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Remember that in order to get your travel reimbursement you must submit a project to Devpost before the deadline.


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How to get to HackUPC

By plane


Take the metro L9 in either Aeroport T2 or Aeroport T1 towards Zona Universitària. Go to the last station Zona Universitària. Our venue is a 10 minute walk from there. To get to our check-in point please check out our maps.

Don't get a T-10 ticket if you are in the airport, you won't be able to use it from there. Buy a single trip ticket from the airport instead. If you really want to use a T-10, then you can take the train (R2 to Sant Celoni or Maçanet-Massanes) from Terminal 2B (a free shuttle bus from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2B departs every 5 minutes), but the train only runs every 30 minutes. You will have to get down at Sants Estació (3rd stop) and take the metro as explained below.


Take the metro L9 in Zona Universitària towards Aeroport T1. Stop at either Aeroport T1 or Aeroport T2 depending on the terminal your plane is departing from.

This itinerary is completely accessible.

By train


If you take the train, you will probably arrive at Sants Estació. From there you need to take the metro L3, it is located on the north side of the station, follow the signs for the green line (L3), not the blue one (L5). When you reach the station, go towards Zona Universitària (to the right if coming from underground). Get off at Palau Reial, from there you should see some signs pointing where HackUPC is, otherwise you can check out our maps.


Take the metro L3 in Palau Reial towards Trinitat Nova and get off at Sants Estació. When exiting, the easiest way is to turn left and follow the signs towards the railway station, you can follow the plane sign or the letter R with the orange background.

This itinerary is completely accessible. To enter the metro, you will have to reach the elevator on the street at Sants Estació.

Travel reimbursement

If you have been elected to receive a travel reimbursement, we will contact you after the hackathon to send it to you. You will receive a maximum that has been specified on the email, based on current travelling prices and distances. Requirements to receive travel reimbursement are as follows.

  • Received an email with travel reimbursement amount.
  • Travel reimbursement receipts submitted before the date specified by HackUPC Team.
  • Project submitted to Devpost before due date.

The processing of travel reimbursements takes some time. Our schedule depends on our sponsors' schedule. We expect to have them sent out in a 1-2 months time period. Remember that you need to post a project before the deadline in order to get the reimbursement!

Hackathon Rules

These are the HackUPC competition rules. They are a customized version of the standard competition rules used at MLH Member Hackathons. If you have a suggestion for these rules or a question about them, please submit an issue here.

The spirit of the competition

Remember that hackathons are like marathons. Some people go to compete but most people take part to better themselves and have fun. Whatever the reason is you're at a hackathon, make sure you're upholding the hacker spirit by collaborating with other teams, helping beginners, and having fun.

The rules of the competition

  1. There is no minimum team size, however, the maximum size is 4 people. There will be 1 prize for each member of the team, independently of the team size.
  2. Teams should be made up exclusively of students (or recent graduates within one year of having graduated) who are not organizers, judges, sponsors, or in any other privileged position at the event. Volunteers are allowed to participate in their free time, accepting the extra difficulty of hacking and volunteering at the same time, but their role won't give them any judging advantage in front of the rest of participants.
  3. All team members should be present at the event. Leaving the venue for some time to hack elsewhere or sleep is fine.
  4. Teams can of course gain advice and support from organizers, volunteers, sponsors, and others.
  5. All work on a project should be done at the hackathon.
  6. Teams can use an idea they had before the event.
  7. Teams can work on ideas that have already been done. Hacks do not have to be “innovative”. If somebody wants to work on a common idea they should be allowed to do so and should be judged on the quality of their hack. These days it’s hard to find something that’s fully original and teams might not know an idea has been done before anyway.
  8. Teams can work on an idea that they have worked on before (as long as they do not re-use code).
  9. Teams can use libraries, frameworks, or open-source code in their projects. Working on a project before the event and open-sourcing it for the sole purpose of using the code during the event is against the spirit of the rules and is not allowed.
  10. Adding new features to existing projects is allowed. Judges will only consider new functionality introduced or new features added during the hackathon in determining the winners.
  11. Teams must stop hacking once the time is up. However, teams are allowed to debug and make small fixes to their programs after time is up. e.g. If during demoing your hack you find a bug that breaks your application and the fix is only a few lines of code, it's okay to fix that. Making large changes or adding new features is not allowed.
  12. Participants who asked for a travel reimbursement need to post a project before the deadline in order to get the reimbursement.
  13. Projects that violate the Code of Conduct are not allowed.
  14. Teams can be disqualified from the competition at the organizers' discretion. Reasons might include but are not limited to breaking the Competition Rules, breaking the Code of Conduct, or other unsporting behaviour.


After hacking finishes, teams will show their projects to each other and to the judges.

You are strongly encouraged to present a demo of what you have built. Pitches or presentations are discouraged. You are not judged on the quality of your pitch or the quality of your idea. As you are judged on what you built, you'll only hurt yourself by not showing a demo.

You are encouraged to present what you have done even if your hack is broken or you weren’t able to finish. It's okay if you didn't finish your hack—that happens all the time! Completion is only one part of the judging criteria, so you might still do well. Also, demoing is not just about the competition. It's a chance to share with others what you learned and what you tried to build—that's what hacking's all about! For being courageous enough to demo, you'll receive a special "I Demoed" sticker—it doesn't matter how good the demo is! In the case that you don't have anything to demo, you can give a presentation about what you tried and what you learned. Hearing what other people learned is interesting and inspiring for other attendees.

Judging Criteria

Teams will be judged on these four criteria. Judges will weigh the criteria equally. During judging, participants should try to describe what they did for each criterion in their project.

  • Technology: How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?
  • Design: Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface? For a website, this might be about how beautiful the CSS or graphics are. For a hardware project, it might be more about how good the human-computer interaction is (e.g. is it easy to use or does it use a cool interface?).
  • Completion: Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
  • Learning: Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before? If a team which always does virtual reality projects decides to switch up and try doing a mobile app instead, that exploration should be rewarded.

These criteria will guide judges but ultimately judges are free to make decisions based on their gut feeling of which projects are the most impressive and most deserving.

It's important to note that these judging criteria do not include:

  • How good your code is. It doesn't matter if your code is messy, or not well commented, or uses inefficient algorithms. Hacking is about playing around, making mistakes, and learning new things. If your code isn't production ready, we're not going to mark you down.
  • How well you pitch. Hacking is about building and learning, not about selling.
  • How good the idea is. Again, hackathons aren't about coming up with innovative ideas. It's about building and learning.
  • How well the project solves a problem. You can build something totally useless and as long as you're learning and having fun, that's a good hack! Sometimes a pointless project is one of the best hacks!

So don't worry about coming up with the next big idea or building the next Facebook. You'll have plenty of time for that outside the hackathon. just focus on learning, having fun, and making new friends. At the end of the day the skills you learn and the friends you make might lead to the next big thing—but you don't have to do that to win a hackathon.


Any cheating allegations will be resolved according to the HackUPC Cheating Response Procedure found here.


The competition is just a part of the hackathon. To make the most out of the event, try something new, teach other people, and make new friends!

Happy Hacking from the HackUPC team!


Live streaming will be available on Sunday

We thank you for your patience!


Maps will be available soon

We thank you for your patience!


Need help? Talk to one of our amazing mentors!


HackUPC prizes are announced!


  • 1st Prize: 3D printer Anet A8.
  • 2nd Prize: Drone kit.
  • 3rd Prize: Arduino robot kit + 30€ Amazon gift card.

Sopra Steria

Find solutions to fight against fake news

Build a tool that will help users to identify trustworthy or fake news by giving them an overall score.

  • Considered as tool: website, application, extension, plugin or any other software that will take an input and give a score as output.
  • Users are any person that uses a social network or consumes media or news (online or offline).
  • Scores must be in the 0-10 range. 0 means completely fake while 10 means absolutely reliable (if that’s possible).

Prize: Google Home per each winner team member.


Build your dreamed tech-InfoJobs

Build your perfect job seeker. We encourage you to propose any change or improvement in our registration process, CV, job search... In other words, everything related to have a more suitable InfoJobs for you and your needs.

Their API is waiting for you to shake it. Check out its documentation.

Prize: Nintendo Switch per each winner team member.


The AWS City of a Cloud Serverless Hackathon

Put your skills to the test and apply the AWS Serverless portfolio to build solutions for cities: City planning, Sanitation, Parks, Street maintenance, Voting and Public Safety.

For more information click here.


  • 1st Prize: Amazon Echo for every team member.
  • 2nd Prize: Amazon Echo dots for each team member.
  • 3rd Prize: Amazon Echo dots for each team member.
  • 4th Prize: €25 Amazon vouchers for each team member.


Virtual assistants application for social purposes

For more information please contact them at their stand or through Slack.

Prize: Google Home Mini per each winner team member.


Create an app that allow us to share and draw in a whiteboard in real time with a group of users

Here at Itequia we always carry out our meetings next to a whiteboard. We think that having a visual feedback in a meeting helps a lot with transmitting ideas to clients and coworkers. But often we need to have online meetings with team members that are not in the office. That's why we would love to have a way to create and share a whiteboard in real time with a group of users.

Prize: 50€ Amazon Gift Card for each winner team member.


IoT & Chatbot for eHealth

IoT-based healthcare services are expected to reduce costs, increase the quality of life, and enrich the user’s experience. IoT-based healthcare systems can be applied to a diverse array of fields, including care for pediatric and elderly patients, the supervision of chronic diseases, and the management of private health and fitness, among others.

Prize: Google Home per each winner team member.


Most creative use of Skyscanner's API

Come by our Booth to get your API keys. Check our documentation for more information. Join us on API talk on Saturday morning.

Prize: 75€ travel voucher.


Bring the university life to your smartphone

We want to improve UPC student's digital experience by designing a whole new set of apps and resources that help us make a difference in the relationship between university services and students needs and preferences.

We encourage you to design and build an app that includes your preferred feature and help our university to become digital!

For more information click here.


  • 1st Prize: Google Home for every team member.
  • 2nd Prize: Arduboy for each team member.
  • 3rd Prize: Raspberry Pi 3 for each team member.
  • 4th Prize: Google Home Mini for each team member.


Millenials on the move

Research shows that millennials are horrible drivers. Texting, emailing, chatting behind the wheel, running red lights, eating and drinking are just a few of the reckless acts millennials do while driving.

Are you a millennial? Do you agree? Is the research just wrong?

We challenge you to find out 1) how millennials really drive 2) how we can help improve and protect the lives of millennials on the move.

Prize: 80€ on Amazon per each team member.


Vueling prize

Vueling will award with 1 Round-trip ticket to any Vueling destination for each member of HackUPC winner team!


Code what matters

This is your moment to have a social impact on your city or community... Use the power of technology to make a positive change or to solve an issue that is close to your heart!

Prize: Reprap Prusa i3 3D Printer OR Tello Dron.


Best Tech hack

Bloomberg will award the best tech project of HackUPC 2018! For more information please contact them at their stand or through Slack.

Prize: Arduino.


Best use of Typeform's API

For more information please contact them through Slack.

Prize: Nintendo SNES Classic Console.

.tech domains

Best project hosted on .tech domains

Come to Info-Desk for getting promotional codes (and some stickers of course).

Prize: US$ 250 Amazon Gift Card for the whole team.

Wolfram Language

Use of Wolfram's API

Wolfram Research is pleased to sponsor HackUPC by providing access to our latest technology, Wolfram|One! For complimentary access to our development platform and the Wolfram API, just click here.

This URL will take you to a sign-in page and prompt you to log in using your Wolfram ID. If you don't already have a Wolfram ID, you'll be prompted to create one using an active email address. Once logged in, you will see in the Downloads section which platforms of the software you have access to, with their accompanying activation keys. Please download the desktop version to your machine, boot up the application and use the associated activation key when prompted. This will grant you full access for 30 days from your activation date.

Prize: One year each of Wolfram|One and Wolfram|Alpha Pro for everyone on the top ten teams with a value of $375 per award.

When shall I arrive?

Registration will start at 3 PM on Friday. The opening ceremony is at 7 PM.

When is HackUPC ending?

The closing ceremony is expected to end on Sunday 21st at 5:00 PM.

What if I cannot make it in time?

No problem. Just come to our InfoDesk for a late check-in. If you are confused, please reach out to any volunteer (white t-shirts) or organizer (black t-shirts).

I'm not in Slack, how do I get in?

Come to the InfoDesk during the event or send us an email to

Can I leave HackUPC?

Yes. However make sure you have your wristband with you, otherwise we might not let you in when you come back.

Can I sleep now?

Yes, sure. You can find the sleeping spaces in A3/A4 2nd floor. Some matresses will be provided. Unfortunately, we don't have enough for everyone!

Something isn’t working!

If something is not working, please come to our InfoDesk and meet our awesome volunteers. They'll love to help you!

Deadline for project submissions?

The deadline for project submissions is Sunday 21st 9:00 AM. Submit your projects here.

How does judging work?

We will have a judging expo on Sunday from 10:15 am - 13:15 am. We'll assign you a classroom to present your project (one for HackUPC + as many challenges as you participate), you can check how many hacks there are before yours at MyHackUPC. The presentation can only be 3 minutes long and with no slides, Prezi's or any visual support except expect your hack. You can check out other projects at any judging room. The top teams will move on to an additional round of panel judging in the Closing Ceremony. If you participate in a challenge, you'll have to present at the specific sponsor room, which is independent of the HackUPC judging.

Where's my travel reimbursement?

The processing of travel reimbursements takes some time. Our schedule depends on our sponsors' schedule. We expect to have them sent out in a 1 - 2 months time period. Also, remember that you need to post a project before the deadline in order to get the reimbursement.

I have another question... Biene?

If you have any other questions and you can't find it here, make sure to pay us a visit at our InfoDesk.