The NextGov Hackathon

Terms and Conditions – Participation Agreement

LAST UPDATED ON 22 March 2022





The 2022 NextGov Hackathon is a call to developers and multidisciplinary profiles around the world to create a NextCloud network, and create solutions to promote and leverate the NextCloud usage

In order to participate in this Hackathon, you must be 18 years of age or older.


The NextGov Hackathon – Foster digital sovereignty for public services with Nextcloud.


The Hackathon will bring together talented developers, designers, coders, and multidisciplinary profiles, to compete in a virtual online hackathon to develop new features to Nextcloud so that more public administrations can include such solutions as part of their digitalisation journey.


The Facilitator (the “Facilitator”) of the Hackathon is Kreativdistrikt S.r.l. ​(hereafter also “KDKT”), ​registered office via F. Petrarca 22, 20123 Milano, VAT code and Fiscal Code 09829520965. 

Client (the “Client”) and Prize Provider (the “Prize Provider”): European Commission Directorate General for Informatics, DG DIGIT, Rue Belliard 28, 1000 Brussels, (hereinafter collectively the “Client”).

The Client and the Sponsor may be collectively referred to as “we”. 


The Hackathon will start on 25 April 2022 and will end on 10 May 2022 with the Award Ceremony. Two check point sessions will be organised, on 27 April 2022 and on 29 April 2022. The Hackathon closing session will take place on 2 May 2022. 


  • 18 years old (or more) individuals
  • teams or individuals;


to individuals resident or domiciled in any country where participation would be prohibited by applicable law or the laws of the European Union.


  1. Register on the form that you will find on our website 
  2. Form a team
  3. Participate in the Hackathon by completing the milestones that will be announced during the Hackathon
  4. Win prizes


Hackathon Finalists must submit proposals that have a certain degree of completion in terms of code and/or documentation so that the jury can evaluate the potential and the benefits of the solution proposed. The more complete the solution it is, the higher the scoring will be. Participants are welcome to accompany their proposals with videos or recordings if that helps to better understand their proposals.     CHALLENGES (Topics)

  • Improvements to Deck
  • Improvements to Nextcloud Talk
  • One-on-one appointments in Calendar
  • Improvements in the Photos app
  • Additional challenge: There are also a lot of good first issues that should be relatively easy to tackle listed on github in different apps of Nextcloud! Participants are also welcome to submit their own idea for improvement to Nextcloud. 


Please provide your submission materials in English. Submissions in other languages won’t be accepted.


The NextGov Hackathon project partners have the right to use the foreground knowledge generated during the hackathon. You agree that all submissions are considered public domain. 


An evaluation panel composed by members from Nextcloud and European Commission will evaluate the submissions taking into account the following criteria:

  1. Originality and scope of the project; 
  2. Completeness of the submission, such as documentation and a polished user experience with few bugs; Quality of all materials submitted;
  3. Bonus points for working on mobile and being accessible (if relevant)
  4. Sustainability in terms of code organisation and structure (well-written code);
  5. Security of the ideas in terms of how security aspects are taken into account in the design and implementation.


  • 1st prize: €5,000
  • 2nd prize: €3,500
  • 3rd prize: €2,500
  • 4th prize: €1,500
  • 5th prize: €500


The Sponsor will not award a Prize if there are no eligible Submissions entered in the Hackathon, or if there are no eligible Participants or Submissions for a specific Prize. 

Monetary prizes will be mailed and payable to the winning Participant’s address (as an individual). 


The Sponsor is fully entitled to shorten, extend, modify or cancel the Hackathon in any manner it deems fit without incurring any liability to the Participants. The Sponsor is fully entitled to disqualify a Participant or a team which does not abide by these Terms & Conditions or acts in any way deemed inappropriate by the Sponsor.

The Sponsor shall not be responsible, and assume no liability, for (i) lost, misdirected or late submissions; (ii) electronic transmission errors; (iii) theft, destruction, change of, or unauthorized, access to submissions; (iv) technical problems, malfunctions or errors in the operation of any hardware or software which is necessary for the transmission of submissions or for the procedure of the Hackathon, including computer viruses and

bugs, or for manipulations, unauthorized access, scams, overload of the Internet or a website or any combinations of these, nor for other causes not subject to the inspection by the Sponsor and the respective subsidiaries and branches of the Sponsor. In case any of the above should occur, the Sponsor retains the right, in its sole discretion, to adjust, change, postpone or cancel the Hackathon in any manner it deems fit, or to take any other action it deems appropriate, including, without limitation, disqualifying any Participant who wrongfully causes any of the above to occur. The Sponsor reserves all rights to recover damages and to take any resources that may be available to it against any such Participant.

Participants who are employees of a corporation, government agency or an academic institution are responsible for ensuring that their participation complies with any policies their respective corporation, agency or institution may have regarding participation in Hackathons such as the Hackathon. If the Sponsor has reason to believe that a Participant violated any such internal policies, the Sponsor reserves the right to prohibit the Participant from participating in the Hackathon or receiving a prize at any time. The Sponsor assumes no liability and is not responsible for any disputes arising between a Participant and his/her employer with respect to participation in the Hackathon.

This Agreement shall be governed by, performed and interpreted according to the law of Italy, without regard to choice of law or conflict of law rules. The parties establish that for any future disputes relating to the interpretation, execution or resolution of this agreement, the Court of Milan will have exclusive jurisdiction. It is understood that before undertaking a legal action, the parties undertake to carry out the mediation attempt pursuant to Legislative Decree no. 28 of 4 March 2010.

All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Participants and the Sponsor in connection with the Hackathon, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Court of Milan – Italy.


When participating in this Hackathon, you accept and agree our Privacy Policy located here  


The Sponsor reserves the right to verify the validity of submissions, as well as their compliance with these Terms and Conditions, and to disqualify any Participant who interferes in any way with the entry process or who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. The Sponsor will not accept any late or misdirected submission. The Sponsor reserves the right to cancel the Hackathon and/or cancel or amend the awards if it deems in its sole discretion that there is an insufficient number of Participants.

Disqualification of any Participant who the Sponsor has reason to believe has breached any of these Terms and Conditions or has engaged in any unlawful or other improper conduct shall be at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. The Sponsor’s decision in relation to any and all aspects of the Hackathon is final and binding on every Participant and there shall be no appeal or review process for any such decision.

The Sponsor is not responsible for (i) any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer or online systems, servers, providers, computer equipment, software or any technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or any website, delay or error in postal service, or any combination thereof; (ii) any incorrect or inaccurate information caused by any equipment or programming associated with, or used in, this Hackathon, or any technical error, including any omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, mobile or satellite network failure, theft, destruction, unauthorized access or alteration of entries, or any combination thereof. 

The Sponsor assumes no liability and is not responsible for any injury or damage to a Participant’s or any other person’s electronic device resulting from participation in this Hackathon or downloading any Data as part thereof. In the Hackathon of war, terrorism, economic sanctions, riots, fires, natural disaster or any other state of emergency or act of God, the Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Hackathon or take any other action it deems fit with respect to the Hackathon without any liability.



The results of the Hackathon will be showcased during the Award Ceremony, on 10 May 2022 at 16:00 CET.


The organiser reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions and to add and/or remove any provisions from these Terms and Conditions at any time (including before and during the Hackathon), for any reason and in any manner it deems fit.

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