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Starting 07.00 A.M
[ hackatrain ]
Level Eleven, Amsterdam
10th of July 2017
Berlin
12th – 13th – 14th, July 2017
Returning 15th of July
What’s more powerful than a room full of hackers? Imagine a room full of hackers traveling at 300 kph in the hackatrain. Are you ready to join Europe’s Fastest Mobility Hack?
We first imagined the potential of a train-based hackathon in 2014. In the summer 2015 we put the hackatrain idea into action, bringing a new concept and creative people to one of the coolest festivals in Europe: Tech Open Air Berlin.
Now, almost two year later, we’re thrilled to announce that hackatrain returns!
Departing 10.7.2017, the hacking goes on after we jumped off the train in Berlin ending 11.7.2017 with a Hackatrain closing dinner. Of course we will visit our friends from Tech Open Air again.
The Dutch Railways (NS) will provide the high speed Hackatrain and for the second time they are bringing in a super challenging innovation competition.
Hackatrain is now recruiting some awesome developers, entrepreneurs and designers for this revolutionary high speed hack. Jump aboard to travel the world and join the inaugural hackatrain. Are you ready to join Europe’s Fastest Mobility Hack?

What is Hackatrain?

Hackatrain is a hackathon on a train with point of departure Amsterdam and destination point Berlin. Our mission is to connect young tech talent to innovative companies with the aim to help taking their business to the next level. This unforgettable experience will bring diverse teams together to make history and share an exciting ride, while building innovative solutions. We are recruiting developers, designers and entrepreneurs for this revolutionary high speed hack.

What is TOA?

Tech Open Air (TOA) is Europe’s leading interdisciplinary tech festival, which brings together tech, music, art and science in Berlin, July 12-13-14, 2017. By bringing together technological
changemakers with other disciplines, TOA helps the disrupted better anticipate the future and the technologist better understand the world they change.

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What is Hackatrain?

Hackatrain is a hackathon on a train with point of departure Amsterdam. Our mission is to connect young tech talent to innovative companies with the aim to help taking their business to the next level. This unforgettable experience will bring diverse teams together to make history and share an exciting ride, while building innovative solutions. We are recruiting developers, designers and entrepreneurs for this revolutionary high speed hack. Departing 10.7.2017, the hacking goes on after we jumped off the train in Berlin ending 11.7.2017 with a Hackatrain closing dinner. On 12.7/13.7/14.2017 we will visit Tech Open Air - Europe’s leading interdisciplinary tech festival which brings together tech, music, art and science. We are heading back to Amsterdam on 15.7.2017.

Who is organizing Hackatrain?

My name is Amal Whyte. I am an event organiser and marketer based in Amsterdam. The events I organize are published under ‘By Whyte’ I came up with the idea to organize a hackathon on a train in October 2014, when I was taking a train from Brussels to London with some friends. I thought it would be super fun to jump aboard with some likeminded people to work on a challenging case, collaborate and exchange perspectives, and develop some really cool ideas. 
This year I am putting the Hackatrain concept for the second time into action, bringing an innovative concept and creative people to one of the coolest festivals in Europe: Tech Open Air Berlin.

Where do we continue Hackatrain after arriving in Berlin?

After arriving in Berlin Hackatrain continues at Ahoy! Berlin, a space for hard work and serious play!

Location: Berlin-Wedding, touted as the city's latest hipster hub.

Whats at stake for teams?

TBA

How are teams formed?

Teams are created by universities and organizations who participate in Hackatrain as a sponsor.

Can I sign up with my own team

Yes, a limited number of tickets will be available to purchase from the Hackatrain website from March 1st, 2017.

When is Hackatrain?

Hackatrain will depart on Monday July 10, 2017. You will return on Saturday July 15, 2017.

What’s included in my Hackatrain ticket?

A return Amsterdam – Berlin (by train)
A three day pass to Tech Open Air Berlin
Food and beverages

Logistics

When do I have to commit by?

As soon as possible!…the registration deadline is June 16th.

How do I get my train ticket?

We are starting the Hackatrain with a pre-programme at Level Eleven. This is where official registration will take place and where you get your official train ticket to enter the Hackatrain.

From where is the train departing?

Hackatrain departs from Amsterdam Central Station. However, our programme starts at the event venue ‘Level Eleven’ (next to Amsterdam Central Station).

How many tickets are available for the Hackatrain?

In this years’ edition there are a maximum of 100 tickets available for the Hackatrain.

The train

What about internet?

NS (Dutch Railways), who introduced the Hackatrain case will also be providing USB data sticks with data available offline, just in case the Internet is not working properly during the journey. We will also provide 4G data sims to create hotspots on the train.

What about charging my notebook?

We are happy to announce that there are power points on the Hackatrain. We are travelling with the IC Berlin.

What about the return trip?

Your return is July 15th – {{time TBA}} after the closing of Tech Open Air Berlin. No event will be hosted on the return.