The YB Hackathon

Statements about the YB Hackathon

What is the YB Hackathon about?

At a hackathon, software developers, hackers and business people meet to solve a predefined challenge in the shortest time possible.
The goal of a hackathon is to develop a working software or hardware prototype within the given time frame. We grant 24 hours! What counts are: innovation, personal development and lots of fun! And of course the competition should not be overlooked: The winning team will receive great prizes. Ultimately, the participants are eager to build solutions that eliminate real problems in real companies. The APIs and Technologies available for this purpose are mentioned in the next section.


The BSC Young Boys is organising the "YB Hackathon" together with isolutions AG for the third time. First and foremost, YB wants to create new experiences and services for all fans and YB friends. Through innovations and new technologies, the club's offer should become even more exciting and versatile. But external companies with their challenges are also welcome. We are convinced that this initiative offers added value for all parties involved. In many respects:

  • We are creating a framework for Swiss companies to solve challenges outside given structures.
  • We give developers the chance to show what they got and present themselves to potential clients.
  • We give visability to the solution competence and innovative power of Switzerland as an IT location.
  • We promote Switzerland as an IT and business location.

Miralem Sulejmani is a hacker...

and Michel Aebischer is one too.


October 9 - 10, 2020

Stadium Wankdorf

free of charge for hackers

What makes the YB Hackathon special?

The hackathon lasts 24 hours and will take place from October 9 to 10, 2020 at the Valiant Lounge in the Stadium Wankdorf. In an impressive scenery and sporty atmosphere, the participants will face the challenges.

All essentials are included: Catering, drinks, a chill-out lounge for sleeping or relaxing and high-speed Internet access. In addition, an exciting supporting programme will be provided. More information will follow shortly. Stay curious!

Hackathon and API topic

The YB Hackathon is about finding a solution for your challenge in the most innovative way possible. It is obvious that you will integrate topics like IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning or Blockchain. You can, but do not have to use the platforms of our technology partners.

Besides the partner companies, YB will also be present with its own challenges. These will revolve around the stadium experience, the club's digital offering and process optimization in the club.

The challenges will be continuously updated and published here.

Technology Partners

Challenge Partners

Media Partners

Event Partners

Be part of the hackathon story!

Submit a challenge and become a partner.

Who can participate?

We are looking for software developers, IT professionals, students, hackers and technology-savvy fans, who implement challenges, as well as companies, entrepreneurs, decision makers and creative minds, who enter challenges.

Developer: You work together with two or three other developers on a challenge. Participation is free of charge for you, but the number of places is limited. You can easily register using this Form.

English-speaking participants are also welcome. Please note that some parts of the event will be held in German.

Company:You are working in the IT department of a company and have to solve a problem? You are part of the business department or you are an entrepreneur and have a vision on how to improve processes or an innovative idea? In both cases it makes sense to enter a challenge related to the topic. Companies have to pay for participation but get rewarded with a prototype solution and many other benefits. Click here to sumbit your challenge.


One thing is clear: glory and honour await the winning team! In addition to a prize of CHF 2500 and special YB Merch articles, the YB Hackathon Challenge Cup are awaiting the winners.
But the runners-up and third place finishers will not leave empty-handed either. The runners-up will receive a cash prize of CHF 1500 as well as sepcial YB Merch articles. The third place will be rewarded with a cash prize of CHF 1000. There are also the categories "Best Presentation" and "Youngsters", which are rewarded with signed YB jerseys or YB scarves. Participation in the Hackathon is definitely worth it.

The Challenges 2020

Develop the YB Arcade Game ...

Optimizing the running paths of the fans ...

Smart Bank Assistant ...

Automate customer service ...

Modern technology for the YB betting game ...

Together to the away game ...

Create a Multiplayer Football Game ...

Smart appearance for digital natives ...

Agenda of October 9


Welcome & Registration


Welcome of YB and isolutions

Wanja Greuel, CEO BSC YB and David Schneider, CTO isolutions welcome our guests


Technology Partners

The technology partners introduce themselves and give an overview of the available technologies



The challenges are being presented


Final team allocation and challenge assignment


Let's Hack

The 24-hour countdown is running

Agenda of October 10


End of Hacking

The 24 hours are over. Let's see what you got!


Presentation of the results


Discussion time of the Jury & Award Ceremony


Apéro & Celebration

See you next year!


Philippe Jacob

Philippe Jacob | Bereichsleiter und Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung, DV Bern

Sebastian Helbig

Sebastian Helbig | Leiter Newsroom, BSC YB

David Schneider

David Schneider | CTO, isolutions AG

Matthias Imsand

Matthias Imsand | CTO Public Cloud, Amanox Solutions AG


Maruscha Heyner

Maruscha Heyner | Microsoft

Reto Steffen

Reto Steffen | CDO, BSC YB

Brigitte Hulliger

Brigitte Hulliger | Co-Founder & Board Member Be Like Grace

David Schneider

David Schneider | CTO, isolutions AG

Philippe Jacob

Philippe Jacob | Bereichsleiter und Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung, DV Bern

Daniel Heinzmann

Daniel Heinzmann | COO, Amanox Solutions AG


Everything changes - even in sports. eSports is the new big thing.
No question, the topic is also present at the YB Hackathon.


There will be a gaming corner at the YB Hackathon for everyone that enjoys playing. Several gaming stations are waiting for you in a cosy lounge.

Get distracted

Compete with your teammates and relax with a little gaming session. Afterwards you feel fit enough to get back to hacking.

Partner of the YB Hackathon

New technologies are developing rapidly and are becoming increasingly important on and off the football pitch. For your company the YB Hackathon is a unique opportunity.

Registration is easy. Enter a challenge with our form and become a Challenge-Partner of the YB Hackathon. By doing so, you can additionally take advantage of the services listed on the right.
Factsheet Challenge Partner

For companies in the technology environment it is also possible to become a technology partner of the event. This allows you not only to enter a challenge but also to actively participate in the event.
Factsheet Technology Partner

The Facts

Challenge Partner for CHF 5'000.00

  • Right to enter a challenge, for which solutions will be developed
  • Integration into communication (print, online etc.)
  • Logo presence on the landing page
  • Logo presence in the aftermovie
  • Logo presence for Hackathon contribution in YBusiness
  • 1/1 page PR or advertisement in YBusiness
  • Operation of a promotion stand on site and presence via roll-up
  • Right to distribute giveaways to participants
  • Free event access for company representatives
  • Status benefits as YB customer (event invitations)
  • VIP invitation for one representative to a home match of BSC YB (together with other sponsors)

Technology partner for CHF 12'500.00 (cash & benefits in kind)

  • Right to enter a challenge analogous to Challenge Partner
  • All advertising and communication services analogous to Challenge Partner, plus more prominent placement and presence
  • Involvement in the design of the event
  • Right to hold short presentation at the beginning of the event*
  • Right to be part of the jury
  • Possibility of organising a side event*

Possible benefits in kind:

  • Development platform and tools with all necessary licenses
  • Communicative support / advertising for the YB Hackathon
  • Support with the recruitment of hackers
  • Support with the recruitment of partners for challenges
  • Short presentation at the beginning of the event*
  • Organisation of a side event*
  • Provision of a coach for technology consulting at the event

Registration for companies

Would you like to take this opportunity to implement an innovative idea or optimize a process for your company? Take a moment to fill out the form. The best challenges will be selected. As a partner of the YB Hackathon, your company will then benefit from many other advantages, which you can view here.

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Registration for Hackers

The entry is free for you. Become part of the Hackathon story and apply for a place at the YB Hackathon. Don't worry, it won't take long: we just want to know what your motivation is and what technologies you're nuts about.

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Event FAQs

  • Ensuring the minimum distances
  • Masks are compulsory in the plenum
  • Provision of hand hygiene stations
  • No mixing with external persons
  • Regular cleaning of surfaces according to requirements
  • Contact tracing (tracking of contacts in case of infection)

A hackathon is an event where new software is developed within a very short time (usually 24h or 48h) in a team. Expert developers work together with professionals from the business sector on a problem defined in advance. The goal of a hackathon is to develop a software prototype within the given time frame, which can then be further developed if necessary. During a hackathon, personal training and fun are also important!

Whether you come from a technical or business background; are a student, professional or entrepreneur, everyone is welcome and can apply. At least half of the team should have programming skills. The number of places is limited and we will make a selection from all the applications received. It is therefore important that you state your motivation and passion for technology in a few sentences when you apply.

We select the participants according to criteria such as creativity, motivation and technology experience.

For the Hackathon you need your laptop including accessories (charger, mouse etc.). You should also bring a sleeping bag or a mattress and everything else you need for the overnight stay (toilet bag, clothes etc.). Good mood and a good portion of motivation should not be missing. Catering is taken care of.

For the challenges entered, the most innovative and creative solutions should be found and prototypes developed, which are then further developed if necessary. For the hackers we want to create a unique atmosphere in which you can learn from each other and where personal development and fun are not neglected.

The Hackathon will take place in the Valiant Lounge of the Stadium Wankdorf. On more than 600 m² there is space for the hacker groups, our eSports-Corner as well as space for food and accommodation.

A team consists of 3 to 5 participants. You can form a team in advance and let us know (by e-mail to or by Telegram). If you don't know anybody, you can contact other participants via Telegram to form a team. All teams should be formed before the event starts.
Join our Telegram group:

The challenges are published on the website on an ongoing basis. A challenge can be handled by one or more teams. However, each challenge should be completed by at least one team. The teams can form up in advance, for example via our Telegram Channel. The final allocation will be made on October 9 with the following procedure on site:

  1. Each team creates a ranking list of which challenges they want to work on. A rank can be assigned several times.
  2. Based on all rankings, we determine the most popular challenges, which will be worked on by several teams.
  3. Starting with the least popular challenge, we assign the challenges to the team that has placed it at the top of its ranking. If two teams have the challenge on the same rank, the decision is made by drawing lots.
  4. In the end we assign the most popular challenges to each team that has placed it at the top of its ranking.
  5. After the allocation, the teams have the possibility to exchange the challenges among themselves.

The winning team will receive a cash prize of CHF 2500, special YB Merch and the YB Hackathon Challenge Cup. The runners-up will receive a cash prize of CHF 1500 as well as special YB Merch. Third place will be rewarded with a cash prize of CHF 1000. There are also the categories "Best Presentation" and "Youngsters", which are rewarded with signed YB jerseys or YB scarves.

The final products will be presented to the jury by the respective teams at the end of the hackathon. The jury will judge the works according to the following criteria:

Demo: Comprehensibility, good show

Business Value: Time saving, additional turnover, time to market

Technology: modern, cloud-based architecture, simple, lean

No Fake: Code is functional and not only written for the demo

Joker: Bonus points, which the jury can award subjectively

Your project will be put on Github. The jury can look at the source code.

The rights to the work remain with the team. However, the challenge sponsor receives a right of use. For the presentation you will also have to reveal the source code and put it on Github.

The main organiser is the BSC YoungBoys together with isolutions AG.

It is well known that, sleep is not the first priority at a hackathon - but of course there are enough sleeping facilities and space for relaxation. If you wish, you can bring your own sleeping bag.

Yes, food and drinks are available free of charge during the whole event.

The registration deadline for hackers is October 1, 2020 at 23:59. Challenges can be submitted until September 28, 2020 at 23:59.


BSC Young Boys
Papiermühlestrasse 71
3014 Bern
+41 31 560 89 10