WE OFFER FIVE TYPES OF SERVICES FOR HACKATHONS

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We provide free, live, Skype, telephone or email assistance in the form of a consultation up to one hour for those seeking to organise hackathons anywhere in the world. Our roots are in open source and co-creation and we are here to help, not hide… share, not stash – our know-how and experience.

We will also help you get started by recommending The FREE Hackfest Platform.

Hackfest is a fully integrated platform for hackers and organisers. Hackfest offers a simple and efficient way for partners to organise any type of hackathon and it will allow you to showcase your talent by creating a profile and entering exciting hackathon challenges across the globe. A few of the key benefits of using the platform include: http://www.the-hackfest.com/events/

  • Getting additional exposure for your hackathon
  • Helping you find new developers to build for your challenges
  • Efficient way or organising and presenting your hackathon, and the entries
  • Fully customisable, with your own branding, wording, and positioning
  • Additional news page option to give credit to your participants, write up your hackathon
  • Easy to add up judges, sponsors, prizes, and projects, into a self managing platform
  • They offer a points system for rewarding developers for participation, or top of your prizes you offer
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For a reasonable fee we will supply two of our experts who will attend your hackathon as co-organisers and mentors. This does not include pre-event organisation or marketing support. But we will help you get your hackathon up and running on The Hackfest platform prior to the event with a short consultation process of up to two hours (your hackathon should be available on the Hackfest platform up to 8 weeks before the actual live event). Price does not include travel and accommodation costs.

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With this more comprehensive package, we will will provide two of our hackathon experts on call for consultation 8 weeks prior to the hackathon and will also attend the event live. The price includes marketing support, developer outreach, strategic planning, venue planning, help to clarify the overall theme and dedicated challenges, specifying the associated partners and possible sponsors you wish to include, help identify and select the jury, and provide parallel marketing and dissemination resources, both pre and post event.

We will take you step by step through the following:

  • The Program – from the purpose to the pitches down to the launch.
  • The Core – clarify the purpose, the objectives, the challenges, the duration.
  • The Approach – clarify the approach and methodology (from ideation, presentation down to the continuation and implementation).
  • The Stakeholders – mapping of the stakeholders – who are the players in the hackathon; the participants, the partners, the associations, the sponsors etc.
  • The Location – arranging a suitable venue capable of providing all the basic requirements such as stable and secure WiFi, tables/chairs, accommodation, projectors, power sockets, food, drinks, general security.
  • The Speakers – arranging keynote speakers to inform and instruct the hackers prior their hack.
  • The Pitches & Prizes – creating the guidelines for the pitches, arrange the awards and prizes with the partners and sponsors, etc.
  • The Jury – securing expert jury members to judge on the pitches and announce the winners.

The price does not include costs for venue, travel and accommodation expenses, hackathon utility expenses (WIFI, electricity, water etc.), VAT, website, post-event incubation of winners, food, drinks, prizes, swag etc. For any sponsors we bring to the hackathon, a 15 percent finder’s fee will be paid based on the value of their contribution.

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The total support includes side-by-side help for up to 12 weeks prior to the event. The difference between this package and the gold support is more time pre-event to work together, more time from us pre and post event – particularly with dissemination, marketing and incubation of the ideas which will have us tap into our network of accelerators and incubators, as well as startup contest partners to further push the winners to continue growth of their concepts.

We will take you step by step through the following:

  • The Program – from the purpose to the pitches down to the launch.
  • The Core – clarify the purpose, the objectives, the challenges, the duration.
  • The Approach – clarify the approach and methodology (from ideation, presentation down to the continuation and implementation).
  • The Stakeholders – mapping of the stakeholders – who are the players in the hackathon; the participants, the partners, the associations, the sponsors etc.
  • The Location – arranging a suitable venue capable of providing all the basic requirements such as stable and secure WiFi, tables/chairs, accommodation, projectors, power sockets, food, drinks, general security.
  • The Speakers – arranging keynote speakers to inform and instruct the hackers prior their hack.
  • The Pitches & Prizes – creating the guidelines for the pitches, arrange the awards and prizes with the partners and sponsors, etc.
  • The Jury – securing expert jury members to judge on the pitches and announce the winners.

The price does not include costs for venue, travel and accommodation expenses, hackathon utility expenses (WIFI, electricity, water etc.), VAT, website, food, drinks, prizes, swag etc. For any sponsors we bring to the hackathon, a 15 percent finder’s fee will be paid based on the value of their contribution.

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Want to run an internal hackathon at your agency or company? We will bring 3 top hackers from our A-list of developers into your organisation and work together with your team for one full day of hacking – using your APIs, SDKs and Data or external sources we can bring to the table.

The intellectual property will be retained by your company, not the developers or ideators. The cost includes the day rate and hotel costs of for a team of four. But does not include travel costs (Our top hackers are located in London, Silicon Valley, Amsterdam and Tel Aviv).

We will take you step by step through the following:

  • The Problem/Solution paradigm – what problems are you aiming to solve, what technologies do you want to use to solve them.
  • The Core – clarify the purpose, the objectives, and the duration of the internal hackathon.
  • The Team – choose from our list of A list Hackers from around the world who you feel will add maximum value to the event.
  • The Approach – clarify the approach and methodology (from ideation, presentation down to the continuation and implementation).
  • The Location – arranging a suitable venue capable of providing all the basic requirements such as stable and secure WiFi, tables/chairs, accommodation, projectors, power sockets, food, drinks, general security.

The price does not include costs for venue or travel expenses, hackathon utility expenses (WIFI, electricity, water etc.), VAT, website, food, drinks etc.

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The Right Team.

Richard Kastelein (Linkedin) and Jurjen Söhne (Linkedin) have run some of the world’s largest hackathons in London, San Francisco, Berlin, Brussels and Utrecht under The Hackfest banner, working with sponsors and clients as diverse as Sony, IBM, Samsung, LG, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, General Motors and many more. They have covered many topics including IoT, Health, TV, Apps, Auto, eCommerce, Fintech, Wearables, Green and Sustainability. 

The Right Platform.

We use the world’s top online platform called The Hackfest which allows for getting additional exposure for your hackathon, helping you find new developers to build for your challenges, offers an efficient way of organising and presenting your hackathon. The entries are fully customisable, with your own branding, wording, and positioning. Additionally there’s news page option to give credit to your participants, write up your hackathon.

The Right Solution.

The combination of our team, our know-how, our enthusiasm, our experience and the platform combine to ensure that you optimise your hackathon to maximise result. We also work very hard to use game mechanics and ‘playify’ the experience for developers as we offer a points system for rewarding developers for participation, or top of your prizes you offer. The combination of all these factors is a recipe for successful hackathon and awesome experience for all!

How We Like to Run Hackathons

Cash prizes rule! We prefer that sponsors and partners provide cash to the winners of our hackathons, preferably in money bags in low currency denomination (for fun!) as it’s easier for the teams to split up the money and many are students who need food more than another iPad, software package, teeshirt or yet-another-fancy-gadget.

We like to run our hackathons on weekends and all night long – usually from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon! Everyone bonds together better at all-nighters and everyone finds it easier to attend a weekend hackathon than mid-week. We have found the best results come at the wee hours of the morning!

When we work with a partner on building a hackathon, we also help find sponsors if needed. Normally, there are six to eight sponsors for each hackathon on average, all of whom pay a fee to participate and all of whom contribute briefs, prize money, mentors as well as APIs, SDKs, or data. We also help with putting together a top jury.

We also like to help see creative and winning projects incubated beyond the event when possible. We h ave an extensive network of startup accelerator and incubator partners  across Europe as well as advanced experience in government startup initiatives such as Horizon 2020 and Innovate UK where we can offer resources.

We’re Here To Help Your Hackathon Take Off!

Through Creative Ideas, Innovation & Sheer Determination

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