The Challenge


Take part in the very first hackathon of ArcelorMittal Belgium, taking place on September 15, 16 and 17 in Ghent. You’ll be given 48 hours to come up with a creative solution to an industry-based conundrum given to you on the first day of the event.

Theme of The Challenge is ‘Smart factory’ and ‘Industry 4.0’. 

September 15th - September 17th

48 hours - from 19:00 to 19:00
Ghent, Belgium


By participating,
you accept the Terms and Conditions

What can be expected?

The topic

In order to create a continuous process in our cold rolling mill, we weld our steel coils together at the entrance of the mill, thus creating one big chain to continuously feed our rolling mill. In case the weld would break, the entire process should come to a stop, material would be lost and we risk damaging the machine. Something we obviously want to avoid.



The hackathon


3D lasers can create a highly detailed image of a weld. They can even provide detailed images of any object. Up to you to visualize an object in such way that it really supports the operator. Think of VR or AR?

Artificial Intelligence

Based on the dataset provided, would you be able to predict if a weld would break or not? Can you highlight those areas that pose a risk? 

User Experience

Support the operator with a good flow, create an app and provide tools to support him/her enabling him/her to make a decision a short timeframe.

What's in it for me?

Judging & prizes


2.000€ for each of the improvement areas (visualization, artificial intelligence & user experience)

In addition, the overall best solution will be awarded 2.500€

All judging criteria will be provided at the opening of the event.

Drone racing?

Fun times

Apart from working hard during the weekend, it's important to get to know the other people and have some fun.

Think of drone racing, a table tennis competition, …


All food, drinks and entertainment are on us.



Assistance at hand

Experts in the AI, VR and UX field will be present during the event on Saturday to inspire you and provide you with info and insights which will assist you in building a solution with real impact

Who can participate?

The Challenge is open to students, young entrepreneurs with a strong interest in IT, design, …. You can register individually or participate as a team (max 5). 

If you don’t have a team, we’ll assist you in forming one on the opening evening of the event. 

15-17 September, 2017

The Challenge kicks off on Friday evening, September 15th, with a networking event, an opening presentation, an introduction to the data at hand and challenge set forth!

Teams of max 5 people can/may work on The Challenge from Friday (kick off) until Sunday at noon. Sunday afternoon brings the (team) pitching of your work, judging by a panel of experts and the much-anticipated awards ceremony.

at Co.Station Ghent

The event takes place at Co.Station in Ghent. Easily accessible by car, bus or train. Co.Station is fully equiped to work hard and have fun at the same time

Catered and Fun

The Challenge is fully catered, from start to finish.

We also provide a healthy number of fun moments to relax.


Microsoft - technology partner for the ArcelorMittal Hackathon
200 liege

Supported by

The challenge is supported by EIT RawMaterials
bryo RGB lang


Go ahead & apply.. We look forwarding to welcoming you to The Challenge!