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Green Hackfest 2014: For Green Urban Living - FREE TO ENTER AND €13,500 EURO IN PRIZES!


Walkthrough wins The Green Hackfest Utrecht, Netherland 2014

Want to find the greenest and healthiest route to your destination? The Walkthrough app built at Green Hackfest 2014 in Utrecht, Netherlands, October 10-12th helps you choose the best form of transportation based on weather, mode and more! In just 48 hours the Walkthough team put together tight code with the right combination of data and developed an innovative app that incentivises and rewards users for taking the greenest route and form of transportation. The winning developers built an app to entice you to be more mobile by walking and biking more making use of real-time data.

There were fourteen innovative product ideas and applications built for the Green Urban Living challenge with €13,500 euro in cash prizes give out to six teams.


Besides Walkthrough, that the prize for best overall hack (€ 3,000), six other teams have won challenges with their applications in the field of green urban living. Each with a specific approach and price. For the Lombox challenge to build a new application for charging stations for electric cars, team Electree was rewarded with a prize of € 1,000. Oneplanetcrowd gave Givv.it €2000 to reward their app which personified the true essence of crowdfunding efforts with gamification for sustainable projects.

Prizes and winners

Best overall Hack Green - € 3000: Walkthrough Intelligent Travel
Oneplanetcrowd crowdfunding challenge - € 2000: Givv.it
IBM Bluemix challenge - € 2,500: Take Give
Ebbits challenge, the green factory 1st prize - € 2,500: Phylipsen
Ebbits challenge, the green factory 2nd prize - € 1,000: HMIke Greenbelt
Ebbits challenge, the green factory 3rd Prize - € 500: Green Hacktory
Bikenomics challenge - € 1000: Mindful Meerkats
Visualizing Sustainability - € 1000: Electree


Hacking for Good... bringing together a plethora of different skills and ideas, putting them in a room - create some focus... award winning ideas, meeting great people... Network, hack and show brilliant ideas to people who hold the purse strings to thousands of euro in prize money!

sustainabilitydayGreen Hackfest kicks off in Utrecht on the Netherlands National Day of Sustainability starting Friday, October 10th running through to Sunday October 12th for a full weekend of massive green hacking with the theme of applied sustainability - where coders, developers, designers, entrepreneurs, hardware hackers, UX and UI specialists, scientists and others come together and brainstorm over a couple of days and build out their ideas in a short term innovation event known as The Green Hackfest.

climatekicpngDriven by Europe's Climate Kic, one of the world's largest public-private innovation partnerships focused on climate change and consisting of dynamic companies along with the best academic institutions and the public sector - along with UtrechtINC, a business incubator with an accelerator program... the Green Hackfest 2014 will offer thousands of euro in prizes, three days of hacking, two nights of accomodation at the venue and the opportunity to show work to some of Europe's top players in the Green movement.

It’s all about applied sustainability - which is the application of science and innovation to meet human needs while indefinitely preserving the life support systems of the planet. A more refined definition would be called Just Applied Sustainability: the application of science and innovation to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems.


In this three day (two night) hackathon starting Friday afternoon and running through to Sunday evening (October 10-12, 2014), we are bringing together talented and bright developers to work on inspiring ideas, apps, games & smart solutions that have a direct impact on peoples awareness and/or their daily life and actions to help improve and sustain the living environment and nature.

By tapping into the many APIs and SDKs from Green  technology companies, and more than 100 publicly available APIs, participants of all skill areas will team up to cultivate new ways of solving old problems--brainstorming over two days to build new friendships and networks, and most importantly, design new products and services.

Horizon 2020 Fund and Green Hackfest

In addition to creating great solutions with brilliant people, don’t miss this unique opportunity to network with key people from Climate-KIC who hold the purse strings to the billions of euro slated for Green funding from the Horizon 2020 programme. 

Horizon 2020 is the largest government fund for innovation the world has ever seen, with €80 billion available overall.

New Technology and Green

Web and mobile-based devices are becoming increasingly important in tooling humans to better tackle the issues of sustainability. To demonstrate the effectiveness of these technologies, Green Hackfest 2014 will bring together a wide range of bright, enthusiastic people with multiple talents. Together they will use these technologies to address current Green challenges and present the results back to those attending the event.



Our partners, who reinforce the Hackfest kudos of looking to encourage creativity and innovation, have made this event come to life! 

If you are interested in a partner package with further details please contact Richard Kastelein at expathos@gmail.com

Hackfest Schedule

Day 1 - 10th October 2014



18:00-19:00 Meet and Greet - pitches from partners and opening - forming groups
19:00-21:00 Dinner
21:00-12:00 Hacktime!
12:00 - 0800 Stay-over-night hackers continue...

Day 2 - 11th October 2014



08:00-09:00 Good Morning! Coffee
09:00-12:00 Hacktime!
12:00-13:00 Lunch
14:00-18:00 Hacktime!
18:00-19:00 Dinner
19:00-12:00 Hacktime!
12:00-08:00 Stay-over-night hackers continue...

Day 3 - 12th October 2014



08:00-09:00 Good Morning! Coffee
09:00-12:00 Hacktime!
12:00-13:00 Lunch


Presentation and Judging
16:00-18:00 Awards and Wrapup 

Our Hack Judges

These folks 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 presentation before deliberating over our deserving winners.

  • 3bc9756 Frans Nauta

    Deputy Director Entrepreneurship Climate-KIC

    Currently Frans works for TU Delft and Utrecht University as part of Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate change. As Deputy Director for Entrepreneurship of Climate-KIC, he spends a fair amount of time with startups in the clean tech space. Aside

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    Timan Rebel

    Serial Entrepreneur and angel investor

    Timan Rebel has over 11 years experience as an entrepreneur and had an earlier successful exit in 2007 of Sugababes. Timan is co-founder of Snowciety and Fast Moving Targets, has been CTO of Mobypicture and Sol United, as well as Entrepreneur in Residence

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    Coenraad de Vries

    Partner van Start Green Venture Capital

    Coenraad de Vries ( 1971 ) is mede oprichter en managing partner van Start Green Venture Capital . Start Green Venture Capital is een gespecialiseerde early stage investeerder en met meer dan 100 mln. euro onder beheer een van de grootste gespecialiseerde fondsbeheerders in

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    Alexander Schneider

    Senior Project Manager at Fraunhofer FIT

    Alexander works at the Fraunhofer institute FIT on Internet of Things (IoT) projects that deal with energy efficiency and integrating the IoT with business systems. Within the EU funded project ebbits the vision is to develop a platform that enables developers to

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Best overall hack: €3,000
Best IBM Bluemix hack: €2,500 (IBM Bluemix Award)
Oneplanetcrowd brief: €2,000
ebbits brief 1st prize: €2,500
ebbits brief 2nd prize: €1,000
ebbits brief 3rd prize: €500
Bikenomics brief: €1,000
Visualizing sustainability: €1,000


The Facts

When: 10th - 12th October 2014


Padualaan 8
3584 CH Utrecht
Tel: (+31) 30 253 6169

How to get here by public transport: Click here for Google Maps route from Utrecht Centraal Station to venue (bus 12 goes direct every ten minutes)

How to get here by car: Click here for Google Maps of venue location.

Start time: Kickoff at 18:00

Dress code: Comfys, daps and anything else you will feel comfortable in.

Frequently Asked Questions

Still left with any burning questions about the Hackfest? hopefully you can find the answer below but if not feel free to drop us an email on expathos@gmail.com

  • Green Hackfest Sleepover? +

    Sleepover? Yes, that's why we chose a weekend. Starting Friday night and into Sunday afternoon, it's a great opportunity to seriously focus right through the weekend on projects. For those wishing to stay at the venue, we have room for up to 80 people to stay over night with modest beds, showers and reasonable facilities to offer a few hours sleep in between hacking. For those prefering to stay at home (if they live nearby) or in hotels, there are also other options in Utrecht.First 80 confirmed for overnight will be accepted.
  • Green Hackfest Cost? +

  • Who can attend? +

    Anyone. It's not all about coders and developers (though their skills are immensely valuable of course). If you are a designer, a UX or UI interface specialist,  a scientist or professional, a writer, a seasoned entreprenuer or startup junkie - or just someone with a brilliant idea - you are more than welcome to attend!
  • What is the goal of the event? +

    The goal of the event is to rapidly prototype, over two days, ideas into reality (or as close as you can get). Judges will favour ideas born and worked on at the event over pre-built products that simply tap into APIs  - even if the former are not completely ready. Our goal, as organisers, is to help ensure that great ideas don't fall into the wayside post-event as is common with many hackathons. Our aim is to open up something similar to a Creative Commons bank of ideas post-event to those hackers who are willing to allow their ideas to be further worked on in the future by other parties. 
  • 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 should I bring? +

    Laptop or tablet, comfortable clothing and any gadgets or tools that may help your team win!
  • Who owns the Intellectual Property? +

    The intellectual property rights of hacks produced at the event belong to the attendees, and not to the organisers, sponsors, or partners In the past, at other Hackfests, sponsors have requested to license, buy or back new startup ideas, but those deals are outside of the scope of the event and up to the groups or individuals to decide on the future of products or services designed.
  • What will I be provided with? +

    Power sockets, WIFI, hot & cold refreshments, food, seating, and beanbags for the lean-back hackers! 
  • How big are the prizes & will I be able to take home on the plane? +

    Details of all prizes will be posted on the website prior to the start of the hack. If you havent pre-planned any transportation for potential large prizes the hackfest team will assist in arranging suitable delivery to your selected address.
  • Solo or Groups? +

    Can I come alone? Yes... of course! You can meet people at the event and join up to create new teams or join an existing one. You can also come as a group if you like. 
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