FPGA is our passion.

We are changing the world through this. So you can!
Join the 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.

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.


What do you get at the Conference?

• knowledge of the latest FPGA challenges and solutions

• meetings with inspiring specialists and building a social and business relationship

• attending interesting lectures

• the opportunity to share your knowledge with FPGA specialists and enthusiasts


How can you join the event?

Registration for the Hackathon is already closed but you can sign up for the Conference till the last moment.


Imagine you’re sitting in a spaceship, ready for the greatest adventure of your life – the Mission to Mars.

There is an overwhelming darkness around you, from time to time you only see the flash of a burning star.

But suddenly something changes. In the distance you see the masses coming, thousands of meteors flying straight at you.

In this chaos, you try to save the most precious thing, your ship.
But the only thing that can help you is the meteor coordinates from the mysterious satellites.

Your radio, based on FPGA technology, can’t keep up with their readings, gets lost in interpretation.

You only have 24 hours to create a key and read the clues correctly.

Do you dare to take that step?

Will you be among the hundreds of daredevils who will save the Mission to Mars?


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?

HW: 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:


• MATLAB & Simulink from MathWorks,


• Questa Simulator from Mentor Graphics,


• OneSpin 360 Formal Verification Tools from OneSpin,


• Quartus from Intel,


• Riviera-PRO from Aldec,


What are you fighting for?

In addition to the enormous knowledge you gain, we guarantee you great fun with the same enthusiasts.

As well as material prizes received from sponsors and event partners.

Prize list will be published soon.

At this moment value of all prizes is 16 000 PLN.


How can you join the event?

The only thing you need to do, to become a hackathon participant is to register your team or yourself by filling the form.

Minimum team size which will be accepted during registration is 2 members (then at least one person will be added from individual subscriptions).

Registration for the Hackathon is already closed. You can still register for the Conference instead!


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:

[email protected]


CONFERENCE | 20 November 2020
Due to the change in the form of the conference, all hours are subject to change
8:45 - 9:00 CET Opening ceremony

Coverage Driven Verification

Speaker: Stefan Bauer (Account Technology Manager – Mentor, a Siemens Business)

Q&A: Juho Järvinen (Mentor, a Siemens Business)

9:00 – 9:45 CET

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9:45 - 9:55 CET Short break

Targeting Signal Processing Algorithms to Systems-on-FPGA

Speaker: Werner Bachhuber (MathWorks)
9:55 – 10:40 CET

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10:40 - 10:45 CET Short break

Refactoring SystemVerilog code

Speaker: Michał Kahl (Nokia)
10:45 – 11:15 CET

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11:15 - 11:20 CET Short break

Clock Domain Crossing - Design Techniques

Speaker: Sławek Grabowski (Aldec)
11:20 – 12:05 CET

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12:05 - 12:45 CET Lunch break

IEEE presentation

12:45 – 13:00 CET

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FPGA accelerators for compute: Intel PAC

Speaker: Pawel Olejniczak (Intel)
13:00 – 13:30 CET

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13:30 - 13:35 CET Short break

ASIC vs FPGA (Selection criteria, Compatibility, Porting challenges)

Speaker: Maciej Wojtowicz (Nokia)

13:35 – 14:20 CET

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14:20 - 14:25 CET Short break

The Mars Chronicle: FPGA Verification Platform Saves the Day

Speaker: Vladislav Palfy (OneSpin)
14:25 – 15:10 CET

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15:10 - 15:15 CET Short break

P4 and Intel PAC N3000 - make FPGA networking deployment faster

Speaker: Miroslaw Walukiewicz (Intel)

15:15 – 16:00 CET

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16:00 - 16:15 CET Conference closure
HACKATHON | 21-22 November 2020
11:00 CET Hackathon Opening and Task presentation

Official Hackathon start

21 November – 11:30am CET

Official Hackathon finish

22 November – 11:30am CET

Results presentation

22 November – 12:00pm CET



What is the FPGA Hackathon and Conference - Hack into Mars?

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?

20-22 October 2020.

Considering safety of Participants we have decided to switch formula of FPGA Conference and Hackathon to online mode. The whole event will be held on dedicated Discord server, which You can find under the link, send to you in the mail after registration.

How many people should be in a Team?

Team for FPGA Hackathon should consist of 2-3 people. Individual registration is not possible.

There are no Teams for Conference 😉

Where to register?

Registration for the Hackathon is closed. But you can still sign up for the Conference!

What if I want to take part in Hackathon but I don’t have the team?

Don’t wait and contact us as soon as possible! In such case you will be teamed with other persons.

What is a Task?

The Task will be revealed at the beginning of the Hackathon.

How the Teams will be judged?

Submitted Quartus project should allow bitfile generation. Generated bitfile will be automatically verified at setup containing two Cyclon V kits by using script created in Python3. Script result is the measurement of required performance factor (announced during Hackathon task presentation) which is base for winners ranking. Organizer will check the best 3 solutions manually to confirm that configuration files are not modified by participants. In case of proven modifications team will be disqualified.

How much time will be available to complete the Task?

The team must complete the task in 24 hours.

Are there going to be some mentors to help me with the Task?

Yes, during the whole event there will be a group of Mentors on the Discord server, willing to help you in struggle. More information about that will be provided on the first day of Hackathon.

How can I get access to the development board and FPGA Design and Verification tools provided for the participants by the organizers?

We know, that completing the Task without dedicated tools and devices would be impossible. That’s why we give your team access to related tools under provided licenses: MATLAB & Simulink from Mathworks, Questa Simulator from Mentor Graphics, OneSpin360TM Formal Verification tools from OneSpin, Quartus from Intel and Active-HDL from Aldec.

Also, there will be possibility to use development board with USB programmer cable and power supplier (Cyclone V GX Starter Kit). More information about access will be send to the participants soon enough.

Where should I submit my solution?

With given assets, participants relying on their knowledge and chosen technology, are supposed to submit solution on assigned GitLab repository for task announced at Hackathon first day. Solution should contain whole Quartus project needed for bitfile generation (including all configuration files and HDL code).

How am I going to present my solution?

The winners will be asked to present their solution to the organizers.

What is the language of the contest?

The Hackathon and The Conference will be held in English.

What should I prepare?

Prepare your laptop, mobile phone, wearable computing devices and whatever technology inspires you. Don’t forget about your chargers and Internet connection. Make sure that you will feel comfortable during intense hacking. Above all, prepare your energy and your brain!

Additionally you will need to register on Discord. Be aware, that you need to have active account on Discord. You don’t have to download the Discord to your Desktop – browser version is also enough.

Do I have to stay online the whole time?

Competitors don’t have to stay online to be eligible to win, but we strongly encourage to stay up the whole 22 hours. At least one team member should be online at the results presentationNote, in case your Team wins competition, your prize will be shipped to the address you have provided in Registration form.

What will be provided during the Hackathon?

There will be Mentors willing to help you, FPGA boards with online access and virtual machines with SW delivered by our Sponsors, required to complete the tasks.

More info about provided tools, boards and contact with Mentors will be provided on the first day of Hackathon, on the event’s Discord server.

Will there be prizes?

You bet!

1st place – Intel® NUC Mini PC + Withings Move Basics

2nd place – Terasic DE10-Nano Kit development kit + Withings Move Basic

3rd place – Movidius stick + Withings Move Basic

Besides, there will be “thank you” pack sent after the Event to active Competitors of Hackathon.

To equip fearless Mars explorers with the knowledge and experience they need to succeed in future expeditions across the galaxy, OneSpin is pleased to award a special OneSpin Formal Verification Training to the winning Hackathon team.

This one-day training session from OneSpin’s IC integrity experts will include:

  • Overview of verification methodology and the advantages of formal verification
  • Crash-course in SystemVerilog Assertions (SVA)
  • Tips on how to leverage OneSpin’s tools and apps for maximum success

A representative from OneSpin will connect with the winners after the Hackathon to schedule the session. Each member of the winning team may also invite one friend or colleague to attend the training—because success is sweetest when shared!

How will be prizes delivered to winners?

Prizes will be sent to the address provided during the registration.

Where do I sign up?

Note, there are separate registration forms for the Conference and the Hackathon.

Registration for Conference is individual, while registration for Hackathon should be done by one member of the Team (Leader).

Team Leader have to register whole Team of 2-3 members by providing: name, surname and e-mail address of each of Team members. Additionally Team Leader have to provide his telephone number. Each Team member will receive email with link to confirm participation and give appropriate information and consents. Team will be successfully registered only after receiving required consents confirmation from all Team members.

After successfully filled registration form, each Team member will receive e-mail with  further instructions.

What if I have more questions?

Email us or write to us on Facebook and let us know how we can help. 

You can also find more details in FPGA Hackathon and Conference Terms and Regulations which will be published closer to the Event