Virtual Hackathon – MarineTech 2020


We’re hacking for the oceans! 


Join us in Plymouth to discover game-changing innovations and solutions transforming the future of marine technology in the UK. 

We’re taking it upon ourselves to accelerate innovation and calling on you to bring in your brilliant ideas to boost the marine industry.  

Our vision is a world where marine resources and activities are sustained, advanced, managed and developed for the benefit of humanity. To this end, we are bringing together marine engineers, scientists, technologists and students into one energy-packed event. 

Bring your expertise, share your ideas, imagine innovative solutions, design new digital tools, develop your network, be mentored by experts and enjoy a super productive weekend! 


Why MarineTech Hackathon?

This event offers a unique opportunity to launch disruptive ideas to advance marine technology and ocean exploration. 

Offshore renewable energy, coastal infrastructure and marine robotics will be crucial if we are to achieve a future sustainable blue economy.  With the MarineTech Hackathon, we aim to gather the UK marine community in order to promote the scientific development of marine engineering, science and technology, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and upholding the standards and knowledge of marine professionals worldwide. 

 Who will be involved in the hackathon?  

 Individuals working in the following fields: 

  • Ports & Shipping 
  • Offshore Oil & Gas   
  • Maritime Services 
  • Marine Science 
  • Naval & Defence 
  • Marine Leisure 
  • Marine Renewables 
  • Fishing & Aquaculture

…and many others involved in marine science, engineering and technology disciplines and applications. 


The Challenge:  

Your challenges will be based around the following objectives:  

  • Technologies that address monitoring, warning, and remediation issues. 
  • Investigation of current technologies for surveillance purposes and predicting fishing effort. 
  • Producing new technology roadmaps using – Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain, 5G, Robotic Process Automation, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Cloud Office and IT Infrastructure Services. 

Full challenge details will be published six weeks prior to the event. 


The Target: 

This hackathon will address real-world challenges surrounding the maritime industry. Developers, designers and domain experts will convene for 12 hours of creating winning ideas and building prototypes. Participants will have access to top maritime industry and tech executives, investors and entrepreneurs so they can effectively work on building products for commercially viable solutions. 

The mission of this hackathon is to elevate the marine industry as an engine for innovation and technology that will move the UK industry forward. MarineTech Hackathon will spur development and serve as a bridge between the Tech, Maritime, Logistics, and Finance communities to connect startups and innovative individuals to maritime interests within the country. 


Our Calling: 

We aim to bring together teams of smart thinkers with various backgrounds and skill sets to look at some of Maritime’s biggest challenges from a fresh perspective. 

As always, we’ll be welcoming people from all disciplines, including software developers, engineers, marine biologists, physicists, data scientists and industry professionals to get together and tackle the issues.  

MarineTech Hackathon is open to all, whether you are a student, just starting out in your career, an experienced professional or just someone who is interested in marine engineering, science or technology or our events. 


How to Enter: 

Registration is now open and closes 24th June, 2020. To validate your entry, send us an email at expressing your interest and you will receive a welcome email with all the details of what to expect and the resources you will need to ready to go on the day of the event. We will also provide you with a digital marketing pack so that you can promote your involvement.

Hackathon Rules: 

Details of the Hackathon will be made available the day before the event to ensure a level playing field for all participants! You will also receive all channel and mentor information in an email 48 hours before the event. In the mean time we’d love the opportunity to engage with you and get to know you better! Learn more about Talent Hack and get involved with our work through our social channels on Twitter and LinkedIn.  


Signing Up:  

The event is open to anyone who resides in UK. We want to have multi-functional teams of 4 to 6 people working together. 

Once your teams are formed, register your team by emailing us the names of your team member and organisation at Note: You can register more than one team per company. 


Event Details/Agenda: 


Start & Finish: The event will begin on 26th June at 7pm and run until 28th June, 4pm. 

Kick-Off: On Friday, we will host a Virtual Networking Evening to allow participants to find out about one another. This will be followed by a 10-minute Q&A session. On Saturday, the team at Talent Hack will kick off with a live online presentation briefly explaining what we’re all about and give you some inspiration for challenges you will work on.

Teams: You will be working in teams of 4-6 people. As mentioned, the aim is to build solutions as teams, so make sure everyone in your team can contribute in a way that allows you to present a complete solution/product at the end of the day. 

Suggested Team Roles: Ideation person. Designer. Developer. Domain Expert. Business Expert. Marketing Guru. 

Challenge: Choose one of our challenges that specifically excites the team; be creative, innovative and put yourself in the shoes of your target audience to give them the best experience possible! 

Presentation: Every team will present the hack they’ve built with a demo (if time allows) the same afternoon in the last hour of the event. 

Winners: The winning team will have an original idea, that’s both innovative and customer focused, as well as well-executed. 

Logistics: All you need is your laptop and lots of enthusiasm! 

Prizes: The point of this hackathon is to come together with other like-minded professionals to work on solving the most pressing problems facing the marine sector today.  

Participation at this hackathon will provide you a range of benefits and services tailored to your interest, support your professional development, raise your profile, provide you with access to relevant information and tools, and connect you professionals in the marine industry. 

So, join us for the purpose of connecting, networking, empowering each other and having lots of fun along the way. The true prize lies in the unique and collaborative experience! 

Judging Criteria: 

  • Problem Definition
    Connection to problem set: how did the team narrow down the problem? Did they understand what they were solving?  KENT THEN 5TH THEN  HACK –  BRINGING HEALTHCARE N COMMUNITY
  • Quality of MVP
    Creativity and originality of solving/ creating a MVP 
  • Business Potential
    Viability and timing- how realistic is the solution? Is the industry ready to tackle/ address this now? 
  • Quality of Demo
    How clearly are key points articulated? 
  • Team
    How does the team work together? 

For Companies – Why Should You Attend? 

In keeping with the spirit of the time, the demand for professionals with excellent digital skills, industry-relevant aptitude, business-critical soft-skills, and core behavioral competencies such as collaboration, communication, openness to diversity, ethical propensity, and problem solving is at its peak. How, then, to identify, onboard, and retain the perfect talent? 

Watch them in action in a super competitive and collaborative setting! 

Hackathon hits multiple marks at once.  

This innovative setting delivers greater insights to companies that are recruiting regarding the behavioral performance, cultural fitness, and practical skills of candidates in real-time, something that would not be possible in a traditional interview setting.  

Furthermore, the hackathon setup enables organisations to set certain expectations for the talent being examined while ascertaining whether their skills align with the internship/job roles available. 

A number of our existing employees have adopted hackathons as their setup-of-choice for driving recruitment and benefitted massively from the superior talent discovered at our events.  

What’s in it for you?  

  • Crowd-source ideas on product innovation 
  • Create a strong employer brand 
  • Hire fresh talent – all at the same time! 

If you’d like to become a part of this event to scout for new interns/employees or even set up your own challenge within the hackathon, send us an email at ‘’ and we will get back to you promptly with more details. 

Registration charges are as follows: 

Company Registration: £250 + VAT per representative

Setting a challenge: £1500 + VAT per challenge



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06 11 2020 - 08 11 2020


19:00 - 16:00

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 06 11 2020 - 08 11 2020
  • Time: 14:00 - 11:00


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