Promoting a sense of community with CloudFest Hackathon 2018

A New Direction for 2018

This year's CloudFest Hackathon featured a revamped structure. Unlike previous years, when sponsors came up with the projects, this year the sponsors took a step back and let the developers define the project ideas themselves.

The results were fantastic. Around 50 men and women from all over Europe attended the Hackathon. The participants included members of the Open Source community, hosting providers, and service providers, working together hand-in-hand.

The Event

The Hackathon began with a delicious lunch on Saturday in Europapark, at Hotel Santa Isabel. After lunch, attendees broke off into six groups which began working on their projects immediately. Several teams worked late into the night.

After enjoying a rest (the event included board and lodging) in the fabulous hotels of Europapark, participants returned Sunday to continue the enthusiastic atmosphere and inspiring experience. By the end of the second day, most of the projects were almost complete, with a little more fine-tuning required on Monday.

Tuesday morning brought the official opening of CloudFest, and final moderation of the Hackathon projects. The results were presented on stage by Jeff Hardy (Hackathon host) and Sabrina Waltz (Community Manager and one of the organizers and sponsors of the event). The projects were presented by the participants themselves.

It was wonderful to watch developers who are more or less competitors in "real life" exchanging their routines, sharing their knowledge, and learning from each other.


Event sponsors included:

  • 1&1
  • CMS Garden
  • Domain Factory
  • GoDaddy
  • Host Europe
  • Intel
  • OVH
  • Plesk
  • Ripstech

The Projects

Click here to check out the projects submitted by the community.

Click here to see a photo gallery from the event, and to download the PowerPoint presentation "CSP Ready IoT Solution for SMB," the final result from the IoT Team.