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Future is Now

Innovate the dance & festival scene


Amsterdam Dance Event is an official partner of this event

Dance Festivals & Innovation

24 hours back to back coding

To stimulate innovation in the dance and festival scene, ADE 2017 will see DGTL, Young Creators and ADE joining forces again to organize the second ADE Hackathon. As the electronic music scene is using data & technology more and more, these three parties acknowledge that it is of importance to discover further opportunities in this domain.

At the ADE Hackathon, smart developers, designers and entrepreneurs are asked to think about the challenges that are faced by the dance and festival scene, but also to think about the opportunities that data and technology provide. A group of 100 selected bright minds will be invited to develop smart concepts, new apps and inspiration within a challenging timespan of 24 hours.

The event will be closed at DGTL KOMPAKT at the NDSM



Successful dutch startups in the event industry

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Data & Tech

The available resources for building hacks

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Main prize

A weekend at DGTL Festival Barcelona

Including Flights, Hotel & Backstage Passes


Hackathon Challenges

Use data & new technologies to innovate the dance scene

The dance and festival scene has numerous challenges and opportunities and we ask you to use data and new technology to innovate. AR, VR, IoT, RFID...whatever you want. We will focus on three topics, but any application that is relavant can compete with a wild card. Below our focus teams with some ideas to get the creativity flowing...


  • how can we boost the online offer and consumption of certain dance genres? There is room for improvement
  • how can we find that cool track from a live set and add it to your personal playlist?
  • how can we get to know better insights on what kind of artists or tracks a festival visitor likes?
  • how can we help people find new artists/labels/tracks in genres that are not so easy to find online 
  • ...


  • how can we extend the awesome festival experience to someone's home or phone. 
  • Relive your festival by a personalized aftermovie 
  • Go on an AR quest and meet up with your favorite DJ back stage
  • Stay informed & know where to go
  • ...


  • avoid the crowds and get to a festival in the most relaxed way...mobility remains challenging
  • manage the crowds...can we see real time where people are and what they are doing?
  • Can we generate more insights on the behavior of festival visitors so we can build better events
  • How to organize festivals in the most sustainable way
  • ... 


  • Any solution that you create during the weekend that is relevant for the dance and festival industry is welcome! 




DGTL Festival is one of the leading dance festivals in Amsterdam. Every year we open the festival season during Easter, we host 3 nights at NDSM during the Amsterdam Dance Event and have grown internationally to Sao Paulo, Tel Aviv and Barcelona.

DGTL wants to interact more consciously on scarce resources and besides that would like to reduce its footprint. We are aiming to produce a festival as sustainable as possible but we also keep in mind that the way we work towards this goal needs to fit into the DNA of DGTL. Innovation and use of technology is an important factor to the festival. We want to surprise visitors with our progressive projects and create awareness with them but of course in a cool and appealing way.


ADE is the ultimate annual business and innovation platform in the field of electronic music.

In the past twenty years ADE has grown into a globally renowned platform for the international dance and electronic music scene. The festival is the perfect place to spot the latest musical trends and emerging talents, as well as hearing the most recent work of both electronic music pioneers and current superstar acts. In addition to the extensive line-up of the ADE Festival, ADE Playground offers music enthusiasts a large and varied daytime program including exhibitions, in-store promotions, pop-up stores and film screenings all over the city center. The business aspect of the event (ADE Conference) is recognized as the most important of its kind, presenting a broad range of conferences and networking opportunities that focus on music and technology, VJs & visuals, sustainability, dance & brands, harder dance styles, new talent and the education of students.

ADE stimulates innovation and entrepreneurship in the dance & festival scene by projects such as the Hackathon.

The Program

The ADE Hackathon will start at 16.30 on Friday October 20 and we will end with the pitches & prizes 24 hours later. After that you can chill out at home or at the venue. We all meet again at 23.00 for some drinks and of course the grand finale….DGTL KOMPAKT.


October 21

07:00    Breakfast buffet
12:30    Lunch
15.00    1st round judging
17:15    Stop Hacking
18.00    Pitches & Prizes
19.00    End & Chill
23:00    DGTL Kompakt


October 20

16:30    Doors open
17:30    Official opening    
18:30    Hacking starts
21:00    Dinner time
00:00    Sneak peek @ DGTL



The opening will include a keynote from Meindert Kennis, the CMO of Spinnin' Records.

Friday night will be boosted by a mini set of  Andrew Pacific and a sneak peek @ DGTL

Do you want to check out the final pitches on Saturday? Come an join us from 17.00. You don't need an ADE conference pass or seperate ticket


All participants of the hackathon will be granted access to DGTL x Kompakt night at the Scheepsbouwloods on Saturday from 22:00-06:00 Timetable & Info


The venue

The Hackathon will take place amidst all the ADE Festivities at the NDSM terrain in Amsterdam North. Our homebase for the weekend will be MTV HQ.

MTV Nederland
NDSM plein 6
1033 WC Amsterdam


Sponsors & Partners

Our partners and sponsors are essential to create a great event! Data and technology will support the hackathon participants in building solutions for our challenges. Are you interested to join? Would you like to bring in your data or would you like to connect your brand to this event? Contact us a


Ecosystem Supporters

Results ADE Hack 2017

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