The goal of the Hackathon is to solve the transformational challenges and create new solutions in a rapid prototyping format. To achieve this goal, six partners will host real-life challenges and participants will develop new prototypes in only 48 hours.


Tell us about what moves you, and show us your hidden talents.


Our highly qualified experts choose out of all applications 60 talents and create 12 complementary teams.


Get your Challenge. Identify the problem and benefit from the support of our mentors and experts.


Establish a solution.
Pitch your idea.
Found your Startup.




Does it make the judges go crazy?


Does it solve a persistent problem?


Is it brand new and out of the box?


Does it have the potential to rule the world?


Is your pitch confident and mind blowing?

Application deadline: 4th September 2020


What is “Hinterland Hack”?

„Hinterland Hack“ is a hackathon at which corporate challengers present 6 challenges based on current business problems which participants try to solve in an innovative technology-enabled way within 48 hours.
Starting on Friday and until Sunday, 12 teams (approx. 60 participants) hack for 48 hours on the presented Corporate Challenges – hence per challenge 2 teams will work separately on a respective solution.
Selected top mentors, representatives of the corporations and the Founders Foundation team (as well as food) are available to all teams at all times and provide support wherever possible or needed. Short „topic blocks“, such as e.g. pitch trainings, are always offered optionally by experts from the Founders Foundation community.
The Solution Day on Sunday (around noon) is the final event where all teams present their results. For each challenge, a winner is chosen. From amongst the winners per challenge the overall hack winner is selected and will receive a price of 5.000€.

When does the Hinterland Hack take place?

The event will take place on the weekend of September 18th starting friday at 4.30 (doors open at 3.30) p.m. and last until September 20th where we will finish at roundabout 6pm.

Where will the event take place or is it an online Event?

The Hinterland Hack will be an on-site event at Founders Foundation in Bielefeld.
The Hinterland Team will always have an eye on the current Corona developments. If it is foreseeable earlyon that the Hinterland Hack cannot take place at the Founders Foundation, we will switch to a digital format. For this case you have the opportunity to indicate whether you would also be interested in a virtual event.

How do I get to the venue?

We would suggest travelling by train. From Bielefeld main station you can take the tram to the Rathaus (only three minutes) and you are at the Founders Foundation in 10 minutes (walking) – or grab a Tier scooter. Alternatively walking from the main station generally only takes about 20 minutes.

Corona general information

We have developed a hygiene concept that complies with all guidelines. There will never be more than 100 people in the Founder Home at the same time and everybody has the possibility to keep the safety distance at any time – the Founders Home is about 200qm big.

Can the Hinterland Hack be cancelled at short notice because of Corona?

Of course we have no influence on the development of the Corona happening. If we know early enough about a ban or restrictions of the event, we will switch to a digital format. If it is no longer possible for us to make the switch, we unfortunately have to cancel it at short notice in the worst case.

Can I stay overnight at the location?

No, due to Corona, we do not provide accommodation.
On site you will enjoy our delicious food, but you will have to arrange your own accommodation for the night. On both evenings you have the possibility to hack on your challenge until 3 o’clock in the morning, after that we will close the doors until breakfast at 8:30am . Of course you can continue hacking privately with your team.

Any Hotel / Hostel recommendations?

STAYERY. Bielefeld
As one of our Hinterland Partners, the STAYERY offers you an exclusive Hinterland Hack prize.

  • Apartments with modern fancy rooms central location.
  • Room rates from € 69 per night – Please contact Julia to get the special discount code.
  • Distance to Founders Foundation: 6 minutes by car/taxi or 15 minutes walking distance.

Altstadt Hotel Bielefeld**

  • Middle class hotel with modern comfortable rooms in the middle of the historical city centre.
  • Room rates from € 69 per night.
  • Distance to Founders Foundation: 2 minutes by car/taxi or 5 minutes walking distance.

Is there monetary travel support?

No, unfortunately we cannot provide any travel imbursements.

What prizes can I win?

First of all you get a weekend full of fun, inspiration and team spirit.
From each of the six challenges there is a team winner, who wins a trophy. A single team also has the chance to win the Unicorn Cup, which comes with 5000 € prize money.

What do I have to bring?

First of all enthusiasm, team spirit, motivation and the joy of experiencing an exciting and inspiring weekend. Otherwise, please bring your technical equipment (laptop, tablet etc.) and whatever else you need for a successful hack! Apart from that, we will of course provide you with needed working material for creative expression.
Food and drinks are also provided during the whole hack.
It is important that you have to take care of your own accommodation before the hack, because we will close the Founders Home overnight due to corona.

How can I apply?

You just have to go to our website and fill out the application form! We will contact you if you have got one of the coveted spots. Here you can directly go to the application form


Founders Foundation,
Obernstraße 50, 33602 Bielefeld

How to get there

Train: Walking distance from Bielefeld Main Station
Flight: Airport Münster, Airport Paderborn (Hack shuttle)

Where to sleep

For those who don´t want to sleep on the top of there keyboards we´ll organize some nice Airbeds.