Feeling inspired? So are the QROWD project partners in their recent hackathon!
Last October TomTom, one of the QROWD project partners, organised their biggest ever hackathon. “What the Hack” took place for the fourth year running in Berlin, and featured more than 500 participants. During the event, 39 competing challenges were designed to solve real customer problems. The Hackathon was an opportunity to tackle new challenges, create innovative solutions, and to get inspired.
The event gathered approximately 450 employees from all product units of TomTom and from the different offices all around the world. Just three external companies and one university were invited to take part in the prestigious event, these were ParkWhiz, Klebert Engineering, Kompasapp and the University of Birmingham. Each inspired to create their own unique solutions to answer the challenges of the event.
“The TomTom hackathon brings together a cohort of software engineers and other specialists from all corners of the organization and the world. It’s an intense experience where we solve tomorrow’s mobility challenges over a span of 24 hours.” – Heiko Schilling, VP Navigation in TomTom.
The hackathon brought out the most innovative and interesting solutions from the range of attendees. In just 24 hours, all of the participants agreed that they experienced a rollercoaster of intense work, emotional highs and lows, and most importantly a community of sharing research and progression. Each team learnt from the others, and in turn were able to showcase some of their own unique expertise in their respective fields.
“The best part is that we solve these challenges together, in one place, rather than at our own desks. The time at our Hackathons reminds us how much we enjoy our work and the company of our colleagues.” – Heiko Schilling, VP Navigation in TomTom.
In conclusion, “What the Hack” was an event full of surprises, and one which produced high-quality output from each of the companies who were lucky enough to be involved. Participants agree that it was an overall enriching experience that produced several new prototypes, tackled many challenges, and improved a range of processes. Teams ultimately learnt from one another, and QROWD certainly looks forward to the next hackathon and future events in collaboration with TomTom.