Frequently Asked Questions



Hackatrain equals a hackathon on a train, transport to Europe’s coolest technology festivals and a community of young tech talents and innovative brands. Our mission is to connect young tech-minded talents, aged 18 – 35 years, to innovative companies with the aim to help taking their business to the next level.

Can you please be more specific about Hackatrain?

OK! Hackatrain starts on a train in Amsterdam, after our arrival in Berlin the hackathon continues at a funky and unusual venue. We are closing the week with a visit to Europe’s coolest technology festival Tech Open Air.

When is Hackatrain?

Hackatrain (including visiting TOA) is happening from 22 to 26 June 2020.

Are there any other important dates?

Yes! Don’t miss the Hackatrain pre-gathering being held on May 29, 2020.

Who is organizing Hackatrain?

Hackatrain is organized by By Whyte, an Amsterdam-based event production company and creative agency with innovation and creativity at its core.

Who is organizing Tech Open Air Berlin?

Tech Open Air Berlin is organized by Tech Open GmbH, a wholly German owned company, which is primilarly in the business of organizing technology events.

How can I get involved?

Hackatrain is an exclusive event for a select group of young professionals and students selected by our sponsors.

To boost your chance, send us your motivation and CV.
You will informed to whom your motivation and CV will be sent to.

Invitations will be send out after our sponsors have made the selection. Priority will be given on date of pre registration, so submit your registration soon.

Is there any other way to get involved?

Yes! You can also win tickets via our partners. They will give away some tickets in Spring 2020. For more information, please follow us on Facebook and stay tuned.

What topic will you be working at?

Hackatrain 2020 consists of one (or more) challenge(s), connected to the topic ‘Smart Mobility’.

What techniques will you be focussed on?

Hackatrain 2020 is a AI and IoT focused hackathon, but will not be limited to those techniques.

Which programming language?


What will the challenge be?

Be patient. We have prepared an exciting challenge, but you need to wait a little longer to hear it. The challenge will be presented at the beginning of the event, so that everyone can work under the same conditions. Fair and square.

Should I learn anything beforehand?

You don’t have to, but reading about smart mobility and 5G would help to get started.

Who owns the IP/copyright/product?

You! By default, each coder owns her lines of code, that’s copyright. We will encourage you to put your work in GPL, MIT, CC or other open source licenses, but that’s your call.

What about the Internet?

Hackatrain travels from Amsterdam to Berlin with a charter train. This train is not equipped with WiFi. That is why we encourage you to start the train journey with e.g. a brainstorm session, creating a storyboard, analyzing data or programming offline. High-speed Internet will be available as soon as we arrive at our venue in Berlin.

What about charging my notebook?

We are happy to announce that there are power outlets on the Hackatrain.

Can I sleep at Hackatrain?

Sure thing! You only need to bring your airbed and sleeping bag.
We also arranged a room for you in a hotel to have a good rest, after the hackathon has ended.
Rooms can be single or shared, depending on the arrangement we have with our partners.

What is at stake?

To be announced soon!


How do I get my train ticket?

The check-in for participants will be organized at Restaurant 1e Klas, located at platform 2B, Amsterdam Central Station.

From where is the Hackatrain departing?

Hackatrain departs from Amsterdam Central Station.

What time is the Hackatrain departing?

To be announced soon

What about the return trip?

Date and time to be announced soon.
No event will be hosted on the return.


22 – 26 June 2020