Terms and Conditions


The present Terms and Conditions govern the fourth edition of “Make with Ada” (or “the Competition”), a programming contest that rewards original “Projects” using the Ada and/or SPARK language(s) on embedded platforms.

No purchase is required to participate in the Competition and there is no entry fee.


The Competition is organized by AdaCore (the “Organizer”), a simplified joint stock company (“société par actions simplifiée”) under the laws of France, registered under n°403 325 657 at the registry of the Paris Tribunal of Commerce, with offices at 46 rue d’Amsterdam, 75009 Paris (France).  At the option of the Organizer, the Competition may also be sponsored by other organizations (the “Sponsors”), which would provide in-kind support for the Competition.



“Make with Ada” is open to both “Individual Participants” and “Team Participants” (collectively, “Participants”).

Individual Participants must be at least the age needed to legally enter into this agreement under the laws of France (18), those of their country of residence, and those of the country from which they make their submission.  Employees and contractors of the Organizer, sponsors and Panelists (defined below), and the family members of, and any persons living with, such employees or contractors, are not eligible.

“Teams” are composed of between two and four Team Participants, each of whom must be individually eligible. Each team must designate one of its members as the “Team Lead”, who will:

  • be the only point of contact between the Team and the Organizer and be the recipient of all communication on behalf of the Team;

  • receive any prize awarded to the Team and be responsible for sharing it among the Team Participants.

“Students” are Participants of  age 26 or less when the competition starts, and who are registered in a higher-education curriculum leading to a PhD, Master, or Bachelor degree, or  to any degree deemed equivalent by the Organizer. “Student Teams” are Teams comprising only Student Participants. “Student Projects” are Projects submitted either by a Student Participant or a Student Team.

Submission of Projects

Each Individual Participant’s and each Team’s Submission shall contain:

  • A technical description of the content of their Project;

  • Pictures or videos explaining the architecture, the content and/or the making of the Project;

  • Links to external resources, such as a github or public svn repository, containing the sources and/or documentation of the Project. The Submission will be used for the evaluation of the Project by the Judging Panel and must meet the following conditions:

  • All submitted material must be in English.

  • Clear documentation of  which parts of the Project are original and which parts are reusing content authored by third parties, such as pre-existing libraries.

  • Identification of which parts of the Project, if any, have been submitted to a previous Make with Ada Competition.

  • Code written in  the Ada or SPARK languages. It can optionally use components written in other languages (such as third-party libraries), but only the original part of the Project that uses Ada or SPARK will be evaluated by the Panelists.

Initial Submissions may be made by Participants between 15:00 CEST on Tuesday September 10th 2019 and 23:59 CEST on Friday January 31st 2020. Submissions may be amended, corrected, or improved at any time during this period.

How to enter

Step 1: Register for the Contest

  • Start by creating a free account on Hackster.io (or sign-in if already a member).
  • Register for the contest by clicking “Register as a participant”.

Step 2: Build and Document Your Project

  • Build your project according to the submission requirements.
  • Document your project build using Hackster’s project template. To create a new project, click “create new project” on the contest page or the “+” symbol in the top right corner of your Hackster page.

Step 3: Review and submit your project

  • Review your project and make sure it meets all the submission requirements.
  • Upload a previously created project by clicking “add existing project” on the contest page.
  • Submit your project by Jan 31, 2020 at 23:59 PM CEST by clicking “review and submit project” on the contest page.


Judging Panel

The Projects will be evaluated by a “Judging Panel” consisting of the following “Panelists”:

  • Bill Wong, Senior Technology Editor at Electronic Design

  • Fabien Chouteau, Embedded Software Engineer, AdaCore


Projects will be evaluated using the information available either directly from the Submission or indirectly from the resources referred to by the Submission using the following criteria:  

  • Buzz effect: one of the main goals of the Competition is to give more exposure to Ada, SPARK and related technologies. Projects will be judged in part with regards to how we think the project can have an impact in that regard: Will the project give more exposure to Ada ? Does it have a “wow effect” that will appeal to the technology community in general ? Will it show the benefits of Ada and related technologies ?

  • Open source: Does the Project have a Free Software License, as defined by the Free Software Foundation  or an open-source licence, as defined by the Open Source Initiative?  Does it have  an open design?  Does it use open tools, hardware and platforms? Is the Project usable by other members of the programming community?  Does it have clearly-defined interfaces and documentation? Is it available in a public repository through a version control system such as svn or git? Does the public repository chosen supply  a bug tracking system? Can the Project be built with tools available to the Ada/SPARK programmer community? 

  • Software quality: Does the Project make use of processes and technologies that provide high confidence that the software meets its requirements (for example formal methods, SPARK, contract-based programming, testing, and coding standards)? Is its documentation accurate?

If the project has been submitted to a previous Make with Ada Competition, only the parts of the project that were not part of a previous submission or were significantly changed from the version of the project then submitted will be taken into account by the Panelists.


The following “Prizes” will be awarded as part of the Competition:

  1. Ten “Finalist Prizes”, in the amount  of 600 (six hundred) USD each;

  2. The “First Prize”, in the amount of 2000 (two thousand) USD;

  3. The “Student Prize” an Analog Discovery 2 Pro Bundle worth 299.99 USD.

Award of Prizes

The Judging Panel will select 10 finalist Projects from the pool of projects. Each finalist project will receive a “Finalist Prize”.

The Judging Panel will then select the competition winner from the 10 finalists and award it the “First Prize”. 

Prize winners from previous editions of the competition are eligible  to enter but, in the event of a tie, priority will be given to those who have not previously won a prize.

Decisions of the Judging Panel are final and binding upon all Participants and the Organizer. The winners will be announced in March 2020 on http://makewithada.org or possibly later  depending on the number of entries.

Payment or Delivery of the Prizes

The Winners (or their Team Lead) of the Finalist and First Third Prizes will be asked to provide banking information (IBAN of SWIFT) and if they want to be paid in EUR or USD. Payment will be made by the Organizer, in the chosen currency, within 45 days of reception of such information. The Participant receiving the payment shall be responsible for any fee charged by his bank for such transfer and any fees for currency conversion. If the Participant requests to be paid in EUR, they acknowledge that the original USD amount of the prize will be converted to EUR at  the then-current exchange rate.  

The Team Leads are responsible for distributing the Prize among the members of their Team.

Miscellaneous clauses


The Organizer reserves the right to:

  • immediately disqualify from the Competition and remove from http://www.makewithada.org/ the Submission of any Participant or Team containing material that may be deemed by the Organizer, at their sole judgement, to be defamatory, obscene, illegal, or otherwise inappropriate.

  • terminate the Competition without awarding any of the Prizes if there are fewer than six Submissions made by 23:59 CEST on Friday January 31st 2020, in which case the Organizer will inform all registered Participants by e-mail.

The Organizer will employ reasonable efforts to keep the http://www.makewithada.org/ website up and running at all times, but reserves the right to make it temporarily unavailable for security or maintenance purposes with no advance notice.


Participants retain full “Intellectual Property Rights” (including copyright, patents, trademarks, know-how) on the contents of their Submission.

Participants grant to the Organizer and each of the Panelists the worldwide, non-exclusive right to reproduce, transfer, translate and correct, permanently or temporarily and by any means, the content of their Submission for the purpose of organizing the Competition, communicating its results, and promoting the Ada language, for the duration reasonably needed for those purposes.  

Participants also grant to the Organizer and each of the Panelists the worldwide, non-exclusive right to reproduce, transfer, run, analyse and test by any means, any software or documentation that is part of their Submission for the purpose of evaluating their Project and for the duration reasonably needed for those purposes.

By registering, Participants represents and warrants that:

  • they meet the eligibility conditions.

  • they agree to the collection of their Personal Data for the purpose of organizing the Competition according to AdaCore privacy policy.

  • they agree to the use of their names in relation to their Project and the Competition by the Organizer or the Sponsors on any commercial sites such as http://makewithada.org and http://www.adacore.com/ or the Organizer’s blog.

  • their Project meets all the conditions set forth in the present Rules and they have the right to submit their Project to the Competition and grant the foregoing license;

  • they, or the team they belong to, did not receive any specific support from a for-profit legal entity (such as  a corporation or a partnership) for the production of their Project, other than:

    • the support provided freely by the Sponsors of “Make With Ada”;

    • the use of tools (such as computers and a network connection) normally provided by that entity and on which personal usage is permitted by the rules of that entity or are of a de minimis nature.

Support from non-for-profit and/or educational organizations such as universities is permitted if:

  • their employer(s), if any, do not have any intellectual property rights in the Project or the Submission.

  • their Submissions do not contain any defamatory, obscene, illegal or otherwise inappropriate material.

  • their Submission is made in compliance with any applicable “Export-Control Regulations”, in particular the Export Administration Regulations (15 CFR Part 730-744) of the United States and the regulation of the Council n°428/2009 in the European Union.

  • they will indemnify and hold the Organizer and Panelists harmless against any claim or action that their Submission, or any part thereof, infringes the Intellectual Property Rights of a third party or contains defamatory, obscene, illegal or otherwise inappropriate material, or is made in violation of Export Control Regulations. In particular, Participants will indemnify AdaCore against judgments, awards, damages and costs, including court and arbitration costs and attorney fees, ultimately awarded on such claim.  Participants shall notify AdaCore as soon as they are aware of any such claim, along with any information relevant to the case, and shall abstain from discussing with the claimant the merits of the case until AdaCore is aware of the claim. For the purpose of this clause, Team Participants will be considered jointly and severally.

  • they waive their right to sue the Organizer or the Panelists on any ground connected to the award of the Prizes.

  • they have read, understood, and agree fully with the present rules.

In addition to the foregoing, Team Leads represent and warrant that:

  • they will indemnify and keep the Organizer and Panelists harmless against any claim or action in relation to the distribution or delivery of the Prizes, or lack thereof, between the Participants in their Team, provided that the Organizer paid or delivered such Prizes to them.

In addition to the foregoing, Team Participants represents and warrants that:

  • They waive their right to sue the Organizer and Panelists for the absence of payment or delivery of the Prizes awarded to their team, provided that the Organizer paid or delivered such Prizes to their Team Lead.

Force Majeure

Neither party is in breach of these rules, nor liable in any way whatsoever, for any failure to perform, or any delay in performing its obligations hereunder to the extent that such failure or delay results from a situation of force majeure. In particular, the Competition may be canceled at any point with no advance notice in such a case.


The cancellation of any provision of these rules shall not cause their cancellation as a whole, unless the cancelled clause is an essential clause without which AdaCore would not have entered into the Competition, or unless such cancellation changes the general balance of these rules.  If any provision of these rules that can be considered insubstantial is cancelled, the Organizer shall replace it, to all possible extent, by an equivalent clause.

Applicable law and jurisdiction

The present rules shall be governed by the laws of France with regards to their existence, validity, interpretation, performance and termination, notwithstanding any rule of conflict of law.

The Participants, Panelists, Sponsors and Organizers expressly agree that any litigation relating to the existence, validity, interpretation, performance and termination of these rules that could not be amicably resolved shall be submitted to the courts of competent jurisdiction within the circuit of the Paris Court of Appeal, even in the cases of multiple defendants or indemnification claims, and for preliminary rulings or injunctions.

Changes to the rules

During the Competition, the Organizer shall have the right to amend the present rules from time to time, in particular to improve their clarity or address points that were not addressed before. The Organizer also retains the right to change the list or number of Panelists. The latest version of these rules and list of Panelists will always be available on http://makewithada.org/. By making their Submission, Participants agree to be bound by any such subsequent changes.

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