After the success of the previous editions, “The Big Hack” returns in a new and entirely digital guise, the event where participants can share knowledge and unleash their creativity to develop innovative applications capable of improving many aspects of everyone’s daily life.
Now in its fifth edition, “The Big Hack” is promoted by the Campania Region and organized by Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition promoted by Camera di Commercio di Roma and Innova camera, in collaboration with the University of Naples “Federico II” and the Apple Developer Academy.
The hackaton will take place from 9 to 11 April with a programming marathon in which developers, makers, engineers, designers, communicators, UX and UIX experts, students and technology enthusiasts join teams and, with the help of expert mentors, develop prototypes of hardware and software projects and increase their skills in an innovative and fun way.
The first six challenges launched by Eni, Terna, STMicroelectronics, Acea, MSD Italia, Ente Autonomo Volturno are already online; others are on the way. Two macro sessions of the event, the first dedicated to Open Innovation and the second to Health.
Participation is free and is aimed at teams consisting of a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 5 people or individual innovators who will be included in teams formed by the organizer in consideration of their profile and experience.
Each promoter is giving away a prize to be awarded to the winning team of their challenge: Amazon vouchers or in digital devices and services, but also the possibility of obtaining technical support to transform the solution presented into an entrepreneurial project.
At the end of the hackathon, the works developed will be evaluated by a jury of experts on the basis of various criteria such as the relevance of the project to the proposed challenges, clarity and completeness of the same, usefulness, creativity and innovation.
“The Big Hack – explains Lorenzo Tagliavanti, President of the Rome Chamber of Commerce – is a well attended and consolidated event that has been repeated successfully for years and I am proud that even in this difficult 2021 we have managed to organize it. From now on, I thank all the public institutions involved in this event and the large private companies that have enthusiastically joined this first digital version, proposing their challenges on environmental and sustainable issues that are as current as ever. The Big Hack represents, in fact, a great opportunity for young people entering the world of work because they have the opportunity to come into direct contact with companies. In turn, companies have the opportunity to know and evaluate the talent of these young people ”.
“Our appointment with young people and their creativity – comments Valeria Fascione, Councilor for Research, Innovation and Startup of the Campania Region – becomes even more disruptive and moves to the Internet because innovation cannot stop, not even in this difficult moment. Right now we need even more new models and visions to tackle the daily challenges. In these five editions The Big Hack has always been hosted in locations of great charm and suggestion: from the most iconic square in Naples to the sumptuous rooms of the Capodimonte Museum. This year the hackathon evolves and consolidates itself into a stable platform for sharing ideas, creativity, increasing the digital skills of our young people in an innovative way “.
The challenges in detail, the program, the prizes and the rules are published on the website.
“The Big Hack” is part of the actions taken on the occasion of the Maker Faire Rome and in the context of the collaboration with the Campania Region – Campania Development, referred to in the “Operational Plan for the enhancement, strengthening and opening of the regional R&I ecosystem ”and thanks to the contribution of the European Commission from the European Fund for Regional Development 2014-2020.