Carpool app Hitch wins 2016 DCU Hackathon

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Pictured: Hitch developers Luke Scales, Jaime Badiola Ramos, Shane Carter, Oisin Hoy and Pedro Neto

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8 March 2016 | 0

Hitch, a carpool app which allows student drivers and fellow students to connect and share transport was the winning idea at the 2016 DCU Hackathon #HackDCU last weekend.

Luke Scales, Jaime Badiola Ramos, Shane Carter, Oisin Hoy, Pedro Neto and Eva Christie, all students at DCU beat off stiff competition from over 120 students at the DCU Hackathon.

The event, organised by DCU Ryan Academy invited students from a range of disciplines to come together in a 72-hour enterprise bootcamp and to come up with ideas which could form the basis for a credible enterprise start-up. Representatives from Accenture, AIB, the Irish Exporters Association of Ireland in addition to mentors from numerous enterprise and software start-ups in Dublin, attended the second ever student Hackathon at DCU.

The winning team received a prize fund of €1,000 plus free flights and accommodation to Berlin for a major StartUp Europe Hackathon taking place in June, funded by the Welcome initiative under StartUp Europe.

The team will also apply for a place on the UStart Student accelerator programme run by DCU Ryan Academy.

CEO of the DCU Ryan Academy Eoghan Stack said: “Hackathon 2016 is an important event as it enables students to come together in a creative and entrepreneurial environment, devise ideas and come up with a product which possesses the key elements to enable that idea to transform into a credible start-up company.”

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