual or company.

(d) It does not include any pornographic or sexual discriminatory material of any form, including discrimination on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and political orientation of individuals or groups nor material that promotes violence.

4. Projects selection

All the Projects will be evaluated according to the terms and conditions of the Hackathon (“Rules”) by a jury that will guarantee that the Projects are suitable for the Hackathon and that will comply with the Hackathon rules. The following evaluation criteria will be used:

  1. Idea novelty and related innovation
  2. Quality of the design (UX/UI – Interaction)
  3. Quality of the technical implementation
  4. MEC relevance
  5. Quality of the presentation to the jury
  6. Potential economical impact, sustainability and social impact
  7. Usage of APIs and software / hardware tools proposed by the partners.

5. Winners and awards

The best idea will be awarded solely at the discretion of the jury. The jury will reward the group or the individual author of the winning idea with prizes that consist in technology assets (hardware, software) or services provided by Synesthesia and/or partner companies. The jury reserves the right not to award any prize at its solely discretion in absence of ideas deemed interesting. Other prizes may be awarded to deserving ideas. Prize and partner companies details will be published on the site www.droidcon.it and announced duringthe competition.


Synesthesia SRL and partners reserve the rights to exclude any Participant from the Hackathon where such individual is found to be in violation of the rules or it is reasonable to think that such violation took place. Synesthesia srl and partners has no obligation to inform such individuals of the reasons of their exclusion. Synesthesia srl and partners reserve the right to shorten, extend, modify or cancel the Hackathon event barring any unforeseen delays or any acts of God, without any liability. The rules and program will be updated accordingly as needed. Synesthesia SRL and partners are not liable in any form if the access and/or browsing of the Hackathon internet web site are difficult or impossible for the Participants. By signing up to the Hackathon the Participants bind themselves to release Synesthesia and its partners from any liability and to hold them harmless, substantially and procedurally, from any responsibilities, damage, loss, cost or expense even of legal nature which Synesthesia and partners have to cope with due to willful misconduct and negligence.

7. Disputes

Participation to the Hackathon implies full implicit acceptance of the Rules without any reserve. Any dispute of any kind related to the Rules and/or to the Hackathon will be resolved solely at the discretion of Synesthesia SRL and its partners.

8. Applicable Law

These Rules are governed by the Italian law. Any dispute with respect to the Hackathon shall be referred to the Court of Turin.

9. Personal details

Synesthesia SRL and its partners will handle personal data of Participants in accordance with the Legislative Decree 196 of 30 June 2003 – “Right to access to personal data and other rights”. Further details are available at: our Privacy policy