AccorHotels Warsaw Hackathon

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  • Location Warsaw, Poland
  • Duration 15.12.17
  • Prize pool €4,500

Challenge outline

Calling on all great start-ups, individual teams and university departments – submit description of your idea/product/prototype or solution to participate in the AccorHotels Warsaw competitive event. We're challenging you to level up our guests’ experience by upgrading hotel bathrooms with technological enhancements. The winner will go on to develop the winning idea within AccorHotels and have the opportunity to pitch at the Central Innovation Unit in Paris.

The AccorHotels Warsaw event is a one-day event organized around guest experience themes that AccorHotels in Eastern Europe wishes to tackle. By tapping into the most innovative ideas of the best minds within start-ups and companies, or any creative makers wherever they are, we aim at discovering the best solutions for aspecific customer touchpoint, and thus enrich the overall guest experience at our hotels.

Prizes include:

  • A contract with AccorHotels - see your solution deployed in all Eastern European hotels!
  • €4,500 in cash
  • Vouchers for AccorHotels in Eastern Europe

We are looking for a ready-to-use solutions or advanced prototypes that can be piloted without any human interaction or help, and monitored from a central point or administrator position. All solutions received need to be ready for implementation in the future in order to enhance the typically dull image of the hotel bathroom.

How to submit

How to take part in the AccorHotels Warsaw competitive event?

  1. Assemble a representative team from your start-up/company/university.

  2. Create your ChallengeRocket account.

  3. Sign up for the event until 13th of December, fill out the application form, and describe your idea.

  4. Come with advanced idea/prototype/solution or ready-to-use product. Improve it during 12 hours or discuss how it could be used to change the experience of hotel bathroom guests.

  5. Present your project and enchant the Jury during a 7-minute pitch.

  6. The winners will be announced on December 22th.

  7. The winning team will develop its solution within Accor Hotels and will have the opportunity to pitch their idea at the Central Innovation Unit in Paris!

The digital bathroom / Awaken Your Senses

AccorHotels wants to say goodbye to ordinary hotel bathrooms by transforming them with new digital technologies!

Guests know that most hotel bathrooms follow a fairly predictable pattern in terms of design and options, and are accustomed to seeing the same kinds of facilities no matter where they go. We can change all that! Let's upgrade them with something cool without spending ahuge amount of money or impacting other systems. Our goal is to evoke emotions as part of the hotel bathroom experience via digital solutions so that guests can encounter the unexpected. How can we personalize this space with new digital technologies?

During the competitive event in Warsaw, the main theme will be THE SENSES so the possibilities are endless. Check out some inspiration below. We’re excited to see what you are going to come up with!

  • Design - how might the bathroom look?
  • Lights, temperature layout, etc. - what could the customer get to feel?
  • Different fragrances - how can they alter the mood?


We're looking for ultimate bathing experience with smart technologies. It may be about:

  • innovative toilets;
  • innovative shower tubes / bathtubes (maybe we could make our show a SPA experience!);
  • interactive mirrors;
  • new materials;
  • novel water conservation technologies;
  • innovative bahtroom furniture;
  • creative amenities;
  • innovative plumbing fixtures;
  • new bathroom automation concepts;
  • novel lights and sounds systems;
  • any other stuff i.e. maybe novel aromatherapy system.

Literally everything that has potential to make hotel guests' life easier and more fun. We believe that anything in the bathroom can be disrupted. It may be something as little as novel cabinetry handles or as big as completely new bathroom organization idea. There's no limits to imagination! We're excited to see your solutions and discuss potential cooperation opportunities.

Competitive event details

The AccorHotels Warsaw competitive event is a one-day event focused on guest experience themes. The event will take place at the Novotel Warszawa Airport (1 Sierpnia 1, Warsaw). All travel costs must be covered by the participants. All participants are offered a special accommodation option:

  • Novotel Warszawa Airport (14/12 - 15/12): 366,5PLN (1 pers.) or 399PLN (2 pers.) Bed & Breakfast OR 183PLN (1 pers.) or 215 (2 pers.) for the night 15/12 - 16/12 (to get the discount when booking, please enter the code: HACK17)

The event will start the next day (15th December) at 8:30 am. Remember to bring any useful devices and essential equipment with you. You are provided with aspace for working in, as well as for meals and drinks. Afterwards, each team will pitch their idea to the Jury. The winners will be announced at apress conference the following week. The winning team will have to choose between either the opportunity to pitch at the Central Innovation Unit in Paris OR the cash prize (€2000).

Are you ready to be a part of a hotel revolution? If so, don't hesitate. Register today!

Judging criteria

All projects presented during the event will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The quality and attractiveness of the solution
  • The functionality and novelty of the solution
  • The ease of the implementation
  • Aesthetics and design
  • Social potential
  • The relevancy to the main theme


Check what's at stake!

  1. Firts place

    1. A contract with AccorHotels
    2. The opportunity to pitch at central innovation unit in Paris OR the cash prize 2000€
    3. Vouchers x2 for hotels in Eastern Europe


    4. See your solution deployed in all Eastern European hotels!
  2. Second place

    1. Cash prize 1500€
    2. Vouchers x2 for hotels in Eastern Europe


  3. Third place

    1. Cash prize 1000€
    2. Vouchers x2 for hotels in Eastern Europe


Where and when?

Check out the event's date and venue

  • Where Novotel Warszawa Airport, 1 Sierpnia 1, Warsaw
  • When 15th of Dec, 2017
  • Duration 8:30-20:00


Check details and do everything on time!

Take part in the AccorHotels competitive event, present your idea and get a contract with AccorHotels. See your solution deployed in all Eastern European hotels!

  1. 8:30

    Welcome Breakfast

    Checking the attendance list and Teams registration

  2. 9:00-10:00

    Presentation from Accor Hotels

    The event – the product you will work on – the logistics throughout the day – the Jury - hotel bathrooms visit

  3. 10:00-13:00

    Team work

    During this phase, Teams can work on improving or adjusting their advanced ideas/prototypes/solutions or products. You can also devote your time to preparing final presentation or consulting with the Organizer’s representatives

  4. 13:00

    Open Buffet lunch

    Q&A and assistance available

  5. 14:00-16:00

    Team work

    You can work with your Team on preparing final presentation. Give yourself the best chance to win!

  6. 16:00-17:00

    Pitch preparation

    All Teams prepare to present their advanced ideas/prototypes/solutions or products. All presentations should be provided in a PDF format

  7. 17:00-20:00


    Each Team has 7 mins for presentation + 3 mins Q&A session

  1. 22 Dec 2017

    The winners will be announced at a press conference




  • The winner will develop its solution within AccorHotels
  • The chance to pitch at the Central Innovation Unit in Paris
  • Meet other companies and talented engineers
  • Get in touch with European leaders in innovative bathroom solutions
  • The opportunity to showcase your startup
  • €4,500 in cash and prizes to win
  • Great fun and new development opportunities
  • Potential shortcut to glory

The Warsaw edition

Win a contract and see your solution deployed in all Eastern European hotels!

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They will choose the winners

  • Romain Perrot

    Romain Perrot

    Director of Strategy, and Innovation, Eastern Europe

  • Jean-Yves Besnard

    Jean-Yves Besnard

    Head of digital Projects and Learning & Development, Eastern Europe

  • Paulina Grzelak

    Paulina Grzelak

    Digital Project Manager, Poland and Baltic States

  • Joanna Świerkosz

    Joanna Świerkosz

    Vp Marketing, Quality, Loyalty

  • Paweł Kwiatkowski

    Paweł Kwiatkowski

    Co-Founder & CEO,

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