4th edition of the Southern Switzerland’s hackathon
Our 48 hours long hackathon, an event where developers, designers, makers and people passionate about technology and innovation collaborate intensively on projects and compete, usually in team, to showcase their talents and to find — creative and impacting — solutions to everyday problems. Money prizes will be awarded to the 3 best ideas and projects! In addition there will be other great opportunities for both the winners and the other attendees. No idea of what is a hackathon? Have a look at our FAQs!
From 06:00PM Friday, 27 April to 05:00PM Sunday, 29 April 2018.
Don’t forget to register and buy your ticket to enter the hackathon competition!
Welcome and hackathon start
From 06:00PM to 09:00PM on Friday, 27 April 2018.
Free entry, but limited places available.
Pitches and awards ceremony
From 05:15PM Sunday, 29 April 2017.
Free entry, but limited places available.
Hack the City is organised within the Regional Innovation System Ticino (RIS).
Hack the City 2018 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.
Fondazione Agire/CP Start-Up
Direct access to the acceleration program 2018
Fondazione Agire and CP Start-Up will award the best team, that has the greatest impact on the territory and potential to turn its hack into a startup, with direct access to the Fondazione Agire/CP Start-Up Acceleration Program 2018 (compliance with the rules will be verified).
One year scholarship aimed to who’s interested to attend a Master of Science at the Faculty of Informatics.
The main challenge of Eidoo is to give a common home to technologies whose communities (e.g. Bitcoin and Ethereum) have trouble cooperating due to different visions, creating a tool that manages different technologies through a unique user experience. The special mention will be awarded to the best idea or project that fits Eidoo's mission.
Special mention awarded by IBM Switzerland to the team/individual for the best use of the IBM Cloud developers platform (free account granted during the hackathon).
A special mention to the individual or team that will present a multichannel agnostic system, based on the RSI.ch app, that allows users to answer polls and eases the interaction with TV shows without the need of a social media platform.
Special mention by Quantide for the best data science project, developed with open source technology, preferably using R as programming language.
White Peaks awards one week lesson on Android development (beginner and advanced) or one week lesson on backend development (Erlang/Elixir) to the best mobile solution brought during the hackathon.
Friday, 27 April06:00PM Doors open
06:45PM Sponsors’ and partners’ introductions
07:30PM Kick-off apero and team creation
08:00PM Hackathon begins
Saturday, 28 AprilALL DAY Coding session
11.00 Guest speeches
Sunday, 29 April05:15PM Pitches and teams presentations
06:45PM Awards ceremony
Free entry for visitors and guests, but limited places available.
Three commissions, each of 5 members, to evaluate your projects.
Guests holding (short) speeches at the opening and during the hackathon.
Guest Speech - 28.04.2018 11:00AM
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.
You might sleep on place. Don’t forget to bring your sleeping bags!
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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