Ready, TECH, Go – Our tips for hosting your next Hackathon
Are you looking for a venue to host your hackathon? Here at Tobacco Dock we have terabytes of experience of hosting high profile technology clients such as Samsung, Google, Facebook and IBM; making us the perfect venue to help you deliver a game over event.
Access a Location
A number of elements are essential when finding a unique and interesting venue for your hackathon, such as accessibility, capacity and facilities, and here at Tobacco Dock, we have all the bases covered.
Just one tube stop from Bank and less than 10 minutes’ travel from Shoreditch, Tobacco Dock is simple for all your attendees to get to. Also, bringing your car and using the cheap nearby carpark or the free weekend street parking means that no machine gets left behind!
With 57 spaces over 16,000sqm and a maximum capacity of 10,000 people, we can host all sizes of tech events. Our adaptable space will suit all aspects of your hackathon such as the Great Gallery for the main event; Little Gallery which is presentation perfect; East Mall which can function as an area for sponsors to showcase their products and hold immersive experiences; and loads more spaces for meetings, workshops, storage and anything else you can think of.
Let’s Get Technical
Don’t Wi-fight over bandwidth or sock-it to someone over plug spaces! Our technical and AV capabilities are suited to everyone so your event can run smoothly, and our meeting rooms offer Apple TV and HDMI connections as well as large flat-screen TVs. Our data connectivity can handle the most demanding of users: our standard Wi-Fi provision can support up to 8,000 devices all streaming and downloading simultaneously, and we offer bespoke (and ultra secure) Wi-Fi packages on request.
Food is Fuel
With Tobacco Dock’s multi award-winning in-house catering team, Tobacco Dock Food, we can together to develop the perfect menu to ensure that your hackathoners’ engines are running at max capacity throughout your event. Whether you’re looking for typical gamer fuel of pizzas and wings, or something altogether healthier and fresher such as sushi or street food, our team can help you build the menu to suit your crowd.
It is a hackathon not a hackasprint so regular breaks are essential to recharge and regroup your thoughts. We have a whole host of entertainment suppliers perfect for technology-focused events like LED light acts, arcade games, and interactive workshops so your attendees avoid information overload. Putting a smile on everyone’s faces will help them to relax and de-stress to improve morale and keep them burning the midnight oil. Our rooftop bar and seasonal playground, Skylight, also offers the chance for some fresh air and a quick game of croquet or pétanque in the summer and ice skating in the winter.
Boasting loads of natural daylight, the Quayside Bar and Quayside Breakouts are perfect places to chill and take a break from all the energy and action. Furthermore, with environmental control and partial roof blackout in the Quayside Breakouts, a powernap is no problem meaning attendees can keep their motors running.
Your hackers can celebrate their successes (or drown their sorrows!) at our rooftop bar Skylight, with a view of the City of London, home to many top tech companies, in the background.
Hold your event of the future in a historic setting – our 200-year-old building is brimming with atmosphere and history while the stripped-back interiors give plenty of scope for creative branding and event styling to make your event as immersive and inspirational as possible. It’s the perfect venue for tech companies looking for something as different and creative as they are.
Get in touch with our team through our enquiry form or call us today on 0207 680 4001.