We meet again in Brașov, Romania, to develop tech projects in a three-day hackathon! From the 22nd to the 24th of September 2023, young programmers, engineers, marketing enthusiasts, copywriters, salespeople, project managers, teachers, students, or high-schoolers are invited to take part in an international event where they can put their skills to good use!
Participants can expect an intense yet invigorating atmosphere, brimming with collaboration, innovation, and of course, a bit of friendly competition. It's not just about tech but about harnessing diverse skill sets, experiences, and perspectives to bring ideas to life. This international event offers a platform where knowledge is not just shared but multiplied.
Spotlight on Our Sponsor: Eviden
This year, we're proud to partner with Eviden - an Atos business that epitomizes the confluence of digital, cloud, and big data & security domains. As a beacon of data-driven, trusted, and sustainable digital transformation, Eviden is positioned to lead the charge in the next wave of digital evolution. The very essence of Eviden resonates with its name - a term inspired by 'evidence', underlining the company's unwavering commitment to leveraging client data to carve out novel perspectives
Tech products that can improve our lives. If they can solve a social issue or are socially innovative, that would be great! However, social innovation is not mandatory. We are here to learn.
You can register by yourself or with your team (max. 4 people). If you register by yourself, you will have the opportunity to pitch your idea at the beginning of the event and find new team members. If you don't have an idea, no worries! You can totally hop onto one of the squads forming right at the start of the hackathon – just pick the crew that vibes with you the most. 🚀🤘
The event is fully on site and we expect participants to be in the room. In this way you get the most value out of the buzzing interaction with mentors and sponsors during the event. Unfortunately, we cannot accomodate travel expenses, but check with your local university or partners if they can help.
The official language of the hack is English. But hey, you've got the freedom to team up and collaborate, so go ahead and chat in whatever lingo feels right to you when you're with your crew. 🤙👥
Karla Merza is an Agile Professional with over 9 years of experience in the IT industry, accredited as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coaching Federation and as a Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) by Scrum.org. She supports geo-distributed multi-cultural teams & organisations, as well as individuals from different parts of the world, with expanding their Agile knowledge, optimising their practices and tools usage.
Additionally, she volunteers as one of the coordinators of the WeMentoring program by Women in Tech Cluj, a mentorship initiative aimed to empower women in technology to advance and thrive in their careers. It is also dedicated to creating and fostering a community where women are encouraged, inspired, and equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed.
Raluca has experience in writing and managing projects funded by European funds. She has developed projects for startups, small companies, corporations, NGOs, and public institutions since 2010. She is a partner within fonduri-structurale.ro - an information platform in the field of financing in Romania, and co-founded consolid8 - a crowdfunding platform for social entrepreneurs and those in creative industries. She develops support projects for social innovation in Romania in collaboration with national and European partners.
Dan is a seasoned consultant and mentor in the fields of business and management. His wealth of experience, spanning nearly a decade, is complemented by professional and academic expertise in the synergistic domains of digital and sustainable business transformations and innovations. His career has led him through a wide array of successful international collaborations with large technological research corporations, governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as social innovation start-ups and scale-ups.
Driven by a deep-seated passion to support private and public organizations in their pursuit of twin digital and sustainable transformations, Dan has also played an active role in spearheading the first Romanian Local Green Deal through the SME4GREEN project. Combining a unique blend of knowledge, tools, and unwavering commitment to value co-creation, he strives to enable and empower individuals and organizations to turn their sustainability dreams into reality. With a reputation for translating ambitious visions into actionable plans, Dan stands ready to channel his expertise into facilitating the journey of changemakers towards sustainable innovations and transformations.
Let’s build a better, more sustainable future together!
With over 6 years of building and growing tech start-ups, Ioan is a highly ambitious founder passionate with a strong focus on AI, consumer apps, and growth marketing. Ioan is the CEO and leading growth of writeGPT, the productivity AI co-pilot that simplifies, accelerates, and personalizes tasks that imply content consumption and creation.
Ana is the director of the local office of Ashoka - the largest global network for social entrepreneurship - since January 2021. She joined the Ashoka Romania team 5 years ago after almost 10 years in corporatations, focusing on strategy, reputation management, digital communication, and program management.
Roxana Borcsa is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience, both owning a dental office and coaching business. She has worked with diverse professionals, from different organizations, to update their communication skills, time management, adaptability, and resilience. With the help of the techniques gained through multiple courses which led to her being licensed as a Certified Professional Coach by the International Coaching Federation and with her vast knowledge of CBT, she successfully aids her clients in increasing their confidence, gaining clarity, overcoming obstacles, and aligning their goals with their values
Board member at Spherik Accelerator and armed with business studies, Mădălina is a financial management specialist with over 5 years experience in financial planning and analysis, legal intricacies, and fundraising. She extends her financial and business expertise to SMEs and initiatives focused on social impact, sustainability, technology, and creative arts.
Apart from her professional commitments, Mădălina is a hospitality industry entrepreneur, harnessing her skills to craft exceptional guest experiences in a picturesque mountain-adjacent location🌲.
David works with individuals, startup teams, companies and organisations, large or small, on their communication and innovation strategies. He runs workshops and creates programs for schools and universities around the world preparing young people for the future skills needed to deal with the rapidly changing world. In his former life in banking and broking in London he was at the forefront of innovative financial products; has hosted stand-up comedy in many countries, helped produce plays, films, documentaries, radio and a wide variety of live events.
Miruna is a professional in the world of digital communication with a strong background in business and management consulting. She co-founded inquito, a digital marketing company, and estiverde.ro, an e-commerce for sustainable products.
She holds a PhD in communication sciences, focusing on trans-cultural SME promotion, and shares her knowledge as a university lecturer in the domains of internal communication and business analysis.
Her dedication and expertise have not gone unnoticed, as she was featured on Forbes' 30 under 30 list last year for transforming her passions into business.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Advisor
Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)
With more than 10 years of experience in the development and implementation of innovation support policies and programs, Marius is currently part of the UEFISCDI team responsible for the elaboration and implementation of the national R&I strategy for 2021-2027. Throughout his time at UEFISCDI, he founded Innovation Café and Accelerate Romania (platform to foster networking among the different actors in the national innovation ecosystem), coordinated the elaboration of studies on the Romanian entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems, and managed externally-funded projects on various topics related to R&I (e.g. policy acceleration, intellectual property, RRI, knowledge & tech transfer etc.).
Marius is co-founder of RIDESAFE Technology and mentor in the Commons Accel acceleration program. In the period 2016-2019, Marius co-managed Founder Institute - the largest pre-seed startup accelerator - in Bucharest. Since 2016, Marius has been an advisory board member at Innovation Labs Romania.
Marius has a PhD in engineering, is an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on science, technology and entrepreneurship and also a beneficiary of the Eisenhower Fellowships’ 2023 Eastern Europe Program.
Vica Schipor is Social Media Manager at Bitdefender. She is part of the marketing team and manages the social media presence of the Romanian brand in the home market. She has been working in the creative industry for more than 12 years and states she is an enthusiastic campaigner who believes in the positive impact of the social media phenomenon. She aims to have an impact from the grassroots level upwards and from macro communication to the individual level.
Program Manager @Spherik Accelerator
Denisa is part of Spherik Accelerator, Activize.tech, FreshBlood and Cluj Startups teams, through which they develop programs that offer support, resources, access to different events, networking and investment opportunities for startup founders. She is currently managing two acceleration programs for green startups, SynergistEIC and Urban Mobility Program, helping also healthtech startups connect with mentors and investors at Hubvantage Program. Denisa is also close to students and young entrepreneurs, as she developed a number of growth programs for them when she was the SASUBB President and she is eager to shere her connections and knowledge on management, operations, strategy building and sustainable practices for businesses.
Moreover, she used to do research in socio-anthropology with focus on the history of fashion and she also has work experience in this field (tailoring, embroidery, fashion design). Of course her interest is ethical fashion and innovative techniques and this passion for fashion and cultural heritage alongside her values led her to the will to help this industry through awareness and innovation at Dress4Good.
Application and client relationship manager at EVIDEN ROMANIA, Ciprian has a business focus on large statal public sector and defense customers and their critical communications, big data and security projects. He has over a decade of experience working in IT, is a certified auditor for the ISO27001 Information Security Management System, holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics and advocates using safe technologies for a better modern society.
Project manager EVIDEN ROMANIA
Flavia, an accomplished Project Manager, possesses a proven track record within the dynamic realm of information technology and services. With a remarkable career spanning over 18 years, she has showcased her talents and leadership in diverse management roles within prominent industry giants such as Siemens, Atos and now Eviden. Her extensive background in IT management not only underscores her deep understanding of technological advancements but also emphasizes her strategic acumen in navigating the ever-evolving landscape of the IT sector. As the leader of a large software development program, encompassing over 50 dedicated professionals, Flavia's organizational and people management skills are truly exceptional. With a spectrum of certifications in various Agile methodologies, she exemplifies not only a deep understanding but a commitment to staying at the forefront of project management practices.
A space where we get to meet entrepreneurs, technology pioneers, experts and futurologists, discussing the impact of new technologies andhow they influence future generations.