FAQ

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What does “For Good” mean?
The aim of this hackathon is to prototype data-driven solutions for societal problems. 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?
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

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?
3 days or 48 hours. We start on Friday the 26th of November at 4PM and will announce the winner on Sunday the 28th at 4PM. The supporting programme will begin on the 1st of November, but everyone will get access to the inspiration materials, resources and tools after registration and selection.

What is the program leading to the hackathon?
Every week there will be new exercises and resources with an indicated approximate time duration. They will be added onto your team online collaboration board. It is up to you and your team to decide how much time to spend on the support tools. We would recommend that you take around 30-60 min per week to dive into each topic - ‘Analyze’, ‘Ideate’, ‘Concept’ and ‘Convince’ in order to have a better shot at the winners’ prize. Your team board will be the place where all resources from challenge owners or data enablers come together as well as a whiteboard for your team to work on.

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.

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.

I don’t have a team, can I still join?
Yes, you can join as an individual and form a team with other individuals in the weeks before the Hackathon. You can also choose to join an existing team. More information will be provided after 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 winner and runner up 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 & Mastering technology. 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.

Want to join our mission?

As a Challenge owner

Many organizations come to us to explore the potential of talent, data and AI for future solutions. Take a look at some of the upcoming challenges to get some inspiration.

As a Sponsor

Do you want to support Hackathon for Good? And help hackers to prove the value of tinkering and experimenting with data and AI? There are plenty of ways to support our events and hackathons.

As a Hacker

Do you want to work on interesting challenges, become part of an amazing community of motivated hackers that love to work on solutions for good?