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Announcing a collaboration of innovation and creativity

Albert is a new type of handheld card-payment terminal that supports the installation of third-party apps. It is the world’s first multifunctional payment device.

Based on a secure and hardened version of the Android operating system, Albert offers many of the features that you would typically see on a tablet, including a 7" touch screen, camera, Wi-Fi, 3G, sound, GPS and Accelerometer.

Albert includes a built-in receipt printer and also a secure payment application that can that take payments using chip and PIN, NFC or magnetic-stripe cards. Apps can interface with built-in peripherals and the secure-payment application via the Albert SDK.

The opportunity for third-party app developers is to build innovative apps for a variety of sectors, including retail, banking, gasoline, hospitality, and postal. Albert merchants could be small enterprises or large multinationals. Apps will boost Albert merchants’ businesses by leveraging this revolutionary genre of card-payment terminal.

Wincor Nixdorf is one of the world’s leading providers of IT solutions and services to retail banks and the retail industry.

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Hack Schedule

Day 1 - 22/04/2015



08:30 Registration & Welcome refreshments
09:00-10:00 APIs and SDKs get pitched by sponsors.
10:00-10:30 Meet the Mentors & Networking (Creatives and Technologists)
10:30-13:00 Hackfest starts!
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-17:00 Hacking continues
17:00-18:00 Winding down for day

Day 2 - 23/04/2015



08:30 Welcome refreshments
09:00 2nd day of Hackfest starts

Lunch break Judges arrive and start to mingle with the hackers


Presentations to take place for the judges


Hackfest winners announced and awards presentation


Prize 2000-small Prize 1000-small-2 Prize 500-small



The Brief



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Our Hack Judges

These folk play the vital role of determining who deserves to be crowned a Hackfest champ. As experts in their field they will take the time to meet our hack teams, evaluate the concept and review the presentations before deliberating over our deserving winners.

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    Marc Birkner

    General Manager of Sales & Operations Cashless Payment Solutions


    Marc Birkner is responsible for sales and operations as General Manager at Wincor Nixdorf’s Cashless Payment business unit, Aevi. Mr. Birkner previously held executive positions at easycash, Ingenico and Gemalto, and thus brings expertise and many years of experience.

    More: At the beginning of 2013, Wincor Nixdorf established the cashless payment solution Aevi to better focus on the needs of the strongly growing cashless payment market. Its innovative cashless payment solution enables retailers and banks to operate easily and seamlessly in an international, digital and omnichannel world.


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    Reinhard Rabenstein

    Senior Vice President, CTO


    As Chief Technology Officer, Reinhard Rabenstein has been a member of the Wincor Nixdorf Executive Board since October 2005. Mr. Rabenstein joined Nixdorf Computer AG in 1980 and has held various management positions in Software Development. With his candor and expertise, he acts as trusted adviser and technology evangelist who brings his passion to coming up with new innovations and ideas for future businesses. Furthermore, he helps large international customers to realize their innovative business propositions.



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    Mike Camerling

    Product Owner



    Mike Camerling is the Product Owner for Albert and has overall responsibility across both the hardware and software components. Mike has a strong retail background working in both established and startup environments.

    Mike has a keen eye for good design and values innovation. He is a strong believer that the success of Albert depends on the 3rd party developer community and expects stiff competition!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Still left with any burning questions about the show? Hopefully you can find the answer below but if not feel free to drop us an email on info@the-hackfest.com

  • When do we find out the briefs? +

    Sponsors briefs will be made available to all participants approximately one week prior to the start of the hack. We will also introduce registered hackers to each other so groups can start to be formed, if you so wish

  • What should I bring? +

    Laptop or tablet, comfortable clothing and any gadgets or tools that may help your team win!

  • What is a hackathon? +

    A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects. Occasionally there is a hardware component as well. Hackathons typically last between a day and a week in length. Some hackathons are intended simply for educational or social purposes, although in many cases the goal is to create usable software. Hackathons tend to have a specific focus, which can include the programming language used, the operating system, an application, an API, the subject and the demographic group of the programmers. In other cases, there is no restriction on the type of software being created.

  • What will I be provided with? +

    Power sockets, WIFI, hot & cold refreshments, food, seating, and beanbags for the lean-back hackers! Food and drinks are provided over the two days.

  • What is Wincor World? +

    Wincor Nixdorf´s biggest Show “Wincor World “ takes place in October 6th to 8th 2015 in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, not far from Wincor Nixdorf's head office in Paderborn. It brings together IT decision-makers from all over the world to join in the discussion on IT solutions that enable the optimization of branch and store processes in retail banking and at retail companies. Together with its partners, Wincor Nixdorf presents products, software, services and consulting. part from the exhibition, know-how transfer is a further key pillar of this established event. International experts from prestigious companies and banks give presentations in an extensive program of workshops and talks. Wincor World is traditionally aimed at international visitors. The offerings on show are tailored to the business of global retail banks, retailers and other enterprises where branches and stores play a major role. 7,000 visitors from more than 90 countries attended last year.

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  • What is Wincor Nixdorf ? +

    Wincor Nixdorf is one of the world’s leading providers of IT solutions and services to retailers and retail banking. The company’s extensive portfolio is centered around optimizing business processes at banks and retail companies. It is aimed mainly at cutting costs and complexity and improving service to the end customer. Wincor Nixdorf leverages know-how from its core business with banks and retailers to diversify into related sectors. These include postal and lottery companies and hospitality and service station chain operators.

    Wincor Nixdorf has a presence in over 130 countries, with its own subsidiary companies in 42 of these. About 9,000 employees work at the Group.

    The company is the leader in Europe and the number 2 in the world for programmable electronic POS systems (EPOSs) and the number 2 in Europe and worldwide for automated teller machines. Production facilities are in Germany, China and Brazil. At the beginning of 2013, Wincor Nixdorf established the Cashless Payment Solution - Aevi to better focus on the needs of the strongly growing cashless payment market. Its innovative cashless payment solution enables retailers and banks to operate easily and seamlessly in an international, digital and omnichannel world.

    Homepage:  www.wincor-nixdorf.com

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