Inspiring today's digital citizens
The Southern Switzerland’s Hackathon
2 evenings to find out about the latest from the digital industry &
2 days to find ideas and to create amazing projects to inspire today’s digital citizens.
The event is over, but we have a lot of contents and info to share with you!
Have a look at the 2 Digital evenings’ videos we recorderd in Chiasso.
Also, find out more about the winners of the HTC17’s hackathon and do not miss the photo galleries on our blog!
Thank you!We’d like to thank all the people who have supported us: the sponsors, the partners, the mentors (amazing!), the members of the jury and the speakers who kindly accepted our invitation to join us and make Hack the City 2017 memorable.
Many people have been involved to organise this event: shout out to you and for your time and efforts, we appreciated it!
A big thank you to all you attendees at the hackathon and guests at the Digital evenings! Thanks for coming and enjoying the experience. Without you this event would not exist!
Please do not forget to follow us via our social channels: we have active accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+ where we regularly post updates and news about forthcoming events or facts related to Hack the City.
Take care and... See you soon!
Hack the City is organised within the Regional Innovation System Ticino (RIS).
Hack the City 2017 prize
A money prize to the best three projects!
CHF 5'000.- to the first project, CHF 2'500.- to the second and CHF 1'000.- to the third!
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.
One year scholarship aimed to who’s interested to attend a Master of Science at the Faculty of Informatics.
A special mention to the project with the highest social impact.
A special mention to the most innovative project in the digital and online sales field.
Special mention to the project with the best Wikimedia open-source APIs and data integration.
1st prize winner only
The best project will get a wildcard to access directly the European’s biggest hackathon, HackZurich.
1st prizeThe Hack the City 2017 1st prize with a value of CHF 5'000.- has been awarded to the team "MonteLabs" for their project named Orion.
Orion is a blockchain digital ID solution that allows governmental agencies to provide services and run public consultations in a secure, transparent and easy way.
2nd prizeThe 2nd prize (CHF 2'500.-) has been awarded to the team "Wash My Pants" for developing a matching platform for people in need of washing their clothes, but with no time or unwilling to do it, with occasional people ready to do it for them (for a small fee).
3rd prizeCHF 1'000 have been awarded to the "Hooli" team for ranking 3rd. SmartCam4SafeCity consists of a smart camera able to detect moving vehicles thanks to computer vision algorhythms. A safety system aimed to prevent vehicle attacks during events, venues or at places where car traffic is not allowed.
Special mentions- Highest social impact according to lastminute foundation: WashMyPants;
- Most innovative project in the digital and online sales field by NetComm Suisse: WashMyPants;
- Best sustainable mobility project according to SocialCar: BrainSquad;
- Best Wikimedia open-source APIs and data integration: MonteLabs.
Digital evenings2 evenings we dedicated to tech talks and round tables about the latest news from the digital industry. Speakers inspired the non-tech audience by sharing their expertise in a comprehensible way and considering that these important transformations involve and touch our lives directly.
1st Digital evening
2nd Digital evening
Teams / Individual attendees
Teams can be anywhere from 2 to 5 members. We also allow individual or 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.
You can bring your not-preassembled components. We do not have toolkits to help you build your hardware or prototype, so do not forget to bring yours. If your team qualifies for prizes, the team will be subject to a double review (code and hardware components used) to verify that there was no foul play.
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 organisers 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.
Smoking is strictly forbidden inside the building.
For the night, you have to find an accomodation yourself. People aren't allowed to stay inside the building during the closing hours (for security reasons).
Presentations and pitches
Each of the attending teams has 1 minute for the set-up and 2 minutes 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. To be eligible for any other prize (if available), 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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