We’re almost ready to launch the 2017 edition of Hack the City, and we can’t wait to share some (early) news with you!
This year we will have two evenings (Thursday, August 31 and Friday, September 1st) dedicated to tech talks and round tables about the latest news from the digital industry. We will have amazing guests and speakers (program follows soon) that will inspire the audience and also the hackathon attendees!
We realised that 48 hours were more than enough to come up with amazing ideas and projects. Therefore, the hackathon will begin on Saturday, September 2 at 8:00AM and end on Sunday, September 3 at 5:00PM. Attendees will have less time to work compared to the previous editions, but rules and evaluation criteria will be adapted accordingly.
After 48 hours, the main prize, with a value of CHF 9’000 (thanks to Tipiù, AGE, BancaStato, CP Start-Up and ForexOclock), has been awarded to the team “Allora” — Giovanni Degiorgi and Jaro Serena — for their project named “SimplePark”.
The team presented a miniaturised device and a platform to help car drivers finding parking lots made available from other citizens. Its innovation is in the size, the price, a dedicated and smart protocol for signal and data transmission and a battery-life that could last for decades. In addition, they caught the essence of this year’s theme, “Living a City in the Digital Era”, by developing a concrete (and complete) solution to a problem people have to deal almost daily.
“Allora” also got the special mention of ISIN (Istituto Sistemi Informativi e Networking, SUPSI – DTI) for their broad and skilled use of a multi-stack technology.
45 attendees were in Piazza Indipendenza in Chiasso. They had the opportunity to meet and talk to mentors and experts in the field of digital innovation and also to have some rest in the lounge space after the many hours of coding.
“The quality of the ideas and the projects presented was really high. With more than 100 subscribers and the very positive feedbacks we might expect a 2017’s edition.
Still not sure whether to attend the Swiss openair hackathon?
Here are some reasons why you really should!
1. To build something you ever wanted, but you never had the chance to… You have an entire weekend to come up with something amazing.
2. It’s fun and an opportunity to meet and network with talents and awesome people.
3. There will be a lounge&leisure zone with free coffee, couches and a game console to chill and relax.
4. Food, drinks, snacks, fresh fruit available all the time; plus on Saturday evening (real) pizza for everyone.
5. Mentors and judges are among the most influential professionals in the field of entrepreneurship, technology and innovation of the Southern part of Switzerland: get to know them and let them help you launch your business successfully.
But, above all… We award up to CHF 15’000.- in money prizes to the best projects and ideas developed and built during the 48 hours!!!
ATTENTION! The deadline to buy your ticket and be able to attend Hack the City 2016 (and to get your welcome pack!) is Wednesday, August 24, 11:59PM.
Remember that the standard ticket price ends in a couple of days. If you buy your ticket in the next hours, you attend for CHF 30.- instead of CHF 40.-!
Finally, the engines are at their full steam. In a few days Piazza Indipendenza will be set and ready to host the attendees of the second edition of the Swiss Openair Hackathon and their amazing ideas and projects.
The members of the jury have also been disclosed: we’ve gathered some of the most influential professionals in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship of the Southern part of Switzerland.
Together with our great mentors, the members of the jury will not only evaluate your projects and pitches, but also help you bring your potential ideas to the next level, hopefully turning them into successful businesses!