FAQ

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What does “For Good” mean?
The aim of this hackathon is to prototype data-driven solutions for societal problems with a viable business model. For Good means that the solutions we aim for are beneficial for society. Challenge owners want to cocreate these solutions. The work after the hackathon could lead to commercial products and services, but the results of the hackathon are preferably open source and actively shared.

Can I come up with my own challenge as a participant?
No, the Hackathon for Good is challenge-driven and we try to arrange the most interesting challenges for you as a participant. If you want to know more about becoming a challenge owner contact Frank van Summeren at frank@thehaguetech.com

What does pre-registration cover?
You will become part of our hackers community and have access to exciting activities, international opportunities and early access to the "Claim your challenge" registration form for our next edition.

The challenge I am interested in is full. Can I still join?
Unfortunately, once a challenge is full (max 5 teams per challenge) we stop accepting registrations for it. Feel free to register for one of the other challenges and let us know that you have a strong preference to a challenge that is full. If one of the teams in that challenge decides to leave their spot, we will notify others interested on a first-come-first-serve basis.

I am not a coder, can I still join?
Certainly. Good teams represent a variety of skills and experiences. Business development, UX design, marketing are just as useful as data science and coding. If you sign up as an individual, we will help you join or set up a team.

How many days is the actual hackathon?
The Hague 5 edition will take place over the course of a week between the 19th and 27th of November. This includes mandatory key events and a 48 hours hack period (25th-26th). This year all participants will have the opportunity to choose between a Full and Fast track of Support program. We start on Saturday the 19th of November and will announce the winner on Sunday the 27th. The Support program is highly recommended but optional and it will take place on the 20th to the 23rd of November.

What is the Support program like?
You will get access to business and design exercises, data sets, tools and resources tailored to your challenge. They will be provided onto a team online collaboration board. The Skill sessions and tools workshops will help you team dive into each topic - ‘Analyze’, ‘Ideate’, ‘Concept’, 'Build' and ‘Convince’ in order to have a better shot at the winners’ prize.

Is the supporting program mandatory to attend?
No, it’s completely optional but we do advise you to take part in it as you’ll be better prepared for the hackathon and on a competitive level with the other teams.

Is the Hackathon online or in person?
The Hackathon and its program are completely virtual and participants can join remotely from anywhere in the world. The Hague 5 will be a hybrid edition with various on location options for the teams who are interested.

I am not in the Netherlands, can I join from another country?
Yes, the Hackathon is open to everyone interested in the topics and able to connect remotely.

What are the team requirements?
A team consists of a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 5. If you have less than 5 people in your team we’ll ask you if you are willing to accept more people as there are always people looking to join existing teams.

I want to join with my friends, how do we do that?
Feel free to invite your friends to also register through the registration form and tell them to put the same team name during the registration process.
If you have pre-registered as a team, you will be part of our hackers community and get access directly to the "claim your challenge" form.

I don’t have a team, can I still join?
No, not on your own. We encourage you to connect and form a team with other individuals in the weeks/months before the hackathon. You can also choose to join an existing team from our community. More information will be provided after opening pre-registration.

Are the results of the hackathon open source?
Yes, they are, unless explicitly communicated differently.

Are you going to provide us with datasets for the solutions?
We work with the challenge owners to arrange datasets before the hackathon. When this is possible we will share the data with your team before the hackathon so you have a bit of time to get familiar with it.

Can I use other relevant data sources?
Yes, feel free to look for and use any publicly available datasets. It’s important to note that the solutions are open source so it might not be a good idea to use proprietary data.

Should we pitch our idea to a jury and if so how?
It’s not a shark tank, but there will be a jury with a variety of experts. We have two pitching rounds. The first round is with the challenge owners and you will compete with other teams working on the same challenge. The second and final round will be run to determine the overall winner for the hackathon.

Who are the Mentors and how can I connect to them?
The process for getting in touch with them will be communicated before the hackathon.

Are we going to speak to the challenge owners directly?
Yes! There will be dedicated time to speak directly to the challenge owners in the days before the Hackathon (last week of November).

If I win, can I give my prize to charity and if so, do you have a good tip?
You are free to do what you like with your prize. There is no need to invest it in the follow up of the prototype, although we do stimulate people to try to take the next step. If you decide to go from “for good” to “feel good”, our charity of choice would be https://www.rainforesttrust.org

I am quite competitive and like to win, what are the criteria of the jury?
Creativity, Feasibility, Problem/Solution fit, Presentation, Business viability, Prototyping & Technology application. So a well presented, out of the box solution, with beautiful code and instant satisfaction for the problem owner, after just a couple of more tweaks, will have a very good chance to win.

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