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bitsxlaMarató Terms and Conditions

These Terms & Conditions (hereinafter, “T&C”) are intended to regulate the relationship between ASSOCIACIÓ HACKERS AT UPC (hereinafter, “HACKERS AT UPC”), FACULTAT D’INFORMÀTICA DE BARCELONA (hereinafter, “FIB”) and the Users who decide to sign up and participate in the event bitsxlaMarató organized by HACKERS AT UPC and FIB.

For the purposes of this Agreement, the parties agree that, when used capitalized herein, the following terms shall have the following meanings unless they are otherwise defined in this Agreement.


The “Organizers” refers to HACKERS AT UPC, with NIF/VAT G66642778 and address at C/ Jordi Girona, num. 1, Campus Nord UPC, Edifici Omega, D.S102, 08034, Barcelona (Spain) and contact e-mail address contact@hackupc.com as well as FIB, with NIF/VAT Q-0818003F and address at C/Jordi Girona, num. 1-3, Campus Nord UPC, Edifici B6, 08034, Barcelona (Spain) and contact e-mail address bitsxlamarato@fib.upc.edu.

The “Participant” refers to any User who decides to sign up accepting these T&C and participates in the event organized by the Organizers by competing in the Hackathon.

The “Attendee” refers to any User who decides to sign up accepting these T&C and participates in the event organized by the Organizers in any other role that is not the role of Participant. It includes the following: Sponsor, Judge, Mentor, Organizers, Volunteer and other attendees.

The event “bitsxlaMarató” refers to the Event organized by the Organizers, which is a Hackathon. Hackathons are awesome events full of creativity, technology, and passionate tech-related students collaborating and creating. This year, 2022, bitsxlaMarató will be held in-person in an in-person format using a combination of our own and third-party services such as online platforms for collaboration, communications, and participants registration.

The “Swag” refers to any gift provided by The Organizers or any sponsor or partner of bitsxlaMarató in any physical or online form with no cost.



By virtue of this Agreement, the Participant or Attendee agrees to participate in the event bitsxlaMarató organized by HACKERS AT UPC and FIB, in solidarity with “La Marató de TV3”.

This T&C apply to both the Participants and the Attendees, although some of its clauses may only apply to the Participant given their role in the Hackaton.

HACKERS AT UPC is an association that promotes technology, creativity, and innovation and organizes events, primarily Hackathons, which take place once a year.

Facultat d’Informàtica de Barcelona (FIB) is a pioneering school in university-level informatics in Spain and has been spearheading Catalonia’s progress in the field since 1977. Its contribution to society can clearly be seen in the number of top-quality professionals it has produced, who are required by organizations that seek to innovate and make progress.

3. bitsxlaMarató COMPETITION RULES

These are the bitsxlaMarató competition rules. They are based on HackUPC’s rule set which, in turn, is a customized version of the standard competition rules used at MLH Member Hackathons. If you have a suggestion for these rules or a question about them, please submit it to the e-mail address provided.

The spirit of the competition

Remember that Hackathons are like marathons. Some people go to compete, but most people take part to better themselves and have fun. Whatever the reason is you’re at a Hackathon, make sure you’re upholding the hacker spirit by collaborating with other teams, helping beginners, and having fun.

The rules of the competition

  1. There is no minimum team size, however, the maximum size is 4 people. There will be 1 prize for each member of the team, independently of the team size.
  2. Teams do not need to be made up exclusively of students (or recent graduates within one year of having graduated), but they must not be organizers, judges, sponsors, or in any other privileged position at the event. Volunteers are allowed to participate in their free time, accepting the extra difficulty of hacking and volunteering at the same time, but their role won’t give them any judging advantage in front of the rest of participants.
  3. All team members should be accepted into the hackathon by the organization and registered into the online platforms used before and during the event.
  4. All team members should be reachable by any member of the organization team during the event.
  5. Teams can of course gain advice and support from organizers, volunteers, sponsors, mentors and other related people to the hackathon.
  6. All work on a project should be done at the Hackathon.
  7. Teams can use an idea they had before the event.
  8. Teams can work on ideas that have already been done. Hacks do not have to be “innovative”. If somebody wants to work on a common idea they should be allowed to do so and should be judged on the quality of their hack. These days it’s hard to find something that’s fully original and teams might not know an idea has been done before anyway.
  9. Teams can work on an idea that they have worked on before (as long as they do not re-use code).
  10. Teams can use libraries, frameworks, or open-source code in their projects. Working on a project before the event and open-sourcing it for the sole purpose of using the code during the event is against the spirit of the rules and is not allowed.
  11. Adding new features to existing projects is allowed. Judges will only consider new functionality introduced or new features added during the Hackathon in determining the winners.
  12. Teams must stop hacking once the time is up. However, teams are allowed to debug and make small fixes to their programs after time is up. e.g. If during demoing your hack you find a bug that breaks your application and the fix is only a few lines of code, it’s okay to fix that. Making large changes or adding new features is not allowed.
  13. Projects that violate the Code of Conduct are not allowed (clause 3).
  14. Teams can be disqualified from the competition at the organizers’ discretion. Reasons might include but are not limited to breaking the Competition Rules, breaking the Code of Conduct, or other unsporting behaviour.


After hacking finishes, teams will show their projects to each other and to the judges.

In order to present your project to hackUPC judges and sponsors you would need to be able to sing up and log in to third party services complining with the applicable law of your country. Agreeing with the terms and conditions of any third party service suggested, used or proposed by the organization.

You are strongly encouraged to present a demo of what you have built. Pitches or presentations are discouraged. You are not judged on the quality of your pitch or the quality of your idea. As you are judged on what you built, you’ll only hurt yourself by not showing a demo.

You are encouraged to present what you have done even if your hack is broken or you weren’t able to finish. It’s okay if you didn’t finish your hack, that happens all the time! Completion is only one part of the judging criteria, so you might still do well. Also, demoing is not just about the competition. It’s a chance to share with others what you learned and what you tried to build that’s what hacking’s all about! In the case that you don’t have anything to demo, you can give a presentation about what you tried and what you learned. Hearing what other people learned is interesting and inspiring for other attendees.

Judging Criteria

Teams will be judged on these three criteria. Judges will weigh the criteria equally. During judging, participants should try to describe what they did for each criterion in their project.

We also will be taking in count the design and the usability, so if your application does not look like a 90’s website and it’s intuitive at using it, extra points for you.

These criteria will guide judges but ultimately judges are free to make decisions based on their gut feeling of which projects are the most impressive and most deserving.

It’s important to note that these judging criteria do not include:

So don’t worry about coming up with the next big idea or building the next Facebook. You’ll have plenty of time for that outside the hackathon. just focus on learning, having fun, and making new friends. At the end of the day the skills you learn and the friends you make might lead to the next big thing—but you don’t have to do that to win a hackathon.


The prizes shall be transferred using one of the following methods:

after the announcement of the winners by the Organizers.

In the case of ECTS credits, these are prizes that FIB rewards to those hackers who have presented a valid project to the judges and belong to an eligible UPC faculty and/or degree. These prizes shall be transferred using one of the following methods:

after the projects have been reviewed and the event has ended.

The Organizers keep the right to decide which one of the methods mentioned above is used to transfer the prizes to each winner, without the need or obligation to make public the followed criteria. The no acceptance of the method chosen by the Organizers will be cause for withdrawal of the prize.

The Organizers shall not take any responsibility for the failure of the participant to avail the prize due to inaccurate information provided by the participant. The Organizers reserves the right to replace any winner if we discover that the winner is or was in breach of these general terms and conditions.

All prize winners will be obliged to provide all their tax details to the Organizers, so that the latter can comply with all the formal obligations arising from this promotion. The Organizers will make available to the winners, within the period legally established for this purpose, the certificates of withholdings made.

In order to carry out the delivery of the prize, the winners must provide all information required by the Organizers or third parties on its behalf, such as identity documents, passports, etc.; any delay or failure to provide the required documentation and/or information will be cause for withdrawal of the prize.

Each winner will be responsible for complying with the tax and accounting obligations involved in obtaining the prize for personal taxation purposes..


Any cheating allegations will be resolved according to the bitsxlaMarató Cheating Response Procedure (clause 5).


The competition is just a part of the Hackathon. To make the most out of the event, try something new, teach other people, and make new friends! Happy Hacking from the bitsxlaMarató team!



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The following is a guide of actions to be taken in the case of an accusation that a team cheated or otherwise violated the rules of competition.

Accusations of cheating may include but are not limited to:

To determine the validity of cheating instances HACKERS AT UPC defers to the rules addressed in clause 2.


If you suspect cheating, please get in touch with the organizers of the event. If you are still at the event, please talk to a bitsxlaMarató organizer. If it is after the event, please email contact@hackupc.com.

Document the Report

The following steps are to be followed by HACKERS AT UPC.

Try to get as much of the allegation in written form by the reporter. If you cannot, transcribe it yourself as it was told to you.

The important information to gather include the following:

bitsxlaMarató organizers will then investigate the allegation by reviewing public materials about the hack, including project repos, project submissions, and anything else available to them.


A. Cheating Did Not Occur

If the Organizers determines cheating did not occur, they will compile a report and inform the reporter.

B. Other Outcomes

If the Organizers are unable to determine that cheating did not occur based on publicly available resources, organizers will then communicate with the alleged cheater. Informing them of what has been reported about them. Allow the alleged cheater to give their side of the story to the staff. After this point, if the report stands, let the alleged cheater know what actions will be taken against them.

Actions that organizers will consider when dealing with alleged cheating offenders

The following actions will be considered:

Depending on the cheating allegation, the Organizers may decide to make one or more public announcements. If necessary, this will be done with a short announcement. No one other than bitsxlaMarató directors should make any announcements.

If some attendees were angered by the cheating, it is best to apologize to them that the cheating occurred to begin with.


The Organizers may at any time, in its sole discretion, immediately terminate this Agreement with or without cause. the Organizers will make commercially reasonable efforts to notify the Participant or Attendee via e-mail of any such termination or cancellation up to the date of the event.

Participants or Attendees may cancel and/or terminate this Agreement with or without cause at any time, always notifying the Organizers in a reasonable period of time.

If either party does not fulfil a material obligation defined in this Agreement, the other party has the right to terminate this Agreement immediately with written notice to the party in breach, provided that such material breach remains uncured, without prejudice of the right to claim the damages caused to the non-breaching party.


In accordance with the current data protection legislation, particularly the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of The European Parliament and of The Council, of 27 April, on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, all personal data collected during the use of the Website will be processed in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy and Cookies Policy which all Users must expressly accept.

As it is explained in the Privacy Policy, one of the personal data that you authorize the Organizers to process is your image:



You agree to indemnify, defend and hold the Organizers, its members (hosts and volunteers) and other personalities that have a role in this event (sponsors, judges, mentors) harmless from and against any and all costs, claims, demands, liabilities, expenses, losses, damages and attorney fees arising from any claims and lawsuits or proceeding for libel, slander, copyright, and trademark violation as well as all other claims resulting from (i) the participation in the event bitsxlaMarató or (ii) otherwise arising from a relationship with one of the Organizers. You also agree to indemnify HACKERS AT UPC and/or FIB for any legal fees incurred by HACKERS AT UPC and/or FIB, acting reasonably, in investigating or enforcing its rights under this Agreement.

Limitation of Liability



The Organizers reserve the right to amend the provisions of the present Agreement that are minor in scope or nature, and to do so without citing any reasons, provided such modifications do not lead to the Agreement as a whole being restructured. The Organizers will communicate, by e-mail or other electronic means, the modified conditions at least 15 days prior to the Effective Date. Participants or Attendees who do not object in writing to the modification within 7 days after the receipt of the communication will be deemed to have accepted the respective modification.

If a Participant or Attendee objects to the new (modified) Terms, Then the Agreement between the two parts will be terminated (clause 6). The organizer , once the agreement is terminated, won’t consider the participation of the participant unless the new terms and conditions are accepted again in a new application process to the Event following the standard acceptance process.


This Agreement shall be governed by Spanish law.

In the event that the User’s domicile is outside Spain, the Organizers and the Participant or Attendee, expressly waiving any other jurisdiction to which they may be entitled, hereby submit to the jurisdiction of the Courts and Tribunals of Barcelona.

HACKERS AT UPC and/or FIB will pursue the breach of this Agreement by exercising all civil and criminal actions that may correspond.


Force Majeure

Except for payment obligations, if either party is prevented from performing or is unable to perform any of its obligations under this Agreement due to causes beyond the reasonable control of the party invoking this provision, including but not limited to acts of God, acts of civil or military authorities, riots or civil disobedience, wars, strikes or labor disputes (each, a “Force Majeure Event”), such party’s performance shall be excused and the time for performance shall be extended accordingly provided that the party immediately takes all reasonably necessary steps to resume full performance. If such party remains unable to resume full performance fifteen (15) days after the Force Majeure Event, the other party may terminate this Agreement upon written notice.


Should any of the provisions of this Agreement be adjudged invalid or unenforceable by the rules and regulations of Spain or a Spanish court, such provisions shall be deemed several from the remainder of this Agreement and not affect the validity or enforceability of the remainder of this Agreement. In that case, such provisions shall be changed and interpreted to achieve the purposes of those provisions as much as possible within the extent of relevant laws or judgment of the court.


Clauses 5, 6 and 9 shall survive termination or expiration of this Agreement for any reason. All other rights and obligations of the parties under this Agreement shall expire upon termination of this Agreement, except that all payment obligations accrued hereunder prior to termination or expiration shall survive such termination.


The Organizers is hereby authorized to assign, sublicense, delegate or otherwise transfer any of its rights or obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of the other party provided that the assignee shall assume all rights and obligations under this Agreement

The Participant or Attendee shall not assign, sublicense, delegate or otherwise transfer any of its rights or obligations.


All notices and other communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given when delivered in person (including by internationally recognized commercial delivery service), and on the day the notice is sent when sent by email with confirmation receipt, if the time of transmission is during recipient’s business day, or if not on the next business day thereafter, in each case to the respective parties at the postal or email addresses provided by them in writing.

Either party may change its address by providing the other party with written notice of the change in accordance with this section.

Relationship of Parties

The parties are independent contractors and will have no right to assume or create any obligation or responsibility on behalf of the other party. Neither party shall hold itself out as an agent of the other party. This Agreement will not be construed to create or imply any employment relationship, partnership, agency, joint venture or formal business entity of any kind.


No delay or failure by either party to exercise any right or remedy under this Agreement will constitute a waiver of such right or remedy. All waivers must be in writing and signed by an authorized representative of the party waiving its rights. A waiver by any party of any breach or covenant shall not be construed as a waiver of any succeeding breach of any other covenant.

Entire Agreement

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes all previous agreements, oral or written, with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement. The information and documents provided by the Participant or Attendee to HACKERS AT UPC, as requested by the latest in order to enter the Agreement, shall be also considered as part of this Agreement. This Agreement may not be amended without the written consent of the parties.


The headings of the articles and paragraphs contained in this Agreement are inserted for convenience and are not intended to be part of or to affect the interpretation of this Agreement.


This Agreement may be executed in counterparts or online, which taken together shall form one legal instrument.

No Third Party Beneficiaries

This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure solely to the benefit of the parties hereto and their permitted assigns and nothing herein, express or implied, is intended to or shall confer upon any other person any legal or equitable right, benefit or remedy of any nature whatsoever under or by reason of this Agreement.”

Last Reviewed: November 8, 2022.