MATERIALS HACK

playground for innovative materials powered by Borealis

8th-10th July – Vienna, Austria

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2.5

days Hackathon

3

weeks Incubation

2

winning teams

24 k

cash prizes

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

Materials Hack is a playground for innovative materials dedicated to those who are excited about new unique materials and their market disruption potential. Apply for a 2.5 days Hackathon and join the First Phase of the Hack with 40 selected engineers, industrial designers and visionary thinkers from all over Europe. Be among the top two teams to enter the Second Phase of the Hack, Materials Incubation. Get a three-week support and space to perfect your idea and become our Materials Champion.


Business Devs

Are you a seizer and market disrupter with technical thinking for materials? Apply and discover a market for a new disruptive material!

Mechanical & Materials Engineers

Are you a material hacker and engineer with backgrounds in plastics and/or metal? This Hack is for you!

Industrial Designers

Prototyping and putting an idea into a form is a challenge you take on everyday? Join the Hack and transform your skill into innovation!

Entrepreneurs & Plastics Enthusiasts

None of the other categories apply, but you are a strong materials enthusiast, and visionary? Join!

HOW IT WORKS

Apply for the Materials Hack

Phase 1: Get selected for the Materials Hackathon

Be one of Top 2 teams of the Materials Hackathon

Phase 2: Enter the three-week Materials Incubation

Become our Materials Champion

MENTORS


Sargheve Sukumaran

Product Experience Innovator & Industrial Designer, Mentor at Google Launchpad and Wolves Summit

Mitko Cabevski

Co-Founder of King Kong Agency and Co-Founder & CMO of u:Plug LTD

BOREALIS JUDGES


AGENDA

Day 1

________________

Registration and Welcome

Introducing the Coaches, Speakers and Judges

Presentation of the Challenge

Networking

Day 2

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Teaming up

Working Session

Mentor Feedback

Working Session

Day 3

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Working Session

Mentor Feedback

Working Session

Pitch Presentation

Jury Evaluation & Award Ceremony

FAQ

Why should I participate?
If you want to disrupt the world of materials as well as their application areas, you are at the right hack. You will have the chance to attend the Materials Hack and work together with 40 selected participants from all around Europe to become one of the top two teams to win the cash prizes and enter the Second Phase: a three-week financially supported Materials Incubation with support from Borealis and StartUs. The winning team of the Materials Incubation will receive a 10k cash prize and a chance to work further with Borealis.
Moreover, to make sure you don’t face any financial or travel obstacles we will provide you with support in both phases of the Materials Hack.
– Participation in the Materials Hackathon is free of charge and during the application process you will be able to apply for a travel & accommodation grant.
– In addition to the cash prizes, the participants of the Materials Incubation will receive accommodation and a working space in Vienna as well  as a 1125 working grant per participant.
Can we apply as a team?
Yes, you are welcome to apply as a team of 3 or 4 people. In the application you can name your team mates.
What will the winners of both phases of the Materials Hack receive?
Depending on the final pitches of the case studies there will be up to two winning teams selected. Both teams will get cash prizes worth 3k and 2k respectively, but they will also have the opportunity to enter a three-week Materials Incubation with Borealis and StartUs. The winning teams of the Materials Incubation will get a 10k cash prize and a chance to work further with Borealis. Read more about the Materials Incubation in the next question.
Moreover, to make sure you don’t face any financial or travel obstacles we will provide you with support in both phases of the Materials Hack:
– Participation in the Materials Hackathon is free of charge and during the application process you will be able to apply for a travel & accommodation grant.
– In addition to the cash prizes, the participants of the Materials Incubation will receive accommodation and a working space in Vienna as well  as a 1125 working grant per participant.
What can I expect from Materials Incubation?
The Materials Incubation will be entered by two winning teams of the Materials Hackathon and will take place in August 2016 in Vienna, Austria. The purpose of the Materials Incubation is for two winning teams to continue working on the project outcome pitched by them at the end of the Materials Hackathon.
During this phase you will have regular feedback sessions with members of the Borealis team and prominent mentors invited by StartUs. You will also receive constant operational support from the StartUs team.
Each team will be provided with a co-working desk, accommodation in Vienna and a €1125 working grant per participant. The winning team of the Materials Incubation will receive a €10k cash prize and depending on the project outcome – a possibility to further work with Borealis.
How can I apply for travel and accommodation grant?
Easy. In the application form you will find the possibility to apply for an accommodation and/or travel grant. Accommodation will include a place in a hostel room in Vienna. A travel grant will be provided to selected participants coming from further than 150 km outside of Vienna. The distance from the city of departure to Vienna will be calculated through the Erasmus Distance Calculator:
– From 150km – 250k outside of Vienna: max €60 reimbursement.
– From 250km – 500k outside of Vienna: max €150 reimbursement.
– From 500km and above outside of Vienna: max €320 reimbursement.
So here is how it works: you apply for the travel grant → receive a grant → pay for your travel → provide us with receipts →  get reimbursed according to the distance calculator mentioned above.
And remember, we are always there to help you, so if you have questions, contact us via the form at the bottom of the page.
I can’t stay for 2.5 days, can I still participate?
It is necessary for you to be a part of the Materials Hackathon for the entire period. Why? During the first day of the Hackathon we will have team matching activities that have an impact on the rest of the event.
Who owns the Intellectual Property generated during the Materials Hackathon and Materials Incubation?
Please see the Terms & Conditions described in the application form.
How can I contact the organizers?
Please contact us through the contact form at the bottom of the page and our Project Communications Manager Ioana Savu will answer as soon as possible.

CONTACT US

Ioana Savu

Project Communications