• Teams should be made up exclusively of students who have been admitted into the program by the TechPoint team. 
  • Teams can of course gain advice and support from S.O.S. Challenge Coaches, Instructors, TechPoint team, or other people in their network as long as they do not complete work on the assignment. 
  • Contact with Subject matter experts should be limited to the the question section of the weekly survey, or facilitated via Slack through a TechPoint staff member
  • To ensure a level field for all participants, all code, design and art must be created within the duration of the challenge June 22 - July 24, 2020. The only exception to this rule would include material that is publicly available. Some examples of this would be: public domain images, creative commons music,  3rd party services, APIs, open-source projects, libraries, and frameworks, etc. with appropriate attribution to the original creators.
  • Student teams retain full ownership of what they have created during the challenge. We retain the right to display what you build for the purpose of advertisement. This includes all types of media, both print and not. 
  • Teams can use an idea they had before the event (as long as they do not reuse code or presentations or presentations).
  • Teams can work on ideas that have already been done. Though creativity/novelty is a factor in judging, solutions are not required to be completely novel. If a team wants to improve on a common idea they are allowed to do so and will be judged on the quality of their work. (Under the time constraints it can be hard to find something that’s fully original and teams might not know if an idea has been done before anyway.)
  • Cite your sources! Please review this link if you have any questions!
  • Projects that violate the Code of Conduct (below) are not allowed.
  • Teams can be disqualified from the challenge at the organizer’s discretion. Reasons might include but are not limited to breaking the challenge Rules, breaking the Code of Conduct, or other unsporting behavior.



TL;DR. Be respectful. Harassment and abuse are never tolerated. If you are in a situation that makes you uncomfortable during the S.O.S. Challenge, please report the situation to TechPoint staff organizers immediately. 

TechPoint stands for inclusivity. We believe that every single person has the right to participate in a safe and welcoming environment. 

We expect all participants to follow high ethical standards. Show respect to all participants, attempt collaboration before conflict, and refrain from demeaning comments. Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.

Harassment includes but is not limited to offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, social class, economic status, veteran status, sexual images, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other challenges, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. If what you’re doing is making someone feel uncomfortable, that counts as harassment and is enough reason to stop doing it. 

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. 

Instructors, Subject Matter Experts, Coaches, TechPoint staff, and anyone else at the challenge are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, attendees should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material both in their hacks and during the challenge. 

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, TechPoint may take any action it deems appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the challenge with no eligibility for stipend. 

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact TechPoint staff. TechPoint representatives will be happy to help participants contact campus security or local law enforcement, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the challenge.