A unique competition and opportunity for students here in Leuven. Advertising itself to “tech and business savvies,” as well as innovators of all stripes, an organization called “What The Hack” is hosting a “creative marathon” where students in teams of 5 will compete for prizes over the course of a weekend, beginning Friday, 1st of March at night and ending the following night. It’s a unique sort of marathon - a “hackathon.”
What The Hack reaches out in its advertisements to tech and business savvies, appealing to those with creative and entrepreneurial spark. That being said, no experience is needed and participation is open to any and all, regardless of academic background. Mentors and coaches will be present to help those competing to meaningfully engage and develop their ideas. The event, above all, is free, and asks the participants to show enthusiasm and engagement in return.
Sponsored by Academics for Technology Leuven and Tobania, the Hackathon features jury members from a variety of companies and institutions who will judge the competitors. The public who attends will have the chance to select their favorite team, and a number of prizes await the successful winners. The prize for the overall winning team is a €5000 Value Cheque, including an incubation program for 3 months at Tobania with a value of €3500 and a money cheque of €1500. Other winners will receive prizes as well such as a raspberry pi or a Google Chromecast. For more information on details relating to awards, you can visit their website.
What The Hack want to challenge competitors to “use the latest technological advancements & business/social challenges as building blocks to improve & disrupt one of the following verticals: Student life, Smart cities, Media, Banking & Insurance, Retail and HealthTech.” At the end of the Hackathon, the ideas concocted by the teams will be pitched to and judged by a jury consisting of business figures from companies such as KBC, Colruyt, Telenet, and Mediahuis. Beyond the mere competitive spirit, the event appears to be an opportunity to connect with creative and ambitious students and business people in the area.
The curious minded students can learn more about the event through What the Hack website, or on the Facebook page event at the following links: https://whatthehack.be