Hundreds of hackers to take part in world’s largest retail ‘hackathon’ this year

Ben StevensIndustry

The biggest ever retail “hackathon” is set to take place in France in June this year, where hundreds of hackers and will compete to solve the industry’s key issues.

Hack Retail, the first edition of the event, will take place across 48 hours between June 12 and 14 this year.

250 hackers, 15 retailers and 10 technology partners are set to attend the event, which will pitch 50 teams against each other to create innovative solutions to some of the industry’s most difficult challenges.

Teams will seek to tackle issues from five main tracks including community engagement, sustainability, loyalty, seamless customer experience and security.

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The hackers, which will be made up of 80 per cent professionals and 20 per cent students must come up with a fully working prototype within 48 hours.

Winners will be judged on the suitability, innovation, flexibility and technical feasibility of their solution, and will receive €20,000 for their efforts.

Each of the five tracks will also see individual winners selected who will receive €5000 each.

The hackers, which will be made up of 80 per cent professionals and 20 per cent students must come up with a fully working prototype within 48 hours.

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