Mladá Boleslav / Prague, 15 April 2019 – As the host and an official partner of the event for the third time, ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab invited talented programmers to the Smart Mobility Hackathon in Prague. More than 60 creative minds developed innovative concepts in relation to smart cities, green mobility and connectivity over the course of the 48-hour programmer competition, which ran from 12-14 April. In addition to the organiser’s grand prize of 5,000 euros, ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab also awarded team MAASTERS the prize of taking part in the internationally renowned mobility conference EcoMotion Week 2019 in Tel Aviv for developing a special algorithm to predict the price of used cars.
What does the mobility of the future look like? What part do electric vehicles play? What do intelligent traffic concepts such as car sharing contribute? And what might the infotainment system of a ŠKODA KODIAQ look like in 2029? Participants addressed these questions and more at the Smart Mobility Hackathon Prague 2019.
“The Smart Mobility Hackathon is an excellent opportunity for programmers, hackers and creative minds from all around the world, where they can come up with new services and products and showcase their innovative concepts, ideas and solutions for new mobility services during a 48-hour-long marathon,” explained Jarmila Plachá, Head of ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab in Prague. “The projects that have greater potential for us are further developed in close collaboration with the teams who came up with the idea at the hackathon in the first place.”
22 teams from 13 countries addressed the challenges of clever mobility concepts at the international programmer competition, which ran from 12-14 April in Prague. At the 48-hour hackathon, participants competed against one another in teams of three and devised innovative projects across eleven different categories such as e-mobility, clever parking, in-car delivery, multimodal transport, urban traffic or efficient delivery services. Several mentors, including experts from ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab as well as from the Development, Production and IT departments at ŠKODA AUTO, supported the aspiring talent.