spawnfest 2021 september 18-19

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SpawnFest is an annual 48 hour online software development contest in which teams from around the world get exactly one weekend to create the best BEAM-based applications they can.

Participation in SpawnFest is 100% Free of Charge.

We'll be opening registration soon. Stay tuned!

All BEAM languages are welcome!
Erlang
Erlang
Elixir
Elixir
LFE
LFE
Hamler
Hamler
Luerl
Luerl
Gleam
Gleam
Clojerl
Clojerl
Fika
Fika
Bragful
Bragful
Caramel
Caramel
Elchemy
Elchemy
OTPCL
OTPCL

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If you need inspiration for a cool project, check our list of project ideas!

Judges

Laura M. Castro's picture

Laura M. Castro

@lauramcastro
Evadne Wu's picture

Evadne Wu

@evadne
Brooklyn Zelenka's picture

Brooklyn Zelenka

@expede
Quinn Wilton's picture

Quinn Wilton

@wilton_quinn
Kenji Rikitake's picture

Kenji Rikitake

@jj1bdx
René Föhring's picture

René Föhring

@rrrene

This event is made possible by our sponsors.

The Fellowship of the BEAM

Prizes

These are the prizes you may win, thanks to our generous sponsors

$150 in Amazon Gift Cards

$150 in Amazon Gift Cards

by NineFX

$2400 in Amazon Gift Cards

$2400 in Amazon Gift Cards

by Erlang Ecosystem Foundation

$150 in Amazon Gift Cards

$150 in Amazon Gift Cards

by 2600Hz

5x virtual combo conference tickets (includes virtual tutorials)

5x virtual combo conference tickets (includes virtual tutorials)

by Erlang Solutions

5x virtual combo conference tickets (includes virtual tutorials)

5x virtual combo conference tickets (includes virtual tutorials)

by Code Sync

4x annual subscriptions Groxio Programmer Passport

4x annual subscriptions Groxio Programmer Passport

by Groxio

1x reMarkable 2

1x reMarkable 2

by Nomasystems

4x Oculus Quest 2

4x Oculus Quest 2

by Remote

$1500 in swag

$1500 in swag

by WhatsApp

3x €500 in AppSignal credits

3x €500 in AppSignal credits

by AppSignal

$500 in swag and Amazon Gift Cards

$500 in swag and Amazon Gift Cards

by Klarna

$500 in credits at the GitHub Shop

$500 in credits at the GitHub Shop

by GitHub

Rules

  • Schedule
    • - The event will start on 2021-09-18 00:00 UTC.

    • - The event will end on 2021-09-19 23:59 UTC.

    • - Registration will close 5 days prior to the start date.

    • - Each team will have exactly 48 hours to work on their projects.

    • - The jury will have a month to evaluate all the submissions.

  • Teams
    • - Team size is 1 to 4.

    • - Every team member has to be an individual, not an organization.

    • - All members of a team should be at least 18 years old.

    • - Judges of this contest can not participate in it as members of a team.

    • - Every team has to register by completing the registration form.

    • - Each team shall have a designated leader to handle the prize distribution among its members as well as communicating with the organizers.

  • Projects
    • - All projects should be written to run on the Erlang VM / BEAM, and any BEAM-based language is valid (e.g., Erlang, Elixir, LFE, Gleam, Clojerl, Luerl, Caramel, etc.).

    • - Supplementary languages such as Javascript (and JS frameworks), Rust, Elm, Go, etc., are allowed.

    • - Only code created after the start of the contest will be evaluated by the judges.

    • - The system may include code that was written before the start of the contest, as long as the division between that code and the new one is made perfectly clear for the judges to see.

    • - Each team should come up with their own project idea, or use one from our list of project ideas.

    • - The organizing team will create a public Git repository at GitHub for each team.

    • - All deliverables should be uploaded to the repository, which shall be used by the jury to evaluate the projects.

    • - Suggested extra deliverables to include: documentation, comprehensive README.md, project-related art (e.g. logos), tests and anything that makes building and understanding the system easier for the judges.

    • - Contributions to the project (e.g. Pull Requests) from developers outside the team will be forbidden during the contest, but encouraged afterwards.

    • - Usage of third party libraries and web services is not prohibited, it's even encouraged.

    • - Ownership and Copyright: each team retains all the rights to their submissions and the repository transfership can always be requested. Note, however, that you will only keep write access to the repository until 5 months before the next edition of SpawnFest.

    • - User Privacy: projects shall not collect any type of personally identifiable information.

    • - Lawful submissions only: please do not submit anything that can be considered harmful, unlawful or both.

  • Evaluation
    • - Your work will be judged by a publicly known jury, unless previously disqualified.

    • - Each project will be evaluated in 6 different categories: Creativity, Usefulness, Innovation, Correctness, Maintainability and Completion.

    • - Final interpretation of each category meaning is up to the judges, but as general guidelines:

      Creativity
      This category assigns points for unexpectedness, eccentricity, fun. This is a broad category that may apply to the project, its code, the team, etc.
      Usefulness
      How useful the project will be for its target users. Does it solve an existing problem? Does it significantly reduce work time for its users?
      Innovation
      How groundbreaking the project is. The more unique and unprecedented the idea behind the project, the better. Also applies to projects developed in a unique way.
      Correctness
      The less bugs, the better. This category values working products over complete ones.
      Maintainability
      How easy will it be for future developers to keep contributing to this project after SpawnFest is over.
      Completion
      Is the project functional? Did the team get to a point where there is something to show, even if there are a few bugs here and there?

    • - The final score of each team will be computed as the sum of the points received in all those categories. The team with the highest final score will be the winner of the contest.

    • - As long as there are more prizes, those will be awarded to runner-up teams.

    • - Prizes gifted from sponsors shall be distributed among all winning teams and players at the organizer's discretion. For example, if Acme, Inc. puts up a 1 million USD Amazon gift card, the judges may award the overall winner 500,000 USD Amazon gift and split up the remaining value among other winning teams and players.

    • - Each sponsor is responsible for delivering the prize they provided to the winning teams.

  • Other Rules
    • - Individual participants or even entire teams can be disqualified if they don't abide by these rules, or other types of behaviour that the organizers might find unacceptable. The organizers reserve the right to apply the punishment they consider fit to any transgression.

    • - Event organizers will not reimburse you for any expenses or losses.

    • - Event organizers are not responsible for any damage, legal actions or any other outcomes that might be a result of your participation.

    • - Event organizers reserve the right to change these rules without prior notification, up until 5 days before the event starts.