Q: What does it cost to participate?

It’s completely FREE to participate. 

Q:  Can I work on my project during the entire hack?

Yes. Hacking starts Jan. 5th at 9:00 a.m. PT and ends on Jan. 25th at 5:00 p.m. PT. You may work on your project during this time. 

Q: Are there rules of conduct for the event?

At the most basic level, we welcome anyone to this event and seek to provide a safe and friendly environment for all. In addition to the Official Rules, please review the Postman Events Code of Conduct as it applies to this event as well. Be kind to each other! We’re all part of the same awesome developer community and should treat each other respectfully.

Q: What can I build?

Your imagination is the only limit to what you can build. Start with the basic ingredients of integrating with useful and interesting APIs, building straightforward collections. Showcase the value of the APIs you are working with using documentation and environments, while also considering how you can automate using monitors. Make sure you spend time in the Postman Network looking for ideas, but let your imagination guide you. Check out the Inspiration page for examples.

Q: What are the prizes?

Hacking teams can win one of thirteen prizes that they will share:

  • Intergalactic Grand Prize (1) - A $25,000 USD Grand Prize awarded to the team with the best project.
  • Andromeda Prize, 2nd Place (1) - A $15,000 USD prize awarded to the team with the 2nd best project.
  • Nebula Prize, 3rd Place (1) - A $10,000 USD prize awarded to the team with the 3rd best project.
  • Moonshot Prize, Honorable Mention (10) - A $5,000 USD prize will be awarded to the next ten highest scoring entries that did not win the Grand Prize, Andromeda Prize, or Nebula Prize
  • Blastoff Prize (all participants with a submission) - Cool, limited-edition Postman API Hackathon T-shirt (up to 1 per eligible Entrant)

Q: Can you win more than one prize?

Entrants may submit multiple Projects, but are only eligible for one cash prize and one Blastoff Prize. Postman is not responsible for lost, stolen, or undeliverable T-shirts. See the Official Rules.

Q: Where can I find the Official Rules for the Postman Hack?

Official Rules can be found here.

Q: How do I create a Postman account to start building my public workspace?

Sign up here to get started using the Postman Platform. 

Q: Where do I go to ask additional questions about the hackathon?

To get help online, go to the hackathon resources page on the DevPost hack site. 

Q: Where can I find resources for the Postman Platform?

To get resources to learn more about the Postman Platform online, go to the hackathon resources page on the DevPost hack site. 

Q: How does judging work?

Judging will start after the close of the hackathon. Winners will be announced in the CEO keynote at Postman Galaxy: The Global Virtual API Conference. Please be sure to read the Official Rules!

Q: Where can I get updates or post questions?

For questions please check out the discussion forum on Discourse listed on the resources page. For updates, please check the discussion forum regularly and the hackathon updates page on Devpost. Also, we may email you with reminders and other information before and during the hack.

Q: Can hackathon submissions utilize non-Postman technologies?

Yes, read the Official Rules. You are also able to use source code, sample code, libraries, SDKs, and APIs as long as these technologies are: Publicly discoverable and available for public use in developing applications, and provided that such code or previous versions must have been publicly available Our intention is that you cannot take private code and simply make it open source, or make a private API publicly available right before the hackathon and use it in your entry, but that you are welcome to use open source libraries and frameworks in your entry.

Q: How large can a team be?

Teams can be 1 person but it may not exceed 5 persons. Once a team has registered on DevPost, they may not change team members. Please pick your team carefully!

Q: Once we form a team, where do we register the team and submit our entry?

You will need to register on our Devpost site individually and as a team, and can do so as early as January 5th, 2021. Note that your team will not be able to submit your entry unless the team and all its members are registered with DevPost. Once your team is registered with DevPost you will not be able to change the composition of your team. You will have until January 25th, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. PT  to submit your entry on DevPost.

Q: What do I need to submit as my team’s entry?

Your Postan public workspace URL, project title, tagline, description, and Postman public profile associated with the public workspace. Your public workspaces are considered part of your entry, and your entry will not be complete without them.

Q: What is the eligibility for someone to participate?

The Hackathon is open to registered participants of the Event who are the age of majority in the jurisdiction where they reside. The following people are not eligible to participate:

  • employees, and former employees of Postman and sponsoring companies are ineligible to compete.
  • the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of any those employees or former employees in (a) above;
  • are current employees of a hackathon third party sponsor; or
  • residents of Brazil, Quebec, Cuba, Sudan, Iran, North Korea, Syria and any other country designated by the United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Q: Who will judge the competition?

Judges are listed on Devpost, have a look at our esteemed judging panel.

Q: What will be judged and will the scores be provided to each participant?

Entries will be judged on the following equally weighted criteria:

  • Has a purpose - Build something that will make developers’ lives easier. 
  • Technical Implementation - Includes how well the workspace integrates a number of components showcasing your knowledge of Postman. Examples of the components: OpenAPI, Collections, Environments, Monitors, and Mock Servers. The more sophisticated the workspace, the better.
  • Creativity - The workspace is unique and cool, and something Postman or the community finds interesting.

Winning entries will be subject to a due diligence review for eligibility and compliance with the Official Rules. 

Q: With respect to the entry, what will be made public?

We won’t ask you to make any of your source code public. The only elements of your entry made public on DevPost and Postman are:

  • Project title
  • Project tagline
  • Project description (should be approximately 500 words)
  • Postman workspace title
  • Postman workspace description
  • Postman public profile

Q: What are the key deadlines?

  • January 5th, 2021 - Hacking begins
  • January 25th, 2021 - Hacking stops, projects must be submitted.
  • February 3rd, 2021 - The winners announced at Postman Galaxy.