Recently, I had to cancel the in-person HR Hackathon in Berlin due to Covid-19.

But we are BACK:

We are taking the HR Hackathon online!

The great thing about the virtual HR Hackathon is that there are no physical limits.
So everyone can join, pitch their project ideas, get their tech and team involved, find other team mates and work on highly inspiring challenges together.

The focus of the HR Hackathon is on tools, apps and resources that help everyone in and after the current Covid-19 crisis:

  • employers
  • employees
  • freelancers
  • job seekers

We are all concerned by the outcome of this crisis.

So here is my offer: I invite you to participate in the HR Hackathon online from April 17th to 19th.

We'll start with a short kick-off, then teams build and set to work during the following 2 days.
The judges will then look at everyone's project to award the winners.

Take the chance and the time to build something useful in light of recent events.

Here's what you can do for example - feel free to get creative and add your ideas:

  • share your API with the community to work with
  • launch your project idea
  • get your whole team on board and/or work with others
  • in this online edition of the HR Hackathon, (almost) everything is allowed.
  • If you want to get involved in moderating a Slack channel or help with anything else, tell me

Here's the event agenda:

The agenda is subject to change or to be modified depending on the number of attendees, projects, submissions and availability of the judges.

Also, I will be working on several different winning categories as soon as I have more visibility on everyone's project ideas and final submissions.

I'm very much looking forward to meeting you all online soon.

Stay safe. Stay at home. Stay healthy.

Kind regards from Strasbourg,

Eva Zils


Basically, everyone can join who feels they want to build useful tools, apps and resources for HR- and work-related tech.

The HR Hackathon Online is global.

As you long as you have a PC, a good wifi connection and are committed to work on your project during the weekend from April 17th-19th, we will be very happy to see ou here.

Nonetheless, the HR Hackathon online is ideal for you if you

  • are a developer
  • are working in HR
  • are a Sourcer or a recruiter
  • are an agile Coach or Scrum Master
  • are a product manager
  • and your work life are challenged by the current Covid-19 crisis


All submissions, even if you have already started working on your project idea and do not look for other team members, have to be indicated on the project idea list that will be open to be filled out from April 13th, 10 AM CEST until April 16th, 3 PM CEST. Only projects that have been communicated on this list, will enter the competition and will be judged.

Final project submissions will have to be posted here on DevPost during the submission period (from April 17th-19th, 11.30 PM CEST)

Build prototypes that help the HR (Tech) Community, employees, freelancers and job seekers during and after the Covid-19 crisis.

From web applications, mobile apps, online resources to hardware devices, feel free to experiment.

Let your creative energy flow.

Ideally, you describe your project idea by filling in the Google form which I will make publicly available from April 13th - April 16th, 3.00 PM CET.

Link here:

(This form does not represent the final submission of your project. I set it up to make team building and Slack Channel structuring easier)

Build prototypes that help the HR (Tech) Community, employees, freelancers and job seekers during and after the Covid-19 crisis.

From web applications, mobile apps, online resources to hardware devices, feel free to experiment.

To showcase your prototype, you will need to upload a 2-minute video pitch. Include a demo or walkthrough of your product. Remember to address the relevant judging criteria. Do also upload it on YouTube or Vimeo and enter the link in your submission.

Submissions must include a name and description of the team members, what problem the entry product solves. Submissions should include at least a design and a prototype, or simulation where applicable, along with a proposal of next steps, path forward, and a description of the necessary resources and plan to implement the project.

We encourage submissions to include information on how the product incorporates feedback from envisaged end users

Any and all tech stacks are welcome, but we encourage teams to build on tech stacks that are easy to scale and commonly used. Any necessary supplementary files, such as installation files or instructions, should be included with the submission as a single file or a zip.

In your submission on DevPost, include the following as well as the overall project documentation:

  • Project name, name and descriptions of team members
  • 2 minute video pitch (upload on YouTube or Vimeo and post link) showcasing the design, prototype or simulation where applicable
  • the initial idea and why you wanted to build it
  • what the product does and which problem it solves
  • how you built it and with what tech stack, tools, APIs
  • what were the biggest challenges while building it?
  • how did you solve them?
  • what are you proud of about this product
  • what are the next steps for the product after the HR Hackathon online?
  • what are the necessary resources and plan to implement the product
  • if open source: Link to Github repo


All submissions must be handed in by April 19th, 11.30 PM CEST.

In order to get public votes, you should make your project submission publicly visible.

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Website Feature

Your prototype video will be placed on the event homepage (

Video Show Feature (6)

3 of the winning teams will be invited to my HR Tech Live Video show to discuss their product in detail. The recording will be uploaded to YouTube and shared across my social network (18,000 contacts).

Recognition & Awareness (6)

Be named in all event communications after the event (press releases, blog and social media posts)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Ute Neher

Ute Neher
Head of Global Talent Aquisition at Deutsche Telekom

Iwan Gulenko

Iwan Gulenko

Bill Boorman

Bill Boorman
HR Tech company advisor

Chad Sowash

Chad Sowash
HR Tech critic and Podcaster

Judging Criteria

  • Impact on HR / work life in light of Covid-19
    Does the prototype have a real impact on HR or work life? Does it solve a problem that is relevant to HR, employees, freelancers or jobseekers due to the Covid-19 crisis?
  • Innovational impact
    Has an innovative and unique technology been developed?
  • Scope of the MVP
    Is the product finished in the sense of a marketable MVP (minimum viable product)?
  • Size of the addressable market
    Will the product scale on a national and international level?
  • User Experience
    Is the product easy to use? Is the design good and appealing? Mobile and user experience in general.

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