Lugano to host Hack the city 2018

07.02.2018 14:09
Hack the City event

After 3 years in Chiasso, the latest edition of the sunniest hackathon in Switzerland will take place in Lugano, at the University of Southern Switzerland (USI), from the 27th to the 29th of April, 2018. Registration is now open.

Hack the City is the official hackathon of the Italian speaking Switzerland, and has become one of the most popular events of this kind countrywide. For its 4th edition, the competition will take place in Lugano with the participation of the 3 accredited universities of the region: SUPSI, USI and, and for the first time, Franklin University.

“The involvement of these academic institutions is very important because it fosters and incentivises collaboration among attendees coming from different environments and study backgrounds”, says Ryan Vannin, organiser of Hack the city.

During the 48-hour event, developers, designers, makers and technology and innovation enthusiasts will collaborate intensively on projects and compete in teams to showcase their talents and to find creative and impacting solutions to everyday problems. This year, attendees will not have an assigned theme. Any kind of idea or project is may be submitted. Applicants must be advised that specific topics ranging from Fintech to original mobile app solutions, from blockchain to IoT, could be issued by sponsors and partners. Applications will be selected based on the criteria of creativity and the potential impact of the presented solution.

Three most outstanding solutions will be awarded a money prizes of CHF 5’000, CHF 2’500 and CHF 1’000. In addition, the involved companies that will be present with their mentors and technical staff, will be able to observe and approach potential new hires during the 48 hours of hacking, in a more informal context.

To enter the competition, the interested attendees are invited register using Hack the city platform. The platform has features that allow to set up a team and invite members, or join an existing team as a member. It is also possible to use the internal messaging system to communicate with each other. “HTC allows attendees to set up their teams before the official start or also work from home. Previous HTC editions had attendees attending remotely from Thailand, Singapore, India, Russia, Brazil, Italy and Germany”, says Vannin.

Individuals without teams will also have the chance to pitch their ideas to their peers, create or join a team during the opening session on the 27th attendees.

Early bird tickets will be available until the 15th of February.

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