Where

The hackathon will take place at the same location as the MegaDojo – Restaurant Universitar Politehnica Timișoara, Aleea Studenților nr. 2 (October 14-15).

What

Designed for problem solvers like you, we intend to make the MegaHack one of the largest regional annual hackathons.

Who

Engineers, coders, makers, hackers, geeks, testers, freelancers, employees, students, IT enthusiasts, together we build Timișoara as a technology hub!

Challenges & Prizes

Beyond the great opportunity and experience, some challenges include prizes (access the challenge description sections for details).

The winners of each challenge will be determined by the challenge owners. The final pitching session will take place on October 16 (MON), 18:00, at Nokia Campus (Bulevardul Republicii nr. 21).

For 36 hours, we invite you to meet, engage and connect over real life challenges currently being addressed by businesses and institutions in various categories.

Digital Banking Challenges

Banking beyond the banking world by BRD - 500 € award

Accept the challenge by BRD and you can win 500 €.

Unconventional. Eccentric. Innovative. Unexpected. This is what this challenge is all about. Design a new way for a bank to reach out to customers, completely different from the traditional channels. Change the rules. Do this through developing an interactive app or anything else you can think of for digitally-native customers to put banking in an unconventional context and enhance the experience and life of the customers outside the banking world.

Background: Banking is an essential part of people’s daily life, but it is usually perceived and thought of in pejorative terms. The working of the customer’s mind is a mystery which is difficult to solve and understanding the nuances of what perception the customer has to attain satisfaction is a challenging task. It is said that “customers know what to expect”. Give them the unexpected. Design a solution that turns the customers’ perceptions from bored to excited, untrustful to empowered, hate to love.

Considerations: You should have in view the customers’ style of living, routines, a way of acting and interacting with the world. Also, you should consider that everything is changing fast and keeping the customer continuously engaged is key to long-lasting relationships.

Expected outcome: You should present a running smartphone app or one/more functionalities in an existing app.

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Banking 3.0 by BRD - 500 € award

Accept the challenge by BRD and you can win 500 €. 

Have you ever wanted a bank that helps you bring your lifestyle to the next level? More than a bank, but a life facilitator which proposes you relevant content and items? A bank that provides a customer-centric payment method and loyalty reward solution. Today, you have the chance to design the bank of the future!

This challenge asks for the definition of a conceptual mobility solution to build a strong emotional bond with the customers.

The challenge can be answered by:

  • Producing a mobile solution to simulate a highly personalized approach to customers, based on contextual insights.
  • Producing a mobile solution with a frictionless experience, insightful enough for customers to regularly consult the solution.
  • Producing a lifestyle mobile solution centralizing aggregated content and facilitating the payment/financing process.

Background: Banking could be a rewarding activity in itself, not a necessary chore. The challenge is to perceive this activity as supporting other areas of our lives and not an area which takes our energy.  

Considerations: The new European legislation, PSD2, will oblige banks to open their data through API. It is a good opportunity to centralize all customer data and interaction under a single solution. The solution has to do all the magic from brut data. And do not forget to include data from other actors (e.g. shops)

Expected outcome: You should present a running smartphone app or one/more functionalities in an existing app.

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IoT Challenges

NoGPS: cheapest system for urban or indoor precise localization

You have been challenged by Continental Automotive Romania

Knowing the position of a vehicle/robot in the context of its environment is crucial for navigation purposes. To this end, GPS systems are widely used. However, the precision of such systems is limited in urban situations and unavailable indoors.

Background:

The aim of the challenge is to design a system that allows knowing the position of a vehicle without the use of GPS sensors. This can be achieved in two ways:

  • Using positioning techniques: e.g. by using external sensors (such as sensors mounted in the environment, such as buildings, light posts, etc.)
  • Using localization techniques: i.e. by using sensors mounted on the vehicle and a map of the area.

Considerations:

  • The precision of the system should be below 1 meter.
  • Both real-world and simulation implementations are acceptable
  • The employed sensors should minimize the cost of the system – low-cost, off the shelf hardware, should be used
  • Developers should consider triangulation techniques for positioning
  • Kidnapped robot problem is a good starting point for localization
  • The system should not expect any user input

Equipment and tools:

Computers with IDE for C, C++, Python, or any other programming language that is fit for the problem. Alternatively, the developers can use Matlab, Simulink, Mathematica. Etc. for simulation

Steps:

  • Study alternatives to tackle the problem, plenty of documentation is available on the web
  • Decide on the most fit approach, given the timeframe and their knowledge
  • Implement, test and analyze the results
  • Create a brief report with their findings

Expected Outcome:

  • The concept of the system and the preliminary results presented in form of a powerpoint presentation – 40%
  • Working prototype (hardware / software system for positioning/ localization) – 30%
  • Quality and value of system cost estimation – 30%

Difficulty Level: 8/10

Prizes: 

The winning team will get:

  • 5 hrs of coaching/mentoring with Continental’s Country Innovation Manager for one representative of the winning team, in order to kick off a possible startup for the proposed IoT technology.
  • Behind the scenes of Automated Driving Tour: private tour and detailed discussions with the entire winning team about the challenges today in autonomous driving and what startups could help with.
  • Continental MegaHack Trophy / Medal & Diploma

Satellite Data: Climate Change

EOVation Climate Mitigation by Aries Transilvania - win 500 €

 ESA – European Space Agency together with EO ClimLabEOVation- ClimateChangeMitigation and Tech Industry Association ARIES Transilvania dares you to create an app, using European satellite data, in order to map how the weather is affecting certain regions in Romania. Accept the challenge and you can win 500 €.

This challenge can be approached in more than one way. Please see Expected Outcome.

Background:

The European Space Agency provides huge amounts of data satellite data for free; Commercial data prices are also decreasing and sample imagery is available for testing solutions.  Sentinels (1, 2, 3) of ESA’s Copernicus programme provide SAR, Imagery and multispectral data that can be used for applications in precision agriculture, forestry, urban planning.  Although free data is not yet frequent enough for consumer applications (data recurrency >6 days), urban planners, environmentalists, agronomists can use the data for improving their activity.  Artists can design creative ways of using the data for representing different aspects of everyday life.  Tourism agencies can use the data to make appealing maps.  A common approach of geographers, biologists, artists and environmentalists, supported by ITC experts can help mitigate climate change, both via dissemination campaigns and awareness creating maps.

Considerations:

Teams need to consider that ESA data is available both from platform.eoclimlab.eu and directly from the ESA scihub.  Also, data availability is subject to ESA’s storage capabilities, weather conditions (especially for Sentinel2) and relevance of the area on a global scale.  Satellite orbits are not perfectly identical, so processing of data using tools like ESA’s SNAP, QGIS, or other tools may also help out.  Programmatically working with Sentinel data (satellite data in general) requires some previous know-how like GDAL libraries or programming languages like JavaScript (OpenLayers/leaflet), Python or C/C++.

Equipment and tools:

Any Windows/Linux PC is ok; SNAP or QGIS for local processing can be useful;  can also be installed on site.

OpenLayers is recommended for displaying data;  GDAL is required for processing;  GDAL Libraries are available for Java, Python and C/C++.

SNAP is available on the ESA Website

QGIS is available on their website.

Expected Outcome:

Developing a project related to climate change using earth observation data, preferably in one of the following domains:

  1. Identify green urban areas in Romania
  2. Find changing landscape in Romania
  3. Provide an artistic interpretation of climate change specific data (maps, presentations), that make scientific data more appealing or more impacting for the masses
  4. Find ways to improve Open Street map using Earth Observation data
  5. Create an artistic map of Romania focused on climate change
  6. Create a synergy between Earth Observation Data and IoT devices (Raspberry Pi, Arduino)
  7. Find a creative way to bring value using Earth Observation

ARIES Transilvania (Romanian Association for Electronic Industry and Software) is the largest and most influential organization created for the IT&C industry in Romania, a voice that supports the interests of its members both in Romania and abroad, with more than 250 member companies, educational institutions, and organizations support. Also, ARIES through its subsidiaries – Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Craiova, Brasov and Iasi is considered the largest association of its kind in Southeast Europe.

ARIES Transilvania is implementing EO ClimLab project, a collaborative research e-environment project, enabling the rapid development and prototyping of new Earth Observation (EO)-based products aiming to support adaptation and mitigation to climate change across multi-disciplinary societal and business themes (e.g. agriculture, health, risk management, infrastructure maintenance, education, outreach).

In particular, the EO ClimLab includes the following physical and virtual elements:

  • Data from EO satellites, with focus on ESA missions,
  • Open Data from local providers and IoT sensors,
  • Processing and storage capabilities,
  • Tools for visualization, programming, and processing,
  • Development Tool Kits (e.g. IoS, Android.)

EO ClimLab is offering also an educational layer including online and physical training  – EO ClimLab Academy http://labacademy.eoclimlab.eu/.

For more information please visit www.eoclimlab.eu  and the EOClimLab project platform.

Unleash the collaborative energy of creativity and innovation! Register today!

With an endless supply of caffeine, snacks, fruits and pizza, you have everything you need to build a product in 30+ hours.

Day 1

Saturday, October 14, Restaurant Universitar Politehnica Timișoara, Aleea Studenților nr. 2
  • 17:00 – 18:00
  • Coffee and registration
  • Team forming
  • 17:30 – 18:30
  • Break and BRD activation
  • 18:30 – 19:30
  • Welcome and introduction
  • Event schedule
  • Challenges briefing
  • 19:30 – 00:00
  • Start Hacking (until Monday, October 16, 15:00)
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  • No sleep required. Sleep is overrated anyway.

Day 2

Sunday, October 15, Restaurant Universitar Politehnica Timișoara, Aleea Studenților nr. 2
  • 09:00 – 10:00
  • Coffee and snacks (provided)
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  • 10:00 – 22:00
  • More hacking
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  • Teams can take lunch breaks at a time of their own choosing (lunch not provided).
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  • 12:30 – 19:00
  • BRD activation
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  • 16:00 – 16:45
  • How to Pitch Workshop
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  • 18:00 – 19:00
  • Snacks break (provided)
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  • Sleep is for the weak and weaklings don’t make it through the Long Winter!

Day 3

Monday, October 16, Nokia Campus, Bulevardul Republicii nr. 21, Timișoara
  • 09:00 – 15:00
  • Finalize hacking
  • Pitches fine-tuning
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  • The final projects (in the format of one of the following presentation, demo, video file, link to GitHub etc.) will be sent by email (contact[at]techfest[dot]ro) by no later than 16:30.
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  • 18:00 – 19:00
  • Finalists Pitching @Nokia Campus (Bulevardul Republicii nr. 21)
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  • 19:00 – 20:00
  • Deliberation and awards
  • Networking and closing hosted by Nokia.

The hackathon is about trying new things, about experimentation and testing.

If you need more info please do not hesitate to visit our Facebook page or to contact us.

Hackathons are a global movement that highlight the benefits of bringing together extremely talented people, technology, and challenges in innovation.

We are seeing an increasing demand for IT talent in Timișoara. Whether you are a first timer or a seasoned specialist, you will benefit from entering MegaHack for more than one reason:

  • Expand your understanding, learn teamwork skills and creative techniques.
  • Build a unique solution from scratch, develop an idea, design a solution, and execute a product. Your solution will address and help with day-by-day life issues.
  • Meet and stay in touch with the brightest minds in the area, be they peers or mentors.
  • If you get stuck, you can ask any of your fellow hackers for help or benefit from the experience of our mentors, and make a new friend in the process.
  • You have the possibility to develop further your project as a solution supplier or consultant to the challenge owner.
  • Interact with data sets new to you.
  • Win prizes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the organizers of Timișoara MegaHack?

Timișoara MegaHack is part of TechFest, a collaborative effort generated by Startup Transilvania Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center.

Who is Startup Transilvania Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center?

Startup Transilvania Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center is a platform for information, education, collaboration and networking, aimed at developing and financing new generations of entrepreneurial projects in the region of Transylvania. This initiative is a one stop shop meant to inspire young people to believe in their own ideas, to cultivate their innovation and to start their own business.

Some of the projects that recommend us are NASA Space Apps Challenge Cluj-Napoca (in partnership with BRD – Groupe Société Générale), TEDx Cluj, Cluj Innovation Days, Cluj City Apps).

Why might I be interested in the hackathon?

Do you like challenges? There are perks for first timers and seasoned specialists alike, for students as well as for employees. You can find some of them below and decide if this hackathon is for you!

  • Expand your understanding, learn teamwork skills and creative techniques.
  • Build a unique solution from scratch, develop an idea, design a solution, and execute a product. Your solution will address and help with day-by-day life issues.
  • Meet and stay in touch with the brightest minds in the area, be they peers or mentors.
  • If you get stuck, you can ask any of your fellow hackers for help or benefit from the experience of our mentors, and make a new friend in the process.
  • You have the possibility to develop further your project as a solution supplier or consultant to the challenge owner.
  • Interact with data sets new to you.
How will the hackathon work?

Participants are presented with real-world challenges of current interest to local and national businesses and institutions, from across different domains. Each challenge will be briefly presented and published before the hackathon. Participants then select which challenge they would like to work on. Teams will be formed and the hacking will begin. Mentors will be available to help assist, provide guidance, and answer any questions the participants might have.

Technical competition and prizes – level 1:

At the conclusion of the “hacking” period, each challenge owner will determine one winner for each individual challenge and award prizes. The teams should focus on the effectiveness of the solution but you will be awarded points for complexity, completeness, creativity, originality.

Pitching competition and prizes – level 2:

The winners of each challenge will automatically qualify for the MegaHack pitching competition. The winners will prepare a brief presentation (3 min. + 2 min. Q&As) and introduce their solution to the audience and the panel of judges. Three prizes will be awarded for the quality of their presentations.

Who can participate in the hackathon?

The hackathon is open to engineers, coders, makers, hackers, geeks, testers, freelancers, employees, students, IT enthusiasts, designers.

Is there a minimum age required for participation?

As an incentive, this competition is open to up to 30 high school students (who will be admitted on a first come first served basis). Underage participants must have a parent or guardian approval before attending.

Where can I register?

Registration for participants is open here.

You can register either as an individual or as a team but we strongly encourage you to form a team before the hackathon. For those who don’t have a team there will be a short matchmaking session at the beginning of the competition.

Can I join with my team?

We strongly encourage you to form a team of up to 5 members before the hackathon.

How many team members can we have?

We encourage you to attend in teams of up to 5 members.

Do all team members need to register?

No, the team leader will sign up the entire team.

My team is bigger than 5, how can I register?

The extra members will register individually mentioning the name of the team they are part of.

What if I don’t have a team yet?

Teams will be formed in a matchmaking session prior to the event. More details will be communicated to the registered participants.

Do I need to know how to code in order to participate?

Yes, you should have basic programming knowledge. Timișoara MegaHack is open to talented and creative individuals with interest in IT.

Is there a participation fee?

Yes. You can find more details here.

What will the challenges be?

Together with our partners we will prepared challenges from categories such as (but not limited to):

  • Datathon
  • Digital Banking
  • E-commerce
  • E-Gov
  • FrontEnd
  • Gaming
  • IoT & Embedded
  • Security
  • SmartCity
  • Testing hackathon

Please note that this evolving category is not final yet and it will be updated the very near future. Stay in touch to find challenges that will inspire you. The requests for each challenge will be published before the hackathon.

Can I sleep at the hackathon?

You can stay overnight, but there will not be a designated resting area. We do not provide mats and you will need to bring your sleeping bag.

If I cannot stay the entire period can I still participate?

Yes, provided that there will be someone in your team to pitch your solution.

24/7 on-site presence is not required from anyone but we encourage you to be present as we prepared lots of fun perks for you.

Are there going to be mentors?

Yes, there will be mentors on location.

Who is judging the teams?

Each challenge owner will determine one winner for each individual challenge and award prizes. The winners of each challenge will automatically qualify for the MegaHack pitching competition that will be judged by a panel formed by challenge owners and representatives of the organizers.

What are the judging criteria?

The teams should focus on the effectiveness of the solution but you will be awarded points for complexity, completeness, creativity, originality. Three prizes will be awarded for the quality of the presentations.

Will there be wireless internet access?

Yes, there will. You can bring a Wi-Fi dongle as backup if you want though.

Can I use any coding language or software package?

Yes. Any language you feel comfortable with is fine for us. However, you should only use licensed copies of software. In developing your solution, you should not use content that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third-party intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner to use the content. We recommend using only third-party works that are licensed through an open-source (for software), open-hardware (for electronics) or creative commons license (for all other works).

Which language will be used, English or Romanian?

Either English or Romanian is fine with us.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring your laptop and charger, mouse and mousepad, notebook, pen and pencils, comfortable clothes, headphones and music, glasses and medication if necessary, whatever else you might need to complete your project including installed software. Don’t forget a mat and sleeping bag if you want to get some rest.

Optionally you can bring an extension cord and a Wi-Fi dongle.

What materials are provided?

We will provide wireless internet connection, extension cords, and plenty of pens, paper, markers and flip charts.

What should I not bring to the hackathon?

The access with flammable materials, poisonous or explosive substances, firearms or ammunition and generally anything that you could not take with you in an airplane as checked baggage is forbidden. Unfortunately you cannot bring your pet or underage children. The only minors allowed on-site are the registered participants.

Is there any food provided?

Yes, we will provide some of the food: the morning coffee and snacks, fruits, drinks (water, energy drinks, beer), sweets and pizza in the evening.

Can I leave my laptop overnight at the location?

Although members of the organizing team will stay overnight, we are not responsible for any belongings left unattended. If you plan to go home take your laptop with you.

What are the prizes?

Technical competition and prizes – level 1:

At the conclusion of the “hacking” period, each challenge owner will determine one winner for each individual challenge and award prizes. The teams should focus on the effectiveness of the solution but you will be awarded points for complexity, completeness, creativity, originality.

Pitching competition and prizes – level 2:

The winners of each challenge will automatically qualify for the MegaHack pitching competition. The winners will prepare a brief presentation (3 min. + 2 min. Q&As) and introduce their solution to the audience and the panel of judges. Three prizes will be warded for the quality of their presentation.

My question is not on the list. Who can I contact?

Contact us using our form or email us at contact@timisoara.techfest.ro