1. Aim of the GPU Hackathon

1.1. The aim of the GPU Hackathon event is to help researchers and computational scientists to develop hands-on, real-world skills to port and optimize their scientific applications using graphical processing units (GPUs).

1.2. GPU Hackathon Format: 

1.2.1. GPU Hackathons are managed and administered by OpenACC-Standard.org.

1.2.2. GPU Hackathons are held as both physical in-person events and remote virtual event formats.

1.2.3. GPU Hackathons are intensive applied mentoring sessions where participants work in teams with mentors.

1.2.4. OpenACC and its partners/co-organizers will allocate experienced mentors for the duration of the event that will work collaboratively and in an advisory capacity with the participants.

1.2.5. Participants will have access to dedicated GPU compute resources for the duration of the event. Access is arranged by OpenACC in collaboration with its partners/co-organizers.

2. Date and Location of the Hackathon

2.1 The location and date(s) of each Hackathon event is separate and specific. Participants are subject to the rules and restrictions of the specific venue(s) and/or organizing partner. 

3. Participation in the Hackathon

3.1. The Hackathon is open to all participants (“Participants”) who are 18 years old and above. 

3.2. Participants wishing to participate in a GPU Hackathon must complete the online application form.  In submitting their application, all Participants accept the event Terms and Conditions and grant consent for the handling of their personal information by OpenACC and its partners/co-organizers. 

3.2.1. Participant represents and warrants that the application entry does not violate any agreement or obligation to any invention assignment, proprietary information, confidentiality, non-solicitation, noncompetition or similar agreement with any employer or other person.

3.3. Participants must apply in teams of 2+ people for Hackathon events.

3.4. Applications will be reviewed based on merit on the information submitted in the Registration form. Selected Participants shall receive a confirmation email from OpenACC or its partners/co-organizers three week(s) or less before the event start date

3.5. OpenACC must be informed of any changes made to teams and their respective members. Failure to do so may result in inability to provide communication and instructions, delayed information, and/or the disqualification from the Hackathon.

3.6. Participants are required to adhere to the OpenACC Code of Conduct. Failure to do so may result in disqualification and/or removal from the event, media channels, communications and OpenACC or GPU Hackathon community.

3.7. Participants are required to bring/use their own equipment during the Hackathon events. OpenACC and its partners/co-organizers will provide the following:

3.7.1: For physical Hackathon events: food and drink refreshments, appropriate team work spaces outfitted with seating, power supply and access to restroom facilities, monitors or screens, communication channel access, and internet/Wi-Fi.

3.7.2: For remote/digital Hackathon events: online meeting platform access and communication channel access.

3.8. OpenACC employees are eligible to participate in Hackathon events as attendees; however, they are not permitted to accept prizes of cash awards or that have a significant monetary value based on place finish in any Hackathon or Bootcamp event that has such an award.

4. Registration for the Hackathon

4.1. Accepted Team/Participants must complete the online Registration Form to confirm their participation. In submitting their registration, all Participants grant consent for the handling of their personal information by OpenACC and its partners/co-organizers. 

4.3. Each member of the accepted team is responsible to register for the event.

4.4. Participants guarantee that the personal information provided upon registration to OpenACC is true and accurate, with no liability being attributed to OpenACC in the event of any falsification and/or inaccuracy. Furthermore, inaccurate and/or falsified information can result in disqualification of the team from the event.

4.5. Each Participant undertakes to the best of their ability not to present ideas/MVPs/Solutions that have been previously presented at non-OpenACC Hackathons or submitted to other initiatives.

4.6. For physical events, Participants will be held liable for any damage caused to people or property. OpenACC will not be held liable or responsible for any damages which may occur to any personal belongings to Participant(s) including but not limited to damages and theft.

4.7. OpenACC reserves the right to refuse admission to the venue or to expel from the event any Participant(s) who behave inappropriately.

5. GPU Hackathon Winners

5.1. For those GPU Hackathons that contain competition and prize awards, all specific details of competition requirements and prize awards will be explicitly communicated via the GPUHackathons.org website and/or any other event-specific communication (i.e. Third-party website/webpage).

5.2. Multiple winners: Participants acknowledge and agree that OpenACC shall have no liability whatsoever on how the prizes will be split up between team members.

5.3. Participants acknowledge that the award of a prize does not constitute any ongoing or future binding contract or agreement between OpenACC, its partners/co-organizers, or its agents and the Participants.

6. Intellectual Property Rights

6.1. Intellectual property rights, guarantees, release of responsibility and assignment of intellectual and moral rights, by participating in the Hackathon and accepting the Terms and Conditions, each Participant hereby:

  • declares and warrants that the scientific code or application, product and/or product content in no way violates, in whole or in part, the Intellectual or Property Rights of others and releases OpenACC from any and all responsibility, liability, or request for compensation for damages that should be made by any third party; and
  • agrees to indemnify OpenACC (its representatives, employees, assignees) and to hold it harmless against any loss, liability, damage or expense suffered or incurred as a result of breach of this clause.

6.2. Intellectual Property Rights shall include, without limitation, any ideas, concepts, know-how, data processing techniques, copyrights, patents, designs, inventions, trade secrets, software, source code and documentation, notes, memorandum and any other intellectual property rights attaching to MVP and MVP Content created, invented and/or developed by you and/or alongside other Participants pursuant to participation in a GPU Hackathon, administered and managed by OpenACC.

6.3. Moral rights mean any and all rights of authorship including accreditation and control relating to future use or dissemination of MVP and/or MVP Content.

7. Miscellaneous 

7.1. By participating in this event, Participant understand photographs, screen captures and recordings may be taken during the GPU Hackathons and be later published in various media by Organizer or Venue, without payment or other consideration to Participants, to share information pertaining to the OpenACC GPU Hackathons.

7.2 OpenACC may contact any of the Participants at any point during the event time frame for more information and to discuss matters pertinent to the event of interest, such as logistics, licenses, operations and/or instructions, etc. Afterwards, OpenACC will only contact those individuals who have explicitly opted-in to receive communications from the organizers or partners/sponsors.

7.3. At any time, at the sole and absolute discretion of OpenACC, OpenACC shall be entitled to disqualify a Participant and/or Team in the event of failure to meet relevant eligibility criteria or any other violation or suspected violation of these Terms and Conditions.

7.4. The Participant understands and agrees that OpenACC (including their licensees, successors, and legal representatives, and assigns), or any of its associated or affiliated companies, agents, and any third party media agencies will process his/her personal information provided in connection with GPU Hackathon events.

7.5. These Terms and Conditions, together with any Hackathon applications and registration forms, represent the Participant’s entire agreement with OpenACC with respect to the Hackathon. These terms cannot be modified or changed except with the written agreement of OpenACC.

7.6. All terms and rules are subject to change at OpenACC program management’s or partner/co-organizers’ discretion. Participants will be informed of such changes as deemed necessary.