Academics for Technology is super excited to be organizing Belgium’s most epic hackathon this year. Are you interested to innovate, co-create and learn? Then Holy Hack is something for you!
What is Holy Hack?
Holy Hack is a 24h hackathon, best described as an “invention marathon”. We invite all students who are interested in technology, or the business aspect of it. With a wide range of cases provided by our partners, there will always be a topic that you’re interested in! Join as a group or as an individual and develop your prototype and business plan with the help of our coaches. After 24 hours, you’ll have the opportunity to pitch your invention and have a chance at winning from our prize pool of €2500!
You don’t need to be able to code, however we advise that at least 2 members in your team have some prior coding knowledge.
Who can register?
Holy Hack is done in teams of 3-5 people. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to have a team before registering. If you’re an individual or a duo and are eager to participate, we will match you with the right people. Just register individually or as a smaller group and we’ll make sure to find the right teammates for you!
Timeline of the event
18:00 – Doors open
19:00 – Opening ceremony
19:30 – Start hacking!
21:00 – Workshop #1
09:00 – Workshop #2 & #3
14:00 – Workshop #4 & #5
19:00 – Stop hacking!
19:15 – Presentations / final pitches / ceremony
* there will be all kinds of entertainment throughout the day and night!
** multiple meals are provided throughout the event
To be announced.
Why should you participate?
There are too many reasons to sum up! It’s an amazing experience in which you will learn a lot and be able to network with professionals. Furthermore, there will be awesome prizes to win: The winning team will receive a €1000 cash prize! There are also plenty of other prizes for the runner-ups like airtags, wireless speakers and more. If that’s not enough to convince you, we’ll arrange nice food and goodies, all of this for free!
What are the cases?
Delaware - Stay Current!
Delaware wants their team to stay up to date on the newest technologies. Can you help them solve this? 👨💻
AE - Citizen A(E)id
AE would like you to help them optimise a citizen aid platform.
Aviate labs - Blockchain
Aviate labs is all in on blockchain, but how can we use this technology a business context?
Datacamp - Improving learning
Datacamp users love to learn, let’s tackle the challenges in online learning!
Daikin - Energy data
With Daikin, you’ll be able to create your own solution for their energy data.
in the Pocket - Data wizard
In the pocket will test your data wizard skills, do you have what it takes?
Easi - FinTech
Easi wants you to help them tackle some existing challenges within the FinTech industry.
You can build anything that is technology-related and provides a solution to one of our cases. Web, mobile, games, hardware, … the possibilities are endless! Next to developing a prototype, you will also have to present your business plan.
Students of higher education can apply. You don’t need to have tons of experience in coding or business. If you have a great interest in technology and are motivated to learn, you can definitely participate.
You don’t have to pay anything to participate, as long as you show up!
Well it’s an essential part of a hackathon… 😉
You definitely need a laptop and good WiFI, the rest is up to you!
No problem! Students of all skill levels are welcome. We provide workshops and coaches to help you with your project.
At Holy Hack, not only developers are needed. You can still work out a business plan, or work on the design, and help brainstorming for a killer idea. If you already know the basics, you can follow various workshops throughout the hackathon and sharpen your skills.
After 24 hours of working on your project, you will have to pitch your business plan to a jury as well as discuss your code. You will get a couple of minutes for both.
A team consists of 5 participants. We recommend a balanced team with at least 2 developers and 1 business student.
A team has no more than 5 members, and will participate in one of our cases. We advise you to have at least 2 developers on your team. Don’t worry if you have trouble assembling a team on your own. In the weeks leading up to the hackathon, we will provide a platform to help you form a team with other registered participants.
If you want to register as a pre-existing team, then every team member has to register individually and write down the same team name!
No. To keep things fair, nobody is allowed to work on the project before the start of the event. You are also not allowed to work on existing projects. However, you can still prepare yourself by brainstorming for ideas and learning the tools that you intend to use beforehand.
No of course not! You are allowed to leave whenever you’d like. We advise you to be present most of the time, but after the midnight snack, participants usually go home to sleep for a few hours.