‘Google Hackathon: Develop to Connect’ event will take place on November 23-24, in Bucharest


Google Hackathon Develop to connect

Join us for a hackathon in Bucharest where you will spend the weekend developing with like-minded developers. The challenge is to design and build new applications to show off the diversity of devices and services connected to the Internet.


In a world where more devices are connected to the Internet, we would like to see applications going beyond client-server and remote-control models. On the day of the event, we will announce the theme and your team can design and build an application that makes the most of:

  • a smartphone’s sensors (video, audio, touch, GPS, accelerometer);

  • a Raspberry Pi’s connectivity and openness; and

  • the Cloud’s huge computational power and ubiquity.

Submissions will be judged by a panel of Google engineers and winning teams will be awarded prizes such as Nexus 7 tablets.

Schedule (subject to change)

Day One: Saturday, 23 November

09:00 – 10:00  Opening and Breakfast

We will announce the theme during the opening. Applications must be based on the theme, but don’t worry, you will still have plenty of room for creativity!

10:00 – 11:00  Planning and Analysis

Teams will have one hour to think about what application to build, its design and what libraries to use. At the end of the planning phase, each team will share their plan with the judges. They will take notes on how well you analyze a problem and design a solution. They will also confirm which libraries you may use. You may start the next phase as soon as you finish presenting. Every team should have a plan ready within the first two hours, but judges will help teams come to a conclusion if needed.

11:00 – 20:00 Building (and Lunch)

During this time, you will be developing your solution. If you wish to change the design or use other libraries that you didn’t mention to the judges, find a judge and discuss the change. You should plan for about 8 hours of coding. You will not have access to the venue overnight.

20.00 – 21:00  Dinner

Day Two: Sunday, 24 November

08:00 – 10:00  Testing and Demos

During this time, judges will be available so you can present your results and share how awesome your application is. You may also mingle with other participants and look at each other’s projects. Bugfixes will be allowed during this time, but the solution should be completed by the end of day one.

10:00 – 12:00  Final Pitch and Prizes

Each team must give a two minute pitch to the judges. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams based on the criteria below.

Judging Criteria

  • Technical abilities: quality of design and code, accurate planning.

  • Creative approach: originality of the approach in solving t