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Hack 4 Smart Services 'Interaction of the Future' Hackathon

Event date: May 12, 201718:30u
End date: May 14, 2017

'Where business meets technology'

It shouldn’t be a surprise when we say the world is changing fast. Digitization is becoming the core of all new and existing businesses. The reason for it is deeply rooted in the way we operate as human beings. We’re used to changing technologies, but when technology is changing so fast and deeply as it does today, it does not only change the game, it changes the rules of the game. Many business see business models they held on to for years, being challenged. On the other hand, technology provides so many new opportunities as well. If only you could grasp both the technology as well as the business model. If only, you could design the way the future would look like… If only, you could challenge yourself to become a part of that very future… If only…

The Hackathon challenges are:

  • Communication of the Future
  • Ethical trading of the future
  • Advice of the future
  • Citizen of the future

During the hackathon you will tackle one of the challenges above using technology. In a small team of 4-6 people, you come up with a solution and work out a proof-of-concept and business plan. Throughout the weekend coaches will help you with different aspects: how to use smart technology, set up experiments, analyze data and build algorithms, write software, make a business case and pitch your idea.

The initiators of ‘Hack 4 Smart Services’ are Brightlands Smart Services Campus and APG innovatie. In cooperation with the Microsoft Innovation Centre in Genk (Belgium), the Hackathon will enter its initial phase and cases will be created. Students from a variety of faculties at the Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and other related schools in the Euregion will be contacted to participate.

In addition to cash awards of 1500, 1000 and 500 Euros, a variety of high-tech gadgets, five tickets to the Castle of Love music festival, and five tickets to the Pinkpop music festival will also be up for grabs during the Hack4SmartServices: Interaction of the Future Hackathon at the Brightlands Smart Services Campus.

Register now to participate in the Hackathon on 12, 13 and 14 May at the Brightlands Smart Services Campus in Heerlen.

Registration is open to students and professionals, working alone or in teams. We are not only looking for IT students; students from other programs are just as welcome to attend!

For further information and to register, go to:

The Hackathon is made possible in part by: Microsoft Innovation Center Flanders, Techruption, APG, Obvion Hypotheken, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Chamber of Commerce, Accenture, KPN, Castle of Love, Pinkpop Festival, Innovation Booster, Province of Limburg and Brightlands Smart Services Campus.

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