The WRC Hackathon (Competition) challenges participants to develop software applications related to the World Bank Group’s two goals to achieve by 2030, namely: (i) End extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day to no more than 3%, (ii) Promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country.

This Competition is a complement to  the Organisers (2030 Water Resources Group (hosted at The World Bank), Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA) and Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) with the process managed by BlobCity iSolutions Pvt. Ltd. (BlobCity).


The Competition aims to bring together software developers and development practitioners to create innovative applications using Blockchain, AI & IoT techniques.

Applications submitted to the Competition should address at least one of the following objectives:

  1. Storage of data on a public Blockchain to facilitate transparency
  2. Innovation on Blockchain consensus algorithms that reduce potential of fraud
  3. Setting up Blockchain based smart contracts between regulators and monitored organisations
  4. Issue of WRC into the Blockchain based on performance of each organisation
  5. Reliable WRC issue process with verifiable data points being stored in the Blockchain
  6. Strategies to allow trading of these WRC’s over the Blockchain network


  1. The Competition Period begins on January 18, 2019 and ends on February 17, 2019.
  2. The Competition is open to individuals and organizations subject to eligibility.
  3. Submissions may be any kind of software application, be it for the web, on cloud, a personal computer, a mobile handheld device, console, SMS, or any software platform broadly available to the public.
  4. Teams will commit their source code and related algorithm documentation to GitHub and license it using one of the open source licensing options between Apache 2.0, GNU AGPLv3, GNU GPLv3 or MIT.
  5. Participation is Free. Contestants must register at to register for the Competition and complete the submission form.
  6. Winning teams may be subject to a code review at some point following the event or immediately before the winners are announced.
  7. Winners will be announced on February 26, 2019.


A panel of judges will evaluate each Submission immediately after its demonstration using a combination of judging criteria:

  1. Idea: 15%
  2. Technical Solution: 30%
  3. Relevance to Problem Statement: 20%
  4. Commercial Viability: 15%
  5. Working Prototype: 15%
  6. Public Votes: 5%


The Competition is open to Contestants (‘Contestant”) from member countries of the World Bank (see: Contestants may be individuals, legally established entities (profit or non-profit, academic) and public sector agencies/organizations, though not all are eligible for cash prizes. Contestants competing for cash prizes may be individuals or organizations (profit, non-profit organizations, academic).  Public sector agencies/organizations may not compete for cash prizes. Contestants are responsible for compliance with legal requirements of their country.

  1. A) Individuals must be of age of majority in their country at the time of entry. Individuals may form teams of upto 4 and submit entries on behalf of teams. Individuals who join teams must meet the eligibility requirements for Individual Contestants.
  2. B) Organizations must be legally established entities (profit, non-profit, academic) or public sector agencies/organizations in their respective countries.

Employees, contractors and vendors of the World Bank Group (The World Bank Group consists of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Development Association, the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, the International Finance Corporation, the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.) , the members of the Finalist Judging Panel or any company or individual involved with the design, production, execution or distribution of the Competition and their immediate family members (spouse, parents and step-parents, siblings and step-siblings, and children and step-children, aunt, uncle, niece and nephew) are not eligible to join the Competition.


The Competition Submission Period begins on January 18, 2019 at 06:00 PM Indian Standard Time (“IST”) and ends on February 18, 2019 at 12:00 AM IST (the “Competition Submission Period”).


A. Registration

Contestants must register at to submit an entry, and may do so at any time until the close of the submission period. Registration is free. Only Applications submitted through will be accepted.

B. Online Submission Requirements

Each Contestant will be required to provide the following as part of its entry (“Submission”):

  1. A link to one or more public GitHub repositories where developed source code is hosted
  2. A link to the Application.
  3. A video of the Application.
  4. A text description of the Application.
  5. A presentation explaining concept and implementation as per a provided presentation template
  6. At least one photograph of the working software Application
  7. Electronic acknowledgement through the website that the entrant(s) have read and agree to be bound by the Official Rules.
C. Submission Requirements:
  1. Each submission must be a software application that uses some data from the test data provided at and must use Blockchain technologies for implementation of Wastewater Reuse Certificates (WRC).
  2. Submissions may be any kind of software tool that uses any software platform broadly available to the public.
  3. Each Submission must contain an Application that functions as expressed in the text description.
  4. Contestants may submit more than one Submission. However, Applications must not be substantially similar to a prior Application in a Submission by the same Contestant.
  5. Each Submission must be in English, or if in a language other than English, the Submission must be accompanied by an English translation of the full text.
  6. Submissions which, in the Organiser’s sole determination do any of the following will be disqualified:

    a) adversely affect the reputation of the Organisers and The World Bank Group or any of its officials or member countries;

    b) are illegal under applicable laws;

    c) depict hatred, defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten a specific person or community in the society or can incite violence or conflict, or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others;

    d) contain any infringing, obscene, indecent, or unlawful material or information.

  7. Submission must a) be original; b) be solely owned by Contestant, who represents that no other party has any rights or interest, whether known or unknown; and 3) not violate the Intellectual Property or privacy rights of other parties. Intellectual property rights of submitted Applications will be owned by the Contestants. The Organisers disclaims any liability for infringements or other violations of intellectual property rights based on claims of ownership by Contestant; Contestant, by entering the Competition, agrees to hold harmless and indemnify the Organisers against any third party claims.
  8. Once a Submission is submitted, the Contestant cannot make any changes or alterations to the Submission until the judging is complete.
  9. All winning Submissions may be linked to the Organisers website. By submitting an Application, you grant the Organisers a non-exclusive, royalty-free right to use for promotion, public display, informational, educational or awareness purposes your Application. The Organisers may at its sole discretion, decide not to expose any Application on its website.


Submissions will be posted on on a rolling basis after being screened for basic functionality, accuracy of messaging, and integrity (i.e., security). All Contestants will have equal access to Submissions posted on the website.


A. Screening and Judging Process
  1. Submissions will initially be screened by the Organisers’ Technical Committee (“Technical Committee”). The Technical Committee will verify that the Contestant meets the Eligibility criteria in Official Rule I and its Submission(s) meet the Submission Requirements in Official Rule III. C.
  2. All Submissions that pass the Technical Committee screening will be judged by a Organisers Internal Panel (“Internal Panel”) to select approximately ten finalist Applications (“Finalist Application”) based on the Judging Criteria.
  3. Finalist Applications will be judged by a Finalist Judging Panel based on the judging criteria to select those Applications to be awarded prizes or recognition.

The dates for the judging are between February 18, 2019 and February 26, 2019.


B. Finalist Judging Panel

A Finalist Judging Panel will be determined by the Organisers. The Organisers reserve the right to substitute or modify the Finalist Judging Panel at any time for any reason.


The External Judging Panel will select three (3) Contestants whose Finalist Applications earn the highest overall score to win the following prizes:



First Prize Winner

INR 100,000

Second Prize Winner

INR 50,000

Third Prize Winner

INR 25,000

First, second and third position will be announced at a summit participated by public, private and civil society thought leaders.


ALL POTENTIAL AWARD WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY THE ORGANISERS WHOSE DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE COMPETITION. Award winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. The potential winners will be notified by email, telephone, or mail on or about February 25, 2019. The potential winners will be required to sign and return to the Organisers an affidavit of eligibility, and liability/publicity release (except where prohibited) in order to claim his/her prize if applicable. If a potential winner of any prize cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within the required time period (if applicable), or if the prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize. In the event that a potential winner of a Competition prize is disqualified for any reason, Organisers may award the applicable prize to an alternate winner who had the highest score remaining of the Finalist Applications.

By entering this Competition, Contestant agrees that the Organisers may verify the ownership and originality of any Application and that upon request, Contestant shall submit a written copy of any release, license or permission Contestant has received from a third party granting Contestant the right to use such Application. Contestant understands that in the event an Application is selected as a winning Application and Contestant’s ownership rights and the originality of Contestant’s Application cannot be verified to the satisfaction of the Organisers or is in any other way ineligible, the Organisers shall select an alternate winner based on the same Judging Criteria. The Organisers assume no liability to third parties for false ownership rights claimed by Contestants.

If after announcing the winners, the Organisers determine that a Contestant has misrepresented, misstated, or mischaracterized its Submission in any way or Contestant is not the rightful owner of the submitted Application, the Submission may be withdrawn and disqualified from the Competition, and any privileges received by winning this contest may be rescinded. Any determinations made by the Organisers in withdrawing and disqualifying any Submission will be final and confidential.

For all Cash Prizes: Winners are responsible for all applicable taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use. No transfer or substitution of a prize is permitted except by the Organisers. If a team of individuals, a corporation or an organization is selected as a prize winner, the prize will be awarded to the group and it will be up to them to split or appropriately allocate the prize.


For Competition results go to on or about February 26, 2019.


By entering, each Contestant agrees to: (a) comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Organisers and/or the Judging Panels which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Competition; (b) release and hold harmless the Organisers and its affiliates, from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a Contestant’s entry, creation of an entry or submission of an entry, participation in the Competition, acceptance or use or misuse of prize (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, transmission, performance, exploitation or use of entry; and © indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Organisers from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) arising out of or relating to a Contestant’s participation in the Competition and/or Contestant’s acceptance, use or misuse of prize.


Except where prohibited, participation in the Competition constitutes winners’ consent to the Organisers use of winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without payment or consideration.


The Organisers are not responsible for: (1) any false, incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Contestants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Competition; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Competition; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Competition or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Contestant’s participation in the Competition or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. If for any reason an entrant’s Submission is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is another provide another Submission. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded.


In the event that an entrant should disagree with any of these Competition Rules or any decision made by the Organisers or the Judging Panels, Contestant will have the right to withdraw its Submission. To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to any other recourse to judicial procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Competition are hereby excluded, and Contestant expressly waives any and all such rights.


Nothing herein shall constitute or be considered to be a limitation upon or a waiver of the privileges and immunities of the Organisers, or any other member of the World Bank Group, which are specifically reserved.

XIV. Use of Organisers Name

The use of the Organisers name, or any trademark, official mark, official emblem, or logo of the Organisers, or any of its other means of promotion or publicity is strictly prohibited except for attribution purposes only. The Organisers will prosecute, to the fullest extent of the law, any other use of the Organisers name, or any trademark, official mark, official emblem, or logo of the Organisers.