'Hack the Hub' competition returns to Belfast this month

This year's #HacktheHub contest takes place at Bazaarvoice's new Belfast R&B hub on May 20.
This year's #HacktheHub contest takes place at Bazaarvoice's new Belfast R&B hub on May 20.

BELFAST’S annual tech competition ‘Hack the Hub’ returns to the city later this month.

Around 100 participants of all levels, from students, data scientists, product managers and designers will gather for the sold-out May 20 ‘hackathon’.

This year’s event takes place at Bazaarvoice's new Belfast R&D hub, located in the 15-storey Lanyon Plaza, overlooking the River Lagan.

Attendees will race to compete, using ChatGPT and Generative AI, to solve complex problems. 

Starting at 9am, the 100 entrants will split into teams of four, where they will have 12 hours to complete a challenge.

Conor Graham is the founder of ‘Hack the Hub’. He said the event originally emerged as a way for computer programmers and software developers to come together to collaborate and create new software and applications.

A director at Nigma, a local firm that specialises in building artificial intelligence (AI) software, he said the hackathon offers business leaders an opportunity to gather insights on emerging technologies and advance the careers of their staff by investing in learning and development.

“Those attending will have the opportunity to explore their curiosity, network, work in teams and practice pitching skills with the chance to pitch their concept to the room at the end of the day in their efforts to take home the first prize,” he said.

“Additionally, prizes, to the value of £5,000 will be up for grabs throughout the day for the attendees.

“Judges will choose a winning solution based on level of innovation, business value and quality of pitch.”

#HackTheHub23 is supported by Bazaarvoice, Version 1, Synechron, Insider inc, Select Networx and Nigma.

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