Most frequent questions and answers

A hackathon is either a 24 or 48 hours pressure cooker where teams built solutions to the challenges brought by the launching customers/ sponsors. The hackathon is also a competition between the teams with a chance to win cash rewards.

Virtual hackathons encourage participants from all over the world to participate via live feeds.

A track is a focus topic brought up by a partner, which we also refer to as launching customer. Within one track there could be one or more challenges that the partner would like the teams to bring solutions to.

All that is required is that you are interested in understanding or using open data to help address a challenge related to one of the topics. You do not need specific technical skills to participate.

All that is required is that you are interested in understanding or using open data to help address a challenge related to one of the topics. You do not need specific technical skills to participate.

You can apply individually or with a team.

Participants are welcome to organize their “own” team in advance of the hackathon. Please recruit your friends and co-workers to join. If you do not have a team, or perhaps need some additional team members, the organizers will help to form teams. During registration note your topics of interest and other information, and we will match you to a team.

This depends on the number of participants, but we expect 15 to 25 teams per hackathon with 3-8 persons per team.

Successful teams will most likely have about 3 to 8 members, but you are welcome to contact us if you fall outside this range. If you do not have a team, please register and will we connect you with a team looking for members.

Generally the 1 day hackathons will begin at 8 am for registration and trainings. Hacking will run from 9am to 5pm.

Generally weekend hackathons have a networking and introductory session on Friday from 5pm – 9pm, the main event day being Saturday 8am -10pm with the final prototype and presentation day being on Sunday 8am – 5pm.

Yes, participants should plan to go home. Teams often continue to work into the night, but work can be organized to be done from home. At least one team member must be present at the end of the hackathon to present the results, though we would prefer the entire team to be at the presentation.

All participants should bring their own laptops, and each team must ensure that they have the minimum number of devices needed for their work. If you do not have enough laptops, contact the event organizer for coordination

Unfortunately no transportation is provided.

Yes, meals, snacks and beverages are provided.

All participants will sleep at their respective place of residence. There will also be areas for breakout and rest.

If you are a UK resident and are not able to attend in person, you may join online provided at least one team member is available at the start and close to present your solution. Mentors are welcome to join online though they are encouraged to join in person if feasible.

We encourage you to be comfortable. Visit the venue information for the specific hackathon you are interested in, for further clarification.

Although prototypes of products are encouraged, a well-defined idea or blueprint concept would be acceptable as well.

Specific criteria will be provided to registered participants in the 48hrs prior to the hackathon. Generally, the criteria will include the quality of use of current and potential UK data, the likelihood of adoption of the product, the marketing strategy and plan for sustainable use of the product and the diversity of participants and/or advisors providing expertise to the team.

At the end of each hackathon, the participants will present their ideas or prototypes, and these presentations will be recorded. A jury of industry experts will evaluate the presentations. Your team will present at approx. 5pm of the final official event date.

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the event.

Government Authorities will endeavor to match the developed products to the ministries or organizations most interested in these. It is hoped that some of the developed products will be adopted or helped to mature into operational products.

Hackathons are meant for collaboration in a creative, open and transparent way to solve challenges. As part of that, the work done in hackathons is generally provided openly, and the quick timing precludes any lengthy legal procedures. We encourage teams to look at the Creative Commons licenses if they are interested in retaining intellectual ownership or acknowledgment of their work.

No, specific technical skills are not needed. If you would like to attend technical training, these will be available on the first day of the hackathon.

The primary language for the event is English.

Yes, we encourage diverse participation. Please contact us directly, and we will do everything we can to ensure you are able to participate.

Yes, although someone from your team must be available to make the final presentation. Each team will determine the team’s membership, and some of that may depend on each person’s contribution.

Yes, but we encourage you to participate! However, for those who would like to have exposure to a hackathon, but are not able to partner, are welcome to observe. All attendees must register.

After the hackathon, the teams will go through the TH Incubation Program. For more information, visit the Incubation Program page.