HackZurich Guide 2018

Welcome at HackZurich 2018!

We want you to feel comfortable and give you a brief overview of the event schedule, venue and fun activities at HackZurich 2018.


Friday, September 14

15.00-17.00 Check-in
17.00-19.00 Opening Ceremony
19.00-19.45 Dinner
20.00-20.35 Workshops #1 – 8
20.45-21.20 Workshops #1 – 8 (repetition)
21.30-22.05 Workshops #9 – 16
22.15-22.45 Workshops #9 – 16 (repetition)
23.00-24.00 Team Matching Session & Hacking starts
24.00 Midnight Snack powered by AP Swiss

Saturday, September 15

07.00-09.00 Breakfast
09.00-18.30 Saturday Fun Activities
10.00-10.25 Randstad/MIND IN: Activate Your Creative Mind
11.30-11.55 Alpiq: Solving the Future Energy Task
12.00-13.30 Lunch
13.30-13.55 Vlad Yatsenko: From Hackathon to Unicorn
14.00-14.25 Google: Building Conversational Experiences
14.30-14.55 Oculus: Build an Immersive WebVR App in Minutes with React 360
15.00-15.25 Nvidia: NVIDIA Isaac SDK
15.30-15.55 Sennheiser: AMBEO Augmented Audio Devkit
16.00-16.25 Innosuisse
16.00-16.25 Randstad/MIND IN: Activate Your Creative Mind
16.30-16.55 Merantix: Challenges when commercializing deep learning
18.00-19.30 Dinner by Compass Group
24.00 Midnight Snack

Sunday, September 16

07.00-09.00 Breakfast
09.00 Project Submission Deadline
09.30-11.30 Preselection of the Finalists by Main Jury
09.30-11.30 Pitch for Workshop Prizes at Company Booths
12.30-13.30 Lunch
12.30 Announcement of Finalists
13.30-16.00 Closing Ceremony and Finalists Pitches
16.00-17.30 Aperitif

Project Submission

09.00 I Project Submission Deadline I Online

IMPORTANT: Only projects submitted both to devpost as well as our project submission form will be judged

  1. Use as a repository for your work and add all the relevant team members.
  2. Register all team members on, tag the relevant workshops to get considered for the special workshop prizes and submit the link to your project on devpost

09.30-11.30 I Main Jury Preselection of Finalists I find location online

  1. You will be assigned for a personal slot for a pre-evaluation with two judges in a specific room. Find your slot and room online at
  2. Bring your own devices, WIFI will be available
  3. Prepare for a 2-minute pitch and 1-minute Q&A

09.30-11.30 I Pitch for Workshop Prizes I Company Booths

Pitch at the companies' booths for workshop prices. Be sure not to miss your slot with the
main jury.

12.30-12.45 I Announcement of Finalists I Auditorium

  1. Announcement of the 25 Finalists selected by the main jury
  2. Briefing of finalists and preparation of finalist pitches

13.30 I Closing Ceremony and Finalist Pitches I Auditorium

  1. 2-minute pitch of each finalist team in front of the main jury
  2. Bring your own devices (VGA, HDMI, Lightning Port, Visualizer will be available)

Evaluation Criteria of the Main Jury

Idea & Use Case 20% Creativity 10% Viability How creative or innovative is the idea behind the prototype?
How relevant is the prototype's use case to a real market or business problem?
Can it be sold effectively?
Experience 20% User Experience Is the overall user experience intuitive?
Does the flow make sense?
Implementation 20% Technical Strength and Sophistication 20% Feasibility How sophisticated is the application?
Is a source code repository being used?
Is there documentation?
Are appropriate services and infrastructure being used?
Does it actually work?
How complete is the product?
Could the prototype scale as a real solution with multiple users?
Pitch 10% Quality and Impact Was the team able to explain their idea and what the prototype actually did?
Did the presentation and demo show how their hack has fulfilled the judging criteria?
Overall and main awards
1st, 2nd and
3rd prize
Workshop prizes
16 prizes in total
Audience award
out of 25 finalists



Slack is our main tool for communication. Please activate push notifications for the channel #general to receive all important announcements immediately. Add more channels of interest such as specific workshop channels to interact with corresponding experts. Please don’t spam any of those channels!

We add all participants to Slack with the email they registered for HackZurich. If you can’t join us on Slack shoot us an email with the subject JOIN SLACK to

Social Media

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HackZurich Participants Group

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Workshop Informations

Workshop Session 1

20.00 - 20.35 and 20.45 - 21.20

#1 Randstad Newton 1010 1st floor
#2 Raiffeisen: Foster relationships with likable robots Cobol 2nd floor
#3 Swisscom: Create the Games of Drones Basic 2nd floor
#4 Zurich Insurance & esri: Millennials on the move Newton 1011 1st floor
#5 SRF: Battling Fake News Newton 1008 1st floor
#6 CERN & Oracle: CERN ‘open days’ virtual guestbook Newton 1009 1st floor
#7 Avaloq: Blockchain, Disruptive Designs Modula 2nd floor
#8 Bühler Group: The Real Cost of Food Pascal 3rd floor

Workshop Session 2

21.30 - 22.05 and 22.15 - 22.50

#9 Credit Suisse: Shape Your Dream Bank Newton 1010 1st floor
#10 KPMG: Artificial Intelligence Home Security System Fortran 2nd floor
#11 amag: Build a Revolutionary Car Configurator Newton 1008 1st floor
#12 SBB: Zurich Hardbrücke Station Congestion Relief Newton 1011 1st floor
#13 Legaltech: Legal Consulting in Five Years Newton 1009 1st floor
#14 AXA: HaaS: Health as a Service Pascal 3rd floor
#15 Siemens: Train Meets Building - Fuse the Sensors! Cobol 2nd floor
#16 SwissRe & IBM: Unrisking tomorrow's world Basic 2nd floor

Saturday Fun Activities

Free Massage

2nd floor I room Modula

Tensed? Book your 15 minutes neck and back massage between 09.00 -12.00 and 13.30 -17.00.

Guided City Tour

16.00-17.30 and 17.00-18.30 I Meeting Point at the Check-in

Fight fomo even though you are exhausted and join a guided city tour through Zurich’s old town. Meet the tour guide outside the main entrance of Technopark. You need to purchase a ticket for the public transportation.

Virtual Reality Cinema

2nd floor I room Basic

Within only 45 minutes we take you to far away countries, animated worlds and places you have never seen before. Seats are limited! First come, first served.

14.00-14.45 Kids Session
15.00-15.45 Dark Humor by Dark Corner (Movies: Knives, The Invisible Man)
16.00-16.45 Action VR (Movies: Gerettet Air Zermatt, Eigerbesteigung, Patrouille Suisse, Sonar)

Living at Technopark

Sleeping Rooms

Make sure to use the sleeping rooms only during the corresponding time slots. Last minute changes may occur.

Fri, 17.30 – Sun, 12.30

Simula | 3rd floor | for women only!

Fri, 23.00 – Sun, 12.30

Pascal | 3rd floor

Fri, 23.00 – Sat, 08.00 and Sat, 18.00 – Sun, 08.00

Modula | 2nd floor

Fri, 23.00 – Sat, 10.00 and Sat, 19.00 – Sun, 08.00

Basic | 2nd floor

Fri, 23.00 – Sun, 07.00

Newton 1008 & Newton 1010 | 1st floor

Sat, 17.30 – Sun, 07.00

Newton 1009 & Newton 1011 | 1st floor


Technopark offers 4 showers, each located in the staircase
in front of the goods lift at the end of:

Tract Pauli: 2nd floor
Tract Edison: basement floor
Tract Newton: ground floor and basement floor

Meals & Drinks

We offer a veggie and meat option. Vegan or gluten free choices are not provided unfortunately. We kindly ask you to fill up your cup instead of taking bottles to your table.

Travel Reimbursements

We reimburse traveling costs for participants who successfully submit a project according to each persons traveling distance measured as beeline with Please upload your receipts here to get reimbursed. Reimbursements will only be granted if a project is completed and submitted and sent to your bank account approximately 3 weeks after HackZurich. Please consider that fees from banking transactions might occur.

Travel distance reimbursement up to
less than 350 km 50 CHF
from 350 to 700 km 100 CHF
more than 700 km 150 CHF
outside of Europe 300 CHF

Trash – Minimize Trash Like a Hero!

HackZurich is green – but not green enough! Please empty and squeeze all bottles and/or cans before you recycle them into the right container. Always use a cup and don’t take bottles to your table.

Lost and Found

If you lose or find something please contact the 24/7 reception of Technopark personally or by phone (+41 44 445 10 00) if you have already left the venue and contact

General Information

The HackZurich Check-in desk will be 24/7 just as the official welcome desk of Technopark. Both desks are situated just in front of the main entrance.

Emergency Contacts

Medical 144
Police 117
Fire 118
General 112