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OutSystems Build for the Future Hackathon 2023

Building Apps that make a difference

  • 340 Participants
  • 25,000 Invested
  • 0 Uninvested


  • Social Good


What is the goal of the hackathon?

The Build for the Future Hackathon aims to give back to the community by providing a platform and solutions for nonprofits to digitize their work and increase their outreach and impact.

Who will select nonprofits for the hackathon?

This time, each participating team has an opportunity to choose the cause they are passionate about and bring a nonprofit organization they already have a relationship with and would like to support it. 

Can we select just any nonprofit organization?

Where possible, we encourage teams to partner with nonprofits they already have an existing relationship with. It can be a local or global nonprofit that can benefit from receiving the OutSystems license. This hackathon is also a great opportunity to promote their cause and bring awareness about important social issues. 

If you do not have any existing organizational relationships, reach out to the hackathon team ([email protected]) and we can connect you with some. 

Will the nonprofit participate in the hackathon?

The nonprofit organization you bring will be participating indirectly, meaning that they can be your advisor on how to best approach the challenge of the hackathon. You can also use their branding and cause for the purpose of your app/solution. If your team wins, this nonprofit will benefit from the prizes. 

Can team members be from different countries?

Yes, participants can be from different countries.  We completely support building a diverse team with unique backgrounds and skill sets, from multiple locations when possible.

What is the estimated time and effort expected from the teams participating?

The duration of the hackathon is six days. Teams can divide the tasks and find the appropriate balance in the efforts invested.

Can I participate alone?

You can. The teams must be composed of at least one and a maximum of five members.

I am not an OutSystems Developer, can I still participate?

Yes, you can! Once you register we will send you training options to get you up to speed. 

How do I form a team?

Each team member must register as an innovator on the challenge page before the end of the registrations on August 16, 2023. During the project creation, add your team members as project members using their username or registered email.

What is the size of each team?

Teams must consist of between one and five team members.

Who has access to my project? 

During the competition, the published projects and draft projects are only visible to you, your team members, and the organization. Your submission will be submitted by linking the demo video to your project so it will be publicly available. Access to the app will only be granted to the jury members. 

What happens with my intellectual property when I submit a project?

The purpose of this challenge is not to create solutions for commercial purposes. Considering this, all projects submitted by a team should be open-source so that all members of the community may benefit from all solutions proposed in the challenge.

How are the winners selected?

The finalists will be selected by the jury and based on the selection criteria.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be announced during the OutSystems ONE Conference in Lisbon which takes place September 12th through 13th, 2023. 

I don't have access to the ODC platform, how will I participate?

We got you covered, OutSystems will grant access to the ODC platform to all teams for the duration of the hackathon. 

What is the duration of the ODC licenses that winners will receive?

The access to ODC free license will be granted for 12 months, with the possibility of an extension. 

Where can I ask my questions about the challenge?

Before the hackathon, you can send questions and comments to the [email protected] 

Once your team has registered, all members will be added to the hackathon Slack Workspace where you will be able to communicate with the organizers, fellow competitors, and tech support. 

Is there a Code of Conduct?

We expect our participants to treat all our participants, mentors, and judges with respect at all times, behave appropriately, and safely and follow the OutSystems Hackathon Code of Conduct (can be found in the "Resources" tab or under "Rules").

Do you have any more questions?

Send an email to [email protected]. We are here to help you!