RivCodes Official Rules 2014:

• You must be registered by 9:00am June 28 on our Eventbrite site www.eventbrite.com to participate and win in the event on. Participants must be onsite during opening and closing. WINNERS MUST BE PRESENT TO ACCEPT PRIZE OR PRIZE WILL BE FORFEITED.
• No submission may win more than (2) prizes. By participating in this Hackathon contestants agree to be bound by these Official Rules as well as all decisions of the RivCodes judges, which are final and binding on all aspects of the Hackathon.
• Unless otherwise specified in the Official Rules, Hackathon contestants must be 16 years of age or older and legal residents of the United States in order to be eligible for prizes. A release form will be required for minors to participate and win a prize. Employees, RivCodes sponsors, Administrator, any prize supplier, and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries and affiliates and their advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies (the “Contest Parties”) are not eligible to win.
• RivCodes Hackathon contestants are encouraged to compete in teams. Contestants can recruit people to join a team or teams may be formed or assigned at the event. During the competition, participants will be asked to create a mobile or web application, with at least one of the County data sets, that is sustainable on a tablet or Smartphone device, along with a summary description for their app (“Submission”). Each team will be given a time limited opportunity to demonstrate their Submission and provide an oral presentation to the judges describing their Submission. We may choose to limit the number of submissions.
• All team formations must be made in our Challengepost site http://rivcodes2014.challengepost.com/ and be done by 9am on Sunday. All coding for the Submission must be during the Hackathon. The deadline for submissions is 9am on June 29th. Any additional requirements concerning Submissions will be specified in the Official Rules or provided during the Hackathon.
• Entries must not be indecent, defamatory, in obvious bad taste, demonstrate a lack of respect for public morals or conduct or adversely affect the reputation of the county or sponsors. Any determination made by the County's judges under this paragraph is wholly within their discretion and will be final.
• UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED IN THESE OFFICIAL RULES, ALL PRIZES OR ANY PRIZE COMPONENTS WILL BE AWARDED TO THE WINNING TEAM AS A WHOLE AND NOT TO EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER OF A WINNING TEAM. RCIT, SmartRiverside and RivCodes Hackathon sponsors are not responsible for any disputes among team members concerning prize or prize components.
• All taxes and any expenses are sole responsibility of winners. Only the stated number and components of prizes in Official Rules or at the event will be awarded. Winners are required to complete a W-4 . 1099s will be issued to Qualifying Recipients by the Fiscal Sponsor for all cash prizes in excess of $600 and all non-cash prizes fair market value in excess of $600.
• Event organizers, sponsors, or RCIT may prohibit certain contestants or teams from participating in the Hackathon or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that a contestant or team has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of the Hackathon by cheating, hacking, deception, or any other unfair playing practices of intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other participants or RCIT representatives.
• Contestants authorize event organizers, sponsors, and RCIT to use and share their name, voice, likeness, biographical data, city and state of residence and entry materials in programming or promotional material, worldwide in perpetuity, or on a winner's list, if applicable, without further compensation unless prohibited by law.
• RivCodes makes no claims to any code or hack produced as a result of the event. However, as the civic sponsor, the County of Riverside retains a free and non-expiring license to utilize any code and/or app produced during the event to deliver and/or improve the delivery of services to the County’s constituents and may also share it with other public agencies.
• RivCodes is a place where people freely share ideas and concepts. By participating, you acknowledge and agree that if you share an idea, suggestion, or concept you are working on that others may use your idea, suggestion, or concept and integrate it into an application that they are working on now or in the future, and you waive any and all claims and lawsuits against the organizers or sponsors or participants that may use or incorporate that idea, suggestion or concept, into an application, service, or product. If you can’t agree, you can’t participate.

Grand Prizes:

1st Place: $2,500 (1 winner)
2nd Place: $1,500 (1 winner)
3rd Place: $500 (1 winner)


Each entry will be evaluated on each of the following criteria:
Usefulness: the app or concept should enhance citizen engagement/employee experience.  
Usability: the app or concept is intuitive and easy to use.
Originality: the app or concept provides an innovative or creative approach to an idea.
Technology: Sophistication of technologies used in its creation.
•In the event of a tie, the winning team will be determined by the judges based on the highest score for originality of idea. Each contestant and each member of a winning team may be required to sign and return, when requested, an affidavit of eligibility, and a prize/publicity release

Other Prizes:

Microsoft will provide BizSpark subscriptions to all qualified attendees, for more information about BizSpark see http://bizspark.com.

Sponsored Challenges:


1st Place: $2,000 (1 winner):

Criteria: Best App using ESRI Technology


1st Place: a pre-ordered Amazon Firefly phone
+ 1 year of unlimited use of Syncano
2nd Place: Amazon FireTV
+ 6 months of unlimited use of Syncano
3rd place: 3 months of unlimited use of Syncano
Criteria: Apps will be judged on:
• Creativity
• Use of Syncano platform
• Number of Syncano features used:
    • Data modeling
    • Access Management
    • User Management
    • Communication API
• Functionality (must be a working prototype)
(Bonus points will be given to those who incorporate Real-Time Sync through our Communication API)

More great prizes to be announced! Watch this space for further details.


Contact Us

Riverside County Innovation Center
3450 14th Street
Riverside, CA 92501