Calling all Designers, Techies and Business types for our Hack-A-Thing Startup Challenge

44 Hours ** 9 Challenges set by NorfolkCC ** 2 Prizes ** 1 Winning Prototype

– Get Creative and Solve Real World Problems with support from our Expert Mentors

– Get Access to The Things Conference Workshops and Speaker Track

– Learn New Skills & Leverage Your Own to Win Our Top Prize of ongoing support from NorfolkCC and Tech Velocity to Take Your Solution to The Next Level.

All the kit you need is provided to participants, sponsored by Concept13 – all you will need is yourself and a laptop. Food and Drink is also included.

Tickets cost just £10 plus fees, get yours here: https://thethingsconference.uk/hackathon-2/

Students, Recent Graduates & Apprentices get an 85% discount – Get In Touch.

What is the objective?

You will split into teams of up to five participants, aiming to provide innovative solutions to the problems faced by Norfolk County Council.

The Hackathon will provide expert advice, guidance and support from sponsors Tech Velocity, and the facilities to come up with viable solutions to real world problems – and access to the conference. Subject Matter Experts and suppliers can take you through the issues to be solved and any other factors surrounding your project.

Hardware can be built at the Hackspace, if your project requires it. Kit is provided for via sponsorship from Concept13.

Once completed, your team will pitch the project to a panel of judges and the conference audience, and the top two ideas will win prizes, 1 picked by the judges. the other by peoples choice.

We invite individuals, community group members and businesses to enter our LoRaWAN based hackathon in Norwich October 14th – 16th 2018.

This is your chance to present your innovative solutions to solve these challenges proposed by Norfolk County Council:

  • Supporting people with learning disabilities
  • Supporting people with dementia
  • Supporting people that are elderly/frail
  • Monitoring road surface temperatures to enable cost efficient gritting
  • Low cost lone working devices
  • Keeping tabs on library books
  • Open libraries and means of public summoning help if needed
  • Counting people entering open libraries accurately
  • Libraries staff working alone and means of raising alarm

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors Norfolk County CouncilConcept13 and Tech Velocity we’re able to host a hackathon that enables the community to really get stuck into solving real world pain points and creating viable solutions to local authority Norfolk County Council’s needs.

We are looking for 30 – 40 participants from all sectors and professional backgrounds to form teams of upto 5 participants to solution real world challenges faced by Norfolk County Council from October 14th – October 16th.

These challenges are a mixture of cross sector needs that Norfolk County Council would like to see solved utilising the Public LoRaWAN Network that is in operation over Norwich and Norfolk.

As a participant you will receive plenty of supporting materials to participate in the hackathon, and food and drink for the entire hackathon.

We’re taking a rapid prototyping approach in this event with expert advice, guidance and support on hand provided by Kris Jones and team (Tech Velocity, Norwich Tech Accelerator), Subject Matter Experts from Norfolk County Council and speakers and workshop hosts participating in The Things Conference and members of The Things Network Community.






Sunday 14th October

Participants will be welcomed with a buffet and array of soft drinks whilst they meet their prospective team mates and register for the 2 challenges that most interest them.

You register by writing your name on a slip of paper and putting it in a bowl – names will be drawn once participants have finished deciding.

Once the teams have been formed, you will form your solution and have support provided by subject matter experts who will be on hand to guide and advise.

You will be given access to kit to support your prototype development. Your solution may not be a device, it might be a software solution that augments or enhances the data collected from existing solutions.


Monday 15th October

After you’ve completed your first night of homework, you will be provided with access to the conference and workshops to enhance your teams access to information, talk to suppliers, hear relevant talks or participate in relevant workshops.

You’ll be invited to work at the Norwich Hackspace based on Muspole Street and join us at St Andrews for lunch and a little R&R whilst having the opportunity to network and meet members of the business and technology community.


Tuesday 16th October

You will have just 3 minutes to present your final pitches to the judges and audience showcasing your solution and two more for any questions the judges may have – make sure to bring your game face!



What You’ll Need

Yourself, a laptop with charger and any other supporting materials you feel you’d need to participate.

Norwich Hackspace – Muspole Street

The Hackspace facilities will be available for teams who plan to create custom hardware.

It is just a five minute walk from the conference site, so you will still have easy access to the fantastic knowledge and expertise which is concentrated in one place for this event.

The Hackspace will give you access to soldering irons, tools, a laser cutter, woodworking, etc. It simply provides a great collaborative space for you to work on your project.

This is also the space where Digital East Anglia organises monthly meetings of The Things Network Norfolk (but unfortunately there are no meetings in August due to the holiday season). Feel free to sign up and come along – we’d love to see you. Or, maybe the Suffolk or East Coast meetings are closer to home?

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