FAQ

What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is a focused 48hours nonstop event where you and a small team get to build something new and exciting, alongside a whole bunch of likeminded people.

Can I attend?
If you’re 18 or over, you’re welcome to apply.

Which challenges can I pick?
You can pick 3 challenges. Based on first-come-first-choose basis we will allocate a challenge to your team before the hackathon out of the 3 challenges you submitted.

Do I have to build something at the hackathon?
Yes, you are expected to create a prototype of your solution. This means a working piece of hardware, software or a mockup at least. You must write your code and build your prototype during the hackathon. However, use of public APIs is allowed but must be mentioned in your final DEMO presentation.

Do I need a Computer Science or other programming-related degree to take part?
No — we welcome everyone to apply whatever your subject, university or business! Interest in Design, Engineering, Big Data and Technology is appreciated and will come in handy.

Does this cost money?
Entry is completely free — in fact, we’ll even reimburse your travel costs up to EUR 150 in case you travel from outside the Czech Republic.

What will I eat?
Do not worry. We’ll provide plenty of food and drinks, leaving you to concentrate on your project.

Where will I sleep?
We’ll have room for you to nap in during the 48 hours nonstop Fri-Sun event. So take a mat and sleeping bag should you wish to stay on premises. The venue will be open 24 hours. But we advise you to find accommodation in the neighbourhood should you wish to get real comfy:-)

What should I bring?
You’ll need a laptop for your hacking — everything else depends on your project. Bring along any hardware you might need. Some hardware will be available for free at the event – watch out for more information on this website.

How do teams work?
You can have a team of exactly 3 members. When you submit your application, you’ll be asked to form the team. You can also apply on your own and we will fix the rest of the team for you, but your chances of getting the invite are not as high if you apply as an individual.

Since I’m travelling from far away, can I get an increase in reimbursement?
We will try to make reimbursements as fair as possible. After all applications have been reviewed, all invited applicants will be contacted with specifics about reimbursement details. However, if you’re travelling from outside the EU and your ticket is over EUR 150, it is unlikelywe’ll be able to make a significant contribution to your travel costs.

When will I find out whether I have a ticket?
We will be sending out email invitations two weeks before the Hackathon at the latest.

Will the prize money be all mine in case I win?
No, we will split it up the money between all team members. But you still get a juicy bite!

What data will be available for my hack?
There will be plenty of partner data available and will be presented just before or at the hackathon.

What are the prizes for SMART MOBILITY HACKATHON PRAGUE 2018?
Main prize: 5 000 EUR for the winning team.
Partner prize: ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab will award a team with 15 000 EUR +”Gold ticket” to Dresden incubator for the team of their choosing to develop their idea.
Partner prize: Eurowag will award a team with 300 EUR in prepaid fuel cards per team member.
Partner prize: EY will award a team with an access to EY incubator and full support from their experts
… other partner prizes are being finalized

Will teams have the right to keep the intellectual property rights of their idea?
Yes, all teams get to keep their intellectual property rights. By taking part, they only grant the organizers as well as their partners a licence to use the idea.

Who are the judges and what criteria are used by the judges in evaluating each project?
Winners are chosen by industry experts and our partners. Judges will evaluate each project based on the level of innovation, business potential, user experience/interface, level of the technical solution and relevance to the chosen challenge.

How much time we wil have for a pitch?
You wil have max. 5 minutes for the pitch.