IMPORTANT INFO

THANK YOU

It had been a blast! Thanks to all coders who spent this weekend
with us in St. Gallen, Switzerland. All of you have submitted
awesome results. We hope to see you in 2018 or at another Hackathon soon!

All the best,
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SUBMIT

By Sunday 9:00 AM

SUBMIT PROJECT

WIFI

(powered by Swisscom)
SSID
starthack
PASSWORD
bewhereinnovationhappens

EMERGENCY


MEDIC

144
POLICE
117

CHALLENGES

COGNIZANT

For your eyes only – decrypting information through HoloLens/Mobile AR

CHALLENGE

Working on your computer you receive information that is for your eyes only.
The information is encrypted so no-one looking at your screen will be able to make sense of it.
You casually take out your HoloLens, put them on and the information is automatically decrypted and superimposed, literally for your eyes only.

SOLUTION

Your solution must include a client that will scan the feed and superimpose the decrypted information. The client may be a Microsoft HoloLens app or a Mobile AR App (native, hybrid, cross platform). Information encrypting functionality must be provided. A backend may be used that will handle user registration and authentication in delivering the encrypted information.

HARDWARE

A HoloLens will be available for teams to check their solution as they progress. For solutions involving Mobile AR teams may use their own smartphones.

THINGS TO BE USED

Your choice of IDE for Mobile AR or HoloLens client solutions
BaaS permitted (for example Firebase)
Third party libraries allowed

CONTACT & SUPPORT

Roberto Sartori, Luca Iaconis, Charles Haaman, Yassin Benchekroune, Alex Paulino, Joseph el Mallah, Gustavo Santos, George Karavias

SBB

The public transportation system in Switzerland not only takes you to almost every destination, the stops themselves are downright mobility hubs, which offer a variety of services and commodities. Show us, what’s going on in the mobility hub: Which shops are open, how punctual are the trains, where do I find a coffee, when and where does my next train leave etc.?

CHALLENGE

The public transportation system in Switzerland not only takes you to almost every destination, the stops themselves are downright mobility hubs, which offer a variety of services and commodities. Show us, what’s going on in the mobility hub: Which shops are open, how punctual are the trains, where do I find a coffee, when and where does my next train leave etc.?

THINGS TO BE USED
CONTACT & SUPPORT

Christian Trachsel

DEUTSCHE BANK

The data-driven travel experience…

CHALLENGE

When it comes to travelling, your personal banking data memorizes the destinations, timeframes and cost of your journeys. Deutsche Bank also knows these behaviors of like-minded people. Combine this knowledge with services like tripadvisor, airbnb, open weather, skyscanner, or whatever is interesting to you. With what idea would you come up?

THINGS TO BE USED

Please, use Deutsche Bank’s dbAPI, which you can access via https://developer.db.com. Simply sign up with your e-mail and get immediate access to dbAPI. Combine dbAPI with other data pools or APIs to succeed.

CONTACT & SUPPORT

Joris Hensen, Philipp Marten Natter, Waldemar Steinbock, Dominik Schmich

SWISSCOM

Voice-based dating app to gather AI training data

CHALLENGE

Hearing somebody’s voice and instantly feeling attracted to this person – lots of people have experienced this already. So why not creating a dateapp that works just like Tinder but uses audio instead of images?
So when setting up your account in this dateapp you’re asked to speak a short sentence as naturally as possible. After giving additional demographic information such as gender, age and sexual orientation you’re then ready to listen to other participants voices and flag them as hot or not. Upon a match the profile images of the respective people is shown to one another and a chat is setup to continue getting to know each other.

SOLUTION

There are lots of resources available to quickly come up with a working prototype – such as UI components of Tinder and existing codesnippets to similar ideas.

What is the business-idea behind this challenge?

Companies in Switzerland (will) struggle to gather sufficient amounts of labeled data to train their AI models for swiss-german natural language processing usecases properly. So in order to enable text-to-speech and speech-to-text usecases one needs vast amounts of labeled audio-files. This challenge focuses on a crucial success factor for AI related projects: Providing sufficient training data. Solving this challenge will improve the reliability of swiss-german voice interfaces significantly and accelerate its development.
The goal is to come up with a prototype of this app. We strongly believe in the idea to gather more training data and we will continue the project if it provides promising results.

THINGS TO BE USED
  • couple of mock profiles (audio samples and demographic data)
  • UI frameworks and designideas
  • appcloud-accounts, sample texts to be spoken, etc…
CONTACT & SUPPORT

Mario Paonessa, Thomas Gfeller, Felix von Reischach

LOGITECH

A New, Disruptive, and Immersive Logitech Experience

CHALLENGE

Go crazy! Create a totally new interactive gaming experience. You dreamt it? Now let’s make it happen.

SOLUTION

● Improve the experience of the gamers (resp. the audience watching games)
● Create your own (or modify an existing) game with Unity (or another framework)
● Integrate a mobile device as a second screen in the experience
● Find new ways to use our peripherals, alone or together
● Create your own controller or interface
● Use data to help gamers (but not only) enhance their performance or bring a new level of information to viewers
● Combine/transform multiple input for gamers/watchers
● Hack Logitech SDKs (lighting and beyond)
● Remove my background, correct gaze parallax, etc.
● Beautiful my avatar in my streaming

How far can we go in VR thanks to potential combining of Logitech devices with VR ones?
How compatible / complementary are they?

HARDWARE

Combining Logitech | G controllers and SDKs with Oculus/Vive SDKs and/or Unity engine, create unique experiences immersing gamers or their audience, on any platform, at any level of expertise.

THINGS TO BE USED

• Logitech | G mice, keyboards, headset, steering wheel, webcams
• Oculus Rift / HTC Vive HMDs and 6DoF controllers provided (on loan)
• Logitech | G SDKs incl. LED ILLUMINATION SDK, G-KEY MACRO SDK, ARX CONTROL SDK, STEERING WHEEL SDK
( http://gaming.logitech.com/en- ch/developers )
• Oculus (HMD & 6DoF controllers) SDK ( https://developer.oculus.com )
• Vive (HMD & 6DoF controllers) SDK (
https://www.htcdev.com/devcenter/opensense-sdk/htc-vive-steamvr-sdk )
• Unity Engine ( https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download )
• Unity Steam VR plugin (
https://www.assetstore.unity3d.com/en/#!/content/32647 )
• Unreal Engine 4 ( https://www.unrealengine.com )
• Some SW toolkit for real-time monitoring of mouse and keyboard inputs /
injection (provided on demand)

CONTACT & SUPPORT

Thomas Lambert, Julien Racle, and Patrick Salamin

ZÜHLKE

Zühlke RoboChallenge – The Autonomous Mars Rover

CHALLENGE

 Welcome to this year’s Zühlke RoboChallenge. Our fictional Zühlke Space program is in beta phase for humanity’s population of Mars. Our Mars Rover (Lego Mindstorms Robot) has already landed. Unfortunately the last supply ship has crashed and all the supplies are scattered around on Mars. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to program an algorithm to collect all the supplies. Every collected item gives you points. But be careful, there are craters all around! Should you drive into a crater you will lose some of your already collected items.

SOLUTION

You are free to choose your preferred programming language. The message format is JSON and all the communication is asynchronous over the MQTT protocol. Besides the location of craters and items, you will receive the coordinates of the robot and the current state (gyro sensor, left motor and right motor) as well.

We also provide you with a simulator which you can use to test your algorithm. When you feel ready you can register for a slot with the real Rover and see if you can collect the most supplies in the available time. The algorithm which collects the most supplies in the available time wins a prize.

It’s your chance to try different approaches and see which algorithm will do best in a real-world setting. Simple algorithms or a sophisticated machine learning approach. It’s up to you.

HARDWARE

Lego Mindstorms Robot

THINGS TO BE USED

API, documentation and example code see our GitHub Repo
https://github.com/Zuehlke/robo-challenge/

CONTACT & SUPPORT

Florian Lüscher, Matthias Baumeler, Stefan Jäger, Adrien Nicolet, Samuel Bucheli, Matthias Rüedlinger

VOLVO & BOSCH

Improve Quality of Life by IoT in Transportation

CHALLENGE

The challenge by Volvo and Bosch is to combine three good things:

  • Gain society
  • Use Open API
  • Use Bosch smart sensor platform (XDK)

The challenge encourage:

  • Innovation height a good explanation of the business model
  • Combine with other mode of transportation
  • Usefulness
HARDWARE
  • Bosch XDK, including development environment
  • a mobile phone (Android)
  • Backend / Application Cloud Server
  • Any open API (e.g. Google Maps, weather databases, WHO API…)
CONTACT & SUPPORT

Volvo: Staffan Davidsson, Johan Maresch, Oliver Hellberg, Jonathan Anesand

 

Bosch: Timo Gessmann, Dominic Wörner, Carina Bernscherer, Franjo Stjepandic, Ernesto Elsäßer, Manuel Cernyb

CHALLENGE JURY

PHILIP
SCHNEIDER

Project Leader
Tech Talents


MORITZ
KAMINSKI

Investment Associate
Unternehmertum Venture Capital


ALEXANDER
HOFFMANN

Founder
Cook & Code


LUCAS
SPREITER

Hackathon Enthusiasts
WARR Hyperloop Team

JAN MARCO
LEIMEISTER

Institut für
Wirtschaftsinformatik (HSG)


STEFAN
FRIEDLI

Head of the Auditing Segment
Scip AG


THOMAS
GFELLER

Product Manager
Swisscom


FRANC
UFFER

Director FDI Promotion
Department of Economic Affairs


ANDREA
FERRARIO

Manager
E&Y


THOMAS
SCHUMANN

Managing Director
Technopark Winterthur


ROGER
DARIN

Product Manager
Nectar Financial AG


DANIEL
DETTWILER

Founding Partner
FX Diversity AG


DAVID
GORGAN

Founder
START Hack


STEFAN
FREI

Senior Principal Security Expert
ETH Zurich


ALESSANDRO
TRIVILINI

Head of Digital Forensics lab
SUPSI


CLAUDIO
BAREATO

Advisor & Auditor
Cybersecurity


OLIVER
WALZER

Co-Founder
Swiss Startup Factory AG


GREGORY
INNAUEN

President
ETH Entrepreneur Club


SCHEDULE


  • PITCHES
  • ACTIVITIES

  • SPEECHES
  • WORKSHOP
  • HACKATHON
  • FOOD

HARDWARE



HARDWARE

VENUE

VENUE

GOT ANY QUESTIONS?

DOMINIQUE
PAUL

Overall Organization

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VIKTORIA
GUIDO

Event Management

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TILL
STRAUB

Participants

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MARCO
MUELLER

Program and Content

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OLIVIA
AEBERLI

Event Management

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SAMIR
JOLA

Partners

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FAQ

Your food will be handed out by our team at the “Pasta Bar”(ground floor), you can view the exact times in our timetable.
Our sleeping area will be accessible from Friday midnight on in the rooms located on the first floor where the workshops took place.
Showers will be available in the sports halls of the university on Saturday from 7- 16 o’clock. If you need help finding them, just ask a team member to help you.
Teams can be up to four participants.
Just inform the teamies handing out the food at the “Pasta Bar” and they will help you to food which suits your condition.
Just talk to someone wearing a black START T- Shirt (START Team Member) and they’ll help you.
Come to the info point and ask them!