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Nomad Digital: Launch ‘The Rocket Hack’ for North East England

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(Newcastle upon Tyne, 30 July 2019) Nomad Digital, introduce the North East’s premier hackathon – The Rocket Hack 2019 with key partners in the region.

Nomad Digital, world leaders in connectivity for trains, buses, metros and trams, on the move globally, decided to create a unique hackathon event with a ‘smart transport’ theme.

As Nomad work in technology for transport, smart transport was the obvious theme choice. Then Nomad looked back over the innovation history in the North East, the region their head office is situated, for some name inspiration.

The Rocket is an iconic part of Britain’s railway heritage, made in Newcastle and a world-changing innovation. Manufactured in 1829 by Robert Stephenson at Newcastle’s Fourth Street Works, The Rocket was the fastest locomotive ever built up to that point.


The Rocket Hack was born

A great fit as this event is all about showcasing the inspiring technology coming from the North East.

Working collaboratively with a clear focus, starting with giving back – a compelling reason for running a hackathon in its own right. Nomad wanted to make it unique, a hackathon with a difference. As well as a traditional prize pot, the event will offer participants the chance (if they want) to take their idea forward, with support from Nomad Digital and partner, NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator post-event.


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Working together to promote the North East 

By joining forces with like minded North East businesses, Nomad Digital, Gardiner Richardson, NCFE and NatWest Accelerator are creating a fun an unique event. The aim is to inspire people and showcase the amazing cutting-edge technology coming out of the North East. All of the businesses taking part have the same goals and commitments when it comes to achieving this. Nomad’s vision is aligned with the others involved, and collaborating means Nomad they will be stronger in their aim to connect the North East.

“It will be a fun filled free event with a festival vibe, amazing food and entertainment as well as giving you the chance to network with like minded peers, interesting employers and the businesses partnering and supporting The Rocket Hack idea”.

Nick Camara Global HR Director , Nomad Digital

"Alstom's heritage in the UK stretches all the way back to the dawn of the railway, and it is fantastic to recognise and reward that tradition of British innovation with this new hackathon. We look forward to the benefits twenty first century passengers could enjoy as a result of this competition."

Will Roberts Communications Director, Alstom UK & Ireland