The organizers really made an effort to make everyone feel welcome and create a work-friendly and productive atmosphere. Whenever questions popped up, be it organizatory or technically, there were prompt many helping hands or at least someone who would try and get a mentor or another participant to help.
The event itself was held completely in English, which made it easier for all the non-Germans (there were actually people from 22 nations) to communicate with each other. Like I previously mentioned, it was pretty weird in the beginning talking to someone, who you know is German, in English, but I got used to it pretty quick.
I actually met lots of interesting people, be it my fellow team members for the Hackathon, two girls that study in my hometown Münster, as well as founders from Portugal, students from Sweden, etc.
Even though me and my team did not win any prizes or got to be among the first three places, I had lots of fun during the event, met many amazing people, learned new things and personally just thought this event was a very fitting start into my second semester here at uni.
To be honest, I do not know quite yet if I will be another hackathon in the future, but I definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested. One of the great things about Slash is that people from many different „backgrounds“ attended the event, meaning the participants were not „techies“ only – people who study business, design, computer science, psychology, medicine, etc. were all allowed and welcome to apply.
If you would like to know more about Slash, you can visit their website. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.