#HackTheHub 2017 is a 12 hour hackathon where anyone passionate about Northern Ireland’s tech community will come together for an intensive, competitive yet collaborative hackathon centered on working together for a better Northern Ireland through the use of the Internet of Things.

This initiative is being undertaken by Gillian Colan-O’leary, marketing consultant & organiser of the IoT Alliance events, and Conor Graham, a developer within Deloitte Digital & founder of Nigma, a student developer community based in Belfast and Dublin.

“With Belfast being announced as a designated Smart City, we thought it would be the perfect way for the community to contribute to the pipeline of projects that are being put in place to achieve this, through creating this platform of open innovation it will allow us to showcase some of the home-grown talent within the tech community in Belfast with the hope that some of the projects built at the hackathon can potentially be actualised and tackle some of the real-world problems that Northern Ireland faces.” – Conor Graham
Last Autumn, the hackathon attracted 80+ attendees, 15 teams with 3 of which applying for further funding and made quite the buzz on social media by trending in Belfast.
The event will take place on Saturday, 29th April at 112 Donegall Street, Belfast and will be hosted by Xcell Partners at Belfast’s first start-up co-working space, home to NI’s startup programme ‘Propel’, and tech accelerator StartPlanetNI.

Building on last year’s success, this year #HackTheHub will be working with the likes of Deloitte Digital, Amazon, Aepona, Microsoft, BDNA, ShopKeep, TotalMobile, Anaeko, First Derivatives and many others to bring over £5,000 worth of prizes to contestants, who will be battling it out by demoing their prototypes to a panel of judges, comprised of leading figures from Northern Ireland’s digital sector for a first place cash prize of £1,000.
We spoke with one of the attendees that said this about the hackathon.

“#HackTheHub was my first ever hackathon and it was great to see that the people who attended were all so positive and passionate about tech – it’s great being within a community of people, who share a similar mindset” – Sapphire Duffy

You can read more about Sapphire’s experience as a first-time hacker at #HackTheHub 2016 here and keep up to date with the latest #HackTheHub activities on their twitter @hackthehub.


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