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We’re thrilled to have you join us for an exhilarating three days of coding, collaboration, and creativity at Europa-Park, Rust, Germany. This guide will help you navigate the event smoothly, ensuring you have all the information you need for an unforgettable experience.


Dive into our action-packed agenda, featuring coding sessions, project collaborations, and presentations, leading to groundbreaking open-source innovations. Prepare for an unforgettable journey of learning, networking, and impact. Full details are available here.


This year, choose from 11 diverse projects to contribute your skills and passion.
Before the event, familiarize yourself with the projects and meet project leads and fellow participants on our dedicated Mattermost channels: pitches will be super short by design, during the presentations on March 16.
Check out the projects and watch the new introduction videos here or on our projects page, to make an informed decision on-site, in which project you’d like to participate.

Travel to Europa-Park for CloudFest Hackathon

Europa-Park sits at the heart of Europe, where Germany, France, and Switzerland meet.
Here‘s a quick guide from CloudFest on your travel options by plane, train, car, or bus.

If you travel by car, here are the Google map links for the El Andaluz and Colosseo hotels:

El Anadaluz Hotel
Colosseo Hotel

Find here some guidelines for the last steps toward your stay at Europa-Park for CloudFest Hackathon 2024:

1. Traveling from Offenburg to Ringsheim:
  • By train: Deutsche Bahn (DB) offers convenient connections from anywhere in Germany to Offenburg, followed by a quick 20-minute ride to Ringsheim, the closest station to Europa-Park. Plan your trip and check connections here.
  • By taxi: You can take a taxi from Offenburg station to Ringsheim. It’s about a 30-minute ride, but prices vary.
  • By shuttle – SIXT Ride: If you’re moving in a group, consider booking a shuttle with SIXT for a comfy ride.

Important: There’s NO CloudFest shuttle service from Offenburg to Europa-Park before and during the Hackathon.
For your journey back to Offenburg on March 18 and 19, after the hackathon, you can catch the official CloudFest main shuttle.

2. Europa-Park Bus from Ringsheim Train Station:

Ringsheim station is your gateway to Europa-Park.

  • Hop on the Europa-Park Bus for a quick ride to your hotel.
  • Remember: Get off at the Hotel Bell Rock stop. It’s a short walk to the Colosseo, El Andaluz, and Santa Isabel hotels.
    Timetable Europa-Park Bus

Safe travels, everyone!

Your Accommodation

Your accommodation and booking details for either Hotel El Andaluz or Hotel Colosseo are available in your CloudFest account dashboard. Remember, hotel bookings can’t be altered based on personal preference.

Reminder for early birds arriving on March 15:
Please ensure your invoice is settled within the next two weeks.

Check-In Info:

Standard check-in begins at 15:30. However, should your room become available ahead of this time, you are welcome to check in earlier and settle in at your convenience.

Map of Europa-Park hotels

Your CF Hackathon Badge (Registration)

March 15, 2024

17:00 – 19:00: Early Badge Pickup at CloudFest Info CounterColosseo
Avoid the morning rush by picking up your attendee badge early! The CloudFest Info counter will be open exclusively for hackathon attendees in the lobby of the Colosseo Hotel.

March 16, 2024

9:00 – 11:00: Badge Pickup at CloudFest Info Counter – Santa Isabel
The CloudFest Info counter will be open exclusively for hackathon attendees in the lobby of the Santa Isabel Hotel. Get your badge early, beat the queue, and prepare for an exciting start!

Afterward, you’ll be able to get your badge directly from Carole Olinger, Head of CloudFest Hackathon, during the event.

The Venue

Set within the charming Santa Isabel Hotel, inspired by historic Portuguese monasteries, the CloudFest Hackathon 2024 offers an unmatched blend of old-world ambiance and modern conveniences.
The Convento serves as our primary space, with the Refectorium providing additional room for creative endeavors.

Dedicated Project Areas

Eight projects will unfold in the Convento, with three more in the Refectorium, ensuring ample space for all participants. Important updates will be live-streamed between these areas so that you won’t miss a beat.

Wi-Fi Access

Stay connected with the “Confertainment” network, accessible throughout the venue. Alternatively, you can use the network “Hotelresort”.

Network: Confertainment
Password: Confertainment_EP

Take a well-deserved break: Explore the venue

Beyond the hackathon, the Santa Isabel Hotel and its surroundings in Europa-Park offer a plethora of experiences. Take a moment to step outside, breathe in the fresh air, and let the historical ambiance fuel your creativity and teamwork.

Luggage Storage Information

For Early Arrivals (March 15)

You can check into your room starting from 15:30 and get settled. If you arrive earlier, feel free to explore Europa-Park or relax in the hotel’s common areas.

Arriving on March 16 or 17?

We understand you’re eager to dive into the hackathon activities. We assume your room isn’t ready upon your morning arrival, but here’s what you can do with your luggage:

Staying in the Hotel El Andaluz?
This hotel is conveniently located right next to our main venue, the Santa Isabel. Please visit the reception desk to store your luggage in their secure room until your afternoon check-in.

Staying in the Colosseo Hotel or elsewhere?
You can store your luggage at either the Santa Isabel or your respective hotel’s luggage storage area. Just approach the reception desk and inform them of your check-in later that day.

For safety and security reasons, storing luggage in hotel corridors or lobbies is strictly prohibited.
Please use the designated luggage rooms the hotels provide to keep the venue organized, safe, and clutter-free.

Our Partners

A heartfelt thank you to our partners whose support makes this event possible.
Our partners this year include Intel, Group.one, AlmaLinux OS Foundationon the top tier level (Gold).
Please engage with them onsite to learn more about their contributions to the tech community, the full list is here:

Hackathon Awards

The CloudFest Hackathon isn’t just about technological breakthroughs; it’s also about making a tangible, positive impact in the world. This year, we’re focusing on awards that not only celebrate innovation and teamwork but also contribute to a greater cause once more, the Groundbreaker Talents project.

Award Categories
  • Future Of The Web Award: For the team with the most forward-thinking project.
  • Dream Team Award: Celebrating exceptional collaboration and teamwork.
  • Social Media Master Award: For the team that creates the biggest buzz online.
  • Web Impact Award: Recognizing a project with a significant positive societal impact.
  • Pitch Perfect Award: Awarded for the most compelling project presentation.
  • #CFHack2024 Overall Winner: The top honor for the team that stands out above all.

Your support through your contribution or award sponsorship helps us continue our mission to empower the tech community and make a lasting difference.
For more details about the charity awards, the jury, and the sponsors visit the CloudFest Hackathon Awards page.

Evening Side Events

As part of the CloudFest Hackathon 2024 experience, we invite you to participate in our specially curated evening side events. These gatherings are not just about relaxation and fun—they’re also perfect opportunities for networking, building friendships, and creating unforgettable memories.

Early-Bird Gathering – Friday Night

When: Starting at 18:00
Where: Restaurant Medici & Cesare / Colosseo
Registration: not needed

Mario Kart Tournament – Saturday Night

When: 20:00
Where: Hotel Santa Isabel
Registration: on Mattermost, starts during the Hackathon and will be announced

Blue Fire Megacoaster Thrill Ride – Sunday Night

When: Sunday, 19:30 – 20:30
Where: Europa-Park
Registration: not needed

For a deeper dive into what each side event offers, including locations and additional details, visit our side events post.

Join Us On Mattermost! (Reminder)

To ensure you’re always in the loop and can connect with fellow hackathon participants, we’ve set up a dedicated Mattermost channel for all things CloudFest Hackathon 2024. This is where you’ll find real-time updates, engage with project leads, and get to know your teammates before the event kicks off.

Haven’t joined us on Mattermost yet? It’s quick, easy, and the best way to stay informed and connected: just use the sign-up link you got from Carole in her last email!

Important: Email Communication Ends!

Please note, we will stop sending out email updates after March 3, 2024. To ensure you don’t miss any critical information or exciting announcements, make sure you’re active on Mattermost.

Updated FAQ

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Visit our updated FAQ section for all the information you need about the event.

We look forward to seeing you at CloudFest Hackathon 2024 and creating unforgettable memories together!

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