Internet resources such as FAQs, how-to’s, existing forums and responses, and company websites, are completely valid for competition use provided there is no fee required to access those resources and access to those resources has not been granted based on a previous membership, purchase, or fee. Only resources that could reasonably be available to all teams are permitted. For example, accessing Cisco resources through a CCO account would not be permitted but searching a public Cisco support forum would be permitted. Public sites such as Security Focus or Packetstorm are acceptable. Only public resources that every team could access if they chose to are permitted.
Teams may not use any external, private electronic staging area, such as cloud storage, or FTP site for patches, software, etc. during the competition. Teams are not allowed to access private Internet-accessible libraries, FTP sites, web sites, network storage, or shared drives during the competition. All Internet resources used during the competition must be freely available to all other teams. The use of external collaboration and storage environments such as Google Docs is prohibited unless the environment was provided by and is administered by competition officials. Accessing private staging areas is grounds for disqualification and/or a penalty assigned to the appropriate team.
No peer-to-peer or distributed file sharing clients or servers are permitted on competition networks unless specifically authorized by the competition officials. Internet activity, where allowed, will be monitored and any team member caught viewing inappropriate or unauthorized content will be subject to disqualification and/or a penalty assigned to the appropriate team. This includes direct contact with outside sources through chat/email or any other public or non-public services including sites such as Facebook. For the purposes of this competition inappropriate content includes pornography or explicit materials, pirated media files, sites containing key generators and pirated software, etc. If there are any questions or concerns during the competition about whether or not specific materials are unauthorized contact the Operations Team immediately.
All network activity that takes place on the competition network may be logged and subject to release. The Operations Team is not responsible for the security of any information, including login credentials, which competitors place on the competition network.
No memory sticks, flash drives, removable drives, CDROMs, electronic media, or other similar electronic devices are allowed in the room during the competition unless specifically authorized by the Operations Team in advance. Any violation of these rules will result in disqualification of the team member and/or a penalty assigned to the appropriate team.
Teams may not bring any type of tablet, PDA, cell phone, smart phone, or wireless device into the competition area unless specifically authorized by the Operations Team in advance. Any violation of these rules will result in disqualification of the team member and/or a penalty assigned to the appropriate team. Teams will be expected to supply their own computer or laptop for the competition. The Operations Team will not however be responsible for providing any additional or specialized equipment to connect your device to the competition network.
Printed reference materials (books, magazines, checklists) are permitted in competition areas and teams may bring printed reference materials to the competition as specified by the competition officials.
All participants, including competitors, coaches, Operations Team, and any affiliates, are expected to behave professionally at all times during all HackIstanbul events including preparation meetings, receptions, mixers, banquets, competitions, etc… In addition to published HackIstanbul rules, Host Site policies and rules apply throughout the competition and must be respected by all HackIstanbul participants. All HackIstanbul events are alcohol free events. No drinking is permitted at any time during competition hours.
Activities such as swearing, consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs, disrespectful or unruly behavior, sexual harassment, improper physical contact, becoming argumentative, willful violence, or willful physical damage have no place at the competition and will not be tolerated. Violations of the rules can be deemed unprofessional conduct if determined to be intentional or malicious by competition officials.
Competitors behaving in an unprofessional manner may receive a warning from the Operations Team for their first offense. For egregious actions or for subsequent violations following a warning, competitors may have a penalty assessed against their team, be disqualified, and/or expelled from the competition site. Competitors expelled for unprofessional conduct will be banned from future HackIstanbul competitions for a period of no less than 12 months from the date of their expulsion.
Individual(s), other than competitors, behaving in an unprofessional manner may be warned against such behavior by the Operations Team or asked to leave the competition entirely.
Team captains are encouraged to work with the Operations Team to resolve any questions regarding the rules of the competition or scoring methods.During the Competition:
Protests by any team must be presented in writing by the Team Captain to the Operations Team as soon as possible. The competition officials will be the final arbitrators for any protests or questions arising before, during, or after the competition. Rulings by the competition officials are final. All competition results are official and final as of the Closing Ceremony. If you choose to take a dispute or grievance to anyone outside of the Operations Team for resolution without first having brought it to the attention for resolution with the Operations Team, expect limited support or possible disqualification from the event.
In the event of an individual disqualification, that team member must leave the competition area immediately upon notification of disqualification and must not re-enter the competition area at any time. Disqualified individuals are also ineligible for individual or team awards. In the event of a team disqualification, the entire team must leave the competition area immediately upon notice of disqualification and is ineligible for any individual or team award. All competition materials including injects, scoring sheets, and team-generated reports and documents must remain in the competition area. Only materials brought into the competition area by the student teams may be removed after the competition concludes.
Scores will be maintained by the Operations Team. Team rankings will be publicly displayed throughout the competition. Approximately one hour prior to the event concluding all public-scoring displays will be terminated; final results will be announced at the Awards Ceremony.
Any team action that breaks communication between a target and the score-bot is exclusively the responsibility of that team and will result in a lower score. Should any question arise about scoring, the scoring engine, or how they function, the Team Captain should immediately contact the competition officials to address the issue.