What Is HKD (HacKeD)?
HKD (HacKeD) is a brand new, one-day hackathon taking place in the heart of Belfast City centre. The first event will take place on Saturday 24 September 2022.
HKD will be a place to challenge yourself, compete against others, learn and share experiences and most of all, have fun with like minded people. HKD promises to be a welcoming environment for all people who love the challenge of creating digital solutions and tools that can make a real impact.
Who should attend?
- Software engineers
- AI and ML researchers
- Data scientists
- Undergrad / postgrad students and interns
- Problem solvers
So if you like the challenge of creating a solution that can be developed into the next big thing, or you simply like to hack, practice coding and test your knowledge amongst friends (old and new), then we would love to hear from you.
The inaugural HKD is kindly supported by our friends at Daily Pay.
#1 Learn more in 12 hours than in 12 weeks
- Step out of your comfort zone
- Upskill in technologies that are currently in demand
- Fine tune your collaboration skills and work under pressure
- Create something over a day!
#2 No one comes away empty handed… or hungry
- There’ll be prizes for the winning teams but also spot prizes
- We’ll be feeding you lunch and dinner. And snacks. And drinks.
- More surprises to come…
#3 Enjoy a welcoming and collaborative environment
- Learn together and from each other
- Make friends – and who knows, maybe find your startup business partner
- Absolute craic.
#4 Showcase and use your skills
- Stand out from the crowd
- Great for networking with influential people about your career
- Chat with experienced professionals and potential employers.
#5 Space for everyone
- HKD will be a welcoming environment for all
- We will have quiet workspaces available.
- Let us know how to make your day more comfortable.
#6 Create something with a beneficial impact and make a difference!
Last but not least!
- Each team has the potential to build the ‘next big thing’ that may affect our lives!
What time does the hackathon start and finish?
PwC will open their doors at 9am and we are planning on finishing the day at 9:30pm
Do I need to be there the whole time?
It is ideal if you can stay the whole day. However, if you cannot stay, just inform the members of your team at the start of the day.
What if I don’t have a team, can I still sign up?
Yes, you can sign up individually and find other solo hackers on the day to team up. Our advice is to ask around what challenges people want to tackle and if that’s one you would like to try, then why not make a team together?
I am not an “AI expert”, can I still sign up?
Yes! It is about upskilling and we’ll have mentors and resources on the day. Even though we are rewarding a team for their best hack, we also want this hackathon to be an opportunity for everyone to take something from it and to develop their skill within a friendly environment.
How will judging work?
Teams will have the opportunity to pitch their projects to the judges. They will be given a limited amount of time to do so. Once the judges have seen every team, they will deliberate and choose a winner according to the criteria for each challenge.
What is the size limit for teams?
Optimal size for a team is 4-6 people, but if it’s 7 or so we’re not going to mind. We don’t want anyone feeling excluded or uncomfortable.
What is the minimum age to sign up?
Under 18s are welcome to come and hack (high school students for example). However, there will be wine and beers offered at the end of the day, so make sure that your parents are fine with you being there.