I have never been to a hackathon before, can I still attend?

Of course! Check out this great post by Oleg about getting started with hackathons.

I am not a programmer and I know nothing of electronics, can I still attend?

Of course!! The greater the diversity of ideas, the more awesome the solutions will be!

What is LoRaWAN?

It’s a wireless technology, much like your regular WiFi, but it’s ideal for IoT and battery powered sensors because it has a huge range. Head over to The Things Network website, and check out the LEARN section and the forum.

What is civic tech?

It is technology that enables citizen engagement. It means citizens building infrastructure for their city, instead of governments building it. That’s what The Things Network communities are doing with LoRaWAN in multiple cities of the world, among them, here in Zurich we are part of a community that has already deployed a LoRaWAN network in the city.

What should I bring to the event?

Bring your laptop and your ideas on how to improve your city!

If you want to bring your own hardware (microcontroller, sensors, etc), designs, enclosures, or whatever to help you create a solution for a challenge, feel free to do so. The kits provided are 3v3 in case you want to prepare something upfront.

Do we get to keep the hardware provided?

Yes, with a tiny caveat. Teams will get to keep the hardware kit they receive, except one specific sensor provided by Keller Druck AG used in the Groundwater meter challenge that needs to be returned at the end of the event. All the other hardware is for the team to bring home.

Where can I get in touch with other participants?

If you haven’t done it already, sign up for our Slack team. A large part of communication during the event will happen there!

What is the exact schedule?

Check the schedule here, we will keep updating it with more details in the next few days.

What are my transportation options for getting to and from the event?

We recommend to use public transport to get to the event. BSI Business Systems Integration Deutschland GmbH is located only a few steps away from Darmstadt Main Station, which is heavily connected by the train, tram and bus network.

Google Map of Viaduktstrasse 93, 8005 Darmstadt

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Get in touch with us via email info@hackdarmstadt.de or via twitter @hackdarmstadt.