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Slush launches biggest hackathon in Europe, Ultrahack 2015

Ultrahack 2015 is a massive hackathon, where an unprecedented number of coders will develop solutions for corporate…

Ultrahack 2015  is a massive hackathon, where an unprecedented number of coders will develop solutions for corporate, public, and NGO challenges. As a part of Slush Hacks, the finalists will be able to demonstrate their works to top-tier international investors on stage at Slush. Slush is one of the world’s leading events for startups, investors, and the media to connect.

Ultrahack 2015 is a joint innovation effort by a large number of corporates, industry associations, NGO’s and public organizations. It will be held November 6-8th.

Prior to the hackathon weekend, a virtual pre-game will be played which aims to improve the quality and relevance of competition submissions. The whole project is targeted to create new businesses and global reach for top software developers in Finland. Both company and student teams are welcome to the event.

The vibrant startup culture and thriving knowledge-based economy are key elements for the success of Finland, and these kinds of events are needed to advance those issues.” ays Ms. Anne Berner, the Minister of Transport and Communications and the Ultrahack Patronne.

The business impact of the Ultrahack results is expected to be high due to the main partners and other enabling organizations opening up many novel API’s and data assets. The quality of the hacks is assured by a wide selection of leading coaches available with tech, business, design and context understanding related to the challenges.

There are 8 challenges on which teams can apply to explore strange new methods, to seek out new ideas and new innovations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.

  • Health games
  • Smart city/civic tech
  • Maas
  • Creative charity
  • IoT Box
  • Next Gen eComm
  • Sports & Fan experience
  • Anywhere & Anytime

 

Participation is free and the awards are pretty cool, but that is not all they will get:

  • Great expert support from Serious Games Cluster Finland, Leadin, GE, Idean, Microsoft, TKO-ly student club/University of Helsinki, DIGILE, Starcut, PRH, Tekes and many others.
  • Opportunity to pitch in front of international investors.
  • Opportunity for travel grants for the best developers during pre-game phase.
  • Meaningful connections over the course of a weekend
  • Opportunity for free tickets to the main Slush event in November 11-12th in Helsinki.

 

All teams need to do is to register and follow the application guidelines on https://ultrahack.org , while participants from our Balkan region are highly encouraged to apply as well. There’s a lot of potential and team skills that can be put into concrete products, out of which amazing results can come to life, so wether you are in Prishtina, Skopje, Tirana, Belgrade, Podgorica, Sarajevo, Zagreb or where else, get your team together and apply.

Ultrahack 2015’s main organizers are Teleforum ry and Teknologiateollisuus ry. Futuretournaments ltd. is critical in concept design and execution. The main partners are City of Helsinki, HUS Children ́s hospital, GE Healthcare, Microsoft, Tieto, Samsung, Posti, SAP, Nose Day Foundation, Here, Mobile Monday, Forum Virium Helsinki, Mobiili.fi, Open Knowledge Finland, IDEAN, Leadin, Starcut, Finnish Patent and Registration Office, SITO, SGC Finland, Digile, Finpro, ITS Finland, Trafi, The Finnish Software Entrepreneurs Association, TKOly, Metropolia, Teosto, YLE, Aller, THL, LiVi, LVM, Nestholma, Butterfly Ventures, LUT and xEdu.