We’re back with our second global virtual hackathon. UiPath is on a mission to help developers automate repetitive workplace processes and to increase employee productivity. In this competition, you’ll build open source, reusable components using UiPath Studio for a chance at over $50,000 in cash and prizes.
Submissions will fall into one of the following categories: Enterprise, RPA for Fun, Automate for a Cause, or Other. We are also looking for Snippets Citizen Developers can use to create their own automations.
What about awarding the remaining eight category prizes UiPath failed to honor in the previous global hackathon? Despite receiving 39 submissions, UiPath only awarded 4 out of 12 prizes in the categories of Machine Learning , Dashboards , Automation Frameworks and App and Data Connectors. 90% of the submissions in these categories were deemed ineligible, discouraging developers from submitting projects again.
It seems that you have brought up an issue that has been addressed previously by multiple UiPath employees about our past hackathon.
We at UiPath are dedicated to providing for our community that we are forever indebted to. Part of this means hosting a variety of programs, providing different platforms for our community members to interact on, and most of all, listening and adjusting to our community accordingly. We host these hackathons as an opportunity for the growth of RPA to foster a space and incentives to create the most innovative automation solutions that are then uploaded on our platforms Connect and Go Marketplace.
Due to this, we have structured this program this year to have 4 categories to win prizes in, Enterprise, NGO, Day-to-day, and Citizen Developer snippets. This clarity is listed on our Rules page at Power Up Automation: Evolve humanity with the next generation of software robots. - Devpost. While I understand your frustration of our previous hackathon, we reserve the right to adjust our processes accordingly. We have awarded and given back to the developers that did participate, and will continue to stand by our actions of our previous virtual hackathon.
Because there were some submissions that failed security tests previously, structure review, and functionality review, this year we are implementing more engagement with our participants to get direct feedback from some of our UiPath engineers to keep participants on track with the hackathon, and make sure that they create the best solution possible and have a legitimate chance in winning different prizes and rewarded for their work.
Furthermore, I’d like to emphasize that our hackathon program is just one of MANY programs and platforms we have. If there were improvements that you would like to see so that we could reach more developers than just the participants in the hackathon, I’d be happy to have a direct call with you where we can discuss in real time what is your experience and what you think would really improve the UiPath Community, and how developers can best be rewarded by their work and participation.
Again, thank you for your concern and happy to set up a time to discuss all of these points further. Thanks!
Despite promising $50K in prizes, only $26K was awarded to developers participating in your 2019 virtual hackathon, according to the competition website. Much like your 2018 virtual hackathon, where you failed to award half of the category prizes: Missing Hackathon Awards
Although we had a large number of people interested in participating in this Hackathon, we only received 70 submission of which only 23 were actual reusable components. Working closely with the UiPath curation team, we reviewed these components and found that:
There were several duplications of existing reusable components
The number of actual reusable components in some categories was 2 or less, which then did not warrant us giving a prize.
We therefore decided that to be fair to all and not just give out prizes to components just for the sake of giving out prizes, that we would cut the number of prizes. The cuts were mostly to prizes where we only got 2 or less submissions.
In future event, we plan to have only 2 to 3 prizes of a higher amount, and to have specific problem statements to ensure we get more high quality components.
The cuts were mostly to prizes where we only got 2 or less submissions.
UiPath admits there were qualified submissions. Yet you have eliminated several categories. UiPath can’t just cut the prize when you have qualified submissions in a category.
Moreover, the rules promised not only a Grand Prize winner, but also a Second and Third place overall, eligible for all entries. Yet UiPath only awarded the Grand Prize. I take you got more than one eligible submission for the contest overall…???
The Enterprise Solution category had 28 entries yet you only awarded one of the three prizes. Did you really have no more than a single qualified submission in this category?
For reference, here is a snapshot of the the Official Rules per September. Prizes since redacted from the rules includes Second Place overall ($5000); Third Place ($3000); Best Enterprise Solution Second ($2500) and Third ($1000); Best Disruptive Idea ($1000); Best Project in Uipath Connect! ($5000); and Best Snippet for Citizen Developers ($2500).
UiPath and Devpost operate in US jurisdiction. You can’t just willy-nilly make up your own rules as you see fit, but have to adhere to strict government regulations for such skill based competitions. UiPath is at risk of somebody alerting the authorities about your transgressions both in this competition and the one last year, where you failed to award half of the prizes.
Thank you for your concern and interest in the Power Up Automation Hackathon. We understand that we have fallen back from our original promise and this is not something we take lightly at UiPath. Having said this, we do stand by our actions and reserve the right to adjust our processes accordingly. As Anil mentioned above, the UiPath curation team went through each and every submission, and decided through a lengthy deliberation process that the components submitted were not apt for awarding the prizes. We want to judge based off of merit and continually challenge what is next for our technology. With many duplicates of existing projects and components, awarding the duplicates is reductive of our purpose of hosting such events.
In the future, we will continually adjust the program to have a more detailed and moderated approach of submissions and further clarification of what is required. That is a promise that the UiPath Community team will commit to for future events. From a feedback standpoint - if you have more suggestions of how we should run our hackathons, we are happy to set up a time to hop on a Zoom call and talk about this offline and in person. Happy to discuss further and feel free to reach out to me directly at email@example.com .