Rules & Code of Conduct

Rules and Code of Conduct for the Solid Hackathon


Solid for Social Networks: A Solid Hackathon is an event designed to encourage developers to explore innovative ideas using the W3C Solid Protocol. The event provides a platform for participants to showcase their skills, network with other professionals in the field, and learn from experienced mentors. The challenge is to build a Solid application that integrates with a social network technology or service.

Code of Conduct

Because the Solid Community is centered around W3C, the Solid Hackathon will follow the W3C Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Harassment, discrimination, or any other form of misconduct will not be tolerated. The organizers reserve the right to disqualify any participant who violates the code of conduct.



The hackathon is open to all developers who are interested in exploring the possibilities of the Solid Protocol. Participants must register by September 11th at the latest.


Participants are encouraged to form teams of 2 to 5 members. Teams can be formed prior to the hackathon or on the day of the event. Teams should work together to create a cohesive and well-executed idea that utilizes Solid. If you know your team's name, please provide it during the registration. Participants who do not already have a team can join an existing team during the hackathon.


All teams must submit their project idea on the first day of the hackathon. Their submission should include a brief description of the idea, how it uses the Solid Protocol, and how it will be implemented. Participants are encouraged to be creative and original in their idea submissions.

Time Constraints

Participants will have a set amount of time to work on their projects: September 11th to October 1st. Participants are encouraged to use their time wisely and efficiently. During the Solid Hackathon, a Slack channel will be available to all teams to submit questions and ask for assistance from staff and mentors. During the hackathon, the organizers will surprise contestants with other fun activities (such as trivia quizzes) that could win teams bonus points.

Project Submission

The completed projects must be:

  • submitted before the October 1st deadline
  • one submission per team
  • in the form of a Git repository (could be multi-project)
  • licensed under the MIT License

Late submissions will not be allowed. Project submissions may optionally be accompanied by a maximum 5-minute video explaining the project. 


Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams. The winning team will be awarded $2,500 (USD) to be split among the team members. The second place will be awarded $500 (USD) to be split among its members. Inrupt employees are not eligible for prizes. In addition to monetary prizes, the top two winning teams will have the opportunity to present their projects at the Solid World.

Ownership of Ideas

Participants retain ownership of their ideas. However, by participating in the hackathon, developers agree to release their submission under the MIT License.

Intellectual Property

Participants must not use any copyrighted material or proprietary software in their submissions unless they have obtained the necessary permissions. Participants are responsible for ensuring that their submissions do not infringe on any intellectual property rights.


All teams will have the opportunity to present their ideas to the judges and the other participants. There will be no live presentations. Presentations should be in the form of a video recording, kept to a maximum of 5 minutes. Teams should take maximum advantage of their video presentations to showcase their ideas and implementations effectively.


Participants will receive feedback from the judges after the event. The feedback will be focused on how the team performed in the different judging criteria. Participants should use this feedback to improve their skills and knowledge in the field.