At the second edition of the annual, interdisciplinary hackathon “Green Tech Jam 2018″ (organized by TU Graz and Green Tech Cluster) which took place from 9th to 10th March 2018, around 30 students from various fields of studies got together in eight interdisciplinary teams to tackle challenges and develop innovative solutions for a green future. The student teams were presented with real-world problems posed by top green tech companies from Styria and Carinthia and had two days to turn their ideas into concepts and prototypes.
After 20 hours of intensive work on their projects, the student teams presented the outcomes in final pitches to an expert jury with members of each sponsor company (binder+co, Energie Graz, eologix sensor technology, Komptech, Lindner Recyclingtech, pink robin, REDWAVE and Saubermacher).
Overall, the jury members were very impressed with each of the presented solutions, which incorporated trending topics such as Augmented Reality, Machine Learning and Internet of Things. This year, there were three winning teams which each received 2500 Euros for their visionary solutions. The first winning team presented their use of Amazon’s Alexa for a simpler waste separation, followed by the second winner team which developed a smart solution to identify machines using an app and augmented reality headsets. Last but not least, the third winning team came up with an innovative e-charging-app for electric vehicles.
In addition, the three winning teams were invited to attend the Green Tech Innovators Club on 20th March 2018, where they again shortly presented their concepts to a broader audience. The audience then chose their favorite presented solution via online-voting and finally, the audience award went to the “E-Charge plus” team which had developed an innovative e-charging-app for electric vehicles.
Congratulations to all participating students!
Here are some photos from the Green Tech Jam 2018: interdisciplinary student teams working together to create innovations for a green future! (Photos Credit: Green Tech Cluster)