Hack A Thing

Sponsored By

Norfolk County Council - Elite Sponsors
Concept13 - hackathon sponsors

44 Hours
9 Challenges
2 Prizes
1 Winning Prototype

The Mentors

Kris Jones

Founder, Tech Velocity

Sharon Jones

Barclays Eagle Labs

Paul Freakley

Engineer, Barclays Eagle Labs


What is the objective?

You will split into teams of up to five participants, aiming to provide innovative solutions to the problems faced by Norfolk County Council.

The Hackathon will provide expert advice, guidance and support from sponsors Tech Velocity, and the facilities to come up with viable solutions to real world problems – and access to the conference. Subject Matter Experts and suppliers can take you through the issues to be solved and any other factors surrounding your project.

There will be space and facilities to build your own hardware, if your project requires it. Kit is provided for via sponsorship from Concept13.

Once completed, your team will pitch the project to a panel of judges and the conference audience, and the top two ideas will win prizes, 1 picked by the judges. the other by peoples choice.


We invite individuals, community group members and businesses to enter our LoRaWAN based hackathon in Norwich October 14th – 16th 2018.

Quick Reference Time Table

Sunday 14th October

5pm Open Doors for Hack-A-Thing Kick off at Vodka Revolution, Sponsored by Concept13 & Norfolk County Council

5.15pm Meet Your Mentors

An Introduction to your mentors Kris Jones, Sharon Jones, Paul Freakly & a bunch of Subject Matter Experts from Norfolk County Council.

5.30pm Choose Your Challenge & Team Forming

You will get to choose upto two challenges – the intention is that by doing this, you get to work on something you want to.

Please See information on challenges by going to: Norfolk County Council Challenges

6.00pm Food & Networking & Have a Hackspace Tour

6.40pm Work On Your Ideas

8pm Finish Day 1

What you do after the end of this event with your teams is up to you. We will expect you and attendees to be at St Andrews Halls, Norwich by 9am on Monday 15th October.

Attendees will be asked to arrive for 5pm on Sunday. Crew will be at Vodka Revolution from 4.00pm to set up. You are welcome to pop along anytime from 4.30pm.

This is your chance to present your innovative solutions to solve these challenges proposed by Norfolk County Council:

  • Supporting people with learning disabilities
  • Supporting people with dementia
  • Supporting people that are elderly/frail
  • Monitoring road surface temperatures to enable cost efficient gritting
  • Low cost lone working devices
  • Keeping tabs on library books
  • Open libraries and means of public summoning help if needed
  • Counting people entering open libraries accurately
  • Libraries staff working alone and means of raising alarm

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors Norfolk County Council, Concept13 and Tech Velocity we’re able to host a hackathon that enables the community to really get stuck into solving real world pain points and creating viable solutions to local authority Norfolk County Council’s needs.

We are looking for 30 – 40 participants from all sectors and professional backgrounds to form teams of upto 5 participants to solution real world challenges faced by Norfolk County Council from October 14th – October 16th.

These challenges are a mixture of cross sector needs that Norfolk County Council would like to see solved utilising the Public LoRaWAN Network that is in operation over Norwich and Norfolk.

As a participant you will receive plenty of supporting materials to participate in the hackathon, and food and drink for the entire hackathon.

We’re taking a rapid prototyping approach in this event with expert advice, guidance and support on hand provided by Kris Jones and team (Tech Velocity, Norwich Tech Accelerator), Subject Matter Experts from Norfolk County Council and speakers and workshop hosts participating in The Things Conference and members of The Things Network Community.






Sunday 14th October

Participants will be welcomed with a buffet and array of soft drinks whilst they meet their prospective team mates and register for the 2 challenges that most interest them.

You register by writing your name on a slip of paper and putting it in a bowl – names will be drawn once participants have finished deciding.

Once the teams have been formed, you will form your solution and have support provided by subject matter experts who will be on hand to guide and advise.

You will be given access to kit to support your prototype development. Your solution may not be a device, it might be a software solution that augments or enhances the data collected from existing solutions.


Monday 15th October

After you’ve completed your first night of homework, you will be provided with access to the conference and workshops to enhance your teams access to information, talk to suppliers, hear relevant talks or participate in relevant workshops.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in the conference workshops, particularly the first session run by Patrick Fenner & David Mee. They’re also welcomed to attend the conference talks and work together to collect information from the speaker track and sponsor exhibitions throughout the day.

You’ll be invited to work at Blackfriar’s Hall and join us in the main hall for lunch and a little R&R whilst having the opportunity to network and meet members of the business and technology community.

8.00 am Registration at St Andrews Hall main entrance.
9.00 am Work with your teams in Blackfriars Halls where workspace has been provided for you. Access to the Norwich Hackspace is provided from 9.30am – 5pm. Here you will be able to solder and make use of some of the equipment and ask questions and receive help from the wonderful Dan Herring.
11.30 am From Now participants will be able to book time in rooms upstairs to use for your project time.
12.30 pm Lunch is provided in St Andrews Halls for Hack-A-Thing Attendees & Mentors
6.00 pm Conference Day 1 Close
6.30 pm The Things Network UK Community Showcase – Sponsored by Digital Catapult



Tuesday 16th October

You will have just 3 minutes to present your final pitches to the judges and audience showcasing your solution and two more for any questions the judges may have – make sure to bring your game face!

8.30 am Registration
9.00 am Attendees will be expected to have arrived for the final day!
9.30 am Perfect Your Pitch! Working with Kris Jones you will learn the things you need to know to pitch to the judges
11.40 am Teams will be expected to have put together a Pitch Deck of no more than 7 slides for a 3 minute pitch to the judges. This can / may include a demonstration of a prototype solution that could be hardware, software or both.
15.20 pm Winners Announced & Awards Ceremony
5.30 pm Conference Close
6.30 pm The Things Network UK Community Showcase – Sponsored by Digital Catapult


Sneak A Peek At Our New Swish Agenda: Conference agenda



What You’ll Need

Yourself, a laptop with charger and any other supporting materials you feel you’d need to participate.