Submitters will be NZ Residents and registered to participate in the event at You are also required to register to submit and be eligible for event prizes.

Code of Conduct

Adapted from The Hack for Western Mass Code of Conduct.

Our goal is to ensure that all participants can freely and openly share ideas in a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment that encourages and inspires mutual respect and collaboration. The purpose of this document is not to restrict the diversity of ideas and expression in the community; rather, it’s to raise awareness of the potential for actions that could alienate valuable members — and potential members — of the community.

Be Considerate

HACKAKL is an event that attracts diverse people from a wide variety of ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. We acknowledge that cross-cultural communication can often be complicated and encourage everyone to consider both the impact of their actions on those with different backgrounds and experiences and the honest intentions of those who may have unknowingly caused offense. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate.

Be Welcoming

One of the greatest strengths of the civic hackathon community is inclusiveness. Making all attendees feel welcome and included at HACKAKL is everyone’s job.

Be Respectful

Sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, and other participants should strive to treat all people with dignity and respect, regardless of their culture, religion, physical appearance, disability, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.

Be Collaborative

Collaboration is central to the hackathon and to the larger open government and open source community. This collaboration involves individuals working with others in teams, teams working with each other, and individuals and teams working with other projects outside. This collaboration reduces redundancy, and improves the quality of our work. Internally and externally, we should always be open to collaboration. If and when misunderstandings occur, we encourage people to work things out between themselves whenever possible. People are encouraged to take responsibility for their words and actions and listen to constructively-presented criticism with an open mind, courtesy, and respect.

When we disagree, we consult others

If people are unable to work out issues between themselves, they are encouraged to seek the advice of a mutually trusted third party or an event organizer.

When we need it, we ask for help

Nobody knows everything, and nobody is expected to be perfect. Asking questions can help prevent problems down the road, and so questions are encouraged. Those who are asked questions should be responsive and helpful. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.

If you feel threatened or violated as a result of intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct, please immediately notify an event organizer. Likewise, please immediately notify an event organizer if you notice that someone else is being subjected to such behavior.

The HACKAKL team wants everyone to feel safe for the duration of the event. If necessary, conference staff are empowered to take appropriate actions that may include, but are not limited to, warnings, expulsion from the event, and referrals to venue security or local law enforcement. We’re all in this together. Thanks for making HACKAKL great for everyone! The HACKAKL Code of Conduct is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License and is available for others to use and adapt for their own events.

Also see our guidance regarding software submissions an open source software licensing.


We reserve the right, to redistribute surplus prizes as the organisinig committee sees fit.