What to expect

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What is a hackathon?

Hackathon is a portmanteau of the words “hack” and “marathon”. In our case it is an event in which people interested in computational sensing collaborate intensively on software projects related to this topic.

Who will attend the event?

We try to get a good mixture including software people, designers, people from various industries, students, technology enthusiasts and many more.

What type of technology will I be able to work with?

You will be able to develop apps with Kinect, Unity3D, Project Oxford, Cortana, Microsoft Band and IoT Kits. For every technology experts are available to get you started.
IMPORTANT: If you bring your own computer and you want to develop an app with Kinect, you will need USB 3.0.

I have no idea about computer vision. Should I participate?

Yes! The workshop is intended to train you on these topics. Throughout the whole event experts from Microsoft Corp. US and Germany and Metrilus will be there to guide you and help you.

What should I expect at the hackathon?

First of all you should expect a lot of fun. You will learn a lot about new technology and you will meet new people and be able to make new connections.

Are there any awards?

Yes, everyone gets a cool T-Shirt and we will have prices for the best hacks:
1st – 500 EUR / Kinect + IoT Kit (both up to 5 team members)
2nd – 250 EUR / Kinect (up to 5 team members)
3rd – 100 EUR / Kinect (up to 5 team members)
There will be a special award for the best medical hack including
– 150 EUR
– 1-month co-working space access
startup coaching
– exhibition space at ‘Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften

The Schedule

Prior to the hackathon event we will offer a workshop on computational sensing. The workshop will cover topics related to Kinect, Unity, Cortana, Project Oxford and much more.Your registration includes participation in the workshop, evening event and hackathon.

And yeah, drinks and food will be provided.

  • Sept 18-20, 2015
  • 18 Friday
  • 19 Saturday
  • 20 Sunday


Medical Valley Center, Erlangen

Henkestr. 91 – 91052 Erlangen – Germany

The hackathon will be held in the Medical Valley Center, Erlangen where we can accomodate ~150 attendees. We have prepared the best possible catering service.

Friday night you will have to take care of an accommodation by yourself. During the hackathon Saturday night the venue will be open for 24 hours.

Just a hint
Oktoberfest in Munich starts at the hackathon weekend

Our Sponsor

We are proud to announce and thank our sponsor for this event.

Our Partners

We are proud to announce and thank our partners for this event.


No idea what this is about? We’ve got some answers for you.

Who can attend?

This hackathon is open to anyone 18+ interested in having fun creating cool apps/projects with Kinect, Cortana, Speech, Microsoft Band and the Internet of Things.

Is this event for programmers only?

NO! Developers are neccesary, but anyone with a cool idea, anyone that wants to give a hackathon a try, UI designers, UX designers, marketers, biz dev people, (you get the idea) can join in and make meaningful contributions.

How many People are on each team?


How do you join a team?

You can come solo and meet up with others and form a team at the event or you can get your crew together beforehand and come as a team.

Who supplies the Kinects, Bands and IoT Kits?

Microsoft will have loaner sensors for your team to use at the event, but if you have your own you are welcome to bring it.

What else do we need to bring?

Definitely a laptop and any other devices/equipment to work on your project. Bring any dev tools that you use on your laptop or USB drive. A toothbrush and pillow(?).

Is there WiFi?

Most definitely.

How do we access the latest SDK?

The latest release version of the Kinect SDK can be downloaded here. The Microsoft Band SDK can be downloaded here.

Is there a theme or any particular type of app we have to build?

No. Like it says above, create games, business applications, usability software… whatever. You can create sensor enabled apps for mobile or desktop. You can also use Unity3D, The Unreal Engine, Python, etc.

What are the judging criteria?

There’s no shortage of Kinect projects out there. Show us what your team can do that is fresh and original.

Use of Technology
Kinect offers some really special features. Show us how you can make the most of the new API.

Use Case
When there’s purpose there’s a case for users. Show us why people will want your creation.

This is a hackathon. We want to see your project do cool stuff!

Additional Incentive
There will be an additional prize for the team who creates the best medical application.

Where is the hackathon being held?

Medical Valley Center – Henkestr. 91 – 91052 Erlangen – Germany

Will there be walk-in registration?

Probably not. But if so, it will be first come first served at 11:00AM Saturday. NO GUARANTEES WHATSOEVER!

Who owns the rights to what we create?

You do. Microsoft and Metrilus make no claims to your work, but you must abide by any ownership, copyright, and TOS provisions of any API’s or content you include in your project.

Are there any fees?

There is a 10,- EUR registration fee to secure your place.