Where

Ours is a city full of smart and talented youth where competitions like Iasi MegaHack aim to unlock the unparalleled potential of collaborative computer programming.

What

Designed for problem solvers like you, we intend to make the MegaHack one of the largest regional annual hackathons.

Who

Engineers, coders, makers, hackers, geeks, testers, freelancers, employees, students, IT enthusiasts, together we build Iasi as a technology hub!

Challenges & Prizes

Beyond the great opportunity and experience some challenges include prizes (access the challenge description sections for details).

The winners of each challenge will be determined by the challenge owners.

Total value of prizes is approximately 10.000 euro distributed among challenges and final prize.

The winners of each challenge will enter a final pitching competition, in which the jury will award the winning team with 2,000 euro + 1 smart watch by Vector Watch.

For 50 hours, we invite you to meet, engage and connect over real life challenges currently being addressed by businesses and institutions in one of the following categories:

Datathon Challenges

FIWARE Challenges

IoT & Embedded Challenges

Smart City & Digitize Romania Challenges

Testing Challenges

Digital Banking Challenges

Front-end Challenges

Security Challenges

Gaming Challenges

e-Commerce Challenges

The hackathon is about trying new things, about experimentation and testing.

If you need more info please do not hesitate to visit our Facebook page or to contact us.

Hackathons are a global movement that highlight the benefits of bringing together extremely talented people, technology, and challenges in innovation.

We are seeing an increasing demand for IT talent in Iasi. Whether you are a first timer or a seasoned specialist, you will benefit from entering MegaHack for more than one reason:

  • Expand your understanding, learn teamwork skills and creative techniques.
  • Build a unique solution from scratch, develop an idea, design a solution, and execute a product. Your solution will address and help with day-by-day life issues.
  • Meet and stay in touch with the brightest minds in the area, be they peers or mentors.
  • If you get stuck, you can ask any of your fellow hackers for help or benefit from the experience of our mentors, and make a new friend in the process.
  • You have the possibility to develop further your project as a solution supplier or consultant to the challenge owner.
  • Interact with data sets new to you.
  • Win prizes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the organizers of Iasi MegaHack?

Iasi MegaHack is part of Iasi TechFest, a collaborative effort generated by Startup Transilvania Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center.

Who is Startup Transilvania Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center?

Startup Transilvania Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center is a platform for information, education, collaboration and networking, aimed at developing and financing new generations of entrepreneurial projects in the region of Transylvania. This initiative is a one stop shop meant to inspire young people to believe in their own ideas, to cultivate their innovation and to start their own business.

Some of the projects that recommend us are NASA Space Apps Challenge Cluj-Napoca (in partnership with BRD – Groupe Société Générale), TEDx Cluj, Cluj Innovation Days, Cluj City Apps).

Why might I be interested in the hackathon?

Do you like challenges? There are perks for first timers and seasoned specialists alike, for students as well as for employees. You can find some of them below and decide if this hackathon is for you!

  • Expand your understanding, learn teamwork skills and creative techniques.
  • Build a unique solution from scratch, develop an idea, design a solution, and execute a product. Your solution will address and help with day-by-day life issues.
  • Meet and stay in touch with the brightest minds in the area, be they peers or mentors.
  • If you get stuck, you can ask any of your fellow hackers for help or benefit from the experience of our mentors, and make a new friend in the process.
  • You have the possibility to develop further your project as a solution supplier or consultant to the challenge owner.
  • Interact with data sets new to you.
  • Win prizes totaling 10,000+ EUR worth value.
How will the hackathon work?

Participants are presented with real-world challenges of current interest to local and national businesses and institutions, from across different domains. Each challenge will be briefly presented and published before the hackathon. Participants then select which challenge they would like to work on. Teams will be formed and the hacking will begin. Mentors will be available to help assist, provide guidance, and answer any questions the participants might have.

Technical competition and prizes – level 1:

At the conclusion of the “hacking” period, each challenge owner will determine one winner for each individual challenge and award prizes. The teams should focus on the effectiveness of the solution but you will be awarded points for complexity, completeness, creativity, originality.

Pitching competition and prizes – level 2:

The winners of each challenge will automatically qualify for the MegaHack pitching competition. The winners will prepare a brief presentation (3 min. + 2 min. Q&As) and introduce their solution to the audience and the panel of judges. Three prizes will be awarded for the quality of their presentations.

Who can participate in the hackathon?

The hackathon is open to engineers, coders, makers, hackers, geeks, testers, freelancers, employees, students, IT enthusiasts, designers.

Is there a minimum age required for participation?

As an incentive, this competition is open to up to 30 high school students (who will be admitted on a first come first served basis). Underage participants must have a parent or guardian approval before attending.

Where can I register?

Registration for participants is open here.

You can register either as an individual or as a team but we strongly encourage you to form a team before the hackathon. For those who don’t have a team there will be a short matchmaking session at the beginning of the competition.

Can I join with my team?

We strongly encourage you to form a team of up to 5 members before the hackathon.

How many team members can we have?

We encourage you to attend in teams of up to 5 members.

Do all team members need to register?

No, the team leader will sign up the entire team.

My team is bigger than 5, how can I register?

The extra members will register individually mentioning the name of the team they are part of.

What if I don’t have a team yet?

Teams will be formed in a matchmaking session prior to the event. More details will be communicated to the registered participants.

Do I need to know how to code in order to participate?

Yes, you should have basic programming knowledge. Transylvania MegaHack is open to talented and creative individuals with interest in IT.

Is there a participation fee?

Yes. You can find more details here.

What will the challenges be?

Together with our partners we have prepared challenges from the following categories:

  • Datathon (you have been challenged by the Babeș-Bolyai University, Facultaty of Mathematics and Computer Science and Betfair)
  • Digital Banking (you have been challenged by BRD Groupe Société Générale, Life Is Hard & eOKEY)
  • E-commerce (you have been challenged by ANAF & Blugento)
  • E-Gov (you have been challenged by GovITHub)
  • FIWARE (you have been challenged by FIWARE; you can also enroll in the bug hunting and fixing FIWARE Bounty Programme)
  • FrontEnd (you have been challenged by Vector Watch and BMW, Eximtur and Untold)
  • Gaming (you have been challenged by Gameloft)
  • IoT & Embedded (you have been challenged by Braintronix, CDS.com, Onyx Beacon)
  • NGO Challenge (coming soon)
  • Security (you have been challenged by CTF365)
  • SmartCity (you have been challenged by Primăria Municipiului Alba Iulia, Parking+Plus, Security 4 Things and Cluj LoRaWAN network)
  • Testing hackathon (Global App Testing and Quiz Devil)

Please note that this evolving category is not final yet and it will be updated the very near future. Stay in touch to find challenges that will inspire you. The requests for each challenge will be published before the hackathon.

Can I sleep at the hackathon?

You can stay overnight, but there will not be a designated resting area. We do not provide mats and you will need to bring your sleeping bag.

If I cannot stay the entire period can I still participate?

Yes, provided that there will be someone in your team to pitch your solution.

24/7 on-site presence is not required from anyone but we encourage you to be present as we prepared lots of fun perks for you including a relaxation area at World Class.

Are there going to be mentors?

Yes, there will be mentors on location.

Who is judging the teams?

Each challenge owner will determine one winner for each individual challenge and award prizes. The winners of each challenge will automatically qualify for the MegaHack pitching competition that will be judged by a panel formed by challenge owners and representatives of the organizers.

What are the judging criteria?

The teams should focus on the effectiveness of the solution but you will be awarded points for complexity, completeness, creativity, originality. Three prizes will be awarded for the quality of the presentations.

Will there be wireless internet access?

Yes, there will. You can bring a Wi-Fi dongle as backup if you want though.

Can I use any coding language or software package?

Yes. Any language you feel comfortable with is fine for us. However, you should only use licensed copies of software. In developing your solution, you should not use content that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third-party intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner to use the content. We recommend using only third-party works that are licensed through an open-source (for software), open-hardware (for electronics) or creative commons license (for all other works).

Which language will be used, English or Romanian?

Either English or Romanian is fine with us.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring your laptop and charger, mouse and mousepad, notebook, pen and pencils, comfortable clothes, headphones and music, glasses and medication if necessary, whatever else you might need to complete your project including installed software. Don’t forget a mat and sleeping bag if you want to get some rest.

Optionally you can bring an extension cord and a Wi-Fi dongle.

What materials are provided?

We will provide wireless internet connection, extension cords, a limited number of Arduino kits and plenty of pens, paper, markers and flip charts.

What should I not bring to the hackathon?

The access with flammable materials, poisonous or explosive substances, firearms or ammunition and generally anything that you could not take with you in an airplane as checked baggage is forbidden. Unfortunately you cannot bring your pet or underage children. The only minors allowed on-site are the registered participants.

Is there any food provided?

Yes, we will provide some of the food: the morning coffee and snacks, fruits, drinks (water, energy drinks, beer), sweets and pizza in the evening. We provide discount coupons for the mall’s Food Court or you can bring your own treats.

Can I leave my laptop overnight at the location?

Although members of the organizing team will stay overnight, we are not responsible for any belongings left unattended. If you plan to go home take your laptop with you.

What are the prizes?

Technical competition and prizes – level 1:

At the conclusion of the “hacking” period, each challenge owner will determine one winner for each individual challenge and award prizes. The teams should focus on the effectiveness of the solution but you will be awarded points for complexity, completeness, creativity, originality.

Pitching competition and prizes – level 2:

The winners of each challenge will automatically qualify for the MegaHack pitching competition. The winners will prepare a brief presentation (3 min. + 2 min. Q&As) and introduce their solution to the audience and the panel of judges. Three prizes will be warded for the quality of their presentation.

My question is not on the list. Who can I contact?

Contact us using our form or email us at contact@iasi.techfest.ro