Balkan Hackathon Challenge 2018

Deadline: 1 June 2018
Open to: hackers, startups, developers, designers, students and tech professionals from all Balkan countries
Venue: 27 -⁠ 28 June 2018  Sofia Tech Park, Bulgaria


On 27 and 28 June 2018, Balkan innovators interested in information technologies, programming, design, multimedia and marketing will meet in Sofia to create the technological solutions to the challenges and opportunities facing Europe.

The Balkan Hackathon is organised by the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria, Sofia Municipality (Sofia Development Association), Sofia Tech Park, the State e-Government Agency of the Republic of Bulgaria, and Webit Foundation.

The event is part of European Digital and Innovation Week, which will start off with the European Digital Assembly under the leadership of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel.

Тhe main challenge at the Balkan Hackathon will be the digital divide in all its forms. Ten years ago, the digital divide was about the barriers to getting everyone online. Today, it is no longer only an issue of access to connectivity. The digital divide of the future will include security and the ability to leverage the internet for a broad range of economic opportunities. As new threat vectors emerge, a security divide will arise between those with the knowledge and resources to protect themselves from cyber threats and those without. The Balkan Hackathon welcomes all who are ready to explore and prototype the solutions that will guarantee the inclusion of all citizens in the digital era, regardless of their income, social situation, geographic location, health, or age.


Developers, designers, startup companies, students, and other ICT professionals – anyone with the technical skills, vision for the future, creative ideas and the courage to stand up for them is invited to participate. The event will require intensive cooperation and team work to develop new and innovative solutions within an extremely limited time frame. If you are not developer, you can apply, but keep in mind that you have to develop a working prototype in 24 hours. At least half of your team must have sufficient development skills.


  • First prize – 5000 EUR;
  • Second prize – 2500 EUR;
  • Third prize – 1500 EUR;

Bonus discount to attend Webit.Festival.

How to Apply?

Register as a team of 2-⁠5 people or as an individual.

For more information please visit the official website.