Joining us at Hackcon? Here's your survival guide!

September 2nd — 4th 2016 | Eindhoven, NL

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Where is Hackcon?

Hackcon EU will be taking place in the Conference Center of High Tech Campus Eindhoven in the Netherlands, who have kindly offered us the space.

Where are we staying?

Once a Philips factory, Inntel Hotels Art Eindhoven is a 4 star Art Hotel conveniently situated in the center of Eindhoven within walking distance of the Central Station. All rooms are spacious and individually designed and there is free WIFI throughout the hotel.

The hotel is only a 20 minute bus ride from Eindhoven Airport (EIN). Get either bus 400 or 401 and get off at Eindhoven Piazza. The hotel is a 3 minute walk from there!

(A) High Tech Campus Conference Center

High Tech Campus 1
5656 Eindhoven, Netherlands

Website | Map

(B) Inntel Hotels Art Eindhoven

Lichttoren 22
5611 BJ Eindhoven, Netherlands

Website | Map

You can also reach Eindhoven Central Station by train from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS, 1,5 hours), Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM, 2 hours by train), and Maastricht Aachen Airport (MST, 2 hours by train) or by train from other European destinations.

Keynote Speakers

  • Andrew Seward

    Organiser of Tech Nottingham and Hack24
  • Melinda Seckington

    Developer at FutureLearn


Friday (Day 1)

  • 09:00
    Registration Opens

    Inntel Hotels Art, Eindhoven

  • 18:40
    Leave Hotel for Dinner

  • 19:00
    Welcome Dinner

    Kazerne Restaurant, Eindhoven

  • 22:30
    End Of Day 1

Saturday (Day 2)

  • 07:00

  • 09:30
    Depart Hotel For Venue

  • 09:45
    Arrive At Venue

    High Tech Campus, Eindhoven

  • 10:15
    Welcome Session (GitHub Main Room)

  • Talk: Welcome from MLH

    Mike Swift

  • Talk: Welcome from HTC

    Bert-Jan Woertman

  • Talk: Hackcon EU Logistics

    Mike Swift

  • Talk: Welcome from Philips


  • State of the League 2016

    Mike Swift

  • Talk: Welcome from GitHub

    John Britton

  • 11:15
    Coffee Break

  • 11:45
    Lightning Talks (GitHub Main Room)

  • Lightning Talk: Inside the Mind of a Fresher

    Scott Street

  • Lightning Talk: Managing your Organizer Team

    Gregor Engelmann

  • Lightning Talk: You Are Unconscious

    Amy Dickens

  • Lightning Talk: Sponsors - Boon or Bane?

    Dominik Kundel

  • Lightning Talk: Hacker Happiness and Growth

    Maria Vrabie

  • 12:45

  • 14:15
    Community is King

    Andrew Seward

  • 15:00
    Discussion: HHEU - Where are we now? Where are we going? (GitHub Main Room)

    Joe Nash

  • 15:30
    Discussion Sessions #1

  • Discussion: Hackathon Organizer Burnout (GitHub Main Room)

    Sami Alabed

  • Discussion: Attendee Communication (Branch)

    Wilhelm Klopp

  • Discussion: We Need To Talk About Safeguarding (Merge)

    Chloe Gutteridge

  • 16:10
    Discussion Sessions #2

  • Discussion: Explaining Hackathons (GitHub Main Room)

    Julian Engel

  • Discussion: How To Work With Your University (Branch)

    Mikolaj Wawrzyniak

  • Discussion: Fostering Creativity At Hackathons (Merge)

    Bevis Halsey-Perry

  • 16:40
    Leave Venue

  • 17:00
    Philips Museum Tour

  • 18:30

  • 20:30
    End of Day 2

Sunday (Day 3)

  • 07:00

  • 10:00
    Morning Session (GitHub Main Room)

  • What I Learnt from Event Organising

    Melinda Seckington

  • Lightning Talk: What To Do After Graduation?

    Joe Nash

  • Lightning Talk: Lets Forget About Hackathons

    Cristiano Betta

  • Lightning Talk: The Undiscussed Emotions of the Student Developer

    Syeef Karim

  • 11:05
    Coffee Break

  • 11:30
    Workshops #1

  • Workshop: Hackathon Organizing 101 (GitHub Main Room)

    Shy Ruparel

  • Workshop: MyMLH and Creating Your Hackathon Website (Branch)

    Bilawal Hameed

  • Workshop: Sponsorship (Merge)

    Tim Fogarty

  • Workshop: Icebreakers (Rebase)

    Kevin Lewis

  • 12:30
    Workshops #2

  • Workshop: Icebreakers (GitHub Main Room)

    Kevin Lewis

  • Workshop: Getting to Grips with Logistics (Branch)

    Syeef Karim

  • Workshop: Venue Risk Assessment (Merge)

    Gregor Engelmann

  • Workshop: Hackathon Organizing 101 (Rebase)

    Shy Ruparel

  • 13:10

  • 14:00
    Workshops #3

  • Workshop: Sponsorship (GitHub Main Room)

    Tim Fogarty

  • Workshop: Judging (Branch)

    Shy Ruparel

  • Workshop: Getting to Grips with Logistics (Merge)

    Syeef Karim

  • Workshop: MyMLH and Creating Your Hackathon Website (Rebase)

    Bilawal Hameed

  • 14:45
    Coffee Break

  • 15:00
    Hackcon EU Wrap Up

  • 15:15
    End Of Day 3

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

Presenting Partner

Host Venue

Event Sponsors

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend Hackcon EU?

Existing or future student hackathon organisers. There are also limited professional hackathon organizer tickets. If that sounds like you, we would love to have you at Hackcon.

What is included in a Hackcon EU ticket?

Unlike most professional conferences, Hackcon EU tickets are all-inclusive. Just get yourself to Eindhoven and we’ll take care of the rest! Tickets cover two nights of housing, six meals, snacks, drinks, swag, a fun group activity, transportation between the hotel and venue, and the conference itself.

How much does a Hackcon EU ticket cost?

Hackcon tickets are heavily subsidized for students. An early bird ticket, available until the end of June, costs $90 USD for students, recent graduates and non-student MLH Member Event organizers. Tickets will then cost $100 USD until the end of July and $110 until the start of the conference. If you cannot afford a ticket, scholarships are available. Professional tickets cost $1,000.

Can I have a discount?

Sure! Did you attend Hackcon IV in Colorado? Then you are entitled to 50% off your Hackcon EU ticket! Also, if a minimum of 3 people from your hackathon join you will receive a 10% discount on all tickets!

How do I get to Hackcon EU?

The closest airport to Hackcon EU is Eindhoven Airport (EIN). You can also fly into Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS, 1,5 hours by train), Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM, 2 hours by train), and Maastricht Aachen Airport (MST, 2 hours by train). Eindhoven is also reachable by train from Germany, Belgium and France. Inntel Hotels Art Eindhoven is only a 3 minute walk from the Central Station.

When should I arrive / depart?

You should aim to be at Inntel Hotels Art Eindhoven by 6pm on Friday September 2. All the attendees will be staying there and we will have a fun evening activity planned! The conference will begin on Saturday morning and end on Sunday afternoon. You should aim to book your flight after 5pm on Sunday September 4 if you are flying from Eindhoven and after 7pm if you are flying from other airports.

Where will I stay during Hackcon?

All Hackcon tickets include housing for two nights (Friday and Saturday). The rooms accommodate between 2 to 3 people and separated by gender. We purposely assign rooms so that you’ll be staying with organizers from other events so you can make new friends. If you have special rooms requests, please let us know after you purchase your tickets and we will try to accommodate them.

What is the format of the conference?

We will have a mix of sessions including talks, discussions and workshops for the morning and afternoon followed by fun activities in the evenings.

I'm a speaker, do I still need to buy a ticket?

We will be reimbursing travel and ticket prices for keynote speakers at Hackcon. If you buy a ticket and are later selected to speak, let us know and we'll get you a refund.

I can't go anymore, can I have a refund?

We’re sad you won’t be able to join us! You can get a full refund for your tickets before August 1st. After that, we won’t be able to refund you because we would have already paid for everything. You can transfer your ticket to someone else if you let us know ahead of the conference.

I'm under 18, can I still attend?

Yes! Underage students can attend if their parents sign a liability waiver. Unfortunately, if you are under 18 you can’t stay at the provided shared accommodation and you will need to find your own housing.

Is there a Code of Conduct?

We want to make sure that Hackcon EU creates a safe and inspirational environment for attendees, speakers and sponsors. For this reason we will be following the MLH Code of Conduct throughout the duration of the conference.

Who organizes Hackcon?

Hackcon EU is organized by Major League Hacking and a special group of volunteers.

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