Living a City in the Digital Era
The Swiss Openair Hackathon.
48 hours to find ideas and to create amazing projects around the topic of "Living a City in the Digital Era" or around the other intriguing challenges evaluated by our panel of experts.
Developers, designers, makers and those involved in technology, entrepreneurship and innovation are all encouraged to attend! And even if you aren’t a skilled programmer, don’t worry: there’s awesome people around that will help you with your idea or ask you to help them with theirs.
Money prizes for a total value up to CHF 15‘000.- will be awarded to the best ideas and projects. In addition there will be other great opportunities for both the winners and the other attendees.
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Hack the City 2016 prize
CHF 9'000.- money prize for the best project
The Hack the City prize will be awarded by Tipiù, AGE, BancaStato, CP Start-Up and ForexOclock.
The best "hack" will receive a money prize of CHF 9'000.- and a lot more! All the attendees participating at HTC16 will compete for the main (and open) challenge, i.e. "Living a City in the Digital Era", by default.
Ideas, projects, prototypes and hacks of any kind are welcome, but we expect them to be able — even if are small parts of a bigger project — to solve real problems digital citizens face today.
RSI - Hack Rete Tre prize
CHF 2'000.- money prize for the best Rete Tre app idea or prototype
For the 2nd edition of Hack the City RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera launches a new challenge dedicated to all the hackers interested in the digital and multimedia world: Hack Rete Tre
In 48 hours build a funny, interactive and innovative prototype that could become the next Rete Tre app.
Attend this challenge: winners will enter the world of Rete Tre!
lastminute.com prize - Hack the City for tourism
CHF 2'000.- money prize for the best travel&tourism idea or prototype
lastminute.com group challenges the best tech talents around and asks them to develop a project that will simplify users' lives. In 48 hours you’ll have to build an innovative and user friendly prototype that will help people travel or enjoy their free time in town.
The winners, in addition to the money prize, will also have the opportunity to pitch their projects during a private meeting with one of the execs of the Group.
Appway prize - Best Cross-Channel Experience
CHF 1'500.- money prize for the best cross-channel solution
Customers engage with businesses via a mix of channels, including the web, email, mobile devices, online chat, or by visiting physical locations such as stores or showrooms. In line with this, applications and products need to work smoothly and consistently across multiple channels - interactions, visual design, tone of voice, labels and nomenclature, everything needs to work in synch. Appway, leaders in client onboarding, will assign the award to the team (or individual) who will best cover the topic of cross and multi-channel interactions with their solution.
ISIN (SUPSI) - Technical acknowledgement
One year scholarship to attend the Master of Science in Engineering at SUPSI DTI
It is not a prize, but an acknowledgement given to the one who is able to convince the ISIN’s judge of DTI-SUPSI of its outstanding talent and tech skills. The scholarship is dedicated to the one who is interested to attend the MSE Master in the Research Unit "Advanced Networking and Future Internet" worth a one year student fee.
The Hack the City 2016 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: lastminute.com 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" confirmed the members of the HTC16’ jury.
Notice: Prizes will not appear in the Event page!!!
Professor SUPSI and Head of inno3 competence center / Trainer CTI Entrepreneurship
Director Agire Foundation / Coordinator CP Start-Up
Resp. Multimedia Support Team RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera
CEO & Founder Sketchin
Professor SUPSI and Director ISIN
CEO ForexOclock & Ideas Incubator
Roberta Pantani Tettamanti
Vicemayor City of Chiasso / President APEC
UX Designer Appway
Resp. Competence Center IT (SCTE), BancaStato
Digital Marketing Director lastminute.com group
Members of Hack the City 2016 jury are among the most influential professionals in the Canton of Ticino in regards of innovation, startups and entrepreneurship.
The panel’s members have key and decisional roles also for helping startups and project teams to access primary research/business support and founding organisations in Ticino and in Switzerland.
PhD candidate USI Informatics
Project Manager RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera
Product Owner lastminute.com group
Innovation Mentor CTI
Designer & Art Director Babol Communication
CEO OpenLab Group
Hack the City event assistant
Hack the City event assistant
Hack the City co-founder & organiser
Hack the City co-founder & organiser
Friday 26, August6PM Check-in and teams/workstation set-up
7PM Short intro to Hack the City and introduction to prizes and the jury
7:15PM Begin 1st session
1AM End 1st session
Saturday 27, August7AM Begin 2nd session
1AM End 2nd session
Sunday 28, August7AM Begin 3rd session
6PM End 3rd session
6:30PM Pitch and teams presentations
7:30PM Award ceremony
Teams / Individual attendees
Teams can be anywhere from two to five members. We also allow solo devs and remote attendees! In the following sections we will refer to the various type of attendance with the term "team(s)"
You’ll be able to reach fellow teammates by contacting them directly through their profile page.
We encourage you to attend the event in person. At least 1 member of the team has to be physically present at the event during the award ceremony.
To ensure a level field for all contestants, all code, design, art, music, SFX, and more in general any assets must be created during Hack the City. We want to ensure that all participants start off on the same footing and we also want to preserve the true nature of a hackathon.
You are, however, free to make plans, create wireframes, and brainstorm prior to the event. The only exception to this rule would include material that is freely available to the public. Some examples of this would be: public domain images, creative commons music, open source libraries.
We take this rule very seriously for the sake of all members attending the event. Failure to comply may result in the offending team’s disqualification.
If your team qualifies for prizes, the team will be subject to a code review to verify that there was no foul play.
APIs, services and open source
The exception to the above rule is that you are encouraged to use 3rd party services, APIs, open source projects, libraries, and frameworks.
Apply an open source license
Each project must select an approved open source license to participate at Hack the City. If a project does not specify a particular open source license, the MIT License will be assumed by default.
Projects that specify a non open source license will not be able to present a demo or compete for any prizes at Hack the City.
As a best practice, you must use a version control software to track your code as you write it.
It is required that participants of Hack the City use Git and Github as the platform to track, share and develop their projects.
Finalists will have their project’s source code audited to make sure it’s new, legit and complies with the rules and guidelines.
All teams retain full ownership of what they have created during the hackathon. Hack the City is here to help entrepreneurs realise their dreams, not destroy them.
Attendees agree to let Hack the City organiser’s and sponsors freely and perpetually use pictures, videos, interviews and profile data (except private contact data) used to apply for Hack the City and/or taken during the event. The unlimited access to this info is assumed as granted and consent is considered as given (although not explicitly requested) by all the attendees and third parties present at Hack the City.
Important! Certain awards might give you the opportunity to further develop your project. As a generic rule, the sponsor shall have the right to be the first in line with whom discuss for a partnership opportunity.
Alcohol and illegal substances
There will be no alcohol served at the event, although alcohol consumption is tolerated in moderate quantity.
The presence of illegal substances is strictly forbidden. It is a zero tolerance event. Hints of presence of illegal substances will be immediately notified to authorities (police will also be present during the event). Attendees carrying illegal substances will be immediately excluded by the competition and prosecuted under Swiss laws.
Presentations and pitches
Each of the attending teams has 1 minute for the set-up and 1 minute on stage to present the idea or project to the audience and to the jury. When the time is over the team has to clear and leave the stage immediately and make room to the next team.
Prizes and challenges
Teams are enrolled to challenge for the main prize by default. To be eligible for any other prize, teams have to explicitly enrol to each challenge individually. No extra payments are required to be admitted to challenge for other prizes and there are no restrictions to the number of prizes a team decides to challenge for. Regardless of the chosen challenges, there will be only one presentation and pitch for each team. The jury may adapt in consideration of the team’s chosen challenges.
The prizes are assigned at the sole and unique discretion of the jury and/or the sponsors. Any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with the prize assignment and the determination of winners, will not be disputed or considered as legit, nor any form of legal action against the organisers will be taken in consideration.
Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and racist, sexist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for this event. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
In the spirit of innovation and inclusiveness, there may be minors at the event. Keep this in mind when choosing a location to work, and mention to the organisers that your content is explicit if you’d like to submit for judging. You will be pitching to judges and other attendees after the non-explicit content. You will present your idea to an audience who is explicitly prepared to experience your presentation in a safe and/or designated area.
We welcome attendees from all backgrounds. This event is about increasing the overall amount of innovation, partnership, and engagement in the developer community.
Hack, meet new people, get creative, and have a good time. Getting something meaningful done within such a short amount of time can be stressful, but we’d like to encourage everyone to take a break every now and then to relax and enjoy the event.
Legal disputes are all excluded, except where previously mentioned or defined in our terms of service.
Attendees violating these rules and in general Swiss laws may be asked to leave the hackathon and/or excluded by the competition at the sole discretion of Hack the City organisers and no refund will be considered.
Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.
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