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.


November 19, 2021


November 20-21, 2021

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 Conference and the Hackathon will start on October 18, 2021 so stay tuned!

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?

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

  • Intel Quartus Prime Lite
  • Questa Advanced Simulator – Siemens EDA
  • Onespin – Siemens EDA
  • MATLAB & Simulink – MathWorks
  • Riviera-PRO – 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.

1st place


3x Cyclone V GX Starter Kit

Will be announced soon

2nd place


3x Cyclone V GX Starter Kit

3rd place

3x JABRA Evolve 2 65 MS Stereo

3x Cyclone V GX Starter Kit

Conference schedule


08:45 – 09:00

Conference opening
Daniel Aronsson

09:00 – 09:45
Daniel Aronsson, Mathworks

"Fixing bugs early"

09:45 – 09:55

Short break
Esa-Matti Turtinen

09:55 – 10:40
Esa-Matti Turtinen, Siemens

"Highlevel synthesis / CatapultC"

10:40 – 10:50

Short break
Maciej Wójtowicz

10:50 – 12:20
Maciej Wojtowicz, Nokia

"Automate hacking of your RTL code"

12:20 – 13:00

Lunch break

13:00 – 13:45
Adam Milik, Aldec

"Logic Synthesis and Verification made simple"

13:45 – 13:55

Short break
Michał Kahl

13:55 – 14:15
Michał Kahl, Nokia

"How to design FPGAs (in Clojure)"

14:15 – 14:35

Science clubs presentations

14:35 – 14:40

Short break
Rafał Kozik

14:40 – 15:25
Rafał Kozik, Nokia

"Verilator - Open Source simulator"

15:25 – 15:35

Short break
Neil Rattray

15:35 – 16:20
Neil Rattray, Siemens

"Automatic Formal Checking"

16:20 – 16:30

Conference closure

Hackathon schedule

20 November, 2021


11:00 AM

Opening ceremony

Hackathon opening and task presentation


11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Q&A for hackathon task

Questions and answers so that each participant knows the task well and knows what to do


12:00 PM

Official start of hacking!

21 November, 2021


11:00 AM

Official end of hacking

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Technical break

Validating all task solutions provided by winners.


12:00 PM

Winners presentation and Hackathon closure

Meet our speakers

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? 

19th-21st November , 2021 . Fully 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 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. Details coming soon.  

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 22h. 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. 

Will there be prizes? 

You bet!  


Where do Isign up? 

Registration for The Event will start on October 18, 2021.

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


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:

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