Now departing: Europe’s first HackTrain

30/06/14 Now departing: Europe’s first HackTrain


This March Virgin Trains East Coast are helping to fire up HackTrain - Europe’s very first hackathon held on a train. 

Never heard of a Hackathon? Well it’s essentially an intense innovation contest for developers. 40 of the best developers from across the continent will be travelling First Class to 4 cities over 3 days building revolutionary startups as they go. Startup concepts, apps and prototypes will all be created en route then pitched to CEOs, investors and entrepreneurs in each city’s key tech quarters. The best will be crowned 2015 HackTrain champion!

Hackers taking part will be representing the UK, Russia, Romania, France, Poland and the Czech Republic, along with many other European countries. The team of organisers and judges include all kinds of leading lights in the industry, many of whom are hackathon pioneers.

We’ll be giving the hackers some very specific creative challenges. We want them to help us improve the customer experience online and on our trains, by devising more accurate estimates for incident delays and smarter tools for predicting live journey times. The solutions they come up with will use real industry data, and the journey checker will integrate customer insights too

Entrants will all have 3 days to create and refine their world-changing, mind-blowing concepts, for a shot at the big prize and hopefully making it a reality. Hackers will be opening their laptops in London Kings Cross on 27th March, before heading up to Sheffield for that night. On the 28th we’ll be taking the hackers on our own leg of the journey, whisking them up to York and Edinburgh, then back again for the final presentations and judging at York’s Railway Museum on the 29th.

As well as being main transport sponsors Virgin Trains East Coast will will keep you up to date with the action. Just keep an eye on @Virgin_TrainsEC for our live tweets using #HacktheRails.

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