Design. Hack. Build. Launch apps and websites whilst on a moving train! Jump aboard The HackTrain hackathon this 15th to 17th of November!

80 innovators + 10 mentors. The HackTrain Hackathon is a unique and immersive 48-hour technology marathon where the most elite developers, designers, entrepreneurs and policymakers come together from all over the world to disrupt the transport industry whilst on a first class journey around the UK & Europe! Teams of innovators are formed on day 1 to build prototypes in the form of apps, websites and software within 48 hours to pitch back to the industry!

This will be our 8th hackathon in the HackTrain series, having taken our participants to York, Sheffield, Manchester, Paris, Lyon, Hong Kong, Berlin and more! Teams will take on a challenge, set by industry stakeholders, which will come with associated data sets.

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This is an invite-only hackathon. Simply apply via: for an invitation! We aim to get back to you as soon as we receive the application! :) The hackathon is limited to 80 places so we have to go through an application process to make sure we get the very best! No last minute cancellations as all train tickets will be under your name. 

Individuals from all over the world may apply. Minimum age of 18 as we are traveling around the UK.

**Registering for this hackathon on devpost does not mean you are a participant! You must apply!**


Please submit:

  1. Github link to code with latest commit by 12:15 pm on Sunday for code review
  2. Demo video
  3. Paragraph on your idea (~300 words)
  4. Pitch deck

Your team will pitch to the judges on the Sunday for 4 minutes with 2 minutes Q&A.

Hackathon Sponsors


£4,800 in prizes

Travel Voucher (4)

Holy Stone HS720 Foldable GPS Drone (4)

Annki Vector Robot (4)


Thanos Gauntlet

Lego Millennium Falcon

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


announced on day

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Judging Criteria

  • 40% MVP/Solution/Prototype
    • Did the team build a working prototype/report or was it smokes and mirrors? • Did the team do a live demo or show how they got their results? • How well did the team use any data or other docs provided to them for the weekend?
  • 30% Impact & Business Case for Implementation
    How well does the solution solve the problem? • Is it a preventative or reactive solution? • Have the team thought about how they are intending to roll their solution out, if so, is it a compelling business case?
  • 15% Design
    • How well has the product been designed from a user experience perspective? • Does it flow well? Is it simple and easy to understand? • Is the user interface modern and practical?
  • 5% Presentation
    • Was the presentation well delivered? • How well did the team do to convince the accessors through evidence and delivery of their presentation
  • 10% Mentor Feedback
    • How well did the team collaborate over the weekend? Did they work well together, listen to each other, and contribute to the success of the team’s productivity? • This will be assessed based on what feedback the mentor provides to the Challenge Sponsor

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