The Challenge VDS2023

The Challenge promotes an innovative culture within the university environment by enabling participants to develop their skills through 12-hour hackathon challenges. Participate to have the opportunity to collaborate with top-tier startups and renowned organisations such as HP, BStartup Banco Sabadell, GoHub Global Omnium, Marina de Empresas, Fundación ValenciaPort, Banco Santander and el Ayuntamiento de Valencia. In addition, you could win up to €5,000 in prizes and showcase your project at VDS2023.


The competition is open to professionals or undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral students at any public or private university in the Valencian Community, with no age limit or need for prior experience.

Challenges: Participants will be divided into teams and will have to prototype and present a technology-based product or service that solves some of the challenges posed by HP,  Ayuntamiento de Valencia, Universitat Politècnica de València and VDS2023.

All selected participants will have the opportunity to pitch their proposal at the City of Arts and Sciences on October 27th, on one of the VDS2023 stages.


Awards and important dates

Awards: The prizes will be offered by HP, official partner of VDS2023.

  • 1st: 3,000€
  • 2nd: 1,000€
  • 3th: 1,000€

Important Dates

  • October 2nd: Registration deadline.
  • October 3rd to 10th: Team formation and challenge assignment.
  • October 18th: THE CHALLENGE at UPV facilities.
  • October 27th: Pitch presentation session and announcement of winners at VDS2023.

Challenger at The Challenge

Conduct on-site evaluations and maintain regular communication with a diverse group of 50+ students who will collaborate to tackle various challenges created by the companies.

· Each challenge involves a minimum of 2 student groups, each consisting of 5 members.

· Establish a strong brand identity as a company that attracts and develops tech talent, leveraging the widespread impact of The Challenge across universities and at VDS2023 on the day of the prize-giving.

· The challenger have the possibility to be part of the final hackathon jury.

· Be part of the award ceremony with the winning team on VDS2023’s main stage at the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia.


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