13 challenges divided over 6 places: our first hackathon
On 27 May 2016 the first Open Hackathon (then Dutch Construction Hackathon) took place during StartupFest Europe. Together with 10 different parties, we organized a national hackathon: at 13 different locations, 13 clients presented their challenges. In total, more than 300 startups worked one day on ground-breaking solutions, some of which are still being built. Examples are De Slaapfabriek and BlueZone Oss. What made this hackathon special was the collaboration with StartupFest Europe. The visit of the Special Envoy Neelie Kroes of Startupdelta put us directly on the national map: Innovative Netherlands saw that the construction industry has a vibrant start-up scene with pioneering solutions for deep-rooted problems in the construction industry and society.