1. CFDA Requirements & Other Judging Criteria
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association of over 450 prominent American womenswear, menswear, jewelry and accessory designers.

The goal is to create a CFDA app that furthers the CFDA’s mission of “supporting the overall growth of American Fashion as a global industry.” The winning app should be innovative and it should address one or more pain-points in the industry. It’s not about just building a fashion-related idea, but about building a solution that’s relevant and brings value to the CFDA in supporting its members. In addition, the application must focus on a concept that that the judges determine can be developed into a working product within the next 6 months. This means completeness won’t be as valuable as a strong idea.

To assist the brainstorming process, registered teams will learn about some of the issues pivotal to the industry through a series of emails throughout the week prior to the event. Teams will have access to the THE FASHION BRIEF — a Q&A with famous designers and executives representing top brands — at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2013. This will be a discussion of what solutions they are craving for, the types of pitches they consider most valuable, and the ones they do not.

The judges’ decisions are final and uncontestable.

2. Team Formation & Submission Guidelines

All participants should be registered on, use the site to form their teams and submit their hacks. Due to the large volume of registrants, we foresee a high number of submissions. A group of “triage” judges will go over ALL submitted hacks and select 30 ideas to be demoed live to the groups of panels.

3. Coding Period & Submission Deadline

Each team must submit their application promptly by 11 a.m. on Sunday, February 3, 2013 in order to demo their application to the judges. The deadline will be strictly enforced. All hacks turned in after the deadline can still be posted on Hacker League, but will not be eligible for a live demo.

4. Code & Language

Applications may be built in any code language you prefer.

5. Previous Design & Fresh Code

All back-end code must be new and coded on location during the competition. However, you are free to use APIs, open source libraries, previously built hardware, sprites, wireframes, and any design elements you’d like. And you are also welcome to work on the concept for your application before the competition starts.

6. Team Size

A team must consist of between one and five people, but no team may have more than five.

7. Presentations

Presentations will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 3, 2013. You will have 2 minutes to present your idea to the panel of judges and then have a 60 second Q&A period. You’ll have access to a microphone, VGA cords, and projector to display your application. We want to see demos of your idea/application, NOT power point presentations.

8. Ownership, Open Source, IP and Your Rights

Top 3 Finalists: All finalist teams agree to give the CFDA, its agents or its assignees the right of first refusal to co-develop and/or purchase in whole or in part the idea or app and all supporting code and documentation developed in connection with the Fashion Hackathon, for a period of one year, starting from the day of the event.

All other participants: After the competition you are entitled to use your original source however you see fit. In the interest of an active exchange of ideas, however, we encourage all participants to open source the codebase of their applications for the benefit of all.

9. Photography & Video

By participating all team members consent to their likeness and voice being recorded by video, audio, photographic, or other digital or electronic means, and to use your name in connections with these recordings and to use, reproduce, exhibit, or distribute these recordings in whole or in part in perpetuity in any and all media for any purpose that Decoded Fashion and those acting pursuant to its authority deem appropriate. In addition, by participating you release Decoded Fashion and its agents from and against any and all claims, demands, causes of actions, actions, suits, costs, expenses, liabilities and damages whatsoever that you may have from liability for any violation of any personal or proprietary right you may have in connection with the previously mentioned use of your likeness, voice, or name in any medium. Also all such recordings remain the property of Decoded Fashion.

10. Miscellaneous

Decoded Fashion has the full and exclusive right to disqualify any team or team member for any reason, including but not limited to cheating, threatening or harassing other participants, or otherwise violating either the letter or the spirit of the competition. Decoded Fashion retains the right to change these rules at any time at their discretion. Teams agree that by participating in the Fashion Hackathon no relationship, contractual or otherwise, is established between either the teams or their members, Decoded Fashion, or any of the Fashion Hackathon’s sponsors.