**Register here, too: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holohack-2016-tickets-29388236005

The challenge

Build and demo smart city augmented and mixed reality (AR/MR) projects using the Microsoft HoloLens. This free hackathon will have 10+ HoloLenses and some Emulators for you to check out, free food, and prize bundles of tech goodies - including a Microsoft HoloLens! 

HoloHack is a 24-hour hackathon presented by thyssenkrupp - a Fortune 500 and one of the first major companies to establish an innovation center at Tech Square in midtown Atlanta. After announcing a partnership with Microsoft HoloLens, thyssenkrupp is looking to hire C# and Unity 3D developers and build relationships with the Atlanta AR/MR development community. Come out to check out HoloLenses, land a job, and connect with other AR/MR enthusiasts! 

Who should participate and what's the focus?

Engineers, developers and designers with experience or interest in gaming and/or AR/MR are all invited to attend. If you are studying or have experience with C# and Unity 3D, please join us! thyssenkrupp is especially interested in meeting students, but the entire AR/MR community is invited to take part .

Projects must be a smart city AR/MR project in nature and reference will be given to projects with animations created in Unity 3D and written in C# that incorporate the HoloLens or a HoloLens emulator.

What's in it for you?

  • Build cool stuff with some HoloLenses (we'll have ~20 HoloLenses on-site + some emulators)
  • Meet thyssenkrupp executives and maybe land a job: they are hiring for entry-level C# and Unity 3D developer positions and internships
  • Eat and drink and be merry. All sustenance will be provided.
  • Prize bundles of tech goodies including a Microsoft HoloLens (omwhat?!)
  • Work with the local AR/MR development and design community
  • Keep what you build. thyssenkrupp is not claiming ownership of your intellectual property.


Friday, Dec 2nd

  • 5:00 PM: Dinner & kickoff
  • 5:30 PM - Start hacking
  • 7:00 PM: Unity 3D and HoloLens workshops (Optional. Details in "Discussions")
  • Midnight: Fourthmeal
  • Stay as late you want. Toothbrushes provided.

Saturday, Dec 3rd

  • 8:30 AM - Breakfast
  • 12:00 PM - Lunch
  • 1:00 - Demos
  • 3:30 - Prizes. End.

Need some idea inspiration?


Anyone can participate - individuals, teams and organizations. There are no limits on team size.


  • Must be a smart city project in nature
  • Must be an AR/MR project in nature
  • Strong preference given to animations created in Unity 3D and written in C#
  • Preference given to projects that incorporate the HoloLens or a HoloLens emulator

Hackathon Sponsors


$7,375 in prizes

1st place

Microsoft Hololens (Developer Edition), LucidSound LS30 Wireless Universal Gaming Headset, three Amazon Echo Dots

2nd place

XBOX ONE Elite, LucidSound LS30 Wireless Universal Gaming Headset, two Amazon Echo Dots

3rd place

XBOX ONE Elite, LucidSound LS30 Wireless Universal Gaming Headset, Amazon Echo Dot

Runner Up

XBox Live Gold Annual Subscriptions for every team member

Runner Up

32" Samsung Smart TV / Monitor, two Amazon Echo Dots

Runner Up

32" Samsung Smart TV / Monitor

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

HoloHack is an in-person event in Atlanta. To register, just click the green "Register for this hackathon" button on the top-right and show up!


Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor
Interactive Developer, thyssenkrupp

D'Arcy Salzmann

D'Arcy Salzmann
Senior Director, Microsoft HoloLens Engineering

Seana Murray

Seana Murray
Microsoft HoloLens Development

Eric Kamont

Eric Kamont
Microsoft HoloLens Solution Specialist

Judging Criteria

  • Awesomeness
    Wow factor. Did you build something no one thought was possible? Did you use techniques that are abnormal, often impractical, and weirdly elegant?
  • Design
    Is it easy to understand? Is it easy to use? Is it creative?
  • Functionality
    Does it work?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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