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FPGA is our passion

We are changing the world through this. So you can!
Join the FPGA Hackathon we organize in Kraków to learn more about the technology gaining more and more popularity!

Sharing this passion is the reason why we decided to create this Conference and Hackathon.

FPGA technology is one of the foundations for the revolutionary projects like fast telecommunication or autonomous cars. Thanks to the fast data processing and an ability to work on many resources, FPGA is a key in banking and insurance sector (acceleration of calculations and risk analysis based on data) or stock operations.

And that’s not all!

The mission of the event is to spread the knowledge of FPGA topics, meeting interesting guests and common networking.

Hackathon game

Download here: MarsImpactWIN.zip – Dysk Google

Mars Impact is a type of arcade game that gives several minutes of intense gameplay. We control a spaceship traveling through hostile territory, we must destroy hostile ships that hinder our access to Mars.

Game controls:

  •  “AWSD” – ship directions
  •  Space bar – shoot from the ship

Powerups while playing:

  •  ammo – increasing weapon level (max level 5)
  •  heart – health renewal by 1 point
  •  human – acceleration of the ship’s movement for 3 seconds
  •  shield – protects you from losing one damage

The goal of the game is to score as many points as possible while passing 5 waves of enemies. The results are available on the scoreboard. 

Have fun!

Hackathon stream
Conference: TBA

What do you get at The Conference?

  • Gain knowledge of the latest FPGA challenges and solutions
  • Meet with inspiring specialists and build a social and business relationship
  • Attend interesting lectures 
  • Have the opportunity to share your knowledge with FPGA specialists and enthusiasts
  • Learn new cool facts about FPGA usage in the space industry and space-oriented topics 
Hackathon: April 22-23, 2023

Hackathon main task


We have reached Mars, colonized it, developed the economy and have the resources to grow even more.

The Mars surface has been covered with a number of mega-cities, each of which, to a greater or lesser extent improves the quality of life for everyone on the planet. There has been a high degree of technological development in fields that are providing a basic life support. Despite that many aspects of daily life still requires improvements.

Once there was a time when everyone thought that the mission is doomed to be a complete failure, due to the very harsh conditions on the Red Planet. However, brave pioneers have proved everyone wrong and now the mission is a colossal success. This great achievement inspired the “Martian Base Management” to announce a call for “Engineers” for the new Project. The best recruits, in addition to be placed onto the “Hall of Fame” will have a real impact on improving everyone’s living conditions on the planet.

As a participant, you will be assigned to a team representing one particular city. Within a given team, based on the specifications you receive, you will have to create “Helpers” – simple but functional drones that will help in everyday Martian life.

The condition for receiving a contract is to complete the tasks presented in 24 hours – only then the Planetary Board will receive clear feedback that the time is right for this type of undertaking, and those selected in the competition are very likely to meet the next challenges that surely will arise as the Project evolves.

What do you need?


A team of 2-3 people ready for the challenge (individual registration will not be possible).
If you don’t have a team contact us and we will help!
Programming skills with FPGA background (even if it’s just a little, it is good enough) / Technical skills in FPGA-related areas

What do we provide?


Development board per team with USB programmer cable and power supplier (Cyclone V GX Starter Kit)

Access to selected FPGA Design and Verification related tools under provided licenses

  • Onespin – Siemens EDA
In a preparation for the Hackathon, you can download and experiment with 
Active-HDL Student Edition

What are you fighting for?

In addition to the enormous knowledge you gain, we guarantee great fun with FPGA enthusiasts, just like You! Don’t forget about material prizes from our sponsors and event partners.

Here is a sneak peek of the amazing awards waiting for the best Teams.
Each Team Member gets 1 set of prizes.

1st place



2nd place



3rd place



Where are we competing?


The third edition of the FPGA Hackathon is organized in a hybrid manner this year.
You can participate in two ways:

  • in-person –  visit us in  Krakow Technology Park
  • online form all around the world 
We are looking forward to meeting you all! 
Hackathon Schedule


Hackathon Schedule

Saturday - November 26, 2022


10:30 – 11:30 AM CET


Verification of registered participants


11:45AM CET

Opening Ceremony

Hackathon opening and task presentation


12:00 PM CET

The Lift-Off!

The official start of the hacking!


1:00 PM – 8:00 PM  CET


3 x VR set with Beat Saber


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM  CET




3:00 PM – 8:00 PM  CET

1st Workout Session

Stretching Exercises for those who want it


3:15 PM CET


PW Science Club & MathWorks - Rocket Model & Mars Rover presentation


8:00 PM – 10:00 PM  CET



ALDEC - Training about Tools & Products

SIEMENS - Training about Tools & Products

Sunday - November 27, 2022

7:30 AM  – 10:30 AM CET

2nd Workout Session

Stretching Exercises for those who want it

8:00 AM  – 9:00 AM CET


Healthy, tasty and nutritious


12:00 PM CET

The Landing

End of the hacking


 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CET

Winners Presentation & Hackathon Closure

11:45 AM CET

Opening Ceremony

Hackathon opening and task presentation


12:00 PM CET

The Lift-Off!

The official start of the hacking!

Sunday - November 27, 2022


12:00 PM CET

The Landing

End of the hacking


 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CET

Winners Presentation & Hackathon Closure

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the FPGA Hackathon and Conference – Hack into Mars? 
It’s a social coding contest where FPGA developers collaborate to solve given tasks and compete for prizes. Hackathon will be preceded by FPGA subject related Conference . This Event is also a great networking opportunity! 


Who is this Event for? 

The Conference is for everyone interested in FPGA subject. 

The Hackathon is for students and professionals of any engineering and technology career, enthusiasts of microcontrollers, FPGAs, programming and electronics in general.  

If you would like to have your first experience solving basic problems of FPGA or you are already experienced and you want to challenge your skills on FPGA, then this hackathon is for you! 


How much does it cost? 

FREE. Registration and participation in both Hackathon and Conference is free of charge. 


When and where? 

25th – 27th November , 2022 . Conference – online. Hackathon – Krakow Technology Park and online.

How many people should be in a Team? 

The Team should consist of 2-3 people.


I don’t have a Team, what now? 

We do encourage participants to start forming teams before the Event. However, if you don’t manage to find one, apply as an individual. In field ‘Team name’ please type – looking for the team. We are organizing a team forming activity before the hacking starts.


What should we do when one of our Team Members will not be able to participate in the Hackathon? Can the rest of our Team still participate? 

Yes, you can still participate in smaller team, but you have to inform Organizers about every personal changes in your team.


How to register other Team Members?
Everyone must sign up separately. If you have a team every Member must provide the same ‘team name’ in the appropriate field in the registration form.

What is a task? 

The detail regarding the task will be provided on Hackathon start day during the Event.  


How will Teams be judged?

Judging criteria will be described in separate documents on Hackathon start day during the Event.

What is the language of the contest? 

The Hackathon and Conference is in English.  


What should I prepare? 

Prepare your laptop, mobile phone, wearable computing devices and whatever technology inspires you. Check your Internet access. Make sure that you will feel comfortable during intense hacking. 

Do I have to stay the whole time during Hackathon? 
Competitors don’t have to stay overnight to be eligible to win, but we strongly encourage to stay the whole 24h. At least one team member must be present at the results presentation to show their Team’s work effects. 


What will be provided during Hackathon?

1 FPGA board per Team, virtual machines with SW delivered by our Sponsors required to fill the tasks. There will also be Mentors who will help you in troubles.
At the in-person Event Organizers will provide many attractions:

    • Stretching Exercises
    • 3 x VR set with Beat Saber
    • PW Science Club & MathWorks – Rocket Model & Mars Rover presentation
    • AND MORE

Will there be prizes? 

There will be amazing prizes for winners. You can check it “here”.  There will be also many gadgets for EVERY participant. For remote Participants packages will be sent to the address provided by Participants after the Event.


Where do Isign up? 

Registration links are available on the Events’ website.
Note, there are separate registration forms for Conference and Hackathon. Remember about deadlines!


What if I have more questions? 

Email us and let us know how we can help. You can also find more details in FPGA Hackathon and Conference Terms and Regulations. 

Are you interested but want to know more?

Check the FAQ at first.
If there’s no answer for your question, please feel free to contact us with an e-mail:

Special thanks to all that helped us






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Conference Schedule

Friday - November 25, 2022


09:40 AM – 9:50 AM CEST

Coffee Break

08:45 AM – 09:00 AM CET

Conference Opening

09:00 AM – 09:40 AM CET
Michał Kuklewski
Thales Alenia Space

FPGAs in Space Communication for Dummies

9:50 AM – 10:50 AM CET
Piotr Orleański, DSc
CBK PAN Warszawa

Mars - the most fascinating target for the space exploration - the technological challenge

11:00 AM – 11:40 AM CET
Jakub Hajkuś
To Jakiś Kosmos

Sending humans to Mars: a beginner's guide

11:50 AM – 12:20 PM CET
Adam Milik, DSc

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the FPGAs
How to make FPGAs work in space

12:20 PM – 1:15 PM CET

Lunch Break

1:15 PM – 1:45 PM CET
Paweł Dowgiałło

Using FPGAs for pre-silicon validation

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM CET
Andrzej Stasiak, PhD

Hardware design performance
insights at up & running FPGA

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM CET
Rakesh Jain

Vendor Independent FPGA Implementation
for Safety-Critical Designs

3:40 PM – 4:35 PM CET
Dimitri Hamidi

Integrated Workflows for Deploying
Deep Neural Networks on FPGAs

4:45 PM – 5:30 PM CET
Tomasz Rożek, PhD
Nauka To Lubię

The Space around us -
- You didn't know that about smartphones

5:30 PM – 5:45 PM CET

Conference Closure