Love Food, Hack Waste FAQ

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an intense and fun collaborative marathon. Here, “hack” means to create something entirely new from things that already exist – think “MacGyver.” Developers, designers, data scientists, startups, joined by tech partners, have 48 hours to develop new products or services in response to a challenge posed by the hackathon sponsor.


Do I have to know how to code to join?

Not all participants need to be developers. You will need to demo a prototype, so forming a team that accounts for design, UX and code is a great way to go. You will have the opportunity to do this before the event on the communication channels we will provide, or during the start of the hackathon. You may also want to recruit colleagues with a broad range of skills to register before the hackathon.


How can I participate in the hackathon?

To participate in the hackathon, you will have to apply via Typeform. Registrations open in July on https://lovefoodhackwaste.bemyapp.com. They will remain open until 31st of August 2019.

Is there a selection process for participants?

Yes, there is! Please provide all the required information by registering through the Typeform. The project consortium will review your application and get back to you as soon as possible.


Where is this going to take place?

BCG Digital Ventures

Dircksenstraße 41, 10178 Berlin, Germany

Registered participants will receive all the necessary information ahead of the event.


Why should I join the hackathon?

Here are some benefits described by people who have participated in other internal hackathons:

‘It’s a new way of working, in a more agile, interdisciplinary and collaborative form.’

‘Challenge yourself, learn by doing and improve your skills.’

‘Have fun and life-changing experience.’

‘Turn your knowledge into a concrete and innovative product/service.’

‘Collaborate on a project that might be implemented in real life.’


How are teams formed?

Teams can be formed either:

ahead of time if you are coming to the hackathon with people you know

or virtually by posting on the platform and on the dedicated Slack channel (access will be provided to all registered participants)

There will also be an opportunity to pitch your idea, your team or yourself onsite to recruit more team members or to get recruited onto a team in the morning of day 1 before coding begins for those who do not yet have a team.


What is the allowable team size?

Teams should have 3-4 members. No matter the number of teammates, make sure to cover all hats: development, design (UI/UX) and pitch. One person can absolutely wear several hats!


What is the challenge?

Watch the official website for details on the challenges! We will update them along the way.


How does judging work?

There will be a panel of experts to judge you on the technical level of your solution as well as your overall approach.

Here are the judging criteria:

Criterion 1: Innovation

Criterion 2: UI/UX Design

Criterion 3: Technical Feasibility

Criterion 4: Business Impact


Who is on the judging panel?

The judging panel will be comprised of members of BCG DV and the event’s partners’ top management. Details on the jury members will be published on the website ahead of the event.


Are there prizes to win?

Absolutely! The total prize pool is 12.500€.

Grand Prize: 10.000€

Second Prize: 2.000€

Third Prize: 500€


What is the Love Food, Hack Waste platform?

(Platform URL will be published and participants will be invited ahead of the event)

It is a virtual platform to watch webinars, engage with mentors, form a team and access resources. You will also create and submit your projects through the platform.


What equipment will I need for the hackathon?

Bring your laptop, cell phone, and any other hardware you wish to use along with their chargers. We will provide power, internet, refreshments/meals, coaching, and support!


Is this an overnight hackathon?

No, doors will close at 1am Friday night and 2am Saturday night. They will reopen at 8:30am.


Will meals be provided?

Absolutely. Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks will be provided throughout the entire event, for free.


Can I use third party APIs?

Yes. In addition to the available technologies provided by our partners, you are free to use any publicly available software and third party APIs.


How can my friends/colleagues/teammates join?

They should apply via the official website. We have plenty of space and food, so the more the merrier!


What is the schedule?

Questions? Contact Julia at

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