Connecting Cars, Students and Employees at the IAA Frankfurt


 

With 65 international students participating and hacking throughout the night, all tackling the challenge of shaping future mobility, the event connected digital enthusiasts, Daimler employees and cars in a creative atmosphere. Connectivity was also the focus topic of this year’s hackathon. Based on Car-2-X Communication and Artificial Intelligence the aim was to create apps, add-on services or digital service platforms related to the connected car and its digital ecosystem.

Gallery Part 1


 

Winning Teams


smart Prize

Team “MCI+Simon” received the smart prize for its chatbot-based Mercedes-Benz X–Class configurator. Based on IBM Bluemix and Artificial Intelligence, customers can chat with a virtual assistant who configures the car based on the customer’s wishes. This allows a more intuitive and user-friendly way of configuring a vehicle.

1st Prize

The first prize, a trip to the Web Summit in Lisbon, was sponsored by DigitalLife@Daimler and went to the guys from “HD Vision deep”. Showing deep knowledge on Artificial Intelligence, they developed a unique prototype which is able to detect live traffic data and the urban surrounding. This enables further connectivity and mobility services, such as flexible pick-up points for public transport or maps showing available parking spaces.

moovel prize

The prize sponsored by moovel went to team “Air Key”. Using machine learning and artificial intelligence their prototype unlocks a smart by facial recognition. They achieved the incredible performance of scanning unique facial characteristics within only 24 hours.

Gallery Part 2


 

DigitalLife@Daimler


 

 

With DigitalLife@Daimler we bundle the company-wide digitalization activities at Daimler and initiate new projects and formats to push digital transformation and a new culture of innovation. As a large organization we are sometimes clogged with hierarchical structures or slow decision-making processes. With hackathons we want to break routine by exploring sideways from the standard company structure allowing innovation to occur in an environment where pretty much everything is possible.