These rules were written by our lawyers (and help them sleep a little better at night). They’ve got a lot of important details, so please read them closely.


These Official Rules (“Rules”) govern the operation of the GitHub Actions Hackathon 2020 Contest (“Contest”). GitHub, Inc., 88 Colin P. Kelly Jr. Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107, USA, is the Contest sponsor (“Sponsor”).


In these Rules, "GitHub", "we", "our", and "us" refer to Sponsor and “you”, "yourself", and “Participant” refers to a Contest participant. By entering you agree to be bound by these rules.


The Contest starts at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) on February 25, 2020 and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on March 31, 2020 (“Entry Period”).


To enter, you must be 18 years of age or older and have internet access.

Employees and directors of GitHub and its subsidiaries, affiliates, and advertising agencies are not eligible, nor are persons involved in the execution or administration of this promotion, or the family members of each above (parents, children, siblings, spouse/domestic partners, or individuals residing in the same household). Void in countries/regions under sanctions by the United States, including Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Region of Crimea. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.


To submit an entry, visit the Contest website at and follow the instructions to register and submit your Action (“Submission”). All required information must be provided for your Submission to be eligible.

Submissions from your GitHub Enterprise Cloud, Business, or Server account are ineligible.

There is no limit on participant entries; however only one prize can be received per household.

Any attempt to obtain more than the stated number of Prizes by using multiple/different accounts, identities, registrations, logins, or any other methods will void your Submissions and you may be disqualified. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited.

We are not responsible for excess, lost, late, or incomplete Submissions. If disputed, Submissions will be deemed submitted by the “authorized account holder” of the GitHub account, GitHub alias, email address, social media account, or other method used to enter. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned to either the GitHub account or an email address by an internet or online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses.


To be eligible, a Submission must meet the following content/technical requirements:


We are not claiming ownership rights to your Submission. However, by submitting a Submission, you grant us an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to use, review, assess, test and otherwise analyze your Submission and all its content in connection with this Contest and use your Submission in any media whatsoever now known or later invented for any non-commercial or commercial purpose, including, but not limited to, the marketing, sale or promotion of GitHub products or services, without further permission from you. You will not receive any compensation or credit for use of your Submission, other than what is described in these Official Rules.

By entering you acknowledge that we may have developed or commissioned materials similar or identical to your Submission and you waive any claims resulting from any similarities to your Submission. Further you understand that we will not restrict work assignments of representatives who have had access to your Submission and you agree that use of information in our representatives’ unaided memories in the development or deployment of our products or services does not create liability for us under this agreement or copyright or trade secret law.

Your Submission may be posted on a public website. We are not responsible for any unauthorized use of your Submission by visitors to this website. We are not obligated to use your Submission for any purpose, even if it has been selected as a winning Submission.


Pending confirmation of eligibility, potential prize winners will be selected by GitHub or their agent or a qualified judging panel from among all eligible Submissions received based on the following judging criteria:

Winners will be selected within 7 business days following the close of the Entry Period.

Winners will be notified within 7 business days following the close of the Entry Period with winner instructions, including a prize claim deadline. In the event of a tie between any eligible Submissions, an additional judge will break the tie based on the judging criteria described above. The decisions of the judges are final and binding. If we do not receive a sufficient number of Submissions meeting the entry requirements, we may, at our discretion, select fewer winners than the number of Contest Prizes described below.

Winners will be notified via the contact information provided during the Entry Period no more than 7 days following judging with prize claim instructions, including Submission deadlines. Winners may be required to provide proof of identification and eligibility as required by Sponsor. If within 72 hours of GitHub sending winner notifications, a selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize or fails to return any forms, the selected winner will forfeit their prize and an alternate winner will be selected, time allowing. If you are a potential winner and you are 18 years of age or older but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf. Only three alternate winners will be selected, after which unclaimed prizes will remain unawarded.


The following prizes will be awarded:

Each submitted and approved Action will receive:
1 Action swag pack. Prize limited to first 1000 winners. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $21.00 USD.

We will only award one (1) prize per household No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. No substitution, transfer, or assignment of prize permitted, except that GitHub reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event the offered prize is unavailable. Prizes are awarded “AS IS” with no warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties or merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Prizes will be sent no later than the timeframe stated in the winner notification. Prize winners may be required to complete and return prize claim and/or tax forms (“Forms”) within the deadline stated in the winner notification. Taxes on the prize, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner, who is advised to seek independent counsel regarding the tax implications of accepting a prize. By accepting a prize, you agree that GitHub may use your entry, name, image and hometown online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Contest without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.


The odds of winning are based on the number of eligible Submissions received.


To the extent allowed by law, by entering you agree to release and hold harmless GitHub and its respective parents, partners, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss, or damage of any kind arising in connection with this Sweepstakes or any prize won.

All local laws apply. Sponsor decisions are final and binding.

We reserve the right to cancel, change, or suspend this Sweepstakes for any reason, including cheating, technology failure, catastrophe, war, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that affects the integrity of this Sweepstakes, whether human or mechanical. If the integrity of the Contest cannot be restored, we may select winners from among all eligible Submissions received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Contest.

If you attempt or we have strong reason to believe that you have compromised the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Contest by cheating, hacking, creating a bot or other automated program, or by committing fraud in any way, we may seek damages from you to the full extent of the law and you may be banned from participation in future GitHub promotions.


Personal data you provide while entering this Contest will be used by GitHub and/or its agents and prize fulfillers acting on GitHub’s behalf only for the administration and operation of this GitHub and in accordance with the GitHub Privacy Statement.


This Contest will be governed by the laws of the State of California, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of California for any disputes arising out of this Contest.


Send email to with the subject line “GitHub Actions Hackathon 2020 winners” or visit by March 31, 2020 to receive or view a list of winners that received a prize worth $25.00 or more.