Let's hack the future of the media!
Why MediaHack Hackathon?
Media play a very significant role in keeping everyone updated about the various events around the world. But at the same time, we are faced with the dominance of social media giants, fake news and new media formats; that is why we need brave and innovative solutions to keep media reliable, engaging and accessible to everyone.

Who creates media content? How is content distributed to audiences? How do we interact with media content? These are some of the challenging questions we will try to solve during the MediaHack Hackathon.

Within 48 hours MediaHack participants will create interdisciplinary teams to generate new, innovative ideas, build a prototype and evaluate the potential of the solutions business model.

Let's hack the future of the media!
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At this hackathon on the future of media together will work ...
Innovators
Designers
Developers
Entrepreneurs
Challenges of the Hackathon
Content Creation
Who creates the media content? Companies, individuals, community? These days everyone could be a content creator! Let's discover new approaches, new methods and tools to create content!
Content Distribution
How is content distributed to audiences? Social media platforms play a significant role in content distribution and discovery, and we see that there are various challenges whit it. What kind of channels do people use to access information? Offline, online, VR, AR, XR? If you have new ideas on how to distribute content, join this hackathon!
Content Interactivity
How do we interact with media content? We believe there could be more innovative ways how to increase engagement with content and measure it. Like, share, comment? What else?
Future of the Media
Do you have in your mind something new, that never were, and ask why not? The sky is the limit?! Well... think even beyond the sky! Join us!
What You can do at this hackathon?
Meet!
Meet new people, learn and share your knowledge. Create your dream team or join one!
Brainstorm!
Brainstorm, create, test! You will have two days and two nights to work on your idea and present it to jury.
Innovate!
Think outside the box, think in the box or invent new one! We believe you have brilliant ideas how to change this world!
Win!
Besides new friends and positive emotions, every team will have a chance to win fantastic prizes from our partners.
The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project no. Nr.1.1.1.3/18/A/007 «University of Latvia innovation grants for students».
Prize Pool
3000 EUR
the cash prize fund, to develop your idea further and change the world!
Meet Jury Members!
Tālis Juhna
Vice-Rector for Science of Riga
Technical University
Signe Bāliņa
Director of the LU Innovation Center of the University of Latvia.
Konstantīns Kuzikovs
CEO at A/s Delfi
Indra Sāmīte
Member of the Board at Language Technology Company "Tilde"
Sandra Golbreich
Co-founder at Baltic Sanbox
Arturs Bernovskis
Angel Investor (LatBAN), Founder of Efectio
MediaHack 2021 Online Hackathon
Time zone: EEST (UTC+03:00)
04/10 | Online 18:00
04/10 | Online 18:00
Workshop - How to prepare for a hackathon?!
18:00 Practical info for Participants
18:30 Matchmaking and team formation
19:00 Q&A
06/10 | Online 18:00
06/10 | Online 18:00
Workshop - How to win a hackathon?!
18:00 Hackathon 2.0 flow and Idea validation
18:30 Desing thinking and prototyping
19:00 Q&A
08/10 | Online 18:00 - 23:59
08/10 | Online 18:00 - 23:59
Friday - Define challenge and set goals
18:00 Hackathon official opening event
21:00 1st check-point
09/10 | Online 00:00 - 23:59
09/10 | Online 00:00 - 23:59
Saturday - Validate idea and build a prototype
9:00 2nd check-point
17:00 Masterclass - How to prepare a great video pitch!
18:00 3rd check-point
10/10 | Online 00:00 - 19:00
10/10 | Online 00:00 - 19:00
Sunday - Tell your story to the world
9:00 4th check-point
15:00 Final pitch submission
18:00 Award ceremony
Mentors
You will get support and advice from business, tech, creative and media experts to deliver better results!
Marta Matisone (LV)
Startup consultant
Skills: Business
Ilze Tenase (LV)
Startup consultant
Skills: Business
Asta Vasiliauskaite (LT)
Startup consultant
Skills: Creative, Business
Artis Cicens (LV)
Service design. Business development & innovation programs
Skills: Business
Kārlis Skuja (LV)
WindHackers
Skills: Business, Tech
Viktorija Bergmane (LV)
BTA Insurance Company SE
Skills: Business; Design
Lina Marta Sarma (LV)
Riga Tech Girls
Skills: Creative, Business
André Nitzschmann (DE)
K-i-E DecisionMaking & TimeBox make my Agile Transformation
Skills: Business
Simone Dogu (DE)
Digital Nerd I Project Manager & Lecturer with passion of (tech) innovation, digital media and sports
Skills: Business
Pedro Cerdeira (PT)
Businessplug
Skills: Business
Damian Hajduk (POL)
Independent consultant
Skills: Business; Field expert
Anne Seubert (DE)
Common Purpose
Skills: Business; Creative
Dr Sangeeta Sahi (UK)
Humanitarian-Focused Dr. and Keynote Speaker with over 23 Years of Success in Health, Medicine and Wellbeing
Skills: Business; Creative; Field expert
Adam Jagiello-Rusilowski (POL)
President Of The Board Of Directors at International Sustainable Education Foundation
Skills: Creative; Field expert
Alberto Ciarniello (ITA)
Senior Executive | Innovation Manager | Chief Product Officer
Skills: Business; Tech; Field expert
Lisa Mallner (DK)
AI Investment Manager
Skills: Business; Field expert
Faton Nuha (XK)
Software Engineer at Kosovo Pension Savings Trust
Skills: Business; Tech
Athanasios Dimou (GR)
President at Society of geoinformatics and surveyor Mentor @MIT Covid, Mentor @Nasa spaceapps
Skills: Tech; Field expert
Noemi Taccarelli (IT)
CEO di _blank Growth Agency
Skills: Business
Dimitrios Masialas (GR)
Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Saving Consultant I help companies to improve a value proposition, build brands, engage audiences & drive revenue online
Skills: Business
Annesha Kar Gupta (IN)
UN Delegate at Online Model United Nations
Skills: Business; Tech; Creative; Field expert
Andreea Popescu (RO)
Design Team Lead • Product Owner • UX Mentor
Skills: Creative
Biruta Danilevica (LV)
Digital Marketing & AI-driven language technologies
Skills: Business; Creative
Aleksas Drozdovskis (NL)
Strategy & Innovation Leadership | ex @Wargaming @Omnicom | THNK Alumnus
Skills: Business; Creative
Aiva Eiduka (NL)
Freelance Public Relations Consultant
Skills: Business
Anna Platpire (LV)
Commissioning Editor at Latvian Television
Skills: Field expert
Xristos Genitseftsis (GR)
Manager at Spirito
Skills: Business; Field expert
Laima Zemele (LV)
Managing Director at Golin Riga | Business Coach | Sustainability Expert
Skills: Business
Elise Bikova (LV)
Head Of Marketing at DELFI Latvia
Skills: Business
Wilhelm Lappe (DE)
Founder of Emprelab & theBizTour, mentor for startups and digital transformation. Professor and speaker. Berlin-Madrid.
Skills: Business
Martins Suna (LV)
AI Business Developer at Tilde
Skills: Business
Sandra Golbreich (LT)
New Nordic ecosystem builder, accelerator co-founder, educator, #womenintech advocate.
Skills: Business
Linda Dombrovska (LV)
Executive Director at Outdoorexperts.lv
Skills: Creative
Natalia Deligiorgi (GR)
Personal & Team Coach
Skills: Business; Creative
Petri Kajander (EE)
Business artist - delivering an inspiring and humane future with growth companies
Skills: Business
Julija Jegorova (UK)
Founder @ Black Unicorn PR | Global PR & Comms for tech startups | 10 + years in international Public Relations | Speaker and mentor | CIPR UK Member
Skills: Business; Creative
Eelke Bakker (NL)
PdEng Trainee in Data Science at Eindhoven University of Technology
Skills: Tech; Field expert
Vattan PS (EE)
Start-up influencer that helps founders change lives
Skills: Business; Creative; Field expert
Ieva Rasimaite (LT)
DPO at Simplex
Skills: Business; Tech; Creative; Field expert
Suha M. Ayyash (JO)
Social Marketer (behavioral change). Social Norms. Design Thinking. Change Management
Skills: Business; Creative; Field expert
Angeliki Kouka (GR)
PDEng trainee in Data Science at Jheronimus Academy of Data Science
Skills: Tech; Creative
Dharmawan Santosa (ID)
Strategic Operations at Garena | YLI Wave 11 by McKinsey & Co. | Revenue, Product, Business Dev., Strategy, Digital Transformation
Skills: Business
Chandrashekhar Mudaliar (SE)
Innovation and Digitalisation
Skills: Business; Creative
Amal El Alami (CH)
Innovation enabler | Digital Transformation | Design Thinker | Brand Consultant | Community Builder | FinTech
Skills: Business; Tech; Creative
Alex Felman (LV)
Executive Officer at StartUp42 Media
Skills: Business; Field expert
Noam Sahar Mamane (IL)
Designer - UX UI, Brand & Product
Skills: Creative
Mariya Pavlova (BG)
Sales, marketing and PR specialist
Skills: Business
Ahmad Farhad Sarwary (AF)
Social Entrepreneur, Business Mentor, Global Volunteer, SDGs Consultant, UNV, Author
Skills: Business; Creative; Field expert
The best team making it all happen
This hackathon is organised by WindHackers. We work hard to provide the best hackathon experience and make You happy! :)
Kārlis Skuja
Vision and Energy, WindHackers
Asta Vasiliauskaite
PR & Digital Marketing Communication, WindHackers
Artis Cicens
Content and Partners, WindHackers
Olga Averčenko
Communication and Design, WindHackers
Didzis Andersons
IT Technologies, WindHackers
Anastasija Tkačenko
Clients, WindHackers
Frequently Asked Questions
Robert
What is a hackathon?
Support:
A sprint-like event where participants team up and create solutions to real-life challenges in an intense period of time. Using creativity, technology and mentoring, the weekend results in prototypes, fresh new concepts and innovative usages of tech.
Pēteris
What is an online/virtual hackathon?
Support
In an online or virtual hackathon, all participants are remotely connected. Irrespective of their location, hackathon enthusiasts can participate and demonstrate their skills on an online hackathon platform using various tools.
Anna
Who can participate?
Support
We welcome people of all job descriptions, whether you're a designer, developer, marketer, entrepreneur or project manager. Diverse groups often work incredibly well together to produce the best results.
Miko:
Do I need to be able to code?
Support:
You can participate with any level of IT skills, even if you haven't written a single line of code. Understanding the basics of IT is a plus.
Heiki:
During this hackathon can I work only on new ideas or on an existing product or solution?
Support:
It will be allowed to develop both new ideas and improve existing products and solutions. In the case of existing solutions, especially will be evaluated the work done during the hackathon. This hackathon is not intended to promote commercially available products.
Liene:
How big should be the team?
Support
We find that a team of three to five works best. It's large enough to have diverse skills, yet small enough to get to know your team members well in a short space of time.
John
What if I sign-up alone or don't have a team?
Support
Don't worry if you don't know anyone attending. Teams will be formed before hackathon and during hackathon. There will be enough time to mingle and get to know other attendees and ideas.
Olga:
In what language will the event take place?
Support:
The main communication during the hackathon will be in English. With the organisers, it is possible to communicate in Latvian and English. Final presentations should be prepared in English.
Zanda
Is participation free of charge?
Support
Yes participation is free of charge.
Alex
What are the conditions for a team to qualify for a cash prize?
Support
To be eligible for the cash prize, the team must have at least one student from Latvia.
Adam
What a number 42 means?
Support
In Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy a super-intelligent race of beings builds a computer, called Deep Thought, to get an answer to the universe's ultimate question: "What is the meaning of life, the universe, and everything?", and in response to this question Deep Thought gives a very simple and supposedly off the wall answer: "42". In essence, Deep Thought is saying that the meaning of life is whatever you want it to be.
PS. The ASCII code 42 is for the asterisk (*) symbol, being a wildcard for everything.
Our contacts
Feel free to send us a message. We really love to communicate! :)
info@windhackers.com
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