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Hesburgh Libraries Hackathon Event Guide


Hesburgh Libraries Hackathon 2020

Synergy — Holistic Solutions for the Whole Student

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Successful projects depend on interdisciplinary expertise and cross-functional teams. Designing for digital is a shared conversation with diverse stakeholders. Bring your unique talents to help shape the vision and work of your team.

This year's theme is Bridging conversations, Building connections. Teams will develop ideas that leverage technology to encourage more conversations, particularly among individuals or groups with diverse perspectives.

Whether you have new answers to old problems or entirely new concepts, use your combined insights to reimagine what’s possible. Bring your fresh ideas and your digital skills to build real, shareable, open-source solutions.

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Event Chairs

We are the chairs for the Hackathon. During the event, please contact us in person or on email at any time with question, comments, needs and concerns.

Image of Randal Harrison
    Image of Randal Harrison


      All Hesburgh Library Hackathon participants must abide by the following rules.

      • Teams must be made up exclusively of 2-4 Notre Dame students. Student competitors may not be organizers, volunteers, judges, sponsors, or occupy any other position of special privilege at the event.

      • Teams may not add members, nor drop below the minimum of 2 members, once the competition starts.

      • All team projects must be coded in a programming language(s).

      • Teams may use open source libraries and frameworks in their projects, but all original work on a project should be done during the competition time. Teams may use an idea they had before the event and may work on an idea that they have worked on before, as long as they do not re-use code they have written outside the competition.

      • Teams may not continue working on their projects (code) or presentations after formal presentations have begun.

      • Teams may be disqualified from the competition at the organizers' discretion. Reasons might include but are not limited to breaking the Rules, breaking the Code of Conduct (see below), or other unsporting behavior.

      Intellectual Property

      The Hesburgh Libraries does not claim any license or intellectual property rights in participants' submissions, except for the limited license to review those submissions as part of Hackathon judging and awarding of prizes. Whether participants choose to share their submissions under an open source license or not, they should also aware that their use of any open source software, packages or other APIs may bind them to an open source license. Whatever license participants choose, they should ensure they clearly understand their rights and responsibilities under that license. For instance, if participants do choose to share their submission under an open source license, this may impact their future rights to restrict the use and redistribution of their work.

      Code of Conduct

      Social Practices

      In keeping with the codes of conduct set forth in du Lac: A Guide to Student Life, our Hackathon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, previous hackathon attendance or computing experience (or lack of any of the aforementioned). We do not tolerate harassment of hackathon participants in any form.

      If you witness or experience any transgressions of this Code of Conduct at the Hackathon, please contact a member of the staff immediately, or email


      All participants understand that the Hesburgh Hackathon may be photographed, videotaped, and or recorded by the Hesburgh Libraries, and grant the Hesburgh Libraries the right to use or refrain from using their name and/or likeness without their approval or compensation. Photography by participants is encouraged, but other participants must be given a reasonable chance to opt out from being photographed if they object to having their photograph taken. It is inappropriate to take photographs in contexts where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Participants are asked not share photos of others without their permission.