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CloudNativeHacks FAQ

What is CloudNativeHacks?

CloudNativeHacks is a cloud native hackathon event. The Paris edition will focus exclusively on advancing the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participants will create AI or web applications to help support all 17 SDGs as these challenges can only be solved by a global partnership. The hackathon will bring developers together to solve some of the most pressing issues and contribute meaningfully to create a better, more sustainable world.

How is CloudNativeHacks related or not related to Security Hub?

CloudNativeHacks will focus exclusively on advancing the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participants will create AI or web applications to help support the 17 SDGs as these challenges can only be solved by a global partnership. The hackathon will bring developers together to solve some of the most pressing issues and contribute meaningfully to create a better, more sustainable world.

The Security Hub will be a dedicated space for attendees to learn, share, and collaborate regarding the latest security practices and tools in the Kubernetes and cloud native ecosystem. Discover a range of security-related topics, from securing software supply chains to implementing zero-trust security, managing security for cloud-native infrastructure and applications, or building a security-first culture.

Do I have to know security to participate in CloudNative Hacks?

No! This is about code hacks and not hacking systems.

When and where will CloudNativeHacks take place?

It will be held during the week of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, Paris at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Paris, France. CloudNativeHacks will take place 19 March + 20 March. The winners will be announced during the closing KubeCon + CloudNativeCon keynote on 22 March. The exact start and end times will be shared with participants closer to the start of the hackathon.

What is the timeline for CloudNativeHacks?

  • Application Opens: 10 January
  • Application Closes: 12 March, 23:59 CET
  • Applicant Notifications: Applicants will be notified on a rolling basis starting 1 March (please allow 48-72 hours after your application has been submitted)
  • Hackathon Begins: 19 March
  • Hackathon Ends: 20 March
  • Winners Announced: 22 March

What should I bring to CloudNativeHacks?

Participants should bring their own laptops, chargers, and any other tools or software they require for coding. The hackathon organizers will provide the space, power, and internet connection required for the competition.

Will there be food available during CloudNativeHacks?

Yes; food & beverage will be provided during the hackathon. Participants will have an opportunity to share dietary needs within the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon registration form.

Do I have to stay on site for the full hacking period?

The hacking space will be available 7:30 – 18:00 daily. Participants are welcome to come and go during these hours.

Are there any prizes for the winners?

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place. Please see the Prizes section under “Event Overview” at the top of this page for the most up to date information.

Is there travel funding available?

Participants are responsible for handling their own travel and lodging. Hotel booking information is available on the Venue & Travel page.

How do I participate in CloudNativeHacks?

Submit your team application here. Submissions will be reviewed by the program committee and applicants will be notified on notified on a rolling basis starting 1 March (please allow 48-72 hours after your application has been submitted). Space is limited so don’t wait!

Who can participate in CloudNativeHacks?

Anyone who can muster a team of people and is passionate about solving societal and environmental issues using the power of cloud native and AI is welcome to join. Technical skills will be required in some combinations across the team in roles such as: subject matter expert, Data Scientist, Developer, Designer/Developer, among other possibilities. You must be registered for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon to participate in this hackathon.

Do I need to be a KubeCon + CloudNativeCon attendee to participate in CloudNativeHacks?

Yes, participants must be registered for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe to participate in the hackathon. Complimentary registration will be provided for all selected participants.

Does CNCF provide a Visa Letter?

Visa Letters can be requested here. You must be registered for the event before requesting a visa letter. Please note: The Linux Foundation processes most visa letter requests in (3) business days. Please complete the form below as accurately as possible. Failure to do so may result in a delay to the typical processing time.

Is there a registration fee for CloudNativeHacks?

No, there is not a separate registration fee for the hackathon.

Am I able to attend CloudNativeHacks even if I am not participating?

The hackathon is only intended for registered participants. We are unable to accommodate spectators.

Am I able to attend KubeCon + CloudNativeCon while participating in CloudNativeHacks?

Yes, you’re able to attend the conference, however please note that you have limited time to work on your project, and attending sessions at the same time may be challenging. You will still be responsible for registering for the main conference on your own.

Am I able to participate in teams or as an individual?

Both individuals and teams (up to 5 max) will be accepted. Please ensure all team members are listed on your hackathon team application, and indicate your team name during the application process. We are unable to accommodate individual participants.

Are teams required to attend in person or is remote participation ok?

This is an in-person hackathon only, so all participants must attend in person.

What programming languages and technologies are allowed?

The hackathon is technology-agnostic, meaning you are free to choose any tool, modern programming language, AI tool, framework, or technology stack to develop your AI solution. The focus is on creativity, innovation, and the practical, maintainable implementation of AI concepts.

Will there be technical support available?

We will provide space, power, and internet connectivity for the hackathon. There will be some limited mentoring and technical support available. Your team should have all the skills to troubleshoot any technical issues otherwise.

Will cloud credits be provided to CloudNativeHacks participants?

More details about cloud access will be provided closer to the hackathon date.

What data may I use?

Data should come from public sources with Creative Commons, permissive licenses, or cited according to the data creator’s/publisher’s guidance. The data used in the hackathon must be accessible to a global audience.

Where will the code reside and what licenses will be considered?

We recommend all participants publish their source to a central GitHub organization. The code must use an OSI-approved license. Additional details will be provided to the participants selected.

I want to work on a different project than I originally submitted. Is that ok?

The project concept you submitted with your application is what you’ll be expected to work on. Teams were selected based on their original project concept; it would not be fair to the other teams if you changed to a different project.

What are the judging criteria for CloudNativeHacks?

The judging criteria for the hackathon will consider factors such as societal impact, innovation, technical complexity, practicality, user experience, and the overall quality of the solution developed during the hackathon. We will share the rubric that will be used by judges to evaluate participation with the participants selected.

Project proposals will be assessed using the following criteria:

1.0 Relevance to Societal Challenges
The proposed project shows direct and substantial relevance to a significant societal challenge or improving people’s resiliency. The project aligns clearly with one or more UN Sustainable Development Goals.

2.0 Innovative Use of AI
The proposed use of AI is revolutionary and clearly transformative for the problem area. The description clearly addresses how the use of AI will address the whole or bring resolution to a part of the problem area while identifying assumptions or conditions and constraints in its use of AI.

3.0 Real-world Impact
The proposal lays out specific impacts of the proposal fully executed and at scale. The details convey specific causes and effects that contribute to the impact described therein.

4.0 Scalability and Sustainability
The proposal includes a section on how it could be deployed, enhanced, and maintained which conveys the expected underlying technologies, requirements, and proposed operations.

5.0 Resource Availability
Resources required to implement the proposal are open source and publicly available.

6.0 Ethical Considerations
The proposal is consistent with the Cloud Native Computing Foundation Code of Conduct. Proposals that suggest unethical use of AI, blatant violation of copyright, or not respecting peoples’ privacy will be rejected.

How can I stay updated on CloudNativeHacks announcements?

To stay updated on hackathon details & announcements, check your email and this website for updates. Accepted hackathon applicants will receive email communication from the event organizers. If you have any further questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to reach out to the hackathon planning team at hackathon@cncf.io.

How do I contact organizers about CloudNativeHacks?

Send us an email at hackathon@cncf.io.







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