Terms and Conditions

Overview:  On September 21st through September 23rd, 2018, the U.S. Navy will host HACKtheMACHINE.  The HACKtheMACHINE is a two-day competition, to be held at Galvanize, during which eligible participants will try to solve one or more challenges related to maritime security.

How to Enter: Beginning on August 1st, 2018 and ending at 5PM EST on September 19th (the "Registration End Date"), you may register to participate in HACKtheMACHINE.  You may only register one (1) time to participate in HACKtheMACHINE. Registrations will be accepted in the order in which they are submitted based on suitability until event capacity has been reached.

When you register, in addition to your name, email address, and phone number, you may be asked to provide optional information related to your occupation, education, and experience.  This information may be used to contact you about future events or services that may be of interest to you unless you indicate that you prefer not to be contacted.

Eligibility: HACKtheMACHINE is open only to individuals who are 18 years of age or older as of [September 21st, 2018].  Prizes may be awarded at HACKtheMACHINE.  You are not eligible to participate or receive any Prize in HACKtheMACHINE if you are a resident of a country designated by the United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (see http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/SDN-List/Pages/default.aspx for additional information).

Team Event:  HACKtheMACHINE is a team based event and a maximum of ten eligible individuals will be permitted per team. Final team composition will be completed during the event.  Once teams are finalized on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 you will not be allowed to switch teams or add or remove team members.

HACKtheMACHINE Details: An individual may only submit one registration entry. Incomplete entries may be disqualified. Your entry consists of your online application at https://hackthemachine.ai.  All materials related to the entry must be in English.

All participants must be present to participate.  Participants are required to supply their own Wi-Fi capable laptop in order to participate.  Wi-Fi service and the cloud computing environment required to participate will be provided to each participant.

In addition, all participants will be required to complete a HACKtheMACHINE Release (“Release”) before they will be permitted to participate.  As described in more detail in the Release, by participating in HACKtheMACHINE, you agree that, without compensation, the U.S. Navy or it’s designee may photograph, record, and otherwise use your likeness, image, voice, or appearance, whether in whole or in part, blurred, altered, or distorted, in photographic, audio, video, electronic, digital, or other formats, without limitation, including for internal and external advertising, promotional, marketing, and training purposes and without any right by you to inspect, approve, or disapprove the foregoing. Participants are prohibited from retaining any materials provided to participants by HACKtheMACHINE or otherwise as part of HACKtheMACHINE, including, without limitation, any and all data, data sets, information, or other materials, and participants are prohibited from using such materials other than for the purposes of participating in HACKtheMACHINE. Nothing in these Rule shall be interpreted as granting you permission to use or display the U.S. Navy name, logo, or trademarks for any purposes.

Allowed Technologies: Hackathon participants may use source code, sample code, libraries, SDKs, and APIs to support their entry as long as these technologies are: (i) Made publicly discoverable and available for public use in developing applications as of the Registration End Date and are still public as of the event; (ii) be indexed and reachable through Google’s search engine; (iii) be easily accessible (i.e., anyone can download or access if signup is required, access must be granted in less than 1 hour). Examples of common technologies that meet the requirements as allowable are Angular.js, jQuery, Bootstrap, D3, Hadoop, MySQL, Lucene, Twilio, Google Talk, Weather Underground. The U.S. Navy reserves the right to assess participants eligibility and compliance with these Rules at any point during HACKtheMACHINE. If the U.S. Navy requires any assistance in order to assess your compliance, you must promptly provide that assistance. If you do not provide the requested assistance in a timely manner, or if the U.S. Navy has reason to believe that you are not complying with the Rules, you may be disqualified, in the U.S. Navy’s sole discretion.

How Your Entry May be Used: By submitting an entry to HACKtheMACHINE, you grant the U.S. Navy an irrevocable, royalty-free, fully-paid, sublicensable, worldwide license to: (a) use, review, assess, test, and otherwise analyze your entry and all its content in connection with HACKtheMACHINE; and (b) feature your entry and all its content for promotional purposes (including, but not limited to, in advertisements, press releases, presentations, and trade shows) in all media, now known or later developed. You also agree to sign any necessary documentation that may be required for the U.S. Navy and its designees to make use of the rights you granted. Please note that the U.S. Navy, other entrants, or individuals may have developed materials similar or identical to your entry, or may be developing something similar in the future. By entering this Hackathon you waive any claims you may have resulting from any similarities to your entry and agree that the U.S. Navy is not responsible for any unauthorized use of your entry by 3rd parties who may access or view your materials. If you do not want to grant us these rights to your Entry, please do not enter this event.

Liability Release:  By registering for and participating in HACKtheMACHINE, you agree to release, defend, and hold harmless the U.S. Navy, its employees, officers, directors, shareholders, subsidiaries, parents, affiliates, and agents, and any and all Internet service and access providers (“Released Parties”) from and against any claim, damages, or cause of action arising out of your participation in HACKtheMACHINE, including, but not limit to: (a) your registration for and participation in HACKtheMACHINE was in violation of the Rules, (b) your receipt or use of the prizes to be awarded in connection with HACKtheMaCHINE (c) any injury or harm resulting from any travel to HACKtheMACHINE, (d) technical errors that may impair your ability to participate in HACKtheMACHINE; (e) your entry infringes any copyright, trademark, or any other intellectual property right; (f) disputes between team members; (g) claims relating to damage to persons or property relating in any way to your participation in HACKtheMACHINE.  The Released Parties shall not have any liability for any incorrect or inaccurate registration information; technical malfunctions, failures, interruptions, or defects of any telephone network, computer online systems, computer equipment, service or server providers, or software, including any injury or damage to a registrant’s, participant’s, or any other person's computer or any data contained on or accessed via such computer relating to or resulting from registration for or participation in HACKtheMACHINE; inability to access the Internet; unauthorized access to, or alteration of registration information; or registrations that are processed late or incorrectly or are incomplete or lost due to computer or electronic malfunction, traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or otherwise. All registrations, including all information provided in connection with a registration, become the property of the U.S. Navy and will not be returned.  A purchase will not increase your chance of winning.


You understand that HACKtheMACHINE, the Rules, the event timeline, and judging criteria may be modified at any time in the U.S. Navy’s sole discretion without posting updated rules or clarification; however, where such a modification would negatively affect HACKtheMACHINE participants broadly we will endeavor to give you notice of the change via e-mail. Because we will endeavor to provide important notices to you via e-mail address you have provided at registration, it is important that you regularly check that e-mail address.

Severability: The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision was not contained herein. The U.S. Navy’s failure to enforce any term of these Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

Law: You agree that these terms and the relationship between you and the U.S. Navy shall be governed by the laws of and the courts in the State of Washington.


Section Headings: The headings of the sections are inserted for reference only and are not intended to be part of nor affect the meaning or interpretation of these Rules.

Copy of Rules:  These official rules are also available by emailing fitzgibbon_jaime@bah.com