Team “Allora” wins Hack the City 2016



The second edition of Hack the City, the only hackathon of Southern Switzerland promoted by Tipiù within the Regional System of Innovation Ticino, ended this Sunday with the winners announcement.

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.

Christian Puricelli won the RSI – Radiotelevisione svizzera prize, Hack Rete Tre, while team “JetMeOut” (whose members are Francesco di Biaso and Carlo Denaro) got two awards: group‘s best travel&tourism prize and Appway‘s best cross-channel experience.


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.



Hack the City 2016 will begin in less than a week!


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.-!

Here you go:

We’re all looking forward to meeting you at Hack the City 2016 in Chiasso!

Hey… By the way, the forecasts are great! It will be warm (around 30ºC) and sunny!

Chiasso gets ready for Hack the City 2016



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.

If you haven’t done it yet, register and attend #HTC16!
Don’t miss the Ticino’s summer tech event!

Here is a gallery of images without infrastructures and some others taken during the set up and work in progress of the square.

Only a few weeks left to attend ‪HTC16‬!


We just wanted to let you know that in these days we have increased the main prize, from CHF 8’000.- to CHF 9’000.-, thanks to Tipiù, AGE, BancaStato, CP Start-Up and ForexOClock.

Also, don’t forget that we have other amazing prizes as well, such as the Radiotelevisione svizzera (RSI) – Hack Rete Tre prize, the group – Best Travel&Tourism idea and the soon to be revealed fintech prize awarded by Appway. In addition, there’s also the SUPSI DTI – ISIN‘s special tech mention as well!

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!

Don’t miss this opportunity. Buy your ticket now!

We are really excited and can’t wait to see with what you’ll come up during the 48 hours!

We’re all looking forward to meet you at Hack the City 2016 in Chiasso.

Tired and needing a nap? We have the perfect deal!


A hackathon is a quite intensive challenge. Hack the City lasts 48 hours: perfectly doable if you’re used to attend these kind of events, but if you aren’t… Then you may want (and need) some hours of rest!

To help you take a comfortable nap, have a restoring sleep or simply have a place where to leave your luggage, we have partnered with Mövempick Hotel Touring, a beautiful, high-standard and modern hotel right in front of Piazza Indipendenza, and got the perfect deal for you!

Single bed + breakfast: CHF 85.-/night
Double bed + breakfast: CHF 140.-/night

To benefit of this deal, you’ll have to show your Attendee ID at the welcome desk or mention it in the comments field of the booking form or in the email body (if you book by email).

To obtain your Attendee ID you have to buy your ticket directly from the Hack the City’s HTC16 official page:

Hack the City goes @hackthecity on Twitter and Facebook


We have a super announcement!

To demonstrate the authenticity of Hack the City we have been able to change our social handlers, both on Twitter and on Facebook, to the simplest form: @hackthecity ( and!!!

We’re really happy and we also hope you’ll be happy too.
Please share and spread the hackathon ❤️!

PS.: we know that a change of names usually brings a lot of confusion, but we are also sure that having @hackthecity as the definitive handler is the simplest and easiest way to remember us on the socials.

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Hack the City 2016: registrations open now!


Hack the City is the first hackathon of Ticino and the first open-air hackathon of Switzerland.

After the successful first edition held in 2015 during the last weekend of August, the 2nd edition of the Ticino’s hackathon dedicated to developers, designers and makers returns this year more engaging and interesting than ever. Read more on »