“If you like to be challenged and to learn more about new technologies, Hack the Future will definitely be something for you! The event is not about winning, but about collaborating together with your teammate towards a common goal. The cool thing about the event is that the theme and location gives you the feeling that you are actually really hacking! You don’t have the feeling that you are in a ‘competition’ throughout the day, the crew and coaches helped us solving the challenges. I learned a lot and in fact, this was one of the coolest events about technology that I participated in. Highly recommended!”
Global Challenges Edition
Colony on Mars Edition
Save the World Edition
“Most Entrepreneurial Team” prize
Because we want to show you what Cronos is all about – a group of self made men and women – we award an extra prize to the most entrepreneurial team on each day.
The first team that took home this prize, started their own company less than a year later and is now already the thought leader for blockchain in Belgium.
Cronos Group – home of innovative entrepreneurship
Cronos is a company of hackers and creatives, but most of all it’s an entrepreneurial ecosystem. The attention for and recognition of entrepreneurship is the main reason Cronos is such a successful company. Many of the entrepreneur within the group once started as creative, functional or technical consults. By showing initiative, passion and expertise they earned the chance to found their own company and take on more responsibility.
Roger Sels – Entrepreneur and evangelist
Roger started his career at Cronos in 1991 as a client-server developer and revealed himself as an excellent system engineer during the nineties. Inspired by the Cronos entrepreneurial ecosystem, he started Uptime together with two colleagues. The ambition of Uptime was to become a one stop shop for infrastructure solutions.
Having a natural enthusiasm for innovation and inspiring others, combined with the ambition to diversify, Uptime evolved into Uptime Group, today comprising over 20 competence centers. Roger also helped creating – among other initiatives – Cronos Security (an end-to-end information security offering).
Stephane Berghmans – CEO Technopolis
Innovation architect and intrapreneur with an extensive network in several technology fields (telecommunications, materials processing and telecommunications). My goal is to make innovation happen through networking and collaboration.
Bart Scheenaerts – Owner Bolwerk and host for HTF
Bart has learned through experience how to do – and not to do! – things at multinationals since 1998. Since 2009, he’s active as an independent interm manager, mainly at large companies. He’s also an entrepreneur in het Nieuwe Werken / Coworking with Bolwerk, Bar D’Office en be coworking. His aim is to bring together entrepreneurs, government, citizens and industry.
Bert Van Wassenhove – Venture Publisher at The CoFoundry
Bert calls himself a venture producer. With significant experience in marketing and digital media – and by leveraging his network – Bert helps people take an original idea and turn it into a sustainable company. As a co-founder at THINK with people, he has been coaching over 500 early stage entrepreneurs. In 2015 he founded The CoFoundry, a seed fund and accelerator for growth stage companies. He’s also a public speaker, podcaster and opinion leader in entrepreneurship through “De Bertjes”. Author of the books: “Een Digitaal Marketing Plan in 100 Dagen”, “Reward based crowdfunding, een handleiding” (co-author).
...more jury members to be announced soon!
“Hack The Future is a fantastic fun and learning experience in a spectacular setting and location. Students mingle with Cronos professionals in a competition with only winners.”
“For me, Hack The Future was an extraordinary experience. In the challenge we chose, both our technical and creative knowledge was tested. In fact, it was the ideal moment to put the skills we learned at school into practice. The winners of every challenge got the opportunity to pitch their results in front of a professional jury of entrepreneurs. And believe me, the final winners got an awesome prize. Everything was organized very well and the location was epic: Fort V, close to Antwerp! This historical location created a nice contraction with the state-of-the-art technologies that are used. I say this is a must do!”
“Last year, we started the day with a little briefing as we, ourselves, did not know what to expect from the students. It was the first time we participated so we were not sure if our assignments were too difficult (or easy). However, as soon as communicated, every student team started to solve the challenges in their prefered code language. There were teams who used .NET, others preferred Java or Python. We were surprised by how excited they were in hacking all day, without giving up at the hardest parts. A thrilling but crazy fun day!”