I’m interested but don’t want to compete, can I still come? Do I need to buy a ticket?

If you want a t-shirt, food, or want to compete for prizes you need to buy a ticket. Otherwise, feel free to stop by and just check it out. Please keep in mind that there is limited space so competitors have priority over seats and tables.

Must I stay at the hackathon for the entire weekend?

No, competitors are free to come and go as they please although they are encouraged to work at the location. Competitors must give a live presentation of their project at the location on Sunday to be eligible for prizes. Participants must use their own work and ideas. Forked github code, for example, is fine.

I am working on a hardware/wearable project that requires large tools and/or machinery. Can I bring them to the event location?

Perhaps. Please talk to the hackathon organizers about your need first. Keep in mind that Open Works have many tools/equipment you can use on a first come first served basis. Baltimore Node and other local makerspaces have tools and space for such equipment and we will be happy to coordinate a way for you to use their resources. Competitors with nearby tools and garages are encouraged to help other teams.

Yes! Sponsors are ineligible to win their own category.

If I sponsor can I still compete for prizes?


Are there private spaces or Mother’s Rooms?

We will try our best to accommodate everyone. Please email us at baltimorehackathon@gmail.com with your specific request.

It says you are feeding me but what if I have dietary restrictions?

No, the building will not be open overnight.
If you are coming from out of town, please email us - baltimorehackathon@gmail.com - and we can try to help you find affordable accommodations for Friday and/or Saturday night.

Are we allowed to stay overnight at this location?

Yes, 5 to keep competition fair and healthy. Please list all team members that contributed to your project on your presentation in the “Team Members” slide, even if they did not officially sign up for the hackathon. It is not fair to receive extra outside help without disclosing that information so the judges can take that into consideration (don’t try to make it look like 2 people did the work of 4).

Is there a limit to how many people can be on a team?

Yes. According to MD law, you must pay taxes on prizes over $600. We will need to ask you for your social security number to release a 1099. In order to receive prize money, this must happen. Not our rules.

Am I responsible to pay taxes on a prize if I win?

We are not responsible for lost or stolen goods.

Are you responsible for lost or stolen goods?

You do.

Who owns my idea/product/project?