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BIT Hackathon by MC

24h hackathon to build the future of retail.

  • 132 Participants
  • 139,449 Invested
  • 0 Uninvested


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  • Retail
  • Food, Beverage & Tobacco

Who can participate?

Registration for the Hackathon is open to all individuals who want to participate, whether or not they are employees of MC or Sonae Group. We are expecting participation from employees, but we are also challenging universities, technology communities, startups, and partners.

After registering my team, can I add people?

Yes, we advise you to do exactly that. Register your team with at least four members to secure your spot, and you can communicate any changes to the team later via email at [email protected].

Are there pre-defined challenges, or are the topics open?

There won't be any pre-defined challenges. You can work on any topic related to the retail sector across its entire value chain and for all MC brands, including Continente, Continente Modelo, Continente Bom Dia, Continente Online, Meu Super, Bagga, Go Natural, Wells, Dr. Wells, KeepWells, Arenal, note!, ZU, Washy, Home Story, and Cozinha Continente.

Do I need to know how to program to participate?

You don't need to know how to program to participate; you just need an idea for the retail sector. However, it's advisable to have a programmer on the team so that you can attempt to prototype the solution.

Do solutions have to be developed in Outsystems?

No, solutions can be prototyped in any technology. Use the one that is most familiar and most appropriate for the solution you're developing.

Until when can I register my team?

The number of teams is limited, and acceptance criteria are based on the registration order. Teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. We suggest that you register your team as soon as you have four members, which is the minimum number required to form a team. You can always add the remaining members later if necessary.

Can I participate remotely?

No, it's necessary for all team members to be physically present.

How will my project be evaluated?

The BIT Hackathon will have two evaluation stages:

(a) An intermediate evaluation where the jury will select the 15 best teams: 

(i) This evaluation will be based on the information available on each project page published, including the project file template;

(b) A final evaluation where the winning team will be discovered: 

(i) This evaluation will be based on a 4-minute pitch made on stage by the 15 best teams; 

(ii) The first 15 teams will only be announced during the final. They will be called to the stage one by one. All teams must be ready to pitch.

What platforms will be used in BIT Hackathon 2023?

The TAIKAI platform will be used for voting, and Microsoft Teams will be used for communication.

How does contact with Mentors work?

You can count on the support of various mentors throughout the day on the 24th, from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mentors will have a different colored t-shirt and can be consulted whenever you need them via Microsoft Teams. On the BIT Hackathon website, you can see all the mentors you will have access to.

I registered, but I won't be able to attend after all. What do I need to do?

If your team still has at least 4 participants, you can still participate even if one member can't make it. Otherwise, your team will need to find a replacement in order to secure the spot. In any case, even if you intend to cancel the entire team's participation, you should always notify the organization via email at [email protected].

Do I have to spend the night at the venue?

Staying overnight is possible, but not mandatory. Showers and beds will not be available, but there will be conditions for working through the night. We'll have snacks, energy drinks, and coffee to help.

I have an idea for a project, but I had already started working on it before the BIT Hackathon. Can I participate with that idea?

If it was just an idea, you can. If you've already developed a prototype, then no.

Do we need to have a solution in mind already?

No, you can think of the idea/challenge during the event, but we recommend that you think about it beforehand so that you can devote as much time as possible to developing the solution.

What do I need to bring? Do I need to bring food?

You don't need to worry about food. You'll have access to a food station throughout the event and meals are also provided by the organization. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated based on the notes of each participant shared in the registration form. However, you're free to bring your own food if you want. In terms of materials, you need to bring your computer and any other materials that you anticipate will be necessary for the development of your idea. On our side, you can count on a workspace for your team, wifi, and some technological resources that will be shared.

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