We recently had the pleasure of hosting the 4th round of the first-ever Train Hackathon in Europe.
50 eager hackers showed up at The Bradfield Centre at 8:45pm on Saturday night, and 12 hours of coding, ping-pong and Dragons Den style pitching followed - new products were built and new solutions dreamt up to problems in the rail industry.
Specific solutions and infrastructural problems were on the drawing board when the teams entered the Dragons Den. They were greeted by, among others, Paul Watts and Stephen Draper from Network Rail, Stuart Lawrence and Sukhi Gill from DXC Technology, and representatives from Trainline, Eurostar, and SNCF.
After the Dragons Den, the mentors headed to their hotels while the teams went on to work on their solutions throughout the night. To keep their energy high and their creative juices flowing they hosted ping-pong tournaments and had power-naps in the yoga room.
06.30 am Sunday morning breakfast was served and the cohort went on their way to Kings Cross for the grand finale.
All the participants absolutely loved the venue and found it extremely comfortable to work in and it’s safe to say the environment definitely contributed to their success of hacking and staying up all night!
- Sarah Chok, Head of Marketing and Design at HackPartners
We loved having you!