Rules and Guidelines

[UPDATED 9/28/2020]

Make sure to read through the rules and guidelines prior to submitting your project. 

Dates and Timing

Hackathon Details Release: October 23, 2020 at 8:00 AM PT

Hackathon Submission Period: October 23, 2020 at 8:00 AM PT - November 2, 2020 at  11:45 PM PT.

Selection Period: November 3, 2020 at 7:00 AM PT – November 16, 2020 at 7:00 AM PT

Selected Winners Announcement: On or around November 16, 2020 10:00 AM PT

Final Prize Allocation Announcement: On or around November 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM PT 


Participation Requirements

To participate in the Meridian Hackathon you must first register for the Hackathon. Details about the challenge along with additional submission requirements will be released on October 23, 2020 at 8:00 AM PT.

You (individual or representative of a team) have to submit your project and project video before the end of the Submission Period by filling in the Submission Form on The video should include footage that clearly explains your project’s features and functionality through a comprehensive demonstration. 


Voting process

From all entries, 5 projects are selected by a panel consisting of SDF members. The selected projects will be published on November 16, 2020 at or around 12pm PT on the event website of Meridian ( A panel of judges will evaluate the selected projects and give feedback (excluding the final rating of the projects to allow for a fair voting process) live between November 16, 2020 and November 19, 2020. The Judges will give each project a score based on the Judging Criteria. All scores of the Judges combined will account for 50% (fifty percent) of the Final Vote. 

Attendees of Meridian will be able to vote for their favorite project from the moment the selected projects are published. All votes of Meridian Attendees combined will account for 50% (fifty percent) of the final vote. 

Based on the results of the Final Vote, projects will be assigned into places from highest score (1st Place) to lowest score (5th Place) and will receive the following prizes (if compliant with Official Rules). 


Submission Eligibility

Applicable law and our internal policies restrict us from providing lumen awards to certain categories of projects. If your project is in one of our prohibited categories, it will not be eligible for an award. If you are unsure whether your project falls into these one or more of these categories, please contact us and verify.

Regardless of the Judging Panel and Meridian attendee voting outcome, a submission will be ineligible to receive an award if it:

  • violates any applicable laws, regulations, orders, judgments, decrees, guidance, or other legal authority;
  • involves, facilitates, supports, or promotes unlawful activities, including, but not limited to: fraud, drug trafficking, purchases on dark web markets, theft, illegal arms trafficking, human trafficking, abduction, extortion, embezzlement, corruption of public officials, acts of terrorism or terrorist financing, and intellectual property violations;
  • involves, facilitates, or promotes gambling;
  • is offensive, deceptive, harmful, or libelous;
  • is or contains sexually obscene content;
  • is discriminatory or abusive toward any individual or group;
  • contains, transmit, or instills malware or phishing pages or devices; or
  • infringes or violates any proprietary right of any party, including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of privacy, right of publicity, or other rights.


Participant Eligibility

Stellar Development Foundation intends to comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the distribution of lumen awards. All winners will be required to submit KYC documentation and fill out an applicable tax form. Failure to submit appropriate documentation or failure to pass our KYC checks will result in your rewards being forfeit. These tax forms will be used for accounting and tax reporting purposes, so please be aware of your country’s applicable laws regarding tax-filing. Lumens will be reported at closing price on the day they are sent to you.

You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in the Meridian Hackathon unless your country's minimum age for receiving a cryptocurrency award is older, in which case you must meet the minimum age applicable in your jurisdiction.

Unfortunately, if you’re a national or resident of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Sudan, or the region of Crimea, we are unable to send you any lumens. Additionally, we may be unable to send lumens to winners in countries where local law makes it unlawful for residents to hold or receive cryptocurrencies. Please note: we currently cannot send lumens to residents of the US states of Alabama, New York, Georgia, Connecticut, New Mexico, Hawaii, Vermont, and Washington.


Manipulation and Disqualification

While this is a hackathon, the Stellar Development Foundation retains the right to disqualify entries and timeout participants without warning or explanation in order to maintain a fair and profitable experience for everyone. 

Engaging in vote manipulation will cause your proposal to be disqualified. This includes botspam, fake/sock puppet accounts, and brigading. The Stellar Development Foundation has the right to withhold awards from participants who have abused these eligibility requirements.

Participants who create fake accounts to bypass the above rules will be disqualified regardless of whether or not they win a round.

Please feel free to share direct entry links with your own community, but please don’t mass message strangers or attempt to "game" the system in any way. 

Please do not use the Stellar Keybase team for defamation either of the program or of individual participants. Such behavior is a bannable offense.