AccorHotels Budapest Hackathon

Submissions due:

  • Location Budapest, Hungary
  • Duration 02.12.17
  • Prize pool €4,500

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Challenge outline

Calling on all great start-ups and university departments – submit your idea to participate in the AccorHotels Budapest Hackathon. 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 Budapest Hackathon 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:

  • Implementation of the winning solution
  • €4,500 in cash
  • Vouchers for AccorHotels in Eastern Europe

We are looking for bright minds that can bring aready-to-use solution that can be piloted without any human interaction or help, and monitored from acentral point or administrator position. All solutions received need to be ready for immediate implementation in order to enhance the typically dull image of the hotel bathroom.

How to submit

How to take part in the AccorHotels Budapest Hackathon?

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

  2. Create your ChallengeRocket account.

  3. Sign up for the event until 23rd of November, fill out the application form, and describe your idea.

  4. Develop your product during a 12-hour hackathon in Budapest.

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

  6. The winners will be announced on December 9th.

  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 / Interact

Accor Hotels 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 a huge 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?

This session focuses on INTERACTION. How can we, as customers, interact with different elements in our bathroom (mirrors, scale, etc.) for information, entertainment, health, daily routines, and in other surprising ways? We’re very excited to see what you create!

Also, check out the Warsaw edition!

Hackathon details

The AccorHotels Budapest Hackathon is a one-day event focused on guest experience themes. The Hackathon will take place at the Novotel Budapest City (Alkotás u. 63, Budapest)). All travel costs must be covered by the participants. On 1st December at 8:30 pm participants can take part in a cocktail dinner, visit hotel bathrooms and network together. If you want to attend the dinner, all participantsare offered a special accommodation option:

  • Novotel Warszawa Airport (24/11 - 26/11): 183PLN (1 pers.) or 215PLN (2 pers.) Bed & Breakfast (to get the discount when booking, please enter the code: HACK17)
  • Novotel Budapest City (29/11 - 5/12): €69 Bed & Breakfast + 4% city tax (to get the discount when booking, please enter the code: HACCK17)

The Hackathon will start the next day (2nd 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 Hackathon will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

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


Check what's at stake!

  1. Firts place

    1. Deployment of the winning solution in AccorHotels in Eastern Europe
    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 solutions implemented in AccorHotels in Eastern Europe
  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 Budapest City, Alkotás u. 63, Budapest
  • When 2nd of Dec, 2017
  • Duration 8:30-20:00


Check details and do everything on time!

Take part in the Hackathon, present your idea and win deployment of your solution!

  1. 8:30

    Welcome Breakfast


  2. 9:00-9:30

    Presentation from Accorhotels

    The hackathon – the product you will work on – the logistics throughout the day – the Jury

  3. 9:30-12:30

    Work in Subgroups

    Brief pack given

  4. 12:30

    Open Buffet lunch

    Q&A and assistance available

  5. 14:00-17:00

    Work in Subgroups

    Perfecting solutions

  6. 17:00-18:00

    Pitch preparation

    All the teams prepare to present their projects

  7. 18:00-20:00


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

  1. 9 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
  • The opportunity to showcase your startup
  • €4,500 in cash and prizes to win
  • Great fun and new development opportunities
  • Enrich your resume/portfolio with the Hackathon
  • Potential shortcut to glory


They will choose the winners

  • Luc Gesvret

    Luc Gesvret

    VP Sales, Distribution, Marketing, RM for 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

  • Julia Dedo

    Julia Dedo

    Innovation Manager

  • Tamas Kulcsar

    Tamas Kulcsar

    IT&DS. Manager, Hungary and Slovakia

  • Jean Wendling

    Jean Wendling

    General Manager of Novotel Budapest City

Get in touch!

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