PCH Hardware Hackathon weekend with DCU announced

PCH will co-host a PCH Hardware Hackathon weekend in partnership with DCU on 22-24 May 2015 at the DCU Innovation Campus in Glasnevin.

The PCH Hackathon aims to attract Ireland’s makers, designers, engineers, technology-enthusiasts, marketers, designers and anyone interested in the idea of bringing products to life to get their hands dirty to make a prototype of a connected device in just three days.

 Katherine Hague founded ShopLocket with Andrew Louis in 2011

“We are very excited to host a Hackathon in Dublin again and we are looking forward to seeing further creativity and passion for product innovation this time around. Hackathons are great events because they allow ideas to move to reality very quickly, and it’s amazing what can be achieved over one weekend.”

Katherine Hague, VP of Community Engagement at PCH

This is the third Hackathon to be hosted by PCH in Dublin in partnership with DCU Innovation Campus, and follows successful events in 2014. New elements have been added to this PCH Hackathon’s agenda, including:

  • Five minute pitch-off sessions for established startups (non-Hackathon participants) to pitch for a prize of €1,000 funding – takes place Friday 22nd May;
  • Two Panel discussions including some of the biggest names in technology worldwide – Friday May 22nd and Sunday 24th May (more details coming soon);
  • Public access now allowing members of the public to attend demos and talks on the Friday and Sunday night (Friday 22nd May and Sunday 24th May).

On Friday 22nd May, PCH Hackathon participants will be invited to pitch ideas to the crowd and attract attendees to form design and production teams. In 54 hours, the teams will go from idea to prototype with help from mentors.


“Ireland’s hardware startup scene is really gaining ground and we want to harness some of that energy in this, our third Hackathon in association with DCU. DCU is a great partner. We’ve held two excellent events to date, which have resulted in the development of some amazing ideas and prototypes. Hackathons are today’s garages where companies get their start.”

Liam Casey, Founder and CEO, PCH

The event will included one-on-one mentorship, optional workshops, speakers and pitch practice. During the hackathon, participants will have access to an incredible list of resources including developer kits, prototyping tools, as well as 3D printers, CNC machines, soldering irons, and a laser cutter. There will be cash prizes for the first place team of €3,000, and a variety of other prizes for finalists.

Ronan Furlong, Executive Director of DCU Innovation Campus said, “It’s great to be partnering with PCH again, as well as with the other partners who are supporting this weekend’s Hackathon. Events such as these Hackathons and the partnership between DCU and PCH will propel Ireland and its maker community in the burgeoning IoT space.”

Ticket Prices

  • Early Bird prices are €40 for the full weekend pass.
  • Early Bird prices are €10 for spectators of the Friday & Sunday demo nights.
  • Regular prices are €50 for the full weekend pass.
  • Regular prices are €15 for spectators of the Friday & Sunday demo nights.


  • €3,000 in cash prizes to first place hackathon team
  • €1,000 in cash to Friday night startup pitch winners

To learn more about PCH Hardware Hackathons, watch the video here.