Endeavour to think big, dream bold & advance our world – with Microsoft AI

We are inspired by those who endeavour to think big, dream bold, and advance our world. Microsoft is empowering people and organizations to transform business, create intelligent experiences and solve society’s greatest challenges through responsible AI innovation. We like to set a challenge which is exactly emphasizing the later. We would like you to hack a solution leveraging Microsoft AI to solve previously intractable problems and address public and societal challenges, from environmental sustainability to accessibility.  No, don’t panic, you don’t want you to save the world in one hack, starting small is more than fine! Often, little things make the biggest difference! Interested but wondering how to start? Think of someone among your inner circle who could benefit from an AI-infused app. E.g., an AI-infused app made a huge difference for a person in a wheelchair to find restaurants in Zürich with parking slots for people with disabilities nearby. Or think about how AI could help to predict how many students will pass at the cafeteria at a certain day and address the problem of food waste? Or…. The (business) opportunities are boundless. Ready, set, hack!

We are looking forward to your hacks!


My neighborhood Car sharing App

Your challenge if you choose to accept:

  • Create an App to easily facilitate the most important process steps of car sharing
  • Draft your ideal pricing model
  • Bonus: connect with the crash impact challenge

Purpose: even better payment handling (e.g. costs for repairs)

Winner is the team who:

Is able to develop a car booking app with which you can register instantly and easily via the identity card/selfie and driver's license.
Imagine, the flat you are living in had a car connected to it. You want easily see the car availability and book it. You want a convenient and hassle free experience picking up and returning the car. You also want a fair and reasonable pricing model

How it will be measured:

  • Architectural decisions (incl. pro/con) are documented
  • Pricing model is documented
  • Delivers an app supporting the basic steps in the process
  • Can validate the driver license and person instantly
  • Recognizes a paper copy of a driver license


  • Service must be deployable on cloud infrastructure (AWS/Cloud Foundry/Kubernetes/Docker)
  • Service should use as few as possible external APIs
  • Driving data not available, to connect with challenge 2 (see below, "Autosense / Volvo"), use that data
  • Back office services can be created/deployed in any cloud, but can also be integrated in the app


Generate Car Crash Image, visualize impact and direction using sensor data

Your challenge if you choose to accept:

Build Microservice(s) to generate Image with 3D object simulating impact forces for given time offset (from crash). Deploy Microservice(s) on Swisscom Application Cloud (cloud foundry). Provide API(s) for submitting Input data (stream) and getting the Result. Generate output for each submitted Crash Record : Direction of the impact (Impact angle and energy), visualize the damage show expected place of impact on car

Winner is the Team who:

Has identified the maximum number of crashes correctly providing - Correct impact direction & Most accurate 3D simulation (compared to real crash picture)

How it will be measured:

For each submitted Crash Record AND time offset, generate Image with Direction of the impact (Impact angle and energy), Visualized damage and Time offset with the maximum force/damage on the object. Crash Record is submitted to the service. The calculated impact direction will be compared with pictures from real crash.


Service must be deployable on cloud infrastructure (AWS/Cloud Foundry/Kubernetes/Docker). Service should use as few as possible external APIs. Given Data Models and API POST Requests structure must be used.




Accurate Augmented Reality

We would like to introduce you to Paul. He is an architect specialized in renovating old houses. In his daily work, windows, stairs, electricity lines, water pipes etc. are always issues of critical importance. Paul creates a comprehensive construction plan in the office and would like to verify his work on-site. Therefore, he needs a highly accurate overlay of his plan to detect and then correct possible errors.

Leica Geosystems technologies can be used to help Paul project his construction plan in the actual building. The goal is to use his plan as an additional layer in a video stream of a moving camera, so that Paul can verify his work. With your help, Paul can satisfy his customers who dream of a distinct and tailor-made house.


Combine modern web development and smart contracts to create a decentralized application (dApp) on the FLETA blockchain.

FLETA is a DApp platform project that has developed their own original technology to include an innovative consensus model as well as an independent multichain structure. FLETA's tech innovations will maximize DApp freedom and flexibility as well as provide scalability. FLETA's new structure optimizes the mining reward model as well as the token economy. FLETA aims to foster the next generation with their platform for a sustainable DApp ecosystem.

FLETA wants to invite great DApp participants to the Hackathon whose goal is to form unique, independent technology and business models utilizing blockchain technology.


  1. All entries must contain part of the dApp’s logic within a FLETA smart contract, which was written by the team.
  2. The entry should be a working minimal viable product (MVP).
  3. The team should be able to demonstrate the dApp working on a private FLETA network.

Evaluation Topics

Entries will be evaluated on the following topics:

  1. Smart contract application novelty and technical impressiveness.
  2. Overall impact and importance of application.
  3. Level of integration with the FLETA blockchain.
  4. Quality of documentation.


IoT in the machine economy: Achieving trust between business partners

Imagine a manufacturer of high-end precision industry machines, which costs around one million US dollar each. Today to be able to buy a machine their customers need to pay the full price to the manufacturer before he even starts to produce the machine. As a customer, you need somebody that trusts you a loan followed by the trust to the manufacturer that he does not cheat you.

Each of this “trusted steps” in the supply chain entails fees and time because complex contracts have to be negotiated. Imagine you need to make a contract with people in India or in Africa whose legal situation is completely different from ours. Therefore, we are looking for a new way to be able to make it easier for the customer and the manufacturer. This could open up new markets and allow the company to be more efficiently than their market competition.

The goal is to create a technical solution, which is trusted independently of country or rules of law. It should cover the high complexity of the contract creation and automated contract handling. This enables the acquisition of the machines to be more affordable. Possible approaches could include a pay-as-you-use or even a rent model on which you are not able to cheat as customer nor as manufacturer. The fact that their customers need spare parts and periodical service, provide even more solution approaches.


The coffee cup recycling challenge

Each day, about 8 million disposable cups are used in Switzerland, many of them are coffee cups that are picked up at our train stations or in our trains. The cups are usually not recyclable and are burned in waste incineration plants after use. We are seeking to solve this massive environmental issue. So, who will help us eliminate that giant pile of waste made up of disposable coffee cups?

What we need is a decentral, digital deposit system for reusable coffee cups that will work at any train station, anytime. We want coffee drinkers to be able to return the used cups at drop-off points that automatically and digitally credit back the deposit to the users. Possible technologies that could help in this endeavor are QR-Codes, smartphone apps, LoRa-WAN sensors, but other ideas are also welcome! Come join us in our efforts to make rail travel even more environmentally friendly!


Pioneer new car features for sustainable and healthy mobility

Sustainability, Well-Being, Health, Connectivity and new mobility services are some of the current megatrends. IoT & AI technologies have a huge impact on our daily life by using connected things and providing us a seamless integration. eHealth applications support us to stay fit & healthy (e.g. fitness trackers).

In this challenge we want to explore, how eHealth approaches can be adapted to mobility services. Car sensor data, context data (e.g. GPS, map data) and physiological data of the driver will be the base for sensor fusion in order to detect the state of the vehicle and identification of AI-based digital biomarkers to detect the driver state. New car interior features with specific interventions shall be explored in order to support the driver and increase driver´s well-being and health.

Examples: TESLA “Santa Mode” and TESLA Model 3 interior features, e.g. BYTON car concepts, “Active Sound Features, based on specific car states”, personalize car infotainment system (e.g. themes) to specific driver states (e.g. fun mode, relax mode…) by detecting the driver status via wearables  (e.g. heart rate).