Code of Conduct

ImpactHack Terms and Conditions

The following are the Terms and Conditions issued by the World Resources Institute, 10 G Street NE, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20002, USA, ("WRI") for the ImpactHack (the "Hackathon"). By registering for the Hackathon, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

For purposes of these Terms and Conditions, a “Participant” is anyone who attends the Hackathon with the purpose of submitting a project. In the event Participant is part of a registered team, such Participant is also referred to as a “Team Participant.”

1. Description of Hackathon.

The United States Diplomacy Center and World Resources Institute are partnering to host ImpactHack, a data visualization hackathon in Washington DC. Participants will utilize resources from the world’s top authorities to tell stories of international collaboration, from human rights to energy access.

The Hackathon will begin at 5pm on Friday, September 21, 2018 at the Department of State headquarters Pavilion (330 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA) with project pitches and a reception. At 8am on Saturday, September 22, 2018 Participants will engage in a 10-hour creation session at World Resources Institute (10 G St. NE, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20002) to design and build projects. Participants must attend the entire day on Saturday, September 22, 2018 to be eligible for the prizes below.

2. Eligibility.

Prizes are available to individuals and teams of not more than four (4) people. To be eligible for Prizes, Participants must register to participate on the Hackathon DevPost ( by September 22, 2018 and submit a project on the Hackathon DevPost prior to the close of the Hackathon on September 22, 2018. To be considered a Team, each member of the team must register as a Team Participant on the Hackathon DevPost during application submission. 

WRI employees and independent contractors are not eligible for Prizes.

3. Prizes Awarded.

(a) Four cash prizes will be awarded to four winning projects as follows: First Place ($1500), Second Place ($750), Third Place ($250), and Special Achievement ($500). Prizes are subject to the following terms of eligibility for each Participant or Team Participant, as applicable:

  1. The winning Participants must not include any individuals or organizations who are noted on the U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List as of September 22, 2018. Participants must also not be an excluded entity as identified on the U.S. Government System for Award Management ( list as of September 22, 2018.
  2. Prizes will be awarded to projects. If a winning project is developed by more than one Participant, the prize will be allocated evenly among Team Participants.

(b) WRI will work within all legal restrictions on foreign currency and gifts in the United States and in the Participant’s home country. No commitment made over the course of the Prize shall supersede any legal restrictions in the United States, in the home country or countries of the entities and individuals included in the Participant, or in relevant international laws.

(c) The winning Participants are solely responsible for any taxes or levies due on the prize amounts in their home country.

(d) The following criteria will be considered when evaluating each project:

  1. Fit: Does it address the prompt?
  2. Innovation: Does it introduce a new approach or perspective, technical, analytical, or visual?
  3. Functionality: Does the project function as intended?
  4. Design: Is the project aesthetically pleasing? Does the design of the product elevate its message?
  5. Extensibility: Can the project be easily expanded in the future?

WRI shall have sole and absolute discretion to determine the methodology used to render its decision and award the prizes. Decisions of WRI are final.

4. Indemnification.

By submission of an application, Participants automatically agree to fully indemnify, defend, and hold WRI and its affiliates, and their respective directors, officers, employees, shareholders, partners, and agents, and the advisors and jurors (collectively the "WRI parties") harmless from and against any and all claims, losses, costs, and expenses (including attorneys' fees) incurred by any WRI party in connection with the Hackathon or any awards issued.

5. License.

Each Participant in the Hackathon grants to WRI a perpetual, world-wide, royalty-free, irrevocable license to use, sublicense, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works from any and all materials, applications, or work created by the Participant during the Hackathon.

6. Right to Use Likeness.

By participating in the Hackathon, each Participant agrees that WRI shall have the right to use Participant’s name and/or likeness to promote the Hackathon and/or WRI.

7. General.

WRI reserves the right to revise these terms and conditions as it, in its sole discretion, deems necessary or desirable.

8. Other.

These terms and conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia, USA. By accepting these terms and conditions, Participant agrees that any action or proceeding between WRI and Participant for any purpose concerning the Hackathon or these terms and conditions, or the parties' obligations hereunder shall be brought exclusively in a federal or state court of competent jurisdiction sitting in the District of Columbia, USA, and Participants consent to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of these courts. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these terms and conditions, will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision thereof.