Hold on! The Official Rules of the UiPath hackathon explicitly states that submissions have to be “in one of the required categories” and that in case of an inconsistency “the Official Rules shall prevail.” The rules furthermore say UiPath “will grant” prizes in the categories but “reserves the right to not award a Prize for one or more categories if there are not sufficient quality submissions.”
Despite 39 submissions, UiPath only awarded 4 out of 12 prizes in the categories of Machine Learning, Dashboards, Automation Frameworks and App and Data Connectors.
we have reserved the right to not award a category if we could not find a good component.
As all of these four categories have missing awards, 35 out of their 39 submissions would have had to be deemed ineligible for category prizes. Yet many of these 35 disregarded submissions have substantial github repositories; several are listed in UiPath’s own Gallery (with thousands of downloads); some have even won non-category prizes including one awarded 3rd place overall. Apparently there are no lack of good submissions.
Even though we’ve had enough submissions, some componentes were not awarded because it either failed security test, structure review or functionality review.
The fact that 90% of the submissions in these categories were deemed ineligible indicates substantial problems in the evaluation of the submissions. Only a few lucky submissions passed.
UiPath chose to award extra special prizes recognizing developers with submissions that didn’t fit in any of the required categories of the hackathon, even if they diverge from the official rules. However, it is unfair and deceptive to take the prizes from developers that made submissions in required categories.
When will UiPath do the right thing and award the remaining eight category prizes?