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HackTM 2016 transforms Timisoara into Europe’s IT capital

+ Set to involve over 500 specialists, the event is scheduled on May 20-22

 

HackTM 2016, one of the biggest events of its type in South-East Europe, will take place in Timisoara on May 20-22, according to ziuadevest.ro. Over 500 experienced programmes, as well as rookies, designers, creative persons, students and even young IT aficionados from CoderDojo are expected to take part in the event.

“We want to remain the biggest hackathon in South-East Europe. We plan to bring a significant number of foreign participants. We already have people signing up from United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Serbia, Hungary and, why not, we are trying to attract as many Romanian participants as possible. We want our city to be, at least these days, a capital for technology fans,” Radu Ticiu, one of the event’s organisers, stated.

Experienced speakers with expertise in their domains will give presentations on several levels (basic and advanced) at HackTalks, on day one of HackTM. The topics will tackle issues related to entrepreneurship, business plans, personal development, online marketing, promotion, communication.

Apart from IT specialists and fans, HackTM will also be attended by the representatives of other domains, interested to develop projects as part of the 8 categories included at the event: Smart City – category for projects whose goal is to improve urban life; Education – for projects that seek to improve and/or revolutionise traditional education systems; Game Development – the category dedicated to the development of computer, console, mobile or browser games; Robots – vehicles, drones and other smart devices capable of “seeing” and “feeling” objects in their environment; IoT (Internet of Things) – devices connected to the internet, which communicate and improve day-to-day life (from thermostats to smart mail boxes); eHealth – those who want to find technical solutions to global health issues will find their place in this category; FinTech – for financial sector projects, whether we are talking about payment, trading, insurance, data analysis or security systems; Open – a special category for projects that cannot be classified in any of the above.

During this IT marathon, the participants will be grouped in teams of 5 participants at most. Those who lack teams will be able to find one on site. The mentors present at the event will offer guidance in order for ideas to become functional projects.

It is expected that almost 100 projects will be presented at HackTM 2016. The best projects in each category will be awarded. Banat IT Association and Timisoara Startup Hub are the event’s organisers.

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