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HackTrain Hackathon powered by InnoTrans

The HackTrain Hackathon is a unique and immersive 4-day technology marathon where the most elite developers, designers, entrepreneurs are invited to come together from all over the world to disrupt the transport industry!
Teams of innovators are formed on day 1 to build solutions to the major challenges of rail in the form of apps, websites and software within a few hours to pitch back to the industry!

HackTrain powered by InnoTrans is supported by headline partners, Deutsche Bahn, the largest railway operator and infrastructure owners in Europe. Other sponsors and partners include: Network Rail, Siemens, Fujitsu, ORM, SBB and the UK’s Department for Transport.

Time schedule

Launch event, Business Lounge Marshall-Haus
18th September, 05.00 - 10.00 pm *RSVP

Witness 80 elite innovators form teams and build prototypes to tackle the major challenges of the rail industry at our technology marathon.
Expect to hear the challenges and datasets released to the innovators at the launch.

*Register for the launch here:

Visiting Hours, room M 4+5 CityCube level 3
19th September, 01.00 - 06.00 pm

Teams will be coding and building working prototypes over a few hours to pitch back to the industry (with minimal sleep) on the 20th September.
Watch what the developers, designers and entrepreneurs are working on and the issues they are facing. Mentor the teams by providing your own insight and expertise.

Semi-Final Pitches, room M 4+5 CityCube level 3
20th September, 03.00 - 06.00 pm

Twenty teams will pitch their solutions back to the industry with a tech demo and business case for 4 minutes each with additional 2 minutes Q&A from the line of judges.
3 teams will be selected to move forward to the finals.

Wild Card Pitches, room M 4+5 CityCube level 3
21st September, 10.00 am
Wildcard pitches provide an opportunity to 3 teams that had a great idea but did not make it through the semi-finals. They will be given a chance to pitch their idea once more in the hope of getting into the finals.

Final Pitches, Career Forum Hall 7.1c
21st September 02.00 - 04.00 pm

Four top teams compete to win the first prize. Who will be crowned 1st place for The HackTrain Hackathon Powered by InnoTrans?

A hackathon is a competition where designers, developers and entrepreneurs get together to collectively build prototypes that solve challenges using data, APIs and hardware!

These participants are collectively called ‘hackers’ but don’t worry... They’re not hacking in the illegal sense! Instead they produce creative and novel prototypes using technology, data and hardware, often working through the night to get their ‘hack’ ready to pitch to the judges who pick a winner or winners.

HackTrain is an initiative to innovate the rail industry organized by Hack Partners!
They run arguably the craziest hackathons to tackle the major challenges of the rail industry.

For HackTrain 4.0 last year, they tackled 3 different themes: Customer Experience & Rolling Stock, Infrastructure & Cybersecurity and Policy & Performance.


Mr. River Tamoor Baig
Hack Partners Ltd.

Mr. Erik Schaefer
Product Manager InnoTrans