About

The idea

Nomad Digital, world leaders in connectivity for train, buses, metros and trams on the move globally decided to create a unique hackathon event, for the region – by the region.

First, we needed a name and a theme…As Nomad work in tech for transport #SmartTransport was the obvious choice. Then we decided to look to the innovation history in our fabulous North East region for some name inspiration.

The Rocket is an iconic part of Britain’s railway heritage, made in Newcastle and a world-changing innovation. Manufactured in 1829 by Robert Stephenson at Newcastle’s Fourth Street Works, The Rocket was the fastest locomotive ever built up to that point.

The Rocket Hack was born – a great fit as this event is all about showcasing the inspiring technology coming from the North East.

With a clear focus starting with giving Back – a compelling reason for running a hackathon in its own right”. We then looked to make it unique, a hackathon with a difference. As well as a traditional prize pot of up to £2,500 we will also be offering participants the chance (if they want) to take their idea forward, with support from Nomad Digital and partners post-event.

The event

How would we at Nomad Digital describe this event?

“It will be a fun filled free event with a festival vibe, amazing food and entertainment as well as giving you the chance to network with likeminded peers, the interesting employers and the businesses partnering and supporting The Rocket Hack idea”.

  • Attendance by application – only the best will make it!
  • Teams can be pre-formed or formed by us – mix of tech, creative and entrepreneurial skills
  • Will accept 50-75 applicants
  • Dragons den style pitch to a panel of judges – winners chosen!

Head over to the apply section by clicking the button below and get your place now! We’ll let you know if your accepted.

Cash prizes. Fully funded pre-accelerator programme. Ongoing mentoring. Dragons Den style judging panel. Live music & entertainment. Street food & festival vibe. 48-hour hack.     14-15 September.

@TheRocketHack. #TheRocketHack2019.