Payara Hackathon March 2023

Official Rules


Organiser (the “Organiser”): Payara Services Limited, Malvern Hills Science Park, Geraldine Road, Malvern, WR143SZ, UK (Company number 09998946)

The Organiser is the sponsor and entity responsible for the Hackathon.  By participating in the Hackathon you confirm that you accept these rules and that you agree to comply with them.  If you do not agree to these rules, you must not participate in the Hackathon.


Hackathon Submission Period: 2-6 March 2023 (the “Hackathon Submission Period”)

Judging Period: 7-16 March 2023 (the “Judging Period”)

Winners Announced: On or around 20 March 2023


A. The Hackathon IS open to: 

  • Individuals who are at least 18 years old and otherwise above the age of majority where they reside as of the time of entry (“Makers”)

B. The Hackathon IS NOT open to: 

  • Individuals who are residents of a country, state, province or territory where the laws of the United Kingdom or local law prohibits participating or receiving a prize in the Hackathon. This includes regimes subject to relevant financial sanctions on the UK sanctions list viewable at
  • Government entities, including sovereign states and all other governmental entities as well as quasi-governmental entities, including but not limited to government corporations, state-owned or state-controlled enterprises, regional transportation authorities, or state owned universities or hospitals.
  • Employees of the Organiser.
  • Ex-employees and ex-suppliers of the Organiser.
  • Employees of representatives, suppliers or agents of the Organiser, who are professionally connected with the Hackathon or its administration.
  • Any Judge (defined below), or company or individual that employs a Judge.
  • Members of the immediate families of any of the above.
  • Any parent company, subsidiary, or other affiliate of any of the above.
  • Any other individual or organization whose participation in the Hackathon would create, in the sole discretion of the Organiser, a real or apparent conflict of interest.

In entering the Hackathon, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and eligible to claim any prize you may win. The Organiser may require you to provide proof that you are eligible to enter the Hackathon.


A. General Summary

Makers must do the following to participate in the Hackathon:

  • Register for the Hackathon on the Payara Hackathon page by filling in the submission form.
  • Build a functional open source Jakarta EE application on the Payara Platform.
  • The application must be an Apache Maven project built on the provided starter template which will be emailed to each registered Maker.
  • Using a form on the Hackathon Submission Page (link will be provided on day one of the Hackathon during the kick-off event and via email to all registered Makers), provide a URL to publicly visible code repository on GitHub (each a “Submission”) for judging, using the same GitHub username as provided on the Hackathon registration form.
  • The submitted repo must have a md file with a text description that describes the app, the structure of the code and how to run the code
  • The submitted code must be licensed under the Apache Version 2.0 Open Source License

B. Language Requirements 

All Submission materials must be in English.

C. Application Requirements

(i) What to Create: Makers build (or update) a functioning open-source application that showcases the technical benefits of Jakarta EE and Payara Platform (an “Application”).

Makers will have to create an Application that fits one of the three categories which will be revealed on day one of the Hackathon during the kick-off event. The information about categories will also be emailed to each registered Maker to the address provided on the registration form.

(ii) New & Existing: Applications must be newly created by the Maker for the purposes of this Hackathon.

(ii) Functionality: The Application must be capable of being successfully installed and running consistently on the platform for which it is intended and must function as expressed in the text description.

(iv) Platforms: A submitted Application must run on at least one of the following:

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

(v) Testing: The Maker must make the Application available free of charge and without any restriction, for testing, evaluation and use by the Organiser and judges during the Hackathon and until the Judging Period ends.

If the Application includes 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, the Organiser reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to require the Maker to provide physical access to the Application hardware upon request.

(vi) Public Distribution: The Maker must make the Application available to the public on Apache License Version 2.0.

(vii) Multiple Submissions: A Maker may submit more than one Submission, however, each Submission must be unique and substantially different from each of the Maker’s other Submissions, as determined by the Organiser.

(viii) APIs, & Data: Applications may integrate APIs and data, provided the Maker is authorized to use them.

(ix) Intellectual Property: Your Submission must: (a) be your original work product; (b) be solely owned by you, with no other person or entity having any right or interest in it; and (c) not violate the intellectual property rights or other rights including but not limited to copyright, trademark, patent, contract, and/or privacy rights, of any other person or entity. A Maker may contract with a third party for technical assistance to create the Submission provided the Submission components are solely the Maker’s work product and the result of the Maker’s ideas and creativity, and the Maker owns all rights to them. A Maker may submit a Submission that includes the use of open source software or hardware, provided (i) the Maker complies with all applicable open source licenses, (ii) the applicable open source licence is compatible with the Application being made available to the public on the Apache Licence Version 2.0, and, (iii) as part of the Submission, the Maker creates software that enhances and builds upon the features and functionality included in the underlying open source product. By entering the Hackathon, you represent, warrant, and agree that your Submission meets these requirements.

(xi) Financial or Preferential Support: An Application must not have been developed, or derived from an application developed, with financial or preferential support from the Organiser. Such Applications include, but are not limited to, those that received funding or investment for their development, were developed under contract, or received a commercial license, from the Organiser any time prior to the end of Hackathon Submission Period. The Organiser, at their sole discretion, may disqualify an Application, if awarding a prize to the Application would create a real or apparent conflict of interest.

D. Submission Modifications

The Organiser may permit you to modify part of your Submission after the Hackathon Submission Period for the purpose of removing material that potentially infringes a third-party mark or right, discloses personally identifiable information, or is otherwise inappropriate. The modified Submission must remain substantively the same as the original Submission with the only modification being what the Organiser permits.


A. Maker Rights: Subject to the licenses described below, any applicable intellectual property rights to a Submission will remain with the Maker.

B. Organiser Rights: By entering the Hackathon, you grant to the Organiser and any other third parties acting on the Organiser’s behalf, a royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide perpetual license to display publicly and use for promotional purposes the Submission, in perpetuity. This license includes, but is not limited to, posting or linking to the Submission on Organiser’s, and partners’ websites and applications, including the Hackathon Website, and display and promotion of the Submission in any other media, worldwide.

C. 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 Organiser, and Judges for screening and evaluation.

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


A. Judges: Eligible Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges selected by Organisers (the “Judges”). Judges may be employees of Organiser or external, may or may not be listed individually on the Hackathon Website, and may change before or during the Judging Period. Judging may take place in one or more rounds with one or more panels of Judges, at the discretion of the Organiser. The decision of the Judges is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.

B. Criteria: The Judges will score eligible Submissions using the following equally weighted criteria (the “Judging Criteria”):

  • Radical Innovation: Are there features or techniques used that have not been previously observed in systems? Are there new inventions or business methods that support the novelty?
  • Part of the Reef: To what degree does the Application rely on the Payara Platform? Does it use features of Payara in expected or unexpected ways? Does the Application highlight the technical and business benefits of Payara Platform?
  • Ease of Use & User Experience: How well does the Application allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use.
  • Potential Impact: To what degree does the Application enable or deliver progressive developments within a field for competitive advantage, extensive adoption and market reach.
  • Use of Jakarta EE & MicroProfile: To what degree does the Application leverage the various features provided by Jakarta EE and MicroProfile? Are they used in a logical and cohesive way?

The Maker(s) that are eligible for a Prize, and whose Submissions earn the highest overall scores based on the applicable Judging Criteria, will become potential winners of that Prize.

C. Submission Review: Judges are not required to test the Application and may choose to judge based solely on the text description, images and video provided in the Submission.

D. Tie Breaker: For each Prize listed in Section 7 below, if two or more Submissions are tied, the tied Submission with the highest score in the first applicable criterion listed above will be considered the higher scoring Submission. In the event any ties remain, this process will be repeated, as needed, by comparing the tied Submissions’ scores on the next applicable criterion. If two or more Submissions are tied on all applicable criteria, the panel of Judges will vote on the tied Submissions.


Best Overall

  • 1st place winner – £3,000 & Blog post + social promo

Bonus Prizes

  • 2nd place winner – £2,000 & Blog post + social promo
  • 3rd place winner – £1,000 & Blog post + social promo
  • Payara & Eclipse Swag Bag (for ten top entries)

Student Prizes

  • Student Prizes (three places) – two-hour long mentor session for students and recent graduates – all eligible entries that specified student/recent graduate occupation at the Hackathon registration on the Hackathon registration form

Multiple Prize Eligibility:

Eligible entries may win the Best Overall or Bonus Prize and the Student Prize



B. Required Forms: Potential winners will be notified using the email address provided with their original Hackathon submission on the Hackathon registration page. In order to receive a Prize, the potential winner may be required to sign and return to the Organiser, a verification document and liability/publicity release(s), provide an invoice for the prize award and any other required documents(“Required Forms”).

Deadline for Returning Required Forms: ten (10) business days after the Required Forms are sent.

C. Disqualification: The Organiser may deem a potential winner (or participating team members) ineligible to win if:

(i) the potential winner’s representative or any participating member does not respond to emails or fails to sign and return the Required Forms by the deadline listed above, or responds and rejects the Prize;

(ii) the Prize or Prize notification is returned as undeliverable; or

(iii) the Submission or the potential winner is disqualified for any other reason.

In the event of a disqualification, the Organiser may award the applicable Prize to an alternate potential winner.


A.Substitutions & Changes: The Organiser has the right to make a Prize substitution of equivalent or greater value. The Organiser will not award a Prize if there are no eligible Submissions entered in the Hackathon, or if there are no eligible Makers or Submissions for a specific Prize.

B. Prize Delivery: Prizes will be payable to the Maker / an individual.

Prizes are payable via any means of the Organiser’s choosing, whether electronic or not, and are payable only after receipt of the Required Forms. A winning individual may be required to provide an invoice, mailing address, bank information, and/or create an account with an electronic payment provider of the Organiser’s choosing in order to receive payment.

Failure to provide correct information on the Required Forms, or other correct information required for the delivery of a Prize, may result in delayed Prize delivery, disqualification or the Maker, or forfeiture of a Prize.

C. Prize Delivery Timeframe: Within 45 days of the Organiser ’s receipt of the Required Forms

D. Fees & Taxes: Winners are responsible for any fees associated with receiving or using a prize, including but not limited to, wiring fees. Winners are responsible for reporting and paying all applicable taxes in their jurisdiction of residence (federal, state/provincial/territorial and local). Winners may be required to provide certain information to facilitate receipt of the award, including completing and submitting any tax or other forms necessary for compliance with applicable withholding and reporting requirements. Winners are also responsible for complying with foreign exchange and banking regulations in their respective jurisdictions and reporting the receipt of the Prize to relevant government departments/agencies, if necessary. The Organiser , and/or Prize provider reserve the right to withhold a portion of the prize amount to comply with the tax laws of the UK or EU or those of a winner’s jurisdiction.


A. The Organiser does not exclude or limit in any way its liability where it would be unlawful to do so. This includes liability for death or personal injury caused by the Organiser’s negligence or the negligence of its employees, agents or subcontractors and for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.

B. Insofar as is permitted by law, the Organiser will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up any Prize except where it is caused by the negligence of the Promoter, its agents or distributors or that of their employees.

C. Insofar as is permitted by law, the Organiser excludes all implied conditions, warranties, representations or other terms that may apply to the Hackathon and will not be liable for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with the Hackathon. The Organiser will not in any event be liable for: (i) loss of profits, sales, business, or revenue; (ii) business interruption; (iii) loss of anticipated savings; (iv) loss of business opportunity, goodwill or reputation; or (v) any indirect or consequential loss or damage.

D. If for any reason any Maker’s Submission is determined to have not been received or been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, the Maker’s sole remedy is to request the opportunity to resubmit its Submission. Such request must be made promptly after the Maker knows or should have known there was a problem, and will be determined at the sole discretion of the Organiser.


The Organiser intends to publish or make available information about the Hackathon.  To this end,if you are a winner, the Organiser, and third parties acting on their behalf, may publish your name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, comments and hometown and country of residence. If you object to any of this information being published or made available please contact the Organiser.


A. Organiser reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Hackathon, or any part of it, in the event of a technical failure, fraud, or any other factor or event that was not anticipated or is not within their control.

B. Organiser reserves the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual or Maker it finds to be actually or presenting the appearance of tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Hackathon or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in a manner that is inappropriate, unsportsmanlike, not in the best interests of this Hackathon, or a violation of any applicable law or regulation.

C. Any attempt by any person to undermine the proper conduct of the Hackathon may be a violation of criminal and civil law.  Should Organiser suspect that such an attempt has been made or is threatened, they reserve the right to take appropriate action including but not limited to requiring a Maker to cooperate with an investigation and referral to criminal and civil law enforcement authorities.

D. If there is any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of the Official Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Hackathon materials, including but not limited to the Hackathon Submission form, Payara Hackathon wepage, advertising (including but not limited to television, print, radio or online ads), the terms and conditions of the Official Rules shall prevail.

E. The terms and conditions of the Official Rules are subject to change at any time, including the rights or obligations of the Maker and the Organiser. The Organiser will post the terms and conditions of the amended Official Rules on the Hackathon Website.  To the fullest extent permitted by law, any amendment will become effective at the time specified in the posting of the amended Official Rules or, if no time is specified, the time of posting.

F. If at any time prior to the deadline, a Maker or prospective Maker believes that any Official Rule is or may be unclear or ambiguous, they must submit a written request for clarification.

G. The Organiser’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Should any provision of these Official Rules be or become illegal or unenforceable in any jurisdiction whose laws or regulations may apply to a Maker, such illegality or unenforceability shall leave the remainder of these Official Rules, including the Rule affected, to the fullest extent permitted by law, unaffected and valid. The illegal or unenforceable provision shall be replaced by a valid and enforceable provision that comes closest and best reflects the Organiser’s intention in a legal and enforceable manner with respect to the invalid or unenforceable provision.

H. Excluding Submissions, all intellectual property related to this Hackathon, including but not limited to copyrighted material, trademarks, trade-names, logos, designs, promotional materials, web pages, source codes, drawings, illustrations, slogans and representations are owned or used under license by the Organiser. All rights are reserved. Unauthorized copying or use of any copyrighted material or intellectual property without the express written consent of its owners is strictly prohibited. Any use in a Submission of Organiser intellectual property shall be solely to the extent provided for in these Official Rules.



These Hackathon rules are governed by English law. If any participants in the Hackathon wish to take court proceedings, then they must do this within the courts in the United Kingdom.



The Organiser collects personal information from you when you enter the Hackathon. The information collected is subject to the privacy policy located here:


If you have any questions or comment, or wish to send us any notice regarding this Hackathon, please email us at

Last update: 21st of February 2023

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