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CenturyLink Panamax App Template Challenge 2014

Over $100,000 in Prizes

30 Mac Pros
$3,999.00 value
  • 3.5GHz 6-core with 12MB of L3 cache
  • 16GB (4x4GB) of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC
  • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • Dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of GDDR5 VRAM each
30 iPad Airs
$499.00 value
  • 16GB
  • Wi-Fi Only
  • 9.7 inch retina display

Contest Structure

The contest submission period has ended. Part 2 (a.k.a. "Shamelessly promote your template") begins Tuesday September 2nd.

Part 1
The first 2 weeks are for submitting the best and most creative templates you can think of (submission process listed below). All contest submissions must be submitted by August 26, 2014 at 12:01a Pacific. There will then be a one week quiet period where the submissions are validated and bundled into the mainline Panamax distribution.
Part 2
There will then be 1 week to promote your templates to friends and colleagues starting on September 2nd, 2014 at 12:01a Pacific and will last 1 week ending at September 9, 2014 at 12:01a Pacific. All submitted templates that pass our validation will be distributed to anyone downloading Panamax during this time.
Part 3
Judging will be a 2 week process starting September 9th, 2014 and will be finished by September 23rd, 2014. Winners will be announced at 3pm Pacific on September 24th.

How to Submit a Contest Entry

NOTE: The contest submission period has ended.

Step 1
Install Panamax using the directions from
Step 2
Create the best template you can think of, using the guidelines listed in the documentation at
Step 3
Fork the Panamax Contest Template Repository from to your personal GitHub account
Step 4
Press "Save as Template" for your new application and save your template to your forked panamax-contest-templates repository
Step 5
Once your template is ready, go to GitHub and submit a pull request from your forked panamax-contest-templates repository, make sure to include any additional information in the comments of the pull request like how you are promoting it (urls to blog posts/twitter mentions/etc.).

Judging Criteria

Half of the prizes will go to the most popular template authors and the other half of the prizes will go to a list of subjective criteria that will be judged by a panel of independent judges who are also members of the Docker ecosystem.

Judging Panel


Only one prize can be won per person (if you submit multiple pull requests with multiple app templates, you can only win for one of the app templates)

Any individual person can only win one prize in the entire contest (you can't win multiple prizes in multiple categories)

Images used in templates must be available publicly on the Docker Registry. Cannot use local or images in private repositories.

No dependence on outside resources apart from code and containers

View the official contest Terms and Conditions.

All templates must include documentation in the documentation section including the following:

  • System requirements (for example: for best performance, you need 2 cores and 2GB of RAM)
  • Application setup (for example: what environmental variables or ports need to be set)
  • Post-Run instructions (For example: what username and password do I need to access my application)
  • Information regarding port-forwarding back to the host machine to hit a url
  • Criteria that the app is running up and running correctly

No templates that create apps intended for malicious or illegal purposes


I'm a developer outside the United States. Can I participate?
No. Unfortunately, due to some legal restrictions, this contest is not available to developers outside the United States. Believe us, we'd love to have you join in, but we're not allowed to. We'd like to have an international challenge in the future.
If I live in Alaska, Florida, Hawaii or Puerto Rico, can I participate?
No. Unfortunately, again due to some legal restrictions, this contest is not available to developers in Alaska, Florida, Hawaii or Puerto Rico. Believe us, we'd love to have you join in, but we're not allowed to. We'd like to include Florida in the future.
What kind of application templates can I create using Panamax?
Your imagination is the limit. See some examples of templates in Panamax by searching "all" in the search box.
Are there any ideas for kinds of application template types I should focus on?
You can really do anything, but if you need some ideas, think of popular CMS and web frameworks (WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc), open-source projects (Hadoop, Cloud Foundry, Cassandra, etc.), and Docker-related projects (Flynn, Deis, Dokku, etc.)
What happens if I run into problems while using the Developer Sandbox?
You can ask for help with other people using Panamax.
Are there some references to help me get started?
Learn about what we think are good templates on our Panamax Public Templates wiki page.
Can anyone enter?
As with any competition of this nature there are some restrictions. Employees at CenturyLink cannot enter, and laws in certain jurisdictions also restrict entrants. Please see the Terms and Conditions for a full list.
Do I have to write documentation with my app template?
Yes, how to use your app template is an important component of the challenge since you want people to be able to do cool stuff easily. The easier it is to use your template, the more likely you are to have a popular template that can win the best prizes.