Be Where Innovation Happens

START Hack is one of Europe‘s larger hackathons with students from tech universities working on innovative projects within a set time frame of 35 hours. Challenges are provided by partners and start-ups. The focus is on modern and emerging technologies including Block- chain, AI, AR/VR and the IoT. What differentiates the START Hack from other hackathons is our emphasis on fostering the entrepreneurial spirit of our participants, encouraging them to think further than just one weekend. Thus, START Hack‘s vision aims to bring Switzerland on Europe‘s technological map, to let the participants face the world‘s most difficult challenges hands-on and support creative and innovative solutions to get developed to real businesses.

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Judges

Yannick Suter

Yannick Suter
Head of Data Analytics, Tamedia AG

Thomas Kern

Thomas Kern
MSc ETH et EMBA HSG, Member of the Board, Swiss ICT Investor Club

Stefan Unterhuber

Stefan Unterhuber
Director Digital Transformation, Atos Global

Dr. Stefan Frei

Dr. Stefan Frei
Senior Principal Security Expert, Accenture

Prof. Dr. Siegwart Roland

Prof. Dr. Siegwart Roland
Professor for autonomous robots at ETH & Co-Director, Wyss Zurich

Roger Dudler

Roger Dudler
Founder & CTO Frontify

Dr. Pearl Pu

Dr. Pearl Pu
Founding Director of Human Computer Interaction Group at EPFL

Oliver Walzer

Oliver Walzer
Co-Founder Swiss Startup Factory

Michele Daryanani

Michele Daryanani
Senior Manager, KPMG Cyber Security

Prof. Dr. Jan Marco Leimeister

Prof. Dr. Jan Marco Leimeister
Director Institute of Information Management and Full Professor University of St.Gallen

Prof. Dr. James Larus

Prof. Dr. James Larus
Professor and Dean of Computer and Communication Sciences, EPFL

David Gorgan

David Gorgan
Initiator, START Hack

Dalith Steiger, dipl. Math.

Dalith Steiger, dipl. Math.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, SwissCognitive

Dr. Christoph Baumgarten

Dr. Christoph Baumgarten
Lecturer for Information and Process Management, FHS St. Gallen

Bryan Giger

Bryan Giger
Winner START Hack 2017

Björn Schmidtke

Björn Schmidtke
Winner START Hack 2017

Attila Makra

Attila Makra
Business Development Zürcher Kantonalbank

Ian Thomas Sparkes

Ian Thomas Sparkes
Senior Blockchain Engineer, Swisscom

Judging Criteria

  • Innovativeness (20%)
  • Business Potential (20%)
  • User Interface/User Experience (20%)
  • Judges Expertise (30%)
  • Presentation/Pitch (10%)