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April 17-18, 2021 in Skolkovo

startup hackathon

making videos, filming for YT, TikTok and Ig
April 17-18, 2021 in Skolkovo

startup hackathon

making videos, filming for YT, TikTok and Ig
April 17-18, 2021
Start at:
10:00 a.m.
36 hours
Number of participants:

VideoHACK— is a 2-day video production team competition in "Skolkovo" Technopark with tracks from real startups. With the help of our mentors and experts, teams will need to study products of their choice (full list of participating startups here), learn from the founders the most intriguing details about how their prototypes came to life, come up with creative scripts, film and edit snappy videos as well as come up with startups' video-based promotion strategies on social media (e.g. YouTube, TikTok or Instagram)

The most creative and well-delivered videos will enrich startups' collections of presentation materials while their creators will get collaboration offers!

We don't have a soul-sapping jury, all final products will be assessed by the participating startups themselves - your further clients, partners, or employers. And, of course, by the Skolkovo top business trackers, including Leonid Birjulin - the head of the production at Technopark "Skolkovo".

* Leonid Birjulin is discovering talents
why you can't miss VideoHACK
This startup hackathon can become a foundation of your long-term partnership with leading Skolkovo startups or even a stepping stone to your own startup!
Regardless of what you are using to get your creative job done, you deserve to be known among as many Skolkovo startups as possible.

Here you will learn special aspects of filming for innovation companies from the one and only Leonid Birjulin, meet big-brained mentors, and get an awesome networking opportunity in a cozy startup hackathon environment.
Participants will be provided with food and drinks. They will also have access to the gym and shower rooms. Besides, on April 18, during the final evening networking in the AXIOM bar, welcome drinks are on the house.

Film, edit, implement - a perfect scenario, whichever way you slice it.
who is VideoHACK for
our startup-hackathon is for you if:
You are crazy about
creating trendy videos, making video reviews, playing with light, angles and composition
You are good at
identifying trends, gaining views on YouTube, TikTok and/or Instagram
You are dreaming of
turning your video production hobby into a product useful for business
You want to
expand your portfolio with real business cases and attract attention of potential clients
You are a pro at
editing, writing killer scripts and working in a team
You are charismatic and
confident in front of the camera, can put your words into coherent sentences and can easily deliver messages to the audience
terms and conditions of participation
This is a compilation of the most important information about the startup hackathon VideoHACK. Get yourself familiar with these information blocks and if something is still unclear - email us.
Terms and conditions for all the participants
Anyone over the age of 18 can participate. You should have experience relevant to the track you choose during the registration. Soon after receiving your online submission form, we will get in touch to say hi and will send invitations to the hackathon later. Not everyone will be getting an invite - there are only 40 slots available. Priority is given to teams and those who really want to show what they've got.

The startup-hackathon is a team competition. Therefore, each team should have a minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 people. If you don't have a team - don't worry: you can find people to join you in our chat or ask us for help. It is required of teams to be present at their table during every checkpoint. Failure to do so is the grounds for being disqualified.

For participation, your team should have the following: a camera (or smartphone), a laptop or a tablet for editing, a tripod, a microphone, lighting equipment. Creative thinking is a must-have.

Four tracks to choose from
There are 4 completely different but equally awesome and unique startups taking part in our hackathon. Each of them has their special products that have been on the market for a while. Names of the companies and the respective products are kept in a secret for now. Right after the end of the registration period, on April 16, we will publish the mystery list in this section. Each participant will be able to choose only one track. To get some idea about the tracks - see below.
You will be able to change the track any time before the first checkpoint.
Track#1 High-tech device
This innovative device combines regular fabric and microelectronics. It will be very useful in our future when virtual reality becomes something mundane. This startup desperately needs video reviews that could grab the attention of both investors and customers in seconds, unravel the potential of the company, and display not the most "Instagram-worthy" device from its best sides. Video reviews, video presentations, or user-case demonstrations would work here really well.
You will be able to test these devices and visit the laboratory, where you can get a sneak peek of the future.
Track#2 Space topic
This startup joins us straight from the space, and its innovative solution will soon be visible from any part of the world. This startup has both devoted fans and rabid haters, which is twice as interesting. This innovative device is created for outer space, not for military purposes but for the benefit of regular people. You are expected to come up with the uses of this device and how to tell people about it. Video presentations, 3D visualizations, various formats of social media video content would work well here.
Here you will be able to hold in your hands something that usually floats in outer space!
Track#3 Online-product and education
A perfect track for TikTokers and stories-makers. This online product is more relevant and useful for the youth than MacDonald's combo-breakfasts. Right now this startup is trying to promote itself via VK, the promotion attempt on TikTok was not very successful - the fire content is wanted. Vines and other life portraying video formats would work here well. A great opportunity to try yourself in a role of a startup producer in social media (YT/TT/IG/VK).
Трек#4 Immunity and healthy living
If you love boxes, unpacking, healthy eating - this track is for you. This box product is not about technology but self-care. It does not have leeches or rib grass, it is something much more top-shelf aimed at active people who take care of their immune system. How can this startup stand out among thousands of other products on the healthy living market and start making money? Looks like the startup has some ideas and they are ready to share them with track's participants for them to come up with creative presentations and make some videos. Formats like unpacking, video review, and business-style video presentations would work well here.
You will be able to try out a role of an entrepreneur and test the products (all ingredients are natural, safe, and certified)
On April 16, in this section, we will publish a list of startups and their products. You will be able to assess what type of equipment and other things you might need, put it in a suitcase and come to the hackathon. There is something that we can provide you with:
 — chroma key
 — models for filming (business style, tiktokers, fitness chicks)
 — make-up artist with basic tools
 — practically the whole territory of Technopark is available
 — startups' representatives
 — extension cords, duct tape
 — basic lighting equipment
Criteria for choosing the best team
Those teams that do not leave, but reach the final will show everyone their creative work and make a short presentation in which they will tell about themselves and their creative idea (2-3 slides, we will provide a template). The team is given 10 minutes to perform!

The best team will be selected on each of the four tracks after all teams have performed. The start-up founders will announce their evaluation criteria at the opening ceremony, April 17th, and this information will be added to this section on the site.
startup hackathon schedule
day I
april 17, 21
09:00 — 10:00 Participants' arrival and registration; light snacks, coffee, tea
10:00 — 11:00 Startup-hackathon opening, introduction of tracks
11:00 — 14:00 Full on hackathon mode: writing scripts, making videos
14:00 — 15:00 Lunch
15:00 — 16:00 Checkpoint "I", tracking teams' progress
16:00 — 18:00 Full on hackathon mode: creating stories, making videos
18:00 — 19:00 Light supper
19:00 — 21:00 Full on hackathon mode: creating stories, making video
21:00 — 22:00 Checkpoint "II", tracking teams' progress
22:00 — 22:30 Go home and have some rest
day II
09:00 — 10:00 Participants' arrival; light snacks, coffee, tea
10:00 — 14:00 Full on hackathon mode: editing, sound recording
14:00 — 15:00 Lunch
15:00 — 16:00 Checkpoint "III", tracking teams' progress and approving finalists
16:00 — 18:00 Full on hackathon mode: final products' brushing up and presentations
18:00 — 19:00 Light supper
19:00 — 21:30 Final presentations, teams showcase their creative works
21:30 — 22:00 Results announcement and award ceremony, the closing of the hackathon
22:00 — 23:00 Discussion and networking in AXIOM bar, Technopark "Skolkovo"

Registration is closed prematurely
there are no more chairs
our patners ans sponsors
Our super-power
Max Yaremko
Founder and CEO at Smartway
Will mentor teams and help to find out the hidden tasks of the business
Previous startup-hackathons


Hey! I am not 18 yet, can I participate?
Hey! Nope, sorry.
Can I apply but work from home or leave early?
This is not a good idea. During checkpoints we get to each team's table and communicate with teams, track their progress. If there is no one physically present at their team's table, the team is disqualified. If there is only a cap present but he can't say/ show/ explain anything - your chances of getting into the final are very slim.
Can I use my existing templates for the solution?
Yes, you can use whatever you got. All participants will be in the same conditions as startups' products will be revealed during the hackathon opening Saturday morning.
I don't have a team, what should I do?
This is perfectly fine. There are two proven methods to find a team: (1) spread the word in our Telegram chat (2) participate in the teambuilding process at the beginning of the hackathon. Mention your key skills during the registration - it will make the process of finding a perfect match easier.
Email us at
Join our Telegram chat
Technopark "Skolkovo", Ball 1, Floor 3, Modular Hall.
Bolshoy bulvar 42 building 1, Innovation center Skolkovo, Moscow.

How to get here:
- from m."Slavyanski Bulvar" by bus 818Э, 819К
- from m."Troparyovo" by bus 1147
- from Bolorusskiy railway terminal, line MCD1 (D1) to IC "Skolkovo". It will take 20-30 min.
- by Uber, Citymobil or Yandex.Go. You don't have to order a pass to the IC "Skolkovo", free pass is valid for taxi.
- by car or carsharing to the parking area IC "Skolkovo"

As long as you want, you can find your way here ;)