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European Hackathon

With the support of the DGITM (General Directorate for Infrastructure, Transport and Mobility), Gustave Eiffel University is working with AFIT France (the French transport infrastructure financing agency) to examine changes in mobility (goods and passengers) and their impact on transport infrastructure requirements.

The aim is to continue the momentum created with AFIT France and its European counterparts, and to once again contribute to the debate on infrastructure investment needs by first examining mobility practices, the factors that determine them, their possible shift towards greater sustainability and the implications in terms of renewed infrastructure needs via a European hackathon.

For its third edition, the European hackathon is part of a BIP ERASMUS + programme.

The 2024 edition

From Friday 22 March to Tuesday 26 March 2024 in Paris on the theme: “Improving infrastructures for active mobility? Places, hubs, platforms for mobility transition”

40 students (1st and 2nd year Master's degree students) will be selected, half of them from the 12 partner universities of the Gustave Eiffel University:

  • TH Köln, University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany
  • LAUREA University of Applied Sciences, Vantaa, Finland
  • University of Zilina, Slovakia
  • ISCTE IUL - Lisbon University Institute, Portugal
  • UniBo, University of Bologna, Italy
  • PoliMi, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy
  • 'Dimitrie Cantemir' Christian University, Bucharest, Romania
  • University of Huelva, Spain
  • Avans University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
  • IUAV University of Venice, Italy
  • UTB, Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czech Republic
  • BFH, University of Applied Sciences, Bern, Switzerland

Students will be grouped together in multi-disciplinary, mixed teams (students from the Gustave Eiffel University and students from partner universities).

Each team will have to propose innovative projects in terms of:

  • places'design,
  • new materials,
  • efficient technical systems,
  • governance,
  • economic models etc.

Participants will enjoy a cruise on the Seine, an evening out, a visit to Paris...

All disciplines are expected to contribute as the project wants to develop systemic approaches. 

This hackathon is sponsored by the French Transport Ministry, and its agency for infrastructures funding

During the 5 face-to-face days, students will be followed by experts as well as professionals from the transport sector and public actors.

Course of the European Hackathon:

  • 9 November and 15 January 2024 : 2 information webinars.
  • 3 February and 9 March 2024: remote work sessions for the selection of ideas by the teams.
  • Friday 22 March to Tuesday 26 March 2024: European Hackathon on the premises of the Paris campus of the Gustave Eiffel University, at the Ecole des Ingénieurs de la Ville de Paris (EIVP)
  • Tuesday 26 March: final presentation of the projects to a panel of experts, selection of the 3 winning teams and presentation of the prizes.
  • Spring 2024: the winning team is invited to present its project to elected representatives and technical managers.


Are you a student from one of the 12 partner universities? How do you apply?

To apply for the Hackathon and an Erasmus+ grant, students from partner universities must contact their home university, which will make a pre-selection and inform the Gustave Eiffel University organisers before 15 November 2023.

Students selected by the Gustave Eiffel University will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant paid by their home institution.

This grant will be provided by ERASMUS+ (approximately €350), and will be used to pay for the accommodation and meals during the stay. The Université Gustave Eiffel will give the students selected the details of their stay after 15 November.

Students must pay €350 fee (payment in euros) before 15 January 2024 (details to follow) in order to confirm their final registration with the Université Gustave Eiffel.

If paiement is not made by 15 December 2023, registration and involvement in the hackathon will be cancelled.

The university will pay for return plane/train tickets from your home university. All other local travel (public transport, transfers from the station or airport, etc.) will not be covered.

Participants, natural persons, must imperatively:

  • be at least 18 years old on the date of registration and acceptance of these rules,
  • be a student in a Master 1 or Master 2 programme at the Gustave Eiffel University or be a student of equivalent level at one of the partner universities,
  • be in possession of a valid identity card or passport at the time of the event,
  • commit to participating in the various sessions of the event programme mentioned in article 1.3.

The organisers reserve the right to refuse any application that is incomplete or unsuitable with regard to the conditions set out below.

The organisers reserve the right to exclude any participant in the event of an unjustified absence from one of the sessions.

European Hackathon rules

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