VICINITY Hackathon “Niko Hack 2019”
Both the University of Kaiserslautern (UNIKL) and the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern have a strong focus on physical science. With roughly 15.000 students here at University alone, this makes Kaiserslautern very attractive for Research Institutes and SMEs alike.
In this context, UNIKL has organized a hackathon to showcase and demonstrate the use of VICINITY to interested students and SMEs. The event started off with an introduction and hands-on tutorial workshop, followed by around 20h of straight hacking and utilizing VICINITY to its full potential.
As the event took place on the 6th December, “Nikolaustag” in Germany, the hackathon was fittingly called “Niko Hack”.
Overall, 42 people signed up for the event. Mostly students were participating for the hacking session, yet the introductory session was also visited by 4 different SMEs from inside and around Kaiserslautern.
After the tutorial, the participants were given impulses and ideas on how VICINITY could be utilized. Still they were free to choose their own topics and came up with creative, useful and some even quite business oriented ideas.
The hackathon ended with a session of 3-minute pitches, during which each participating group was to present their ideas, demonstrate how VICINITY is being utilized and show, what they had managed to pull off in 24 hours in front of a 4-people jury. The jury itself was composed of Prof. Dr. Christoph Grimm, along with 3 other representatives of local SMEs.
Three winning teams were awarded by the jury and got to collect their IoT prices. First prices was a starter kit of our beloved lightbulbs, which are part of VICINITY since the very beginning.