The National Competence Centre for HPC organizes the first Hackathon

July 9 - 16, 2021



With the planned expansion of the Slovak HPC infrastructure we hope to expand the HPC community as well and welcome new users from SMEs, industry, start-ups and public sector as well. Having the end users comfort in mind, we would like to offer simple and flexible tools for managing computational tasks and resources.

Join in our effort and help create an application for the new (and old :) Slovak supercomputer!

Join us to learn new things, meet new friends and compete for prizes. The winner gets the 1500 € prize, but there are many interesting prizes such as reMarkable tablet, e-reader Kindle Oasis, earphones Apple airpods, fitness band, free webhosting from WebSupport for 1 year and more!


Developing an iOS/android application for Slovak HPC users to monitor and manage their computational tasks, provide information about available resources, energy consumption and the status of their user account.

We aim to develop an open-source application that will be freely available for further enhancement and adding even more features. We see this as a chance for the authors of the app to add this project to their reference portfolio. Should you have any questions regarding the topics, goals or other aspects of the NCC Hackathon, please, contact us at hackathon@nscc.sk – we are looking forward to hearing from you!


Before the NCC Hackathon takes place you can join us for webinars with HPC experts. We will show you the HPC environment, how the supercomputers work and how to submit and monitor the tasks.


Filip Holka - organizer, HPC systems specialist

Filip has a PhD degree in chemical physics from Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava. As a scientis in the field of computational and theoretical chemistry he also has ample experience with HPC systems administration and management. He works as a Chief of HPC administration division at the Centre of Operations, Slovak Acadamy of Sciences.

Michal Pitoňák - organizer, HPC applications specialist

Michal studied chemical physics at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava, where he earned his PhD., as well. As a scientist he focused on weak intermolecular interactions in biomolecules and parallel quantum chemistry programs development. He works at the Centre of Operations, Slovak Academy of Sciences as an HPC applications specialist.

Martin Calik - hybrid applications mentor

Martin studied informatics at the University of Žilina and in Brno, Czech republic. He develops mobile applications for the iOS platform since 2016. He has experience with native and hybrid development of smaller applications for sports and cultural events and with more robust solutions for banks and insurance companies, as well. He works as an iOS developer/ Team leader at the CGI company in Prague.

Lukáš Šrom - Android applications mentor

Lukáš studied at the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech republic. He works as an Android developer at the Oracle company and has more than 5 years experience with mobile applications development, particularly in the finance and business sector.

Our experts and mentors are available for consultations during the NCC Hackathon and will be happy to help! Follow our latest news on the NCC webpage or social media.

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event that brings together software developers, graphic designers or webdesigners to collaborate on a given project. The goal of a hackathon event is generally to solve a specific software problem or design an IT application. Hackathon events might also be organized as educational events for students or interested participants. A hackathon, usually lasting from one day to one week, has a specific goal and topic (such as programming language, operating system, application or API), depending on the event organizer. The word “hackathon” is a combination of the words “hack” and “marathon”. The words “hack” and “hacker” emerged in the 1960s in the MIT university environment and refer to creative and innovative software solutions, not to more contemporary meaning of a computer security breach.

Let us know about your ideas!

The National Competence Centre plans to organize several hackathons and intends to solve some interesting problems. However, we would like the topic of our hackathons to rise from the real problems and challenges that you are facing, be it in your research, business or just everyday life. Let us know about your ideas and we will consider one or several of them for the next NCC hackathon event.