What is the Hackathon about?

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!

Who am I working with? And on which project?

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!

List of Projects

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1. Commerce

How might we develop an autonomous 24/7 store concept that can be flexible adopted to urban as well as rural places? (Philip Arnhof)

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.

2. Co-working space

How might I establish a co-working community of self-employed people and small enterprises in a mainly rural area which supports all members substantially in their personal and economic development? (Georg Brandenburg)

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

3. Analytics

How might I enable employees to be happier, more productive and more passionate about their jobs with analytics technology? (Sebastian Brucker)

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.

4. Machine learning

Let's build a German-Language Textual Machine-Learning Model! (Fabian Dietrich)

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.

5. Nutrition

How to supply our customers with portioned, fresh ingredients? (Felix Günther)
We aim to deliver meal boxes with local, high quality ingredients to introduce and inspire for a more sustainable diet. Where is the issue? The more diverse a meal is, the more logistic is necessary to gather all ingredients (trade-off). Buying everything separately, weighing and packaging manually as well as transporting them to the customer is not only complicated, but also very labor intensive as we figured out during our first trial in December – there must be a better way!So, we would like to develop a scalable packaging system and tackle the following questions:
  • Who offers food which meets our requirements?
  • How can we overcome/improve manual portioning?
  • What’s the best way to deliver to our customers in Vienna?
  • In which areas should we go for corporations, outsourcing, or hiring?
We are looking forward to your ideas and engagement to create a (sustainable) food supply chain which serves our vision: reduce CO₂ generated by diet!


Our Mentors & Speakers

Hannah Wundsam

Hannah Wundsam

MENTOR | Managing Director AustrianStartups

Manuel Gahn

Manuel Gahn

MENTOR | Co-Founder/CEO Sparcs

Michael Ionita

Michael Ionita

MENTOR | CTO walls.io

Silvia Weber

Silvia Weber

SPEAKER www.strategyworkshop.com

Can Ertugrul

Can Ertugrul

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
– Introduction
– 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
15:00 BREAK
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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Have more questions?

If you have any questions regarding the Hackathon feel free to contact ipek.hizar@austrianstartups.com

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