HackTrain Powered by InnoTrans

With an impressive number of over 140 thousand visitors, Innotrans has fast become the grandest transport technology fair in 2018. With sponsors such as Network Rail, Deutsche Bahn, SilverRail, ORM and Fujitsu, the first ever hackathon at InnoTrans 2018 will be transforming the trade fair with an awe inspiring impact.

This momentous event will consist of 60 hackers and a riveting 4 day hackathon that enlists amazing hackers, such as yourself, to use their chosen skills, whether designer, developer, entrepreneur or magical unicorn, and create fresh, unprecedented ideas. You will be creating the future of rolling stock, improving customer experience, and even tackling operational challenges that the rail industry currently faces.

With challenges and datasets in hand from the industry’s top rolling stock manufacturers, train operators and suppliers, the final 60 will be raring to go in the prestigious Business Lounge. You will begin a non-stop work adventure from Wednesday to Thursday to build your highly anticipated prototypes by utilising hardware sensors, machine learning and data analysis techniques.

On the Friday, the first half on the day is spent presenting the outcomes of the hackathon to the judges. The triumphant team walks away with the all desired title of being the first ever winners of HackTrain InnoTrans.

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$5,000 in prizes

Overall Winner - Bose WaveSoundTouch Music System IV (4)

1st Runner-up - iPad 9.7-inch or Nintendo Switch (4)

2nd Runner-up - Echo Plus or Nespresso Citiz and Milk Coffee Machine (4)

Individual Prizes - JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Portable Speaker or Kindle (4)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Individuals from all over the world may apply. Minimum age of 18 as we are traveling around Europe. Travel reimbursements are up to £50 (Outside of UK) and £25 (Within UK) so please make sure you can make it to London for the hackathon. 


How to enter

This is an invite-only hackathon. Simply apply at apply.hacktrain.com for an invitation! We aim to get back to you as soon as we receive the application! :) The hackathon is limited to 60 places so we have to go through an application process to make sure we get the very best! No last minute cancellations as all bookings will be under your name.


Judging Criteria

  • Impactful (15%)
    How would this MVP impact the transport industry in the UK? Is it a game changer? Could this MVP be deployed industry wide?
  • MVP/Prototype (50%)
    Business: Does the MVP express well their solution for the problem? Would people use it? Technical: Does the project meet its goals? Can it be used by everyone? Does it work properly? Does it have enough working features?
  • Pitch/Presentation (10%)
    Was the idea well delivered? Did the team convince you about how awesome their project is? This is about rating the quality of the presentation in the perspective of an investor/expert.
  • Design (25%)
    How well has the product been designed from a user experience perspective? Does it flow well? Is it simple and easy to understand? Is the user interface modern and practical?