Time for a hackathon!
17 May 2017
Upnetix helped organizing the #BG10xEU - a hackathon, held on the 12th and 13th May in Sofia Tech Park. Radoslav Gaydarski, our CEO, was part of the jury and Hristo Todorov, Head of Mobile Development at Upnetix, was mentor at the event.
Last weekend Sofia Tech Park welcomed young, as well as very experienced entrepreneurs and innovators to a hackathon, organized for the 10th anniversary of Bulgaria’s membership in the European Union - #BG10xEU! Anyone with technical skills, a vision for the future and courage to explore, introduce and defend bold new ideas was invited to participate.
Initiated by the European Commission in Bulgaria and Sofia Municipality, the event was organized by the Association for Development of Sofia, the Software University, UPNETIX, the Webit Foundation and the British Council in Bulgaria.
49 teams and more than 350 participants took part in the event and developed prototypes of their ideas that are tackling problems surrounding us currently, but also future challenges in education, ecology, city environment, communications, big data and many others. The best three teams wоn 10 000, 5000 and 3000 leva for the first to the third place respectively.
Many of the participants didn’t get a rest for full 24 hours so they could complete their prototypes. Throughout the day they were supported with ideas and technological solutions by the Head of Mobile Development in UPNETIX - Hristo Todorov, who was a mentor at the event.
Radoslav Gaydarski, our CEO, was part of the jury which had to choose the best one of the 32 projects that made it to the final of the hackathon. The criteria for the evaluation were mainly three - the applicability of the project, the content evaluation and the technical implementation.
Some brilliant new ideas were pitched, but what impressed the jury the most was one that everyone immediately felt as something truly meaningful, possibly life-changing for millions of people worldwide. The Prizma team made a working prototype of a software that would recognize the deaf people’s sign language and translate it into text, as well as the opposite - translate text into a sign language video. Way to go guys, we are all looking forward to seeing your project completed!
Find more information about the event here.