FAQs

General

In general a hackathon (also known as HackDays or Codefest) is a Software- and Hardware development event where different participants work collaboratively in teams on technical, business and design problems. Hackathons typically have a specific topic (e.g. smart automation wave). The goal of hackathons is to generate useful, creative or innovative software and/or hardware prototypes and/or ideas together within the time span of the event. An additional goal of TECHFEST MUNICH is that those ideas lead to startup or innovation projects afterwards, that shape the world we want to live in. That is why UnternehmerTUM organizes in collaboration with our industry partners follow up events, to match and start working on your projects with the greatest potential.

No matter if you are a student, professional, or entrepreneur: everybody is welcome and can apply. 

Specifically, we are looking for coders, hackers, makers but also for engineers, innovators, creative people, designers, artists, visionaries, data geeks and startups. Because our challenges are not limited to programming!

Please keep in mind that we only have a limited number of places. Therefore, you should apply immediately and let us know how you want to contribute to the success of the #TECHFEST. What is your motivation to participate? What is your professional background? 

Minimum age for all participants is 18 years at the time of the event.

We want to create the world we want to live in with a sustainable approach. You love technology and see the potential in it to create mind-blowing stuff? Then, we invite you to become part of the TECHFEST and feel the buzzing atmosphere of an inspiring fusion of technology and creative spirit. Our goal is to continue working on all projects which show high potential for future business opportunities. For this next step towards creating the unthinkable we would also like to accompany you. 

However, most important for us is to organize an event in a unique and creative atmosphere, which will be an unforgettable experience for every single participant.

The event takes place on the campus of UnternehmerTUM, the center for innovation and business creation of Technical University Munich. Additionally, you get access to our 1500sqm Makerspace, capturing over 100 machines and gadgets like laser cutters, 3D printers, metal and wood workshop as well as textile and electronic corner and much more.

Find the exact location on Google Maps. Who arrives by car can park at the public parking lot of TUM in front of our building. The parking lots are limited. Travelling to Munich by train or bus you should take the subway line U6 towards Garching-Forschungszentrum and take a short walk of 5 minutes to the UnternehmerTUM.

Yes, the event is for free.

Food, drinks, technology and an awesome festival atmosphere is provided to our participants. If you arrive from anywhere within Europe you can make use of a free FlixBus ticket. Accomodation is not included. But in our log-in area, participants from munich can offer couchsurfing options.

Main organizer of the TECHFEST MUNICH is UnternehmerTUM.

The hackathon competition is for individual participants and teams at TECHFEST. Our industry partners propose related challenges on which participants of the technology festival competition will work on for 3 days. All interdisciplinary teams compete against each other. The winner teams of each challenge will compete in the final, called Tech Slam against each other.

The capacity for our guests at TECHFEST MUNICH is very limited. If you like to enjoy the unique atmosphere of germany’s greatest hackathon, get to know our industry partners and get a glimpse of our challenge topic as well about the final ideas (at Tech Slam on sunday), please feel free and order your visitor ticket now: [Link]

Further Questions

We select our participants based on criteria like creativity, motivation, hacker, technology and maker experience. We intentionally focus on interdisciplinary teams and participants with different professions and backgrounds. You haven’t participated in a hackathon yet? No worries, your motivation why you want to participate is most important for us.

Ideally, you come well rested and in a good mood to the TECHFEST Munich. In general, it is enough to bring your own laptop.

Everything else like food, drinks, coaches, speakers, technology, and side events is organized by us in order for you to have an unforgettable time at the festival.

At most 5 people and you should be at least 3 people.

On the first festival day of the TECHFEST (september, 6th) there will be a team building and ideation phase after the detailed presentation of all challenges, where we help you to find the right team mates. 

For those who can’t wait for being part of a team, you can also get in touch with other participants before the event and share ideas. After you receive the confirmation that you have been accepted latest by mid of  August, we invite you to our event specific communication platform. There you can meet other participants, find detailed description to the challenges and can exchange first ideas.

There will be semi final prizes for the first 3 places provided by our challenge partners and final prizes provided by the UnternehmerTUM. Thanks to our partners and sponsors!

Hackathon Competition:

All ideas and prototypes that you hand-in are open-source which is a common approach in hackathons. You as well as your team members and others are allowed to continue with the ideas. Of course, specific source code or IP that you developed before the hackathon remains your own.

Yes and we put special emphasis on the compliance of these rules. You can find those under terms & conditions.