What is a hackathon?

Hackathons are innovative collaborative events comprising small teams of experts with diverse skill sets working together to solve defined challenge(s). They were initially started by the technology industry in the late 1990s and later became catch names for many other industries/sectors. The idea of a hackathon, or in our case Transformathon, is to build a product starting from scratch, and finish with a working prototype under a very short time frame. Through friendly competition, diverse groups are keen to collaborate in order to develop potential solutions a given challenge.

What do I need?

This is a very hands-on and grassroots event. Have your laptops, mobile phones, any programs (with legal licences), Kinects, playlist, and whatever else inspires you. Most importantly and above all… bring your open mind, your knowledge and your positive Energy!!

Have any play lists, favourite recipes, or fun things to share with the group? Have it handy to share on the activity board!


Who should attend?

Energy Professionals – This also includes Facilities Managers, GIS Specialists, Public Utilities, Policy Makers, HR, Finance, and everyone has an interest in the energy transition. Come with your industry experience and the problems you want to solve. Tech Developers and designers– We also need you! – You bring solutions to life and make them look AMAZING!

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What is the goal of the hackathon?

Hackathons (speed innovation events) are great neutral platforms to quickly generate fresh ideas, make new connections and test new concepts. As hackathons produce proof of concept and/or prototypes ready solutions, progress can be quickly generated.

Transformathon’s three main goals are:
1. Develop solutions that are relevant in the industry today, to help leverage industry to reach their climate goals.
2. Stimulate an environment that can help bring successful solutions to the right outlets to get them to the market quickly.
3. To create a fun, open, and engaging ecosystem that embraces new ideas and solutions for the Energy Industry. A place where professionals, experts, and students can come to support the industry, and a safe neutral zone for R&D teams to hack-out, expand their minds, and see new opportunities without having to worry about failure or affecting a company’s bottom line.

We know it takes longer than a weekend to build great solutions, but this is ample time to form teams of good people and begin creating great solutions!

How do I form or join a team?

We hope teams at the hackathon will form around problems expressed by key industry challenges, from participating Transformathon professionals, or the provided hack categories. We do encourage participants to start forming teams with diverse skill sets before the event. If you would like to start a team or are looking for a team to join, be sure to specify on your registration form.

To help you find a team we advise you to take advantage of Transformathon’s platform such as; LinkedIn group, slack channel (when activated) to reach out to participants prior to the event.

For those that do not register their team when registering for the event, Team submission forms will be available in your participants package provided to you prior to the event. 

Haven’t found a team yet? No problem! Transformathon will make sure everyone has a seat at the table.

PLEASE NOTE: All participant have to submit an official registration form. Teams with members that are not registered will be disqualified.


Are there prizes?

Transformathon does present awards for the winning solutions of the challenge categories. Prizes will be announced at the official KICK-OFF. They can be in the form of experiences, gift cards, and more.

Who owns my project & IP

The team that develops the project is the owner of the project and IP. We do encourage collaboration with others in the community or making code open source but it is not required to participate in the event.

How do I have my own hackathon?

If you want to organize a Hackathon for your company or have one at your existing event, contact us and we will let you know how to make it happen.

Is there reimbursement for expenses?

No, Transformathon does not offer any reimbursement. Participants are responsible for their own expenses.

Is there a code of conduct?

Yes, see it here.

Do you have any other questions?