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CloudNativeHacks

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Date: 19 March – 21 March
Time: 7:30 – 19:00 daily
Location: Paris Expo Port de Versailles, Pavilion 7,
Cost: Free

Prizes:
First Place Team: $10,000 USD
Second Place Team: $5,000 USD
Third Place Team: $2,500 USD

Set to run alongside KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2024, CNCF, in collaboration with the United Nations, is excited to offer the first-ever hackathon, CloudNativeHacks, to focus exclusively on advancing the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The goal is for teams to develop a proof of concept that will help support the SDGs as these challenges can only be advanced through global partnerships and community. The hackathon will bring developers together to solve some of the most pressing issues and contribute meaningfully to create a better, more sustainable world.

Registration to KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2024 is required and selected teams will receive a complimentary registration! The winning teams will be showcased during the closing keynote on Friday, 22 March.

To apply for participation in CloudNativeHacks, complete the application by the 26 February, 08:45 CET (25 February, 23:45 PST) deadline. Review the FAQs and if you still have questions, please reach out to hackathon@cncf.io. We look forward to having you with us, and Happy Hacking!

About the Event

Team Formation:

To ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience, please follow these instructions carefully:

Team Size:

  • Form teams of minimum 2 members, but no more than 5 members. This limit is set to encourage effective collaboration and ensure that each team member has a meaningful contribution.

Team Registration:

  • During the registration process, make sure to specify your team members. Teams must register together on the same form under the same team name.
  • If you are an individual and would like some help with finding teammates, please join the #cloudnativehacks channel to find others who are looking. NOTE – CNCF is not able to guarantee matchmaking selections, the slack is a resource for you to utilize.
Event Guidelines:

Theme and Challenges:

  • Familiarize yourself with the theme and challenges of the hackathon. Make sure your proposed project aligns with the specified guidelines.

Code of Conduct:

  • Adhere to the event’s code of conduct. Respect all participants, mentors, and organizers. Any form of harassment or disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.
Communication:

Mentor Interaction:

  • Take advantage of mentor support. Mentors will be available throughout the event to provide guidance and assistance. Don’t hesitate to ask questions.

Updates and Announcements:

  • Keep an eye on announcements and updates from the organizers. Important information, schedule changes, or additional resources will be communicated through official channels.
Enjoy the Experience:

Have Fun:

  • Enjoy the CloudNativeHacks experience! Collaborate, learn, and make the most out of this opportunity. Remember, it’s not just about the competition, but also about the journey.

Networking:

  • Take the chance to network with fellow participants, mentors, and organizers. Building connections in the tech community can be as valuable as the skills you gain during the event.
  • Application Opens: 10 January
  • Application Closes: 24 February, 07:45 CET (25 February, 23:45 PST)
  • Applicant Notifications: 27 February
  • Teams Announced: 28 February
  • Hackathon Begins: 19 March
  • Hackathon Ends: 21 March
  • Winners Announced: 22 March

The CloudNativeHacks event in Paris is in collaboration with the United Nations – Office of Information and Communications Technology (UN-OICT). The United Nations has provided the below suggested challenges to advance the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As participants submit their applications, the proposals can match the challenges represented below or we invite you to submit another idea to help advance the sustainable development goals. The ideas you submit are not limited to the challenges below.

To Apply: Complete the application.  You must have at least 2 people in your team, up to 5 max. 
*Include your dataset – Think about the dataset you’ll be using as this is a required field in this form to apply.

In-person attendance required: All team members MUST attend in person, on-site. Please do not complete this application unless you are able to attend in Paris. We’re unable to support virtual teams for this hackathon.

We can’t wait to see what #TeamCloudNative does in Paris to help create a more sustainable world.

Challenge Collaborators:
Open UK logo
Collaborated on the following challenges:

Challenge 2: Heat Redirection – Development Challenge

Challenge 3: Building Repurposing – Development Challenge

Challenge 4: Heat Reuse – Data Challenge

Challenge 5: Circular Supply Chain

UN Innovation Network logo
Collaborated on the following challenges:

Challenge 6: Create A Volunteer Computing for the SDGS

Fordham | Gabelli School of Business logo
Collaborated on the following challenges:

Challenge 7: The Artificial Intelligence Free & Open Source Stack (AI FOSS Stack)

Challenge 1: Comment Cleaner
5 - Gender Equality
10 - Reduced Inequalities

Sometimes our implicit biases make us write text that is not inclusive to everyone. This could be unintentional and arise from lack of knowledge on gender-neutral communication. But the consequences are real and lead to comment sections and forum threads filled with hurtful language.

To counter this, design a language model that analyzes text that may contain gender-discriminatory or hateful language; suggest alternatives or rewrite the user’s text. The solution should use Open Source libraries like Hugging Face and have APIs to integrate with existing websites.

Challenge 2: Heat Redirection – Development Challenge
11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
2 - Zero Hunger
7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Develop Open Source software to monitor heat generation in data centers and direct this heat towards applications that can provide value. Your software should be intelligent enough to direct this heat towards applications that can provide value. Imagine using this “waste” to stimulate sustainable agriculture or warm marginalized communities. With your software, heat becomes a commodity, not a byproduct.

Challenge 3: Building Repurposing – Development Challenge
11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
17 - Partnerships for the Goals

In a world where remote work and edge computing are prompting a re-evaluation of urban spaces, insights are needed about potential spaces that could be repurposed into data centers for edge computing, considering factors such as location, size, power supply, and connectivity. Develop an Open Source tool to analyze this data and envision and design solutions to utilize these spaces effectively. The goal is not just to identify potential areas for repurposing but also to generate innovative ideas for their transformation. As we reshape our urban landscapes, your software could play a critical role in that transformation. Push boundaries, imagine the possibilities, and propose solutions to revitalize these spaces.

Any technology stack may be used, but the application must focus on re-use of space. Datasets used must be open – on an open data license from Creative Commons, CDLA or similar.

Challenge 4: Heat Reuse – Data Challenge
13 - Climate Action
7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

As we reduce emissions, there remains the inevitable challenge of heat re-use whether that is heating a swimming pool or providing heating to communities. Develop a re-use of outputs that includes an Open Source tool to analyze this data or otherwise create an open data environment. The goal is not just to identify potential areas for repurposing the heat but also to provide a practical next step. As we reshape our urban landscapes, your software could play a critical role in that transformation.

Use open datasets to create visualizations, machine learning models, or another form of statistical analysis (including use of generative AI) to identify areas to re-purpose waste heat.

You must submit a URL which allows us to see and reproduce the results of your work. That could be a visualization (such as in Dash, PowerBI, Tableau), a dataset on Kaggle, GitHub or other repository which is publicly accessible, along with documentation to understand and view your project, and the associated data lifecycle.

Challenge 5: Circular Supply Chain
12 - Responsible Consumption & Production

This challenge is your chance to impact our planet’s future, redefining supply chains and moving closer to a truly circular economy. Develop an Open Source software solution focusing on circular supply chains. This tool should manage the lifecycle of critical components, from reuse and repair to recycling. But that is not all – your solution should also track transportation miles and packaging solutions, focusing on reducing environmental impact and promoting sustainability. Also consider how the principles and mechanisms you develop could be adapted to other supply chains. This is more than a programming task – it is an opportunity to influence a paradigm shift towards a circular economy in multiple industries.

Develop an Open Source application which manages the components and lifecycle for a data center supply chain, considering the UN SDGs and the environmental impact of the data center industry.

Any technology stack may be used, but the application must focus on re-use of space. Datasets used must be open – on an open data license from Creative Commons, CDLA or similar.

Challenge 6: Create a Volunteer Computing for the SDGs
17 - Partnerships for the Goals

The objective is to create a “volunteer computing for the SDGs” for a decentralized and distributed cloud computing network that connects volunteers using a Dapp participating in a tokenized online volunteer ecosystem. Dapp users validated through a trust protocol will volunteer their devices’ unused resources to maximize processing power at minimal cost to the UN participating organizations.

Challenge 7: The Artificial Intelligence Free & Open Source Stack (AI FOSS Stack)
9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

The objective of the AI FOSS Stack is to serve as a foundational building block to build apps that leverage pre-trained large language models (LLMs) which are Open Source and can run on low-specification hardware. By providing an easy-to-use stack (back-end to front-end), medium and small-size organizations, including local Governments, Academic Institutions, Start-ups, and Civil-Society organizations can leverage generative AI for their purposes ensuring privacy and full control of their content – all within their own computing infrastructure, without relying in third party AI service providers. The challenge consists of coding a robust production-quality version of the working proof-of concept available at https://github.com/aiuser2050/AiFossStack/.

Challenge 8: Open Challenge: Community Empowerment Challenge
11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Develop an Open Source solution that uses open data to increase transparency, inclusivity, and equitable access. The tool should provide communities with real-time, understandable information to create more sustainable cities; for example, monitoring the operations of a data center and supporting local communities to develop businesses on local transport routes or in any other area you identify. Your solutions should allow the community to participate, provide feedback, or act on this information.

Use open datasets to create a tool, visualization, or similar technology solution as you wish – the result must be released under an Open Source software license, or open data license.

You must submit a URL which allows us to see and reproduce the results of your work. That could be a visualization (such as in Dash, PowerBI, Tableau), a dataset on Kaggle, GitHub or other repository which is publicly accessible, along with documentation to understand and view your project, and the associated data lifecycle.

If you use or produce datasets, these must be on an open data license from Creative Commons, CDLA or similar. Custom machine learning models must use Open Source libraries (e.g., Hugging Face). If you use or produce code, this must use an Open Source license recognized by the OSI.

Challenge 9: Collaborative Walking-Safety Map
5 - Gender Equality
11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Violent crimes increase at night. With the help of a network of users, develop an app that tracks walking paths and builds a collaborative safety map. The data can be manually collected or even picked from sensors such as luminance. Innovate by providing navigation features that preferably route through safer paths and give additional features such as notifying trusted contacts and SOS buttons. Please ensure a method to verify users and ensure that the system is not abused. Use Open Source libraries such as Mapbox or OpenStreetMap for building the map.

Challenge 10: Online Safety Map
5 - Gender Equality

When looking for information, products and services related to online safety for women and girls, users may find information in various places but not combined and centralized in one place.

Develop an engaging mapping of online safety and protection products, services and resources for women and girls. It may be in the format of a continuously updated repository, a resource library or up-to-date software or platform including learning. Make sure the solution is accessible and user-friendly.

General

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 kick off on 19 March and run through 21 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: 24 February, 07:45 CET (25 February, 23:45 PST)
  • Applicant Notifications: 27 February
  • Teams Announced: 28 February
  • Hackathon Begins: 19 March
  • Hackathon Ends: 21 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, including meals, snacks & all-day beverages. 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 6:00 – 21:00 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 26 February. 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?

Teams will consist of 2 to 5 members. 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 team members 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.

Judging Criteria

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.

Contact

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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