Following on from the Northern Ireland hackathon’s hugely successful inaugural year in 2016, #hackthehub 2017 will return to Belfast on Saturday 29th April and is expected to be bigger and better than ever.
Last year Gillian Colan-O’Leary, a Belfast Director of Women Who Code, teamed up with Conor Graham, a software developer and the founder of Nigma, the student developer community based in Belfast and Dublin, to launch the very first #hackthehub event. It was an unmitigated success, and has now grown to become Northern Ireland’s largest annual hackathon.
Powered by Deloitte Digital and hosted by Xcell Partners at 112 Donegall Street, a leading coworking space in Belfast city centre, this year’s hackathon will challenge participants to create Internet of Things solutions that have the potential to help Belfast become a Smart City. As Conor Graham, one of the co-founders of #hackthehub, explained: “With Belfast being announced as a designated Smart City, we thought it would be the perfect way for the community to contribute to the pipeline of projects that are being put in place to achieve this.”
This year’s 12 hour long hackathon will benefit from the support of some of the most innovative technology companies across the island of Ireland, including Deloitte Digital, BDNA, Aepona, Fujitsu, ShopKeep, Amazon, TotalMobile, Microsoft, Anaeko and First Derivatives.
The hackathon will bring together student developers, recent graduates and other IT professionals, who will battle it out in teams to create the best and most innovative IoT solutions, before demoing their prototypes to a panel of judges comprised of leading figures from Northern Ireland’s digital sector.
With a prize pool worth more than £5,000 up for grabs, and a first place cash prize of £1,000, competition is sure to be fierce and tickets for #hackthehub 2017 have already sold out.
If you haven’t been fortunate enough to secure a ticket for this year’s event you can join the waiting list so that you’re the first to know if new tickets open up.
Failing that, you can follow the hackathon’s progress, and be one of the very first to learn about the Smart City technologies developed by the participants, by following the hackthehub twitter account and keeping a close eye on the #HackTheHub hashtag!