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CHALLENGES

Combine modern web or mobile development to create a decentralised application.

CHALLENGE
  • Combine modern web or mobile development to create a decentralised application (dApp) on the NEO blockchain, which incorporates the use of your own smart contract.
  • REQUIREMENTS
  • All entries must contain part of the dApp’s logic within a NEO smart contract, which was written by the team.
  • All other logic can be located outside of the blockchain.
  • The entry should be a working working minimal viable product (MVP).
  • The team should be able to demonstrate the dApp working on a private NEO network.
  • EVALUATION TOPICS
  • Smart contract application novelty and technical impressiveness.
  • Overall impact and importance of application.
  • Level of integration with the NEO blockchain.
  • Quality of documentation.
  • THINGS TO USE
  • Official NEO documentation – http://docs.neo.org
  • Existing dApps – http://ndapp.org
  • NEO resources – https://github.com/CityOfZion/awesome-neo
  • City of Zion projects (SDKs etc) – https://github.com/CityOfZion
  • Official NEO Github – https://github.com/neo-project
  • Running a NEO private network – https://hub.docker.com/r/metachris/neo-pri…
  • Price
  • 500 GAS
  • CONTACT AND SUPPPORT

    Feel free to chat with Charlie Revett (@charlierevett) at the event. You can also join the official NEO Discord chat, where there are hundreds of experienced developers available to help with any questions.

    Easy travelling in Switzerland

    CHALLENGE

    Have you ever been travelling in Asia by public transport ? E.g. Bus in Bangkok: A timetable in Thai appears to Swiss people in funny unknown signs. Desperately searching for a hint, the eye falls on Arabic numbers. Gratefully for this piece of information we have to decide to board the bus or not. But also virtually on Arabic or Hebrew websites the orientation appears difficult for Europeans even with English translation, because the reading flows in these languages from left to right, that influences design of the website.  These are good cases to belief that Asian tourists may experience the same with Swiss websites. Here our challenge takes place:  

    “How might we support foreigner travel agencies within a decision support system to advise, customize and book Swiss tours for their customers in terms of rail tickets and points of interests?”

    Swiss railway provides foreigner travel agencies with  train tickets and interacts  with travel tour providers in a network over interfaces. To support foreigner travel agencies in advising their customers, information has to be edited and presented in a suitable way.  The goal is a happy traveler and a relaxed agent thanks to the decision making support of a system that runs your code.
     

    THINGS TO BE USED
  • Hardware, API, etc.
  • https://data.sbb.ch
  • https://opentransportdata.swiss
  • https://developer-int.sbb.ch (PW:hh7bs8c11)  (booking-Api)
  • https://transport.opendata.ch
  • http://lod.opentransportdata.swiss/didok/8502113 (linked Data with connection to Wikidata) 
  • PRICE
  • Credit balance at SBB.ch at the implementation of the ticketing interface (CHF 500) + SBB notebook
  • CONTACT AND SUPPORT
  • Tabea Krebs
  • Priscilla Moreno,
  • Kocher Andreas
  • Rolls-Royce Power Systems Fallout Challenge

    CHALLENGE

    Welcome to this year’s Rolls-Royce Power Systems Fallout Challenge.

    Today you have the chance to be a hero! An earthquake has created a dangerous situation in a nuclear power plant. At this point, three of our emergency power generators are the only thing preventing a nuclear meltdown by delivering power to the cooling system.

    To make matters worse, one of the three emergency generators was badly damaged during the earthquake. We fear, that if this power generator isn’t shut down, it might explode and take out the other two generators. Unfortunately, we don’t know which generator is damaged and because of the radiation, we can’t walk in there and check ourselves. Thick concrete walls make the usage of a remote-controlled robot impossible as well.

    So it’s up to you now to prevent a catastrophe. You and your team must develop an autonomous drone, which will identify the faulty generator and send the result to our control center so that we can safely shut down the faulty generator. But beware! If we shut down a functioning generator, the cooling will be no longer sufficient and it will come to a nuclear meltdown!

    We count on you!

    At your disposal are a professional drone, a Raspberry Pi, a Raspberry Pi camera and a few ultra-sonic sensors.

    You are requested to build a drone, which will be able to start on its own, find its way into the engine room, identify the damaged engine and return this information to our control center.

    Be creative and show us what you are capable of!

    HARDWARE
  • 5V BEC
  • Raspberry PI3
  • Raspberry PI camera
  • Five ultra-sonic sensors
  • Robitronic FPV 250 Race Copter (Drone)
  • PRICES
  • DJI Spark Drone (4x)
  • CONTACT AND SUPPPORT
  • Daniel Eberle
  • Oliver Sinnwell
  • Christian Pfisterer
  • Jonathan Geiss
  • Martin Geromiller
  • Build our World’s Future – A Decentralized, P2P Network that tokenizes Value

    CHALLENGE

    Decentralized technologies like blockchain enable you to build cryptographically secur

    ed peer-to-peer networks that solve problems by collaboratively building and assigning value to assets and incentivizing network peers to behave in a beneficial way to the network. Your challenge is to build such a platform that performs a digital representation of an asset as a data-bound utility token that can be used within your platform.

    Examples. Successful or very promising examples of such platforms include:

  • A decentralized news network: https://dnn.media/
  • A P2P marketplace for legal and governance services: https://bitnation.co/
  • A decentralized rights distribution and governance mechanism for organizations: https://aragon.one/
  • A decentralized media content rights assignment and distribution platform: https://decent.ch/, https://singulardtv.com/
  • A P2P network for social media content: https://steem.io/
  • We want you to define your product along the following factors and success criteria:

  • Use case: brainstorm and define your bold moonshot – the problem that you solve based on an asset that you want to digitalize, and define a target group that will become the peers on your platform.
  • Tokenization: define how and based on what you want to mint and distribute your data-bound utility token, what data you need to collect in order to fuel your token and how your token can be used on your platform.
  • Decentralization: define and build the general architecture of your platform: settlement platform, blockchain frameworks and architecture, data architecture, minting and consent architecture, smart contracts, UI.
  • We want you to define your product along the following factors and success criteria:

  • Use case: brainstorm and define your bold moonshot – the problem that you solve based on an asset that you want to digitalize, and define a target group that will become the peers on your platform.
  • Tokenization: define how and based on what you want to mint and distribute your data-bound utility token, what data you need to collect in order to fuel your token and how your token can be used on your platform.
  • Decentralization: define and build the general architecture of your platform: settlement platform, blockchain frameworks and architecture, data architecture, minting and consent architecture, smart contracts, UI.
  • THINGS TO BE USED

    You may solve this challenge using either the Ethereum or Hyperledger settlement blockchains. On Ethereum, choose the public Ethereum Testnet of your choice. On using Ethereum, we advise you to use frameworks like Embark / Truffle and Tendermint in order to simplify your work. Swisscom Blockchain also offers you access to the private Hyperledger Fabric settlement platform.

    When choosing your settlement and blockchain architecture, it is your own responsibility to weight between major considerations regarding scalability, security and privacy. Well thought-out concepts that consider these factors and implement measures to fulfill them are advantageous.

    PRICE
  • 1 Ether (ETH)
  • CONTACT & SUPPORT
  • Sven Moeller, Head of ICO Advisory at Swisscom Blockchain
  • Besiana Kajtazi, Head of Marketing & Events at Swisscom Blockchain
  • Valentin Kahn, Consultant for Swisscom Blockchain
  • AI Chatbot for the Real Estate Industry

    CHALLENGE
  • The objective of this hackaton is to develop an AI powered chatbot for Swiss Prime Site AG, Switzerland’s leading real estate investor.
  • Chatbots have the potential to have a huge impact on the real estate industry providing better customer service and automating the process of customer enquiries on different listing websites.
  • The chatbot could handle the following four key functions:

  • Chat with website visitors: Today, potential tenants have to call or email leasing agents in order to get answers related to their enquiry. With a chatbot each visitor will be automatically greeted. The chatbot will also give instantaneous answer to questions anytime anywhere 24/7.
  • Lead generation: the AI chatbot will generate detailed lead profiles about potential tenants visiting each listing website by asking a set of detailed questions. The generated search profiles will help internal leasing teams match enquiries with available spaces.
  • Database search matching and emails: By providing the chatbot with some basic details, it can browse through the inventory of available spaces and send a list of the properties that best matches the enquirers request.
  • Integration: Ideally, the chatbot should easily get integrated into a search engine and CRM system through a link.
  • 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.
  • THINGS TO BE USED
  • Inventory data provided by Swiss Prime Site AG
  • Price
  • Invitation to the Venturelab Top100 Finale & 4 Logitech Spotlight Presenter
  • CONTACT & SUPPORT
  • Chakra Banerjee, Founder, Tower360
  • Julian Vogel, Founder, Tower360
  • Marcel Denner, COO and Head of Corporate Ventures, SPS
  • Social content verification for user and journalists

    CHALLENGE
  • Anyone who has ever forwarded fake content knows how embarrassing it can be to be called off by his community. This can be quite conspicuous in the time of disinformation and attempted manipulation, especially if the publication time for journalists is short. For this reason, Swiss radio and television are looking for a way to verify social sources quickly and easily for users and journalists. We think a kind of reverse engineering with text and metadata mining including source verification could help to achieve this challenge.a
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    THINGS TO USE
  • developer.srgssr.cha
  • and all APIs which helpa
  • support link:
  • http://verificationhandbook.com/additionalmaterial/
  • PRICE
  • SRF goodie bags with a suprise
  • CONTACT & SUPPORT
  • Dominik Born, Head of SRF beta
  • Gamified car sharing

    CHALLENGE

    “How can we use technology and gaming mechanisms to enhance car sharing and provide a better experience.” 

    We would like you to use technologies such as VR/AR, Block Chain, IOT, AI in combination with gamification to make car sharing better, smarter and more attractive. 

    Car sharing encompasses a lot of challenges and practical obstacles, both for customers and car owners. How do you get to the car? How do you make sure it is fueled? How do you monitor and address damages? How can it be kept clean? How can the car be left where it is convenient, rather than where it was picked up? The challenges are abundant.

    We challenge by asking participants to utilize concepts from gamification such as dopamine boosting, leveling, Tribe-thinking, Fun, Competition and winning etc. to create benefits and incentives for customers (and car owners) to cleverly address some of the challenges while providing an enhanced experience, better safety/security, better caring for cars, more responsibility, more environmental friendliness and above all, a more fun experience. 

    THINGS TO BE USED

    We will have and iPad and an Android Tablet available, functioning as the center stack display in the car. The participants can do whatever app they feel like on these tablets with respect to the theme that is given. We have chosen this approach to cut the learning time and to get around limitations for interfacing with the real center display.

    The participants decide for themselves if they want to use our tablets alone, or in combination with their own devices or laptops. They may also skip using our tablets.

    We will not provide any other devices or sensors. We will tell the participants to make assumptions that they have access to sensors in the car. They may choose any of the focus technologies they like, but it does not have to be all of them. We think that all the technologies are relevant for our subject in different ways.

    PRICE
  • A Volvo of your choice for a weekend (2 nights) in Hotel Revier in Lenzerheide (breakfast & dinner incl.)
  • CONTACT & SUPPORT
  • Alexander Brodén
  • Patrik Stenberg
  • Andreas Ropel
  • Christian Lauritzen
  • CHALLENGE JURY

    ATTILA
    MAKRA

    Business Development
    Zürcher Kantonalbank


    BJÖRN
    SCHMIDTKE


    Winner START Hack 2017


    BRYAN
    GIGER


    Winner START Hack 2017


    DR. CHRISTOPH
    BAUMGARTEN

    Lecturer for Information and Process Management, FHS St. Gallen

    DIPL. MATH. DALITH
    STEIGER

    Co-Founder and Managing Partner
    SwissCognitive


    JAMES
    LARUS

    Professor and Dean of Computer and Communication Sciences
    EPFL


    PROF. DR. JAN MARCO
    LEIMEISTER

    Director Institute of Information Management and Full Professor
    University of St.Gallen


    MICHELE
    DARYANANI

    Senior Manager
    KPMG Cyber Security


    OLIVER
    WALZER

    Cofounder
    Swiss Startup Factory


    DR. PEARL
    PU

    Founding Director of Human Computer Interaction Group
    EPFL


    ROGER
    DUDLER

    Founder & CTO
    Frontify


    ROLAND
    SIEGWART

    Professor for autonomous robots at ETH Co-Director Wyss Zurich


    DAVID
    GORGAN

    Initiator
    START Hack


    STEFAN
    FREI

    Senior Principal Security Expert
    ETH Zurich


    STEFAN
    UNTERHUBER

    Director Digital Transformation
    Atos Global


    THOMAS
    KERN

    Member of the Board
    Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC)


    YANNICK
    SUTER

    Head of Data Analytics
    Tamedia AG


    IAN THOMAS
    SPARKS

    Senior Blockchain Engineer
    Swisscom



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    TIMON
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    FAQ

    You can eat on the bottom floor. The times are:

    Friday:
    Dinner: 20:00 – 21:00

    Saturday:
    Midnightsnack: 00:00 – 02:00
    Breakfast: 07:00 – 09:00
    Lunch: 13:00 – 14:00
    Dinner: 18:00 – 20:00

    Sunday:
    Midnightsnack: 00:00 – 02:00
    Breakfast: 07:00 – 10:00
    Lunch: 11:00 – 13:00

    There is a room upstairs in which you can relax for a bit. It is accessible all the time.
    Yes, you can take a shower in the Sports Hall (building 10). However, it’ll only be open until Saturday at 18:00.
    A team can consist of maximum 4 people.
    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.

    To request travel reimbursements you have to fill out this form: travel reimbursements. Please come to the info point during Saturday, so we can confirm your participation.

    Come to the info point and ask them!