Riga-based CodeX tech community is launching a weekend-long hacking festival for coders, with up to €10,000 worth of prizes up for grabs. An opportunity to get away from endless Zoom meetings and get into future-shaping technologies, tech talents from all over Europe are invited to scenic Latvia for three days of experimentation, problem-solving, and innovation.
The CodeX Hackathon, hosted by experienced hackathon organizers Helve, will take place from June 17-19 in a hybrid format. Alongside unlimited online attendance, up to 200 enthusiasts will be welcomed on-site in Riga, where they'll meet some of Latvia's brightest tech companies in person, enjoy local food and accommodation, and collaborate with enthusiastic peers in a lively atmosphere.
To sweeten the deal, CodeX is offering an all-expenses-paid experience for international tech talent on a first-come-first-served basis, though spots are limited and applications from developers will be prioritized. The event itself is free of charge for all participants, and everyone – from programmers and designers to entrepreneurs and students – is encouraged to apply by June 10, 2022.
3 days, 6 themes, and a handful of prizes
During the hackathon, event partners – state, universities, companies, and startups – will pose challenges to teams with only 48 hours to chip away at a solution. Planned challenges are as diverse as the partners themselves – for example, the city of Riga looks to push the boundaries of education with VR; Baltics-based crypto startup Gravity Team has put up 1 ETH as a prize for the most innovative crypto solution; whereas Riga Technical University will offer a digital 3D model of the city to experiment with and build ideas upon.
“We hope that all the hackathon participants will experience moments of creative joy, have a lot of fun, and still build something innovative and useful. At CodeX, we are all about bringing together people with different skill sets and backgrounds, but with a shared desire to challenge themselves,” says hackathon organizer Zane Grēta Grants.
To help fuel creativity and bring their ideas to life, CodeX participants will have the opportunity to play around with cutting-edge technologies, including machine learning, crypto, augmented reality, the Metaverse, and more. We did ask if Lightsabers were on the menu, but sadly, no. Support will also be available from experienced mentors and industry experts throughout the event.
As part of the event, CodeX also plans to host a beginner-friendly track for emerging IT talents. The aim is to provide an entry point into the developer community for those still learning, allowing them to get better acquainted with the tech environment and find their place in it.
Solutions submitted for each theme will be evaluated and the best ones awarded cash prizes by the respective event partner that proposed it. The CodeX Hackathon will culminate with an expert jury reviewing the top submissions from each category and presenting the €5,000 grand prize from Ubiquiti to the best idea.
Building a community
This hackathon is part of a broader effort by the CodeX team to unite an international tech community while shining a light on the exciting Latvian tech ecosystem. Looking to build not just solutions, but connections, too, the hackathon will include various community events such as parties, treasure hunts (maybe that's where the Lightsaber is?), and networking.
Riga-based hosts Helve are known for extensive experience organizing hackathons and feel the time is right to bring them back in person. The first iteration of the event, which is expected to grow into an annual tradition, is hosted in partnership with Gravity Team, Ubiquiti, and Riga Technical University.
The organising team invites participants not only from Latvia but from all across Europe to apply by June 10, 2022. Keep in mind that the all-expenses-paid spots are in limited supply, so don't wait!
Find more info and apply for the CodeX Hackathon today at www.hackcodex.eu.