The Raccoons is an innovation and building marathon, where participants are invited to come build their ideas or come up with a solution for an idea under one of the proposed challenges in 48h. Particularly useful will be the workshops about various technologies and coding, especially for beginners, to grow interest in these skills. The need for digital skills among young adults is increasingly important, in order to encourage the development of new ideas and understanding of problems among the next generations.
Who can Join?
Open to anyone who is a high school or university student over the age of 18, from any country, regardless of skills and background.
25th - 27th of November
Opening Ceremony on the 25th of November at 17:30
University of Latvia, House of Science
Jelgavas Street 3, LV-1004
Step 1 - Register
Step 2 - Receive invite to Discord and more info
Step 3 - Check out the challenges and think about ideas, start forming teams in Discord
Step 4 - Get to event venue and attend hackathon opening. Attend workshops and meet with mentors that will help you develop you idea into prototype.
Step 5 - Participate in the extra activities and have fun
Step 6 - Submit a video and description of your idea in Devpost
Step 7 - Get prizes for the awesome work you have done
10th of October
16th of November
23rd to 25th November
Register for the Event
Join Discord to find a team
Idea and team formation, final registration
25th of November
Come to event venue from 16:30
Attend hackathon opening and hear partner challenges 17:30
Form a team 18:30
Start working on your ideas 19:00
26th of November
Work on your ideas
Attend workshops to gain new skills
Attend lectures to gain insight on technology and innovation topics
Work with mentors to develop your projects
Participate in extra activities
27th of November
Continue work on your ideas and final help from mentors
Submit your projects
Attend Final Presentations and awarding ceremony
Get prizes and final celebrations for end of event
The hackathon is divided into challenges based on different industries and themes. Each challenge proposes a field or specific problem for the participants to solve. During the hackathon each team chooses one challenge to work on and comes up with an idea for that challenge. Challenges come from hackathon partners and sponsors.
App or program that encourages a more sustainable society. A prototype can be any technological product that helps to reduce emissions and/or encourages a more sustainable society.
Aimed at those who want to develop science based solutions for the current problems. The solution can be any format research of a new material, machine learning algorithm or any other technical and scientific product
Tracks are just suggestions and you are more than welcome to submit a project and idea of your choice.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
A laptop and charger, everything else we will take care of
WHAT IS A HACKATHON?
A hackathon is best described as an “invention marathon”. Anyone who has an
interest in technology attends a hackathon to learn, build & share their creations
over the course of a weekend in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
WHO CAN APPLY?
It is open to any young adult, university or high school student and young professional from any country, regardless of skills and background. We are beginner-friendly - all you need is the willingness to learn!
WHERE WILL IT HAPPEN?
In person in the University of Latvia, House of Science,
Jelgavas Street 3, LV1004, Riga Latvia
+ Discord for online communication
WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE?
1. Gain and improve programming skills and challenge yourself creatively.
2. Meet new like-minded people and learn to collaborate.
3. Work on projects that you can add to your portfolio that showcase your talent when applying to positions at companies.
HOW DOES A HACKATHON WORK?
You register for the event and get invited to Discord, brainstorm your ideas with others, communicate with your team or find one in Discord or at the event, attend opening ceremonies, workshops and entertainment activities and work on your projects using the skills you learn on the way.
GREAT, HOW DO I JOIN IN?
After you register we will send you an invite to our Discord platform where all the hackathon communication will take place.
WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE
Not to worry - we will have a team building activities to help you find a suitable team. They will happen at the event on the first day of the event. Plus the hackathon requirements are that you must work on an idea within a team from 1 to max 5 people, so you can also work alone in case you feel like it.
WHAT IS THE END RESULT?
At The Raccoons, the goal is to encourage learning, digital skills and freedom to experiment and make mistakes, as well as build new things and ideas. Therefore, participants are free to choose whether to present their projects and be eligible for the prizes!
CAN I PARTICIPATE ONLINE?
The event takes place in person but it is not mandatory that you are at the event venue during all the days. But there must be at least one person at the event venue on the last day of the event to present the team and what you have built.