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.
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.
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.
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.
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.