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What to expect at HackHPI 2019

Humanity has come far, but there remain many issues and injustices in society. We believe that, leveraging technology, we can solve many of these issues and use it for social good. We want to provide a place for creative ideas which will make our planet a better place to live for everyone.

For 22 hours of hacking, we will bring students from Berlin, Brandenburg and the rest of the world together in the HPI School of Design Thinking, located on our campus. By providing world class sponsors including workshops and access to their data and APIs, a great location and plenty of caffeine to fuel your brain we will create a space for creativity, inspiring ideas and a passion for trying out new things.

Interested? Come and share your dedication and skills with others, exchange knowledge and accomplish great things!

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HPI School of 
Design Thinking

University of Potsdam

August-Bebel-Str. 88
14482 Potsdam

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Friday, 17th of May

Time Description
19:30 Get together behind HPI main building

Already around on Friday? Meet your fellow hackers over a beer or a coke! We're hosting a small get-together.

Having other plans? No worries; there'll be plenty of time to find teammates on Saturday when HackHPI officially starts.


Saturday, 18th of May

Time Description
09:00 Reception
09:30 Opening Ceremony
10:30 Team Building & Workshops
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Start Hacking & more Workshops
18:00 Dinner
22:00 Sleeping area opens


Sunday, 19th of May

Time Description
00:00 Midnight Snacks
08:00 Breakfast
11:59 End of Hacking
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Final Presentations
16:00 Awards & Closing ceremony
17:00 The End (jump into Griebnitzsee! 🏊)

Keep in mind that we may have to adjust some of the times.

Frequently asked questions

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 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 API and expertise.

Can I be part of it?

Sure! As long as you are interested in social issues and 18 years or older we will be happy to welcome you! Any skill level is welcome; hackathons should be a way to experience teamwork and work on your abilities.

P.E.T. Free, what does that mean?

PET bottles are so 2010 - tap water is the future, we think. That's why we signed the Dopper P.E.T. Free Pledge meaning that the event will be PET free.

Are there any costs for me?

Nope! HackHPI is a free event, with food and drinks provided by our partners.

What about teams?

You can hack with your peers or find a new team to work with. Teams should have a size of no more than 3-4.

How should I prepare?

Bring your laptop and charger, comfortable clothes and above all, motivation to hack.

How can I apply?

Click here!

Does HackHPI help with travel reimbursements?

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide travel reimbursements.

What is HackHPI / a Hackathon?

Over a 22-hour period, students and others interested in tackling social questions come together on HPI’s campus to be creative, implement innovative ideas using code, gadgets and open data, and to have a great time.

Is there a code of conduct?

Yes. We follow MLH’s code of conduct, which all attendees, partners, volunteers, and staff are required to agree to. We expect all of our attendees to be respectful and considerate of others.

What API should I use?

Feel free to use whatever you will feel most comfortable with. Our partners will be happy to help you with their API and know-how.

How can I get to the location?

Take S7 from Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) towards Potsdam and exit at Griebnitzsee. It will cost just around 3,40€ one-way.

What if I have unanswered questions?

Please drop us a line at [email protected] if you have any concerns. We’d love to help you!

Can I become a partner of this hackathon?

Of course, you can! Please drop us a line at [email protected].



Leo Wendt
Marc Rosenau
Tom Martensen
Hendrik Patzlaff
Leon Schiller
Theresa Hradilak
Simon Stadlinger
Lilith Diringer
Daniel Theveßen
Jakob Edding
Jonathan Schneider

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