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Frequently asked questions

  1. What is MONICA?

MONICA is a large-scale demonstration of new and existing IoT applications for a smarter living. The demonstration involves six major cities in Europe: Lyon, Bonn, Leeds, Turin, Copenhagen and Hamburg. The project focuses on cultural performances in open-air settings which create challenges in terms of crowd safety, security and noise pollution. MONICA will develop, deploy and demonstrate three IoT ecosystems on security, acoustics and innovation, addressing real user needs. MONICA receives financing from the European Union.

  1. Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

You must be over 18.

  1. Can I take part if I haven’t submitted an application?

No sorry. We need to be able to plan properly so the selection process is key. If you have missed the deadline, please contact to see if we can squeeze you in.

  1. Do I have to stay for the whole of the Hackathon?

You can leave when you like but we would recommend that you use all the time and resources available to come up with a winning solution. Remember, the prize is €5,000.

  1. Who does the IP belong to?

The IP belongs to your team. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have permission to use everything that is necessary to build and deploy your solution.

  1. Can I participate as an individual or do I have to attend as a team?

You can apply as an individual or as a team.

  1. What support will I have on-site?

You will count on mentors with experience in IoT, also volunteers from the Leeds Beckett University and the IoT Tribe organisers that can provide on-site support.

  1. Who are the mentors?

They are tech professionals with different profiles inside the IoT field that will guide you along all the process and also members of the team working on the MONICA project.

  1. Can I see the stadium before I start to hack?

As part of the welcome session there will be a guided tour of the stadium especially designed for participants before the Hackathon starts. Please do ask.

  1. What SDK will I have access to?

You can see a list of useful resources here. We will update it from time-to-time so make sure you check back regularly.

  1. What other resources will there be?

All participants will receive a map of the stadium and all the information relevant about the infrastructure, such as networks and speed conditions.

Just before the hackathon, you will be provided a Participants Pack, containing all the relevant information, technical and non-technical about the competition.

On the Friday, we have a tour of Headingley stadium planned so you can really get a feel for the space and what fans might really appreciate.

  1. Does the solution developed during the hackathon have to be completely finished or is it also valid as partially developed?

You will have to demo your solution to the judges. The more developed the solution, the better your chances. The judges’ decision will be final and may not be appealed.

  1. Do I need to bring our own laptop?

Yes. This is definitely a BYOD event. Also, please make sure that any kit you bring is insured. We regret that we are not able to take any responsibility for anything you bring with you.

  1. Are there restrictions on who can take part?

No, but you will probably have a tech background to be able to provide a competitive solution and to be eligible for its deployment.

  1. Are meals provided?

Yes, we will provide pizzas, fruit and coffee throughout the hackathon. Please don’t forget to tell us about any food restrictions you have.

  1. What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The event will take place at Leeds Beckett’s Headingley campus. There is a regular bus, number 6, running from the City Centre to Headingley. All information can be found here:

Taxis in Leeds are well-priced. Uber has a good service in the area, or for a local provider call Amber Cars on (+44) 113 202 2117

The venue is approximately a 10-minute walk from anywhere in Headingley and a 40-minute walk from the city centre.

Parking in the area is very limited; if you intend to travel by car you may need to park in the residential area around the campus, although there are limitations on the directly surrounding streets. If you have accessibility requirements and need a parking space on site please let the organisers know in advance.

  1. How can I apply for a travel bursary?

You can apply for a travel bursary once you have submitted your application. We will send you a form to fill in. Remember that we have limited funds and bursaries will be awarded for non-local travel on a first come, first served basis.

  1. What happens after the hackathon?

The winning idea will receive Growth Programme support from project partner VHSJ and their Growth Consultant, based in Copenhagen. You can meet them at the hackathon and work together in the future if successful. You will also be offered support from IoT Tribe and their accelerator programme.

If you don’t win but have a promising idea, or even just enough enthusiasm, then you will have the opportunity for conversations with any of the MONICA partners about possibilities for collaboration and future projects.

  1. How will I receive the prize money?

This will be done by bank transfer from project partner VHSJ. The administration may take up to a fortnight as it is international and has to be signed off at a high level. The prize is in euro.

  1. How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact for any questions and help with logistics. We will update these FAQs as we go along.