The Challenge


ArcelorMittal Belgium’s first hackathon – an event where computer programmers and technology specialists collaborate over a short time period to create new software – has taken place in the centre of Ghent.

‘The Challenge’ was open to students and young entrepreneurs with a strong interest in IT and design. The 65 participants of the ArcelorMittal Belgium hackathon were given 48 hours to come up with a creative solution for an industry-based conundrum, focused on welding fractures. The overarching theme for the hackathon weekend was ‘Smart factory’ and ‘Industry 4.0’.

After almost 48 hours of the Challenge hackathon, on September 17 the award ceremony took place. Each team had to give a five-minute presentation to pitch their project to the panel of judges, consisting of experts from ArcelorMittal Belgium, Ghent University and the University of Liège. €8,500 of prize money was awarded, divided into four categories: Visualization, Artificial Intelligence, User Experience and Best Overall Solution. The award ceremony took place in the presence of State secretary Philippe De Backer.

September 15th - September 17th

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

Our winners


No Name - Visualization


One Bonsai - Artificial Intelligence


Staalent - UX


One Bonsai - Best Overall

The aftermovie