They obviously had fun tinkering: The participants of the second "Hackathon" of the "Servus Zukunft" initiative at Benediktbeuern Monastery. © Organizer
Tinkerers from all over Germany, Tyrol and South Tyrol came together in Benediktbeuern for the second "Hackathon" on the subject of the construction trade. The event spawned innovative ideas.
Benediktbeuern – Enthusiastic tinkerers from all over Germany, Tyrol and even South Tyrol came together these days in the Benediktbeuern Monastery. The second "Hackathon" of the "Servus Zukunft" initiative took place there in cooperation with the Regionalentwicklung Oberland (REO) and the Wirtschaftsforum Oberland. This time, everything revolved around the construction trade in the digitized age.
In nine small teams, the participants explored issues in the areas of skills shortages, climate protection, resource and energy consumption and developed their ideas into a prototype in just 30 hours. At the presentation of the results at the end of the event, the inventors had five minutes to present their idea to the jury, the comrades-in-arms and guests.
Hackathon in Benediktbeuern: Ideas with future potential
"The format is ingenious," District Administrator Josef Niedermaier is quoted as saying in a statement. "The participants are intensively looking for solutions to problem areas that affect us all, such as the shortage of skilled workers or climate protection. Once again, innovative ideas with future potential were developed." Niedermaier sat on the jury together with André Thiel, Patent and Innovation Protection Manager at Fraunhofer IBP, Hartmut Drexel, Head of the Chamber of Crafts and the two organizers Patricia Karling, Project Manager of the REO, and Ingrid Wildemann-Dominguez, Managing Director of Tizio.
Three of the nine concepts were selected and awarded prizes by the jury. The level of innovation, feasibility and quality of implementation were included in the evaluation. For example, the "NoHuman" team was able to convince the jury of its concept of a fully automated hotel room. By automating and digitizing processes such as changing bed linen or cleaning bathrooms, the group wants to counteract the shortage of skilled workers and enable hotels to do without employees.
The question of how to introduce new employees to the company was addressed by the group "Onboarding RPG". In order to make the process easier for craft businesses, but also for all other companies, the team programmed a sample app in which the introduction takes place in the form of a game. "An innovative solution that not only saves time for the company, but also brings fun to the new employee," the statement reads.
"Servus Zukunft": Award for the "Roof Damage" team
The "Roof Damage" team was also delighted to receive a prize. The group developed a prototype for an emergency roof designed to protect construction sites from the elements, "a simple solution to a problem that almost all construction tradespeople have to deal with". The plan is to push this idea further and build an emergency roof for a "real" construction site.
"The hackathon was once again a complete success this year," said Patricia Karling of the REO. "The participants had a lot of fun tinkering, building and programming. It's impressive to see the innovative ideas that are being developed."
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