Our Story

Our mission is to drive forward innovation in the future’s most critical industries.
This is how we started.


A young River Tamoor Baig attends his first hackathon

It was University of Sheffield's Startup Weekend. Since then he has won 11 hackathons and lost 1. He will never forget the only one he lost. He blames it on the judges as do all hackers who have lost.

Nov 2012

River Tamoor Baig starts organising hackathons

His first was Startup Hacks Manchester. One day, he had a conversation with a couple of friends - "Why are train tickets so expensive?!? We need to figure out how we can make them cheaper.. Maybe if we work in rail, maybe we can get free tickets".

Apr 2013

HackTrain 1.0 hackathon planning begins

River and a group of friends host the 1st HackTrain Hackathon on the March of 2015, sponsored by Bloomberg, Trainline, Accenture, Nomad Digital and ATOC. It was the beginning of their success.

Dec 2014

Hack Partners Limited is Born!

There was a strong industry demand for innovation. Hack Partners continues to host multiple other hackathons - NHS TELHack & AMEEHacks.

Apr 2015

The #RailTech Journey starts

Hack Partners Advisor, Matt Clifford from Entrepreneur First says ‘focus on one industry guys’. Matt was an angel sent from heaven.

Aug 2015

HackTrain 2.0 Launches!

One weekend, three trains, three journeys.

Nov 2015

HackTrain Accelerator funds and houses 10 startups!

A 3-month accelerator at WeWork Old Street to work with the Transport Owning Groups. Check out our case studies for more info!

Read more Mar 2016

B.A.R.R.I.E.R.S. Report is published!

6 months of work, 60+ interviews and 6,000 hours of work later, we present to you Hack Partners first report to bring actionable recommendations to revitalise innovation and entrepreneurship in the rail sector. This report becomes Hack Partners new bible.

Read more July 2016

First #RailTech Conference held by The HackTrain

The conference showcased all the startups progress at the end of the accelerator!

Jul 2016

HackTrain leaves for France and Hong Kong!

HackTrain goes international! We held 2 hackathons in November back to back - HackTrain 3.0 and HackTrain HK thanks to Eurostar and MTR!

Nov 2016

Data Consulting Begins

ROSCOs approach us after HackTrain 3.0 to ask us to review their datasets.

Read more Jan 2017

We host #DfTHacks commissioned by Department for Transport

We gave our community a taste of other transport challenges including maritime, aviation, cycling, road, etc.!

Read more Mar 2017

Bid Consulting Work Continues

After helping win 3 rail franchises for Transport Owning Groups, our next mission is to win the West Coast Partnership.

Read more April 2017

HackTrain 4.0 Conference & Hackathon!

We combined our largest RailTech conference with our crazy 48-hour hackathon on moving trains all in one weekend!

Nov 2017

But enough about us - let's talk about you.

Whether you are interested in our hackathons, consulting, data reviews or the #RailTech fund, email us now!