Second ŠKODA Innovation Hackathon Held in Beijing, Focusing on Urban Mobility Solutions
ŠKODA announced the winners of its second-ever Clever Mobility Hackathon event in China on December 1, which was held in Beijing with its partner Innoway, a global innovation platform based in China. The two-day event drew more than 100 participants to compete in four different categories related to urban mobility.
“We are glad to hold the second ŠKODA Innovation Hackathon in China. Since the first hackathon was held in April, the platform has drawn serious interest from bright young talents. Together with ŠKODA, they are developing concepts and solutions for future-oriented mobility services,” said Dr. Ralf Hanschen, President of ŠKODA China. “The hackathon competition is a key initiative to explore opportunities related to digital business and next-generation mobility services in China. Our goal is to develop innovative mobility solutions for customers in China as well as international markets.”
For this second hackathon, ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab China involved several entities within the group. Volkswagen Group China’s Mobility Asia, Innovation Center Asia, as well as ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab Prague presented challenges and provided mentoring to the hackathon participants.
Themed “The Future of Urban Mobility”, participants were challenged to provide out-of-the-box ideas for four categories: open challenge in urban mobility, data-driven micro-mobility, innovative first/last-mile transport and e-scooter mobility services.
Innovation and creativity are key drivers for the new economy, including new mobility solutions. ŠKODA’s partner Innoway works to fill this critical need by providing expertise and networks in China’s startup environment, support for the ideation phase and strengthening innovation competence.
ŠKODA and Innoway’s partnership first began in 2018, when ŠKODA participated in the Zhongguancun Innovation & Entrepreneurship Festival. The festival proved to be an excellent opportunity to network with creative startups and innovative young talents. The innovation hackathon is now a platform for ŠKODA to collaborate closely with the local startup community – a key source of ideation and scouting for new digital business ideas and solutions.
ŠKODA launched the biggest transformation in its history with Strategy 2025 - a comprehensive transition from being a traditional car manufacturer to a ‘Simply Clever Company for the best mobility solutions’. Over five years, ŠKODA will be investing around two billion euros in alternative drive technologies and new mobility services.
ŠKODA took a major step toward strengthening its innovative power and digital development expertise in China by establishing a new innovation center – ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab China – in Beijing in April 2019, where creative teams are exploring and developing new business models. ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab China follows the launch of ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab Prague and ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab Israel, in the IT hub of Tel Aviv.
About the ŠKODA Clever Mobility Hackathon
The ŠKODA hackathon series invites participants to compete in teams on set tasks in a diverse range of areas. Team members include entrepreneurs, university students, programmers, UX designers, and mobility experts, and have 48 hours to come up with innovative ideas, supported by their different mentors.
A panel of experts from ŠKODA, Volkswagen and Innoway judge submissions and determine the winning team. ŠKODA is now exploring opportunities to work with outstanding teams to develop the innovative ideas into real business.
Participants and judges celebrate the completion of the second ŠKODA Clever Mobility Hackathon in China on December 1.
ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab China is exploring and developing new businesses, such as the pilot project of CareDriver that provides patients with non-emergency and mild emergency mobility services.