Categories

Our main category is completely open, you can do whatever you want.

There's only one rule: Don't start working on your project until the hackathon begins. You can research it, overthink it or even bother your already annoyed neighbours with it. Just don't get a head start on anyone else.

For those looking to solve more specific problems, there are the three very interesting categories powered by our partners.

How can I win?

In the "Hack & Söhne" category we'll provide an elaborate evaluation process with a jury of seven professionals from various fields. Read more about the jury and the selection process in the jury section.

Categories

  • Hack & Söhne
    our main category
  • Art & Technology
    powered by ZKM
  • IT Brings People Together
    powered by CAS Software AG
  • Connect the Worlds
    powered by EXXETA
  • Topic

    If you are looking for clear guidelines on what to build, where to look and how to implement your idea, this is the wrong category to focus on. You can submit any idea in this category. Be it a web-app, a Haskell API or a creative piece of digital art, our jurors will decide which project is the strongest overall.

    Prizes

    First place: 4000€

    Second place: 2000€

    Third place: 1000€

    Judging Criteria

    Each juror judges the submitted ideas according to their field of expertise. We have artists, developers, entrepreneurs and investors. If your idea can convince the majority of them, you just might win.
    For more information please visit our jury section.

  • Topic

    The ZKM focuses on strengthening the ties between science, technology and art. In this hackathon, we want to dive into the relationship between information and the code-driven representation of it. This category gives you a chance to experiment, to combine your technical skills with a creative thinking.

    Our world is increasingly connected and captured: millions of sensors collect billions of measurements, while users generate more and more data input on a daily basis. Our way of reasoning and rationalising, the way in which we think about the world, is by analysing this data.

    Show us the art hidden inside datasets, the abstract connections and correlations through new ways of data representation and handling. Do not stick to the well-known paths of existing tools and schemes, but look into how you can take an unconventional or new path. How can we represent and interpret data differently? What new relationships can we explore? How can we change our understanding of certain things by representing data differently?

    Prizes

    1500€ for the winning team

    Judging Criteria

    We will look at the submission from different angles: concept and content, design as well as the code. While you may build a visual form of data representation, we want to invite you to explore other senses as well.

    powered by

    ZKM

  • Topic

    Hi, we’re CAS. We love bringing people together, worldwide. That’s an exciting and big challenge and therefore we need open-minded people, who want do be part of something big. People with dedication, creativity and skills. That’s where you come in.

    Contribute by exploring new ways of connecting people through technology. Build something awesome that simplifies communication, enables collaboration, or brings people closer together. Be creative, you can build anything you want.

    The only thing that matters: Create something from which your friends, family, club or society as a whole can benefit. Happiness comes from solving problems. You decide which problems to solve and which technology to use. Build an app, a website, an integrated service or anything else you can come up with.

    How to succeed? Important to us is not a completely finished, absolute perfect solution. Done is better than perfect. You can win our hearts and the prize by developing a stunning prototype, a creative concept or even a breakthrough idea. If you need any help at all, e.g. finding the right idea, feel free to come by our booth at ZKM during the hackathon.

    Prizes

    1500€ for the winning team

    powered by

    CAS Software AG

  • Topic

    In a world that grows more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, integration is the key to cope with the challenges arising with every new possibility. So, we are looking for inventive ways to combine two different worlds that don't seem to naturally belong together. For example, in a smart city, millions of devices need to communicate not only with each other, but also bring information from the material world into the digital. To build new solutions in mobility and transport, we have to cross borders in a technical sense as well as in the user's experience. To live peacefully in a global society, we have to embrace and integrate different cultures and enable decentralized communities, grids and communication.

    There are no limits in our challenge, you can connect any worlds in the technological way you want to, as long as it's a further step towards a more connected future, enabling cutting-edge use cases, or making new things possible within the old. We value passion, creativity in applying technologies, novelty and disruptive potential, but also outstanding teamwork. The winner of our challenge can look forward to hacker-approved prizes.

    To help you build the technology of tomorrow, we provide you with useful APIs and data. Come to our booth to get an introduction or help from our experts. Let's shape the future by connecting worlds!

    Prizes

    TBA

    powered by

    EXXETA

Do I have to compete?

Absolutely not! However we do encourage you to take the chance, because there's nothing to lose! Everyone has a chance to win, whether professional hacker or first-timer.

We want you to have a great time and tons of fun. Just make yourself comfortable and we're sure that you'll take an awesome idea from concept to reality and enjoy yourself.