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About Copenhacks

The idea for CopenHacks came in mid-2015 by a student at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU): A Copenhagen Hackathon that would take place near the university, that had a focus on learning and fun, and that would be open to anyone interested in playing with innovative solutions and building awesome stuff. It would differ from other local Hackathons in that it would not ask participants/students to build on existing solutions or work on specific companies problems. Rather, the Hackathon would be focused on getting to meet fellow hackers, dedicate 24 hours on that one great idea, and give a weekend of opportunities to learn from other talented hackers.

CopenHacks was conceived with the intention of having both local and international students from many different backgrounds to come together to work on any project they like, using whichever tech they like, with the hopes of starting a more progressive, inviting, supportive, and enriching 'hacker' culture in Denmark.

What is CopenHacks?

24h of Hacking!

Have you ever wanted to code a great idea but haven't been able to set aside the time to actually build it? Or perhaps you had a fantastic idea but lacked the technical ability to code it yourself. Now you have the chance to dedicate 24 hours on this project or idea. The only condition is: You will only be judged on what you write within these 24 hours.

Meet fellow hackers!

Meet the love of your life! Or (more realistically) meet other fellow programmers and tech enthusiats from all over the world! Share knowledge, learn how to build awesome stuff, create friendships, or even find your potential future business partner, blow the world away with your innovative new idea.

Prizes and Freebies!

SHWAAG! So much SWAG. Thanks to the support from our lovely sponsors there will be a variety of great prizes. Even if you don't win, everyone is guaranteed to receive some cool stuff just for participating.

Career Opportunities!

Get the unique opportunity to meet some of the engineers and recruiters from Microsoft as well as other sponsors. Expand your network, make contacts, and get the chance to potentially interview with some of these incredibly talented people.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Hackathon?

Hackathons are weekend-long technology festivals. Hundreds of passionate students come together, form teams, share ideas, and help each other build innovative applications. It's a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, learn from mentors, and make cool stuff. They're very beginner friendly. Everybody is there to help each other and have fun.

I'm a beginner and I can't code. Can I still come?

Yes! Of course! Hackathons are great for beginners! We'll have mentors on site to teach you lots of new skills and guide you towards creating your first hack. All the students are friendly and willing to help each other out. Come along to join the tens of thousands of student hackers worldwide.

What are the judging criteria?

Projects will be judged based on creativity, technical difficulty, polish and usefulness by a panel of industry judges and Microsoft employees.

What if I don't have (or want) a team?

That's fine! If you don't want a team, you don't need to form one AND if you want one, we will arrange a team building exercise before the start of the hackathon to help you get going. The team size is limited to 4 people maximum.

What is Major League Hacking?

Major League Hacking is the university hackathon league. They help support over 150 student hackathons every year across North America and Europe.

Who can attend?

Any student or recent graduate (up to a year) over 18 years may apply from any university in the world, and you do not need to study in a computer science related field.

How much does it cost?

Thanks to Microsoft and other sponsors, attendance is completely free, and we will provide you with as much food and drinks as you need.

What should I bring?

All attendees must bring a valid ID for admission. Other items to bring are laptops, mobiles, personal tech, chargers, a sleeping bag, and toiletries. If you want to shower, bring a towel!

Can I start before the event?

No. Doing that immediately disqualifies you from winning any prizes. You can think of ideas, just don't start building them. You can of course use libraries, frameworks, and templates.

Is there a code of conduct?

We are dedicated to providing a fun, harassment-free experience for everyone. We expect all of our attendees, sponsors, volunteers, and staff to be respectful and considerate of others. They are all required to agree with this code of conduct. You should read this code. Organizers will enforce it throughout the event.



Where does COPENHACKS take place?

CopenHacks takes place inside the fancy, Microsoft building in Kongens Lyngby, Copenhagen, Denmark (that also houses the Microsoft Development Center). The building is the workplace of hundreds of Microsoft employees from all over the world, and the facilities are both modern and elegant.

The infrastructure is guaranteed to support tons of guests simultaniously connecting the network; there will be plenty of wonderful food and drink; there is even a quiet room to sleep, a locker room with showers, a gaming area with xboxes and VR headsets, and if that is not enough, the building is in the heart of Lyngby, a beautiful area full of shops, restaurants, and even a cinema close to the local Technical University.

The Hackathon Schedule

Saturday May 2nd

Time Description Location
8:00 – 10:00 am Registration Next to reception
8:30 am Breakfast TBD
10:00 – 10:30 am Opening Ceremony CUST 0.01
10:30 – 11:20 am Team building / Socializing activities Atrium
11:30 – 12:15 pm TBD TBD
12:15 pm TBD TBD
12:45 – 13:45 pm TBD First floor - TBD
13:45 – 14:45 pm TBD First floor - TBD
15:00 - 15:15 pm TBD Atrium
16:00 - 16:15 pm TBD Atrium
18:00 - 19:00 pm TBD TBD
19:00 – 21:00 pm Dinner, Desert (limited amount of beer, and energy drinks) TBD
21:00 – 22:00 pm TBD TBD
22:00 – 23:00 pm TBD TBD
23.00 pm Late night food TBD

Sunday May 3rd

Time Description Location
8:30 – 10:30 am Breakfast (full breakfast) TBD
11:00 am Devpost submissions close Online
11:30 – 13:00 pm Lunch TBD/td>
12:00 pm Hacking Stops Atrium + CUST 0.01
12.00 - 14.00 pm Pre-jury start judging the demos of the participants Atrium + CUST 0.01
14:00 – 15:00 pm Presentations in front of overall jury CUST 0.01
15:45 - 16:30 pm Prizes + Closing ceremony TBD

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