START Hack is a 35-hour hackathon in St. Gallen, Switzerland with the aim to foster real technological progress. We bring together tech students from more than 30 countries and universities all over the world, such as MIT, Cambridge, ETH, EPFL and many more. Create innovative products in the focus areas Financial Technology (FinTech), Internet of Things (IoT) and Mobility.

The best teams will be evaluated by a jury, awarded with great prizes and invited to the big START Summit, where they will showcase their products in front of 1500 participants.

Hackathon Sponsors


1st Place

START Summit Showcase & CHF 500 Microspot voucher

2nd Place

START Summit Showcase & CHF 300 Microspot voucher

3rd Place

START Summit Showcase & CHF 200 Microspot voucher

SBB/Uepaa Prize

Railaway voucher for a stay in Switzerland

Swisscom Prize

Chargers & Gift Cards worth CHF 150.-

Blockstream Prize

Blog article about the projects and especially the winner

Arvato/ Startupbootcamp Prize

Lego Mindstorm Robots

Fundbase Prize

100 CHF Amazon Elastic Computing Credits and Presenting Product & Findings at Fundbase Annual Investor Conference

Namics Prize

Awesome Goodies

Logitech Prize

Gaming Combo Set (Mouse, Keyboard & Headset)

MLH: Best use of AWS

Amazon Web Services swag and portable Harddrive

MLH: Best Developer Tool

GitHub Octocat Figurine

Bloomberg: Hack of choice

Orb Floating Bluetooth Speaker

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Judging Criteria

  • TBA

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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