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What is a Hackathon?
A hackathon is best described as an “invention marathon” in which teams collaborate on a project within a tight time limit. It is where you turn your crazy ideas into real projects. 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, friends, and so much more. You take care of hacking; we’ll take care of you.

What is START Hack?
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 does the event take place?
The START Hack starts in the evening of the 19th and lasts until the 21st of March 2021.

Where does the event take place?
For the first time ever, START Hack will take completely virtually.

How much does it cost?
Thanks to our partners, START Hack is completely free! We will provide food, swag and awesome tech gadgets as prizes.

What can we build?
There are no limits set to your creativity! Any creative prototype linked to an entrepreneurial idea or any other cool project is what we are looking for – keep in mind, a shiny pitchdeck alone won't take you far ;)


Who can attend?
Anyone with an interest in technology can attend to learn, build & share their creations over the course of a weekend in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. You don’t have to be a programmer and you certainly don’t have to be majoring in Computer Science.

When can I apply?
Applications open on the 8th of December 2020 and close on the 18th of March 2021.

How does the application process work?
We want to make sure that everyone who attends our event is eager to hack and build awesome things. Therefore, we will briefly review your application when submitted and will come back to you as soon as possible. First come, first serve!

What if I don't have a team?
Not a problem! We’ll have team-forming activities to help you find teammates and idea brainstorming sessions for all our challenges. Some of our best hacks have been from teams that met and formed on the spot!


Who owns the intellectual property?
Everything that you create belongs to you! We want to support our participants’ creative thinking and extraordinary approaches, not to make participants worry about intellectual property.

What can I win?
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.

What if I don't have a team?
If you don't have a team yet, don't worry! During our team matching process before and at the event you can either join or create your own team.

Can I participate online?
Due to the ongoing pandemic we had to cancel our three physical locations in Copenhagen, Berlin and St.Gallen. Therefore, START Hack 2021 will exclusively happen online.

How big are the teams?
Teams are usually 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.

Is there a code of conduct?
Yes, you can find it here.
TLDR; Be nice and have fun.