IBC Hackfest 2015 - Amsterdam

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects. Occasionally there is a hardware component as well. Hackathons typically last between a day and a week in length. Some hackathons are intended simply for educational or social purposes, although in many cases the goal is to create usable software. Hackathons tend to have a specific focus, which can include the programming language used, the operating system, an application, an API, the subject and the demographic group of the programmers. In other cases, there is no restriction on the type of software being created.

How do I get in?

Even though you’ve signed up to hack you need to register for the main event so you can get in the door.  You can register via the IBC website www.ibc.org/register using this code to avoid any fees after the early bird discount ends on the 19th August – 13687

IBC Hackfest Sleepover?

Sleepover? Yes, that's why we chose a weekend. Starting Friday night and into Sunday afternoon, it's a great opportunity to seriously focus right through the weekend on projects. You will need to bring your own bedroll, mat and blankets, and there are no shower facilities, only WC. So it's pretty rough. But it's free will save you on hotel costs. Or you can choose to stay in a hostel or hotel in the city if you like but unfortunately we can't cover that.

What are the night time rules?

Once you are in the venue you are free to roam, once the show closes at 18:00 you will be limited to the Hackfest stand and washroom facilities only.  If you want to smoke there is an exit nearby that will be manned by security 24hrs, if you want to leave you will not be permitted back into the venue until opening hours at 09:30.  Access to any other stands or halls is strictly forbidden, any attendees found outside the designated areas will be removed from the venue and disqualified from the IBC Hackfest.  There is some really expensive kit on our stands and if it goes missing we will have some really unhappy exhibitors.
Can I attend the conference?

If you sign up and pay for a ticket then yes of course, there are a number of free sessions as well as two free theatres on the show floor.  See the floorplan for more details. The Exhibition is free of  course -  you are welcome to explore all the exhibitors in the halls.

When do we find out the challenges?

Sponsors briefs will be made available to all participants at the start of the hack. We will also introduce registered hackers to each other so groups can start to be formed, if you so wish

IBC Hackfest Cost?

FREE for hackers!

Who can attend?

Anyone. It's not all about coders and developers (though their skills are immensely valuable of course). If you are a designer, a UX or UI interface specialist,  a scientist or professional, a writer, a seasoned entreprenuer or startup junkie - or just someone with a brilliant idea - you are more than welcome to attend!

What is the goal of the event?

The goal of the event is to rapidly prototype, over two days, ideas into reality (or as close as you can get). Judges will favour ideas born and worked on at the event over pre-built products that simply tap into APIs  - even if the former are not completely ready. Our goal, as organisers, is to help ensure that great ideas don't fall into the wayside post-event as is common with many hackathons. 

Who owns the Intellectual Property?

The intellectual property rights of hacks produced at the event belong to the attendees, and not to the organisers, sponsors, or partners In the past, at other Hackfests. In the past, sponsors have requested to license, buy or back new startup ideas, but those deals are outside of the scope of the event and up to the groups or individuals to decide on the future of products or services designed.

What will I be provided with?

Power sockets, WIFI, hot & cold refreshments, food, seating, and beanbags for the lean-back hackers! 

Solo or Groups?

Can I come alone? Yes... of course! You can meet people at the event and join up to create new teams or join an existing one. You can also come as a group if you like. 


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