Why MediaHack Hackathon?
Media play a very significant role in keeping everyone updated about the various events around the world. But at the same time, we are faced with the dominance of social media giants, fake news and new media formats; that is why we need brave and innovative solutions to keep media reliable, engaging and accessible to everyone.

Who creates media content? How is content distributed to audiences? How do we interact with media content? These are some of the challenging questions we will try to solve during the MediaHack Hackathon.

Within 48 hours MediaHack participants will create interdisciplinary teams to generate new, innovative ideas, build a prototype and evaluate the potential of the solutions business model.

Let's hack the future of media together!
At this hackathon on the future of media together will work ...
Innovators
Designers
Developers
Entrepreneurs
Challenges of the Hackathon
Content Creation
Who creates the media content? Companies, individuals, community? These days everyone could be a content creator! Let's discover new approaches, new methods and tools to create content!
Content Distribution
How is content distributed to audiences? Social media platforms play a significant role in content distribution and discovery, and we see that there are various challenges whit it. What kind of channels do people use to access information? Offline, online, VR, AR, XR? If you have new ideas on how to distribute content, join this hackathon!
Content Interactivity
How do we interact with media content? We believe there could be more innovative ways how to increase engagement with content and measure it. Like, share, comment? What else?
Future of the Media
Do you have in your mind something new, that never were, and ask why not? The sky is the limit?! Well... think even beyond the sky! Join us!
Partner's challenges
During the hackathon, teams can solve the challenges set by the partners, as well work on own new or work in progress ideas. If possible, we suggest the teams to find ways to adapt their solutions to the challenges set by the partners, as they are looking for teams to work together and start pilot projects after hackathon.
What You can do at this hackathon?
Meet!
Meet new people, learn and share your knowledge. Create your dream team or join one!
Brainstorm!
Brainstorm, create, test! You will have two days and two nights to work on your idea and present it to jury.
Innovate!
Think outside the box, think in the box or invent new one! We believe you have brilliant ideas how to change this world!
Win!
Besides new friends and positive emotions, every team will have a chance to win fantastic prizes from our partners.
Prize Pool
3000 EUR
worth of prizes, to develop your idea further and change the world!
Partners
The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project no. Nr.1.1.1.3/18/A/007 «University of Latvia innovation grants for students».
MediaHack 2021 Online Hackathon
Time zone: EEST (UTC+03:00)
19/05 | Online 18:00 - 19:00
19/05 | Online 18:00 - 19:00
Media Challenges
18:00 Zoom webinar + Facebook Live

26/05 | Online 18:00 - 19:00
26/05 | Online 18:00 - 19:00
MediaTech Trends
18:00 Zoom webinar + Facebook Live

02/06 | Online 17:00 - 18:00
02/06 | Online 17:00 - 18:00
On-boarding and Matchmaking
18:00 Participants onboarding
18:30 Matchmaking and team formation
03/06 | Online 18:00 - 23:59
03/06 | Online 18:00 - 23:59
First day - Define challenge and set goals
18:00 Hackathon official opening event
19:00 Team registration closed
20:00 1st check-point
04/06 | Online 24h
04/06 | Online 24h
Second day - Validate idea and build a prototype
9:00 2nd check-point
17:00 Masterclass - How to prepare a great video pitch!
18:00 3rd check-point
05/06 | Online 00:00 - 16:00
05/06 | Online 00:00 - 16:00
Third day - Tell your story to the world
9:00 4th check-point
16:00 Final pitch submission
21:00 Online After-party!
06/06 | Online 12:00 - 13:00
06/06 | Online 12:00 - 13:00
Fourth day - Award ceremony
10:00 Live jury + Q&A
12:00 Award ceremony
Mentors
You will get support and advice from business, tech, creative and media experts to deliver better results!
Marta Matisone (LV)
Startup consultant
Skills: Business
Viesturs Sosārs (LV)
Startup consultant
Skills: Business
Asta Vasiliauskaite (LT)
Startup consultant
Skills: Creative, Business
Artis Cicens (LV)
Service design. Business development & innovation programs
Skills: Business
Kārlis Skuja (LV)
WindHackers
Skills: Business, Tech
Viktorija Bergmane (LV)
BTA Insurance Company SE
Skills: Business; Design
Lina Marta Sarma (LV)
Riga Tech Girls
Skills: Creative, Business
André Nitzschmann (DE)
K-i-E DecisionMaking & TimeBox make my Agile Transformation
Skills: Business
The best team making it all happen
This hackathon is organised by WindHackers. We work hard to provide the best hackathon experience and make You happy! :)
Kārlis Skuja
Vision and Energy, WindHackers
Asta Vasiliauskaite
PR & Digital Marketing Communication, WindHackers
Artis Cicens
Content and Partners, WindHackers
Olga Averčenko
Communication and Design, WindHackers
Didzis Andersons
IT Technologies, WindHackers
Anastasija Tkačenko
Clients, WindHackers
Frequently Asked Questions
Robert
What is a hackathon?
Support:
A sprint-like event where participants team up and create solutions to real-life challenges in an intense period of time. Using creativity, technology and mentoring, the weekend results in prototypes, fresh new concepts and innovative usages of tech.
Pēteris
What is an online/virtual hackathon?
Support
In an online or virtual hackathon, all participants are remotely connected. Irrespective of their location, hackathon enthusiasts can participate and demonstrate their skills on an online hackathon platform using various tools.
Anna
Who can participate?
Support
We welcome people of all job descriptions, whether you're a designer, developer, marketer, entrepreneur or project manager. Diverse groups often work incredibly well together to produce the best results.
Miko:
Do I need to be able to code?
Support:
You can participate with any level of IT skills, even if you haven't written a single line of code. Understanding the basics of IT is a plus.
Heiki:
During this hackathon can I work only on new ideas or on an existing product or solution?
Support:
It will be allowed to develop both new ideas and improve existing products and solutions. In the case of existing solutions, especially will be evaluated the work done during the hackathon.
Liene:
How big should be the team?
Support
We find that a team of three to five works best. It's large enough to have diverse skills, yet small enough to get to know your team members well in a short space of time.
John
What if I sign-up alone or don't have a team?
Support
Don't worry if you don't know anyone attending. Teams will be formed before hackathon and during hackathon. There will be enough time to mingle and get to know other attendees and ideas.
Olga:
In what language will the event take place?
Support:
The main communication during the hackathon will be in English. In direct communication with the organisers, it is possible to communicate in Latvian and English. For the final presentations, you should be prepared in English.
Zanda
Is participation free of charge?
Support
Yes participation is free of charge.
Adam
What a number 42 means?
Support
In Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy a super-intelligent race of beings builds a computer, called Deep Thought, to get an answer to the universe's ultimate question: "What is the meaning of life, the universe, and everything?", and in response to this question Deep Thought gives a very simple and supposedly off the wall answer: "42". In essence, Deep Thought is saying that the meaning of life is whatever you want it to be.
PS. The ASCII code 42 is for the asterisk (*) symbol, being a wildcard for everything.
Our contacts
Feel free to send us a message. We really love to communicate! :)
info@windhackers.com
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