Design. Hack. Build. Launch apps and websites whilst on a moving train! Jump aboard The HackTrain hackathon this 24th to 26th of November!

3 trains, 3 routes, 120 innovators. The HackTrain Hackathon is a unique and immersive 48-hour technology marathon where the most elite developers, designers, entrepreneurs and policymakers come together from all over the world to disrupt the transport industry whilst on a first class journey around the UK & Europe! Teams of innovators are formed on day 1 to build prototypes in the form of apps, websites and software within 48 hours to pitch back to the industry!

This will be our 5th hackathon in the HackTrain series, having taken our participants to York, Sheffield, Manchester, Paris, Lyon, Hong Kong and more! To celebrate the success of our past 4 hackathons, we are spinning out a brand new theme for one of our trains this year - Policy & Performance! We will be inviting young economists, industry consultants and data scientists to come up with policy recommendations to address the major challenges to innovation and the general advancement of the industry. Teams will take on a challenge, set by industry stakeholders, which will come with associated data sets.

For more awesome details of our hackathon, check out!

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$6,945 in prizes

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Individuals from all over the world may apply. Minimum age of 18 as we are traveling around Europe. Travel reimbursements are very limited and only go up to £50 so please make sure you can make it to London for the hackathon. 


Please submit:

  1. A recorded demo 
  2. Pitch Deck in PDF or PPT format
  3. A paragraph describing the challenge you tackled, the solution you had and details of your prototype.

Your team will pitch to the judges on the Sunday for 3 minutes with 2 minutes Q&A.

How to enter

This is an invite-only hackathon. Simply apply at for an invitation! We aim to get back to you as soon as we receive the application! :) The hackathon is limited to 120 places so we have to go through an application process to make sure we get the very best! No last minute cancellations as all train tickets will be under your name. 


Clyde Murray

Clyde Murray
Network Rail

David Rowe

David Rowe
Network Rail

Patricia Hayes

Patricia Hayes
Department for Transport

Feras Alshaker

Feras Alshaker

Rikesh Shah

Rikesh Shah
Transport for London

Andrew Conway

Andrew Conway
BAI Communications

Natalie Moser

Natalie Moser

Michael Ellis

Michael Ellis
DXC Technology

Peter Gough

Peter Gough

Judging Criteria

  • Impactful (15%)
    How would this MVP impact the transport industry in the UK? Is it a game changer? Could this MVP be deployed industry wide?
  • MVP/Prototype (50%)
    Business: Does the MVP express well their solution for the problem? Would people use it? Technical: Does the project meet its goals? Can it be used by everyone? Does it work properly? Does it have enough working features?
  • Pitch/Presentation (10%)
    Was the idea well delivered? Did the team convince you about how awesome their project is? This is about rating the quality of the presentation in the perspective of an investor/expert.
  • Design (25%)
    How well has the product been designed from a user experience perspective? Does it flow well? Is it simple and easy to understand? Is the user interface modern and practical?

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