On the 21st and 22nd of October we continued our global hackathon series with the fourth event – this time in Bangalore. 65 talented students from the fields of IT, software engineering and computer science formed 15 teams and worked 24 hours on the topics “Digital Infotainment & Connected Cars” and “Digital Workplace”. Once again the students proved that the combination of high motivation and creativity leads to impressive results. The great atmosphere of the event fostered the innovative spirit of all participants and enabled remarkable ideas & prototypes. The only problem: the high quality pitches made it hard for the jury to select the winning teams.
Team "Verbindungs-Auto" were the first runner-up with their idea of connecting cars using a peer-to-peer video communication hotspot without using the Internet. They used a Raspberry Pi module for integration and used a 'plug n play' feature to enable their idea. They also included an interactive android application capable of functioning similar to Skype but between cars.
The winning team "RVCE9.11" developed a creative prototype to help ambulances ease their way through traffic in case of emergencies. Their prototype would use vehicle detection and dynamic traffic mapping that would in turn give information on the most efficient lane to which the cars should shift (based on swarm logic) to make way for the ambulance. Their motto was 'change a lane and save a life'.
The second runner-up were the "A Team" who worked on an application to tackle 'driver distraction'. Their app would capture the posture of the driver through cameras, and also gather inputs to identify the surrounding situation through GPS location and proximity sensors. Once a distraction has been detected, the app would give a voice alert to the driver with a voice modulation of a loved one to remind them to focus on the road through the infotainment system of the car.
“With Hack.Bangalore we have come together to meet and mentor talented students capable to explore the possibilities of what we can do - as modern and digital as it gets! The teams have come up with novel ideas on how connectivity and a digital virtual workplace can break down barriers and revolutionize user experience to a whole new level!”
With DigitalLife@Daimler we bundle digitalization activities at Daimler to push and initiate digital transformation across all divisions at Daimler.
Our goal is to establish a new culture of innovation to combine the strenghts of Daimler with the strengths of startups: more founding spirit, more risk-taking and more speed. Therefore, events like hackathons are very important for us as we bring our digital interactions with students and professionals to the next level. In addition it gives talented people insights into our company, while we benefit from external perspectives and innovative ideas.