Frequently asked questions and answers about IoThon

Who can participate?

While anyone interested may participate, we especially encourage students and open source developers to participate.

Who are the people behind IoThon?

The main organisers of IoThon are professors Pekka Nikander (Aalto University), Matthias Wählisch (Freie Universität Berlin), Thomas Schmidt (HAW Hamburg), Christian Tschudin (Uni Basel), and George Polyzos (AUEB), with the help of their students. IOTHON is generously hosted at the Einstein Center Digital Future.

How can I form my team?

We believe self organizing works best. You can bring your own team (or part of your team) with you. Closer to the event, we will open a Slack where you can advertise your team or yourself, to put together teams that look for new members and developers looking for teams. There is no limit to the team size, but we will consider the team size when evaluating the works for the prizes.

Who owns the intellectual property of hacks?

The participants of the teams will own the full IPR for their work. However, we strongly encourage the participants to publish their code as open source.

What about accommodation?

There is no accommodation arranged by the organisers. For people travelling on tight budget, there are a number of hostels nearby, including Heart of Gold, Cityhostel, Generator Berlin Mitte, and baxpax Hostel. For others, there are lots of hotels and other accommodation nearby, e.g. NH Collection Berlin Mitte, Maritim proArte, The Westin Grand, and Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt.  Note that the venue will be closed for a few hours in the middle of the night, so do need some place to stay overnight.

What about the schedule?

2019 schedule will be announced in September 2018.

What about challenges and prizes?

See the challenges page.

Where can I ask more questions?

At this point, feel free to email the organisers at iothon18-oc@lists.fu-berlin.de.  We will establish a Slack for the event a few weeks before the event. At that time you may ask your questions at the Slack.