Terms and Conditions for #ChallengingHate

General Terms and Conditions for the Media Matters for Democracy’s ‘#ChallengingHate– A Hackathon for Countering Online Hate’. 

The hackathon is being organised by Media Matters for Democracy (MMFD) and is aimed mainly at offering technological solutions for combatting online hate and digital violence. 

The applications are open till 13th June 2022. The event is open to all Pakistani journalists, data scientists, tech specialists, programmers, and young entrepreneurs. 

For journalists, it’s essential that their practices and reporting must be following and adhere to the fundamental principles and ethics of journalism. 

A: To participate in the fellowship contest, eligible individuals must:

  1. Fill in the application form in full

B: Registrations are open until 13th June 2022.

Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Please make sure you are readily available on the contact details provided in your applications – MMFD may get in touch with participants during the screening process if any further information is required to effectively assess applications.

C: Selection process

The applications will be assessed based on the answers shared by the participants and their overall competency and understanding of the theme. Please note that women participants will be given preference. 

MMfD will announce the shortlisted participants who will be invited to participate in the hackathon by 15th June 2022, Wednesday. Participants must confirm their participation in the defined time limit to assure their presence – so that in case a participant is unable to attend, their slot may be given to a different application. The event dates are 21st June to 24th June 2022. If a participant fails to do so, their slot will automatically be canceled.


  1. In order to be declared a finalist, the selected participant must meet the following conditions: 

Confirm that he/she meets the eligibility conditions and other requirements of these general terms and conditions. 

Failure to comply with one of the conditions mentioned above or any other condition mentioned in these rules, the selected participant will be disqualified and at the discretion of the organisers, the financial support will be canceled, or the organisers may select another participant in accordance with these general terms and conditions. The same conditions will then remain applicable, making the necessary adaptations, if necessary.

  1. Competition procedures:

Any attempt to sabotage the legitimate conduct of the competition constitutes a violation of civil and criminal laws. If such attempts are made, the MMFD and the Jury reserves the right to reject the participant’s registrations and obtain redress under the law.

  1. Limitation of liability:

The selected participants release MMfD and the Jury from all responsibility for damages that may arise from participation in #ChallengingHate hackathon, acceptance, and the respective contract. 

The applicant is solely responsible for the oversight of its own content, and MMfD will bear no responsibility for any damages that may arise for whatever reason.

  1. Code of Conduct 

MMfD and the Jury reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend, in whole or in part, this competition in the event of an event or any human intervention that may alter or influence the administration, security, impartiality or running of the competition as provided for in these rules cannot be held responsible. 

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