Frequently Asked Questions

General

Hack-a-what?

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 with a the infamous pre-gathering event. Expect hands-on exploring API’s and topics like IoT, Artificial Intelligence and other innovative digital technologies and solutions. You will be exposed to essential tools that will help you prepare for the main Hackatrain event the days after.

Hackatrain’s main event starts at Amsterdam Central Station. After the kick off, in which the challenge will be revealed, we will hop on a private train for a round trip through The Netherlands starting our ride with an ideation session. Once back in Amsterdam the hackathon continues at a funky and unusual venue.

We are closing the week with a visit to Europe’s leading technology festival TNW Conference.

When is Hackatrain?

Hackatrain (including visiting TNW Conference) is happening from September 28 to October 1, 2020.

Are there any other important dates?

Nope.

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 TNW Conference?

TNW Conference is organized by TNW Events B.V.

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 Summer 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?

Any!

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 drives around The Netherlands with a charter train. This train is not equipped with WiFi. That is why we decided to kick off the train journey with an ideation session. High-speed Internet will be available as soon as we arrive at our venue in Amsterdam.

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.

What is at stake?

To be announced soon!

Logistics

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?

Hackatrain’s main event starts at Amsterdam Central Station. After the kick off, in which the challenge will be revealed, we will hop on a private train for a round trip through The Netherlands starting our ride with an ideation session. Once back in Amsterdam the hackathon continues at a funky and unusual venue.

In saying this, a return is not applicable.

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September 28 to October 1, 2020