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What happens at a hackathon?

A hackathon is an “invention marathon” in which teams collaborate to turn crazy ideas into real projects within a tight time limit. At our hackathon, teams of 2-4 collaborate over 36 hours to challenge the status quo, fulfill prize challenges, and create meaningful impact. We provide software, mentors, fun activities, speakers, workshops, buckets of coffee and so much more. You take care of hacking; we’ll take care of you.

What makes START Hack unique?

START Hack is Europe’s most entrepreneurial hackathon. What differentiates START Hack from other hackathons is our emphasis on fostering entrepreneurial spirit within our participants. We strive to spark thinking and creating beyond just this one weekend. This is why we encourage students with both business or tech backgrounds to apply!

When is START Hack?

START Hack 2022 will take place from the 23rd to the 25th of March 2022! The event will begin in the late afternoon.

Yes, it will take place during the week and not on a weekend. Why? Well stay tuned for some (very) exciting news ;)

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Do I need to know how to code?

Nope! START Hack is open to anyone interested in technology and building awesome things, which requires more than just being able to code. We encourage students and young professionals of all backgrounds to apply!

We will have many workshops and resources for participants of all levels to help you learn more about programming, entrepreneurship, prototyping and much more.

Is there any admission fee?

Thanks to our generous sponsors and partners, admission will be free! This includes food, drinks, mentors, workshops, swag, and an unforgettable experience!

What's START Hack x Helsinki?

We initially planned to host our hackathon in two locations simultaneously this year. However, due to unexpected issues in our Helsinki hub, START Hack 22 will only be taking place physically in St.Gallen, Switzerland.



How can I apply?

In order to apply, just head over to our application page and fill out some basic info about you or your team! Just follow the instructions and you'll be on your way to START Hack '22 in no time!

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When will applications close?

Applications are now open! They will be evaluated on a rolling basis until 13.03.22.

Space is limited and fills up quickly, so apply early!

How and when will I hear back?

Decisions will be released periodically, so you can expect to hear back from us a few days after you submit your application as either a team or as an individual. Please note that you have to confirm your acceptance!

Who can I attend?

If you are a university, high-school student, or young professional, you're good to go! We will be accepting students and professionals of all academic backgrounds and previous knowledge of coding or business are not needed.

Not sure if you are eligible? Ask us!

How can we apply as a team?

Just follow the instructions on the application page for teams. In case you've got any questions, feel free to contact us!


Due to budget constraints, we unfortunately won't be able to offer travel reimbursements to our beloved participants. 

That being said, we will provide free delicious food and cosy accommodation on-site!




How big are the teams?

Teams are 2-4 people in size. Teams bigger than 4 people are split up into smaller ones, as we've found large teams aren't the best solution for a 36h event.

What if I don't have a team?

Not to worry, most of our participants don't! That's why we've come up with many ways to help you meet other participants before and during START Hack 22. Just register as an individual hacker and we'll help you pair up with other hackers before and during the event!

What are the prizes?

Every partner will offer a prize for their respective case. These will not be announced beforehand, since your motivation is definitely not the prize but the amazing experience itself ;) There will be an overall prize pool for the best teams.

Is there a code of conduct?

Yes, you can find it here.

TLDR: Be nice and have fun.

What accomodation is provided?

During the event, there will be two "quiet sleeping areas" where you can rest and take a break from hacking. There will be a separate women's sleeping area. These areas will be fairly modest, so we would recommend bringing a sleeping bag for comfort. Otherwise, you are free to book accommodation in the city of St. Gallen, a guide for which you can find here.

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