When and Where

Iași MegaHack will take place at FabLab (2 Rândunica Street) between Saturday, November 18 (10:00) and Sunday, November 19.

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.

For 30+ 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:

Digital Banking Challenges

Banking API for the non-banking world - 1000 € award

Accept the challenge by BRD and you can win 1000 €.

In this time where information is gold, having access to a new set of data is invaluable.

The challenge, if you accept it, is to create an application that will make use of those new set of PSD2 related information in the most useful and creative way.

You can consider yourself part of another industry (retail, insurance, tourism, transport, public authority) and propose an application that will revolutionize your current offering with this new set of data.

You can also build something totally new and blow our mind! The only requirement is to make good use of the data you have access to!

Background: The banking industry is going to witness one of the most incredible revolutions in its history with the arrival of a new European directive called PSD2 for Payment Service Directive 2.

In a nutshell, this directive will allow any company to perform two tasks that were, until now, only reserved for banks.

The first one is to allow any company to connect to banks and get access to customer data (of course, with the agreement of the user). This means accessing all the information about the user account: balance, statement, history of transactions, etc. This is called Account Information Service.

The second one will allow a company to trigger a payment that the bank will have to execute (once again, if it has the user authorization). This action is called Payment Initiation Service

The directive will enter into force in 2018 but nobody is currently able to foresee the changes in the market that it will produce! However, we all want to understand and imagine the product of the future and that is why we are proposing this challenge.

Considerations: The criteria we will use to evaluate the applications are:

  • Innovative approach
  • Customer centricity and User experience
  • Execution (quality of the app)

.Tools: In order to make it as realistic as possible, BRD teamed up with Younify to give the Megahackers with an environment that will simulate a bank and all the data that could be available.

You will also have access to the Younify sandbox that your application can connect to using a set of APIs. The documentation of the API can be found at https://developer.younify.ro/psd2-api/ and technical staff will be present at the event to support you. Please note that for the sake of simplification, for the Megahack, the authorization mechanism is not needed to be developed so you can focus on the product.

 Expected outcome: You should present a new running smart-phone or browser app or one/more functionalities in an existing app.

Register now.

Banking API for better payment experience - 1000 € award

Accept the challenge by BRD and you can win 1000 €.

For the first time in the bank history, any third party company will be able to trigger a payment from a bank to another bank (with the authorization of the user).

This is the opportunity to re-design the whole process of payment as we currently know it.

Let your imagination wander and create an application having in mind first the user experience and second the simplicity of integration.

This application can be a new payment service which could be standalone, embedded at a merchant site, used in the offline world, etc. The only limit is that there is no limit!

Background: The banking industry is going to witness one of the most incredible revolutions in its history with the arrival of a new European directive called PSD2 for Payment Service Directive 2.

In a nutshell, this directive will allow any company to perform two tasks that were, until now, only reserved for banks.

The first one is to allow any company to connect to banks and get access to customer data (of course, with the agreement of the user). This means accessing all the information about the user account: balance, statement, history of transactions, etc. This is called Account Information Service.

The second one will allow a company to trigger a payment that the bank will have to execute (once again, if it has the user authorization). This action is called Payment Initiation Service

The directive will enter in force in 2018 but nobody is currently able to foresee the changes in the market that it will produce! However, we all want to understand and imagine the product of the future and that is why we are proposing this challenge.

Considerations: The criteria we will use to evaluate the applications are:

  • Innovative approach
  • Customer centricity and User experience
  • Execution (quality of the app)

Tools: In order to make it as realistic as possible, BRD teamed up with Younify to give the Megahackers with an environment that will simulate a bank and all the data that could be available.

You will also have access to the Younify sandbox that your application can connect to using a set of APIs. The documentation of the API can be found at https://developer.younify.ro/psd2-api/ and technical staff will be present at the event to support you. Please note that for the sake of simplification, for the Megahack, the authorization mechanism is not needed to be developed so you can focus on the product.

Expected outcome: You should present a running smart-phone or browser app or one/more functionalities in an existing app.

Register now.

IoT & Embedded Challenges

Humanoid Robots with Artificial Intelligence

You have been challenged by IRIS Robotics.

Background:

A lot of people are working right now in companies where they have to do the similar tasks over and over.  These kind of tasks could be accomplished successfully by their future colleagues, almost humans, empathizing and understanding processes, future humanoid robots.

Considerations:

They have to pay attention at how exactly humanoid robots works, how they can be humans, as we are and how can empathize,  understand and talk with the others.

Equipment and tools:

Laptop, Raspberry Pi, wires, breadboard, stepper motor, Python

Expected Outcome:

To develop our existing products that use artificial intelligence. We’ll judge depending on how innovative is the solution and how can the robots be almost humans (talk, recognize, understand, empathize).

Difficulty Level: 4/5

Company that develop innovative products and services in tech, IRIS Robotics provides that we have to grow in the same time with smart technologies through artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Register now.

Satellite Data: Climate Change

EOVation Climate Mitigation by Aries Transilvania - 500 € award

ESA – European Space Agency together with EO ClimLabEOVation- ClimateChangeMitigation and Tech Industry Association ARIES Transilvania dares you to create an app, using European satellite data, in order to map how the weather is affecting certain regions in Romania. Accept the challenge and you can win 500 €.

This challenge can be approached in more than one way. Please see Expected Outcome.

Background:

The European Space Agency provides huge amounts of data satellite data for free; Commercial data prices are also decreasing and sample imagery is available for testing solutions.  Sentinels (1, 2, 3) of ESA’s Copernicus programme provide SAR, Imagery and multispectral data that can be used for applications in precision agriculture, forestry, urban planning.  Although free data is not yet frequent enough for consumer applications (data recurrency >6 days), urban planners, environmentalists, agronomists can use the data for improving their activity.  Artists can design creative ways of using the data for representing different aspects of everyday life.  Tourism agencies can use the data to make appealing maps.  A common approach of geographers, biologists, artists and environmentalists, supported by ITC experts can help mitigate climate change, both via dissemination campaigns and awareness creating maps.

Considerations:

Teams need to consider that ESA data is available both from platform.eoclimlab.eu and directly from the ESA scihub.  Also, data availability is subject to ESA’s storage capabilities, weather conditions (especially for Sentinel2) and relevance of the area on a global scale.  Satellite orbits are not perfectly identical, so processing of data using tools like ESA’s SNAP, QGIS, or other tools may also help out.  Programmatically working with Sentinel data (satellite data in general) requires some previous know-how like GDAL libraries or programming languages like JavaScript (OpenLayers/leaflet), Python or C/C++.

Equipment and tools:

Any Windows/Linux PC is ok; SNAP or QGIS for local processing can be useful;  can also be installed on site.

OpenLayers is recommended for displaying data;  GDAL is required for processing;  GDAL Libraries are available for Java, Python and C/C++.

SNAP is available on the ESA Website

QGIS is available on their website.

Expected Outcome:

Developing a project related to climate change using earth observation data, preferably in one of the following domains:

  1. Identify green urban areas in Romania
  2. Find changing landscape in Romania
  3. Provide an artistic interpretation of climate change specific data (maps, presentations), that make scientific data more appealing or more impacting for the masses
  4. Find ways to improve Open Street map using Earth Observation data
  5. Create an artistic map of Romania focused on climate change
  6. Create a synergy between Earth Observation Data and IoT devices (Raspberry Pi, Arduino)
  7. Find a creative way to bring value using Earth Observation

ARIES Transilvania (Romanian Association for Electronic Industry and Software) is the largest and most influential organization created for the IT&C industry in Romania, a voice that supports the interests of its members both in Romania and abroad, with more than 250 member companies, educational institutions, and organizations support. Also, ARIES through its subsidiaries – Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Craiova, Brasov and Iasi is considered the largest association of its kind in Southeast Europe.

ARIES Transilvania is implementing EO ClimLab project, a collaborative research e-environment project, enabling the rapid development and prototyping of new Earth Observation (EO)-based products aiming to support adaptation and mitigation to climate change across multi-disciplinary societal and business themes (e.g. agriculture, health, risk management, infrastructure maintenance, education, outreach).

In particular, the EO ClimLab includes the following physical and virtual elements:

  • Data from EO satellites, with focus on ESA missions,
  • Open Data from local providers and IoT sensors,
  • Processing and storage capabilities,
  • Tools for visualization, programming, and processing,
  • Development Tool Kits (e.g. IoS, Android.)

EO ClimLab is offering also an educational layer including online and physical training  – EO ClimLab Academy http://labacademy.eoclimlab.eu/.

For more information please visit www.eoclimlab.eu  and the EOClimLab project platform.

Register now.

Jury and Mentors

Horia Velicu

Horia Velicu

Head of Innovation Lab

BRD Groupe Société Générale

Horia conduce un laborator de inovație în BRD Groupe Société Générale, unde experimentează noi tehnologii cum ar fi Machine Learning, Biometrie, Robotică și altele, în încercarea de servi clienții într-un mod cât mai plăcut. Are peste 20 de ani de experiență în domeniul bancar, în special în domeniul piețelor financiare. Pasionat de Deep Learning, conduce o serie de proiecte cu universități sau startupuri care pot beneficia de noile cercetări în domeniu.

Alecsandru Grigoriu

Alecsandru Grigoriu

UX Lead

Grapefruit

Alecsandru coordinates the design and product team @Grapefruit. He makes sure everything is aligned: business and user side in terms of interface, interaction, emotion and experience. If you want something untangled and a solution or concept upfront, then CS is your guy.

For Iași MegaHack Alecsandru shares the responsibilities of both mentor and jury members.

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

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.

Unleash the collaborative energy of creativity and innovation! Register for free today!

With an endless supply of caffeine, snacks, fruits and pizza, you have everything you need to build a product in 30+ hours.

Iași MegaHack Day 1

SAT, Nov 18, FabLab Iași, 2 Rândunica Street
  • 09:00 – 10:00
  • Coffee and registration
  • Team Forming
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  • 10:00 – 11:00
  • Welcome and introduction
  • Event schedule
  • Challenges briefing
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  • 11:00 – Start Hacking
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  • 13:00 – 14:00 – Pizza Break
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  • 18:00 – 19:00
  • Snacks break (provided)
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  • No sleep required. Sleep is overrated anyway.

Iași MegaHack Day 2

SUN, Nov 19, FabLab Iași, 2 Rândunica Street
  • 09:00 – 10:00
  • Coffee and snacks (provided)
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  • 10:00 – 15:00
  • Finalize hacking
  • Pitches fine-tuning
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  • The final projects (in the format of one of the following presentation, demo, video file, link to GitHub etc.) will be sent by email (contact[at]techfest[dot]ro) by no later than 16:30.
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  • 13:00 – 14:00 – Pizza Break
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  • 18:00 – 19:00
  • Finalists Pitching
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  • 19:00 – 20:00
  • Deliberation and awards

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.

Register for free today!

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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