Tracks


The new tracks introduced this year offer you the possibility to challenge in the category of interest.
The tracks listed below are provisional. We hope for your feedback, to make the individual topics interesting for you.



Digital Journalism

Track 1

Digital Journalism

The future of journalism is digital. But what does that mean for you as an attendee of hackaburg? Digital journalism is a contemporary form of journalism, in which isnews and features on current affairs, are presented solely or in combination with text, audio, video, or any other interactive form. It’s completely up to you, in which format you provide news or interesting information to the user. Think out of the box and try to develop new ways of digital journalism.

Security

Track 2

Security

Pretty short story. We all know that 2017 and 2018 the topic blockchain exploded. Everyone is talking about crypto currencies, smart-contracts and systems such as Ethereum. Be creative! All those technologies provide a huge potential to secure and simplify tasks on the web.

Smart Society

Track 3

Smart Society

The concept of a smart society integrates information and communication technology, and various physical devices connected to the network (the Internet of things or IoT) to optimize the efficiency of cities for example in general. But what really makes a building, a city or an building intelligent? How do you track efficiency, or your energy consumption to improve your environmental footprint? How would you use lighting systems to boost human comfort, mood and productivity? If you want to improve the working and living environments of people around you, then this track is for you!

E-Health

Track 4

E-Health

Two things in life are certain: death and taxes. We can’t fix the latter, but recent technological advances have been pushing the former back by decades. How can we track our bodies to be healthier? How should we move and eat? Is biohacking or biotech the answer to our big questions about our health? If you’re interested in tracking and medical devices, biotech, augmentation and other solutions to amp up the future of Healthtech, apply now!

Free Choice

Track 5

Free Choice

You have an idea that does not fit into one of the tracks we provide? That is absolutely no problem. The free choice track gives you the opportunity to hand everything you want. No restrictions are set here! Feel free to do what ever you want.

NEW

Partner Challenges

Continental Automotive

In near future, the majority of modern cities will have a lot of new mobility services and data from different vendors and information sources to make them even more accessible, secure and sustainable. However, if all these solutions will be offered separately the awareness and value proposition for inhabitants, government authorities and stores within a city are limited. We want to lower this barrier by creating something simple, fun and encouraging to attract more people to choose the best, most sustainable and secure mobility solution every time they travel within a city. The number of possibilities for new applications enhancing the travel experience with combining all available (and new) transportation options together is virtually limitless. We would like to see also new approaches to attract people with linking traveling to health, communality and environmental aspects. Therefore, we challenge you to build an application, product or service that brings barrier free access to all available mobility services of a city from one source.

What we'll bring

  • AWS Cloud account access
  • Coaching and mentoring by Continental experts

Key focus areas

  • Smart Society
  • Data access & usage
  • Cloud computing
  • Mobility
  • Gamification

Criteria

The fresh ideas to achieve a new type of customer experience is the key judging element.

Other criteria are

  • how big is the expected customer potential (government authorities, stores, inhabitants)
  • potential to use the ideas on several types of cities and environments,
  • how to access and use existing and new data from/ within a city
  • delivery of (available) mobility services from one source and
  • how easily the idea can be developed to the production phase

Syskron X

By means of machine learning it is possible to adaptively estimate machine states in a data-driven manner. In this context, we challenge you to develop and train models, which can identify machine states in our data. Tricky: our training dataset is not labelled.

What we'll bring

Experts in the fields of the needed technologies and algorithms

Criteria

Accuracy of assigning time stamps of the test dataset to the corresponding known states

Syskron X - Automatic Collaboration of Mechatronical Modules

In this challenge an application software and its interfaces of mechatronical modules are to be developed. Each module can perform self-sufficiently and by combining more modules, a collaborated function is carried out automatically.

Background information: In the mechatronical software- and system development, functions are realized by combining mechanics, electric/electronic and software. Often mechatronical systems are primarily defined by their mechatronical interfaces and variants. In order to be able to meet today’s challenges, mechatronical systems must be developed by software and its interfaces. This enables the modularization of mechatronical components and leads to flexible systems.

What we'll bring

  • Modules (Mechanical, Electrical/Electronical)
  • Technical Platform (i.e. Arduino, Raspberry Pi)
  • Experts in the fields of the needed technologies

Criteria

  • Working prototype, which demonstrates the mechantronical functionality of the individual modules, as well as the connected modules.
  • Technical concept overview of the solution.

Dracoon

The increasing number of digital documents in companies requires a good document management system. However, finding a specific document in a well-organized file store can still be tedious and time-consuming for employees. Despite the search function searching is often inconclusive because the document wasn’t provided with relevant annotations during the upload. Due to the fact that manual tagging of documents is an exhausting process for all users we want to find a way to automate this process.

Join our team. Let us create an intelligent application using machine-learning to makes manual tagging unnecessary.

We offer you a free DRACCON with tagged documents. You can start right away. It’s up to you.

What we'll bring

  • Free DRACOON with tagged documents
  • API and SDKs
  • Documentation with Swagger UI
  • Experienced DRACOON developer

What's important to us

  • Fun hacking
  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • User Experience, Usability
  • Added value for customers and companies
  • Impact and Utility

Vector

There is no problem, just lots of creative ideas, what you can do with Alexa (1:10 model car equipped with *):

Alexa is a playground for the development of autonomous driving systems, rescue robots or just IoT applications with easy expandability with RaspberryPi or something else.

Language: python, C, java, or what you prefer.

Possible projects:

  • Parking Assistant
  • IoT Controlling via Webserver
  • Rescue robot systems
  • Drifting AI
  • SLAM

You are also invited to become creative yourself and to implement something, whatever YOU find exciting.

What we'll bring

  • Philipp as experts
  • What our Alexa brings:
    • For programming beginners but hardware enthusiasts:
    • 6 x Arduino Micros
      • Compass
      • RGB Rear Cam
      • Front Depth Cam Intel RealSense R200
      • 10x Ultrasonic around the car
      • Gyroscope
      • Accelerometer
      • Wheelspeed sensor
      • Remote Control Receiver
    • For linux enthusiasts:
      • 1x Nvidia Jetson TX1 with Linux for Tegra R28.2
      • CPU: Quad ARM® A57
      • RAM: 4 GB
      • GPU: NVIDIA Maxwell, 256 CUDA cores
      • Wifi
      • For motor mechanics enthusiastic:
      • Car Controls
      • Steering servo
      • Engine: 2100kV; 7.4V; 17A
      • Easy control via arduino

What's important to us

  • degree of fun
  • extent of pizza consumption

Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen

Exploration and interpretation of multidimensional data is relevant in numerous fields of application. Industry 4.0 and the IoT are in the same game. Sensor data is more and more accessible and continuously measured. The true art is deriving insights from data and translating this into business models and customer value.

The challenge addresses the creative and technological aspects of this: Show us how to extract useful insights from real multidimensional sensor data and related data sets. The choice of means is absolutely free! Visual and analytic approaches are both welcome! Apply your university knowledge or surprise us with your own brew!

What we'll bring

  • Real sensor data from 5 electrical devices
  • Weather data of related zone
  • Calendar information about related region

Additional Hints

  • Web-Visualisation of multidimensional data
  • Interactive Diagrams
  • Outlier Detection
  • Trends and Forecasts
  • Machine Learning

Braincourt

The much awaited FIFA World Cup 2018 is underway. From June 12 to July 13, 32 national football teams would be competing against each other to lift the much coveted FIFA World Cup and be hailed as World Champions for the next four years. But, with all the available data in the current world, can we already predict, as to who would win? Can we add a dash of Data Science to the World Cup recipe? Can we use data to somehow account for the unaccountable factors such as referee mistakes, weaker teams scoring, player injuries, and many more and attempt to predict the outcome? Is it even possible?

What we'll bring

  • Big Data Expertise
  • Data Science Know-How
  • Project Management Expertise
  • Help with finding the right data sources

Key focus areas

  • Smart Society
  • Big Data
  • Data Science

Criteria

A working model or tool which would evaluate the participating teams against atleast 7 variables such as player fitness, weather, team chemistry, past performances, referee pressure etc. and predict the scheduled match outcomes.

This model or tool should also additionally advance teams automatically by eliminating losing teams at different group stages.

Ultimately, your model should predict only one winner and this winning team could/should ideally change when additional information is provided or when the input data is changed.

Information about the company

At Braincourt, we offer professional, external, vendor-independent support to help our customers implement optimal solutions for Business Intelligence, Big Data, Digitalization, and Project Management areas. Find out more about us at: https://www.braincourt.com/

Braincourt

Since customers behave differently under altered circumstances, the challenge here is to derive a solution to predict how customers are likely to respond to known factors such as weather change, football matches, beer festivals, airline strikes, etc. and thus helping the public transport company to adopt appropriate changes to retain customers during this short altered phase. Examples of public transportation companies with open datasets: Deutsche Bahn, Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen,…) https://data.deutschebahn.com/dataset?groups=datasets

What we'll bring

  • Big Data Expertise
  • Data Science Know-How
  • Project Management Expertise
  • Help with finding the right data sources

Key focus areas

  • Smart Society
  • Big Data
  • Data Science

Criteria

A working solution to predict future customer behavior/trends with respect to public transport services.

The proposed solution should take into consideration atleast 10 different external variables by comparing datasets against each other, such as, weather vs. public events calendar vs. public holidays vs. public transportation timetables vs. Newspaper headlines.

Ultimately, your solution should identify the possible customer churn and also show it in form of a dashboard.

A real-time dashboard would be a huge plus.

Information about the company

At Braincourt, we offer professional, external, vendor-independent support to help our customers implement optimal solutions for Business Intelligence, Big Data, Digitalization, and Project Management areas. Find out more about us at: https://www.braincourt.com/

Biopark Regensburg

Every minute counts for trauma surgeons! In order to save precious time, we want to develop a comfortable app for emergency physicians which allows to determine the injury severity of a trauma patient quickly and easily. Each of the numerous possible injuries is assigned to a numerical code, that accurately reflects the location and severity. The ISS calculation app aims to calculate the all over injury severity from the individual codes directly via the mobile phone. A great help when it comes to the care of severely injured patients.

What we'll bring

  • We provide access to the AIS code table
  • In case of questions, we guarantee support from a medical expert

Criteria

  • Your creativity and experience
  • Usability and extendability of the developped app

Conrad Electronic

Since 1923, Conrad loves to inspire and support tech-enthusiasts - therefore, we are excited to be part of Hackaburg 2018 and see the concepts and solutions you come up with. Together with you we want to explore the opportunities of a mobile multi-sensor IoT device. Our challenge focuses on the development of a useful application for the Sens'it IoT device that communicates via Sigfox. This device offers various sensors and a push button, which results in countless opportunities to develop various solutions.

Topic areas

  • Logistics
  • Facility Management
  • Security
  • Smart Home / Smart Building
  • Smart City
  • Agriculture
  • Wildcard (be creative!)

What we’ll bring

  • 15 Sens’it IoT devices
  • API
  • Experts from Sigfox that provide help to access the Sigfox backend

Criteria

  • Value added for users
  • Creativity
  • Usability
  • Effort

Mittelbayerische Zeitung

Digitization is increasingly changing journalism. Artificial intelligence has found its way into a profession that was hitherto understood primarily as a craft. The term robo-journalism became a nightmare for many. But artificial intelligence should not replace the journalist. It should support him and make him more efficient. We are looking for ideas how Artificial Intelligence can advance local journalism – for example in the composition of themes or the editing / production of texts.

What we'll bring

  • Expertise
  • API

Criteria

  • innovation
  • efficiency

Mittelbayerische Zeitung

As a regional newspaper we have to be close to the reader. We want to report what actually interests the people, what affects them. But how do the reader topics get to us? We are looking for innovative ideas that allow the reader to submit research requests; that give him the feeling of helping to shape the reporting.

What we'll bring

  • Expertise

Criteria

  • Usability for the reader
  • innovation

EBSnet eEnergy Software GmbH | Intellizell

Since the government is forcing the change to renewable energies by providing a financial incentive, also for private individuals, the prosumer was born. Energy production is switching to a more and more decentralized way of production, which makes the energy sector face some major challenges, primarily in network control.

We want to focus on how households can trade and exchange energy in the future. Picture a smaller representation of the energy market, described as a cell. Imagine participants of that cell to transfer and share overproduced power among their neighbors, fully automated and with a more simple billing process. The provided block chain implementation should be considered as a suggestion as the block chain is predicted to be the cutting edge technology to accomplish diverse challenges in various fields of application.

Which technological and organizational requirements arise with such a scenario? Is the block chain capable of handling these conditions or is there an even better approach?

Now it’s up to you. Come up with your own model and scenario and/or extend the existing implementations to match them with your ideas.

What we'll bring

  • Source code of a simple block chain and the referring client implementations (in a GitHub repository)
  • A deployment server for the block chain build
  • Experts on the investigated topics

Additional Hints

  • Don’t be bothered by BDEW market process standards and regulations
  • Smart contracts
  • (Optional) Be aware of cell interfaces
  • Be creative and have fun