What is WhatTheHack?
WhatTheHack is an “invention marathon” where students come together to develop a product over the course of a weekend. You will work in teams of up to 5 students on one of our six big challenges. In just 24 hours, your team will go from an idea to a prototype. To encourage you to think further than just one weekend, you will also pitch a small business plan.
Now don’t worry, you don’t need a lot of experience to participate. Our mentors and workshops will help you get there. You’ll learn new practical skills, collaborate intensely and have a lot of fun. Best of all, we’ll have nice food and goodies for everyone, all for free!
Enjoy the many technical experts that will help you with coding and fixing bugs or learning new technology and entrepreneurial mentors who will help you with your business plan and pitch.We’re also hosting some introductory workshops so you can pick up new skills easily at WhatTheHack. A sneak-peak on the workshops:
- Intro to web development
- Intro to app development
- Going serverless
- API 101
- Lean Canvas
- Visual facilitation
- Personal Branding
- VR/AR Demo
We challenge you to use technology to improve one of the following categories.
More details on the challenges will follow!
Banking & Insurance
Arrival! Expect a warm welcome with food and drinks
Team building! Get to know your team and set out your journey.
Hacking starts: develop an idea in 24 hours
Ongoing workshops + get support from our experts
More coaching and workshops
Pitching time: showcase your prototype and present your business plan
Closure! Finalists’ presentations & winner announcement
Web, mobile, hardware, games, … anything is on the table! Choose a challenge you like and build something cool. Other than a prototype, you will also have to present a small business plan for your project.
Students from universities and high schools can participate. WhatTheHack is definitely not limited to computer science majors! Anyone who has an interest in technology and is eager to learn can participate.
WhatTheHack welcomes students of all skill levels. We’ll have mentors and workshops to help you with your project; hackathons can be a great place to learn new skills in a short amount of time. Just be eager to learn, and excited to meet lots of awesome people.
No problem! You can still work on the idea, business plan, design and other aspects of your project. If you’re interested in programming, you can also learn the basics at WhatTheHack. We’ll have mentors and workshops to help you.
On Saturday evening after the hacking you will have to present what you’ve built. You will get a couple of minutes to demo your prototype, and a couple of minutes to pitch your business plan.
Teams can have up to 5 participants. We advise you to have a balanced team of 3-4 developers, a business specialist and possibly a designer so you can present a working prototype and a business plan.
Every team should have no more than 5 students and will participate in one challenge. Teams will be multidisciplinary, so you should have both students interested in building the prototype (IT/engineering) and students that work on the business plan.
Don’t worry if you’re not able to form a balanced team yourself: at the beginning of the event we will have a teambuilding moment so you can join a team or complete your team. Part of the fun of a hackathon is meeting new people, so we definitely recommend to mix up your team!
All attendees must bring a valid government ID for admission. Other common checklist items include: laptops, chargers, adapters, sleeping bags and toiletries.
Although some hackers will work all night, we will also provide a place for you to sleep on air mattresses. We’re still working this out, so check back later for more details.
No. In the interest of fairness, students should not be working on their projects before WhatTheHack begins and we do not allow participants to work on pre-existing projects. However, you can start thinking of ideas and familiarize yourself with all the tools and technologies you intend to use beforehand!
AFT & Tobania
Academics For Technology is a Leuven-based student organization. Our aim is to introduce students to technology and entrepreneurship. We provide technical students the opportunity to further develop their technical knowledge and reach out to non-technical students to introduce them to the wonderful world of technology.
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