Manufacturing Efficiency Challenge – Start-up tech versus shop floor data
Validating and developing proof of concepts and solutions for concrete challenges in mechanical engineering companies was the goal of this hackathon.
72 hours to glory
Even though the three-day-long event was fully remote, teams, experts, mentors, and challenge-partners came together, which translated to a great atmosphere during the pitch session. The enthusiasm and drive of all participating teams were astonishing, and they developed impressive solutions – showcasing the opportunities Europe has for becoming a strong player in the field of IIoT (industrial internet of things), particularly with a focus on AI in manufacturing.
The great variety of challenges included efficient workflow management, line monitoring for batch changes, and tracking of energy consumption. Additional tasks consisted in monitoring equipment conditions, which helps predict maintenance needs in real-time, as well as data management.
Over 100 participants attended the final of the start-up challenge during the pitch session. Every start-up had three minutes for a presentation and three minutes to answer questions.
Christian Schlögel, Chief Digital Officer (CDO), closed the hackathon giving us some inspiring words:
"Seeing such dedication and creativity to solve real industry challenges within 72 hours has been a great experience for everybody. All participants were winners in this competition. We enabled many new connections between start-ups and established companies. This has been a true ecosystem-building event."
After an exciting pitch session, the jury, composed of external and internal industry experts, nominated three winners. All three have presented a robust technological solution and exceeded the jury's expectations. The jury praised the seamless application of AI and stated that the hackathon results are very promising for Europe.
1. Oculavis presented a solution for Schenck RoTec's challenge: Remote machine acceptance test and commissioning