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 Beach Bar Mitte, 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 takes place on June 18 & 19. On June 20, 21 & 22 we are visiting Tech Open Air Berlin. You will return on June 23.

Are there any other important dates?

Yes! Don’t miss the Hackatrain pre-gathering on May 25th at Thuishaven in Amsterdam.

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 media partner Tweakers. They will give away some tickets in March. For more information, please follow us on Facebook and stay tuned.

What topic will you be working at?

Hackatrain 2018 consists of one challenge, connected to the topic ‘Mobility as a Service’.

What techniques will you be focussed on?

Hackatrain 2018 is a IoT and Blockchain focused hackathon.

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?

Should I learn anything beforehand?
You don’t have to, but reading the Bitcoin developer doc or/and the doc on developing Ethereum smart contracts would help to get started. You might also find the tutorial combining IoT and blockchains interesting.

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 the IC Berlin. 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. We will provide USB sticks with data available 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. We are travelling with the IC Berlin.

Can I sleep at Hackatrain?

Sure thing! We will provide camp beds, you only need to bring your sleeping bag.
We also arranged a single room for you in a hotel to have a good rest, after the hackathon has ended

What is at stake?

This is your chance to win € 5.000,- in cash!


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?

Hackatrain departs on June 18 at 10.30 a.m.

What about the return trip?

Your return trip is on June 23 at 3.30 p.m.
No event will be hosted on the return


18 – 23 June 2018