90 programmers, 24 hours - Hackathon for Mobility 4.0 at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure / 2nd BMVI DATA-RUN Community Prize goes to student team from MRN
Mannheim,12.12.2016 - Young IT talents have never been in such high demand as they are now, because they determine where the digital journey takes us. And when it comes to the 2nd BMVI DATA-RUN, the future is even more networked, intuitive and agile. On December 2nd, Federal Minister Alexander Dobrindt opened Germany's second government hackathon true to the motto "Our data. Your ideas". Around 90 programmers developed innovative approaches to mobility 4.0 24 hours a day using traffic data from the Federal Ministry. The community prize for the contribution "Truckoo" - a networked resting place search for truck drivers - went to developers from the "Rhein-Neckar Data Generation" team in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. This was supported by JobRouter AG, among others.
The second "BMVI DATA-RUN" was also a great success: 24 hours long, more than 90 programmers and founders developed innovative solutions for mobility 4.0. For this, they were given access to selected real-time data from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and its subordinate authorities. Afterwards, a jury of experts honored the best ideas. The community prize for the "Truckoo" article went to developers from the "Rhein-Neckar Data Generation" team. Within the given time frame, the team of three InES students and one SAP student was able to present an app that offers truck drivers suggestions for suitable rest stops based on real-time parking space occupancy data and other real-time data.
"With the 2nd BMVI DATA-RUN we have even more participants, more data and more speed than in the previous year. This time, the focus is on networking real-time data in traffic. We are providing real-time mobility data for this purpose," says Alexander Dobrindt, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. "My goal is to build the best ecosystem for mobility start-ups in Germany. To this end, we are opening up the data treasures of our company, bringing together the creative minds and making 100 million euros available with the mFUND for the promotion of digital innovations."
In total, twelve teams, some of them very intensively prepared for the hackathon, were involved, most of them professionally set up. The team of the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region, the 'Rhine-Neckar Data Generation', was supported by the Geoinformation Network of the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region. (GeoNet.MRN) was initiated and coached. A total of 13 students and professionals from the Institute for Enterprise Systems at the University of Mannheim, the Chair of Geoinformatics at the University of Heidelberg, SAP Next-Gen Consulting and geomer GmbH worked together in three project teams. One of these teams finally prevailed against the competition and accepted the coveted community prize.
JobRouter AG, the international workflow specialist from Mannheim, knows the requirements for mobile and agile software very well and was enthusiastic about the idea of the hackathon. The fact that these factors are becoming increasingly important, especially for the younger generation, is also shown by current studies on 4.0 topics such as mobility, work or industry 4.0.
"This is why it seemed to us not only appropriate, but also particularly important, to promote young talents in this respect.
Their creativity is called for when it comes to tomorrow's solutions and we, as a company that develops software for
We have developed promising business models and are investing a lot in the training of young IT talents," explains Fritz-Jochen Weber, CEO and founder of JobRouter AG. "We are therefore extremely pleased that programmers have joined our team. We are very proud of the competence of this new generation of developers and look forward to hearing even more from them".
The participation of the 'Rhein-Neckar Data Generation' was supported by Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar GmbH, the Institute for Enterprise Systems of the University of Mannheim, SAP University Alliances, mayato GmbH, JobRouter AG and GeoNet.MRN e.V.