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Thank you,

That we built Better Transport

5th - 6th April 2024

What to expect

Explore the future of urban living at HPI in Potsdam.

Join motivated students for two days of innovation, workshops, and collaboration with top-notch sponsors offering support and expertise. Tackle a challenge and dive into the world of smart cities.

Completely free (including food)

Yes, completely free! This includes challenges, workshops, networking events, meals/snacks, and everything else during the event!

Cash prizes totaling up to €3500

Up for grabs are cash prizes totaling up to €3500, and among other things, €100 for the best meme of the event.

Free tickets for the Urban Innovation Forum in Berlin

All participants are invited to attend the Urban Innovation Forum in Berlin on March 20th for FREE, hosted by our partner the Climate Tech Hub.

Pitch your idea at the Greentech Festival in Berlin

Two of this year’s HackHPI winning team, will have the opportunity to pitch the results at the startup stage of the Greentech Festival in Berlin on May 18th.

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Felix Lennart Hake

Mobility policy officer at Bitkom, Germany's digital association

Felix is responsible for Bitkom's political and regulatory work on smart mobility. Together with manufacturers, tech companies, mobility service providers and transport companies, Felix is committed to a connected, intelligent and sustainable mobility ecosystem - in rural areas as well as in cities and metropolitan regions. He is also responsible for the Digital Aviation working group. Prior to joining Bitkom, Felix worked for a political strategy and communications consultancy for several years and completed a Blue Book traineeship in the EU Commission's DG CONNECT. He studied sociology, politics and economics as well as European studies and political science in Friedrichshafen, Paris and Berlin.



Sebastian Ulm

Head of Urban Innovation, Climate Tech Hub e.V.

Sebastian built Urban Innovation, a project of the Climate Tech Hub, and has led it since 2021. His career in business development has included working as a consultant on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, for the German Energy Solutions Initiative and the Ministry's market entry program at eclareon GmbH, as well as working at the German-Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Jakarta. With many years of experience in international cooperation around the globe, Sebastian builds strong networks between ecosystems to foster exchange and innovation.

Dr. Holger Rhinow

Head of HPI Maker Universe

Dr. Holger Rhinow is an expert in design thinking and innovation management, currently heading the HPI Maker Universe at the Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam. His role involves leading projects, aimed at fostering a vibrant research and innovation environment. With a focus on integrating advanced technologies, Holger’s initiatives provide support for student and researcher projects. Holger has authored numerous publications that delve into the nuances of design thinking, organizational learning, and innovation. He holds a doctorate in from the University of Potsdam.

Florian Breipohl

CEO at EnerKíte

As the CEO of EnerKíte Airborne Wind Energy Converters, Florian Breipohl and his team are spearheading the global energy transition. Collaborating with partners from aerospace, industry, and wind energy sectors, EnerKíte aims to revolutionize traditional wind energy infrastructure by substituting conventional turbine towers with sophisticated software systems. Their innovative approach involves harnessing robust, high-altitude winds using kites to generate electricity on the ground. In his capacity within Airborne Wind Europe, Florian Breipohl actively engages with sector companies to craft EU-wide directives facilitating the introduction of airborne wind power systems to the market. This initiative aims to complement existing wind energy infrastructure with decentralized wind power solutions.

Mona Ghazi

Founder of the Neuropreneur Institute

Mona Ghazi is a multiple award-winning entrepreneur and a PhD(c) in neuro-entrepreneurship. She started studying alongside school at 14 and successfully founded her second software company at 18. At 21, she sold Optimo to a leading global logistics company. As a computer scientist, she learned to program her subconscious to be more efficient and relaxed. She now passes on her experience of starting a business, personal development and neuroscience to other entrepreneurial minds.

Time Table


Day 1

Friday 05.04

09:00 - 11:00


09:30 - 11:00

Breakfast & Get to know each other

11:00 - 12:00

Introduction & Speakers

12:00 - 13:00

Challenge Input Sessions

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 13:00 next day (Continuously)

Start Hacking Time

14:00 - 14:30

Starwit Challenge Workshop


16:00 - 16:30

AI Workshop by Axel Springer


18:30 - 19:00

Pitch Workshop by Axel Springer


18:00 - 19:00


Day 2

Saturday 06.04

08:00 - 09:00



End Hacking Time

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 17:00

Challenge Presentations

17:00 - 17:15

Feedback & Awards


Drinks & Networking

Frequently asked questions

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Still have Questions?

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What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an amazing event where students come together to collaborate to turn crazy ideas into real projects. In the case of HackHPI for two consecutive days, students come together on HPI's campus in Potsdam, Germany to be creative, challenge the status quo, implement innovative ideas using code, gadgets and open data, create meaningful impact, and also to simply have a great time!

What's so special about HackHPI?

There are very few hackathons focusing on social issues; we want to fix that and give you the chance to change the world for the better by building applications that truly matter! You will also have the opportunity to get in touch with our awesome partners, slip into their shoes and solve real-world challenges using their APIs and expertise.

Will HackHPI 2024 take place onsite?

Yes, and that's quite a sure thing. We believe that Hackathons need the human contact that only in-person events can provide, and we're glad to announce that the HackHPI 2024 will be an in-presence only event!

Are there any costs for me?

Nope! HackHPI is completely free, and we provide you with food, drinks (and a lot of caffeine! :D) during the whole Hackathon. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide travel reimbursements. However, as an attendee, your confirmation email will include a link to our DB Event Ticket to receive a discount when booking via DB.

Where can I stay during the Hackathon?

This is an all-night Hackathon, meaning that we won't stop until the last one standing. We will provide rooms in which you can sleep or just rest, but you're required to bring your own sleeping bag and air mattress. We're also planning on organizing a couch surfing option from Thursday to Friday for everybody coming early. If you wish to participate in this, whether you want to stay or offer a bed, please note that down when filling in the application form.

How can I get to the location?

Take S7 from Berlin Central Station ("Hauptbahnhof") towards Potsdam and exit at Griebnitzsee.

How should I prepare?

Bring your laptop and a charger, comfortable clothes, and, above all, motivation to hack! You can dive into the topic of Smart Cities in advance, but there will be introductory sessions as well.

Meet the team

Image of Cedric Rische

Cedric Rische

Image of Gerome Quantmeyer

Gerome Quantmeyer

Image of Mathilda Heise

Mathilda Heise

Image of Matti Schmidt

Matti Schmidt

Image of Nikolas Rieger

Nikolas Rieger

Image of Tanja Lehmann

Tanja Lehmann

Image of Theo Klinke

Theo Klinke

Image of Uli Prantz

Uli Prantz

Image of Viktor Kalvoda

Viktor Kalvoda

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