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In partnership with Huawei, Salesforce and Vodafone, TM Forum continues their series of enterprise hacks inside their flagship event, TM Forum Live! 2017. Taking place in the coastal city of Nice, France on May 14-16, this event will feature Network Services, Connected Experience and IoT Services innovation challenges. Our hack delivers an audience like no other, featuring service providers, software developers, architects, product designers, startups and university students from around the globe.

This is an opportunity to learn and build new innovative services, APIs and plugins with a group of likeminded and talented individuals from diverse countries and companies. Leveraging a common underlying platform, hackers will create new potential products and services underpinned by Open APIs in the areas of Network Services, Connected Experience & IoT/Smart City.

TM Forum Open Hacks accelerate the development of new innovative products and services which can be quickly created leveraging TM Forum Open APIs a suite of industry agreed ecosystem APIs.

TM Forum Open APIs are an integral part of the Forum’s strategy for enabling digital business that enable:

  • Faster on-boarding of partners
  • Ongoing cross industry market development and collaboration
  • Curation and orchestration between multiple services
  • Building blocks for ecosystems deployment
  • Higher reuse of services reducing deployment costs overtime

{open}: hack objectives

Open Hack aims to:

  1. Accelerate industry deployment of Forum Open APIs, metamodels and architecture across the industry
  2. Validate existing APIs and provide feedback for future iterations to technical collaboration teams
  3. Create IoT/Smart City & NFV/SDN solutions leveraging the Forum Open APIs
  4. Accelerate the incubation of new digital business opportunities in the areas of 5G Network Services & IoT/Smart City
  5. Create extensions to Forum Open APIs to be shared with industry

Hack Overview & Pricing

Open Hack Pass


    • Two solid hacking days
    • Dedicated Mentoring
    • Drinks Reception on May 14
    • Lunch & Refreshments
    • Optional attendance at TM Forum Live Keynotes on May 16: 9:00am – 10:45am


Open Hack Plus - $400 + VAT (20%)


  • Two solid hacking days
  • Dedicated Mentoring
  • Drinks Reception on May 14
  • Lunch & Refreshments
  • Optional attendance at TM Forum Live Keynotes on May 16: 9:00am – 10:45am

Plus a two-day Gold pass to TM Forum Live! (Wednesday & Thursday)


    • Conference Summits
    • The Takeaways (Thursday)
    • Keynote Presentations
    • Expo
    • TM Forum Catalyst demos
    • Catalyst Theater
    • Work Zone
    • Wednesday Networking Event
    • Attendee lunch
    • AM & PM breaks
    • Mobile app



IoT/Smart City

Network as a Service

Connected Experience


First Prize: €5000 cash + exclusive exposure and networking opportunities at TM Forum Live!

Second Prize: €3000 cash + exclusive exposure and networking opportunities at TM Forum Live!

Third Prize: €1000 cash + opportunity to demo at TM Forum Live!

Additional Prizes: 5 drones to be provided to the team which develops the best drone app

Tech Materials & Rules

To download view our technical materials visit here.

Watch as Huawei, Salesforce, and Vodafone review the types of technology available to our hackers. 


For a complete overview and submission guidelines please visit here.


We understand travel is expensive, especially those on a college budget. To ease the cost we are offering a $100 reimbursement to any college student or startup participating in the hack. We are offering $100 for students and startups (less than 2 years) which can be applied for by the first 50 eligible participants who arrive on site on Sunday May 14th.

The following requirements are needed to gain reimbursement:

  • Eligible participants must be present for the whole of the hackathon to receive travel voucher
  • $100 USD travel voucher can only be given via wire transfer where all forms are completed
  • Hacker is responsible for any bank fees from his/her bank when accepting wire transfer
  • Wire transfers will be done on Thursday, May 18 and will take a few days to be processed between the banks.
  • The W8Ben, Invoice & Bank Details forms need to be completed and brought to the venue on May 14th.

Click here to view and download the forms


Lester Thomas

Chief IT Systems Architect


Pierre Gauthier

Chief API Architect

TM Forum

Karen McAllister

Regional Vice President Communications


Joann O’Brien

VP, Ecosystems & APIs

TM Forum

Helen Zhang

Director of Marketing Execution, Software Product Line


Abhi Sur

Director, Communications Architecture


Key Dates & Times



Sunday, May 14th

  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm Required Open Hack Training, team foundation & ideation
  • 5:00pm – 5:30pm Drinks Reception

Monday, May 15th

  • 9:00am – 8:00pm Hacking

Tuesday, May 16th

  • 9:00am – 2:00pm Hacking & Pitch Preparation
  • 9:00am – 10:45am TM Forum Live Keynotes
  • 3:00pm – 4:30pm Pitches
  • 4:30pm – 5:00pm Judge Deliberation
  • 5:15pm Winner announcement

Partners & Sponsors

With thanks to our generous partners & sponsors: