Hackathon smart CHIO, Oct. 28-30, 2021.

We are looking for

developers, designers, storytellers, gamers, students, start-uppers, texters, the creative heads (m|f|d)

for a limited period of three days.

Organise the largest equestrian show in the world? We can do that! Make Germany’s largest sporting event fit for the future? We can only do that with your help! We are looking for creative heads for the first CHIO Aachen Hackathon from October 28th – 30th, 2021. Real application options and a tidy sum of prize money await the best ideas.

The CHIO Aachen is an international live event, which we stage jointly with strong partners. Every year over 350,000 visitors travel to the most famous showgrounds in the world. The CHIO Aachen not “only” stands for world-class equestrian sport, but also for atmosphere, lifestyle and an international top event.

The digitalisation also characterises the CHIO Aachen, projects like the “Judging App” have long since become reality. However, we are continually searching for answers to the changed expectations of the sports fans – that's why we created the CHIO Aachen Hackathon together with the "digitalHub Aachen".

In spontaneously selected teams, you will develop new concepts and put them into practice over the course of three days and two nights. Find answers to questions regarding the “smart CHIO”: What innovations do the CHIO Aachen fans want? What are your ideas for the customers of our sponsors of tomorrow? How can we boost the fan commitment? How can we increase the bond to the CHIO Aachen? How can we expand the CHIO Aachen experience to span 365 days of the year? How can we make the sport more transparent using innovative technology? We and our partners are eagerly looking forward to your projects.

Participation is free of charge!


Thursday, October 28th, 2021, 17:00 to midnight - get started!

• 16:30 Admission

17:00 Welcome & keynote

• 17:45 Kick-off

Afterwards snacks & drinks

• 18:30 Formation of teams and ideas for pitches

• 19:30 Start working

Friday, October 29th, 9:00 to midnight - time to hack!

• All day: Develop, design, programme

• 9:00-17:00 Support by mentors

• 10:00-12:00 Workshops

• Meals & drinks

Saturday, October 30th, 9:00-17:00 - win the prize!

• 09:00 Pitch training

• Possibly preliminary decision

• 13:00 Final

• 15:45 Jury session

• 16:15 Award ceremony

Afterwards Meals & drinks

• 16:45 Networking

This is what we organise:

  • A total prize money of 10,000 euros

  • The CHIO Aachen 2022 as a real application option for the best ideas and projects

  • A renowned jury of experts

  • Coaching by experienced start-up coaches from the digitalHUB Aachen during the event

  • Pitch training for your newly-developed ideas, business models and prototypes

  • Public prize-giving ceremony, intensive press work and communications on the event and the best ideas

  • The inspiring and exceptional atmosphere of the world’s most famous equestrian showgrounds

  • Provision of food and drinks for 48 hours

  • On request: Accommodation for the rest of the nights of the event

This is what you need to bring with you:

  • Bring your own device! Please bring your own hardware and software that you need for developing your ideas/products with you.

  • Interest in one of Germany’s largest events, the desire to take on a challenge, an affinity for technology

  • Motivation, team spirit and staying power

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