Hackstock for #LocalGov

September 13-14, 2014

Hackstock 103827


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About Hackstock 

ICMA and Strategic Partner Esri with MindMixer will sponsor the second Hackstock for #LocalGov in conjunction with the 2014 ICMA Annual Conference. Scheduled for Saturday, September 13 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, September 14 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, participants in Hackstock will use data provided by local governments across North America to develop new mobile and online apps and dashboards needed for greater citizen engagement and improved service delivery. 


Local computer programmers will assemble at the convention center to devote a day and a half to collaborate intensively on the creation of new technology applications for local governments and their citizens. The results of their work will be available to members on ICMA’s website after the conference.


Challenge entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Thoughtfulness of Utilizing Civic Data (10 pts.)
  • Quality of Concept (5 pts.)
  • Analysis of Community Need (10 pts.)
  • Collaboration with Local Leaders (20 pts.)
  • Incorporation of Diverse Skill Sets (5 pts.)
  • User Experience (15 pts.)
  • Quality of Design (10 pts.)
  • Ultimate Utility of the Product (10 pts.)
  • Repeatability of the Product (15 pts.)

In order to be elibigle to receive prizes, entries must use Esri web or mobile API technology.


Collaboration with Local Leaders

Several ICMA members have offered to make their data sets available in advance of the competition and work with interested computer programmers and software developers leading up to Hackstock.  Click here to learn more.


Official Rules and Terms of Agreement


Hackstock is open only to:

[1] citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry (or teams of eligible individuals); and

[2] private entities, such as corporations or other organizations, that are incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States.

Individuals submitting on behalf of corporations, nonprofits, or groups of individuals (such as an academic class or other team) must meet the eligibility requirements for individual participants. An individual may join Hackstock with more than one team, corporation, or nonprofit organization. ICMA or Esri employees, as well as judges, and members of such persons’ immediate family (spouses, children, siblings, parents), and persons living in the same household, whether or not related, are not eligible to win.


Steps to Compete
  1. Register for the Hackstock for #LocalGov
  2. Share Ideas
  3. Work with Local Government Data
  4. Form a team to develop the best all-around product you can. Participants are encouraged to talk to ICMA members during the hackathon to ensure their product is meeting a real community need.
  5. Create and Amaze: Create useful visual representations and applications to showcase your findings and help fill a community need.
  6. Win! Prize winners will be those teams that most successfully implement their product in a community.


Prizes will be awarded based on judging by Esri and ICMA. An applicant or applicant team may win only one (1) of four (4) prizes.

  • Grand prize -  $2,000
  • First place -    $1,500
  • Second place - $750
  • Third place -    $250


Winners will be notified at the ICMA conference. Winners will be announced no later than 2:00 pm Eastern, Sunday, September 14, 2014.  NOTE: Failure of a winner to claim the prize awarded may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.  The winner is solely responsible for any taxes on the prizes, and the Sponsor may withhold such taxes from the prize amount prior to providing the award to winners.  Travel, accommodations/lodging, and other related expenses of the applicant, if any, are the financial responsibility of the applicant.


Entries that were created before the launch of the Hackstock are still eligible for submission. However, to qualify for prizes in the Hackstock, entrants of previously created entries must be able to:

1) demonstrate that significant improvements have been made since original creation,

2) clearly articulate how the submission was informed or improved by civic data, and

3) clearly articulate how it was improved in and collaborated on during the Hackstock process.


During the Creation phase you must submit your entry using the instructed form on the website. After approval, your entry will be added online to the Hackstock site.
Remember to sign up for the Hackstock group online, so you can keep up to date with recent announcements and participate with the community.





The Submissions will be reviewed by the judges identified in the Hackstock details or by another qualified panel selected by ICMA at its sole discretion. The panel will judge the Submissions on the criteria identified above in order to select winners in each category. The decisions of ICMA as informed by the Judges are final. ICMA is not responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the findings presented by the Hackstock or the functionality of the products beyond the close of the competition.


Intellectual Propery Rights

Participant will have ownership of all intellectual property in any Submission created, authored, or invented by the Participant during the Hackstock.  Participant hereby grants ICMA a worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use the Submission and programs arising therefrom (the “ICMA License”). Participant also authorizes ICMA to sub-license to ICMA members under the same terms as the ICMA License.  




Participant represents and warrants that he or she is the sole author and copyright owner of the Submission, and that the Submission is an original work of the Participant, or if the Submission is a work based on an existing application, that the Participant has acquired sufficient rights to use and to authorize others, including ICMA, to use the Submission, as specified in the “Intellectual Property Rights” section of the Rules; and that the Submission does not infringe upon any copyright or upon any other third party rights of which the Participant is aware, and that the Submission is free of malware. 


Participant will indemnify and ICMA and its members, employees, and agents, from all damages and liabilities arising out of or relating to Participant’s breach of the representations and warranties in this section.”




Except where prohibited, participation in the Hackstock constitutes each winner’s consent to ICMA and its agents' use of each winner's name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state information for promotional purposes through any form of media, worldwide, without further permission, payment or consideration.


Liability Insurance

Any and all information provided by or obtained from ICMA is without any warranty or representation whatsoever, including but not limited to its suitability for any particular purpose.  Upon registration, all participants agree to assume and, thereby, have assumed any and all risks of injury or loss in connection with or in any way arising from participation in this Challenge, development of any application or the use of any application by the participants or any third-party.  Upon registration all participants agree to and, thereby, do waive and release any and all claims or causes of action against ICMA and its officers, employees and agents for any and all injury and damage of any nature whatsoever (whether existing or thereafter arising, whether direct, indirect, or consequential and whether foreseeable or not), arising from their participation in the contest, whether the claim or cause of action arises under contract or tort.  Upon registration, all participants agree to and, thereby, shall indemnify and hold harmless ICMA and its officers, employees and agents for any and all injury and damage of any nature whatsoever (whether existing or thereafter arising, whether direct, indirect, or consequential and whether foreseeable or not), including but not limited to any damage that may result from a virus, malware, etc., to computer systems or data, or to the systems or data of end-users of the software and/or application(s) which results, in whole or in part, from the fault, negligence, or wrongful act or omission of the participants or participants’ officers, employees or agents.

Based on the subject matter of the Hackstock, the type of work that it possibly will require, and the likelihood of any claims for death, bodily injury, or property damage, or loss potentially resulting from challenge participation, Participant is not required to obtain liability insurance or demonstrate fiscal responsibility in order to participate in this Hackstock.

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