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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.


Our sponsors, who reinforce the Hackfest kudos of looking to encourage creativity and innovation, and they provide amazing prizes for doing so!



Hack Schedule

Day 1 - 12/11/14



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 - 13/11/14



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


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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    Renaud Visage

    Co-Founder & CTO, Eventbrite

    Renaud Visage is the founding technical architect and CTO of leading online event ticketing company Eventbrite. With engineering degrees from Cornell University (USA) and Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France), Renaud started his career as an environmental consultant. Fascinated by the Internet, Renaud joined, as

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    Dave Evans

    CTO, Somo


    Dave brings to Somo valuable experience with international mobile businesses and heavy-lift technology structure and architecture. As Somo’s CTO, Dave manages Somo’s media tech team, working to develop the next generation of mobile marketing and connected world technology. He also oversees the creative and production

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    Gilbert Hill

    Deputy Chair, DMA

    Gilbert is Managing Director at Governor Technology, an award-winning London digital agency, and founder of Cookie Collective, the market leader in provision of online privacy compliance solutions.

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Prizes & Briefs

Hackfest sponsors typically offer exciting prizes to encourage hackers to get involved in their projects. Watch this space to see whats up for grabs this time around.

Use your developer skills and inner businessman to boost your app revenue!
Your mission is to integrate the Calldorado SDK into your app, watch your wallet get thicker, and give users a better call experience with caller ID.
Design the best consumer experience (using wearables, locations, context, motion) with MasterPass and/or Simplify Commerce in any shopping context (POS, Kiosks, vending machines, parking lots, cars, toll booths in short, the IoT).
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Up to Five team Members

Return standard Eurostar – London / Paris
Return private transfers – Paris station / hotel
Overnight 4* hotel accommodation in Paris (5 x single rooms)
Breakfast at the hotel Private half day city tour
Entrance to the Eiffel Tower Luxury Seine
dinner cruise with return hotel transfers
Entrants must be 18 or older
Build a cool app using Node.js then host and manage it with Progress Modulus, the premier Node.js hosting platform offering custom SSL, WebSockets, MongoDB and performance analytics in the cloud.
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Use your skill and ingenuity to make travelling in London a pleasure, not a nightmare! Armed with IBM's cloud platform, a plethora of open APIs and the Internet of Things, your challenge is to make travellers' lives better. Let your imaginations go wild as you explore ways to make journeys easier, quicker, more enjoyable...
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Up to Four Team Members
Putting your driving skills to the test with the ultimate track event!
The winning team will receive a voucher for a free adrenaline-pumping driving experience near London.

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.
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Our Media Partners

Helping us connect with the indusrty our media partners play a crucial role in the sucess of The Hackfests


Previous Sponsors

Our sponsors, who reinforce the Hackfest kudos of looking to encourage creativity and innovation, and they provide amazing prizes for doing so!