We ask all hackers and participants at PYGHACK to agree to the following:

  • Treat all other hackers with utmost respect. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally.
  • Remember that harassment and racist, sexist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for this event. If at any point you see a fellow hacker being harassed, it’s your responsibility to talk to the nearest hackathon organizer.
  • Treat our sponsors with the utmost respect. Without them nothing would be possible. Take some time out of your work to go meet and speak with them. If they come over to talk to you look up from your work and give them a bit of your time. They're here for you! Show them you appreciate it.
  • Teams can be anywhere from one to five members. All teams retain full ownership of what they have created during the hackathon.

To ensure a level field for all contestants, all code, design, art, music, SFX, and assets must be created during the duration of the hackathon.

We want to ensure that all participants start off on the same footing and we also want to preserve the true nature of a hackathon. You are, however, free to make plans, create wireframes, and brainstorm prior to the event.

The only exception to this rule is that you may use material that is freely available to the public. Some examples of this would be: public domain images, creative commons music, open source libraries, and existing APIs and platforms. Failure to comply may result in the offending team's disqualification.

TL;DR: Bring your blueprints, build at the hackathon. It’s the only way we can compare hacks on a level playing field and fairly award prizes. It’s what lets you say “I built this at a hackathon”.

Have fun. Hackathons are amazing, and so are you. We’re so happy you’re able to hack with us and be a part of our amazing community.

Open your mind. Hacking unites people from across the world and from different cultural norms, nationalities, and backgrounds. Be prepared not only to learn something new from your hack, but also from the amazing people around you. Be mindful of the fact that certain content and actions can make the people around you uncomfortable. If your hack contains material that might cross that boundary, talk to a PYGHACK team member. They'll review it with the team and notify you if you should go forward. Don't waste 24 hours on a hack that won't be allowed to demo.

Be the change you want to see in your local community. Never be afraid of competing based on where you come from or have preconceptions of grandeur because you come from a great school or grand institution. One can achieve greatness at any time. You simply have to see it and grab it.

To find help at the event find the nearest PYGHACK staff member. All staff will be indicated so hackers so they will be easy to point out. You may also email us at In the case of an extreme emergency, you should dial 911. However, if this is urgent but a non-emergency but need immediate assistance, please call 217-333-1216 (TTY: 217-244-7209) and you will be connected with UIUC non-emergency assistance.

If you need to contact an event organizer directly or do not feel comfortable calling the line above, direct contact details are listed below:

Seth Fein –

Patrick Singer –

Failure to comply with any one of these statements above may lead to, but is not limited to, a simple warning to not do the action again, having your hack disqualified, or being removed from the event with no eligibility for reimbursement or refund of any type. The PYGHACK organizing team reserves the right to take any action PYGHACK deems appropriate.

If you have any questions at all — please email us at