For the fifth time, the Faculty of Computer Science at the Technical University of Munich held the HackaTUM event in Garching, a small city close to Munich. Under the motto “Team up. Build. Win” teams had to develop ideas, implement them technically and present them. The state capital of Munich was again a partner this year and brought a specific challenge to the event.
From November 22nd to 24th, over 700 participants making up 121 teams with up to four people had 36 hours to develop innovative solutions together. There were a total of 11 tasks and challenges for the students. In addition to the city of Munich, companies like Microsoft, Allianz, Sixt and BMW were in attendance and looking for innovative ideas.
The challenge of the city administration: gamification
Wolfgang Glock, department head of the E- and Open Government and Smart City team pitched the task again this year. The participants were challenged to create innovative and smart services based on data brought from the city administration. The focus this year was on gamification, i.e. a playful approach and fun with innovative services. Munich, already offers a number of online services, but often these are presented in a very complex way. That should change!
The winning teams
All of the ideas brought in for the challenge of the City of Munich were exciting and innovative, but there could only be two winners. The most convincing was the MUChToSee team, whose solution helps to find a perfect route through the city. Team Pretzel-Hunt, with which you can collect PretzelPoints on your way through the city, was able to secure second place. The two winning teams presented their ready-to-run prototypes to a large audience on Sunday afternoon. The winning teams have been officially recognised as “City Heroes” of the City of Munich.