To register for Databricks’s Spark + AI Summit 2020 Hackathon ("Contest"), participants must be at least 18, be located where the Contest is allowed by law and must follow the entry requirements in the "How to Enter" Section below. Your participation in the Contest constitutes your agreement to be bound by these official rules (“Official Rules"). Void where prohibited by law. Employees, officers, directors, agents, and representatives of Databricks, Inc. ("Databricks") its affiliates and subsidiaries, and their immediate family and household members, are not eligible to enter or to win, however they may participate on teams as Advisors. Employees, officers, directors, agents, and representatives of the United States federal government, and their immediate family and household members, are not eligible to enter or to win. Contest entrants are referred to as "you" or "participant".

False and/or deceptive entries or acts shall render participants ineligible.

Projects Rules: New projects only. No pre-existing projects will be accepted. Submissions must be original work of you and your team. Projects must be posted as a public Github repository and tagged with SparkAISummit. Team Size Maximum: Team sizes must be between 1-4 participants. If you have more people that want to be in your team, that’s great! Unfortunately, it’s probably best if you split into two projects. (you can still work side-by-side and help each other!)

Engineering help: Need help with a specific problem related to the hackathon? Send an email to devrel@databricks.com.


No purchase necessary. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. To enter the Contest, the participant must create and submit their project (on Github) where instructed by Databricks on or before 5:00 PM PT on June 12, 2020 (the "Contest Period").

If submitting a video submission, please note your video must be solely your work, including but not limited to the actual filming, editing, and graphic design of the video. The time period for submitting your project is during the Contest Period. Entries must be initiated during the Contest Period.


There will be 3 winning teams for the Contest, with a maximum of 4 hackers per team. A Databricks-determined panel of judges will choose the winning participant(s). Databricks's vote will be a sole discretion based on the following judging criteria (weighted equally): creativity, usefulness, relevance to category, quality of written and video explanation and visual presentation, and thoroughness. In the event of a tie, Databricks panel will re-judge the entries based on the judging criteria above. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Databricks will contact the potential winner via email with information on how to collect their prizes. The potential winner must respond within the time provided, or Databricks may select an alternate potential winner or void prize. Failure to follow the prize redemption procedures, disqualification, or failure or inability to accept the prizes may result in the selection of an alternate potential winner or void of prize.


a) The prizes for the winning entries are:

Grand prize: 

  • The top winning team will have the opportunity to choose one nonprofit from a list predetermined by Databricks, that will receive a USD$10,000 donation in their honor. 
  • 1 free conference pass for each team member to an upcoming summit of their choice (within the next 5 years).
  • 1 free training course  for each team member at the summit they choose to attend. 

2nd Place:

  • $5,000 donation to a charity of their choice 
  • 1 free conference pass for each team member to an upcoming summit of their choice (within the next 5 years).

3rd Place

  • $2,500 donation to a charity of their choice 

The prize does not include:

-Taxes which may occur to the winner


-Any other performance or benefit, which has not been clearly listed above

-Travel insurance

b) Contest prizes are awarded “as is” and are non-transferable, non-assignable and non- refundable. No substitution for cash or another prize may be made.


By entering or accepting the prize and signing the affidavit and release, winner grants permission to Databricks for the use of his or her name, photograph, biographical information, likeness and prize information, for advertising and promotional purposes for this and similar promotions without additional compensation unless required by law.


a) The Contest is governed by these Official Rules and is sponsored by Databricks, Inc. All decisions regarding the Contest, including but not limited to winner selection, will be made by Databricks, whose decisions shall be final.

b) Participants agree not to disclose, or use any confidential or proprietary information, of an employer or third party in any entry.

c) The winner is solely responsible for all applicable federal, state, provincial, and local taxes. All federal, state, provincial, and local laws apply.

d) Databricks is not responsible for (i) lost, late, delayed, misdirected, stolen, unintelligible, or incomplete entries or electronic mail; (ii) electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties; (iii) errors in transmission; or (iv) any condition caused by events beyond Databricks’s control which may affect the Contest. Databricks makes no warranty, either express or implied, regarding this Contest, web site or any of its content, including, but not limited to, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Databricks does not warrant that the content and delivery of this web site shall be free from errors, bugs, or viruses, uninterrupted, or repairable if damaged or impaired.

e) By entering the Contest, the participant irrevocably consents to allow Databricks to use participant’s entry in any Databricks promotions and advertisements and participant consents to Databricks’s use of all personally identifiable information in accordance with the terms of the Databricks privacy policy located at: https://databricks.com/privacypolicy/

f) By participating in the Contest, you agree to release and hold Databricks harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection with the Contest or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of any prize, including, without limitation, property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy.

g) Any attempt by a participant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Databricks reserves the right to seek damages from any such participant to the fullest extent permitted by law.

h) The Contest may be terminated at any time without prior notice; and no prizes will be awarded.

i) Databricks has the right to share submissions with nonprofit or government organizations. 


The names of the winners will be distributed and promoted by Databricks, including through but not limited to, publications, social media accounts, conferences, and events. Announcements will be made via Devpost. The names and logos identifying Databricks’s products and services are trademarks or registered trademarks of Databricks, Inc. All other brands or products or names are trademarks, tradenames or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such.


As a condition of participating in the Contest, participant agrees that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Contest, or any prize awarded, or the determination of winner shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action exclusively by arbitration pursuant to the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association, then effective and in accordance with its expedited hearing procedures. The arbitration will be conducted before a single arbitrator and will be limited solely to the dispute between participant and Sponsor. The arbitrator’s award, including attorneys’ fees, shall be binding and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and participant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with entering the Contest), and participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or participant’s rights and obligations or Sponsor's rights and obligations in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of California, U.S.A., without giving effect to the conflict of laws rules thereof, and all proceedings shall take place in the State of California in San Mateo County.


Databricks reserves the right to cancel, suspend, and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, and these Official Rules. Databricks, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. To the extent that the Contest requires the submission of user-generated content such as software, photos, videos, music, artwork, or essays, you warrant that your submission is your original work, has not been copied from others, and does not violate the privacy, intellectual property rights, or other rights of any other person or entity. Your submission may NOT include Databricks trademarks, logos, and designs in your submissions.


Your submission must not be discriminating, harassing, or disparaging, and it may NOT contain, as determined by Databricks in our sole discretion, any content that is obscene or offensive, violent, defamatory, disparaging or illegal, or that promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco or a particular political agenda, or that communicates messages that may reflect negatively on the goodwill of Databricks. Our hackathon is dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable environment and 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, political views, 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 time.