Hackathon [YAN] Childhood 2015

Microsoft Innovation Center in cooperation with Microsoft Armenia, Public Journalism Club, Vanadzor Technology Center announces the ‘Hackathon [YAN] Childhood 2015’ contest for innovative ideas and solutions. The most interesting and innovative event of the year will take place in Vanadzor city on December 12-13, 2015. Teams, consisting of programmers and non-programmers will develop the prototypes/demo versions of their web and mobile applications, that will be assessed by the panel of experts and mentors.

The annual Hackathon [YAN] contest is designed for those, who

  • Have a good team;
  • Have developed an innovative solution for any local or international problem;
  • Want to enrich their programming skills;
  • Want to meet new interesting people;
  • Spend the most interesting 24 hours of the year with us in lovely Vanadzor;
  • Win valuable prizes.
  • Want to get involved in MIC Acceleration program and get assistance to shape their idea into world class products.

Special Award

Public Journalism Club will award the team that will present Best Solution for Helping Investigative Journalism and Media in Armenia. The Award is sponsored by Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Foundation

Seminars on various technologies will be delivered within the framework of the contest. Founders of various successful Armenian startups will share their experience with the newcomers. Two teams, selected by Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia, will be involved in the Startup Acceleration Program.

When: December 12-13, 2015

Where: Primary School N 22, named after Stepan Zoryan, City Vanadzor


  • A team of 2-5 members
  • Availability of laptops/notebooks

How to apply

To apply for the Hakacthon[YAN], please fill out the form by describing your project and your team info on the following link http://bit.ly/1HxPU2k. The application deadline is December 4.

For more information and questions, feel free to contact us by the phone numbers (010) 545 343 or (041/099) 545 343.

The organizers will cover the transportation for teams from Yerevan and Gyumri to Vanadzor and back.

Hackathon [YAN] Childhood 2015 is organized with the assistance of World Bank, Enterprise Incubator Foundation, RA Ministry of Economy, Lori Regional Council, Beeline Armenia and Knight-Mozilla OpenNews.

What is Hackathon?

Hackathon is a Silicon Valley-generated extensive contest aimed at solving existing problems through collaborative computer programming and new technologies. The first Hackathon [YAN] was organized in 2011 with 32 teams and more than 150 participants. The interest in the contest increases year by year. 35 teams participated in Innovation Hackathon [YAN] 2012. Hackathon[YAN] Flight 2013 took place at Zvartnots international airport of Yerevan. 58 teams from Yerevan, Gyumri, Vanadzor and Ijevan participated in the Hackathon [YAN] 2014 organized within the framework of Innoweekend in Gyumri.

All winners of Hackathon [YAN] have received valuable prizes, provided with cooperation and funding opportunities. Some of winning teams work successfully till today.

What do we expect?

The result of this Hackathon [YAN] is most likely to be the creation of a number of prototypes for ready-made projects, mobile applications that can be implemented not only in Armenia but also in international market.

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