Frequently Asked Questions
How many people may be on the team?
Up to four: We hope teams can be formed locally so all team members can enjoy being in person. We will allow some team members to be virtual, though we encourage the team member to be located in the region of the team.
Can non-Rocket employees(contractors, interns or college students) participate in Rocket.Build?
Rocket.Build is open to Rocket partners, contractors, interns, and students, as long as they are part of a team led by a Rocket employee who can access necessary secured platforms and documents.
Do all members of a team have to register?
No. Only the designated project leader submits the project idea and lists the other team members when registering.
Can we work on Rocket.Build projects in advance of the "official date?"
No. To ensure fairness, teams are asked to only work on the projects during allotted event time.
I don't have development/tech skills. How can I participate?
Rocket.Build welcomes all ideas that serve this year’s themes, even those not development oriented. If you have a great idea that you want to explore, that's enough! Find some teammates and GO! Or signup as a volunteer and we will help you find a team to join or you can help us facilitate the hackathon!
What country or time zone should I pick if my team spans multiple communities?
Please choose the location of your team project leader.
Please choose the location of your team project leader. I want to join but don't have a team. Will I be added to a team based on my skills?
Yes! After registering as a volunteer, you (and your skills) will be matched with a suitable project.
I live far from the nearest community location, will I be reimbursed for travelling to my team’s site?
Any travel costs would be allocated to your department's T&E budget. Please consult first with your immediate supervisor. Also, team members can be virtual/remote.
What if I have a great idea that does not match one of the themes?
The themes are merely directional. We’re confident that, with some creativity, there is a connection to be made.
Can I work on a feature that is on the roadmap for my product?
This is not the intention of Rocket.Build. We encourage teams to ideate beyond the roadmap. Dream big and think outside the box! Feel free to reach out to the Rocket.Build team for guidance if needed.
Who will be judging the projects?
Teams will have five minutes to present live to local judges. Community Connector Leaders will designate local judges for each community. The finalists of the community Rocket.Build will then present virtually to the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) who will pick the overall winner(s) of Rocket.Build 2022.
Will there be prizes?
This year, winning teams will receive prizes as well as bragging rights! More to come.
How much time do we have to build or code?
The event will last for one day.
How much time do we have to present our project to judges?
Each team will receive five minutes to present.
When will presentations happen?
Your team will present to the local judges at the end of the day on November 10. If your team is chosen to present to the ELT, this will take place on either November 14 or November 15. Final schedule is pending.
Will there be another Rocket.Build this year?
This will be the only Rocket.Build competition of 2022.
Can I be on more than one team?
We ask that you pick only one team to work with during Rocket.Build 2022.
What about my day job?
Rocket.Build is an important event because Rocket Software is providing the time and space to innovate. All participants are encouraged to plan ahead, clear their calendar, and put their “Out of Office” notification on so they can fully concentrate on the hackathon. (Be sure your immediate supervisor is aware of your participation ahead of time.)
Will there be special equipment available at the event locations?
We will not be able to provide special or additional equipment at the locations. Please be sure to bring all necessary equipment: laptop, keyboard, mouse, power source, and anything else you might need.