9th -10th January 2021
9th -10th January 2021
AustrianStartups is proud to present our first-ever in-house hackathon! A hackathon is an event where, over a short but intense period of time, people come together to work on projects that address set challenges – or simply to build something cool. There are no rules as such on what makes a successful hackathon project; you are welcome to use the time and the opportunity to collaborate however you want. We just love to see what you will do with it!
You can enter alongside people you already plan to work with, or as an in individual who wants to join in on a given challenge. We already have some great project suggestions on offer so far. The following projects have been suggested by the people below, and they will be acting as coordinators for the teams that will work on them. Click on the project titles to display more infos!
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24/7 stores are already something tangible nowadays. Especially in the food industry, concepts found their way on the market. However, the concept of autonomous stores could be widely expanded on diverse branches. This project is currently in the idea phase, and several use cases have already been rethought. Among them all, these following points:
– Development and distribution under own brand
– Providing autonomous stores to retailers (flexible location expansion)
– Rent systems (e.g. tools, mobility -> scooters etc.)
– Click & collect systems
– Creating flexible pop-up stores
– Possible retail space for startups
As a participant of the project you have the ability to bring in innovative ideas and raise your voice in order to lead the project into the right direction. The goal of this Hackathon is to find and create a store concept that can be easily adopted to different branches in a sustainable and customer friendly way.
Carinthia has plenty to offer yet lacks dynamic in economic and social development. Starting from my co-working space in Klagenfurt I aim at growing a network of spaces in rural areas. I want to inspire people to collaborate closer and to support each other to become (more) successful agents in business and society transforming this region. With the support of stakeholders open to innovation this project is meant to create a vivid community by combining all possibilities of digital tools and vacant spaces (stores & offices) in rural centers.
My goals for the Hackathon are basically – as it is Christmas time – a basket full of gifts of ideas and answers to the following questions:
– How to inspire solopreneurs as well as small enterprises to collaborate
– How to inspire stakeholders (e.g. public institutions) to support this idea
– How to combine physical rooms and virtual rooms to create a community and ideas about possible business models to build and run this community
The idea is a result of my fields of interest and professional background. That is why I decided to choose People Analytics for my thesis topic. After months of research and expert interviews with leading companies, I concluded that this trend will be a game changer for companies. However, I am just starting with this idea and therefore further development will be needed. I would like to use the Hackathon to work with smart fellows on either the technology part of the idea or the identification of early adopters.
People Analytics is a field of Data Science and uses a combination of both statistical and psychological analytics as well as machine learning algorithms. Therefore, it requires engineering and business skills. The result of the idea would be a kind of dashboard where a manager can see the job satisfaction and other relevant attributes of its team members. Moreover, the results will be visualized and recommendations can be found in the dashboard as well. An outcome of the hackathon could be a mockup of the idea that shows how a manager would work with the nudges in order to show it potential early adopters. As mentioned, the idea is still a work in progress and a lot of development needs to be done and therefore I would love to work with you together on this idea.
We live in crazy times. Creating powerful machine-learning models is totally achievable and affordable due to excellent open-source technology and free cloud infrastructure. We will build upon a pre-trained version of the famous OpenAI GPT-2 model, which has impressive capabilities in creating original and intriguing text. However, this model was trained on millions of English texts and is not suitable for the generation of other-language text.
That’s where our job begins: in two days of hacking we will retrain this English-language model to generate coherent German sentences. At least, that’s the plan — no idea whether that will work 😉 If you know some Python programming, you will get the most out of this project. However, you will also be able to contribute without any programming experience, for example in gathering and preparing texts to teach DEUTSCH to our ML-model. My background: I am a hobbyist writer, architect and programmer. I am working full-time on creating a website which allows writers to use Machine-Learning models to overcome writer’s block and quickly come up with novel text ideas.
MENTOR | Managing Director AustrianStartups
MENTOR | Co-Founder/CEO Sparcs
MENTOR | CTO walls.io
PITCH WORKSHOP | Founder Triplestory
The hackathon is an intense two-day event on the weekend of Saturday January 9th to Sunday January 10th 2021. The following schedule shows what we plan to do:
DAY 1 — Business Model & Creative Coding
09:00 Wake up call / onboarding
– Room for reflection and expectations
10:00 Groups get to know each other and their mentors
– Introduction of Challenge Leads and their business ideas
– Introduction of the team participants – how can they contribute?
– Introduction of the mentor
10:30 Workshop on Design thinking
11:00 Teams start the innovation process
– Setting clear goals
– Innovating a business model
12:30 BREAK (Lunch)
13:30 Meeting in the main call
13:35 Reflecting on open questions and topics
14:30 Connect with other teams
– Presentation & Feedback
15:30 BREAK / 10 minutes sport session with Ipek and Kathi (optional)
16:00 Integrating feedback from other groups
16:30 Q&A with mentors
– Integrate Feedback & Reflection into the business model
18:00 Closing call & feedback
19:00 Submit your team`s progress on Notion
DAY 2 — Accelerate & Pitch
10:00 Wake up call
10:30 Pitch Workshop
11:15 Meeting within the groups for reflection and open topics
12:00 BREAK (Lunch)
13:00 Back to main call
13:15 Self work – preparation of the pitch
14:30 Connecting to team mentors
15:30 Final pitch preparation
16:15 Submission of business model + pitch + team photo
16:30 Final presentations of the pitches
– Presentation of the creative pitches (3min + Feedback from other groups)
18:15 Closing ceremony & networking
Based on the current coronavirus restrictions, we will operate this hackathon in a fully online format. You will connect with your group and the other participants via video chat and other online tools.
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