We have put together a world-class hackathon for you with our partners, to help to make the use of AI in the Insurance sector more exciting and better than what we have today. In the below Frequently Asked Questions, see how we reward creation, and how we make sure that you are tapped into and connected with some of the world’s best AI talent.

What is CHAI?

CHAI is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Hackathon which occurs in May in Switzerland to dovetail with the world-class invite-only MindFire Global Missions. We provide the time to develop your ideas in Zürich and the time to soundboard and test them with world-class AI experts. You’ll have the opportunity to work with leading prototyping experts to build-out your ideas.

What do you mean by a hackathon?

Very good question. We adapt the traditional hackathon approach to encourage deep problem solving. If you have an inquisitive mind and a growth mindset, then the CHAI hackathon is for you. We are rewarding people who attend CHAI by celebrating their ownership of ideas, and ensuring they get the chance to pitch ideas and approaches that can help make the use of AI in Insurance better not just in Switzerland, but around the world. And we can help do that by tapping our worldwide expertise.

What do I need to do to come to CHAI in May 2018?

If you are willing to help improve the use of AI in Insurance, then we ask that you join us in Zürich for the weekend of 24-25 May 2018. Please apply now!

What type of people are you looking for?

We’re looking for all types of people – the most important thing is that you’re passionate about what you do, and that you can work well in a fast-paced team environment.

We’d love to see ideas people. Creative, free thinkers who look to the future and imagine what might be possible.

And we’d love to see builders. Skilled people with experience in developing great prototypes.

We don’t mind whether you come as a manager, team leader, designer, developer, coder, or something else entirely! If you feel you can contribute at CHAI 2018, then apply now!

Do I need to be a computer expert?

If you can use a computer then that’s super helpful. But for this hackathon, we want people to apply with the skills needed to solve big problems and test new ideas. That means people who can absorb new ways of thinking, actively listen, and then make sure their ideas are validated so they can offer great solutions. So we are really looking for the kind of people that thrive in solving problems and are comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.

Do I need to be an insurance expert?

No, you don’t need to be a total insurance nerd – but it would be helpful if you have a good understanding of the Insurance business model and the challenges facing the Insurance sector.

What language will the hackathon be held in?

CHAI 2018 will be held in English. If your English is good enough to read this website, it’s probably good enough for you to come! To be more inclusive for everyone (and so all of our mentors understand your work), we do ask that you work within your teams and build your prototypes in English too.

Do you provide travel reimbursements or accommodation?

We will provide refreshments for all attendees and are unable to offer travel reimbursements or accommodation.

Is there an age limit?

You must be at least 18 years old to attend CHAI.

What should I bring?

Bring what you need to work best. We think the most important thing you’ll need to bring is an open mindset. We also suggest you bring your laptop, mobile phone and anything else you need (chargers, external hard drives, external keyboard etc). Please do not bring any code with you.

How are teams formed?

You can apply as an individual, or in a preformed team. We will matchmake individuals to preformed teams, bringing the teams to the required number of members. This process will be based on your skillsets and interests.

What if I don't know anyone there?

Don’t worry – you’ll meet people on the day! We will allocate you to a team, so you’ll be working together. They won’t bite!

Is there a Code of Conduct?

Yes, we require everyone at our events to follow our Code of Conduct.

What refreshments are provided?

We provide healthy refreshments.

Do I need to have an idea beforehand?

We look for people who have a growth mindset. So if you have an idea already, it will be celebrated and given the space to grow – and if you don’t have one yet, you will receive guidance from mentors to help you conceptualise with your team.

Will there be any WiFi?

Yes – fast WiFi will be provided for commercial use.

Who owns the stuff I conceptualise/build?

You. We know that the best hackathons allow you to keep your intellectual property – just as if I’d asked you to cook a meal, I’d expect you to own the recipe and share it as and when you want to.

That’s the future of work – and it’s how we see you best making the use of AI in Insurance more exciting.

We will let you know exactly how we plan to help you protect your intellectual property.

Are there any winners or prizes?

Just by being selected you’re a winner. But what we’re really looking for are solutions that you can present to insurers in Switzerland and across Europe. Not to mention ones that you think should be adopted by insurers across the world!

With our partners we have that reach. So if you cook up something great, we’ll make sure that it’s seen by all of the key decision makers.

What is the theme of the hackathon?

This is an AI hackathon, and we’re looking specifically for solutions that will help revolutionise the Insurance sector.

I have more questions. Can I contact you?

Sure, drop us an e-mail at sayhello@hackoutliers.com