48-hour Hackathon at Brightlands Smart Services Campus draws international students to Heerlen

november 27, 2017

Team BoMo wins second edition of Hack4SmartServices Hackathon

Heerlen, November 26, 2017 - Over the past 48 hours, the Brightlands Smart Services Campus in Heerlen was the location for the second edition of the Hackathon Hack4SmartServices. The theme of this edition of the Hackathon was mobility as a smart service.

The grand finale of the Hackathon was held on Sunday afternoon at the campus Forum where the hackers presented their case to the jury. Admission to the finale event was free to the general public. Three teams were asked to come take their places on the stage, where they were told by the jury that they had developed the most promising applications for the challenges found in the field of mobility.

First prize

Team BoMo (short for “Borderless Mobility”) won first prize for their carpool service idea for people commuting between two countries.

Second prize

The second prize went to Team Turtle for their “Travel Mate” concept. This application links the social well-being of travelers (meeting new people and meeting people with the same interests) to the currently insufficient cross-border transportation possibilities in the Euregion. Travelers are matched to one another based on data collected on both travellers’ interests.

Third prize

Team Arcus won third prize for TransSync, an application for the transport sector that uses a “peloton” principle in which trucks belonging to different organizations can team up to make transport more efficient and effective. Arcus’ solution was found to be innovative because it also works for trucks belonging to different transport companies. The team received an invitation on the spot from the Ministry of Transport and Public Works to come pitch and explain the idea in more detail in The Hague.

The winners received cash prizes of 1,500, 1000 and 500 Euros, plus 1,000 Euros in coaching vouchers for the continued development of their prototypes. In addition to cash prizes, the winners also took home high-tech gadgets and international train tickets.

Hubert Mackus, Deputy of the Province of Limburg: “Students and professionals presented many different and fantastic ideas for ‘mobility as a service’ today, making the theme of this Hackathon a resounding success. We need smart solutions to make our Euregional mobility system future-proof. To do this, we have to bring together all the developments and opportunities available in technology faster and better, and that is exactly what happened here today! During the event, literal and figurative borders have been hacked!”

Peter Verkoulen, CEO of the Brightlands Smart Services Campus: “A hackathon is an effective and creative way of taking on difficult technical problems originating from different disciplines, and doing so within a short period of time. This makes it a pressure cooker that can force innovation. I am proud of the results from last weekend, and invite the Hackathon participants to come develop their ideas further at this campus.”

Marc de Vreede of BeMyApp: “A hackathon is a great way to attract talent. It is really amazing to see that we have managed to draw students from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Sweden and Denmark to this hackathon. These students travelled to the Netherlands just for the event, which makes us proud as the organizers.”

Hack4SmartServices Hackathon

Over 85 national and international students, young professionals and students from Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Maastricht University, Open University, Arcus College, ROC Leeuwenborgh, University of Hasselt, University of Antwerp and the RWTH Aachen took part in the second edition of the Hack4SmartServices Hackathon. They took on the challenge to find a solution to the problems facing the field of mobility as a smart service. This edition of the Hackathon generated nine new applications, each of which will be studied and developed further. The hackers toiled for 48 hours to come up with a solution for which they then created a proof-of-concept and a business plan. Naturally, a key role was reserved for technology in their efforts. Some of them took a quick catnap in between, while others worked as many hours straight as they could.

The initiators

The Hackathon is an initiative of the Province of Limburg and the Brightlands Smart Services Campus (also within the scope of the Techruption program), in cooperation with BeMyApp.

The Province of Limburg, Central Bureau for Statistics, Trendsportal and Q-Park were linked to the challenges as track sponsors. In tackling their challenges, the participants received support from experts from Accenture, Conclusion and the track sponsors.

For further information on the Hackathon: www.hack4smartservices.com

The date of the next edition of the Hack4SmartServices Hackathon will be announced soon.

First prize :Team BoMo
Second prize: Team Turtle
Third prize: Team Arcus
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