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What the hack?
At a hackathon, prototypes for given challenges are developed within a short period of time.
This is exactly what happens at our HACK|BAY: on two days, interdisciplinary teams create solutions that they pitch to a jury at the end. For participation, no technical background is needed. Everyone who wants to bring innovative ideas to life and spend two great days in the midst of the digital community is welcome.
Prior to HACK|BAY we plan a workshop for all hackathon newbies. Stay tuned for more updates.
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Review - those were the challenges 2022
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Now it’s your time to shine – and build. Collaborate on a robotics platform supplied by Siemens, consider possible applications within business areas like e.g. sensors, localization, autonomous navigation, logistics or healthcare, and explore the possibilities of an open playground where you can jump directly to coding your own ideas or even provide a base for others!
Your challenge is setting up a mobile robot by connecting partial solutions comparable to apps on your smartphone. Imagine if GPS navigation was implemented, you could directly build on that and make your dream of, let’s say, autonomous pizza delivery a reality! This kind of modular software engineering is being used more and more in industry - to have a blueprint ready whenever you want to realize an idea with mobile robotics.
Implement your use case with code blocks as partial solutions using the open-source framework ROS2. If you kept an eye on the compatibility of the whole system that would be the icing on the cake. Every additional functionality of a robot should work independently and is not supposed to conflict with its previous ones.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just focus on your awesome AI-based detection algorithm of bad memes in the wild? Without having to control parameters of your mobile robotics platform at the same time, because an industrial ecosystem with handy solutions already existed? Time to hear about your ingenious brainchild!
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Can you predict socio-demographic profiles using best-in-class data science, natural language processing and web scraping? Your solution could make cookies redundant - while respecting privacy regulations - and thus, become the crystal ball for online user behaviour.
In addition, you’ll help users not to be spammed with irrelevant product and service suggestions by training machine learning models which create AI algorithms today that will guide decisions of tomorrow. Decisions that lead to users who are informed about the right products at the right times.
GfK provides you with panel data containing socio-demographic information and online consumption behaviour as well as test data with URLs to be predicted on. By extracting information from all kinds of sources (think videos, text, audio, images, colors,…) from the web pages behind the URLs in the supplied data, you may find relations between that information and the audiences observed in the panel.
Find the right cues, unmask your suspects and shape the future of data analytics!
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Decentralized networks will be the driving force of the next era of the digital economy. New tools, infrastructure services, or applications in the blockchain-based culture are driving innovative web3 use cases and will create tremendous value by enabling users to use their data to improve web experiences.
Imagine a brand like adidas coming to life in the metaverse. How could spaces be designed to fully include and engage the community? How could you drive topics such as female empowerment? How could you help the metaverse turn into a better and more equal place than actual real life?
And why not bridging the gap between NFTs and real life? Think of the combination of web3 technologies, such as smart contracts, with existing web2 solutions, and bring them to new heights. For example, networking activities can be performed on digital platforms with NFTs that document and represent our virtual life. So NFTs have the potential to not only prove what you own, but also show where you have been and what you have done. Just as it happens on currently existing web2 platforms such as Instagram, Twitter & Co.
Designing and engineering tomorrow’s internet means to connect and shape the complex world of web3 and its many promises. Let’s use community power, unleash creative potential, and build a fairer and more equitable environment for everyone.


What can I win, you ask?
2.000€ in Cash
1.500€ in Cash
1.500€ in Cash


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TUESDAY 23.05.2023
WEDNESDAY 24.05.2023


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The amazing Z-BAU and how to get there
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Z-Bau, Frankenstraße 200, 90461 Nürnberg
Stop Frankenstraße: U1, Tram 5, Bus 51 + 45 / 67, Nightliner 5
Stop Tristanstraße: Tram 7, Nightliner 15 (alternative Hiroshimaplatz)
Stop Tiroler Straße: Bus 65
A few parking spaces are available at the location.
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Z-Bau is a place where everyone is welcome - regardless of whether you have a handicap or not.
The location is barrier-free in many places. All rooms are wheelchair accessible and there is a disabled toilet.
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There are two sleeping rooms with a couple of beds. So you can spend your night at Z-Bau if you like.

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Answers to your questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a social event where creative, innovative solutions for given challenges are created within a short period of time. The participants of a hackathon are called “hackers”. At the end of the event the prototypes are pitched to and evaluated by a jury.

What is a challenge?

Challenges are existing business issues that the challenge providers (e.g. corporates, startups) deal with in real life.

Who can participate in the hackathon? Are there any prerequisites or required skills?

Anyone interested in thriving innovation is welcome! No tech or business background required - just a good amount of energy and willingness to learn and innovate. Also no experience in hackathons is needed (beginners are welcome!).

I've never done a hackathon before. What should I expect?

You will learn a lot in terms of methods and tools (did anyone say prototype?) but also on a personal level while working in fun teams. Mentors will be at your side to support you on your way to a great solution. Overall, you will have a great time mingling with the collaborative digital community.

Can I take part alone or do I need a team?

You don't need a team in advance. You will work in a team, but most of the teams are formed at the beginning of the hackathon.

How to apply?

You don’t have to apply for the event. The event is open to everyone. Just get your ticket and join the hackathon!

What do I need?

You should have a computer and other tools you need (e.g. charger, mouse, USB drive, adapters).

Can I stay overnight?

Yes, you’re welcome to spend the night on-site. There are two sleeping rooms with a couple of beds. Please reserve a sleeping spot in advance by sending us a message (events@zollhof.de).

What about food and drinks?

We cover you with food and drinks - 100% for free and all two days long. So you can fully focus on working on your idea.

Who gets the intellectual property rights to the work created by the teams?

The work (codes, data, documents, etc.) created by the teams during the hackathon will be of their own property. However, ideas presented to the public are freely accessible and usable.

In which language will the event be held?

The main language of the event is English, which means all pitches and talks will be held in English. Nevertheless, you are more than welcome to participate in the hackathon even if your English is not 100% fluent.

Why is the event not free of charge?

The event causes costs for e.g. space rental, catering and team. Therefore we can’t make it completely free of charge. But you won’t have any extra costs during the hackathon. Your ticket includes everything – food, drinks and even a place to sleep so you can work all day and night.

Anything else?

You will get in contact with a lot of interesting people and organizations. In the end, you will be tired, but very satisfied :)

Prototypes should be developed during the hackathon. Coming with pre-made solutions is not the point of a hackathon.
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