2019. 11. 16 Sat. - 17 Sun.
A hackathon event where you can use Epson's WebAPI (Epson Connect API) to bring your ideas about using printers to life.
Epson Hack Trek is a hackathon organized by Epson, where you can use the Epson Connect API in combination with a variety of APIs and services to bring your ideas to life.
The Epson Connect API provides the ability to control and execute printing processes via the Internet for printers and scanners that are connected to a cloud service called Epson Connect.
It also allows you to print your files to a printer that is located away from you.
The Epson Connect API offers the following advantages
- You can use your printer like a fax machine, without a dedicated line
- You can protect your privacy, as files uploaded to Epson Connect are deleted after printing
- Easy integration with many cloud services
8-19, Ginza 1-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
1 MINUTE WALK FROM EXIT 9 OF GINZA 1-CHOME STATION 2 MINUTES WALK FROM EXIT 2 OF KYOBASHI STATION 5 MINUTES WALK FROM EXIT A13 OF GINZA STATION
5 minutes walk from Kyobashi Exit of Yurakucho Station
Prize money: 100,000 yen
Award of Excellence
Prize money: 50,000 yen
Epson DX Award
One printer "PX-S06W
Pair of Epson TeamLab Borderless tickets for each team member
The judging criteria for the Grand Prize and Excellence Award are as follows
The judging criteria for the Epson DX Award will not be disclosed.
The judges will judge the entries according to the following four criteria and the overall score will be used to determine the ranking.
The top two teams will be awarded the Grand Prize and the Prize for Excellence respectively.
Criterion 1: High originality of the product
Criterion 2: Growth potential
Criterion 3: Excellent UI/UX
Criterion 4: High level of demo/pitch
The higher the criteria, the more points will be allocated. (Criterion 1≥Criterion 2≥Criterion 3≥Criterion 4)
THE EPSON DX AWARD IS NOT OPEN TO TEAMS THAT HAVE WON THE GRAND PRIZE OR THE EXCELLENCE AWARD.
If the product is not complete enough to run on an actual machine at the time of submission, a certain number of points will be deducted from the total score.
11:00 Start of hackathon
13:00 End of development & submission
16:00 Announcement of results
17:00 Social gathering
Mr. Toshiya Takahata
Seiko Epson Corporation
Director, Executive Officer, General Manager of Corporate Planning Division and General Manager of DX Promotion Division
In 1986, he joined Seiko Epson Corporation, where he worked in technical development, product design and then the overall business of laser printers.
In 2012, as Deputy General Manager of the Printer Division, he was involved in the planning and design of inkjet printers, and in 2014 he was appointed as an Operating Officer. Since then, he has provided leadership in a wide range of areas from Intellectual Property Division to Corporate Planning Division as General Manager.
In June 2019, he was appointed to the Board of Directors. He is now concurrently the General Manager of the Corporate Planning Division and the General Manager of the DX Promotion Division, leading the company-wide growth strategy and the promotion of digital transformation at Epson.
Mr. Junkichi Yoshida
Seiko Epson Corporation
Deputy General Manager of DX Promotion Division and General Manager of P Business Strategy Promotion Department
Graduated from the Faculty of Economics at Keio University in March 1988. In April 1988, he joined Seiko Epson Corporation, where he currently works.
After a career in overseas marketing and sales, including the launch of new business areas in the Americas and the expansion of sales networks in Asia, he has spent the last 10 years promoting business and product strategies.
In April this year, he was appointed to the newly established DX Promotion Division, where he is responsible for the development of digital transformation strategies.
Mr. Hidekazu Itokawa
Seiko Epson Corporation
Printing Solutions Division Planning and Design Division 3
Born in Kanagawa. Graduated from Hokkaido University and joined Seiko Epson in 1999.
During his university years, he taught himself software for use in image recognition research.
Since joining the company, he has been responsible for printer drivers and PC, smartphone and web applications for printers.
He is familiar with macOS/Linux printing systems and has a particular strength in Apple technology. At the same time, he is interested in software development methodologies such as Agile and is involved in project management.
Director of New Business Development, Axell Corporation
Visiting Associate Professor, University of Tsukuba
D. in hardware implementation of various elementary functions from the University of Tsukuba.
D. in hardware implementation of various elementary functions from the University of Tsukuba. After joining Axel Corporation (https://www.axell.co.jp/), he was engaged in the development of video and audio compression algorithms for the amusement market.
Currently, he is involved in new projects related to machine learning and blockchain.
Mr. Mitsuru Omori
The Japan Research Institute, Limited
Senior Manager, Research and Consulting Division
In March 2010, he completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Kyoto University's Graduate School of Business Administration. He joined the Japan Research Institute in April 2010 and has been with the company since then.
Since joining the company, he has been engaged in strategic consulting work for private companies, specialising in new business development.
In recent years, he has focused on providing hands-on support for start-ups with cutting-edge technologies such as AI, and creating businesses that solve social issues such as ESG and SDGs.
Mr. Kota Saito
Head of GeekSalon
He graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Systems Innovation.
In January 2017, he launched "GeekSalon" (https://geek-salon.com/), a programming community for university students only, to question the programming curriculum taught at universities.
As of October 2019, GeekSalon has produced a total of 1500 students and graduates.
GeekSalon has also opened offices in Kyoto and Fukuoka, and is committed to developing technology literacy among students nationwide.
Who should attend
Not only engineers in companies, but also hobbyists and students of programming are welcome to attend!
If you are under 18 years of age, we require written consent from a parent or guardian to stay until midnight.
USING THE API
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING LINKED TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THE API PROVIDED BY EPSON, THE API IS PROVIDED ON THE CONDITION THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS. BY USING THIS API, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS API.
How we handle your personal data
The following rules will apply.
1. fresh code
Please start your code at the same time as the hackathon.
It is fine to design, create mockups and use open source in advance.
2. teams of no more than 5 players please.
3. the ownership of the objects created in the hackathon belongs to the team.
4. use Hackathon.io for submission.
5. make sure you use the Epson Connect API.
Frequently asked questions
Q1: Is there a specific language for development?
A1. No, there is no specification. You can choose whatever you like.
Q2: Can we test the API on the day?
A2. Yes, we will have a printer for the hackathon at the venue.
Q3. I've never touched the Epson Connect API before...
A3. The Epson Connect API is new this autumn, so most participants will be new to it, but it is simple and easy to use, so we encourage you to think of interesting uses for it.
Q4: Is there a place to sleep?
A4. We will provide some sleeping bags. We do not have a lot of space, but it is possible to take a nap in the hall.
Q5: Can I leave on the first day?
A5. yes. You can go home and rest after you have settled down.
Q6. what time do I need to come the next morning?
A6. During the hackathon, the venue is open 24 hours a day. Please come at any time you like.
Q7. Do you have an actual printer?
A7. We have prepared a printer for the hackathon so that you can check if it works properly.
Q8. do you serve rice?
A8. We provide meals for lunch and dinner on the first day and breakfast and lunch on the second day.
Q9: Is it possible to attend only one day?
A9. No, you may not participate for one day only, as this may cause problems for other participants in your team.
Q10: I will be travelling from out of town on the day and may not arrive in time, is this a problem?
A10. It is possible to arrive late, but we ask that you try to avoid it. Teams will be assembled on the spot after the hackathon starts. If you arrive late, you may be asked to join a team that has already been assembled, so please be aware of this.
Q11. I am an individual participant, will there be time for team building?
A11. Yes, there will be a team building session for individual participants on the first day after the event briefing.
Q12. Is there a fee to attend?
A12. No, there is no charge to attend.
If you have any further questions, please contact RouteX.
(PLEASE NOTE THAT WE MAY TAKE PHOTOS DURING THE EVENT AND USE THEM ON OUR WEBSITE AND SNS. PLEASE BE AWARE OF THIS. WE REGRET THAT WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT PARTICIPANTS WHO MAY CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR THE ORGANISERS OR OTHER PARTICIPANTS, OR WHO MAY INTERFERE WITH THE SMOOTH RUNNING OF THE EVENT).