1. LEGAL TERMS: By making a “Submission” or “Entry” (as defined herein) to GhostHack (the “Competition” or “Challenge”), you are agreeing to be bound by the following legal terms (“Official Rules”). The Official Rules also incorporate by reference the additional terms specified at (the “Competition Website” or “Challenge Website”). THESE OFFICIAL RULES SUPERSEDE ANY OTHER RULES AND TERMS & CONDITIONS ON THE WEBSITE OF ADMINISTRATOR DEVPOST TO THE EXTENT THERE IS ANY CONFLICT OF TERMS.
  2. SPONSORS; ADMINISTRATORS: The Hackathon is sponsored by General Electric Company (“GE”), 3135 Easton Parkway, Fairfield, CT 06828. The Hackathon Website is administered by Devpost, Inc. (“Administrator”), 433 W. 14th Street, #3F, New York, NY 10014.. Administrator Devpost and GE collectively are referred to as “Hackathon Sponsors” or “Sponsors” or “Posters.”
  3. COMPETITION DATES: The Competition will be held in-person at the GE Global Operations Center, 191 Rosa Parks St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA, starting at 3PM am Eastern Daylight Time (“EDT”) on February 3, 2017 and ending at 5pm EDT, USA on February 4, 2017.  
  4. GENERAL INFORMATION: NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO ENTER. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Participation is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Each Submission (as defined below) will be reviewed independently. Multiple Submissions are not permitted. Multiple individuals or entities may collaborate to submit a single Submission, but a single individual must be designated as an official representative for each Submission. You are responsible for checking applicable laws and regulations in your jurisdiction before participating in the Challenge to make sure that your participation is legal. You are responsible for abiding by your employer's policies regarding participation in the Challenge. If you are entering on behalf of a business partnership, company, institution or other such relationship, you are responsible for confirming with your partnership, company, institution or other such relationship that your Submission does not violate any policies set by that partnership, company, institution or other such relationship.  Sponsors disclaim all liability or responsibility for disputes arising between you and your employer related to this Challenge. You are responsible for all taxes and reporting related to any award that you may receive as part of the Challenge.  You may be subject to background screening as needed to assure the Sponsors’ legal compliance.
  5. ELIGIBILITY: The Competition is open to all individuals, able to attend in-person, over the age of 18 who are residents of the United States for the duration of the Competition (“Eligible Individuals”), teams of such individuals (“Teams”), and to all validly formed legal entities domiciled in the United States that have not declared or been declared in bankruptcy. Employees and contractors of GE and Devpost and any of their respective affiliates or subsidiaries are not eligible to enter.

Small Organizations: For the purposes of this Competition, “Small Organizations” are corporations, not-for-profit entities, limited liability companies, partnerships, and other legal entity types all of which employ fewer than 100 people and are legally formed at the time of entry into the Competition.

Large Organizations:  For the purposes of this Competition, “Large Organizations” are corporations, not-for-profit entities, limited liability companies, partnerships, and other legal entity types, all of which employ more than 100 people and are legally formed at the time of entry into the Competition.

 The following Individuals and Entities are ineligible to enter the Competition:

  • Entities involved with the design, production, paid promotion, execution, or distribution of the Challenge, including the Sponsor and Administrator (“Promotion Entities”) employees, representatives and agents* of such organizations, all members of their immediate family or household * and any parent company, subsidiary or affiliate of such organizations;
  • Any individual involved with the design, production, promotion, execution, or distribution of the Challenge, and each member of their immediate family or household*;
  • Any Judge partaking in selections of this Competition’s winner(s) (defined below), or company or individual that employs a Judge;
  • Software partners and those receiving funding or assistance from GE for application development, and any other individual or entity/organization whose participation in the Challenge would create, in the sole discretion of the Sponsors, a real or apparent conflict of interest).

*The members of an individual’s immediate family include the individual’s spouse, children and stepchildren, parents and stepparents, and siblings and stepsiblings. The members of an individual’s household include any other person that shares the same residence as the individual for at least three (3) months out of the year.

You are solely responsible for all equipment, as well as all costs incurred by you or on your behalf associated with participating in the Competition, including but not necessarily limited to, a computer and modem necessary to establish a connection to the World Wide Web; access to the World Wide Web and any related telephone, data, hosting or other service fees associated with such access.

  1. HOW TO ENTER: You must register for the Challenge on the Challenge Registration Website by clicking the “Register” button. This will enable you to receive important updates regarding the Challenge.  To complete registration, you must sign up to create a free Eventbrite account, or log in with an existing Eventbrite account. This account can be created at  All registration information you provide is collectively referred to as your "Eventbrite Account."

To submit an entry into the Challenge, you must have access to the Challenge Website, and thus the "Enter a Submission" page. To gain access to the Challenge Website, you must sign up to create a free Devpost account, or log in with an existing Devpost account. This account can be created at All registration information you provide is collectively referred to as your "Devpost Account."

At the Competition Website, you will find and must follow further instructions for submitting your completed proposal (your “Submission”). By making a Submission, you formally accept the Official Rules for this Competition and you agree that (a) your Account is complete, correct and accurate and (b) your registration may be rejected or terminated and any Submission submitted by you may be disqualified if any of the information in your Account is (or Sponsors have reasonable grounds to believe it is) incomplete, incorrect or inaccurate. You are solely responsible for your Account. Registration information is collected by Devpost in the United States, on behalf of the Sponsor, and may be transferred elsewhere globally as needed for the purposes of the Competition and the Sponsor’s business purposes.

If you elect to integrate Predix as a part of the Challenge, you must sign up for a Predix Free Trial, and agree to the Predix terms and conditions in connection with the Free Trial. This can be created by completing the form at All of the registration information that you provide is collectively referred to as your "Predix Account." Your Devpost Account and Predix Account are collectively referred to as “Accounts.”

Teams: Up to 6 eligible individuals may participate as a Team, provided each individual has registered individually for the Competition before joining the Team.  An individual may not participate on more than one Team. A Team may consist of no more than 6 individuals and no less than 2 individuals.  Multiple Teams from the same Small Organization and Large Organization are allowed. All Teams entering the Challenge must designate one team member (the “Official Representative”) to represent, act, and enter a Submission, on the Team’s behalf. An individual who participates as part of a Team may not enter the Challenge on an individual basis.

Each Individual, Team, Small Organization and Large Organization participating in this Challenge is referred to as an “Entrant” or “Maker” or “You” in these Official Rules and on the Competition Website. 

The Sponsors reserve the right to modify, remove or add data to the Competition Website upon notice to Entrants via email using the email address associated with Entrant’s Account and/or by such other reasonable means as the Sponsors may determine. Sponsors further reserve the right in their sole discretion to extend or modify the dates of Competition and/or Entry submission dates, and to change the terms of these Official Rules governing any portion of the upon notice to Entrants via email using Entrant’s email address associated with Entrant’s Account and/or by other such reasonable means as the Sponsors may determine.  Entrants are urged to consult the Competition Website regularly during the Competition.  Sponsors shall have the right to remove any blog comment or posting related to the Competition from the Competition Website in their sole discretion at any time and for any reason.


  1. COMPETITION OBJECTIVE: The objective of the Competition is to build brand awareness and equity for GE Digital, and to connect engineers with GE careers.
  2. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS - Your Submission must include the following:

A working, software “application” aligned to one of the prize categories outlined on the Challenge Website:

  • Recruitment: This type of “application” is directed to solutions that will empower recruiters and hiring managers to connect with engineers, or to connect engineers with GE careers. 
  • Art of Data: This type of “application” is directed to solutions that help data owners identify actionable opportunity within their large data sets. This should include at least one of the following components: visualization, forecasting, predictive modeling.
  • Open Source Intelligence: This type of “application” is directed to solutions that explore the wealth of openly available data to answer a research question provided or one analogous to GE's business model.
  • Augmented / Virtual Reality: This type of Application is directed to solutions that immerse the end user in an environment designed to teach, empower, or delight in alignment with GE's digital industrial world.

EACH APPLICATION MUST ALSO MEET THE “ADDITIONAL APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS” SET FORTH BELOW. Submissions in each Category are eligible for different prizes as further described herein.

  • A text description that explains the features and functionality of your Application;
  • One or more images which should be photographs or screenshots of your working Application; 
  • A demo to be delivered during the "Judging" portion of the "Challenge". This demo should clearly explain your Application’s features and functionality. The demo should be less than 5 minutes and should not include third party trademarks, copyrighted music or other material unless you have permission to use such material. (You must upload the Video to YouTube or Vimeo and provide a link to the video on the “Enter a Submission” form);
  • A description of your Application’s potential impact, entered on the “Enter a Submission” form (If you choose to upload an additional document with supporting data to demonstrate your Application’s impact on GE’s outcomes, your document should be 1 page or less and should be uploaded as a pdf or included in a .zip on the Submission form.)

Additional Application Requirements:

(a) Applications Must Be U.S.-Based: All submitted Applications must function and be available in the United States at the time the Submission is made.

(b) Platforms: All submitted Applications must run on at least one of the following:

  • web browser (mobile or desktop);
  • desktop computer (Windows PC, Mac Desktop);
  • other hardware (including, but not limited to, wearable technology, open source hardware, or proprietary hardware);
  • smartphone or tablet (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, or Kindle).

(c) For Applications running on widely available smartphones, tablets, or desktop computers, you should make the Application available using one of the following methods

  • Android Applications:You should upload an .apk file on the “Enter a Submission” form or provide a link for downloading the Application in the “Testing Instructions” field on the “Enter a Submission” form.
  • iOS Applications: - If your Application is available on the iTunes App Store, you should provide a link in the “Website URL” field on “Enter a Submission” form. If you charge a fee for downloading your Application, you must provide a promo code. If your Application is not yet publicly available on the iTunes App Store, you must send a test build to Devpost before the Competition ends using one of the following methods:

(d) For Applications which include software that runs on proprietary or third party hardware that is not widely available to the public, including software running on devices or wearable technology other than smartphones, tablets, or desktop computers, Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to require the Entrant to provide physical access to the Application hardware upon request. 

(e) Testing: Your Application must be available free of charge and without any restriction, for testing, evaluation and use by Competition Sponsors through the duration of the Competition.

(f) Functionality: Your Application must function as depicted in the video and/or expressed in the text description. Your Application must be usable by the intended end user with existing technologies and must not rely on a technology that is not yet publicly announced or introduced in the market.

(g) New & Existing Applications: The Application you submit may be newly created for the Challenge

(h) Data, SDKs, & APIs: Your Application may utilize data from outside (public) sources in addition to Intelligent Environment services, and may integrate SDKs, or APIs, provided you are authorized to use them.

A Maker may submit a Submission that includes the use of Open Source Software or hardware as defined below, provided the Maker complies the requirements of this section.  By entering the Challenge you represent, warrant, and agree that your Submission meets these requirements.

Open Source Software” means any software code that is distributed as “open source software” or “freeware” or is otherwise distributed publicly or made generally ‎available in ‎source code form under terms that permit modification and redistribution of such ‎software on the condition that if such software code is redistributed that it be (i) disclosed or distributed in source code form; (ii) licensed for the purpose of making derivative works; or (iii) distributed at no charge, including but not limited to, software licensed or distributed under any of the collection of Open Source Initiative (“OSI”) approved licenses.

For any final Submission to be eligible to win, all Open Source Software or third party code or other materials used in connection with that submission must be limited to code that Sponsor will be legally entitled to commercially use and exploit in any fashion at no additional cost to the Sponsor and that will not in any way or in any Sponsor use case: (i) create, or purport to create, obligations of Sponsor with respect to the Sponsor’s programs; or (ii) grant, or purport to grant, to any third party any rights to or immunities under Sponsor’s intellectual property or proprietary rights in Sponsor’s programs.  Open Source Software that is under the BSD, MIT, Creative Commons – Attribution (CC BY), Microsoft Public License (MS-PL), Python Software Foundation License, or Apache Software License v 2.0 license will be accepted in a Submission (the “Allowable Open Source Licenses”).  Other open source software that is covered by licenses that are not in the list of Allowable Open Source Licenses shall not be included in any Submission unless, prior to submission, that particular open source software component’s license and intended use case have been approved in writing by Sponsor and Administrator.  In addition to the aforementioned requirements related to Open Source Software, all Submissions of Open Source Software must be in material compliance with all terms and conditions of the applicable licenses governing its use (e.g. providing downstream recipients with required copyright attribution, copies of Open Source Licenses, etc.).

  1. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS: By submitting an Entry and participating in this Competition, you are notgranting Sponsors any rights to any patents or pending patent applications related to the technology described in your Entry and Sponsors make no claim to ownership of your Entry or any intellectual property that it may contain.
  2. Entrant’s Rights: Subject to the licenses described below, any applicable intellectual property rights to a Submission will remain with the Maker.
  3. Sponsor Rights:By entering the Challenge, you grant to the Sponsor, Administrator, and any other third parties acting on the Sponsor’s behalf, a royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual license to display publicly and use the Submission, in perpetuity. This license includes, but is not limited to, posting or linking to the Submission on Sponsor’s, Administrator’s, and partners’ websites and applications, including the Challenge Website, and display and promotion of the Submission in any other media, worldwide.
  4. Submission Display:The following Submission components may be displayed to the public: name, description, images, video URL, website, URL, team members, the Submission category and platform, and submitter type. Other Submission materials may be viewed by the Sponsor, Administrator, and Judges for screening and evaluation.

D. Makers represent and warrant that the Sponsor, Administrator, and Challenge partners are free to use Makers’ Submission in the manner described above, as provided or as modified by the Administrator, without obtaining permission or license from any third party and without any compensation to Makers.

E. You agree that nothing in the Official Rules grants you a right or license to use any Sponsor or Administrator name, trademark or service mark.

By submitting an Entry and participating in this Competition, you do grant Sponsors certain limited rights, as set forth in these Official Rules. By submitting an Entry, you consent to the use, by Sponsors, their affiliates, subsidiaries, parents, and licensees, of your name, likeness, image, biographical information, prize information (if an award winner), your company or institution name (if your Entry is from a company or institution) and any other personal data submitted with your Entry and the contents in your Entry (including any created works), in connection with the Competition, in any media or format now known or hereafter invented, in any and all locations worldwide, without any payment to or further approval from you. You agree that this consent is perpetual and cannot be revoked.

You agree that nothing in the Official Rules grants you a right or license to use the GE name or any GE trademark or service mark. You grant to Sponsors the right to include your company or entity name (if your Entry is from a company, institution or other entity) as an Entrant on the Competition Website and in materials related to Sponsors’ promotion of the Competition. Other than these uses, you are not granting Sponsors any rights to your trademarks by entering the Competition.

  1. BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP: The intent of the Competition is to encourage people to suggest their ideas and innovations to GE. Participation in this Competition or acceptance of a prize does not create an obligation on either your part or GE’s part to negotiate or enter into any business relationship or to sign any commercial agreement. Except as may otherwise be provided in these Official Rules, you are free to discuss your Entry and the ideas or technologies that it contains with other parties and you are free to contract with any third parties as long as you do not sign any agreement or undertake any obligations that that conflict with these Official Rules or that conflict with any agreement that you have entered into with Prize Sponsor regarding your Entry.

By entering this Competition, you acknowledge and agree that Sponsors will have access to and use of any personal data you provide in connection with your Submission will be used for purposes described in these Official Rules and will be used and protected as governed by the Privacy Policy posted on the GE Website at: and Devpost at Personal Data may be shared by the Sponsors for the purposes described in these Official Rules.


  1. CONFIDENTIALITY: Since Sponsors do not wish to receive confidential information, nor hold any submitted materials “in confidence,” it is agreed that, with respect to your Submission, no confidential relationship or obligation of secrecy is established between Sponsors and you, the company you represented when submitting a Submission, or the owner of any part of your Submission.Sponsors shall have no liability or responsibility for use by any other individual or entity of any aspect of your Submission.
  2. WARRANTIES:By making a Submission, you represent and warrant that all information in your Submission and all information that you submit via the Competition Website is true and complete to the best of your knowledge, that you have the right and authority to submit the Submission and disclose the information therein on your own behalf or on behalf of the persons and entities that you specify within the Submission, and that your Submission (both the information and materials submitted in the Submission and the underlying technology/method/idea described in the Submission):

(a)    is your own original work and representative of your capability, or is submitted by permission with full and proper credit given within your Submission (Entrants may contract with a third party for technical assistance to create a Submission provided the Submission is the result of Entrant’s ideas and creativity, and is solely Entrant’s work);

(b)  does not contain confidential information or trade secrets (yours or anyone else’s);

(c)    does not, to the best of your knowledge, violate or infringe upon the patent rights, industrial design rights, copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity;

(d)   does not contain malicious code, such as viruses, malware, timebombs, cancelbots, worms, Trojan horses or other potentially harmful programs or other material or information;

(e)    does not and will not violate any applicable law, statute, ordinance, rule, regulation, confidentiality agreement or other agreement; and

(f)     does not trigger any reporting or royalty or other obligation to any third party.

A breach of any warranty set out in this provision of the Official Rules will result in the corresponding Submission being invalid.  In addition, you agree to indemnify Sponsors against all loss, damages and costs incurred by the Sponsors arising from your breach of the warranty.

  1. Judges: Eligible Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges selected by the Poster (the “Judges”). Judges may be employees of the Poster or they may be external; they may or may not be listed individually on the Hackathon Website, and may change before or during the Hackathon. Judging may take place in one or more rounds with one or more panels of Judges, at the discretion of the Poster.
  2. Judges have ~45 minutes to fill out 1 sheet (exhibit 1) per product team to which they are assigned
    1. If one judge has 5 teams in their category, they must fill out 5 sheets and return them to the admin"
  3. Judges return their sheets to the admin after the 45-minute period
  4. The admin will then input the judge scores into the tally sheet
  5. The admin will then identify the top team by category
    1. Ties: In the event of a tie, the judging group will be consulted to break the tie
  6. Best overall: The highest scoring team across the board will win best overall
    1. Tie: In the event that teams across categories are tied for best overall; the best overall judges deliberate to break the tie
  7. The winners of all categories will perform a demo to the audience
  8. The winning teams will be awarded their point vouchers to spend at the point board - off stage

Our hackathon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of the following.

  • gender
  • gender identity and expression
  • age
  • sexual orientation
  • disability
  • physical appearance
  • body size
  • race
  • ethnicity
  • nationality
  • religion
  • previous hackathon attendance or lack of
  • computing experience or lack of
  • chosen programming language or tech stack

We do not tolerate harassment of hackathon participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate at any hackathon venue, this includes the following.

  • hacks
  • talks, presentations, or demos
  • workshops
  • any parties associated to the hackathon
  • social media
  • any other online media

Hackathon participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the hackathon without a refund (if applicable) at the discretion of the hackathon organizers.

In the event of an issue, contact the staff on-site and email


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